Across The Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles

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Title: Across The Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles
Published by: Fantastic Books
Release Date: December 2019
Contributors: Nancy Holder, Spider Robinson, Jody Lynn Nye, Charles Barouch, Gordon Linzner, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Allen Steele, Sally Wiener Grotta, Ken Schneyer, David Gerrold, Cat Rambo, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Bev Vincent, Patrick Barb, Carol Gyzander, Pat Cadigan, Gail Z. Martin, Barbara Clough, Eric Avedissian, Alan Goldsher, R. Jean Mathieu, Beth Patterson, Christian Smith, Gregory Frost, Matthew Amati, Gregory Benford, Randee Dawn, Michael A. Ventrella
Pages: 280
ISBN13: 978-1515423966

 Across the Universe is the Beatles tour you never thought you'd get a front row seat for, with speculative fiction stories examining other galaxies, worlds, professions and existences John, Paul, George and Ringo might have experienced ... or maybe they did ....

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 David Gerrold
"All You Need" by Cat Rambo
"Used to Be" by Keith R.A. DeCandido
"Game Seven" by Bev Vincent
"When I'm #64" by Patrick Barb
"Deal with the Devil" by Carol Gyzander
"Meet the Beatles" by Pat Cadigan
"The Walrus Returns" by Gail Z. Martin
"My Sweet Lord of Light" by Barbara Clough
"Liverpool Band Battle 1982" by Eric Avedissian
"Undead in the Material World" by Alan Goldsher
"The Heretic" by R. Jean Mathieu
"Cayenne" by Beth Patterson
"Through a Glass Onion" by Christian Smith
"A Hard Day's Night at the Opera" by Gregory Frost
"Apocalypse Rock" by Matthew Amati
"Doing Lennon" by Gregory Benford


"If the Beatles and their music meant anything at all to you, give this one a look—you’ll be glad you did." Asimov's SF

"This collection is a Magical Mystery Tour through alternate universes where the familiar narrative of the Beatles is turned on its head. Or ear. Or ass. It’s fun, irreverent, sexy, and twisted — just like the Fab Four themselves." Vicki Peterson (The Bangles)

"You'll be entertained" Abyss and Apex

"Across the Universe is way too much fun! It's The Beatles in The Twilight Zone of infinite possibilities! Highly recommended!" Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author of V-Wars and Rage

"This anthology will be mostly of interest to Beatles fans, but even non-fans will find stories here that will move and surprise them." Library Journal

"Across the Universe is a fantastic, freewheeling and imaginative romp of a collection. The authors transported me not only across the universe, but to what might have been in many and various alternate universes, all populated by The Beatles and their peculiar possible transmutations. Totally engrossing." Paul Marshall (I See Hawks in L.A.; Strawberry Alarm Clock)

"Beatles aficionados and fantasy fans will enjoy this affectionate, speculative homage." Publishers Weekly

"I must have read a thousand Beatles books. But not one of them mentioned that the Beatles were attacked by aliens at the Hollywood Bowl. Or talked about their encounter with the Mersey Monster. Or discussed how they became zombies. I had to learn all of this from the thoroughly entertaining anthology Across the Universe. Each of its 25 stories of speculative fiction re-imagine The Beatles in alternative universes, allowing us to laugh at and with John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Highly recommended!" Scott Freiman, creator of Deconstructing the Beatles

"A must read for the true Beatles fan." Lee Weinstein/File 770

Review of Carol Gyzander's "Deal with the Devil" from Black Gate (4/12/24)