Ted Kosmatka

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Ted Kosmatka
Born Indiana
Occupation Writer
Genre Science fiction
literary fiction

Ted Kosmatka is an American writer. His short fiction has been nominated for both the Nebula Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.[1] As a video game writer at Valve, he was one of the primary writers of Dota 2 lore. He is no longer at Valve and is working on other projects.

Kosmatka's work has been reprinted in nine Year's Best anthologies and translated into a dozen languages. His scripts have been performed on stage in Indiana and New York.[2] He is co-winner of the 2010 Asimov's Readers' Choice Award.[3] His novel The Games was nominated for a Locus Award for Best First Novel. Ted's latest novel, The Flicker Men, was nominated in 2017 for the Sakura Award in Japan.

Personal life[edit]

Kosmatka was born and raised in northwest Indiana and spent more than a decade working in various laboratories before moving to the Pacific Northwest. He lives with his family in the Seattle area, not far from the water.



  • The Games (2012)
  • Prophet of Bones (2013)
  • The Flicker Men (2015)[4]

Video games[edit]

Short Speculative Fiction[edit]

  • "The One Who Isn't" LIghtspeed Magazine. July, 2016
  • "The Stone War" F&Sf, May, 2016
  • "The Bewilderness of Lions" Asimov's. March, 2016
  • "Chasing Ivory" Asimov's. Jan, 2016
  • "Cry Room," Nightmare Magazine, Feb, 2013.
  • "Haplotype 1402," Asimov's Science Fiction, July 2013
  • "The Color Least Used by Nature," F&SF, Jan, 2012.
  • "In-fall" Lightspeed Magazine, December, 2010.
  • "Escape He Done," Cemetery Dance Magazine, 2011.
  • "Blood Dauber," Asimov's, a collaboration with Michael Poore, Oct/Nov 2009.
  • "Limited Penetrance, Variable Expression," The Human Genre Project, July 2009.
  • "The Ascendant," Subterranean Online, Spring 2009.
  • "Divining Light," Asimov's, 2008.
  • "The Art of Alchemy," Fantasy and Science Fiction, 2008.
  • "N-words," Seeds of Change, J.J. Adams editor, 2008.
  • "The Prophet of Flores," Asimov's, 2007.
  • "Deadnauts," Ideomancer, 2007.
  • "Doxology," City Slab, 2007.
  • "The God Engine," Asimov's Science Fiction, Oct-Nov 2005
  • "Bitterseed," Asimov's, 2006.
  • "Quicksilver," Spirits Magazine.
  • "The Extinction of Ursus Theodorus," Deep Outside

Short Literary Fiction[edit]

  • "Last Exit of Highway 94," Kindred Voices, 2006.
  • "Indiana Harbor Jones," Workers' Anthology Audio CD, 2006.
  • "Steel," Spirits Magazine.


  • "Philip K. Dick the Shaman," Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep #18, Boom Studios, 2010.


  • Steel, a one act play


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