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2113 : Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  34 reviews
18 exhilarating journeys into Rush-inspired worlds

The music of Rush, one of the most successful bands in history, is filled with fantastic stories, evocative images, and thought-provoking futures and pasts. In this anthology, notable, bestselling, and award-winning writers each chose a Rush song as the spark for a new story, drawing inspiration from the visionary trio th
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 30th 2016 by ECW Press (first published April 12th 2016)
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When I discovered that Brian Hodge was going to be contributing to this anthology, I immediately kept my radar going until the book showed up at Net Galley. I was approved for it and I was so happy-I mean how often does a book come out that's based on the music of one of your favorite bands? I'm not as big a fan of Rush as some people, but I recognize the lyrical genius of Neil Peart-the man can write. Turns out, the authors included in this collection can too.

There are too many stories here for
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Multi-author anthologies, for me, are a mixed bag in terms of quality, but this being a collection of stories - 16 of which are inspired by Rush songs - proved too tempting to resist.

Of the 18 authors included in the book, I've read three prior, including Kevin J. Anderson and Mercedes Lackey (I'd read somewhere she based the character Dirk from the Valdemar novels on Geddy Lee). Most die-hard fans have searched the Internet to read "A Nice Morning Drive" by Richard S. Foster, which inspired Nei
Rush is a great, great band, with a story in every song. And this collection of short stories is only a hint of the inspiration they give.

For a band that made its name with such fantasy and/or sci-fi concepts as 2112 and Clockwork Angels (hint, hint: Kevin J. Anderson suggests that both take place in the same universe), it's no surprise that most of the stories inspired by their songs take fantasy and/or sci-fi and/or dystopian turns too. Turning "Subdivisions" into a creepy corporate prison wor
Erin Burns
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.

Dang, just dang, this is a ton of stories. I picked this up because I am fond of Rush, and because of the Mercedes Lackey story. Anthologies are difficult to review, especially when there are this many stories, so I’ll try to leave brief comments on them individually as I go along. But overall this anthology is filled with gems and you don’t need to have any
Natalie Williams
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! That is all.
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"Listen to my music and hear what it can do. There's something here as strong as life. I know that it will reach you."

These lyrics from 'IV - Presentation' in 2112 keep ringing through my mind after gently placing the book down.

So I thought they'd be fitting to open up this review. But in this review, I should now admit to two things.

First, I've been a Rush fan since the mid 1980's, and I adore the music, the lyrics and the essence of the band Rush. So I'm coming at this content with a complet
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Time for a short story collection. This particular anthology is a bit different from the norm. All the stories in 2113 are related to or inspired by the works of the Canadian rock band Rush. If you’re a fan of the band, I certainly am, then I rather suspect you may want to give this a try.

Now a little about my favourite stories…

On The Fringes of The Fractal by Greg Van Eekhout – Inspired by Subdivisions – In a society where you are defined by your status, you need to fit in or you will be forced
Randy Pursley
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
There were a few really good short stories in here, but most were only OK. I did like that they included the stories that inspired the song "Red Barchetta" and also the song "Roll The Bones" (although that story was a little too strange). My favorites were "Race Human" and "Spirits with Visions"
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have conflicting feelings about this collection. On one hand, there are some really well crafted short stories that are loosely based on Rush songs so people not as familiar with their music won't feel disconnected. On the other hand, some of the fun of this collection is catching all the references. I especially enjoyed the end of Kevin Anderson's "2113," but that is because it is a huge nod to Rush in a way that deep cut fans will understand. I would recommend this collection to people looki ...more
Shannon Dale
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you were to look at how long it took me to read this book, one would probably assume that I hated it. I actually loved it. But because it was a book of short stories, I used it as a "filler" book. Read a story here, read a story there.

The great thing about anthologies is that if you don't like one story the next one will be completely different. Did I think that every story in this book was terrific? No. But I was a lot more forgiving because I knew that I only had to read a few pages. I wil
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won't go over each story, there are many other reviews that do that. Basically, it's a science fiction short story anthology. You don't need to be a Rush fan to understand any of it, the stories stand on their own. As a Rush fan, knowing the meanings behind the songs gave the stories a little more meaning to me (except the Tom Sawyer one, no idea about that one). I like most of the stories. A few were excellent, some were good and only a few that I didn't like. I even skipped over a couple tha ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'll start this review by saying that I was a bit skeptical. Almost every collection that I have seen with this type of prescribed muse has been spotty at best. That said, each story in this collection was a treat. There is not a dud in he bunch - contributors are varied, there is a sci-fi theme that ties the whole thing together, and the Rush references are clever. Fantastic!
Christopher Munroe
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
What could be better than a book of short, speculative fiction where every story was in some way inspired by the music of Canadian Prog-rock Legends Rush?

