Monday, August 13, 2012
Dear The Balance of Terror
Dear The Balance of Terror:
Sorry I missed you the last time you were around. I’m afraid people will look at this in the future when such things are inevitably made into consumable compendiums (compendia?) and think, what was this about and how could you write a letter to something called “the balance of terror”? The balance of terror is just what I was afraid of—this is what I can tell you. It’s complicated beyond that and it brings up some uncomfortable truths that I cannot share in this format. Please don’t, please don’t—I might scream deep down in those depths.
Anyway, I’ll go off on a tangent here (deflecting, denial, etc.). The Balance of Terror is the title of my lifetime collection of short fiction. It has no form yet since it is not yet completed (I’m still alive, as of this writing), but it is still somewhere, bound together in some unseen dimension, the one unbound by time. Flip to page 241. Yeah, I was amazed too. Will that be my writing? I can’t wait!
So, here at the end, some may wonder, what does that first sentence (Sorry I missed…) mean? It means I’m afraid, but I’m okay. You will find out more if you stay tuned. I hope you will.