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Published October 17, 2012 in Writing - 5 Comments

Last weekend I was up on Toronto as a guest speaker for RushCon 2012, a gathering of several hundred Rush fans at the Hard Rock Cafe—all in celebration of their favorite band and the concert Sunday night at the Air Canada Center.

I flew in Saturday evening, was picked up at the airport by my publicist Sarah from ECW Press (publishers of Clockwork Angels: The Novel), then drove me to my hotel just in time for me to arrive at the tail end of a fire alarm evacuation.  It turned out to be only a sprinkler mishap but the lobby was filled with evacuees for more than an hour, all elevators shut down. I finally had to carry my book-filled suitcase up seven flights of stairs…but since I hadn’t had a chance to work out that morning before my flight, I was happy for the exercise again.

I had dinner with two former Writers of the Future winners, Tony Pi and Stephen Kotowych at a wonderful tap house, Bar Volo, with a huge craft beer selection. Back at the hotel, I edited another chapter of Mentats of Dune before I met RushCon organizer Jillian—in person at last—for a late-night planning session.

Next morning, I got another chapter edited before I headed out to the Hard Rock Cafe for RushCon. I chatted with some of the attendees, went on stage for a few minutes to introduce myself and tease my talk later that afternoon.  Bakka Books from Toronto set up a table with many copies of Clockwork Angels: The Novel (hardcover and the unabridged audiobook read by Neil Peart), Resurrection, Inc., and some of my Roswell Six CDs.  I got my photo taken at Neil’s old “Chromey” drum kit (used on Rush’s early albums), then gave my talk, read from the novel, answered questions, then signed books for a very long line.

My friend Jonathan Flamm came to Rushcon, and afterward we met Mark Lefebvre, my other guest at the concert that night at the Air Canada Center.  We went out to dinner ahead of time at a microbrewery restaurant, then went to the concert venue.  Neil had arranged tickets for us, which we picked up at the WillCall window along with our VIP stickers.  All around the concert hall, stands were selling concert program books as well as copies of Clockwork Angels: The Novel—that was a surreal experience to see my book there!

We got to our seats as the concert hall filled up. Another guest of the band introduced himself to me, Don George, Neil’s first drumming instructor. We both agreed that he shows some promise.

And then the Rush concert, an amazing experience as usual, as expected, and still full of surprises and breathtaking moments. Being so intimately familiar with the Clockwork Angels album and all its underline story and imagery, this was a particularly special experience for me.

After the concert, back at the Rushcon hotel, I hung out with a lot of my new friends at the bar, then went to bed for my flight home next morning. My next Rush concert will be in Anaheim on November 17 for Rebecca’s birthday.

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Dr Scott McGregor - October 18, 2012

What a great story Kevin & what a great book. Thoroughly enjoying it so far & personally love the song title & lyric references throughout the book. This is the first book of yours I’ve read, I’ve got to admit but thanks to the mutual admiration of Rush for introducing us!
Yours Truly,
Dr. Scott McGregor

Joe Dillon - October 18, 2012

Kevin: Thanks so much for spending your time with us at RushCon. You were VERY gracious to spend as much time as you did signing books for the fans and I wanted to let you know how much all of us appreciated it.

On a related note (and to keep the publicists happy) I am pleased to report upon returning home I purchased a copy of Resurrection Inc. after hearing your talk. Looking forward to reading more of your work and thanks again for being such a good sport.

Joe & Cheryl Dillon

    Kevin J. Anderson - October 18, 2012

    thanks, Joe. I did have a great time.

Sean Vedell - October 19, 2012

I was sitting so close to you I can see myself in one of your crowd pictures!! Glad you enjoyed your trip to Toronto and the unique experience of seeing Rush in their home town.
I’ve so enjoyed your book and the way it fleshes out and expands the new album. A perfect compliment to the music. Bravo!

    Kevin J. Anderson - October 20, 2012

    thanks! I loved the show. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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