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

About author

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finlandia Prize-winning superstar of Finnish speculative fiction. In addition to her nine novels, she has also written short fiction and film and television screenplays. Her works have been translated into twenty languages.

Sinisalo has won several literary prizes also abroad, such as the 2004 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and the 2017 Prometheus Award, and was nominated for the Nebula Award in 2008, the Prix Escapades in 2012, and the Grand Prix de L’Imaginaire in 2017. In 2022, Johanna Sinisalo was awarded the Pro Finlandia Medal for services to Finnish literature.


2021, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Storm Flute

Johanna Sinisalo

2020, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Strangers Inside

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2018, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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2013, Fantasy & Science Fiction

The Core of The Sun

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2011, Fantasy & Science Fiction

Blood of Angels

Johanna Sinisalo

2010, Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

The Möbius Twist

Johanna Sinisalo

2008, Fantasy & Science Fiction


Johanna Sinisalo

2000, Fantasy & Science Fiction


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