I'm not expert, and perhaps others can correct any errors. Here's what i understand about it
A few years ago some people are in a mirc chat room. Someone comes in. He starts talking to them and explains that he's a time traveler.
Eventually, through a number of discussions, it comes out that he is from the future, and that he was sent back in time to get a device that was
critical to the continued operation of computers in the future. He explained that there was a war in the US and a nuke attack from the russians
against the US. The survivors slowly rebuilt their society, and, indeed, were still rebuilding it. They live more 'communally', and the federal
government (the bad guys) has been undone. There are, for example, multiple presidents in his time with specific areas of responsibility. He offered
some photos to support his story, such as a photo of his time machine, which is loaded into a car (sounds familiar?), and of 'gravity distoritions'
(an effect of the device) bending light. Then he dissappeared, his mission was a success. The weird thing is, that he traveled back in time to a time
when he was just a child, in florida. So while he is typing in mirc, he is also
a kid somehwere. I think in fact he claimed to have gone to
his 'old' home.
Now it enters the second phase, the discussion phase. There are a few major sources for this. ATS is not one of them. The big page on it is
I beleive its run by 'The John Titor Foundation'. Its a discussion forum and information forum specific to it.
For my part, there is the anomalies.net discussions on it. There, a woman claims to have been contacted, on the phone, by john titor. Over a few
converstations I beleive. I think
that the idea was that something had gone wrong, and he had to travel back in time agian, or some such. So
over there, the story continues. The people their found out that there is a group of hard to contact lawyers who represent the John Titor
Then there is the 'John Titor" the movie. Not really a movie, but a small theatre, I think at the instigation of the JTF but on a 'show',
something of a reenactment.
There is also John Titor the book. This is something that was produced, I beleive, via a 'vanity press', it contains more information for the
story, and is supposedly written by John Titor (nicknamed 'Boomer")'s mom in the here and now. But its not considered 'cannonical' by the hard
The other thing is that the john titor background story, is almost completey, and in detail, lifted, apparently, from a book called 'Alas Babylon"
(which however doesn't have the time travel bit).
But those web sources I mentioned above should allow you to form your own opinion.
Titor's tales of what happen in his past (our future), start, right now. Infact, technically are supposed to have already started. Nothing
spectacular he 'predicted' (tho he insisted that they weren't and shouldn' be thought of as predictions) has come true, and he didn't know about
Its a fun story. I think its a potentially valid form of multi-media. It crossses over mutliple ppages in multiple ways and pops up in print, web,
and even live performances. It take s a long time to play out. The participants, the people discussing it, are also the actors. Its an ongoing
murder-mystery dinner theatre, in a sense.
The people who did it really shoudl come forward tho, because, like I noted above, its possibly taken on a life of its own, and at least one person,
the woman, has had her life radically affected by it.