New French Edition of DEUS IRAE Out Now!

A new French edition of DEUS IRAE is out today! The novel, co-authored by Roger Zelazny and Philip K. Dick, is published in France by Folio SF. Here’s the synopsis…

Après l’holocauste qui a mis fin à la Troisième Guerre mondiale, les rares survivants devenus méconnaissables à force de mutations sont l’enjeu d’une lutte sans merci entre deux Églises : celle du Bien et celle du Mal, qui vénère Deus irae, le Dieu de la Colère, celui qui a lâché sur le monde l’horreur atomique.

Chargé de réaliser un portrait de cette funeste divinité pour ranimer la foi de ses fidèles, Tibor McMasters, un peintre sans bras ni jambes, part à sa recherche à travers une Terre dévastée, en proie aux stigmates d’un monde devenu fou. Un monde où se dissipe la frontière entre l’humain et le divin…

First published in 1976, here’s the English-language synopsis…

After World War III, the Servants of Wrath cult deified the mysterious Carlton Lufteufel, creator of the doomsday weapon that wiped out much of humanity. But to worship the man, they need an image of him as a god, and no one has ever seen him. So the high priests send a limbless master painter named Tibor McMasters into the wilderness on a mission to find Lufteufel and capture his likeness. Unfortunately for Tibor, the nation’s remaining Christians do not want him to succeed and are willing to kill to ensure that the so-called Deus Irae remains hidden.

This hallucinatory tale through a nuclear wasteland asks what price the artist must pay for art and tries to figure out just what makes a god.

DEUS IRAE is also available in Poland (Rebis) and Russia (Эксмо).

Ian McDonald’s LUNE MONTANTE is Now Available in Paperback!

The third novel in Ian McDonald‘s acclaimed Luna series, MOON RISING is now available in a new French paperback edition! Published by Folio SF as LUNE MONTANTE, here’s the synopsis…

Lucas Corta, que tout le monde croyait mort, a réussi l’impossible : survivre, lui, le natif de la Lune, à un long séjour sur la Terre. Revenu en orbite pour se venger, il a triomphé. Désormais la Lune lui appartient. Mais il a également beaucoup perdu, à commencer par son fils Lucasinho, plongé dans le coma et atteint de lésions cérébrales irréversibles. Sans compter que les Mackenzie rescapés n’ont pas dit leur dernier mot et espèrent bien rendre à Lucas la monnaie de sa pièce. Les Sun, quant à eux, fourbissent toujours leurs armes pour éliminer tous leurs concurrents. Plus que jamais, sur la Lune, la guerre entre les Cinq Dragons fait rage.

Après le succès des précédents tomes, Ian McDonald conclut avec brio l’univers violent et sans concession de Luna.

Folio SF has also published the first two novels in the series in France: NOUVELLE LUNE (NEW MOON) and LUNE DU LOUP (WOLF MOON)

Ian’s Luna series is published in the UK by Gollancz, in North America by Tor Books, and in a growing number of translated editions. Here’s the English-language synopsis for MOON RISING

The continuing saga of the Five Dragons, Ian McDonald’s fast-paced, intricately plotted space opera…

A hundred years in the future, a war wages between the Five Dragons — five families that control the Moon’s leading industrial companies. Each clan does everything in their power to claw their way to the top of the food chain — marriages of convenience, corporate espionage, kidnapping, and mass assassinations.

Through ingenious political manipulation and sheer force of will, Lucas Cortas rises from the ashes of corporate defeat and seizes control of the Moon. The only person who can stop him is a brilliant lunar lawyer, his sister, Ariel.

Witness the Dragons’ final battle for absolute sovereignty in Ian McDonald’s heart-stopping finale to the Luna trilogy.

Here are just a few of the reviews that MOON RISING has received so far…

‘McDonald concludes his Luna space opera trilogy in triumphant style… The political intrigue never feels too abstract or removed from 21st-century Earth. Readers will appreciate the care McDonald takes with both worldbuilding and characterization, and will enjoy little touches such as giving an assassin the job title of Corporate Conflict Resolution Officer… fans of the prior books will find this wrap-up rewarding.’ — Publishers Weekly

‘McDonald’s richly imagined Lunar culture and interplanetary poleconomy make for a superb backdrop for literally dozens of richly realized human dramas, and it’s hard to say which is more fascinating. McDonald’s wildly imaginative worldbuilding (present since his debut novel, the utterly wonderful standout OUT ON BLUE SIX) and his ability to spin out intrigues are both in full flight in this final volume.’ — Boing Boing

‘… cinematic set-pieces… so much fun to read… these entertaining, and intelligent novels, capped off by the very satisfying Luna: MOON RISING, have been about establishing a society, a community, a family that looks to the future, that lives and prospers in an environment that must always be treated with respect.’ — Locus (Ian Mond)

‘The Luna trilogy is a masterpiece of worldbuilding. Ian McDonald has created an incredibly developed, complex and astonishingly plausible future for the Moon… What stands out, though, are its threads of gorgeous storytelling… as a whole, this is an extraordinary trilogy. Ian McDonald always writes beautifully. I love what he has to say. I’ll always remember his vision of the Moon, which at times is horrifying and violent and yet at others is so heartwarming and wondrous.’ — For Winter Nights

‘[T]here are few excuses for not reading Ian McDonald’ — Cheryl Morgan

New Edition of Ian McDonald’s LUNE DU LOUP available now!

