Published as Human.4 in the US and as 0.4 in the UK.
Kyle Straker volunteered to be hypnotized at the annual community talent show, expecting the same old lame amateur acts. But whenhe wakes up, his world will never be the same. Televisions and computers no longer work, but a strange language streams across their screens. Everyone’s behaving oddly. It’s as if Kyle doesn’t exist.Is this nightmare a result of the hypnosis?
Will Kyle wake up with a snap of fingers to roars of laughter? Or is this something much more sinister?
Narrated on a set of found cassette tapes at an unspecified point in the future, Human.4 is an absolutely chilling look at technology gone too far.
From author's official website:
"Mike Lancaster was born in a fold in time that allows past and present to mix like paints on a pallette.
He was schooled by Plato, H P Lovecraft and Groucho Marx and dictated three of Shakespeare's plays to Kit Marlowe, but cannot remember which ones.
His parents were dead ringers for Enid Blyton and Bela Lugosi, and they were strict vegetarian cannibals who made a living selling computers in Renaissance Italy.
When he was nine-years-old, he discovered writing as a means of sealing shut dangerous holes in the space/time continuum. He still has no idea whether he is successful in this goal - or if he is only making things worse - but suspects ... (more)