Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
The Manuscript in Ĉesky – Ano, Prosķm!

And but so I got a big, unexpected package from Macmillan in the post today. Given the way my publishing career has been going, my heart sank as I figured it was a few off the top of some huge pile of returns they were about to pulp. Imagine my surprise and glee when it was actually the Czech edition of The Manuscript.

I was as chuffed as surprised that they not only put Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton on the cover – but they used the Leighton portrait! I've long thought that this painting of Burton, and this one nearly alone (amongst a handful of extant photos and paintings ), makes him look like the complete and utter ass-kicking bad-ass that he so very emphatically was. (*) (You can, as I often do, drop into the National Portrait Gallery off Trafalgar Square and take it in in person.)

Anyway, it's also otherwise a really lovely volume – slick dust jacket and lovely artwork and design and even a bookmark. I'm well-flattered. Of course I have no way of evalutating the translation, but it looks good to me! (The character names seem to be the same, but with some having "ovą" appended – Dana Stecklerovą, Celeste Browningovą. Ha! And Usenet postings look funny in Czech.)

It even seems to be on sale in some places. Here are some, erm, screenshots that I took.

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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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