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Luna: New Moon
By Ian McDonald

Discussed November/December 2016

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  1. McDonald tends to write about the impact of rapid social and technological changes on traditional non-Western societies, for example: Brasyl (2007); River of Gods (2004); The Dervish House (2010). McDonald says: “I’m still writing about developing economies, it’s just that this one happens to be on the Moon.” What’s your opinion?
  2. Many reviewers of Luna: New Moon have noted similarities to Frank Herbert’s Dune; and some have called it “Game of Thrones in space”. What do you think? (Extra points if you can find similarities to James Clavell’s Tai-Pan (1966).)
  3. One reviewer has said that McDonald “channels 21st Century cyberpunk” in this novel. What’s your opinion?
  4. What do you think about the “science” in Luna’s “science-fiction”? Is it believable? Does it make sense to you? Does it “add to” the story?
  5. McDonald’s Lunar society has been described as “extreme libertarian society, where all things are governed by contract and there is no law outside of contracts”. Do you think this depiction of Lunar society is realistic or believable?
  6. Luna: New Moon includes characters with sexual preferences from all along the spectrum of possibilities. How did this affect your reading experience and/or enjoyment of the novel?
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