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#1 Nov 23 2010 at 9:50 AM Rating: Decent
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Anyone else picked this up? It's available for free from their website in PDF format. It's a collection of short stories based on the premise that, at some undetermined point in the future, we invent a machine that can tell you, accurately but cryptically, how you are going to die. While some of the stories are just what you'd expect - a story about a strange predicted death and how it plays out - many more involve the societal and psychological effects of everybody knowing how they're going to die. I found it to be a pretty good read, and fast. As an added bonus, a lot of webcomic authors contributed to it, including Ryan North, Randall Munroe, David Malki !, and Christopher Hastings. And it's free, of course.

Edited, Nov 23rd 2010 10:48am by Majivo
#2 Nov 23 2010 at 10:11 AM Rating: Good
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A friend has recommended this book to me, so getting a pdf version for free sounds pretty nifty. Thanks!
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#3 Nov 23 2010 at 9:48 PM Rating: Excellent
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If I wrote one of those stories, the machine would be all like "I can tell you when you are going to die... NOW!" and then it would run you pinky toe first through the death machine equivielent of a paper shredder.

Computers ARE evil and they ARE trying to kill you. Never doubt that for a second...
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#4 Nov 23 2010 at 10:13 PM Rating: Decent
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Computers ARE evil and they ARE trying to kill you. Never doubt that for a second...

No, sometimes computer with the capacity to tell you when you are going to die are just vindictive c**ts.
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