Early Accolades for Richard Thieme’s Mind Games
“The depth, complexity, and texture of Richard Thieme’s thought
processes break the mold.” Brian Snow, Senior Technical Director, NSA (ret)
“Thieme’s ability to communicate complex, abstract concepts and
personalize them is like verbal origami.” – Jeff Moss, Director, Black
Hat, a division of TechWeb/United Business Media, and a member of the
“Silent Emergent, Doubly Dark” is … very imaginative writing, with a
complexity that raises [the story] to the fringes of slipstream. We’re
left wondering what’s real and what’s not ….” Steven Pirie, The
“Beautiful descriptions and intriguing concepts …” The Fix (UK).
“Thieme’s clarity of thinking is refreshing, and his insights are
profound.” Bruce Schneier, security technologist and author.
“Buy this book!” – Robert Morris, Sr. Chief Scientist, NSA (ret),
holding up Islands in the Clickstream at the Black Hat Briefings
“The reader is left reeling, dizzy with insight.” Robin Roberts,
Information Security R&D, CIA (ret)
“Richard Thieme takes us to the edge of cliffs we know are there but
rarely visit. He wonderfully weaves life, mystery, and passion through
digital and natural worlds with creativity and imagination. Delightful
and deeply thought provoking reading.” – Clint Brooks, former Senior
Advisor for Homeland Security and Assistant Deputy Director, NSA
“In his writing and speeches, Thieme has never let me down. Always
informative, relevant, unpredictable and thoroughly entertaining …
.one of the great thinkers of the cyber-world.” – Larry Greenblatt,
A review from a reader familiar with all sides of intelligence operations:
“This extraordinary book of short stories draws the reader into multiple levels of reality and multiple dimensions. The settings are mostly futuristic, as in engineered societies. But the principles of social engineering are laid bare, inducing the reader to reflect on current values, desires, and markers of progress.
The story that resonates most with me is a subtle account of a married couple’s evening out with friends, “Incident at Wolf Cave.” On return home at night — by the husband/narrator’s account –they are witness to UFOs over a lake. Next day, when the husband remarks on the sighting, the wife denies it. This incident closes the door to the psychic flow between them, and they gradually divorce. A UFO story, yes, but who has not felt this closing of the door when reality changes for one friend but not another?
The form of the book, consonant with the theme, veers into another dimension of literature. The short introduction to each story describes the author’s relevant life experiences, quests, or critiques. Rather than demystifying the story, the author thereby locks the reader more securely into the mystery of the story. Artist Duncan Long has also provided a sort of portrait introduction to each story, in which the boundary between line drawing and photograph cannot be discerned — another play on the junctures of different realities.
Liking and disliking is maybe not the right attitudinal axis for this book. Better: Are we game for these uncomfortable mental adventures in consciousness and the nature of reality?”