A book of short, speculative fiction inspired by Rush where the stories actually work on their own merits, above and beyond their source material. You do not need to be a fan of Rush, or even particularly familiar with their material, to appreciate these stories for what they are, interestingly thought out science fiction/fantasy tales from a n
Joe Colistro
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Definitely not the best collection of short stories I've read recently, but there are some gems in here. Plenty of little easter eggs in there for Rush fans, and the authors are great about slipping in references to song lyrics, etc. Some of the imagery and themes get a bit redundant across stories, to the point where one or two almost feel a bit like the same thing despite being based on different songs.

The book is almost worth the price of admission alone for Fritz Leiber's "Gonna Roll the Bon
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, while I think it is stretching to call all the stories as inspired by Rush, I will admit several do make a good attempt (especially when they incorporate lyrics into the story). Each story is listed with the song that was the inspiration. The only two that are not are the original stories that inspired the songs. But I found most of the 18 stories good, engaging and not hard to follow. I would recommend this to any reader of good science fiction where they are a Rush fan or no ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
As is usual with collections of short stories - a mixed bag. Several of the stories make you wish for them to be stand-alone book while other make you skip them over or hardly wait to be finished.

All in all I liked most of them, so in the end a positive outcome.

Most likely knowing the music which inspired these stories (which I don't unfortunately) would result in a higher rating.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
If your a Rush fan you must read this.
Paul Franco
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
In a nutshell, this is a collection of short stories supposedly based on songs by the rock group Rush.
My original thought was to base this review on two criteria: the usual “how good a book was it?” and “Do I recognize the song this story is based on?” But that took a big hit when I saw in the preface: “If you had read the stories in another publication, you probably wouldn’t even notice the Rush connection.” Sadly true, and I don’t understand it. Isn’t the connection with the songs the whole p
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
OK, so this is actually my first review. Now, I may be biased because Rush is my favorite band of all-time. I really enjoy Kevin J. Anderson as a writer and I have read everything he has written that has to do with Rush. This is a collection of 18 short stories that were written by different authors that range from fantasy to post-apocolyptic tales. Each author took an individual Rush song or two of their choice and being inspired by the lyrics and music, they each came up with their own interpr ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book extremely relevant, especially emotionally, during this time of political change and unrest we are experiencing currently. If asked to describe this book, I can only say that it is full of hope. Hope for the downtrodden, hope for change, and hope for our future that is near and far. Not all these stories are positive as a whole but neither is the world we live in. These stories made me feel that there's a chance for good and hope for the future, which exactly how the music that in ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nearly every story had something I loved about it. Some stories that stood out to me in particular are 'Spirits With Visions,' 'The Digital Kid,' 'Our Possible Pasts,' and my favorite, the post-apocalyptic 'Last Light,' all with the recurring examples of perseverance, determination, individuality, and most of all, hope. I also enjoyed seeing the stories that inspired the songs 'Red Barchetta' and 'Roll the Bones.'

But after wondering for so long what followed the Grand Finale, 2113 blew me away.
Chris Hansen
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Being a huge Rush fan, you would have thought I knew this book was coming out long in advance. instead it took a friend sending me a "you know about this?" message that got me to read it. It was a touch dystopian for my taste. There was a story that made me cry real tears it was so good. I don't want to say which lest I ruin it for someone.
Having the stories that inspired 2 Songs (1 Good story 1.... not so much) was a joy. Overall, I don't think being a fan is necessary to like this book. Actua
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a Rush fan, I really enjoyed these stories. Some are more obviously related to the songs that inspired them, and some were better than others (obviously), but all were enjoyable. Highly recommended for fans of the band. And I wonder how many people will notice the tie-in to Clockwork Angels in the title story...
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was an anthology of short stories inspired by the music of Rush. As with most anthologies there's a mix of quality, some real gems mixed in with some loses and one Mary Sue tale. Overall I found the book to be very enjoyable though I wish I'd been reading it somewhere I could have listened to the inspiring tracks at the same time.
Andrew Carter
A mixed bag of short stories. Some were very entertaining, so much so that I looked up the authors to see if maybe these stories were extended in longer versions (Nope). And some weren't so good and I was glad when I finished them. Overall, 3 stars.
Christopher Trott
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read. Love how the authors used there imaginations to collaborate with the songs. Favourite was 2113.
C.S. O’Cinneide
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great collection!
John Hobkinson
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book, even if you are not interested in the music that inspired this book, its still a great read.
Lauriem marcella
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good stories in here. Best thing is I've discovered some new authors I'm looking forward to reading.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
There weren't many special moments within these short stories, but it was enjoyable and is probably worth the read just to get Kevin Anderson's 2113 story which was one of a few highlights
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