The second novel in Ian McDonald‘s acclaimed Luna series, WOLF MOON, is now available in a new French mass-market paperback edition. Published by Folio SF as LUNE DU LOUP, here’s the synopsis…

Sur la Lune, deux ans après les événements qui ont précipité la chute de la famille Corta, les Mackenzie se sont approprié les restes de leur entreprise. Il n’y a donc plus que quatre « Dragons », ces consortiums familiaux qui se partagent l’exploitation des ressources lunaires et, donc, le pouvoir. Pourtant, les Mackenzie se déchirent sur les cadavres encore frais de leurs ennemis de toujours. Les Sun continuent, discrètement, à élaborer des plans visant à affaiblir leurs adversaires. Les Vorontsov vendent toujours leurs indispensables services au plus offrant. Et les Asamoah tentent tant bien que mal de préserver leur neutralité de façade. Mais le statu quo, même sous gravité réduite, n’est jamais acquis. D’autant que les rares survivants de la famille Corta – blessés, en fuite ou sous la protection d’autres Dragons – n’ont pas dit leur dernier mot.

Avec le deuxième tome de sa trilogie, Ian McDonald continue, sans temps mort, l’exploration minutieuse de sa colonie lunaire, nouveau Far West où tous les coups (bas) sont permis.

Folio SF has also published the first novel in the series, NEW MOON, as NOUVELLE LUNE.

WOLF MOON and the other novels in the Luna series — which also includes MOON RISING (#3) — are published in the UK by Gollancz, in North America by Tor Books, and in a growing number of translated editions. Here’s the English-language synopsis for WOLF MOON

Corta Helio, one of the five family corporations that rule the Moon, has fallen. Its riches are divided up among its many enemies, its survivors scattered. Eighteen months have passed.

The remaining Helio children, Lucasinho and Luna, are under the protection of the powerful Asamoahs, while Robson, still reeling from witnessing his parent’s violent deaths, is now a ward – virtually a hostage – of Mackenzie Metals. And the last appointed heir, Lucas, has vanished from the surface of the moon.

Only Lady Sun, dowager of Taiyang, suspects that Lucas Corta is not dead, and – more to the point – that he is still a major player in the game. After all, Lucas always was a schemer, and even in death, he would go to any lengths to take back everything and build a new Corta Helio, more powerful than before. But Corta Helio needs allies, and to find them, the fleeing son undertakes an audacious, impossible journey – to Earth.

In an unstable lunar environment, the shifting loyalties and political machinations of each family reach the zenith of their most fertile plots as outright war between the families erupts.

Here are just a few of the great reviews the series has received…

‘… powerful sequel… compelling throughout. Each of McDonald’s viewpoint characters is made human in fascinating and occasionally disturbing detail, and the solar system of the 22nd century is wonderfully delineated. Fans of the first volume will love this one and eagerly look forward to the next.‘ — Publishers Weekly

NEW MOON was one of the most interesting sci-fi novels of 2015, with smart ideas on humanity and economies matched by street smarts, political brawls and murder in the streets. LUNA: WOLF MOON turns that up to eleven – it’s a fascinating story, which is also a tense, enthralling read.’ — Sci-Fi & Fantasy Review

‘The fights and vengeance that follow are more vicious and intricate than anything in Game of Thrones, full of great acts of self-sacrifice and viciousness alike, brave cavalry charges and last stands, cowardice and avarice. McDonald’s great gift is to hold the micro- and macro-scale in his hand at once. Starting with his debut novel, 1988’s Desolation Road, McDonald has used his intense, finely crafted and small personal stories of his vast casts of characters as the pixels in an unimaginably vast display on which he projects some of the field’s most audacious worldbuilding — never worldbuilding for its own sake, either, but always in the service of slyly parodying, critiquing or lionizing elements of our present-day world.’ — Boing Boing

