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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In The Menace from Farside, Ian McDonald returns to his elegantly wound solar system of the twenty-second century, full of political intrigue and complicated families.

Remember: Lady Luna knows a thousand ways to kill you, but family is what you know. Family is what works.

Cariad Corcoran has a new sister who is everything she is not: tall, beautiful, confident. They’re unli
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Tordotcom
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Ernest It's a novella and a pretty good one. It's a new look at an old story, Heinlein's Menace from Earth. It's its own story but shares a lot of touchpoint…moreIt's a novella and a pretty good one. It's a new look at an old story, Heinlein's Menace from Earth. It's its own story but shares a lot of touchpoints.

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Luna fans, don't get your hopes too high. It's YA-ish and features completely new set of characters, while having neither the exciting politics of the main novels nor its dramatic, larger-than-life characters.

Still, if you enjoy speculative fiction of a society living on the moon, this is still quite an enjoyable story.
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Three and half stars.

In a way, it is true what is said about this short novel: that Ian McDonald collects the leftovers of the splendid trilogy of "Luna" and makes this story; but a rather entertaining story I can say, based on the great work that is the worldbuilding of the previous books.

The plot is about an adventure of four young not so friends in the Moon surface and, you know, "Lady Luna knows a thousand ways to kill you": In other words, it's like the 1986 movie "Stand by Me", a story of
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is probably the most disappointing book in the Luna universe.  I’m not sorry I read it, because I do adore the world McDonald has created on the moon, but if you came here looking for more Cortas and McKenzies, you’re going to be disappointed.

Instead, The Menace from Farside introduces a new familial set up, ring marriages, and we follow the misadventure of a few young adults on a mission to capture a selfie with the first footprint left on the moon by Neil Armstrong, which they mutually ag
Holly (The Grimdragon)
"You see the blue first. Endless blue. Blue, to me, is the most terrifying colour. It is unnatural, alien, staring. Death is endless pale blue. Then you see the white on the blue--clouds: I learned that in colloq, though I still don't understand how they work. Next you see the green and brown beneath the blue--more brown than green, I'm told, and growing every year, every lune, every day. Last of all you see the lights along the night edge of the world, webs and knits and whirls of lights. I und ...more
Jeremy Szal
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grabbed a signed galley proof of this at WorldCon, Dublin (thanks Ian!).

It swaps the intense family politicking of the main series for a good old fashioned moon adventure that's just as fun, backboned by the same razor-sharp writing and wonderfully dense world-building. After the three course meal of the Luna series, this is a wonderful little treat. Gulped it down in one sitting, and already eager for the next.
Definitely a call out to the short story The Menace from Earth - which I've not read in quite some time. So basically a ya train wreck. But definitely gives you an introduction into the Luna world. Can't see it was a favorite of mine. The writing felt a bit tortured, and the main character was definitely not at her best. ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have not read the rest of the series, but this story was understandable without. It's just a nice adventure story with young main characters. It contained interesting moon culture and technology.

To me, it hearkens back to Heinlein's moon-based fiction, both YA and otherwise, which is probably why I liked it so much.
Pedro L. Fragoso
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
"The moon wants to kill you and knows a thousand ways to do it."

YA adventure on the moon of the Luna trilogy, decades before Lucasinho and company moonrun. Good enough.

"They shouldn’t show you the Earth. Look up, they say. What do you see? The thing you can never have. Up there, all blue. All shining. Can’t have, can’t go. The guest-workers, they can go. They have to play it right, but they can go back to that world. Us moon-born, we can never go there. Earth gravity would melt us, mash us, sto
Rick Brose
At the start of this novella, I felt stupid. It presents some strange concepts with family, and my brain could not wrap itself around what was being described. I was getting confused by the relationships of the characters. As the story progressed, I understood enough to get the point, and I could sit back and enjoy the actual story. I did not realize that this takes place in the world of McDonald's Luna series. I have not read those, and it seems that this is far enough removed from the series t ...more
Kris Sellgren
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent young adult science fiction novel (novella?) that invokes the spirit of Heinlein juvenile SF novels. Even the title pays homage to Heinlein’s “Menace From Earth”, while the marriage arrangements are reminiscent of those in Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.” The story is an exciting tale of survival for four teens on Luna’s surface, with one disaster following another. The world-building is outstanding; I am now inspired to check out the author’s other Luna stories. I ...more
Clare Rhoden
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very satisfying read from the Luna universe. Read and enjoy. But remember - Lady Luna wants to kill you!
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ian McDonald's LUNA series has led me on something of a dunebuggy ride full of grit and feelings and queerness since it first incepted my brain in 2015 with its initial installment, LUNA: NEW MOON. I found that book tantalizing in the extreme, with some seriously great sentence-work and some great characterization, as well as some good hints at McDonald's evolution in inclusion of LGBTQIA+ characters. It wasn't all the way *there* in some ways, but it primed my appetite for its sequel, LUNA: WOL ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

This novella is a companion to McDonald's Luna books, and I don't think it is an easy entry point if you haven't read at least one of those. It's a teen book, or at least written from a teen viewpoint. It obviously takes its title from Heinlein's "Menace from Earth" but this is not a romance, at least it doesn't end up as one.

