Mind Games – A Collection of Short Fiction

The Necessity for Invention

July 11, 2005

[This is “flash fiction,” a new category generated from the fact that smaller texts are more congenial to online reading at the moment. This was published in The Listening Eye in 2005. Come to think of it, this is a riff on a theme often heard in my reflections on anomalous phenomena. I probably should […]

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The Riverrun Dummy

July 1, 2005

[“The Riverrun Dummy” was published in Zahir (Unforgettable Tales) Spring 2005 (Issue 6), edited by the undefeated Sheryl Tempchin. I always wanted to write from within the “common sense” space-time perspective that Stephen Hawking said would replace the Newtonian one in a generation or two. Most people still frame the world through Newtonian lenses, but […]

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Gibby the Sit-down King

June 1, 2005

[This was published in the Timber Creek Review in 2005. I’m glad it was. Like “The Geometry of Near,” it’s a geek story, and the people on whom the character Gibby McDivitt was based comes clearly and with a chuckle to mind. The story links to “They Call Him Mister Tubby” in Imaginary Gardens (May […]

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Incident at Wolf Cove

October 1, 2004

[Incident at Wolf Cove was published in the Summer/Fall 2004 issue (xxiii,i) of The Puckerbrush Review, Gossamer Press, Old Town, Maine.Prior to her death, the editor, Constance Hunting was a wonderful editor and offered nuanced support for many writers. The old PR was a treasure. The story was also published online as “a real page-turner” […]

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Scout’s Honor

September 1, 2004

Scout’s Honor by Richard Thieme [Scout’s Honor was published in the Timber Creek Review, Summer 2004 (Vol 10, Number 2) and subsequently reprinted in the literary magazine Ascent in August 2005. It was dedicated to my wife Shirley … for good reason. for Shirley Scout was standing at the table, lecturing. His audience was rapt. […]

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The Geometry of Near

July 15, 2004

It’s nobody’s fault. Honest. It’s just how it is. The future came earlier than expected. They kicked it around for years but never knew what they had. By the time they realized what it was, it was already broken. Broken open, I should say. Even then, looking at the pieces of the egg and wondering […]

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Break, Memory

July 11, 2004

The story was subsequently accepted by Timber Creek Review but then not printed because it had appeared in some form somewhere, and it was reprinted by Bewildering Stories and included in their “best of” quarterly collection. I wrote this story not long after a good friend, Clint Brooks, who had a distingished career with the […]

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Species, Lost in Apple-eating Time

January 1, 2000

by Richard Thieme [This is a pretty straightforward story about the emergence of successively higher structures of perception and understanding by all sentient creatures throughout the known Universe … which takes us to the edge of the Unknown Universe.  Just as genes create proteins and proteins create cells, then cells somehow organize into organisms, and […]

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Pleasant Journey

November 1, 1963

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Pleasant Journey, by Richard F. Thieme This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org […]

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