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Amazing 1892 Golf Novel Predicted Bullet Trains, TV and More

Written by Steve Smith

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Little things, too, amaze him: He no longer has to shave every day; instead, he brushes a miraculous preparation of some sort over his cheeks once a week and this is sufficient to keep down his beard. Similarly, he uses a hairbrush that keeps his hair atrepparttar length of his choosing, so he never needs to visitrepparttar 105775 barber (which is good, since barbers no longer exist).

The appeal of Golf inrepparttar 105776 Year 2000 is perhaps stronger today than it was when it was first published. Golfing fans, as could be expected, enjoy it for its wry commentary onrepparttar 105777 sport as practiced inrepparttar 105778 19th century and inrepparttar 105779 "future" (our present) as imagined by a contemporary of H.G. Wells, who was also writing speculative fiction about things to come. General readers have fallen in love with it, too. Not only is it fun to go through it tallying up author McCullough's hits and misses onrepparttar 105780 predictive front,repparttar 105781 book radiates a kind of Victorian charm that is reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes story.

Now,repparttar 105782 world is rediscovering this little literary fantasy.

In January of 2005, news services reported that an American collector named James Espinola had paid $2,240 at auction for a rare first edition of Golf inrepparttar 105783 Year 2000. Although Espinola is said to be inrepparttar 105784 process of selling off his own huge collection of golf memorabilia, he was quoted as explaining that he can't resist buyingrepparttar 105785 occasional "odd thing" at auction--and this was one of those things.

The Edinburgh, Scotland, auction house of Lyon and Trumbull had guessed thatrepparttar 105786 book would fetch less than a quarter of what it ended up bringing. The auctioneers' golf specialist was quoted as saying thatrepparttar 105787 final price "took us a bit by surprise."

Although original editions ofrepparttar 105788 book are extremely rare, it has occasionally been reprinted in facsimile editions from time to time. No one thought to make it available torepparttar 105789 vast audiences ofrepparttar 105790 World Wide Web, though, until recently.

On February 26, 2005, a little over a month followingrepparttar 105791 news aboutrepparttar 105792 auctioned first edition, Golf inrepparttar 105793 Year 2000 made its Web debut at The full text of this odd and engaging book is finally available for anyone, anywhere to read--without charge.

Atrepparttar 105794 end ofrepparttar 105795 book,repparttar 105796 main character declares that he does not intend to wake up and find himself back in 1892 again, and that his amazing adventure was all a dream. "No, no; I'm in 2000, and in 2000 I mean to stay." Like him,repparttar 105797 tale of his adventure seems to have found a secure place in our time.

Steve Smith is a writer and editor currently living near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His most recent Web site projects include Golf In The Year 2000 ( and Tops4Tennis (

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