Posts Tagged ‘RUSH’

Talking Trek & Rush on ENGAGE

I talked last week with Jordan Hoffman of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast about my work for Star Trek — in particular, the Vanguard saga. We also touch briefly upon my upcoming projects, including my novel based on the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery.

We also spent a fair amount of time talking about my love for the work of Canadian rock trio RUSH, and the major influence their work has had on my own. And every time you think we might finally be done talking about Rush, we circle back to it. It was a hell of a thing.

If you just can’t get enough of the dulcet tones of my voice, or the brilliant insights of my warped brain, give it a listen. (My segment starts about 10-11 minutes in.)

For Nebula Consideration: “Our Possible Pasts”

Dear Fellow SFWA Members:

 

2113_largeFor your consideration, I present my short story “Our Possible Pasts.” It was published in April 2016 as part of the anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush.

The story is now available for free to SFWA Members on the Nebula Awards Fiction forum, in the Short Story 2016 section, by gracious permission of its editor. (You must be a registered member of SFWA and logged into the Forums to access the story.) ETA 1 November 2016: The story is available in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI file formats.

If you are a member of SFWA and plan to recommend works for the upcoming Nebula Awards, I would be grateful if you would read my story and consider giving it your support.

ETA: The nomination period has opened and will remain open through February 15, 2017, 11:59pm PST. If you are a SFWA member and would like to recommend my work to other members for their consideration, please do so here on the SFWA Forum.

Thank you, and please feel free to share the word with other SFWA members.

// David Mack

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I talk about “Our Possible Pasts”

2113_largeLast week I spoke with the guys at trek.fm’s Stage 9 about my two new original short stories. Part one of that two-part interview is now live.

If you’d like to know more about Our Possible Pasts,” my contribution to the anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush, then this is the Q&A you’ve been waiting for.

We talk about the musical inspiration of the tale, the themes of the story, and how I chose to approach the tale’s ending.

So give the interview a listen and get the inside scoop on a story I’m very proud to have written.

First review of 2113: “Our Possible Pasts”

2113_largeOver at Tangent Online, reviewer Brandon Nolta had these very nice things to say about Our Possible Pasts,” my new original short story just published in the anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush

“Mack manages to commingle legal proceedings, quantum physics, and the psychological machinery of loss into an elegant narrative of hope and the human condition. One of the most keenly felt, and outright beautiful, stories of this collection.”

He also shared his thoughts about each of the other entries in the anthology, and singled several other stories out for praise., including those by Michael Z. Williamson, David Farland, Larry Dixon, and Brad R. Torgersen.

I’m hoping this will be only the first of many thoughtful reviews of this wonderful anthology and of my story — a work of which I am quite proud, and that I hope I can get into the hands of as many readers as possible this year.

2113, the RUSH anthology, is here at last!

Good news! 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush shipped early on April 1 (no, it wasn’t a joke).

2113 Stories Inspired By The Music of Rush

I know, I should have posted about this sooner. This anthology edited by Kevin J. Anderson and John McFetridge contains my second professionally published work of original short fiction, a trippy little SF short story titled Our Possible Pasts.”

About My Story

Here’s a brief description of my story (inspired by the song “Show Don’t Tell”):

An assistant U.S. attorney must prosecute for murder and fraud a woman who claims to have invented a machine that enables people to send their consciousness and memories back in time to their younger selves, but kills their bodies in the present.

About the Anthology

I’m only a bit more than halfway through this densely packed tome. It contains 18 tales in a variety of styles and genres by an all-star lineup of bestselling and award-winning authors. It’s always an honor and a pleasure to be on a table of contents alongside fellow New York Times bestselling author and my frequent literary partner-in-crime Dayton Ward. His gripping tale “Day to Day” immediately precedes mine in the book.

So far I know “The Burning Times V2.0” by Brian Hodge (inspired by “Witch Hunt”) will be one of my favorites from this volume. My story and John McFetridge’s “Random Access Memory” (inspired by “Lakeside Park”) could almost be set in the same fictional universe. I was also fascinated by the visuals evoked by Greg Van Eekhout’s “On the Fringes of the Fractal” (inspired by “Subdivisions”) and I dug the modern-day noir of David Farland’s “Players” (inspired by “Tom Sawyer”).

I for one am definitely looking forward to reading Kevin J. Anderson’s titular novella, “2113,” which closes out the book.

Get Your Free eBook of 2113

If you buy a print copy of the book from any retailer, keep your receipt! The publisher, ECW Press, will give you a free eBook version of 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush (in PDF or ePub format) just for e-mailing them with your receipt info and asking nicely. Look inside the back cover for details.

Bottom line: If you’re a fan of any of the authors in this anthology, or a fan of the Canadian rock trio RUSH, or know someone who is, pick up a copy of this book today!

RUSH Anthology Update

Today at RushCon in Los Angeles, just hours before the final show of the “R40” fortieth-anniversary tour of the venerable Canadian prog-rock trio Rush, author/editor extraordinaire and Hugo Award nominee Kevin J. Anderson revealed the cover for 2113: Stories Inspired by the Music of Rush

2113_coverTease

Publication for 2113 has been tentatively scheduled for April 2016.

As previously reported, Kevin J. Anderson will be contributing an original novella, “2113,” a sequel to the titular suite of the band’s perennially popular fourth album, 2112.

Filling out the rest of the tome’s roster are such award-winning, bestselling, 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.

I am especially proud of my contribution to the anthology, a short story now titled “Our Possible Pasts.” I just wish I didn’t have to wait until next spring for folks to be able to read it.

Ah, well — good things come to those who wait.

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The measure of a life: Leonard Nimoy

In his final tweet, posted Monday, February 23, 2015, Leonard Nimoy wrote:

This sentiment brought tears to my eyes as it reminded me of Neil Peart’s poignant lyrics to “The Garden,” the final track on the album Clockwork Angels by RUSH​:

“The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
So hard to earn, so easily burned

In the fullness of time,
A garden to nurture and protect
(It’s a measure of a life)

The treasure of a life is a measure of love and respect,
The way you live, the gifts that you give

In the fullness of time,
It’s the only return that you expect

The future disappears into memory
With only a moment between.
Forever dwells in that moment,
Hope is what remains to be seen.”

Now as I listen to this song, I can’t help but think of Leonard Nimoy’s poetic valediction and be moved. He gave generously of his gifts, and he served as an inspiration to more lives than can easily be counted.

If the measure of a life is one of love and respect, Leonard Nimoy’s was off the charts.

Thank you for everything, Leonard. Long may your garden continue to bear fruit.