Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2006.08.24 : The God Delusion

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciouslyly malevolent bully."
- Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

To: Cap-Q@yahoogroups.com
From: michael stephen fuchs 
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2006 12:47:46 +0100
Subject: Re: [Cap-Q] Dawkin's New Book

At 22:03 13/10/2006, Angry Femme wrote:
> The God Delusion -
> Get.This.Book.

Amen! (So to speak!)

I've still got about 100 pages of it left to read. And I think
it has some non-trivial flaws: in particular, his occasionally
flippant tone, and his occasional tendency to wander off and
indulge pet prejudices (such as a low-grade anti-Americanism),
both of which I think serve only to weaken the force of his

But, those matters aside, he really is doing God's work (again,
so to speak). Shortly after 9/11, he published an infamous
piece in the Guardian, pointing out the elephant in the room -
that it was religion that created the human guided missiles,
and was the root problem.

Now he's basically formed these ideas into a book-length
component of a "crusade" - to save the world from religion, or
at least allow people to talk about it sensibly. That's heroic
in my view. Particularly, since I consider it not unlikely that
he's headed for being murdered by some God-bothering fucktard
if he stays this course.

This wasn't a totally idle, nor non-self-interested thought:
Monday night I shared a packed auditorium in Bloomsbury with
about 2000 others to listen to Dawkins read from the book, and
answer questions - and, I couldn't help but notice, security
was pretty much non-existent. Would have been a great
opportunity to take out a lot of heathens, and their
ringleader, in one place. Dawkins was totally charming and
funny and erudite and compelling, by the way. (Favourite quote
of the evening: "Some of my best friends are bishops.")

And, in the event, we all did survive. And my copy of The God
Delusion? On the title page it's got a lovely urbane squiggle,
which I watched the man put there himself, while we exchanged a
few hurried words about selection pressures being unable to
account for the ubiquity of religion . . . Muahahaha . . .
Pardon my typical gloating.

Oh, and here's one picture (dawkins.jpg) and two crappy videos I
shot (dawkins1.rm and dawkins2.rm) but which I gave up on pretty
quickly because of total failure to predict when the really
clever bits were coming along, and because I looked like a twat
watching the whole thing through my camera.


Michael Stephen Fuchs  |  msf@michaelfuchs.org  |  www.michaelfuchs.org

        Author of THE MANUSCRIPT: www.the-manuscript.com

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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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D-BOYS by Michael Stephen Fuchs
COUNTER-ASSAULT by Michael Stephen Fuchs
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ARISEN, Book Two - Mogadishu of the Dead, by Glynn James & Michael Stephen Fuchs
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