RUSH‘s long-awaited new album, “Clockwork Angels”, is being turned into a novel by Colorado-based sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson, who wrote on Facebook, “Most of you are aware of my long-standing friendship with (RUSH drummer) Neil Peart . . . 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’.”
Anderson added that he worked with Peart to “flesh out the epic story told over the course of the music,” which involves “lost cities, pirates, anarchists, exotic carnivals, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life.”
The “Clockwork Angels” novel will be released in the fall via ECW Press.
Regarding the book cover, which can be seen below, as well as the rest of the package, Anderson said, “[It is] one of my most beautiful covers ever. The central image is from the forthcoming RUSH album, with the type and cover design by Neil Peart. ECW will publish the hardcover in September (available for preorder now), a full-color volume with paintings and complete lyrics (and the novel itself, of course).
“From the sample pages I’ve seen already, this will be a gorgeous book.
“The novel is a colorful steampunk fantasy, and I think it has a great deal of heart. Neil and I are very pleased with how it turned out-the creative synergy was amazing.
“‘Clockwork Angels: The Novel’ follows the story mapped out in the songs of the album, but the book isn’t only for RUSH fans (then again, who isn’t a RUSH fan???).”
RUSH‘s first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records, “Clockwork Angels” will be released on June 12.