themonkeymind (themonkeymind) wrote,


ALERT! This just in from Boingboing...


David 'Wondermark' Malki ! writes, "Our Creative-Commons-licensed fiction anthology Machine of Death is finally done, and we want to make it an bestseller for JUST ONE DAY. We are urging everybody to buy the book on Amazon on October 26! In our blog post we explain the reasons why. We want to send a message that a grassroots effort can add up to something of real substance."


"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 were printed, in careful block letters, the words DROWNED or CANCER or OLD AGE or CHOKED ON A HANDFUL OF POPCORN. It let people know how they were going to die." MACHINE OF DEATH [preview] tells thirty-four different stories about people who know how they will die. Prepare to have your tears jerked, your spine tingled, your funny bone tickled, your mind blown, your pulse quickened, or your heart warmed. Or better yet, simply prepare to be surprised. Because even when people do have perfect knowledge of the future, there's no telling exactly how things will turn out. Featuring stories by: Randall Munroe * Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw * Tom Francis * Camille Alexa * Erin McKean * James L. Sutter * and many others. Featuring illustrations by: Kate Beaton * Kazu Kibuishi * Aaron Diaz * Jeffrey Brown * Scott C. * Roger Langridge * Karl Kerschl * Cameron Stewart * and many others...

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(*)...Including the fellow whose blog you are currently reading.
THE INTERNETS (another type of machine) IS SERIOUS BUSINESS.


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