Now Reading: Emergence by John H. Holland
Just Finished: Machine of Death by Ryan North
Imagine, if you will, a world in which a mysterious machine can determine, by analyzing the tiniest drop of blood, exactly how anyone will die. Not when, not where, just how. Now imagine that the infallible machine suffers from the perversity of the inanimate. It may print someone a ticket that says OLD AGE, but the recipient may meet his end at the hands of a senior citizen. Or it may simply pronounce a mysterious doom such as EXPLOSION, ALMONDS or GOVERNMENT.
Machine of Death is a collection of stories imagining this world. Each author imagines the machine and its effects just a bit differently from the others. Some readers may find this disconcerting, but I appreciate the variety to be found among the various interpretations. Some were deadly serious, some quite funny, and some in between, with a Twilight Zone sense of irony.
I quite enjoyed the book. If you think you might want to check it out, it’s been made available in PDF, eBook, and podcast.