Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die by Douglas J. Lane, Brian Quinlan, Karl Kerschl, Jeffrey Brown, James L. Sutter, Chris Cox, Kate Beaton, Tom Francis, Randall Munroe, Brandon Bolt, Brian McLachlan, Matthew Bennardo, Dean Trippe, Kazu Kibuishi, Camron Miller, Yahtzee Croshaw, Roger Langridge, Erin McKean, Camille Alexa, John Chernega, K. Sekelsky, Paul Horn, Kit Yona, James Foreman, Kean Soo, Ryan North, Cameron Stewart, Scott C., Christopher Hastings, Les McClaine, K.M. Lawrence, Shannon Wheeler, Jeff Stautz, J. Jack Unrau, David Michael Wharton, Vera Brosgol, David Malki, Jeffrey C. Wells, Aaron Diaz, Kevin McShane

452 pages first pub 2010 (editions)

fiction science fiction short stories speculative fiction funny slow-paced


"The machine had been invented a few years ago: a machine that could tell, from just a sample of your blood, how you were going to die. It didn't give you the date and it didn't give you specifics. It just spat out a sliver of paper upon which wer...

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funny 78%
dark 71%
reflective 50%
mysterious 35%
sad 35%
challenging 28%
emotional 28%
lighthearted 28%
hopeful 14%
tense 14%
adventurous 7%


medium 46%
fast 40%
slow 13%

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Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 30%

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