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Across the Universe

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What if the Beatles had never met? Would we enjoy Dave Clark Five-mania (as Spider Robinson suggested)?

What if Brian Epstein hadn't managed the band? What if George Harrison hated sitar music? What if Ringo had been the true star of the band all along?

What if the Beatles had been aliens? Or magic users? Or zombies? Or {gasp} American?

Help us answer those questions, and many more, as we gather together some of the biggest names in speculative fiction—and some wonderful musicians—to create Across the Universe: an anthology of speculative Beatles fiction. The writers who've already clamored for places in the anthology will be writing a series of speculative fiction stories across the genre-verse: horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Some humor, some not.

And once the book is funded, we'll also be opening up some slots for story submissions from you! (Story submissions will be judged on their merit, not on whether or not the author supported this project.) The editors will announce guidelines and how to submit at that time.

Why are we doing this?

Why this book? Because this is Something we've been wanting to do for a while. We sought out great writers Here, There, and Everywhere and invited them to Come Together and participate. (A few gave No Reply.) They're All Together Now excited about it, because they have a Real Love for the Beatles. There's a Place for each one. Every Little Thing is working out, because we don't want to come at this project all Helter Skelter.

With your Help, We Can Work It Out. If you contribute now, you will Get Back a wonderful book full of great stories. It'll be nothing short of a Revolution. We can't Wait! We promise it's going to be amazing. And when you get to The End, you'll say "Yes It Is."

From the editors, Michael ∓ Randee (Two of Us)

Who's involved?

Co-Editor Michael A. Ventrella writes humorous adventure novels like Big Stick, The Axes of Evil, and Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President. His short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including the Heroes in Hell series and the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. He's edited the Baker Street Irregular anthologies (with Jonathan Maberry), the Tales of Fortannis fantasy series, and Release the Virgins! As a musician, he has played in many bands that loved to do Beatles covers. His web page is michaelaventrella.com.

Co-Editor Randee Dawn is a Brooklyn-based veteran entertainment journalist for outlets including Variety, The Los Angeles Times, and The Today Show by day, and a speculative fiction writer by night (sometimes also by day). Her fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies including Fantasia Divinity, Where We May Wag, and Children of a Different Sky. She is the co-author of The Law & Order: SVU Unofficial Companion. More information available at randeedawn.com.

Artist Dave Alvarez is an animator and cartoonist who has worked on films and comic books for Warner Brothers (Looney Tunes) and Disney studios, as well as his own comic strip Yenny. For more of his art, see dascomics.com.

The authors

In addition to these authors who are lending their names and stories to get the anthology funded, there will be open slots in the book for which the editors will be reading story submissions—perhaps yours!—as soon as the book is funded.

Spider Robinson is the creator of the beloved Callahan's Place series, and also well-known as a musician. With his wife, choreographer Jeanne Robinson, he co-wrote the Stardance trilogy. He is the winner of three Hugo Awards and one Nebula Award, as well as the Robert A. Heinlein Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was a Guest of Honor at the 2018 World Science Fiction Convention. spiderrobinson.com

David Gerrold is the winner of the Forry and Skylark awards, as well as the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, but he will probably be longest remembered as the creator of Star Trek's tribbles in his script for the original series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles." He also created the Sleestak race in the TV series Land of the Lost. And he is the author of the wonderfully moving "The Martian Child." He was a Guest of Honor at the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention. gerrold.com

Jonathan Maberry is the author of V-Wars (soon to be a major series from Netflix). More generally, he is a suspense author, anthology editor, comic book writer, playwright, and teacher. His early writings focused on martial arts, before he branched out into folklore, the occult, and thrillers. He is the winner of five Bram Stoker Awards, and was nominated for nine others. jonathanmaberry.com

Lawrence Watt-Evans is the winner of the Hugo Award for "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers." He was an officer for both the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. watt-evans.com

Alan Goldsher is an author and musician. His ten novels include Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion and My Favorite Fangs: The Story of the von Trapp Family Vampires. His music journalism has appeared in Bass Player and Guitar Player, and his sportswriting has been seen in ESPN The Magazine. As a professional bassist, he has recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature; toured the world with Digable Planets; and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards. alangoldsher.com

Cat Rambo is a science fiction, fantasy, and technology author. She co-edited Fantasy Magazine and Ad Astra: the SFWA 50th Anniversary Cookbook, and has been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy, and Compton Crook Awards. She is the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. kittywumpus.net/blog

Keith R.A. DeCandido is an author, musician, and martial artist. He has written tie-in novels to more than a dozen television series, and was named a Grand Master by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He also writes comics and the high-fantasy police procedural series Dragon Precinct. decandido.net

Jody Lynn Nye is the author of over 50 books and more than 160 short stories. Alongside her own work, she has collaborated with some of the best names in the SF/fantasy field, including Anne McCaffrey and Robert Asprin. She worked with Asprin on his humorous fantasy MythAdventures series, and has continued them since his death. jodynye.net

Gail Z. Martin is best known for her Chronicles of the Necromancer series. She has also written steampunk adventures, urban fantasy, mysteries and more. ascendantkingdoms.com

Nancy Holder is a writer, editor, and game designer. She is the winner of five Bram Stoker Awards and the Scribe Award. She contributed to the design of FTL Games’ Dungeon Master, writes a column for the SFWA Bulletin, and teaches writing. nancyholder.com

Janis Ian is a singer-songwriter whose most widely recognized song, "At Seventeen", was released as a single from her 1975 album Between the Lines, which reached number 1 on the Billboard chart. She's the winner of two Grammy Awards (out of ten nominations in eight different categories). In the 21st Century she has become a science fiction fan and author, with stories appearing in several anthologies (including Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian). janisian.com

Let's Kick It!

So please, click through to our Kickstarter project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/667435382/across-the-universe-tales-of-alternative-beatles. And please, tell your friends!