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2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
The music of legendary Canadian prog rock troupe Rush is heavily influenced by science fiction and fantasy, so this anthology of short fiction "loosely based , thematically linked , or directly inspired " by their songs is not as outlandish as it might appear. Befitting the muse, most of the tales amassed by editors/authors Anderson and McFetridge fall within the realm of speculative fiction; David Farland's "Players" and Tim Lasiuta's "Hollywood Dreams of Death" eschew the fantastical, but are (perhaps ironically) the weakest pieces. Greg van Eekhout's geekily wonderful "On the Fringes of the Fractal" is a standout, a dystopian take on a suburb where two friends and their genetically-modified Dalmatian, Miss Spotty Pants, seek to reclaim their individuality. Michael Z. Williamson's "The Digital Kid" and Brad R. Torgerson's "Spirits with Visions" are loving tributes to scientific passion and curiosity, while McFetridge's own "Random Access Memory" is a Philip K. Dickâian consideration of memory versus reality. Although it's a shame the lyrics that inspired each story weren't included. , this fine collection should have appeal beyond Rush fans. (Apr.)\n --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
is a solid assemblage of short stories, leaning heavily toward science fiction and fantasy. Key to the volume’s success is the fact that, while the stories may have been inspired by Rush songs, you don’t need to be a Rush fan or even know the songs to enjoy the stories.” Toronto Star
Like Rush itself, the stories are all highly professional and technically proficient . . . The range and breadth of stories here offer a striking array of riches for fans to peruse.” Tangent
It is a satisfying, humbling, and inspiring book. . . Well, of course, it’s perfect. You definitely need to add this thing of perfection to your own collection.” Progarchy
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Without going into too much detail on each individual story (who wants a long dissertation, right?) I can say that the resulting collection is pretty much what I expected from such a wide range of authors.
There's some great writing here. There's some poor writing here. There's a lot in-between. Some stories I got lost in and wanted more. By my count there were only two stories bad enough that I didn't finish them (I won't shame the authors by mentioning which two. Some may like them. To each their own).
Most stories it's obvious which song inspired them. There were a few that I had to flip back to the title to see which one. I'll admit that there were a couple of eye-rolls in there because other than quoting a half a line from a song, the story really had nothing to do with the song that inspired it. I'm also sure there were a couple of line mentions that were from a completely different song from what was claimed was the inspiration.
So, as a compilation how do we rate?
Hmmm, put the five-stars over here, the one-stars over there, the in-between here, carry the two, divide by pie-eyed.
Say, let's do this then. Three is too low. I'll add half a star because out of the entire collection there are none of the "oh gawd, vampires are so hawt" stories that so plague the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of my local $BigBox book store.
Another half of a (Red) star simply because Kevin J. Anderson had the gonads to keep the promise of the collection's title and write a story telling us what happened at the end of 2112. The Elder Race comes across as a little artsy-fartsy for me but it's a solid story. It even attempts to answer the question that has bugged me for decades, did the Elder Race return when they did because they were summoned somehow by the music or was it simply coincidence?
A note to KJA if he's reading this (hey, some authors do and respond. A guy can dream): The Storyteller (how I've always thought of him) has to leave the Temple with the guitar intact because he plays it before The Dream and one last time in the cave by the waterfall before he, uh, dies.
For all of Mama's Special Little Snowflakes who will complain that I didn't offer a "spoiler alert" before the last, the album has been out for 40 years now kiddos. Dig a copy out of your father's collection and give it a listen.
Now if you'll pardon me, I have an album to go listen to.
Attention all planets of the Solar Federation...
Some of the stories, while purportedly to be inspired by Rush's music, don't seem to have a very solid connection. Others have a good connection to the music of Rush. Some, even go as far as to somewhat pander to the source material. But, most of the stories are good reads in and of themselves. Some of the more memorable stories are those inspired by Losing It, Spirit of the Radio, Marathon and Witch Hunt. Perhaps because those are among my favorite songs, but I found the story inspired by Subdivisions (One of my all time favorites) difficult to get though. 2113 (Inspired by 2112) was an wonderfully indulgent take of the events taking place in the Solar Federation before, during and after the return of the elder race. It includes a reprint of the short story Neil Peart read in Car & Driver years ago than inspired Red Barchetta.
If you're curious, there are no where near as many Rush Easter eggs in these stories as those in Clockwork Angels.
I won't go as far as to say this is required reading for the Rush enthusiast and if you're not a fan of short stories, you may also not like it. But, I enjoyed most of the stories and I have recommended it to others I know in the online Rush community.
I also want to send a shout out to ECW press. They have excellent service and are just a great company. I highly recommend the book and the press.