There is a machine in the world that knows how you are going to die. It will tell you how, but it will never tell you when, and although its predictions can be vague (“FUDGE”) or seemingly ironic (“NOTHING”), the machine is never wrong.
This is the premise behind Machine of Death, a new anthology out today featuring over 30 stories, from both experienced and debut authors, that explores this prolific concept. The idea came about in a 2005 Dinosaur Comics strip by strip creator and Machine of Death editor Ryan North. (This one, in fact.) The notion of such a machine resonated with the strip’s readers, taking a topic as large and multi-faceted as death and focusing it down to a deeply personal level. (What do you think your prediction would say?) That excitement snowballed into the idea of a published anthology full of stories revolving around the Machine.
Below the cut we’ll look at the path the anthology took to publication, see how the finished product came out, and close with an interview with Machine of Death editors Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki !.
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