Author: Martin MacInnes
Martin MacInnes’s ‘Gathering Evidence’ may be the most suitable and the most disturbing novel to read at the moment. Pitched between sci-fi and slow-burn horror, MacInnes‘s second novel gives us a dose of anthropology and coding, mycological communication and surveillance anxiety, postpartum depression and... viruses.
A research scientist investigates the behaviours of a troop of bonobos on a high-risk field trip whilst her partner, a data programmer, recovers from a serious head injury in enforced isolation. Both characters are trying to get closer to the new truth of human existence, the central theme being whether the development of technology is inextricably bound in with evolution, but they also just want to get back to normal life...!
MacInnes's prose alone makes this an enjoyable and curious reading experience, give it a whirl!