Upcoming Sci-Fi Novel Series 'Luna' to Be Adapted into a TV Series

Monday, 17 August 2015 - 3:05PM
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Monday, 17 August 2015 - 3:05PM
NCIS showrunner Shane Brennan is set to adapt an upcoming series of science fiction novels by Ian McDonald called Luna, which takes place on a colonized moon a century into the future. The first novel, New Moon, will come out on September 22.

Brennan is developing the series along with CBS Productions, with whom he has an overall deal. He has technically only obtained the rights to the first novel, but will presumably follow the events of the book series Game of Thrones-style. 

New Moon takes place in the year 2110 on the moon, which has been colonized over sixty years by five all-powerful corporations known as the Five Dragons, who have wrested control of all the workings of the near-feudal society. The moon is heavily mined for resources like Helium-3, Carbon, water ice, and rare metals, which are then exported to Earth for huge profits. The protagonist, Adriana, has fought for control of the Helium-3 industry, but finds herself in a battle with her corporate enemies, as well as her own family.

The official synopsis for the book reads:

Opening quote
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.
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Ian McDonald is an established British sci-fi author who has written 18 novels and 3 short story collections, which have won Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards, among others. He is known for his postcyberpunk settings, as well as his exploration of the effects of technological change on society. And considering that the US government is already encouraging the commercialization of the moon, Luna should be just as timely as ever.

Via Deadline.
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