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John Titor A Time Traveler's Tale Paperback – December 1, 2003
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CHAPTER 1 NOVEMBER 2000
Johns mother in our time:
"John began posting online with my husbands computer and email address. After about a week, he started using alternate names and Internet routes for his activity. We expressed concern about our security but he assured us we were safe. He said that not only would no one believe him but also the technology to locate him would not be used or could be defeated for a short period. He also had an unusual amount of trust with the people he spoke with online."
John, Page 6:
"You do not rewrite history. I can only affect what happens here just as easily as you can. Why do people in this time period worry so much about time travelers destroying their world line when they have no problem doing it themselves every day?"
John, Page 8:
"Imagine you live in the year 1900 and a "time traveler" attempts to explain how a jet engine works. Even though the invention of the airplane is only a decade in the future, he would have to find some frame of reference to explain the basics of flight. Then, he would have to outline the mechanics of how the engine works. As amazing as it would sound, the jet would be invented about thirty years later. "
John, Page 20:
"As far as war goes, I have faith you are quite capable of starting one all by yourself. I am hard pressed to accept any criticism on my outlook on that subject. Growing up might have been a vastly different experience for me than it was for most of you. Personal responsibility, determination, honor, friendship and self-reliance are not just words we try to live up to or fantasize about. "
John, Page: 21
"Perhaps I should let you all in on a little secret. No one likes you in the future. This time period is looked at as being full of lazy, self-centered, civically ignorant sheep. Perhaps you should be less concerned about me and more concerned about that."
John, Page 25:
"I like the incredible freedom you have on this world line but I see it as a trap and I fear the cost is the loss of your sense of connection with family and community. Yes, you can self actualize your ambitions but at what cost to the people around you, or yet to be born? The incredible availability of art, literature and limitless resources is hardly taken advantage of as I imagine the number of people sitting in front of their TVs. "
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I've had to go through the entire website penciling in large sections of text because you never know where he could have innocuously hidden something important. There is also a couple of places where the editor makes it clear that he doesn't really understand what he/she is editing and screws up the meaning in an attempt to "fix" it. Single words that change the entire meaning of the statement. Had I known that it would require this much work to go back and repair I would have simply printed the website out and kept that.
I don't really know whether or not I believe this rather fantasic story; however, I am quite disappointed in the process that brought it into paperback form. You'd be better off just printing out the website.
The book is just a compilation of all of John's posts on the Internet. If you're familiar with the story, then the book is a good way to read all his posts in one place. If you're not familiar with the John Titor story, then the book will probably be inaccessible to you. The writing and layout are not very good. But, I accept that this is because it is very hard to translate Internet posts into a linear novel format.
One of the key things in Titor's story that is most interesting is the concept of "worldlines." You have to understand that key concept to really understand the whole story. He doesn't talk much about it, but when he does it adds a fascinating dimension (no pun intended) to his story. And the science behind his story is mostly valid. Sure, there are a LOT of missing pieces. But, nevertheless it's an enjoyable story.
One of the reasons I really enjoy this story is because of how it demonstrates how powerful a myth can become. Overtime, myths can have a profound impact on society. And while Titor isn't the most profound or even most powerful, its nevertheless interesting to think that some of the values, ideas, concepts or faiths we hold, may be nothing more than a collection of John Titor stories
I finally came to allow the theoretical possibility of time travel, partly influenced by Andrew Basiago, but one of the pieces of photographic evidence presented in John Titor: A Time Traveler's Tale as I recall - I lent my book years ago and it was never returned - is supposedly a laser beam being bent by the intense gravity of the microsingularity and illuminated by cigar smoke in the vehicle or something similar.
This fails basic physics. Any gravity powerful enough to warp light would not only probably suck in the entire car and photographer in a rapid crushing collapse but also all the rest of the light around the picture. You would see image warping of the rest of the car interior behind the beam, not just the beam itself. Instead that looks like a normal undistorted photo except for the beam, which I would assume is something like a fiber optic cable to give the effect.
In fairness, things like the IRC chat logs sound real and maybe the book is someone "creating" fake evidence on JT's behalf that JT could have known better than to claim. But any story that claims this photo as positive evidence, as this book does, is in my opinion, now proven a fraud.
That said, at $1000-$1400 for a mint copy, still wish I had my unreturned heavily pencilled-in copy back >:-[ But fail anyway.
Hoax or not, this was a very entertaining and thought provoking read.
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