Well, today was a big ol' surprise. I hadn't thought I'd be able to chat about any of the tales in This is How You Die, since it's not due to be released until July. But it turns out I get an opportunity to chat about this one a bit early.
See, if you've never read the first book, Machine of Death, the premise is deceptively simple: there's a machine that, with a blood test, can accurately predict how you will die. That said, correct doesn't always mean clear. The stories are as clever as the results.
Well, one of the three editors of Machine of Death kickstarted a Machine of Death Card Game. I backed it, since I love the whole she-bang, but this morning it turned out that Malki ! had gotten permission from Grand Central Publishing to release the first story of the collection if a particular goal was met.
The goal was met.
That first story? It's mine.
Now I said I wouldn't chat about my own tales in this Short Stories 365 project, and this is bending that to the breaking point as it is - but the second story was also released as a perk later right here.
"Rock and Roll," by Toby Rush
In a world where everyone can learn how they're going to die, the results can have a cachet of their own. Some fans of a rock star win a chance to spend time with him, and one girl has a very real reason to want to spend time with the icon. The sheer cleverness of Toby Rush's story blew me away - I loved the idea behind it, and the world crafted around the fallout of knowing - I think my favourite stories from these collections are the ones that take the sociological implications of the machines and run with them.
I can't wait for this collection to get out there and into the hands of readers. I'm so excited (and proud) to be a part of this anthology.
Also, I can't wait to play the card game.