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Intrusion Hardcover – March 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1ST edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499390
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,013,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A disturbingly real socialist dystopia GUARDIAN This near-future sci-fi novel could almost be a sequel to George Orwell's 1984 - 2084, perhaps THE SUN Thoughtful, plausible and scary SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Intrusion is a finely-tuned, in-your-face argument of a novel ... MacLeod will push your buttons - and make you think SFX - 4.5 stars A twistedly clever, frighteningly plausible dystopian glimpse Iain M. Banks A haunting, gripping story of resistance, terror, and an all-consuming state that commits its atrocities with the best of intentions Cory Doctorow It's all so close to the bone it's almost painful ... Intrusion is a rather frightening vision of the road we are taking with our smoking bans and our obesity epidemics and our CCTVs BOOKBAG.CO.UK MacLeod creates a frighteningly plausible dystopia INTERZONE

About the Author

Since graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full time.

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Ken MacLeod's SF novels have won the Prometheus Award and the BSFA award, and been shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Diziet on March 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Ken Macleod has portrayed a thoroughly believable near-future dystopia. The central protagonists, Hope and her husband Hugh, along with their first-born, Nick, attempt to navigate this world maintaining an independence that is increasingly compromised 'for their own good'.

It starts with 'the fix'. Hope is pregnant with her second child and, due to a court case involving an atheist Iranian couple, comes under increasing pressure to take a pill that will not only protect her child from many of the common childhood diseases, but will also fix any genetic abnormalities. But Hope does not want to take 'the fix' for reasons that are never really clear, even to herself. It is a matter of choice, but a choice that many, even most, see as a 'no-brainer'. If swallowing a single pill could prevent misery to her child and, by the by, save society a deal of money into the bargain, who in their right minds would say no? But Hope does say no. And she is saying no, not only to a Brave New World, but to a stagnant humanity - good or bad. Are all genetic abnormalities inevitably deleterious? Would not taking such a pill mean that someone else has decided what is 'normal', what is good for society, above the rights of the individual? Of course, some people do opt out. There is an opt out for those with religious convictions - but really they are merely tolerated. And for an atheist to opt out is considered simply bizarre and anti-social.

On top of that, it seems that there is a basic underlying agreement, an unspoken compact between civil society and state authority.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The near-future society depicted by Ken Macleod in Intrusion evidently carries warnings for the possible direction of our own. There, as now, the gadgets and technology wizardry that we use for our own convenience, logging and recording all our movements, interactions, medical history, interests and preferences can all very easily be connected to other systems to build up a highly detailed and sometimes misleading impression of the actual person, information that can then be used or misused by other agencies, and by the government. For our own good, of course, for convenience and in the name of our best interests. Who could argue with that? The implications of this are carried through to their inevitably disturbing consequences, but there is however much more to Intrusion than it being a more modern version of Orwell's Big Brother society of '1984'.

The situation used by Macleod as an example to show how this society works and could be sustained is however worryingly plausible. Suppose there is a 'fix', a pill that can be taken by pregnant women to correct any minor flaws in DNA and health problems in the unborn child. Why wouldn't any woman who cares for her child take what is nothing more than a pre-natal MMR jab? Well, the law allows for issues of 'faith', so no pressure there, but what about a woman, like Hope, who doesn't feel like giving any reason. Not a problem, you might think, and there's no legal reason why you have to take it, but what if it affected your insurance or the insurance of the school? But what if having no insurance meant you couldn't get employment, couldn't educate your child? Is that not tantamount to child abuse?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Gray on January 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
MacLeod has written a quite plausible dystopia set at an indeterminate point in 21st century Britain. There is a really speculative scifi subplot providing a twist, but aside from that it is a quite gripping illustration about roads to certain places being paved in good intentions. And as a side note, it got me interested in learning more about the Bronze Age Collapse, something not many near-future novels can do...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I requested and gratefully received this paperback from Orbit Books with the intention of reading and reviewing giving you my honest opinion.
So I'll start with the cover which did initially attract me to the book. It shows a spoon holding a rather "normal" looking somewhat inoffensive tablet. Upon reading the book you find out the tablet is called "The Fix" in simple, basic terms it is a tablet all pregnant women are encouraged and somewhat expected to take. The Fix claims to literally fix any genetic defects whilst the baby is in the womb. The title on the cover is in an attention grabbing red and its name of Intrusion totally fits the book when you read it. The authors name is in the same font but black which fits in with what I see as a clinical feel about the cover.
There is also a quote from Iain M Bank, "A twistedly clever, frighteningly plausible dystopian glimpse" I totally agree with Iain M Banks description of the book, but I don't like the quote being on the front cover! The cover would remain so much more clinical and striking without that quote! The quote should in my opinion be on the back cover of the book, with the quote by Cory Doctrow and the Guardian. It is one of my pet hates, quotes marring the beauty of a front cover, a by-line yes, a quote from another Author or reader no!
So now onto the book, as Iain M Bank says, the book has a twisted quality to it. I think it very representative of the increasingly present "big brother" society we are living in. This book and what happens in it re so realistically told that it isn't a large leap to think it could really happen in the not too distant future. I mean who knows what types of medication the scientists are developing.
The book tell the story of Hugh Morrison and his pregnant wife Hope.
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