Amazing 1892 Golf Novel Predicted Bullet Trains, TV and More

Written by Steve Smith

Did you hear aboutrepparttar strange little book, written in 1892, that predicted such wonders as bullet trains, digital watches, television and women's liberation decades before those things came to pass?

The book leapt intorepparttar 105775 news in early 2005 when a rare first edition sold at auction for more than $2,000.

The strangest thing aboutrepparttar 105776 book is that it is not a work of science fiction, as we would generally understandrepparttar 105777 term, nor some obscure tract of religious prophecy. Instead it's a novel about, of all things, golf.

Written by a 19th-century professional Scottish golfer named J. (or Jay) McCullough, about whom very little is known, Golf inrepparttar 105778 Year 2000; or, What We Are Coming To also predictedrepparttar 105779 advent of golf carts and international golf competitions.

Published under McCollough's pseudonym, J.A.C.K.,repparttar 105780 book chroniclesrepparttar 105781 tale of a character named Alexander J. Gibson who falls into a near-comatose state on March 24, 1892. He awakens 108 years later (on March 25, 2000) into a world, where, among other things, women dress like men, run businesses and hold most ofrepparttar 105782 top government positions.

Gibson also learns, to his considerable delight, that women do allrepparttar 105783 work in this evolved society whilerepparttar 105784 men play golf full time. Upon being informed of this fact, he cries out that it's "the dream of my former existence come true! I am, indeed, a lucky man to see it. ... The world is evidently getting things ship-shape. ... Oh, how I would like to wake up some of my old chums. I know a few who would appreciaterepparttar 105785 arrangement."

But Gibson finds that his beloved golf has changed radically, too. He has to adjust torepparttar 105786 existence of driverless golf carts, golf clubs that automatically register their user's score and jackets that yell "Fore!" wheneverrepparttar 105787 golfer begins to swing. He findsrepparttar 105788 jackets to be particularly grating, but it'srepparttar 105789 rule at every club in Britain: you can't play unless you're wearing one.

He also gets to watch -- via a television-like device that works through an elaborate mirror arrangement -- a golf competition between Britain andrepparttar 105790 United States, much likerepparttar 105791 Ryder Cup (an event which did not begin until 1927).

And, he learns that wars have ceased, at least amongrepparttar 105792 European powers, because international disputes are now settled by ... golf matches.

One thing about golf hasn't changed, Gibson reflects following a round of golf in which he emergesrepparttar 105793 victor--and has to listen to his defeated opponent grousing about bad luck. "The same old excuses, I thought. Among all those inventions, surely they might have got something new in that line."

The main character's adventures inrepparttar 105794 year 2000 also include taking a ride in an underground tubular railway, which people familiarly callrepparttar 105795 "tub," and reading about a new London-to-New York speed record of two hours and 32 minutes, which is achieved by a bullet-type train traveling beneathrepparttar 105796 Atlantic Ocean.

Revised: Where Can I Publish my Book?

Written by Arthur Zulu

“If you write without getting published, then there is no use in writing at all” Those are words of wisdom from someone who wants you to seriously consider publishing your book.

But before you really do so, you will do well to consider these questions:

1.Have I actually written a best – seller?

2. Do I believe that people will read my book?

3. Is my theme such a timely one thatrepparttar public should know?

4. Am I expecting responses from my readers?

5. Will I benefit in one way orrepparttar 105774 other fromrepparttar 105775 publication of this book?

6. Will I be contented even if I don’t make money?

If you answer inrepparttar 105776 affirmative to one or more ofrepparttar 105777 above questions, then do not hesitate to listen torepparttar 105778 above advice to publish.

It will, therefore, be nice for you to know different publishing channels available, so as to enable you make an informed decision.

Trade Publishers

Also called commercial publishers, these arerepparttar 105779 big fish inrepparttar 105780 publishing industry. They include Longman, Macmillan, Heinemann, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Doubleday Books, Little Brown and Co., and Brace Jovanovich, among others. They publish without asking for payment from authors.

My advice to you is that if you are pre – published, if you are a new writer, do not waste your time submitting your books to these elephants. Because they will not publish you!

Yes, they have published a few unknowns like Eric Segal (LOVE STORY) and Kathleen Winsor (FOREVER AMBER) But what aboutrepparttar 105781 countless others who gotrepparttar 105782 polite rejection slip: “We are sorry your book does not meet our present needs. Good luck”.

I am among that number. I got a rejection slip from one of them, one year after submission! Can you imagine that? Twelve calendar months! And inrepparttar 105783 end, you would have to pray torepparttar 105784 god of good luck, to get a publisher. And after another one year, another rejection slip. Another prayer. So you would have to spend a lifetime looking for a publisher, after months or years of hard work, writing your book.

The point is that they don’t haverepparttar 105785 time to read your book. Or they can’t recognize a good book if they see one. Or, they can’t afford to risk their money publishing a new comer like you, without hope of getting huge profits. Or, all ofrepparttar 105786 above.

But consider: If you were a great writer, perhaps a Nobel Laureate who had written a magnum opus. Or, if you were some celebrated politician with a memoir about your dalliance with some red – lipped prostitutes.

Or, if as a scientist, you had written a book about how time travels backwards, titled THE THEORY OF BACKWARD MOVEMENT. And you even promise to take your readers in a space ship to witness some epochal events –- pick your choice -–repparttar 105787 fall of Carthage, (history),repparttar 105788 splitting ofrepparttar 105789 continents (geography), Noah’s flood (religion), andrepparttar 105790 real thing --repparttar 105791 Big Bang (Science). Do you know howrepparttar 105792 publishers would react?

All of them,repparttar 105793 above ones I have mentioned, and others not named, would rush to dangle certified Bank checks with ten digit figures before your smiling face! But try sending your unsolicited manuscript, you unknown writer; and be damned! Let’s illustrate this point further. Do you know Jerzy Kosinski’s THE THIRTY – NINE STEPS? Yes, one writer had that best – seller typed, and submitted, as a manuscript by a new writer, and waited for an answer. And what reply did he get? Allrepparttar 105794 trade publishers rejected it. Allrepparttar 105795 agents told him, “no way’”. And to worstrepparttar 105796 experiment, Random House which originally publishedrepparttar 105797 book, threw it out as an insignificant book. Yet, this was a National Book Award Winner. Even, some other best- sellers were “randomly” rejected. Like THE JUNGLE by Upton Sinclair. Like Thomas Paine’s COMMON SENSE. Like MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION by Lloyd C. Douglas. Do you now understand what I mean when I say you should not go to them? But you have another chance. Subsidy Publishers

Also known as private or commission publishers, subsidy publishers are a better choice; if you can pay to get your book published. And they pay higher commission or royalties, thanrepparttar 105798 trade publishers. They include Vantage Press, Minerva Press and Avon Books. Now, paying for book publication has a long history. Many great writers started that way. Edward Fitzgerald financedrepparttar 105799 publication of his monumental work, THE RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM. Thomas Gray paid to publish his classic, ELEGY. And what about Edgar Allan Poe? He sponsoredrepparttar 105800 printing ofrepparttar 105801 book of all times, TAMERLANE AND OTHER POEMS. And Leo Tolstoy doled out money to pay forrepparttar 105802 publication ofrepparttar 105803 best novel on earth, WAR AND PEACE. The list has not ended. What about Thomas Hardy, Alexander Pope, T.S.Eliot, Alfred Lord Tennyson and many others? They did likewise. Why not submit your book to one of these subsidy publishers now?

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