Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2010.07.07 : 2005.07.07

Today is the fifth anniversary of the 7/7 attacks. As is now customary, here's a brief list of things I did to commemorate it:

  • Rode the Underground to work.
  • Lifted, and ran through the Royal Parks, in my stylin' commemorative Help For Heroes t-shirt (sleeves, as usual, removed).
  • Forgot my damned black arm band (again).
  • Cranked out this dispatch.
  • Will try to hop a bus, for a couple of blocks, on my way home in an hour.

I happen to be reading Martin Amis' memoir, Experience (which I couldn't pass up for a pound – for a first-edition hardcover – in a local charity shop. It's one of those very cool charity shops where the woman running it not only took my money, but also personally approved my literary taste). Some Amis quotes seem appropriate on the day.

"Suicide-mass murder is more than terrorism: it is horrorism. It is a maximum malevolence."
- Martin Amis, The Second Plane
"One can afford to be crude about this. When Islamists crash passenger planes into buildings, or hack off the heads of hostages, they shout 'God is great!' When secularists do that kind of thing, what do they shout?"
- ibid
"It [the world under bin Laden] would be a world of perfect terror and perfect boredom, and of nothing else – a world with no games, no arts, and no women, a world where the sole entertainment is the public execution."
- ibid
"Love is an abstract noun, something nebulous. And yet love turns out to be the only part of us that is solid, as the world turns upside down and the screen goes black. We cant tell if it will survive us. But we can be sure that its the last thing to go."
- ibid
"This is where we really go when we die: into the hearts of those who remember us."
- Martin Amis, Experience

And if you haven't seen it, here's the 7/7 Memorial in Hyde Park, which opened a year ago today.

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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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