Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs

General MSF / ARISEN Update!

“Our main problem, and one that we share with all other Earthly creatures, is what to do next.”
- Jim Harrison (author of Legends of the Fall, and America's “foremost master of the novella”)

So, having finally provided a tidbit of news on social media (about R.C. Bray being in the studio to record the Odyssey audiobook), I realised I had been badly out of touch in general, and should really update everyone on what's up. So – here's what's up!

With the launch of ARISEN : Odyssey at the end of last year, and the resolution of every major storyline in the main series, I felt like that was a good place to pause. That does NOT mean the ARISEN-verse is closed out! After taking a break for Christmas, I got back to work in the new year on… an original screenplay. This is an idea I've had for a while – and with some interest from Hollywood, and after doing the adaptation myself on an ARISEN teleplay pilot last year… and also with the friendship and mentoring of a Hollywood screenwriter, who is not just an ARISEN fan, but an outstanding human being and friend – I finally decided I needed to take a crack at this screenplay. It's a modern special-operations military adventure (but not a zombie one), and a project I'm really excited about.

I was near the home stretch on that, and after sending an 80-page story treatment out to readers, paused on it to bang out: an original ARISEN short story (fast turning into a novella) I've been asked to write for the forthcoming sci-fi/horror/military anthology SNAFU: Last Stand. This is a pretty interesting series, and previous contributors have included such big names as Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Dirk Patton. This is supposed to launch late in the year, and I'll definitely keep you posted on that one.

And then, finally, after all of that… yes, there are two new ARISEN books in the works: ARISEN : Raiders, which will track the MARSOC Marines on the JFK from the Fall until the end of the ZA; and ARISEN : Operators, which will do the same for the Tier-1 guys at Hereford. I'm extremely excited about both of these books, and am looking forward to getting back to all-over-the-top-action/all-the-time business as usual. (And, let's face it, Odyssey was a little bit on the meditative side, especially coming as it did after ENDGAME.) I actually DO have a deadline in mind for writing and launching these two books, and you'd probably like it if you heard it… but, as usual, I don't feel able to announce it until I'm sure I can hit it. But suffice it to say they're coming - and also that I'm enormously grateful to everyone for waiting, just as I'm so happy and grateful for all the awesome support through the years. Thank you.

Oh, last but not least – We're #1 (in Post-Apocalyptic Fiction on Audible)!

As always, achieving a great milestone like this is totally down to the readers and listeners, so thank you very much indeed, and much ❤️ to you all.

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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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