BSFA Award-Nominated: Intrusion

Chilling New Science Fiction

by Ken Macleod


Imagine a world where genetic disease could be eradicated. Imagine you didn't have to fear the possibility that health problems which may have affected your parents could affect your own children. Imagine that you could accomplish this simply by taking a pill while pregnant.

Now imagine that taking this pill is not a choice; it is an obligation.

Critically-acclaimed science fiction author Ken MacLeod has been dubbed a modern-day George Orwell for his disturbingly glimpse into what could be humanity's future, creating a 'twistedly clever, frighteningly plausible dystopian glimpse' (Iain M Banks) in Intrusion: the story of one woman's fight to choose the life she wants for her unborn child.

Intrusion has recieved a slew of praise from press and readers alike, such as 'this near-future sci-fi novel could almost be a sequel to George Orwell's 1984' (THE SUN), 'a haunting, gripping story of resistance, terror, and an all-consuming state that commits its atrocities with the best of intentions' (CORY DOCTOROW), and 'a disturbingly real socialist dystopia' (THE GUARDIAN).

To top the massive success of the hardback release, Intrusion is nominated for a British Science Fiction Association Award in the 'best novel' category, alongside 2312 by science fiction master Kim Stanley Robinson. The awards have been running since 1958, and judges for the shortlist this year commented on the 'immense enthusiasm' readers displayed when nominating their favourite books from 2012.

A winner will be selected by the BSFA members, and announced at this year's Eastercon.

You can read the first chapter of Intrusion on the Orbit Books website.

The paperback of Intrusion will be released on the 7th of March.



By Ken MacLeod
A 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'

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 workSince 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.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