I’ve been sitting on his for a while, now, waiting for the “peeps in charge” to spill the beans, and lo and behold! We have announcements and stuff!
Over on his own blog, prolific writer/editor Kevin J. Anderson has posted about a new anthology coming next year, 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush. The idea for the collection came from the brain of Canadian author John McFetridge, who pitched the notion to ECW, the publisher of Kevin’s novel adapting Rush’s most recent album, Clockwork Angels. ECW dug the idea, and John and Kevin are sharing editing duties as well as contributing stories to the anthology. Kevin just completed his own tale, a novella titled 2113, which you may have guessed is a sequel to the story driving the seminal Rush album 2112.
As for the rest of the author roster? Take a gander and see if you don’t recognize any names: Ron Collins, Larry Dixon, Greg van Eekhout, David Farland, Brian Hodge, Mercedes Lackey, Tim Lasuita, Mark Leslie, David Mack, Steven Savile, Brad R. Torgersen, Michael Z. Williamson, and David Niall Wilson.
Oh, damn! And me, too.
Each of the authors have selected a song from Rush’s formidable catalog to serve as inspiration or a story springboard. For example, my story will be inspired by “Red Sector A” from the Grace Under Pressure album. My plan is to spin a science fiction tale using the song’s lyrics as a jumping off point, with further inspiration coming from one of my very favorite books, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
Yeah. We’ll see how that works out.
The anthology also will include a reprint of Richard Foster’s story “A Nice Morning Drive,” which was the inspiration for the classic song “Red Barchetta” from Moving Pictures, and Fritz Leiber’s story “Roll the Bones,” which inspired the song and album of the same name.
Check out Kevin’s announcement over at his blog:
The lineup of authors is amazing, and yes, the very idea of being able to write a story based on the music of my favorite band is definitely a Bucket List Item, Dream Come True, and whatever flavor of wish fulfillment you’d care to name. That said…who’s feeling out of his depth? :: Points thumbs at self :: This guy. It’ll be all I can do to hold my own while mingling among such august company, but I’m excited by the challenge.
I’ve got notes scribbled in a file, but I guess I should probably write the thing, and soon, huh?