DEUS EX MACHINA

On a distant island, reality show contestants battle for a slot on next week's episode. They've perfected their roles and are ready to do whatever it takes to win. The network is desperate for ratings, but the producer is losing control of the show and its crew... More...


PRAISE FOR DEUS EX MACHINA

"Brilliant... One of the best novels about American culture in years." - NPR

"Deus Ex Machina was a book waiting for someone to write it, and luckily Andrew Foster Altschul took on the job... this is a heady, fast-paced novel." - The Wall Street Journal

"A dark fable about the depravities of contemporary life and the grotesque falsifications that undergird our reality-television culture... Weirdly masterful." - The Believer

"Absurd and hilarious... Altschul brilliantly blurs fact and fantasy, entertainment and voyeurism, forming a smartly funny and timely montage that challenges the meaning of celebrity." - Booklist

"A beautifully written treatment on the anguish and uncertainty of being." - The Brooklyn Rail

"Altschul rips into reality TV and the soulless society it mirrors in a satire that takes Survivor for a midnight stroll into oblivion." - The Oregonian

"A modern Greek tragedy - a creation myth of the new social contract." - The Rumpus

"A fine, funny novel... Altschul gives the book the kind of see-saw suspense of so much reality television, then undercuts it with some deadly poetic satire." - Popmatters

"So well written that you can't look away." - The Stranger

Deus Ex Machina

Finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize!

A Rumpus Book Club Selection

A Mediabistro Book Club Selection


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