This mini-site serves as companion to Moonbound, the new novel by Robin Sloan, coming from MCD×FSG in June 2024.

Notes toward a pitch

We are getting there

The year is 13777. There are dragons on the moon.

Moonbound opens on Earth, eleven thousand years from now. Humans met their end long ago. (You’ll learn how and why; it is not what you expect.) How, then, do we encounter a human boy living in a village in a forested valley? And, when he is levered out of that cozy home — suspiciously cozy, it turns out — who and what will we find waiting in the new world?

Moonbound is the kind of book I have always wanted to write. It is totally engaging for adults — the tone, style, and vocab­u­lary are unchanged from my previous novels — but/and it’s also acces­sible to young readers, from perhaps 12 on up.

Reading books of this kind during that period in my life was power­fully formative; with this project, I intend to pay back into the bank that I drew upon so greedily.


Maybe I should simply say: this book repre­sents my attempt to produce something worthy of the shelf that holds C. S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.


Here is Moonbound described by my editors at MCD×FSG, char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally punchy and electric:

Robin Sloan expands the Penum­bra­verse to new reaches of time and space in a rollicking far-future adventure.

In Moonbound, Robin Sloan has written a novel with the full scope and ambitious imag­i­na­tion of the very books that lit the engines of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore: an epic quest as only Sloan could conceive it, mixing science fiction, fantasy, good old-fashioned literary storytelling, and unrivaled enthu­siasm for what’s next.

It is eleven thousand years from now … A lot has happened, and yet a lot is still very familiar. Ariel is a boy in a small town under a wizard’s rule. Like many adven­turers before him, Ariel is called to explore a world full of unimag­in­able glories and challenges: unknown enemies, a mission to save the world, a girl. Here, as they say, be dragons. But none of this happens before Ariel comes across an artifact from an earlier civilization, a sentient, record-keeping arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence that carries with it the perspec­tive of the whole of human history — and becomes both Ariel’s greatest ally and the narrator of our story.

Moonbound is an adventure into the richest depths of Story itself. It is a deeply satis­fying epic of ancient scale, blasted through the imag­i­na­tive prism one of our most forward-thinking writers. And this is only the beginning.

The evidence mounts: you’re better off letting other people describe your books.

Maybe so, but I like my version, too:

The year is 13777. There are dragons on the moon!

First published: October 2023
Last updated:   April 2024