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2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush…

2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush

by Kevin J. Anderson (Editor), John McFetridge (Editor)

Other authors: Mercedes Lackey (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), David Mack (Contributor), Steven Savile (Contributor), Michael Z. Williamson (Contributor)

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What a terrific book, both in concept and in execution. Kevin Anderson has taken songs by Rush, some that are popular and some more obscure, and his contacts in the science fiction field, and combined the two. So yes, Rush fans, you are reading stories inspired by these songs: "Spirit of the Radio", "Tom Sawyer", and "Freeze" along with the original short story that inspired "Red Barchetta". It's all here! In one volume! I literally had no idea this book existed until I turned around onto a book seller's stall at a geek convention.

The short stories in this compilation are well-written and concise and not necessarily an exact way of interpreting a song: "Players" by David Farland is based on "Tom Sawyer" and is a story dealing with a Jewish movie director meeting Saudis for the next big deal. "The Burning Times v2.0" is a futuristic extension of witch burnings, and several others are in the futuristic, post-apocalyptic vein. Such as the story inspired by "Spirit of the Radio" entitled "Last Light": some space aliens have landed on Earth and are hunting humans, but a radio broadcast brings some survivors to try to find these DJ's and their "companion(ship) unobtrusive." What a joy to find, and what a joy to read! ( )
  threadnsong | Mar 31, 2017 |
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McFetridge, JohnEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lackey, MercedesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mack, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Savile, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williamson, Michael Z.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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. 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 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.… (more)

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