Selected Nonfiction

I Remember Mama – A Mini-Memoir

May 12, 2009

I Remember Mama by Richard Thieme published in Review Americana, Summer 2009 I remember my mother talking on the telephone. She sat on the telephone bench in the hallway, turned toward the wall. She always talked loudly, as if what she had to say had been compressed and forced itself out of her. Energy sprayed […]

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Engineers and Existentialists: How Critical Infrastructure Protection Turns Security Professionals into Philosophers

January 6, 2006

Engineers and Existentialists: How Critical Infrastructure Protection Turns Security Professionals into Philosophers by Richard Thieme Published in the Infragard Journal (Winter 2006) A discussion of critical infrastructure protection in the larger context of public/private partnerships would seem to be a simple matter. I imagine that many security professionals, if they studied philosophy at all, did […]

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Are There UFOs on Mars?

July 1, 2005

Are There UFOs on Mars? by Richard Thieme It’s a matter of common sense, really, this UFO business, that and taking the time to understand all kinds of human activity from the psychology of perception to “black budget” and other clandestine operations to the uses of cults and religions for purposes of social control. It’s […]

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Persons of Conscience and the Laws of Robotics

March 12, 2005

Persons of Conscience and the Laws of Robotics by Richard Thieme The Three Laws of Robotics I have been listening a lot lately to persons of conscience. What do I mean by “persons of conscience?” Let’s take a cue from Jeffrey Wigand. Wigand, made famous by the film The Insider, is the man who called […]

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The Enemy is the Machine: A Letter from Israel

June 12, 2004

The Enemy is the Machine: A Letter from Israel by Richard Thieme In a world frightened of both terror and warnings about terror, what is the worst danger?  To live with fear or not to live at all? And if we dare to live, should we fear most an explosion or the loss of our […]

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The Future is Not What it Used To Be

April 27, 2004

This is the statement by Robert Adams as to what he would like. I see the context of his questions or way of framing the issues that leads to this essay, a little more than 2000 words (2191) and hence available for editing. Robert’s issues are included and recontextualized; the essay illuminates the context of […]

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Talking to Ourselves

January 14, 2004

Once upon a time in the sixties, I published a short story in Analog Science Fiction about a man who invented a virtual reality machine and let a carnival owner try it out. The carnival owner was so hypnotized by the fantasy world and its contrast with the grim realities of his life that he […]

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Identity/Destiny

October 7, 2003

Identity/Destiny. by Richard Thieme “Identity/Destiny” was published in Prophecy Anthology, Volume 1“  a full-color book featuring sequential art by artists such as Shannon Wheeler, Scott McCloud, Sho Murase, Yuko Shimizu, Nathan Fox and Bernie Mireault by Sequent Media (2004). The text accompanied wonderful graphic narrative. Identity is destiny. Identity is designed. Our destiny then is […]

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Straight Talk on Useability

August 9, 2001

Straight Talk I write an column called “Islands in the Clickstream” that is disseminated over the Internet. It’s about our interaction with new technologies and the larger issues of our lives that they raise. One reader wrote that more and more of my columns were emphasizing sentiment, rather than technological issues. He was right. So […]

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Ferg’s Law

December 16, 1997

This is how the Internet works: Somebody in Kentucky finds one of my columns and asks to reprint it in a newsletter. Our email exchange begins a dialogue – in this case, on Buddhism, on-line spirituality, and how the world works – and in one of her exchanges, my email pal says, “I have a […]

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