Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Works from Kevin J Anderson

Groundbreaking New Crossover Project from Bestselling Author Kevin J. Anderson:
Epic Fantasy Novel and Rock CD

Terra Incognita: The Map of All Things (novel, Orbit Books)
Terra Incognita: A Line in the Sand (rock CD, ProgRock Records)

Following last year’s success of his Terra Incognita novel/CD project, international bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson has again teamed up with Orbit Books and ProgRock Records to create the second installment in the tale of sailing ships, sea monsters, and the crusades. The simultaneous release of the new novel and music CD is a unique event in the genre.

The novel, The Map of All Things, is a 600-page epic expanding the story of exploration, adventure, and a clash of religions. The companion CD, A Line in the Sand, contains a storyline not found in the novel. “This CD features a different, grittier part of the epic, focusing on the devastating generations-long war between continents, and it has an entirely different sound,” said Anderson.

This time, the music is helmed by Henning Pauly (Frameshift, Chain), and the CD features an extensive new cast of performers. “Henning is absolutely perfect for this type of music, with hard-driving guitars, passion, and thought-provoking complexity,” said Shawn Gordon
of ProgRock Records. “Kevin’s been a fan of Henning’s music for years, and this seemed to be a perfect match.”

Vocalists include rock legends Steve Walsh of Kansas (“Carry On, Wayward Son,” “Dust in the Wind”), Sass Jordan (Album Rock’s female vocalist of the year, and one of the judges on Canadian Idol), Michael Sadler (formerly of Saga), Charlie Dominici (Dream Theater’s original lead singer), Nick Storr (The Third Ending), and others. Anderson and his wife Rebecca Moesta, herself a bestselling author, wrote all the lyrics as well as the connecting text in the booklet; two of the songs are cowritten with multiple Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian (“At Seventeen,” “Society’s Child,” etc.).

“Progressive rock has always focused on story and ideas,” said Anderson, “but with two CDs and two novels, this takes Terra Incognita into unprecedented territory, The union of music and prose has never before been done on this scale.”

The first CD, Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon, received rave reviews worldwide; it was named Best Progressive Rock Album of the Year by Melodic Revolution and was prominently featured in Classic Rock Presents magazine.

Anderson is best known for his Dune novels with Brian Herbert, his numerous Star Wars and X-Files novels, and his original SF series, The Saga of Seven Suns.

Three sample tracks are available on the ProgRock Records website ( More background is available on Anderson’s site,

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