Luna: Moon Rising, in which Ian McDonald brings the trilogy to an astounding, intricate, exciting and satisfying climax

Back in 2015, the incomparable Ian McDonald (previously) published Luna: New Moon, a kind of cross between Dallas and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, with warring clans scheme and fighting on a libertopian lunar colony where the only law is private contracts and you're charged for the very air you breathe; McDonald raised the stakes to impossible heights with the 2017 sequel Luna: Wolf Moon, and now, with the final volume, Luna: Moon Rising, McDonald proves that he despite the wild gyrations of his massive cast of characters and their intricate schemes, he never lost control.

Blogging History: Rep King wants to jail journos who cover Snowden; UK cops: it's illegal to tell you what's illegal to photograph; Ian McDonald's amazing bollywoodpunk novel River of Gods

One year ago today

Rep. Peter King calls for prosecution of journalists covering NSA whistleblower story: Reporters who publish stories that reference leaked classified information should be prosecuted by the state. That same day, King appeared on Fox News to demand that the state prosecute Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the Edward Snowden story. — Read the rest

This Day in Blogging History: Bradley Manning has a voice; DIY funerals; Ian McDonald's Hearts, Hands and Voices

One year ago today

In case you missed: Bradley Manning has a voice: The Freedom of the Press Foundation this week released surreptitiously recorded audio leaked from the Bradley Manning military pre-court martial hearing at Fort Meade.

Five years ago today

DIY funerals:
A movement toward home after-death care has convinced thousands of Americans to deal with their own dead. — Read the rest

This Day in Blogging History: Susan Crawford should run FCC; Book of backyard bird photos; Klingklangklatch, Ian McDonald's teddy bear Tom Waits comic

One year ago today

Susan Crawford should run the FCC!: She has just published an OpEd in the New York Times which could easily be titled 'If I were Chairwoman of the FCC' and she published a book called Captive Audience which details the way various incumbent broadband related companies have gamed the political process and behaved unfairly in protecting their turf. — Read the rest

Ian McDonald's DERVISH HOUSE, superb novel of the mystical nano future of Istanbul

I've just finished Ian McDonald's new novel, The Dervish House. I know what to expect from Ian McDonald: broad vistas, intricately imagined futures, poetic language that transports and delights, a blend of mysticism and science that thrills and moves. But no matter how much foreknowledge I bring to a new Ian McDonald, I am always, always startled and thrilled by the exciting, moving epic story I find inside. — Read the rest

Ian McDonald's brilliant Mars book, DESOLATION ROAD, finally back in print

Ian McDonald's Desolation Road is one of my most personally influential novels. It's an epic tale of the terraforming of Mars, whose sweep captures the birth and death of mythologies, economics, art, revolution, politics. Its publication preceded Kim Stanley Robinson's brilliant Red/Blue/Green Mars books by years, but the two are very good companions, in that McDonald captures almost everything Robinson got (in a third of the number of pages), and adds the poetry and spirituality of Mars in the bargain. — Read the rest

Ian McDonald's "Cyberabad Days" — short stories in 2047 India that blend technology with spirituality, love, sex, war and humanity

Ian McDonald is one of science fiction's finest working writers, and his latest short story collection Cyberabad Days, is the kind of book that showcases exactly what science fiction is for.

Cyberabad Days returns to McDonald's India of 2047, a balkanized state that we toured in his 2006 novel River of Gods, which was nominated for the best novel Hugo Award. — Read the rest

Ian McDonald's brilliant new novel, River of Gods: Bollywoodpunk

I just finished reading Ian McDonald's latest novel, River of Gods," and my mind is whirling. River is the story of India's 100th birthday, when the great nation has fractured into warring subnations on caste, religious and cultural lines. Like McDonald's other great novels, the story is beyond epic, with an enormous cast of richly realised characters and a vivid, luminous vision of techno-Hinduism that beggars the imagination. — Read the rest

Ian McDonald's Kling Klang Klatch

Thinking about Ian McDonald for the post on logomarks below got me thinking about McDonald's stone-brilliant 1992 graphic novel, Kling Klang Klatch, illustrated by David Lyttleton. Unlike much of McDonald's most amazing work, Kling Klang Klatch is still in print, which makes me feel like there's maybe just a little justice in this universe. — Read the rest

Ian McDonald's Desolation Road is

Ian McDonald's Desolation Road is one of the books that has influenced me the most as a writer. Funny and sad and wildly imaginative, it characterizes the heyday of Bantam Spectra's groundbreaking work in the 80s. McDonald's just published a sequel, Ares Express and Earthlight, the sequel's publisher, has reprinted Desolation Road to accompany it. — Read the rest