Beth Adele Long, Associate Editor, 
Young Writer's Scene 


And you thought time travel was impossible. 


The Steven Spielberg film AI, based on Brian Aldiss's story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long," will be released this summer, and the film's publicity campaign has apparently opened a port to the 22nd century using---what else?---the Internet.  Astute web surfers of 2001 have uncovered numerous websites related to the untimely death of a Donu-Tech scientist in 2142.  The timelines of the two centuries seem to be moving in tandem: news flashes and updates from 2142 appear on their equivalent dates in 2001.  The alternate timeline is accessible by email, telephone, and even fax, and today's web denizens are hot on the trail.  This could be the first crime to be solved almost 150 years before it even takes place. 


The cleverest have found the puzzle's earliest entry point: a phone number encoded in the AI film trailer (also found here).  Others have depended on various tip-offs regarding Jeanine Salla, whose interesting role in the film trailer's end credits has pushed sharp-eyed surfers to run Internet searches to uncover Salla's identity and, ultimately, the vast story behind Evan Chan's death. 


No single person is likely to have the time or wide-ranging knowledge needed to unravel this tangled skein, and curious researchers will find ample help from the underground community that has been laboring to solve the puzzle since late March.  Collaborative groups seem to be popping up across the Internet, each at a different stage of investigation, though patient investigators should be wary of the various think-tanks and clues pages lest they run across too much information too soon. 


Who is Jeanine Salla?  How did Evan Chan die?  Only the patient and dedicated will be able to find out.