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

So on the very long list of reasons why London rules is the fact that you can just turn up for things, as I did recently, like the annual Faraday Prize & Lecture at the Royal Society. (Yes, this is the same learned scientific society that was founded by Charles II in 1660 and has counted amongst its fellows Newton, Darwin, Bohr, Faraday, Maxwell, Heisenberg (no, not that one), Einstein, Oppenheimer, Crick & Watson, Dawkins, and Hawking, amongst many others.) This year's was given to and by eminent particle physicist and science writer Professor Frank Close OBE, from Oxford.

Feeling jaunty, I guess, I made so bold as to ask a question – and, worse! a metaphysical one. It made it into the video. (The question immediately prior to mine – not to mention its answer – was better, so I start the video there. I expect we'll all know this kid's name soon enough.)

The lecture, and other questions and answers, are well worth watching.

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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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