June 9, 2018
4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
Non-fiction, Fiction and the Gray Between: Readings from Mind Games, FOAM, and UFOs and Government
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Richard Thieme was advised by an assistant deputy director of the NSA not to discuss what they explored in an ethics and intelligence project - unless he wrote fiction. "Fiction is the only way you can tell the truth," he said. Results of that advice are found in "Mind Games," a collection of 19 short stories culled from 35 stories published since then and the wild rollicking novel "FOAM," while a non-fiction work about the responses by the government to UFO phenomena from the 1940s-1980s reads like a detective story but is a remarkable historical work of 600 pages currently in 65 university libraries and considered the gold standard of well-documented research into an oft-marginalized subject.
Brief readings from these works illuminate the creativity of an artist finding his winding way along the hyper-real worlds of the 21st century and show why a reader (and listener to his many speeches around the world - google him on youtube) said "Your mind is a doorway I didn't know existed.