3.30.20 Stories for Shut-Ins: Author Reading Series from “Across the Universe”

Greetings, fellow Quarantiners!

We’re all spending a lot of time indoors these days, among familiar faces, familiar books, familiar TV shows … well, you know how it goes.

So allow us to take you on a journey with a whole new set of friends … Across the Universe!

Over the past few weeks, we have brought you authors reading from Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles anthology, edited by Randee Dawn (that’s me!) and Michael A. Ventrella, published by Fantastic Books. We decided to share these readings these to help with the COVID-19 quarantine period — because we all could use a little diversion, with a little help from our friends.

Here are the readings, and the dates they originally went online. Enjoy!

March 30
“Used to Be,” by Keith R.A. DeCandido

You can also view Keith’s reading on YouTube.

April 1 (no foolin’!)
“My Sweet Lord of Light,” by Brenda Clough

You can also view Brenda’s reading on YouTube.

April 3
“Game Seven,” by Bev Vincent

You can also view Bev’s reading on YouTube.

April 5
“The Perfect Bridge,” by Charles Barouch

You can also view Charles’ reading on YouTube.

April 6
“The Hey! Team,” by Gordon Linzner

You can also view Gordon’s reading on YouTube.

April 8
“When I’m #64,” by Patrick Barb

You can also view Patrick’s reading on YouTube.

April 10
“Cayenne,” by Beth Patterson

You can also view Beth’s reading on YouTube.

April 12
“The Truth Within,” by Sally Wiener Grotta

You can also view Sally’s reading on YouTube.

April 13
“Deal with the Devil,” by Carol Gyzander

You can also view Carol’s reading on YouTube.

April 15
“A New Beginning,” by Jody Lynn Nye

You can also view Jody’s reading on YouTube.

April 17
“Liverpool Band Battle 1982,” by Eric Avedissian

You can also view Eric’s reading on YouTube.

April 19
“A Hard Day’s Night at the Opera,” by Gregory Frost

You can also view Gregory’s reading on YouTube.

April 30

“The Walrus Returns,” by Gail Z. Martin

You can also view Gail’s reading on YouTube.

Across the Universe is the Beatles tour you never thought you’d get a front row seat for, with 25 speculative fiction stories examining other galaxies, worlds, professions and existences John, Paul, George and Ringo might have experienced … or maybe they did! You can grab a copy of the whole collection for yourself on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Enjoy your journey through time and space with the forever Fab Four!


  1. […] tomorrow, the 30th of March, Randee Dawn will be presenting “Stories for Shut-Ins: Author Reading Series from Across the Universe,” as various authors of that anthology of alternate Beatles tales will read their […]

  2. […] “Stories for Shut-Ins: Author Readings from Across the Universe” kicked off today with me reading “Used To Be,” my story in Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles, edited by Rollickin’ Randee Dawn and Mighty Michael A. Ventrella, published by the fine folks at Fantastic Books. […]

  3. […] And coming soon will be Patrick Barb reading “When I’m #64,” Beth Patterson reading “Cayenne,” and Sally Wiener Grotta reading “The Truth Within,” with more to come! Check out co-editor Randee Dawn’s index page for the readings here! […]

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