Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
Preparing for Disaster Preparedness
The Triumphant Return of Polly Esther

Suck.com was the web's very first (and, for quite a long time, longest-running) daily publication. (*) Founded by a couple of (particularly) disaffected Wired guys, it ran from 1995 to (its tragic cancellation in) 2001 – and basically invented a literary form along the way: the hypertextual, ironic essay. (See Johnson's Interface Culture for a rundown on that.)

Wednesdays on Suck featured the inimitable Polly Esther (instantiated in the illustrations of the nearly equally irreplaceable Terry Colon) who laid about her on the critical topics of modern dating, the tragically hip, Internet ennui, Generation X, mild mental illness, holiday hellishness, literary pretensions, alcohol and other psychic painkillers, annoyingly consequential life choices, the working life of new media pissboys, bitterness, and hyper-cynicism. Plus not to forget a giant, evil, Canadian rabbit – on crack. I previously published a list of particularly classic Fillers, to which you should treat yourself now if you haven't (or if you have).

Polly – aka Heather Havrilesky – more or less defined the age for many of us. She also made an awful lot of people feel a lot less alone.

In a couple of months, Ms Havrilesky has her first book coming out – a memoir. This event provides a critical re-balancing of a universe in which I had book deals, but members of the original Suck cadre had not. It's also very, very likely to be very, very good – not to mention enormously entertaining. (*)

Disaster Preparedness, by Heather Havrilesky


I'll be posting a review in this space as soon as the book hits shelves. Meanwhile, if it looks like your kind of thing, you might consider pre-ordering it. Pre-orders are a major factor in the success or failure of a book (and its author), and it's such a murderous landscape out there for people trying to make a living in this masochistically stupid way . . . Anyway, I'd consider it a personal favour if you pre-ordered a copy – even, actually, a great gift for that upcoming 11th anniversary of my 29th birthday, and for which I previously begged you not to get me any gifts . . . Otherwise, or in any case, do enjoy the Fillers. Cheers!

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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.

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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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