Books and Other Published Works

Machine of Death

Sixteen Single Sentence Stories

Edited by Matthew Bennardo

Sixteen writers tell sixteen very different stories -- each one only a single sentence in length. In these quick literary journeys you'll meet astronauts, werewolves, knight errants, super spies and storytellers... The stories are comic, suspenseful, wistful, joyful and even epic... But each one ends before the first full stop.

Stories by Mari Ness, Megan Engelhardt, Alex Shvartsman, and thirteen others. Edited by Matthew Bennardo, with sixteen illustrations by K. Sekelsky. Read the free PDF here.

Machine of Death

There’s an impressive amount of color and genre range in these stories, but also a touching amount of humanity.

Tasha Robinson,
A.V. Club

This Is How You Die

Co-edited by Matthew Bennardo

The sequel to Machine of Death is more expansive than the original in every way. With more variety in stories and more illustrations (as well as some cartoons), writers and artists explore the series core concept even further.

The 31 short stories hop genres from mystery to fantasy to science-fiction to thrillers to humor. Published by Grand Central Publishing (an imprint of Hachette), the book was named both one of Publisher Weekly's Best Summer Books of 2013 and one of the AV Club's Favorite Books of the Year.


Machine of Death

A marvelous collection, riddled with intelligence and creative reach...

Tasha Robinson,
A.V. Club

Machine of Death

Co-edited by Matthew Bennardo

A top ten Amazon Customer Favorite in Science Fiction & Fantasy for 2010, 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.

The book includes 34 short stories and 36 illustrations, and is published by Bearstache Books. A second volume is forthcoming in 2012. Visit to download free PDF of the entire book.

Time Traveler's Pocket Guide

This is the quintessential guide for the gentleman or lady time traveler...

Zach Weiner,
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

The Time Traveler's Pocket Guide

The Time Traveler's Pocket Guide by K. Sekelsky contains everything you need to know before you get in your time machine -- if you don't care much about scientific or historical accuracy, that is. This humorous book contains practical advice, helpful charts, a set of emergency muttonchops, and twenty-one pages of illustrations.

The Time Traveler's Pocket Guide contains additional contributions from M. Bennardo, Jeff Huber, and Sanjay Kulkarni. For more information or to buy the book (it makes a great gift for Doctor Who fans!) visit the publisher at The Time Travel Bureau.


Short Stories

M. Bennardo is the writer of numerous published short stories.

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