This is incredible. This is so far beyond amazing that I don’t have words for it. It is incredimazing. It is trementacular. It is absocrazifreakiperfluously staggerblasticating.
What’s amazing isn’t just that we’ve made it to #1 — we have stayed there all day. This is insane.
Here is an audio message from me and Ryan, trying to come to grips with what has happened.
• We’re accepting your forwarded receipts (from a sale of a print edition) to info at machineofdeath dot net. Specify your preferred flavor of ebook and we’ll have a free copy winging your way as soon as the files are prepared.
• The official release date for the PDF version and the first episodes of the podcast is November 2nd.
• Amazon has (temporarily?) lowered the price on the book without prompting from us — probably something they do automatically once the title reaches a certain threshold? If the price was an issue before, take another look!
…Machine of Death expands its scope outwards as you approach the middle, however, expanding into different genre and offering up some concrete information about the world we’re playing in. (“IMPROPERLY PREPARED BLOWFISH” is a particularly fun gangster thriller while “MURDER AND SUICIDE, RESPECTIVELY” and “NOTHING” are sort down-to-earth science fiction twisters.) The overall theme itself matures, moving into stories that are simultaneously goofier (“EXHAUSTION FROM HAVING SEX WITH A MINOR”…we meet again, Mr. Croshaw.) while taking a more considered look at the Machine of Death and its consequences (“CANCER” by David Malki !). At this point you’re pulled in completely, despite the similarities, and the anthology really begins to shine.
Machine of Death is highly engaging, interestingly crowdsourced, and crafted with a great deal of care. You’ll be thinking about it long after you’re through reading. (I personally finished the book with a wishlist in my head of authors I wanted to see tackle the concept.)
And we’re still going strong. I got Wondermark Artist Editions ready to drop, I should probably remind you that I’ll be at Long Beach Comic-Con this weekend, I got all kinds of TopatoCo stuff to talk about — but this is incredible.
YOU DID THIS