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The Flicker Men

A Novel

Ted Kosmatka

Henry Holt and Co.

Brilliantly conceived and multilayered, The Flicker Men is a high-concept thriller that questions what it really means to be human

In Ted Kosmatka’s wildly original and genre-busting The Flicker Men, a groundbreaking new discovery changes the world forever.

Out of a job and struggling with depression and alcohol abuse after a breakdown, the brilliant quantum physicist Eric Angus is given a second chance after he’s hired on a probationary basis by an old friend who runs Hansen, a prestigious Boston-area research lab. Unable to find inspiration for a project, Eric stumbles upon old equipment used for Feynman’s double-slit experiment and decides to re-create the test in order to see the results for himself.

Eric probes deeper into Feynman’s theory, with the help of fellow scientists Satish and Mi Chang. After extensive tests on frogs, dogs, chimps, working their way up every phylum, class, and order in the animal kingdom, Eric and his team establish a link between conscious observation and an evolutionary trait that is distinctly human: the soul. Mass chaos ensues after they publish the results of their experiment and Eric is bombarded by reporters angling for exclusive interviews and wanting to debate the varying implications. Questions arise when certain people appear to be “soulless,” and after Satish mysteriously disappears, Eric risks everything to answer them.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ted Kosmatka

  • Ted Kosmatka is the author of Prophet of Bones and The Games. His short fiction has been nominated for both the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and appeared in numerous year’s best collections. He now works in the video-game industry, where he’s a full-time writer at Valve, home of Half-Life, Portal, and Dota 2.
  • Ted Kosmatka
    Ted Kosmatka
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The Flicker Men

A Novel

Ted Kosmatka

  • Hardcover

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Henry Holt and Co.

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