Creating images on my computer started out as a hobby. However, this did not last long, as I quickly became aware that my hobby was shared by hundreds, if not by thousands, of like-minded enthusiasts, and I began to wonder whether it was a fad rather than a hobby.

In 1998 Rainbirds came in 61st in a ray tracing contest!

The contest’s theme was “Great Engineering Achievements”. You were disqualified, if you strayed off-theme.


I like reading, writing, watching, performing plays.

Short plays

Magicus Oculus ¹
The Impostor ¹
The Voyeur ¹
The Gentleman ¹
PJ For PreZZZ! ²
Music ²
The Unspeakable One ²
Copycat ²
The Boy King ²
On Short Notice ²
Confucius ²
Kadmeas ²
Ants ²

² PJ For PreZZZ!, Music, The Unspeakable One, Copycat, The Boy King, On Short Notice, Confucius and Kadmeas are “chapters” in a “mostly” prose book of fiction I wrote called Berliner. Fiction within fiction.

¹ Magicus Oculus, The Impostor, The Voyeur and The Gentleman R Magicus Oculus, short plays, a collection.


My fiction can be viewed online linked to images or vice versa. I refer to Magicus Oculus as an oBook, denoting that the book is online.

I could omail it to someone, ... O – an omail.


An oDition is a kind of interactive edition. Behold (click): Blind.

Following links (by clicking) constitutes interacting — “operating on instructions entered by somebody at a keyboard or other input device” (Encarta® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1999, 2000 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.)


Magicus Oculus also exists as an e-book that you can buy from an online bookstore.   or the nearest outlet to you.

About the plays

Magicus Oculus (play) is about a throne. (See picture.)

The Impostor — An Army officer steals the throne.

The Voyeur — Students prepare a slide presentation.

The Gentlemen — A gentleman pleads guilty.

PJ For PreZZZ! — Some Berlin card tricks.

Music — Moses is about to go home.

The Unspeakable One — Moses arrives at work in the morning.

Copycat — Helen returns from shopping.

The Boy King — Helen is detained.

On Short Notice — Moses arrives in bad weather.

Confucius — Moses and Helen come in together.

Kadmeas — Helen breaks the news.

Ants — The first play I ever wrote. Boys decide the fate of a caterpillar.

Hosted on this site

Berliner (html book) link

Magicus Oculus (html book) — plays: 2019 oBook oDition* link

Magicus Oculus (In-Line Guide page) — plays: 2019 oBook oDition** link

* paginated
** unpaginated


Verfremdungseffekt (variously translated as ‘distancing’, ‘alienation’ or ‘estrangement’ effect) applies to innocuous seeming absurdities on stage, coined by Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956), like seeing a paper moon hanging down from the rafters.

In its paginated form, Berliner has pages, by golly. of which are linked, addenda. Jumping, should the reader so choose, to an addendum, alienates. I did mean for that to happen.


Cybersex in cyberspace.


  1. Magicus Oculus
    Posted August 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Magicus Oculus can be performed.

    A thought: The heroine reads Magicus Oculus surreptitiously. It piqued her curiosity. She seeks out the author.

    I told you so. The plays could be performed.

    You can perform Magicus Oculus without my knowledge. I don’t like it. It smacks of treachery.

  2. Tom
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 12:39 am

    It does not surprise me an iota that my stories and plays are turned down, Magicus. Not an iota.

    But I think a published book of the fiction is salable. I have a pretty good idea of the layout and what could go into a printed book. Yes, a pretty good idea.

    Help me find a publisher. Market me. © big-O-try books, 1999

  3. Magicus Oculus
    Posted September 28, 2009 at 7:14 am

    It surprises me the cover counts as a selling point.

  4. Tom
    Posted September 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

    ../pub/ 8,548 KB

    The front cover is much bigger: 25 megabytes. I compressed the CMYK TIFF to an RGB JPEG for you and your slow modem.