Imagine a near-future city, say London, where medical science has advanced beyond our own and a single-dose pill has been developed that, taken when pregnant, eradicates many common genetic defects from an unborn child.
Hope Morrison, mother of a hyperactive four-year-old, is expecting her second child. She refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known. This divides her family and friends and puts her and her husband in danger of imprisonment or worse. Is her decision a private matter of individual choice, or is it tantamount to willful neglect of her unborn child?
A plausible and original novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and Brave New World.
Insightful and ingenious . . . Intrusion
is both horrific and comic, and deals movingly with the consequences of genetic fixesA steely, brilliant piece of workA disturbing and critically acclaimed novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and BRAVE NEW WORLD, from the award-winning author described by SFX
as 'the modern day George Orwell'Since graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full-time. He is currently the Writer in Residence for Edinburgh Napier University's MA in Creative Writing (2012-2013) and was the Genomics Forum writer in residence in 2009.
'A haunting, gripping story of resistance, terror, and an all-consuming state that commits its atrocities with the best of intentions' Cory Doctorow
Imagine a near-future London where advances in medical science have led to the development of a pill which can eradicate genetic defects from an unborn baby.
Hope Morrison is pregnant with her second child. She refuses to take The Fix, as the pill is known. Her refusal divides her family and friends and puts her and her husband in danger of imprisonment or worse.
Is Hope's decision a private matter of individual choice, or is it tantamount to willful neglect of her unborn child?
'A disturbingly real socialist dystopia' Guardian
INTRUSION is Ken MacLeod's finest novel yet, a 1984 for the digital generationTHE NIGHT SESSIONS won the BSFA award for Best NovelKen MacLeod has long been acknowledged as one of the world's great political novelistsINTRUSION was shortlisted for the BSFA award for 'best 2012 novel' and longlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012