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  • 08.15.19 ‘Across the Universe’ Table of Contents Reveal!

    8/15/19

    The book is on its way! That is, our alternate “what if” Beatles anthology Across the Universe, which I’m co-editing with Michael Ventrella, has been sent to our fantastic publisher, Fantastic Books.
    The ETA for publishing is December, and here is our Table of Contents:

    Introduction by Nancy Holder
    “Rubber Soul” by Spider Robinson
    “A New Beginning” by Jody Lynn Nye
    “The Perfect Bridge” by Charles Barouch
    “The Hey! Team” by Gordon Linzner
    “Paul is Dead” by Lawrence Watt-Evans
    “Come Together” by Allen Steele
    “The Truth Within” by Sally Wiener Grotta
    “Foursomes” by Ken Schneyer
    “The Fabtastic Four” by ... continue

  • 6.25.19 On anthologies, eclairs, paring knives and the merits of learning something new

    6/25/19

    I recently spent a week at the International Culinary Center in New York City learning all about the essentials of pastry making. It wasn’t easy: Five hours a night standing on a concrete floor, going until about 10:30 each evening, for five days straight. I gouged my thumb with a paring knife. But I made eclairs! Charlotte russe! Chocolate covered macadamia nuts! I rolled out fondant! And I had my pal Chandler Klang Smith along for the ride, which made it even more fun.

    In everyday life, we’re hit over the head with the mantra of never stop learning, ... continue

  • 6.4.19 Frederic Durbin on how ‘Typewritten Tales’ key readers into post-digital collapse worlds

    6/04/19

    As a big fan of Frederic S. Durbin‘s work (especially his 2017 novel A Green and Ancient Light), I was delighted to discover he had new work in a new set of anthologies, which he’d co-edited with Richard Polt and Andrew V. McFeaters). Not only that, the angle “keys” in directly to one of Fred’s major passions: typewriters! Check out my e-chat with him below to find out why you need these new-future tales (divided up into two very-affordable boosk that’re now available: Escapements and Paradigm Shifts), and just how the typewritten word plays into all of them!
     
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  • 5.02.19 Across The Universe’ Beatles anthology still open: Here’s what we need!

    5/03/19


    We’ve got just 6 weeks until stories are due in on the Across the Universe Beatles alternate universe/”what if” anthology and we are here to tell you we are definitely still looking for your brilliance!



    So this post is reaching out to those of you who haven’t yet
    started a story and those who might have looked at our first call-out for
    writers and said, “Eh, nothing strikes me.”



    Think again!



    Having now seen a slew of stories come in, some of which had us saying yay, some saying nay, ... continue

  • 4.8.19 9 thoughts on the anthology submission process or: why taking the shot is critical

    4/08/19


    One of the first things anyone will tell you when you say you’re editing an anthology is this: “That’s a lot of work!”



    They’re not wrong. It helps immensely having a co-editor, as I do on Across the Universe, the upcoming Beatles spec-fic collection you may have heard me bleat about a couple of times.



    But as story submissions begin rolling in during these first few weeks of the Universe submission period and the excitement truly gets underway, a few thoughts crossed my mind.



    In no particular ... continue

  • 3.22.19 3 days and counting: An ‘Across the Universe’ spotlight on Gail Z. Martin

    3/25/19


    In honor of our OMG WE GOT FUNDED AND WE’RE NEARLY ABLE TO ADD IN ANOTHER STORY FROM OUR STRETCH GOALS AND 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.



    But first, 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 ... 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

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

    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 successfully reached two stretch goals by the time it ended 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

  • 3.21.19 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