Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint about rewiring things and punching people, I'm on a weekly gaming podcast called The Crate & Crowbar, I wrote these two short stories in the Machine of Death collections, and I used to write articles like these for PC Gamer. I'm now prototyping two new games, Heat Signature and one about grappling hooks.
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My second piece of published fiction will be out in July this year, as part of This Is How You Die: the second collection of stories about a machine that can predict your death. (My first was a story in the original collection, and you can read it here).
But! Editor David Malki is also Kickstarting a card game based on the same concept, and since it’s blown its funding goal by over 1000%, they’re releasing a few stories from the anthology to say thanks.
One of them is mine! You can read it now! Here it is!
It’s about a supervillain’s henchman tasked with the job of having their enemies killed in a way that doesn’t contradict their predicted deaths. It is called: LAZARUS REACTOR FISSION SEQUENCE!
If you can’t read it, go here.
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Rosti: I've been unashamedly excited to see this story since you let us know it had been accepted into this collection months ago. Superb, Tom - you did not disappoint.
Lion: Throughout the whole thing I kept seeing Evil Genius. I'm not sure if this was intended.
Great story though!
Kim Slawson: Very nicely written! As Merlin Mann might say, "NICE!"
Jackrabbit: Tom, this is fantastic. Cannot wait for this book to come out so I can get a hard copy for my bookshelf.
Bret: Well, this kicks the pants off your story in the first collection, and that one was pretty good.
Funny, with a nice bit of actual tragedy mixed with the black humor. If the rest of the collection is this good, I'm buying extra copies.
Tom Francis: Haha, cheers everyone!
Jordan: Wow, what a story! Very entertaining!
Oji: this is brilliant...
Paul: Wow Tom! That was amazing! The last line made me laugh an oddly happy laugh. What a great story.
Paul: Over the last year, an thought has been forming inside my head: I think I want to try writing.
This was the last straw, it was just too inspiring. There's nothing I can do. I'm gonna give it a go.
Tom Francis: Wow, that's great to hear! Good luck!
Dylan: Wow, reading your stories have made me interested in the rest of the book(s). Really great work!
athomas: Just writing to say, favorite story so far in the "this is how you die" collection. Great dialogue, witty, clever, funny. Props!
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