Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2007.11.12 : Free Book
Don't Shoot Me In The Ass
And Other Stories

So this is my other book: Don't Shoot Me In The Ass and Other Stories. (You might say it's my third book, but I actually wrote it in between the other two.) For a variety of reasons, it's unlikely ever to see the inside of a cover. For a different variety of reasons, I don't know that I'd care for it to. Probably because it hasn't gone through the publishing mill, it's really the only one I still like or can look at. And, actually, I've always thought it's, as the hip-hop kids say, some of my best shiznit.

Slightly Longer Description Than "Shiznit"
There's action, suspense, high adventure, farce, cyber-thrills – all the fun stuff you virtually never find in short stories, which are unvaryingly "literary" in style. (Literary fiction being best defined as that in which nothing happens.) There's a lot of stuff here that will be familiar to readers of the other books: over-the-top action set-pieces with more guns than punctuation; examination of the effects of science and technology on our understanding of the perennial problems of philosophy and religion – especially the strange problem of being an acutely sensitive hairless hominid stuck on a wet rock hurtling through an empty cosmos; the psychological paradoxes of powerful-but-still-rather-on-edge women who are very handy with computers, guns, or both; etc. There are also a few other themes that interest me, but that haven't shown up elsewhere: the quiet capitulation of solitary young men getting a long way off from their last good relationship; unredeemed, unbearable tragedy – both personal and social, actual and imminent; and the meaning of our real and implied commitments to other people, especially when things begin to fall apart.

So, in the spirit of Cory Doctorow – who gives away all of his books electronically, at the same time they are published and sold on paper – I figured I'd throw this one out there. Here it is, the whole book, all 181 pages, all ten stories, as a PDF you can view, download, dump on your iThing, print – or even share around. Knock yourself out.

Don't Shoot Me In The Ass And Other Stories, by Michael Stephen Fuchs

As an added amusement, I'm going to keep track of how many times this is downloaded. The running count will display here in real time.



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Finally, also just for grins: if you like the book and would like voluntarily to pay for it, and keep the author out of useful work for a bit longer, you can do so here. (Securely, through PayPal, with nothing but a valid credit card required.) Manufacturer's suggested retail price is US$1.00 – which is about what I actually get on the sale of a real physical paper book – but you can change the amount in the box there to whatever you like.

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close photo of Michael Stephen Fuchs

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.

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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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