Kevin J. Anderson has more than 140 published books, 56 of which have been national or international bestsellers. He has written numerous novels in the Star Wars, X-Files, and Dune universes, as well as steampunk fantasy novels Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives, written with legendary rock drummer Neil Peart, based on the concept album by the band Rush. His original works include the Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita fantasy trilogy, the Saga of Shadows trilogy, and his humorous horror series featuring Dan Shamble, Zombie PI. He has edited numerous anthologies, written comics and games, and penned the lyrics to two rock CDs. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta are the publishers of WordFire Press.
i write. i make up stuff. i adventure hard, so you don’t have to.
For my entire writing career, my stories have been inspired by the music of Rush. And I’m not the only one. After the publication of my “Drumbeats” and CLOCKWORK ANGELS with Neil Peart, many other writers have approached me to talk about Rush.
It certainly made sense that we could find plenty of well-known writers interested in writing original stories inspired by Rush songs—enough to fill an entire anthology. Canadian author John McFetridge first approached ECW Press (publisher of CLOCKWORK ANGELS) with the idea, and they liked it; shortly afterward, they brought me on board to co-edit with John. We approached Neil Peart to make certain he supported the idea, since the stories would be based on his lyrics. While Neil isn’t directly involved in the project, he granted his approval, turning us loose to see what stories we could track down.
And I’m doing an original novella, 2113.
The many other authors who signed on include numerous award-winners, New York Times bestsellers, well-known writers of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thrillers. We will have original pieces by me, David Farland, Mercedes Lackey, Greg van Eekhout, Dayton Ward, David Mack, Steven Savile, Brian Hodge, Michael Z. Williamson, Brad R. Torgersen, David Niall Wilson, Ron Collins, Mark Leslie, Larry Dixon, John McFetridge, and Tim Lasiuta. AND we will include a reprint of Richard Foster’s story “A Nice Morning Drive”—the original inspiration for “Red Barchetta”—and Fritz Leiber’s “Roll the Bones.”
Just today I finished the last scene in 2113, which I’ll be polishing while waiting for all those other cool stories to roll in.
No firm release date yet from ECW, probably in about a year. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to read it myself!
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