So, instead of a cute young thing from Earth coming to the moon and getting all the attention of the main
Dan Trefethen
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novella (a little over 140 pages of text) is set in the universe of McDonald's “Luna” trilogy, but chronologically it is earlier than the first book in that series, and has different viewpoint characters. The first-person narrator is a teenage girl who is aghast when a new stepfather brings a smart, funny, beautiful daughter into the family. The narrator hatches a plot for the four family teens to make an expedition to the Apollo 11 landing site to take a selfie with the First Footprint on ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Menace from Farside” by Ian McDonald ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Four sort-of-siblings, kind-of-friends living in a moon base below the lunar surface decide to visit the original moon landing site and take a picture of Neil Armstrong’s footprint. This involves many risks and learning about each other. The four all have their own quirks and fears which makes working together tricky. This is a stand-alone short novel set in the author’s Luna world. I haven’t read the Luna series (yet) and I had no trouble figur ...more
Kyri Freeman
Although this is a coming of age story (btw: if the title makes any sense, I didn't see what) and technically YA, it doesn't have that icky chirpy YA-ness where there's tons of sex and gore and yet the character interactions are trite. Maybe just a tiny bit at the very end, but not much overall.

Beautiful descriptive writing, very strong worldbuilding, and the plot! The plot makes sense! It doesn't throw in a bunch of back and forth and round and round and pointless red herrings. It is beautifull
This is a really great novella, set in the universe of the Luna books, and taking place a generation before the events of the trilogy. It's still a young culture, with fewer of the established givens of the later books, but still entertaining nonetheless.

Even though it takes place chronologically before, I'd recommend reading it after you read the rest of the trilogy. It involves a group of kids on a mission, sort of a Stand By Me on the Moon. It's well written, and a delightful departure from
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise of this one. A trek to see the 1st footprint on the moon.

Honestly, the writing just didn't work for me. Plenty of action which should have been exciting, but seemed more like filler to get to the next filler action scene.

What could've been interesting characters were over-ridden by the main character, Cariad Corcoran, dominating the story. I would've liked to see more of Jair, Kobe & Sidibe from their own POV's. To be fair though, it was Cariad telling the story, so it
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Actually rate this book at a 3.5. Pleasantly surprised and at the same time a bit predictable. I have never read any books form Ian McDonald and found this story more suitable for young adult readers. Mainly, the creative language used for describing random items in the world was a bit awkward. Lastly, I am curious if McDonald was a bit inspired by The Expanse, as there were similarities in the terms used in the The Expanse.
Nick Lechler
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Obviously, this novella lacks the breathtakingly high stakes of the original "LUNA"-trilogy, in whose world it's set. Nonetheless, it's breathless writing has McDonalds charme I've come to love: the world he built is—and always will be—one of the boldest in near-future, the new characters are diverse and intriguing, the pacing is impeccable. More a 4,5/5.
Good, well-told story-within-a-story exploring some of the many ways Lady Luna can kill you, along with the convoluted nature of families. I don't recommend this as a jumping-in point to the LUNA series due to slang, place names, and various concepts McDonald throws at the reader, but as a continuation of the series, I liked The Menace from Farside very much.
Cory McConnaughy
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good novella that takes a significantly different approach, in both scale and style, from the mainline novels. The Menace from Farside emphasizes the legs of his Luna universe even outside the high-stakes drama of the trilogy.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recent Reads: The Menace From Farside. Ian McDonald's Luna novella is a tale of the first generation, finding its own in a journey to Tranquility Base. A funhouse mirror reflection of Heinlein and Ford, racing both to Armstrong's footprint. It is time to make a place in a world.
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Of course it's not in the same world as the Luna trilogy (well, actually it is, but...) and it doesn’t have the same critical political import, and sure, it may be YA (or at least is a story about younger people exclusively), but it was fun and familiar and a quick read and enjoyable.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sf
The Menace from EarthFarside - A reboot of the old Heinlein YA novella, better than the original, which is not surprising given it was published in 1957. A decent read, I wonder if the Luna series has a YA vibe, or is this an exception.
3.5/5 Rating Review coming soon and will be first posted at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscapeA
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I could read a hundred more stories set in this world.
It’s a nice little instalment in the Luna verse. Not as exciting as the main story, but gripping enough, with a good strong protagonist and an adventure thrown in. I enjoyed it.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course it's not at the same level as the Luna trilogy but a nice way to revisit the place.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not worth finishing.
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