One of Owen Sheers’ selected writers for the International Literature Showcase
‘Martin MacInnes’s inventive and inquiring novels explore what it means to be human in the 21st century. His latest, Gathering Evidence, is in an exquisitely crafted and unsettling story woven from the hidden continuities and tensions between the digital advancement and ecological devastation that so define our contemporary moment.’ – Owen Sheers
Everyday life as science fiction.
Martin MacInnes was born in 1983. His short story, ‘Our Disorder,’ won the Manchester Fiction Prize. His debut novel, Infinite Ground, won the Somerset Maugham Award. Gathering Evidence, his second novel, was published in 2020.
‘The best experimentalist now working’ – Simon Ings, The Times
‘MacInnes’s writing is rigorous in its abstraction, yet there is a beauty to it, a quiet compassion. For all his gathering of evidence, he offers scant conclusions and in this he is like every one of us, sharing our fear for the future even as he charts its progress in meticulous detail. This novel confirms MacInnes as a writer of serious ambition and an uncanny degree of talent.’ – Nina Allan, Guardian
‘Compelling, full of intriguing ideas, and yet retains an emotional sincerity and sensitivity… In terms of genre, MacInnes is gloriously promiscuous… covers everything from science-fiction to horror to dystopia, and manages to breeze through all this and more… It is written in a beautifully understated style (…) and will indubitably linger in my mind for a long time to come.’ – Stuart Kelly, Scotsman
‘MacInnes has created a strangely prescient vision that fuses risks of ecological catastrophe, technological dependence, and social isolation.’ – Sydney Morning Herald
‘Stunning – a totally original, surreal mystery shot through with hints of the best of César Aira, Vladimir Nabokov, Angela Carter, and Julio Cortázar. Smart, clever, and honest. I doubt you’ve read anything quite like it.’ – Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach trilogy
‘Electrifying… Strange, terrifying, riveting, and written with scintillating intelligence.’ – Neel Mukherjee, author of The Lives of Others
‘Thrilled.’ – Martin MacInnes