John Titor – An Internet Sci-Fi Superstar


It’s been almost 10 years since the first post from the time traveler named John Titor hit the internet.  It all began on November 2, 2000 when he was posting under the nickname TimeTravel_0 on the Time Travel Institute forums, followed later with a peculiar post on the now non-existent Art Bell BBS forums website.  It read:

Posted by John Titor on 01-27-2001 12:45 PM

Greetings. I am a time traveler from the year 2036. I am on my way home after getting an IBM 5100 computer system from the year 1975.

My “time” machine is a stationary mass, temporal displacement unit manufactured by General Electric. The unit is powered by two, top-spin, dual-positive singularities that produce a standard, off-set Tipler sinusoid.

I will be happy to post pictures of the unit.

Over the next four months, John Titor answered a slew of questions and posted pictures of his time machine as well as an operations manual.  JT said he was on a stop over visiting some family in the year 2000 before heading back to 2036.  He explained that he was sent on a mission to retrieve the IBM 5100 computer in order to prevent a UNIX timeout that he says will occur in the year 2038 and also talked about fulfilling a promise he made to his grandfather.

John answered questions IRC in chat rooms with little hesitation and explained time travel in the same way a knowledgeable geek can explain how a computer works.  When asked how time travel is possible, John replies, “As it turns out…if you encounter a black hole that is spinning and has an electrified field, you will not be killed passing through it’s massive gravitational fields… CERN will discover some very odd things as a result of their high energy experiments.”  JT was grilled hard by the forum posters who were trying to disprove his claims such as an American civil war in 2004, a short WWIII  in 2015 and serious Middle East unrest.

Many people wrote him off as a prankster and others still believe him to this day saying that his predictions apply to another worldline which would explain why they haven’t come true – for us anyhow.  No matter which way you look at it, the things he said and how he said them impacted the story m0re than his pictures and diagrams.  As I read through his posts and his chat logs, I hear a man at a bar on a short vacation who is telling stories no one would believe about his life and his job to complete strangers knowing that what he says won’t matter because he’s never going to see them again.  I really enjoyed the story regardless if it’s a hoax or not.  It is truly one awesome piece of Sci-Fi worth a read.