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By Ken MacLeod

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The compelling new novel from the award-winning writer of THE EXECUTION CHANNEL and THE evening SESSIONS
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Imagine a near-future urban, say London, the place clinical technology has complicated past our personal and a single-dose tablet has been built that, taken whilst pregnant, eradicates many universal genetic defects from an unborn baby. desire Morrison, mom of a hyperactive four-year-old, is watching for her moment baby. She refuses to take The repair, because the capsule is understood. This divides her friends and family and places her and her husband at risk of imprisonment or worse. Is her selection a personal subject of person selection, or is it tantamount to willful forget of her unborn baby? A believable and unique novel with sinister echoes of 1984 and courageous New World.

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Since graduating from Glasgow college in 1976, Ken MacLeod has labored as a working laptop or computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full-time.

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Except that, and Hope’s overall, gut-level war of words with assumptions that everybody within the department appeared to take without any consideration, Maya have been right approximately her becoming correct in. The North Islington department of the social gathering was once run virtually completely through Islington moms and grandmothers. the single competition got here from the daughters, one in all whom used to be – a lot to Hope’s shock – one of many younger ladies who’d joined in Maya’s flash mob. Her identify used to be Louise and she or he betrayed no signal of recognising wish. Her dissent was once articulated as a grumble that the govt and the Council have been ‘doing very well at the eco-friendly matters, yet now not so good at the purple issues’, a remark that wish felt certainly not susceptible to invite her to complicated. the opposite individual wish had recognized, to her even higher shock, and who had recognized her and welcomed her to the room, the department, the social gathering and the complete nice worldwide move in a single rush and gush, used to be Deirdre, one of many buddies whose unhelpful reaction to her preliminary panicked e mail concerning the nature-kids factor were so disheartening. Deirdre was once a tall, narrow lady with a little forward-placed enamel, a function she obviously disliked yet which – whilst she forgot it sufficient to enable her lips open – gave her a vivid, friendly grin, and an enigmatic, wondering glance while she smiled along with her lips closed. She controlled a café – smoke-free after all, but in addition sugar-free, fat-free, caffeine-free and salt-free – in Seven Sisters highway, simply contrary Finsbury Park Station. Her youngsters, either New children and thriving with it, attended the college the place the conferences have been held. Her husband dropped the youngsters off and picked them up, made their breakfasts and their dinners, and minded the home with kind of competence, in among co-ordinating from front room an enormous, endless cameradrone operation over Peru, allegedly for a few coalition of improvement and human rights NGOs yet (Hope had lengthy suspected) really wirelessed in to the continuing counterinsurgency: fingering militants to dying squads, focusing on air moves on peasant villages. briefly, a terrific Labour relations. on the moment assembly, one soggy Wednesday night in mid-April simply after Hope’s first pre-natal check-up, Deirdre had brought the object at the arrangements for may perhaps Day, and long gone directly to clarify the problem that the department and the entire CLP and certainly all of London’s social gathering desired to spotlight, and the significance of the problem itself and the relevance of the suffragette topic, and had wound up through enthusing approximately how the entire ladies within the department had pitched into dressing up for it, a element that had it seems that been made up our minds months in the past and which had led on Hope’s half to an hour of angry cloth cabinet rummaging for previous maxi skirts or even older fancy blouses, via frustrated dusting and repairing and adorning of a much-despised straw sunhat that her mom had got her on their final shared vacation, in her mid-teens, again while there have been vacation flights. And right here got here Deirdre now, wearing a ‘SAFE paintings for ladies’ placard that was once, like any the remaining that bobbed above the gang (‘PROTECT ladies AND CHILDREN’, ‘SAFER places of work FOR ALL’), smartly revealed to seem as though hand-lettered with a marker pen.

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