Mind Games - book artist's self portrait

Richard Thieme’s Mind Games continues to garner good reviews. I found one posted at Amazon.com by J. M. Arrigo (who is, I am told, a professor familiar with intelligence operations). Here are some excepts:

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 form of the book, consonant with the theme, veers into another dimension of literature….

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. Long concludes the portrait series with mixed-media images of the author, Thieme, and the illustrator, Long himself, as if to render them third-person characters in the book as well as first-person creators of the book.

And, no, neither the author nor I paid the good professor to write his review. I should also note that while the pictures in Mind Games may appear to be pencil and/or ink sketches, they are in fact digital start to finish.

Duncan Long is a freelance magazine and book artist for HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross,the Sun, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and many other publishers and self-publishing authors. See his cover illustrations at: http://DuncanLong.com/art.html