Novelization of Rush's Clockwork Angels to be Penned by Kevin J. Anderson
Science Fiction author Kevin J. Anderson has just announced via his Facebook Page that he will be working on the novelization of Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels. From Kevin's post:After dropping hints for a while, finally the big announcement, a new project unlike any other I've ever done...and something that I consider very cool.As Kevin indicated, he's been friends with Neil for years now and the two have worked together before in the past. In 1994, they collaborated on the 1994 short story Drumbeats. Neil also wrote the introduction to Anderson's 2006 short story compilation Landscapes.
Most of you are aware of my long-standing friendship with Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist from the legendary rock band Rush, as well as how much Rush has influenced my work. My first novel Resurrection, Inc. was closely inspired by the Rush album "Grace Under Pressure," and I can point to dozens of other novels and stories that bear a clear Rush influence.
For more than twenty years, Neil and I have wanted to collaborate on something MAJOR, a way we could tie together our imaginations, and at last that's happening.
I'm writing the novelization of Rush's forthcoming album Clockwork Angels, their first new CD in five years. Imagine if someone had written the novel of The Wall, Tommy, or Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when those classic albums were released. For Rush fans, CLOCKWORK ANGELS is that project.
I worked together with Neil to flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music, as well as the artist Hugh Syme whose paintings fill the CD booklet. In a young man's quest to follow his dreams, he is caught between the grandiose forces of order and chaos. He travels across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy, with lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. To whet your appetite, Rush released the first two tracks, "Caravan" and "BU2B"-listen to those songs to get an idea of the story's beginning.
I'm writing the chapters now, incorporating the lyrics into the narrative, and having a fantastic time. More details to come, but for now-to quote a line from Caravan: "I can't stop thinking big."
More recently, Kevin posted an entry in his blog discussing the time he spent with Neil during Rush's visit to Colorado on the Time Machine Tour.
We'll have more on this exciting news including pre-order links to the novel as it becomes available.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for passing along the news - and of course to Kevin Anderson for taking on this fantastic project.