Actes Sud acquires French rights to Johanna Sinisalo’s Iron Sky: Renate’s Story

Johanna Sinisalo’s French publisher Actes Sud has acquired Renate’s Story, a novel based on Sinisalo’s original story for the screenplay of 2012 cult science-fiction comedy Iron Sky.

Renate’s Story is a coming-of-age story about a woman who lives in a secret Nazi fort on the dark side of the moon; the rights have previously sold in Finland to WSOY/Johnny Kniga and in Germany to Klett-Cotta.

“Nazis on the Moon, I love it! As always, Johanna Sinisalo is off the beaten track with a novel that completely defies categories.Renate’s Story is abundant, intelligent, tasty, funny and full of twists and turns. And a real defense of freedom and democracy,” Actes Sud’s editor Hege Roel Rousson said on the acquisition.

The film’s sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race has just been presented in a rough cut screening at Berlinale film festival. It will hit the cinemas in the winter 2017/2018, and the French, German and Finnish editions of the novel will be published in the same season.

Johanna Sinisalo is one of Finland’s most internationally acclaimed authors. Her works have been translated into 20 languages, and she has received the Finlandia Prize (2000), The James Tiptree, Jr. Award (2004) and a nomination for the Nebula Award (2009). Sinisalo will be Worldcon’s Guest of Honor in August 2017 in Helsinki.

Rights sold: 
FINLAND, WSOY/Johnny Kniga
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.


Johanna Sinisalo

The Core of the Sun

2013, Fantasy & S/F

Johanna Sinisalo

The Blood of Angels

2011, Fantasy & S/F

Johanna Sinisalo


2008, Fantasy & S/F

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Not Before Sundown

2000, Fantasy & S/F

Johanna Sinisalo

Hidden Powers

2010, Fantasy & S/F

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The Land of Mobius

2010, Middle-Grade

Johanna Sinisalo

The Glass-Eye

2006, Fantasy & S/F

Johanna Sinisalo

The Handless Kings and Other Disturbing Tales

2005, Fantasy & S/F

Johanna Sinisalo

Renate’s Story

2018, Fantasy & S/F

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Strangers Inside

2020 Spring, Fantasy & S/F

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