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The Glass Pond

Kenneth King

Eric Seever, an award-winning author, emails his lifelong friend, Julian Forbes, the internationally renowned violinist who is touring India with the Budapest National Symphony Orchestra, to share some surprising information. Eric originally foretold the personal computer and Internet more than a decade before they occurred after discovering an unusual book about prophecy written by an anonymous ‘Hindoo Master’ whose secret identity he has just discovered. Eric knows Julian will be able to help him unravel a mystery. Meanwhile, Eric helps his grandson Marco, who is preparing for college while dealing with the traumatic death of his football buddy. Julian returns exhausted from his world tour, but insists they meet at Max’s Comedy Club in Greenwich Village to see Eric’s madcap comedienne sister, Edith Seever Evermore, perform her over-the-top act. As Eric and Julian begin catching up, they quickly start making unusual discoveries about the interlocking puzzles of their past and future. So begins a poignant novelistic symphony that ranges over the enigmas of life, death, memory, music, and the quantum dimensions of time.

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ERIC SEEVER WAS working at his desk by the window amidst an array of leafy plants and bright flowers—his home office—overlooking Manhattan’s expansive Third Avenue, computer screen lit, surrounded by papers with notebook spread out, when the buzzer rang. Though in his mid-seventies he was robust and looked younger than his years, with a trim figure and short salt-and-pepper hair.

“Hi, Grandpa, am I disturbing?” Marco asked tentatively as Eric opened the door to greet him.

“Marco, you know you’re never disturbing,” he replied warmly, giving his grandson a big hug. “I’m always glad to see you. That’s why I gave you a set of keys, so you know you’re always welcome.”

“Well, I just like to make sure so I’m not disturbing in case you’re working.”

“I’m interrupted all the time—that’s part of how it happens! Oh, my goodness, you’re really growing. How tall are you now?”

“Six feet.”

Marco’s dark brown hair, parted on the right, fell gracefully over his forehead giving his boyish good looks a sheepish expression that emphasizes his broad shoulders and graceful lanky frame.

“You’re taller now than your father and myself!” Eric exclaimed, hugging him again affectionately, “What have they been putting in your food?”

Marco laughed, “It could be the swimming team. Makes me ferociously hungry.”

“Come in, I’ll get you something to drink, and you know that means apple or cranberry juice!”

“Actually, grandpa, I’d love a cup of coffee.”

“Fine—I also have some of those raisin muffins you like, with some honey—much better for you than butter and processed sugar. What have you been up to?”

Marco followed his grandfather into the kitchen, “I wanted to talk with you, because… I’m rather confused by all the decisions I have to make about college. Mom and Dad try to help me but are very busy, and along with Mrs. Steen, my guidance counselor, there’s so much I can’t figure out. Reports on TV and online keep saying automation is taking away jobs, and that work will be obsolete, but that seems silly, don’t you think?”

“Well, Marco, society is always changing, and it’s true that many professions, including lawyers and even the medical profession, will continue to be greatly impacted by computers and automation,” Eric explained as he started brewing the coffee and taking the muffins out of the refrigerator, noticing Marco staring at him intently.

“Grandpa, the idea of a jobless society seems like misinformation or brain-washing, doesn’t it? I mean, who’s going to solve the pollution of the oceans, catastrophic weather, what to do with all the accumulated nuclear waste, or the water shortages throughout the world—or the long-neglected infrastructure and huge refugee problem? A lot of my classmates aren’t planning on college, given how expensive it is and the shortage of jobs, but there’s so much work that has to be done!” A frown creased Marco’s brow.

“Well, I’m glad you realize that and are thinking so realistically about the future. I know that many experts think a liberal arts education may be a dinosaur, though I’m glad I had one. You did terrifically on your college entrance exams. Your math and science scores were off the charts, so you should have no trouble getting a scholarship.”

Looking puzzled, Marco blurted out, “But I’m not sure what kind of be engineer I want to be, or how exactly it fits into AI and Environmental Studies or climatology. Science has to find a way to engineer the environment to prevent so many hurricanes and wild fires that keep happening—too many species of animals and insects have already been wiped out and microplastics are everywhere. I know that artificial intelligence cuts across all areas of computer science and involves much more than robotics… There’s so much work that needs to be done—” He paused.

“For sure—and I’m glad you understand that,” Eric replied, trying to surmise where Marco was heading.

 

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“Author Eric Seever predicted the rise of personal computers back in the early 1970s—not that anyone really noticed at the time, or since. His own predictions were inspired by a work found in a since-shuttered Manhattan bookstore, a mysterious volume called Seership by one “Hindoo Master.” Eric has just discovered that Hindoo Master was one of several aliases used by American lawyer William Walker Atkinson, an imposter whose potential motivations have set the protagonist’s mind whirling. Eric dashes off an email to his childhood friend, celebrated violinist Julian Forbes, who responds with some thoughts on music’s deeply mystical dimensions… The correspondence, which soon becomes a renewed, in-person friendship, tackles the nature of art, time, memory, mystery, and humans’ relationships with death. King structures his novel primarily as a series of conversations, recalling the dialogues of Plato… the symposiumlike discussions will likely inspire new connections about life, death, and art.”

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