2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush

rush-2113-cover18 EXHILARATING JOURNEYS INTO RUSH-INSPIRED WORLDS

The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, and thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, bestselling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio that is Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

Enduring stark dystopian struggles or testing the limits of the human spirit, the characters populating 2113 find strength while searching for hope in a world that is repressive, dangerous, or just debilitatingly bland. Most of these tales are science fiction, but some are fantasies, thrillers, even edgy mainstream. Many of Rush’s big hits are represented, as well as deeper cuts . . . with wonderful results. This anthology also includes the seminal stories that inspired the Rush classics “Red Barchetta” and “Roll the Bones,” as well as Kevin J. Anderson’s novella sequel to the groundbreaking Rush album 2112.

2113 contains stories by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Z. Williamson, David Mack, David Farland, Dayton Ward, and Mercedes Lackey; award winners Fritz Leiber, Steven Savile, Brad R. Torgersen, Ron Collins, David Niall Wilson, and more.


Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
It’s been over a year since author Kevin J. Anderson first asked me if I was interested in writing a story for a Rush-inspired anthology he was putting together.
“ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!? OF COURSE I’M IN!”

I think my actual reply was somewhat more composed than that, but I can’t guarantee it.

Anyway, here we are and the book is finally out. The author roster is insane, and includes some top names in their respective fields. Moreover, I’m thrilled that I get to share yet another table of contents with my bud and frequent partner in literary mischief, David Mack.
This post will act as the book’s official “Q&A” thread, so feel free to drop any questions in the comments section. Because of that, folks should be aware that spoilers are a definite possibility from this point forward. You’ve been warned!
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Rush: 2113, as delivered by the Book Fairy!

While I was out of town, the Book Fairy stopped by Ward Manor and left me a little present in the form of an advance reader copy of 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush. Behold, yo!

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mmmmmMMMMMmmmmm. Tasty.

The book doesn’t actually go on sale until April 12th, so this proof copy will have to tide me over until then. As you’ve read me yammering before, I join an impressive cadre of writers–including my brother in literary mischief, David Mack–to bring readers a whole bunch of stories inspired by the musical stylings of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart, aka “the Holy Trinity.”

What? Feeling left out? Well, hey! Here’s those shameless pre-order links I’ve mentioned a few times:

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Feel free to order a copy for that Rush fan in your life.

Editor Kevin J. Anderson also was kind enough to send me a few copies of the special sneak preview pamphlet, which is good news for those of you attending next month’s Starfest convention. I’ll be raffling a couple of those off…unless I can convince Editor Kevin to bestow even more copies upon me. Keep those fingers crossed!

Want a free preview booklet of the upcoming RUSH: 2113 anthology?

rush-2113-coverThose of you who follow my little blog mess here know that I have a short story that will be included in the forthcoming anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush.

(That’s right. We’ve taken care of everything. The words you read….etc.)

The anthology’s co-editor, Kevin J. Anderson, has seen to it that a limited edition preview booklet is now available to interested parties. He’ll be handing out copies this weekend at Pensacon in Pensacola, Florida, but he’s also made copies available through his website, to anyone willing to pony up postage.

What’s in the preview edition? Glad you asked! Check it out, from Mr. Anderson himself:

To build excitement for the highly anticipated release—you know, like a high-energy warmup band!—ECW has produced a limited sample booklet that contains the complete gritty short story “Random Access Memory” by my co-editor John McFetridge, inspired by the song “Lakeside Park.”

So, if this sounds like the sort of action you want to get in on, mosey on over to the Wordfire Press: 2113 Preview Mini Booklet

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Wait! Hang on a minute. There’s more.

We’re also trying to drum up pre-order interest in the book itself, so if you’ve been thinking about getting a copy of the anthology when it comes out, now’s the time to get on the train! We’re trying to see if we can get to (at least) 2,113 pre-orders before the book actually goes on sale, so head on over and do the pre-order thing! As I write this, you can nab a copy for 33% off the cover price. BOOM.

So, whaddaya say, faithful readers?

RUSH: 2113 – Pre-order at 50% off TODAY ONLY!

The good folks up at ECW Press have taken care of everything, at least so far the words you might read within the pages of Rush: 2113!

If you place a pre-order today for the book, which is due out in April, you can nab it for the truly awesome price of just $9.48. That’s 50% off the regular price, TODAY ONLY.

Click on the book cover. CLICK ON IT!

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Offer valid on all planets of the Solar Federation.

As the book’s page says, “2113 contains stories by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Z. Williamson, David Mack, David Farland, Dayton Ward, and Mercedes Lackey; award winners Fritz Leiber, Steven Savile, Brad R. Torgersen, Ron Collins, David Niall Wilson, and Brian Hodge, as well as many other authors with imaginations on fire.”

So, you know….cool, amirite?

Feel free to share this far and wide, and be sure to order plenty of copies for your family and friends. Yes, that was pretty shameless. Hey, I’ve got kids to feed.

RUSH: 2113 – Now available for pre-order!

Rush 2113 cover. Click me to Biggie SizeWe’ve taken care of everything…the words you read…and that other stuff, too.

So, at least some of you know that earlier this year I wrote a story for 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush. A couple of months ago we got a tease of the cover art, and now there’s better imagery available as well as pre-order information, both from the publisher’s website as well as the usual online bookseller haunts. The book also has a scheduled publication date of April 12th, 2016.

(Aside: Hey, 2016 is shaping up to be a pub-heavy year for me. Just sayin’.)

Anyway, check out the jacket copy for 2113:


The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in music history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, bestselling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart.

