This Is How You Die

This Is How You Die

Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death

Book - 2013
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If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller, Machine of Death.

THIS IS HOW YOU DIE
Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, Inescapable Machine of Death

The machines started popping up around the world. The offer was tempting: with a simple blood test, anyone could know how they would die. But the machines didn't give dates or specific circumstances-just a single word or phrase. DROWNED, CANCER, OLD AGE, CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. And though the predictions were always accurate, they were also often frustratingly vague. OLD AGE, it turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by an elderly, bedridden man in a botched home invasion. The machines held onto that old-world sense of irony in death: you can know how it's going to happen, but you'll still be surprised when it does.

This addictive anthology--sinister, witty, existential, and fascinating--collects the best of the thousands of story submissions the editors received in the wake of the success of the first volume, and exceeds the first in every way.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455529391
Branch Call Number: SF F THI
Characteristics: xii, 492 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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May 25, 2014

There's a machine. You put your finger underneath, it takes some blood, and a little slip of paper comes out. On that little slip of paper, it tells you how you die.

The machine is never wrong. Sometimes it's less than forthright, but the machine is never wrong.

Would you look? How would this change society? Could we handle it? This book is a series a short stories set up to answer that very question. Some stories are funny, some tragic, some peaceful but none boring. This book is a fascinating exploration of our own mortality.

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