by Ken MacLeod


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In a near-future London, medical science has advanced enough to create a pill for pregnant mothers, called the Fix, that eradicates most common genetic defects in the fetus. Hope Morrison, mother of a hyperactive four-year-old, ends up in danger when she refuses to take the Fix during her second pregnancy.

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Brilliant Scottish writer Ken MacLeod brings the U.K. into a near future that echoes McHugh's in many ways — the economy is sagging, and previously democratic societies are closing up into police states. In London, where Hope and Hugh are raising a family, women are being bullied by the medico-surveillance state into taking "the Fix." This is a pill that corrects a number of genetic abnormalities in children, and the newly pregnant Hope doesn't want to take it — for reasons that bring her

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