From stark dystopian struggles to uplifting triumphs of the human spirit, the characters populating 2113 find strength while searching for hope in a world that is repressive, dangerous, or just debilitatingly bland. Most of these tales are science fiction, but some are fantasies, thrillers, even edgy mainstream. Many of Rush’s big hits are represented, as well as deeper cuts . . . with wonderful results. This anthology also includes the seminal stories that inspired the Rush classics “Red Barchetta” and “Roll the Bones,” as well as Kevin J. Anderson’s novella sequel to the groundbreaking Rush album 2112.

2113 contains stories by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson, Michael Z. Williamson, David Alan Mack, David Farland, Dayton Ward, and Mercedes Lackey; award winners Fritz Leiber, John McFetridge, Steven Savile, Brad R. Torgersen, Ron Collins, David Niall Wilson, and Brian Hodge, as well as many other authors with their imaginations on fire.


Looking at that lineup makes me dizzy. So many awesome names gathered together, and then my dumb ass. How does that happen? Without embarrassing blackmail photos, I mean.

As I said upstairs, the book is available for pre-order at ECW’s site, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so go check it out.

My second favorite “Rush in Kansas City!” story.

This past Thursday evening, the family and I ventured to the Sprint Center here in Kansas City to take in yet another concert featuring my favorite band.

rushWhat made this outing special was that it was the first ever *real* rock concert for the girls. I had long hoped that I would get to take them to see the band play live, and in doing so set the bar high and early so far as future concerts were concerned. It was something I’d been plotting pretty much from the moment Michi showed me that first pregnancy test.

So, you know…MISSSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Addy&Erin_R40With that addressed, what was my second favorite part of this story? It was the one I didn’t even know about until a friend on Facebook sent me a link to website article:

Westboro Baptist Picketers Epically Trolled At Kansas City Rush Concert

That’s right! One of Kansas’ most renowned exports decided to check out the haps in downtown KC, and as you might expect, they were their usual warm, welcoming, loving selves, in keeping with the teachings of the Lord and stuff.

Oh, wait….

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For the most part, their antics were ignored. As I said, I didn’t even know they were there, as we’d entered the Center from its opposite side one block over. However, that didn’t stop a few fans from doing their part to welcome the WBC contingent:

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Hawt.

(And the expression from the WBCer on the left is priceless.)

I have to say, though, that I admire the WBC’s pluck in turning out for the concert. Their numbers were easily double what I’ve seen when I’ve encountered them at other events, such as anytime Kevin Smith comes to town). I doubt they converted anybody, but it’s nice to know that you can always count on them to provide a pre-show laugh or two.

Heh.

We be Rushin’…..

Thanks to today’s mail delivery, it’s official: On July 9th, Michi and I will be taking the girls to their first real rock concert:

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Michi and I have been going to Rush concerts since 1990’s Presto tour. We haven’t missed a tour since then, and we’ve even managed a twofer on occasion with a given tour.

Once the kids came along and they started hearing Rush music in the car or at home and taking a liking to it (Addy used to sing “Red Barchetta” at bedtime), we knew that their first “real” concert had to be with Geddy, Alex, and Neil or else would would forever consider ourselves failures as proper parents.

Yes, there’s already been the odd Disney-related thing here and there, but once I heard rumblings about them wanting to go to a One Direction concert this summer, I started getting nervous. At that point, Rush had not announced plans for a tour to celebrate their 40th anniversary; something similar to what they’d done ten years ago when the Big 3-0 rolled around.

(Yes, Michi and I were there. See above.)

Thankfully, the boys must’ve heard about my plight, for they came through and announced not only a 40th anniversary tour, but with a date here in KC that gets them in here ahead of the 1D guys.

(:: insert sigh of relief here ::)

They also announced that this perhaps also will be the last large-scale tour they’ll do. Yes, time is beginning to catch up with the Trinity, and they’re starting to think that maybe they want to dial it back a bit. If that’s true, then I’m doubly happy the kids will get to see them live because let’s face it….this band puts on a hell of a show.

Okay, boys. Bring it on.

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Coming soon! 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush

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:

Announcing 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush

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?

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Rush in Kansas City!

Yep. The Holy Trio came to Cowtown, as they almost always do at some point during their various concert tours. Of course we went.

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Michi and I have been going to Rush concerts together since before we were married, and those of you who know us know we’ve been married a damned long time. Tonight my bud Kevin joined us as we hit the Sprint Center for this show, which of course was not to be missed. I’ll admit I gave momentary consideration to selling my tickets to a scalper for a tidy sum, but I immediately punched myself in the junk for even daring to entertain such an errant thought.

(Okay, I didn’t really punch myself in the junk, but I did have one of the voices in my head — Morgan Freeman’s, for those keeping score at home — rebuke me for my insolence.)

Anyway….

Almost forty years doing this together, and Rush still puts on a hell of a show. It was the last stop on their Clockwork Angels tour, and while there were some early indications that the guys might be ready to go home for a while (Geddy Lee’s voice sounded a little rough on the opening number, “Subdivisions”), everything got dialed in pretty quick and we were off and running.

Nearly three hours of music, including most of the tracks from their newest album, the aforementioned Clockwork Angels, along with plenty of perennial favorites and even a few that don’t normally get included in their concert set lists (“Grand Designs” and “The Analog Kid,” for example). Naturally, the place went bananas whenever something like “YYZ” or “The Spirit of Radio” cranked up, and their encore was “Tom Sawyer” and from 2112 “Overture, “Temples of Syrinx” and “Grand Finale” to close out the evening. No matter how many times I hear them, those last handful of songs are always fun to hear live and with a great audience.

Next year marks Rush’s 40th anniversary, and I’m hoping for a new tour much like they did in 2004 for their 30th. The kids are getting to the point where I think they’re ready for their first rock concert, and it has to be Rush before some boy band or else I will punch myself in the junk. For realz.

Okay, probably not…but Morgan Freeman’s voice almost certainly will admonish me harshly.