25 Years of ThiemeWorks on September 1 2018

by rthieme on August 28, 2018

A Quarter-century of ThiemeWorks 1993-2018

On September 1, 1993, the first year commercial enterprises were permitted on the Internet, I took a leap of faith, left a successful career, and launched ThiemeWorks as a platform for professional speaking, writing, and consulting.

That was 25 years ago. In 23 years of speaking for Def Con, I have morphed from “a father figure for online culture” (London Sunday Telegraph) to “a grandfather figure for online culture” (witty hacker). You can not predict the future but with luck and the generosity and good will of others, you can co-create it. My gratitude is too deep for words.

We are built to live in space that is gateless, unbounded, free.” – Ferg’s Law in “Islands in the Clickstream.”

have mouth, will travel.


















The Hague

Ghent Belgium



Wodz Poland


Victoria BC







Eilat/Tel Aviv

Kuala Lumpur



closer to home …



New York


San Francisco CA

San Diego CA

Monterey CA







Kansas City

Burlington VT

Woodbury VT


San Antonio




New Orleans

Baton Rouge




Louisville KY

Murray KY



Kansas City

Columbus OH



Sun Valley ID

Los Alamos NM


Des Moines IA

Iowa City IA

Davenport IA

St. Louis

Las Vegas

Lake Tahoe


Provo UT

Charlotte NC

Washington DC

Fort Meade MD

Arlington VA

Norfolk VA

Hampton VA

Charlottesville VA

Springfield VA

Lafayette IN

Indianapolis IN


local …

Minneapolis MN

St. Paul MN

Stillwater MN

Edina MN

Eden Prairie MN

Richfield MN

St. Louis Park MN

Minnetonka MN

Wayzata MN

Eagan MN

Woodbury MN

Shakopee MN

New Hope MN

Mankato MN

and …


Milwaukee WI

Madison WI

Green Bay WI

Eau Claire WI

La Crosse WI

Sheboygan WI

Racine WI

Kenosha WI

Appleton WI

Waukesha WI

Beloit WI

Whitewater WI

Port Washington WI

Mequon WI

Shorewood WI

Whitefish Bay WI

Brookfield WI

Wauwatosa WI

Oconomowoc WI

Clintonville WI

Green Lake WI

Ripon WI

Grafton WI

Random Lake WI

Butler WI

New Berlin WI

West Allis WI

St. Francis WI

Burlington WI

West Bend WI

Waterford WI

Delafield WI

Muskego WI

Mukwonago WI

Elm Grove WI

Pewaukee WI

Menominee WI

Chippewa Falls WI

Antigo WI

Greendale WI

Hartland WI

Franklin WI

Germantown WI

Lake Geneva WI

Janesville WI

McFarland WI

Wales WI

Oostburg WI

Fontana WI

Manitowoc WI

Mishicot WI


and …


Chicago IL

Crystal Lake IL

Zion IL

Grays Lake IL

Waukegan IL

Lake Forest IL

Winnetka IL

Wilmette IL

Northbrook IL

Hillside IL

Galena IL

Oak Park IL

Rosemont IL

and invited, but unable to go for various reasons, to …





Sao Paulo


Abu Dhabi




New Delhi

and some writing along the way …

The Road to Resilience: Strategies for Playing Through the Pain” – ICS2 – Nov-Dec 2018.

The UFO Phenomenon (co-editor) – coming soon from Anomalist Books

a review of “UFOs: Reframing the Debate” –  Journal of Scientific Exploration. Fall 2018

A Richard Thieme Readera 5-volume e-book anthology of fiction and non-fiction on Kindle, spring 2016. On Kindle.

FOAM – a novel (Exurban Press: September 2015)

Mind Games, A Collection of Nineteen Stories of Brave New Worlds and Alternate Realities Duncan Long Publications, April 2010

Richard Thieme’s Islands in the Clickstream, a collection of non-fiction, Syngress Publishing (a division of Elsevier), July 2004. (The column, “Islands in the Clickstream,” was published in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Toronto, Djakarta, Dublin and Capetown and distributed to thousands of subscribers in 60 countries before Syngress published the collection.)

UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry (Anomalist Books: San Antonio, TX: 2012) by Michael Swords and Robert Powell, with Richard Thieme, Clas Svahn, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Bill Chalker, Barry Greenwood, Jan Aldrich, and Steve Purcell – a team effort by a collection of veteran UFO historians and researchers who spent four plus years researching, consulting, writing, and editing to develop a work of historical scholarship on government response to the UFO phenomenon from WWII to the present. Recommended by CHOICE for inclusion in all academic libraries, currently in 100+ university and public libraries..

Silent Emergent, Doubly Dark” in Subtle Edens (editor Allen Ashley, Elastic Press: Norwich UK: 2008)

“I Remember Mama” in New Writing, Volume One: An Anthology of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama From Press Americana (2013)

Entering Sacred Digital Space” published in New Paradigms for Bible Study: The Bible in the Third Millennium from T. & T. Clark, Ltd., June 2004.

Identity/Destiny” 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 Changing Context of Intelligence and Ethics:  Enabling Technologies as Transformational Engines” in Defense Intelligence Journal. Published in an adapted version in the proceedings of the New Paradigms for Security Workshop (NPSW 2008) and at the Ethical Spectacle (January 2009 – www.spectacle.org/ as “Changing Contexts of Security and Ethics: You Can’t Have One Without the Other.” Commissioned by the University of Maryland.

Short stories in Analog Science Fiction, Ascent, The Puckerbrush Review, Timber Creek Review, Porcupine, Zahir, The Future Fire, The Ranfurly Review, Bewildering Stories, anotherealm, Pacific Coast Journal, The Potomac Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Karamu, Combat, Heartlands, The Circle Magazine, The Listening Ear, Words on Walls, Nth Degree, Down in the Dirt, EWG, Phrack, Cantaraville (Eight), Chaos Theory: Tales Askew, Wanderings Magazine, BigCityLit …

articles in: Forbes, Salon, Information Security, SIGNAL, American Center for Democracy, Review Americana, The Gardian (Infragard), Secure Business Quarterly, Cyber Defense Magazine, ICS2, LAN Magazine, Village Voice, LA Weekly, South Africa Computer Magazine, Wired, Counter Punch, The Pedestal Magazine, Common Dreams, alternet, Internet Underground, National Catholic Reporter, Anglican Theological Review, Asia Times Online, .net, Internet Today, Pravda, rebelion, ATTAC Madrid, Computing Japan, Business Times of Singapore, Convergence (Toronto), Computer Underground Digest, CTHEORY, DoubleClick, Ethical Spectacle, Small Business Times, Computer Mediated Communication, Skeptica (Denmark), Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Informatiebeveiliging (Netherlands). Now Magazine (Toronto), Future Briefs, Access Control & Security Systems, The Bangladesh Report, Phrack, The Witness, Interesting Times … translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Slovene, Dutch, Hebrew, Danish and Indonesian and taught at universities in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

articles anthologized in Digital Delirium, Cyber Reader II, Cyberculture (UK).

fiction anthologized in CyberTales: Live Wire; Chaos Theory; Distinguished Writing: A Master‘s Journal; Whortleberry Summer; Autumn Glory; and Subtle Eden (November 2008, London, Elastic Press). Non-fiction anthologized in New Writing, Volume One: An Anthology of Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Drama From Press Americana

the short stories Gibby the Sit-down King, published in the Timber Creek Review, and The Man Who Hadn’t Disappeared, published in Karamu, were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Beverly Deprey August 28, 2018 at 5:34 PM

When are you coming back to speak in the milwaukee area?

rthieme August 28, 2018 at 8:11 PM

I’ll be speaking for a dinner meeting of the Wisconsin Forum at the Astor Hotel in Milwaukee on October 16.

Michael Adkins August 29, 2018 at 9:17 AM

As with the previous comment, when are you scheduled to speak in Austin and where? I’d love to catch you and say hey.

rthieme August 29, 2018 at 9:33 AM

Coming up are local talks here in MSP (St Thomas University, clubs) and Milwaukee, Chicago, and Salt Lake City in Sept. and Oct. Nothing in Austin at the moment. Yank the chains at South-by-Southwest 🙂

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