New entry Nov 01
P&E Seeks New Caretaker
Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.
Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.
If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!
I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
ReAnimus Acquires Advent!
ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!
Network speeding up
I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.
Preditors & Editors Changeover
With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at pred-ed.com.
is Dying has been Replaced
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
Critters is 21!
Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)
How to Write SF
The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)
The Critters Queue
Submission files themselves are here.
Queue of manuscripts out or to be sent (dates are estimated, depending on number of mss. sent out, which depends on number of members; probabalistically, the end of the queue is usually about a month away): Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 26-Apr-2017 (Crits due 3-May-2017): F Crisis on Finite Earths, Pts. 1&2 Joel E. Roosa -#26710 SF I Beg You, My Dearest Friend _or Documents Stored on a Memory Chip After the Great Overthrow_ [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#26711 F Deception Darla Jackson -#26712 SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42 Keir Puplett -#26713 H Blood Cells Brian Koukol -#26714 SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder -#26715 F Burning Questions Joy Pixley -#26716 H The Science of Garbology Jodie Cowan -#26717 F A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 3-4 April Weeks -#26718 SF The Lost Dimension Larry Olsen -#26719 SF First Time Guy McDonnell -#26720 F Gravefisher Renan Bernardo -#26721 F The Weaponmaster Rustin Lovewell -#26722 SF Revelation, Chapter 1 Cody Faile -#26723 F Tal's First Travel Jeanette Darrouzet-Nardi -#26724 F Wings Robert Plowman -#26725 SF Play team combat peter sides -#26726 F The Bankrupt Dragon Krista Kloppenburg -#26727 Week of 3-May-2017 (Crits due 10-May-2017): F The Faithful Ciro Izarra SF Shock Craig LaRose SF The Patriot War, Part 2 David M. Lowrey SF The Right Way to Change the World Emily Randall F Feared Fury: A Tale of the Court of Swords - Part 1 Carl Cole SF Heaven to Hell Kevin P. Hallett F Red Snow on the Borders of Nevaldas: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes Fred Obermeyer F The Valley of Gods, Chapter 4 Chris Turner SF An Enigma Caroline Friedel SF Hoping for Red Adam Knight F Death for a Paladin, Prologue and Chapters 1 - 3 Michael Haycock SF And Perchance to Dream of Purple Jon Stonecash F Alchemist's Fear Chapters 1-2 Patrick Doyle F The Book That Turned Me Gay Steve DuBois SF Have a Nice Jump Kristopher Horton Week of 10-May-2017 (Crits due 17-May-2017): SF Blood Lines Carl Alves SF Rifters Morgan Broadhead F A Murder at the Aviary J. Deery Wray SF Trade Route, Ch. 14 Curtis Manges SF When They Buried Me Bret Parent F Blood in the River, Tears on the Sand Tim Mudie SF The Darkness Within Us, Chapter 3 Shannon Brooks F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 12-13 Eric Wilson F Soothed by Magic, Book 2 of the Hidden Coven Series Kim McDougall SF Collision Conflict _formerly "Decision Log"_ Brian Zayas F The Beast and the Blind Kathryn Keane F The Book of Nevermore, Prologue & Chapter 1 Andrew Pixton H Requiem for a Cold Night Jerry Tabbott SF Release Richard Zwicker SF Your Raid Team Is Your Dysfunctional Family Martha Burns Week of 17-May-2017 (Crits due 24-May-2017): F Children's Watch Sandor Kovacs SF Murder Eternal, Chapters 4-5 Charles Patton SF Secrets within Secrets, part 2 Catherine Norman F My Human Twin Mary Makarova SF Subject 23 Joy Schultz SF Bellerofonte Michael Andre-Driussi F Escape From Maui, Chapter 1 John Marks SF Eden Reboot Christian Roberts SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2 Joy Landa SF The In-Between Place Kat Day F Cascading Stones Amy Henrie Gillett ====================================================================== (Note, if the last week above looks abnormally large, it probably needs me to add a new week, a task I do manually when I get around to it. Future critique dates are approximate and subject to change.) Symbols: [@] - Pro [SFWA/HWA] author [*] - Extra week(s) for holidays/aburt-out-of-town. [mpc] - Most Product Critter Award winner [!] - Special non-Wednesday dates because Critter Captain will be out of town [ERROR!] - This means there is a problem and your manuscript will NOT be sent out - Contact the Critter Captain ASAP if you see this by your name. Waiting to enter Queue (Will enter at end of queue on "[date]"): SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44 Keir Puplett [3-May-2017] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48 Keir Puplett [?] SF Radiator peter sides [3-May-2017] F Feared Fury: A Tale of the Court of Swords - Part 2 Carl Cole [10-May-2017] F Out Splintering Bodies Renan Bernardo [3-May-2017] SF Genetic Mendings For Our Distressed Lives Renan Bernardo [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Mythos, Chapter 1 Oliver M. Hughes [11-Jan-2017] F Caught Ablaze, Chapters 1-11 Krisha Seate [18-Jan-2017] SF Eidolons_The Man with Two Souls, Chapters Prologue and 1 Gregory Robinson [25-Jan-2017] SF Sauce, Chapters 1-8 Nicholas Christopher Pickersgill [25-Jan-2017] H Sutter's Junction Chapters 1-5 Carrie Birdsong [01-Feb-2017] F From the Heart of the Iliad Wayland Jackson [01-Feb-2017] SF Planet NB, chapters 1-11 Leland Smithson [08-Feb-2017] F Dorrone, Chapters 0-2 Issarasiti [15-Feb-2017] F From the Pages of the Iliad Wayland B. Jackson [01-Mar-2017] SF The No-Go Zones Macky Cruz [01-Mar-2017] F The Tides of Tomorrow, Part 1 Mike Dorman [08-Mar-2017] SF Terra: Prologue Kelsey Rowe [15-Mar-2017] SF Kagluyag versus Malaya Macky Cruz [22-Mar-2017] H Deceived: Day Of The Dead Silver Coltac [22-Mar-2017] F Immunity Chapters 1-3 Elizabeth Strickland [22-Mar-2017] F A prayer for the damned Juan Francisco Sanchez Cota [29-Mar-2017] H Two Heads are Better than One Mark L Robyn [29-Mar-2017] F A Shadow Cast, Chapter 1 Liv Foster [12-Apr-2017] F River Demon - Chapter One _Bambi_ WT Hilarie Hope [19-Apr-2017] SF A Druid's Tale, Chapters 1-3 Chris B. Langley [26-Apr-2017] F War Zachary Clark [26-Apr-2017] ::: >> Note 1: Held manuscripts are removed after four weeks on hold and >> must be resubmitted. >> Note 2: It is the *author's* responsibility to notify Aburt when >> they have brought up their critique count and want their ms. sent out.