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The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka
Review by Ernest Lilley
Henry Holt and Co. Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0805096191
Date: 21 July 2015 List Price $27.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka is what the best SF should be; a story that compels the reader to grapple with the questions that drive the conflict, writing so good that you're fixed in place like a pithed frog, and characters that you care about from the opening sentence.

There are no spaceships and square-jawed heroes here, nor is there a single LGBTn (where n is whatever comes next) character -- or maybe there are, but they just aren't wearing a sign. That's fine in both cases; this book is nonstop terrific. It's a story about people simultaneously chasing and being chased by their own demons while trying to pull back the veil of mystery underlying the nature of reality and should appeal to all you zombies. It also has real science--or as close to real science as I've seen in one of the best novels I've read in a long time.

From official release/information:

Product Description: A quantum physicist shocks the world with a startling experiment, igniting a struggle between science and theology, free will and fate, and antagonizing forces not known to exist.

Eric Argus is a washout. His prodigious early work clouded his reputation and strained his sanity. But an old friend gives him another chance, an opportunity to step back into the light.

With three months to produce new research, Eric replicates the paradoxical double-slit experiment to see for himself the mysterious dual nature of light and matter. A simple but unprecedented inference blooms into a staggering discovery about human consciousness and the structure of the universe.

His findings are celebrated and condemned in equal measure. But no one can predict where the truth will lead. And as Eric seeks to understand the unfolding revelations, he must evade shadowy pursuers who believe he knows entirely too much already.

(Source: Henry Holt and Co.)

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