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

Death is Chasing You

An Apologia for the Zombie Apocalypse Novel as Existential Literature

And but so I've long had this essay brewing, a grand apologia about how the ZA novel is actually the ultimate sandbox for the exploration of existential themes, how I swear up and down if Graham Greene were alive today he'd be writing them, &c. &c. I never got around to writing it, but instead finally put it together as a talk for the recent Nine Worlds London GeekFest Convention, which was incredibly good fun. There was no filming allowed, but herewith the audio and slideshow (the slides are the fun part), and all you're really missing is me stalking around a semi-dark room gesticulating. Topics range across Camus, Sartre, Kierkegaard, Santayana, Frankl… and Romero.

Here's full text of the talk, by the way, minus some last-minute hand-chicken-scratched emendations, and on-the-day extemporising.

Oh, yeah, and here's a single still – taken from the front-row bean-bag seating.

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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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