Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2002.08.01 : Reader Mail, pt 1 - The Horror
"I wasn't particularly afraid of death itself. As Shakespeare said, die this year and you don't have to die the next."
        - Haruki Murakami, Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World

From: "C.B. Wiegand, MD"
To: dispatch-owner@michaelfuchs.org
Subject: Re: Razor's Edge 2002.07.27
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 02:29:41 -0700 (MST)
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Welcome to the world of the properly-shorn, ya hippie bitch!
"Razor's Edge" is *obviously* a reference to your deeply-seated
homoerotic bald-head attraction.  :)

Sounds like Big Plans are being made for travel to the Dark
Continent. Get yer shots, buddy, lest ye get stuck with a bug
that makes hep C look like a cold (and there's STILL no vaccine
for Ebola).

If you ever get a wild hair up yer ass come on down to Tucson.
We'll go down to Tombstone and gravel "I'm yer huckleberry" to
everyone we run into until they run us out on a rail. It'll be

Forever I Remain,


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Christopher B Wiegand, MD
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center

From: "Andrea"
To: "Michael Fuchs"
Subject: Re: Razor's Edge 2002.07.04
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2002 23:22:42 -0400
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Hey Michael,

I hope I am mistaken in inferring that you are planning a trip
to Africa. If that is indeed the case, PLEASE be careful. Think
twice. Africa is home to an abundance of HIV, dangerous
wildlife, deadly bacteria, disease-carrying insects, and
potentially hostile natives. Of course, it is also reportedly
one of the most beautiful collections of natural landscapes on
earth. But take care of yourself! You can always watch National
Geographic to catch a safe glimpse of the beauty there.

But then, the odds of your giving up a trip you've already
planned are about as likely as my giving up the consumption of
cheese and ice cream.

Best wishes,

From: Snitcheroo
To: dispatch-owner@michaelfuchs.org
Subject: Re: Razor's Edge
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2002 22:52:06 -0700
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Bossman, or perhaps it should be 'Bwana' – 

Closing up shop is never easy, never without regrets.  It's the
inertia of the years.  And the Bay Area is pretty easy on the
eyes. I applaud and am envious of your carpe diem especially as
my life seems more and more on track.  I will be following your
dispatches closely.

Residency application season is this fall and Emergency
Medicine is my game.  The beauty of this specialty is its
flexibility. Once emergency trained, I can go pretty much
anywhere-be it an Indian reservation to a cruise ship doctor.
I too have plans to travel the world, they'll just have to wait
a few more years.

It's been hard to keep in touch over the past couple of years,
but wherever you go and wherever you end up, just keep leaving
that trail of words/pictures/thoughts and I'll do my best to
catch up.   

With warmest regards,
p.s.  Free medical advice/common sense:  Hope you're packing
your antimalarials and up to date on your vaccines. Especially
with your history of ulcerative colitis, you don't want any
uninvited guests stressing the denizens of your gut.   Also
just saw my first case of African Sleeping Sickness-recent
immigrant from Central Africa.  That and the 2 kinds of malaria
he had made him 'Sweet Jesus, deliver me from this life'
miserable.  Also dengue aka 'breakbone fever' is endemic as
well as acute hemorrhagic fever, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis,
and pockets of a little ol' thing they used to call the black
death, responsible for the final collapse of the Roman empire
under Justinian, decimating 33% of Europe in a 5 yr period,
bringing about 300+ years of misery…ah good ol' plague!
Pack some doxycycline (good for malaria too).  Lots of DEET and
long sleeves when possible, methinks.

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

You can reach him on .

THE MANUSCRIPT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
PANDORA'S SISTERS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book One - Fortress Britain, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Genesis, by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Three - Three Parts Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Four - Maximum Violence, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Five - EXODUS, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN Book Six - The Horizon, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Seven - Death of Empires, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eight - Empire of the Dead by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : NEMESIS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Nine - Cataclysm by Michael Stephen Fuchs

ARISEN, Book Ten - The Flood by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Eleven - Deathmatch by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Twelve - Carnage by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Thirteen - The Siege by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN, Book Fourteen - Endgame by Michael Stephen Fuchs
ARISEN : Fickisms
ARISEN : Odyssey
ARISEN : Last Stand
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 1 - The Collapse
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 2 - Tribes
Black Squadron
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 3 - Dead Men Walking
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 4 - Duty
ARISEN : Raiders, Volume 5 - The Last Raid
ARISEN : Fickisms ][ – This Time, It's Personal
ARISEN : Operators, Volume I - The Fall of the Third Temple
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