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Machine of Death by Ryan North
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Sep 06, 2011

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Read in January, 2011 — I own a copy

A dinosaur (qwantz) comic speculated what it would be like to live in a world where a machine could predict with perfect accuracy and anywhere between 0 to 100% ambiguity how you would die. The machine is never wrong. The internet was challenged to describe what life would be like in this world, and this anthology is the result.

It seems like the majority of the accepted submissions came from the webcomic community, so I expected the book to be much more depraved and morbid than it actually was. I assumed writers used to storyboards wouldn't translate well to prose, but I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong.

I must of course point out that Robert A. Heinlein did it first, and the solution in his story was for (spoiler alert) the insurance companies to murder the people responsible.

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