CBS Snaps Up Ian McDonald’s “Luna: New Moon”

Luna New Moon

You gotta love it when there is a bidding war amongst entertainment conglomerates for the rights to a science fiction work that hasn’t even been published yet.  But such is the case with prolific British sci-fi writer Ian McDonald’s new novel, Luna: New Moon, set to be released on September 22.

In an article dated August, 17, 2015, website Deadline / Hollywood reported that CBS Television Studios had acquired the rights to McDonald’s novel, the first of a planned duology that chronicles dueling corporations fighting for control of the moon.  The project has additional clout of being shepherded by powerhouse showrunner Shane Brennan, whose pedigree includes overseeing the television series NCIS and creating its spinoff, NCIS:LA.

Since the book hasn’t been released yet, we’ll have to go off the publicity blurb to get a glimpse of what the book – and the potential series – will be about:

The Moon wants to kill you. Whether it’s being unable to pay your per diem for your allotted food, water, and air, or you just get caught up in a fight between the Moon’s ruling corporations, the Five Dragons. You must fight for every inch you want to gain in the Moon’s near feudal society. 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, at the twilight of her life, Adriana finds her corporation, Corta Helio, surrounded 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.

Sounds pretty interesting to me!  Sign me up to be in line to check it out if the project actually gets greenlighted and hits production.  But in the meantime, I’ll keep an eye on the bookshelves in late September, to check the book out, first.  And, I’ll be sure to let you LitStackers know what I think of it when I do!

~ Sharon Browning

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