Last month we learned that sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson would be writing a novelization of Rush's upcoming Clockwork Angels album which would be released in the Fall by ECW Press. The book is now available for pre-order through Amazon.com with a working release date of September 1st, 2012 and under the title Clockwork Angels: The Novel. The listing also indicates that Anderson and Peart will be credited as co-authors and the book will be 264 pages long. Anderson first announced the collaboration last month via Facebook and his blog:
... 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."
The Clockwork Angels album itself is due out from Roadrunner Records on May 29th. Thanks to tomsawyer912 for the heads up.
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