Now in his 80s, DR. RICHARD AULT is something of a literary Grandpa Moses, having published two novels this year with plans for 20 more or so in the future. His previous book, The Names in the Hat, is about a timely subject at this point in history: the reinvention of democracy. He is presently working on a novel dealing with cancer, a disease once suffered by him and now his wife. Before taking up fiction, Ault was principal author of What Works, a book about consulting, and wrote several articles and book chapters on that subject. Like the main character in Dismissal, he was a consultant to a large multinational corporation in 1970s Australia. Unlike that character, this novel is not about him.