50 Page Fridays: Ted Kosmatka


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

This week we enter a savagely terrifying arena in THE GAMES. Ted Kosmatka has created a world in which genetic mutations fight to the death, bringing fame and fortune to the scientists (and countries) who created them. But as with most scientific experimentations linked to power and recognition, someone goes to far. This exciting debut is a page-turner you don’t want to miss, but don’t take my word for it. Here’s DRS editor Mike Braff:

“We all know about the science of sport: advances in the technology of sport that enable athletes to compete at a higher level, made possible by scientific invention and experimentation. But what about the sport of science? What would happen if science were turned into a competition on the national scale?

This is the opening premise of Ted Kosmatka’s awesome debut, The Games. Set in a near future where extreme advances in genetic engineering and artificial intelligence have led to the creation of the Gladiator event, in which national teams pit their genetically engineered monstrosities against one-another in fights to the death. Barbaric, yes, but (as many in this fictional world would argue) the advances made by scientists involved in the Gladiator event are applied to health, agriculture, and a myriad other areas of human life.

But for the US team in The Games, the new gladiator is an anomaly. Instead of being pieced together from animal DNA, this particular organism was created from scratch: its very DNA was pieced together, nucleotide-by-nucleotide, by the most advanced supercomputer in order to create the ultimate warrior, one that would survive the competition by any means. As program director Dr. Silas Williams and xenobiologist Dr. Vidonia Joao race to figure out just what they are dealing with, the monster is growing at an alarming rate and showing worrisome signs of intelligence, enormous physical strength, and (worst of all) malice.

With frenetic action and inventive science, The Games is an absolutely stunning debut, and well worth a read: check out the first fifty pages for yourself!”

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Please enjoy this excerpt of THE GAMES, on sale March 13th!

THE GAMES by Ted Kosmatka