‘No one builds a world like Ian McDonald does… Spare, simple, elegant when he needs to be…, deep and meaty when he wants to be…, he does his work like an artisan pulling a sculpture from stone… McDonald has made a world that is ruthless in its consistency and living, breathing reality, and then made characters who are not just living in it, but wholly and fully of it… McDonald’s corporate war is a gorgeous thing, fought with every tool available… McDonald is able to wrap the biggest events in constellations of the smallest so that a cocktail party here, a discussion of ’80s retro fashion (all mall-hair and WHAM! T-shirts), a love story and a day at work for a guy who cleans solar panels all build and coalesce to form the background radiation of life in this unstable future. Every moment with his characters makes them precious, real and alive.’ — NPR

‘Luna: New Moon was a “magnificent bastard of a book,” as I put it in my review. Part two, it’s my pleasure to tell you, is just as awesome, and just as masterfully nasty.’ —

A prequel novella to the series, THE MENACE FROM FARSIDE is also available, published by

Folio also publishes French editions of Ian’s KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY, RIVER OF GODS, CYBERABAD DAYS, and THE DERVISH HOUSE.

Ian McDonald’s NOUVELLE LUNE paperback out now in France!

Ian McDonald‘s NEW MOON, the first novel in the Luna series, is out today in France in a mass market format. Published by Folio SF, here’s the synopsis for NOUVELLE LUNE

2103. Sur une Lune où tout se vend, où tout s’achète, jusqu’aux sels minéraux contenus dans votre urine, et où la mort peut survenir à peu près à n’importe quel moment, Adriana Corta est la dirigeante du plus récent des «Cinq Dragons», ces familles à couteaux tirés qui règnent sur les colonies lunaires. Elle doit l’ascension météoritique de son organisation au commerce de l’hélium 3. Mais Corta Hélio possède de nombreux ennemis, et si Adriana, au crépuscule de sa vie, veut léguer quelque chose à ses cinq enfants, il lui faudra se battre, et en retour ils devront se battre pour elle… Car sur la Lune, ce nouveau Far West en pleine ruée vers l’or, tous les coups sont permis. Souvent comparé à Game of Thrones à cause de la brutalité de ses intrigues, récompensé par le Gaylactic Spectrum Award 2016, Luna, Nouvelle Lune est le premier volume d’une trilogie.

The second and third novels in the series — WOLF MOON and MOON RISING — are published in France by Denoël, as LUNE DU LOUP and LUNE MONTANTE (published on September 12th).

The Luna series is published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Tor Books, and extensively in translation. Here’s the English-language synopsis for NEW MOON

The scions of a falling house must navigate a world of corporate warfare to maintain their family’s status in the Moon’s vicious political atmosphere.

The Moon wants to kill you.

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.

As the leader of the Moon’s newest “dragon,” Adriana has wrested control of the Moon’s Helium-3 industry from the Mackenzie Metal corporation and fought to earn her family’s new status. Now, in the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation-Corta Helio-confronted by the many enemies she made during her meteoric rise. If the Corta family is to survive, Adriana’s five children must defend their mother’s empire from her many enemies… and each other.

New French Edition of Ian McDonald’s CYBERABAD DAYS


Folio SF has published a new edition of Ian McDonald‘s CYBERABAD DAYS. Published in French as LA PETITE DÉESSE, here’s the synopsis…

En 2004, lan McDonald publiait en Angleterre un roman d’une ambition peu commune dans le paysage de la science-flction contemporaine, Le fleuve des dieux, un livre aux multiples intrigues situées dans une Inde de 2047 balkanisée et soumise à une sécheresse sans précédent. Le prix de la British Science Fiction Association a récompensé ce roman et son édition française a reçu le Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire et le prix Bob Morane.

En 2009, lan McDonald a rassemblé, sous le titre La petite déesse, les sept nouvelles et courts romans qu’il avait écrits sur cette même Inde du futur. On y découvre, souvent par le biais du regard d’enfants, un sous-continent où les hommes sont quatre fois plus nombreux que les femmes, où se côtoient des gens d’une extrême pauvreté, des intelligences artificielles et des stars virtuelles, tous confrontés à des menaces d’un genre nouveau.

CYBERABAD DAYS is published in the UK by Gollancz, and in the US by Pyr Books. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

The world: ‘Cyberabad’ is the India of 2047, a new, muscular superpower of one and a half billion people in an age of artificial intelligences, climate-change induced drought, water-wars, strange new genders, genetically improved children that age at half the rate of baseline humanity and a population where males out-number females four to one. India herself has fractured into a dozen states from Kerala to the headwaters of the Ganges in the Himalayas. Cyberabad is a collection of 7 stories:

The Little Goddess. Hugo nominee Best Novella 2006. In near future Nepal, a child-goddess discovers what lies on the other side of godhood.

The Djinn’s Wife. Hugo nominee and BSFA short fiction winner 2007

A minor Delhi celebrity falls in love with an artificial intelligence but is it a marriage of heaven and hell?

