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RushCon 2014: Kevin J. Anderson To Edit Anthology Of Rush-Based Stories
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Writer Kevin J. Anderson will co-edit an anthology based on the songs of the band Rush, the author announced this weekend in Toronto, Canada, at RushCon, an annual fan convention celebrating all things Rush.

The writer will be coediting the book with John McFetridge for ECW, which published Clockwork Angels: The Novel, Anderson’s companion novel to Rush’s 2012 album Clockwork Angels.

Anderson will contribute a novella called “2113” (obviously, based on Rush’s 2112), while other award-winning and bestselling authors are reportedly “lined up” to be a part of the anthology.

Here’s what Anderson posted to his Facebook page this past weekend:

For those of you NOT lucky enough to be at Rushcon, I made an announcement this afternoon about an anthology of Rush-based stories I’ll be coediting with John McFetridge for ECW (publishers of Clockwork Angels). We have a gang of award-winning and bestselling authors already lined up to contribute stories based on Rush songs. And I’ll be doing a novella called “2113”.

[Source: @TheKJA

The author co-wrote the short story Drumbeats with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart for the 1994 anthology Shock Rock II.

With hits like “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit Of Radio,” and “Limelight,” Rush is known as much for their lyrics as for their music. Peart has famously drawn inspiration for his lyrics from writers like Ayn Rand, Mark Twain, J.R.R. Tolkien, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Dos Passos, and more, so it should be interesting to see how modern-day writers interpret these songs for the anthology. I know I’m looking forward to it!

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  1. This will be an interesting anthology. Yes, a multi-part song such as “2112” or “The Fountain of Lamneth” or “Hemispheres”, each of which took up the entire side of an LP, would require at least a novella to fill out the story that was told in the song. But a shorter song such as “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” or “Red Barchetta” or “Red Sector A”, would require only a short story.

    Comment by Quinn — August 26, 2014 @ 8:58 am

  2. Would be nice if you would consider opening the anthology up for some emerging writers to submit a piece.

    Comment by Casondra Brewster — August 26, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

  3. I would love to provide illustrations for this.

    Comment by Shawn Geabhart — August 26, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

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