Now that co-editor and fellow author Kevin J. Anderson has spilled the beans on his blog, I am free to announce my own participation in an upcoming short-fiction anthology he’s helping to curate.


2113: Songs Inspired by the Music of Rush started as the brainchild of co-editor and contributing author John McFetridge, who pitched the idea to Canadian publisher ECW Press. Kevin came aboard shortly thereafter, and with John he pitched the idea to Neil Peart and the other members of Rush to secure their blessings for the project, which they graciously granted.

Neil isn’t directly involved with the project, but wait until you see the lineup of authors who are.

Kevin J. Anderson will be contributing an original novella, “2113,” a sequel to the band’s perennially popular fourth album, 2112. Filling out the rest of the tome’s roster are such award-winning, best-selling, and acclaimed writers as David Farland, Mercedes Lackey, Greg van Eekhout, Dayton Ward, Steven Savile, Brian Hodge, Michael Z. Williamson, Brad R. Torgersen, David Niall Wilson, Ron Collins, Mark Leslie, Larry Dixon, and Tim Lasiuta. In addition, the anthology will feature reprintings of Richard Foster‘s story “A Nice Morning Drive,” which inspired the Rush song “Red Barchetta” on Moving Pictures, and the Fritz Leiber tale “Roll the Bones,” which inspired Rush’s song and album of the same title.

To say that I am excited to be part of this project, and to have my work alongside that of such an accomplished lineup of fellow authors and Rush fans, would be a massive understatement. I’ve just turned in my short story, “Mulligan,” to Kevin, and I am very pleased with how it has turned out.

No specific publication date has been set yet, but Kevin says we should expect to see it about a year from now.




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I’m posting this video montage from YouTube because I think it highlights one of the most important qualities that defines Star Trek as a concept: an unwavering belief in humanism as the path to a better future for all human beings.

In light of all the recent wild speculation over who will direct the next Star Trek feature film, or what the concept for a future Star Trek television series might be, I would urge all fans of Gene Roddenberry’s signature creation to take a moment to watch this video and reflect on what has made Star Trek not just great and meaningful, but also substantially different than the vast majority of the other major science-fiction film and TV series of the past few decades.

Star Trek, at its core, has never been about just one man, or one crew, or one ship. Where so many other films and television series seem to be predicated on the “great man” theory of history, in which we all wait breathlessly for some “chosen one” to deliver us from evil or calamity, Star Trek has always been about teamwork. Friendship. Cooperation. Peaceful coexistence. The power of ideas being greater than the force of arms. It’s about hope — not for deliverance from without, but for salvation earned through acts of compassion and courage.

At a time when Gene’s noble vision seems farther out of reach than ever, let us look back, remember, and then try to go forward with an eye toward keeping this dream alive for future generations.


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Foul-Deeds-Will-Rise-cover-Star-Trek-David-Mack-Greg-CoxPop-culture blogger Paul Semel digs into the art and business of media tie-in novels in this tag-team Q&A he conducted with me and fellow New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox.

We talked a bit about our most recent Star Trek novels (for Greg, the movie-era original-series tale Foul Deeds Will Rise; for me, Section 31: Disavowed), whether the job gets easier over time, and other aspects of writing for one of science fiction’s most venerable shared universes.

Read the interview here.


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