LUNA: NEW MOON by Ian McDonald Out Tomorrow in UK


Tomorrow, Gollancz publishes Ian McDonald‘s highly-anticipated sci-fi novel, LUNA: NEW MOON. The first in two-part series, here’s the UK synopsis…

The new novel from a multi-award-winning writer: a corporate SF thriller and the deepest evocation yet of the terrors and rigours of life on the moon.

Having woven intricate and gripping plots around thought provoking looks at the future of countries like India, Brazil and Turkey, Ian McDonald now turns his attention to the moon. Luna is a gripping thriller about five corporate families caught in a bitter battle for supremacy in the harsh environment of the moon. It’s very easy to die on the moon but with its vast mineral wealth its also easy to make your fortune. This is SF that will be perfect for fans of Kim Stanley Robinson and Ken Macleod alike.

Told over two volumes this will do for the moon what the award winning River of Gods did for India, the award-winning Brasyl for Brazil and the award winning The Dervish House for Turkey – it will give it a vibrant, extraordinary and believable future.

LUNA: NEW MOON is due to be published in the US by Tor Books, on September 29th, 2015 (cover below). The series has already been optioned for TV by CBS, as we reported here. In addition, the novel has been receiving some great early reviews…

‘McDonald… begins his superb near-future series… scintillating, violent, and decadent world. McDonald creates a complex and fascinating civilization featuring believable technology, and the characters are fully developed, with individually gripping stories. Watch for this brilliantly constructed family saga on next year’s award ballots. — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘Smart, funny, passionate and at times quite dark, McDonald brings the touch we’ve seen in RIVER OF GODS and DERVISH HOUSE to an entirely new culture as it evolves in a distant hostile place where business or family rules all… it’s terrific. My only complaint: it leaves you wanting the second book right now!’ — Jonathan Strahan

‘McDonald gives sci-fi its sense of wonder back, and creates a landscape in which nothing can be taken for granted’Independent

You can read an article by the author about the society he’s created on the moon for the novel, here. In addition, Ian spoke about the novel on the Coode Street podcast, which you can listen to below or here

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