Dangling Propositions: "The Superstoic" "Instrument" "Not to Behold"

Genre: Dystopian and Futuristic, Sci-fi, Short Stories

Book Summary

"...blest are those/Whose blood and judgment are so well commingled/That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger/To sound what stop she please." (Hamlet III, 2) One could imagine these Shakespearean lines occurring to character Nebo Rhombus, confronted with obeying the mysterious will of the "plasmamorph" in "Instrument," one of three stories comprising Dangling Propositions. A force of life from Earth's atmosphere has revealed itself to Rhombus, an image consultant/promoter. It is determined to employ him to somehow lead humankind from a world-threatening course, before that course is cataclysmically corrected. A matter of course is also plotted in"The Superstoic," though on an individual scale. Whether ultra-reticent library worker Zharko Solovich is willing, he is held to account for his right to be silent in an alternate world where no such right exists.For compulsive mimic Bogustin Guisermann, who hides himself mirroring others, being unintentionally "gifted" with the ability to blind people to his presence, as a result of thought-projection experiments, may be the refuge from the"judging sight" of the world he's sought. In "Not to Behold," to be perceived, not to be perceived, seems the question.

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