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.
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”.
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!