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  • 3.22.19 ‘Across the Universe’ Beatles Spec-Fic Anthology Now Open to Submissions

    3/22/19


    The anthology I am co-editing with Michael Ventrella, Across the Universe, is now open for submissions!



    Through a Kickstarter campaign (which will continue to raise money to fund additional stories until March 28), we were able to raise enough to go ahead with this project, and we have confirmations from authors Spider Robinson, David Gerrold, Jonathan Maberry, Alan Goldsher, Cat Rambo, Keith DeCandido, Jody Lynn Nye, Lawrence Watt-Evans and Gail Z. Martin with notes by Janis Ian and Nancy Holder.



    We
    should have room for a few extra stories as well. But only ... continue

  • 3.22.19 5 days and counting: An ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on Lawrence Watt-Evans

    3/23/19


    In honor of our OMG WE GOT FUNDED NOW LET’S HIT STRETCH GOALS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS ALSO NOW SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN* excitement for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I am spotlighting one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! And further, here is our Submissions Link! This book is totally happening, so get your special rewards now — and set us up to include even more stories, before you ... continue

  • 3.22.19 6 days to go: An ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on Jody Lynn Nye

    3/22/19


    In honor of our OMG WE GOT FUNDED NOW LET’S HIT STRETCH GOALS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS ALSO NOW SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN* excitement for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I am spotlighting one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! And further, here is our Submissions Link! This book is totally happening, so get your special rewards now — and set us up to include even more stories, before you ... continue

  • 3.21.19 7 days to go: An ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on Keith R.A. DeCandido

    3/21/19


    In honor of our OMG WE GOT FUNDED NOW LET’S HIT STRETCH GOALS OVER THE NEXT SEVEN (OR SIX) DAYS* excitement for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I am spotlighting one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! This book is totally happening now, so get your special rewards now — and set us up to include even more stories, before you miss out!



    *Depending on when ... continue

  • 3.20.19 8 days to go: An ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on Cat Rambo

    3/20/19


    In honor of our 8-days-and-counting* to either being fully funded or fully irritated that we weren’t fully funded for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I have decided to spotlight one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! Back us now, before you miss out!



    *Depending on when you see the Kickstarter, there will be 8 or 7 days left since the day flips in the middle of ... continue

  • 3.19.19 9 days to go (still): An ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on David Gerrold

    3/19/19


    In honor of our 9-days-and-counting* to either being fully funded or fully irritated that we weren’t fully funded for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I have decided to spotlight one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! Back us now, before you miss out!



    *Math was never my strong suit. I thought we were 9 days as of yesterday; turns out today is the 9th-and-counting day. Fortunately, this ... continue

  • 3.18.19 9 days and counting: ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on Spider Robinson

    3/18/19


    In honor of our 9-days-and-counting to either being fully funded or fully irritated that we weren’t fully funded for our speculative fiction, alternate universe book of Beatles short stories, Across the Universe, I have decided to spotlight one of our already-committed authors each day. All of our authors should be committed, but one at a time, please.



    Meanwhile, here’s our Kickstarter link! Back us now, before you miss out!



    Or, 9 Things About Spider Robinson, Some of Which Are Fabrications



    Spider Robinson is an author.He is amazing.Some people actually start ... continue

  • 3.06.19 Too Many Sympathy Cards: On Losing Two Inspirational Friends

    3/06/19


    Too many sympathy cards.



    One is too many. Two to honor departed friends, in the space of just a few weeks, is completely horrid.



    But I want people to know about two people who, while I
    wasn’t in regular touch with them for some years, were still important to me –
    and who have now passed away. Skip Groff and Susan Green never met (so far as I
    know), yet had lives that covered music, and writing, and pop culture and, for
    at least a brief moment, included me. I will miss ... continue

  • 3.05.19 Admiration: Lois Duncan, Weaponizer of Feminism

    3/05/19


    Of all the writers who left the earliest, most significant handprints in my undried childhood cement, none leap to mind faster than Lois Duncan. Her dark, young adult worlds – published in an era when YA dark fiction was more anomaly than rule – sparked a fire in me for the weird, the twisted and speculative that still roars, decades later.



    I can’t recall why I picked up her books in the first place,
    though I suspect she felt instantly familiar to me because she was named Lois. My
    mom was named – is named – ... continue

  • 2.26.19 Meet the Beatles anthology: “Across the Universe”

    2/26/19


    Words are flowing outLike endless rain into a paper cupThey slither wildly as they slip away across the universe



    — The Beatles, “Across the Universe”



    Now the story can be told: I am delighted to announce that I will be co-editing a brand-new anthology for Fantastic Books, Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles (working title), with co-editor Michael Ventrella.



    And our Kickstarter just went live this morning! Here’s the link.



    It’s all very exciting. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working with Michael ... continue