Machine of Death

machineofdeath  

I just finished reading a fantastic book called Machine of Death. It's a collection of short stories edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo and David Malki.

The premise is that all of the stories are set in the modern world with one important difference - there is a machine which can tell you how you are going to die. And it's vague. Cryptic, even.

The stories all focus on exploring what the world would be like if people knew how they were going to die.

Every single story is excellent. I don't think I found a single tale unworthy of inclusion in the collection.

I had first heard of this book when I came across a Kickstarter for a game that was being based on the book. The game looked sick and twisted and pretty darn funny, so I backed the Kickstarter. It was only after the project funded and closed down that I decided to get a copy of the book and read it.

I'm very happy I did. I highly recommend it to you.

There's a second book that is coming out in July called "This Is How You Die" which is another collection of stories around this same premise. I am very excited about it.