Intrusion by Ken MacLeod

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For Hope, in the most chilling twist in this desolate little story, there is only the irony of her final decision on that fatal "fix".
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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.
 

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Ken MacLeod graduated with a BSc from Glasgow University in 1976. Following research at Brunel University, he worked in a variety of manual and clerical jobs whilst completing an MPhil thesis. He previously worked as a computer analyst/programmer in Edinburgh, but is now a full-time writer. He is the author of twelve previous novels, five of which have been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and two which have won the BSFA Award. Ken MacLeod is married with two grown-up children and lives in West Lothian.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Orbit. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Gwyneth Jones on Mar 09 2012

For Hope, in the most chilling twist in this desolate little story, there is only the irony of her final decision on that fatal "fix".

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