The Dust Assassin. Feuding Rajasthan water-rajas find that revenge is a slow, subtle process.

Jasbir and Sujay go Shaadi. Love and marriage should be plain-sailing when your matchmaker is a soap-star artificial intelligence

Sanjeev and Robotwallah. What happens to the boy-soldier roboteers when the war of Separation is over?

Kyle meets the River. A young American in Varanas learns the true meaning of ‘nation building’ in the early days of a new country.

Vishnu at the Cat Circus. A genetically improved ‘Brahmin’ child finds himself left behind as he grows through the final generation of humanity.


Here’s just a small selection from the great reviews CYBERBAD DAYS received…

‘McDonald excels at conveying, in a gorgeous melange of sensory impressions, an India transformed by AIs, nanotech, robots and cybernetics: the subcontinent is chaotic and lurid, shot through with devotion to eternal Hindu gods and divided by internecine conflict. McDonald gives a refreshing take on the future from a non-western viewpoint.’ Guardian

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

‘One of the great pleasures of science fiction is the escape it offers readers from commonplace, everyday surroundings into strange new worlds, and nobody does it better than Ian McDonald. Although CYBERABAD DAYS is set on Earth, and only a few decades into the future, McDonald’s vision of a newly repartitioned India, warring over water and at the cutting edge of technologies based on artificial intelligence, is practically hallucinogenic in style and intensity.’ Times



New French Editions of Roger Zelazny’s CHRONICLES OF AMBER out now


Roger Zelazny‘s classic Chronicles of Amber fantasy series is available in new French editions, collected into two volumes: LES PRINCES D’AMBRE Cycle 1Cycle 2. Published in France by Folio SF, here’s the synopsis for the first collection…

Il est amnésique.

Il est l’un des neuf princes d’Ambre, ce monde dont tous les autres ne sont que des reflets.

Son nom est Corwin et il compte bien vaincre ses frères pour monter sur le trône vacant.



Des neuf enfants d’Oberon, c’est à présent Random qui règne sur Ambre. Corwin a disparu, on le croit mort ou privé de raison. Son fils Merlin mène depuis huit ans une existence apparemment paisible sur l’ombre Terre. Mais chaque année, à date fixe, un mystérieux personnage tente de l’assassiner.

Zeno represents Roger Zelazny in translation, on behalf of the Zelazny Estate.

New French Edition of Ian McDonald’s KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY


This year, Folio SF have published a new edition of Ian McDonald‘s critically-acclaimed KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY. Published as ROI DE MATIN, REINE DU JOUR in French, here’s the synopsis…

Emily Desmond, Jessica Caldwell, Enye MacColl, trois générations de femmes irlandaises, folles pour certains, sorcières pour d’autres. La première fréquente les fées du bois de Bridestone tandis que son père, astronome, essaie de communiquer avec des extraterrestres qu’il imagine embarqués sur une comète. La deuxième, jeune Dublinoise mythomane, se réfugie dans ses mensonges parce que la vérité est sans doute trop dure à supporter. Quant à Enye MacColl, katana à la main, elle mène un combat secret contre des monstres venus d’on ne sait où.

Avec ce roman de fantasy raffiné et érudit, Ian McDonald revisite la mythologie celte avec talent. Roi du Matin, Reine du Jour a d’ailleurs reçu de nombreuses récompenses : prix Philip K. Dick, prix Imaginales et Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire.

KING OF MORNING, QUEEN OF DAY has been published in eBook by Open Road Media (cover below), and in audio by Audible. Here’s the English-language synopsis…

Winner of the Philip K. Dick Award and the Prix Imaginales: Three generations of women share a mysterious power — one that threatens to destroy them

In early-twentieth-century Ireland, life for Emily Desmond is that of the average teenage girl: She reads, she’s bored with school, and she has a powerful imagination. Then things begin to change. Her imagination is so powerful, in fact, that she wills a faerie into existence — an ability called mythoconsciousness. It’s this power that opens a dangerous door that she will never want to close, and whose repercussions will reverberate across time.

First to be affected is her daughter, Jessica, who, in the mid-1930s, finds that she must face her mother’s power by using the very same gift against her. Then, in the near future, Jessica’s granddaughter, Enye, must end the cycle once and for all — but it may prove too powerful to overcome.


‘An astonishing triumph of eloquence and ambition… It’s a stunner.’ — Locus

‘A brilliant book.’ — Charles de Lint

‘McDonald’s power as a storyteller lies in his stylistic versatility and intensity of language as well as in his capacity to create vivid and memorable characters. Highly recommended.’ — Library Journal

Ian McDonald’s latest novel is the critically-acclaimed LUNA: NEW MOON, published in the UK by Gollancz, in the US by Tor Books, and is due to be published widely in translation.