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Machine of death : a collection of stories about people who know how they will die

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 3 copies
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Fiction FIC Mach
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Fiction
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Penn Hills Library Fiction MAC
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Collection  Fiction
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Avalon Public Library Fiction IN TRANSIT
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Machine of Death tells 34 stories about people who know how they will die. The machine doesn't give the date or specifics; using only a blood sample, it just spits out a sliver of paper upon which are printed, in careful block letters, words such as drowned, cancer, old age, or choked on a handful of popcorn. The realization that we could now know how we are going to die changes the world: people became at once less fearful and more afraid. For every possibility the machine closes, it seems to open several more, with varying degrees of plausibility. Over time the machine is reverse-engineered and duplicated. Eventually there are machines in every doctor's office and in booths at the mall. People can pay someone or perhaps get it done for free, but the results are the same no matter which machine is used -- they are, at least, consistent.

Machine of Death features stories by Randall Munroe, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Tom Francis, Camille Alexa, Erin McKean, Jeff Stautz, and many others. The book also features illustrations by Kate Beaton, Kazu Kibuishi, Aaron Diaz, Jeffrey Brown, Scott C., Roger Langridge, Karl Kerschl, Cameron Stewart, and many others.
Flaming marshmallow / Camille Alexa ; Shannon Wheeler, ill.
Fudge / Kit Yona ; Vera Brosgol, ill.
Torn apart and devoured by lions / Jeffrey C. Wells ; Christopher Hastings, ill.
Despair / K.M. Lawrence ; Dean Trippe, ill.
Suicide / David Michael Wharton ; Brian McLachian, ill.
Almond / John Chernega ; Paul Horn, ill.
Starvation / M. Bennardo ; Karl Kerschl, ill.
Cancer / Camron Miller ; Les McClaine, ill.
Firing squad / J Jack Unrau ; Brandon Bolt, ill.
Vegetables / Chris Cox ; Kevin McShane, ill.
Piano / Rafa Franco ; Kean Soo
HIV infection from Machine of Death needle / Brian Quinlan ; KC Green, ill.
Exploded / Tom Francis ; Jesse Reklaw, ill.
Not waving but drowning / Erin McKean ; Carly Monardo, ill.
Improperly prepared blowfish / Gord Sellar ; Jeffrey Brown, ill.
Love ad nauseum / Sherri Jacobsen ; Kate Beaton, ill.
Murder and suicide, respectively / Ryan North ; Aaron Diaz, ill.
Cancer / David Malki ; Danielle Corsetto, ill.
Aneurysm / Alexander Danner ; Dorothy Gambrell, ill.
Exhaustion from having sex with a minor / Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw ; Cameron Stewart, ill.
After many years, stops breathing, while asleep, with smile on face / William Grallo ; Scott C., ill.
Killed by Daniel / Julia Wainwright ; Marcus Thiele, ill.
Friendly fire / Douglas J. Lane ; Kelly Tindall, ill.
Nothing / Pelotard ; John Allison, ill.
Cocaine and painkillers / David Malki ; Jess Fink, ill.
Loss of blood / Jeff Stautz ; Kris Straub, ill.
Prison knife fight / Shaenon K. Garrity ; Roger Langridge, ill.
While trying to save another / Dalisa Chaponda ; Dylan Meconis, ill.
Miscarriage / James L. Sutter ; Rene Engström, ill.
Shot by sniper / Bartholomew von Klick ; John Keogh, ill.
Heat death of the universe / James Foreman ; Ramón Pérez, ill.
Drowning / C.E. Guimont ; Adam Koford, ill.
? / Randall Munroe ; Kazu Kibuishi, ill.
Cassandra / T.J. Radcliffe ; Matt Haley, ill.

Additional Information
Subjects Death -- Fiction.
Death -- Causes -- Fiction.
Forecasting -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher Venice, Calif. :Bearstache Books,2010
Edition 1st Offset ed.
Contributors North, Ryan, 1980-
Bennardo, Matthew.
Malki !, David.
Language English
Description ix, 452 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 0982167121 (pbk.)
9780982167120 (pbk.)
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