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Ted Kosmatka

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TED KOSMATKA set his sights early on being a writer. This mostly involved having all his writing rejected, pursuing a biology degree, dropping out before graduation, and becoming a steel worker like his father and grandfather. Then the mill went bankrupt. After that he worked various lab jobs where friendships were born and fire departments were called. (And where he learned the fine point of distinction between fire-resistant and fire-proof) Eventually, Ted ended up at a research lab. Then came the final logical step: ditching all that to write video games in Seattle. Ted’s fiction has been nominated for the Nebula and Sturgeon awards. His novel THE FLICKER MEN was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best thrillers of the summer.

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The Games

3.47 avg rating — 2,031 ratings — published 2012 — 15 editions
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The Flicker Men

3.63 avg rating — 1,901 ratings — published 2015 — 16 editions
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Portal 2: Lab Rat

4.23 avg rating — 528 ratings — published 2011
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Prophet of Bones

3.30 avg rating — 763 ratings — published 2013 — 11 editions
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The Ascendant

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The Year's Best Science Fic...

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Lightspeed: Year One

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“I drank until I couldn’t remember which hand held the gun and which the bottle. I drank until they were the same.”
Ted Kosmatka, The Flicker Men

“The enrichment center would like to announce a new employee initiative of forced voluntary participation.

If any Aperture Science employee would like to opt out of this new voluntary testing program, please remember; science rhymes with compliance.

Do you know what doesn't rhyme with compliance?


Due to high mortality rates, you may be reluctant to participate in the new initiative.

The enrichtment center assures you this is a strictly selfish impulse on your part, and why can't you love science like [insert co-worker's name here]?”
Ted Kosmatka, Portal 2: Lab Rat

“They were so far-fetched, so ridiculous, that only someone with his kind of power would have a vested interest in shifting attention away from the commission. It was a method torn from the pages of the oldest propaganda books. Tell a lowercase lie, and people won’t believe it. Tell a standard lie, and people will doubt it. But tell a lie in all caps, a lie of truly colossal proportions, and that people will have to believe. And although such a colossal lie, when told by a man of power and position, requires little in the way of actual proof, it is still vulnerable to a large enough burden of contrary evidence.”
Ted Kosmatka, The Games

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