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Completely off topic, but this reminds me of the book "Machine of Death". Basically there's a machine that takes a small blood sample and prints out the way you're going to die.
But it's never as clear cut as you think. It could say "Old Age" and you think you're fine until your a great-grandparent. Suddenly, two days from now you're run over by a car driven by an elderly man. Old Age was responsible for your death.
Anyway, it's a collection of short stories all following the premise of said machine. Some are really funny, some twisted, some depressingly sad, but it (and it's followup book) is a great read.
/u/Extension_Bee3776 if you haven't read this book yet I am pretty sure you'll love it:
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. No dates, no details. Just a slip of paper with a few words spelling out your ultimate fate -- at once all-too specific and maddeningly vague. A top ten Amazon Customer Favorite in Science Fiction & Fantasy for 2010, The Machine of Death is an anthology of original stories bound together by a central premise. From the humorous to the adventurous to the mind-bending to the touching, the writers explore what the world would be like if a blood test could predict your death. But don't think for a moment this is a book entirely composed of stories about people meeting their ironic dooms. There is some of that, of course. But more than that, this is a genre-hopping collection of tales about people who have learned more about themselves then perhaps they should have, and how that knowledge affects their relationships, their perception of the world, and how they feel about themselves. Features thirty-four stories by Randall Munroe, Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Tom Francis, Camille Alexa, Erin McKean, James L. Sutter, Gord Sellar, Jeff Stautz, David Malki !, Ryan North, and many others. Features illustrations by Kate Beaton, Kazu Kibuishi, Aaron Diaz, Jeffrey Brown, Scott C., Roger Langridge, Danielle Corsetto, Ramón Pérez, Karl Kershl, Cameron Stewart, and many others.
Machine of Death: A collection of stories about people who know how they will die by Ryan North and others.
Here’s the Amazon link. As the title says, it’s all short stories from different authors about people knowing how they will die, but not the when or the circumstances surrounding it. Some are funny, many are twisty. You can read it in bits.
A quote: “The problem with the machine is that nobody really knew how it worked, which wouldn't actually have been that much of a problem if the machine worked as well as we wished it would. But the machine was frustratingly vague in its predictions: dark, and seemingly delighting in the ambiguities of language. "OLD AGE," it had already turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by a bedridden man in a botched home invasion.”
But yeah, it’s not for giving to everyone, “Hey, here’s this entertaining book about death.”
Try Machine of Death: a Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die by Ryan North and others. Here’s my bit from a different posting:
Here’s the Amazon link . As the title says, it’s a collection of short stories from different authors about people knowing how they are going to die, but not the when or the circumstances surrounding it. Some are funny, many are twisty. You can read it in bits.
An excerpt: “The problem with the machine is that nobody really knew how it worked, which wouldn't actually have been that much of a problem if the machine worked as well as we wished it would. But the machine was frustratingly vague in its predictions: dark, and seemingly delighting in the ambiguities of language. "OLD AGE," it had already turned out, could mean either dying of natural causes, or being shot by a bedridden man in a botched home invasion.”
There's a book (seriously recommend) with a bunch of short stories called "Machine of Death"
It's built around the premise that there's a machine that tells you how, but not when you die - and it's intentionally vague. So, the machine might tell you that you die from an airplane crash so you avoid flying your whole life just to be killed by a airplane falling on your house.
I think a better way of handling this would be to give everyone a singular topic to write a short story about and compile it into a book. Machine of Death was a really excellent collection of stories that all felt like a cohesive whole, but offered tons of different perspectives on the subject and writing styles.
Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die. I picked it up because it was written by the internet and loved almost every story to bits.
Repost of my comment from last time I saw this gif:
This is from a short video that is based on a collection of short stories.
The title of every chapter is the cause of death (ex: Suicide, Almond, Starvation, Friendly Fire, Nothing, Killed by Daniel) and they're always accompanied with a little illustration.
This is one chapter, in its entirety.
Just want to add, the anthology "Machine of Death" is a really good read.
It's based on a writing prompt which spawned, among other things, two excellent books which are collections of short stories exploring the concept. It may also be one of the origins of /r/WritingPrompts, as it was one of the earlier writing prompts on the Internet which took significant hold.
MACHINE OF DEATH, perhaps? Or the next, similar one THIS IS HOW YOU DIE, maybe?
You might know this already, but there is a really cool short-story collection and a sequel that deal with this topic.
Both great books, cannot recommend them enought
I'm reading Machine of Death right now and I'm really enjoying it. I'd say I'm about 1/3 of the way through it.
You should read this book. The idea for the party came from a short story in there. It's a GREAT collection, super cool concept.