“…blessed 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, Act III, Sc. 2)
I can imagine these Shakespearean lines occurring to my character Nebo Rhombus, confronted
with obeying the mysterious will of the “plasmamorph” in “Instrument,” one of two 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
though-projection experiments, may be the refuge from the “judging sight” of the world he’s
always sought. In “Not to Behold,” to be perceived, or not to be perceived, seems the question.