Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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Luna: New Moon, by Ian McDonald

Second paragraph of third chapter:
When you apply to go to the moon the LDC insists on a DNA test. If you plan on staying, if you plan on raising children, the LDC doesn’t want chronic genetic conditions showing up in later life, or in your descendants. My DNA is from all over Earth. Old World, New World ; Africa, eastern Mediterranean, western Mediterranean, Tupi, Japanese, Norwegian. I’m a planet in one woman.
This is a novel about near-future colonisation of the Moon by corporate clans (or clannish corporations) and their internal struggles over political power and resources. It starts with half a dozen young people running naked over the lunar surface, and goes on from there. I loved it: I like McDonald's lush prose style anyway, but I thought here he has managed both exuberance and discipline simultaneously, and also has tied the story in with traditional sf interpretations of lunar colonisation in a very gratifying way. I'm pretty sure I'm adding it to my Hugo nominations list for next year. (Also: looking forward to the TV series.)
Tags: bookblog 2015, hugos 2016, writer: ian mcdonald
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