Machine of Death

The title of a new collection of stories, each illustrated, “about people who know how they will die” (it’s predicted by a machine). Edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bernardo, and David Malki (Venice CA: Bearstache Books, 2010).

Yes, the Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics (which I post about fairly often). One of the stories is his, and another is by Randall Munroe of xkcd, and still another by David Malki of Wondermark, and there are other cartoonists and writers contributing, including lexicographer Erin McKean.

The premise comes from North, in a 2005 Dinosaur Comics reproduced in the introductory pages to the volume.

It arrived today, so I’m just beginning to sample it.


3 Responses to “Machine of Death”

  1. The Ridger Says:

    I think you will enjoy it. Some of the stories are truly excellent My favorites are “Almond”, “Nothing”, “While Trying to Save Another”, and “Flaming Marshmallow”.

  2. The Ridger Says:

    ps Erin McKean’s is pretty good, too.

  3. Tané Tachyon Says:

    My linguistics-major older son has that; he brought it home with him on winter break and read the story “Firing Squad” out loud to us.

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