New entry Dec 07
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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 22!
Yes, 22 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.
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
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 16-May-2018 (Crits due 23-May-2018): SF Do We Have A Dimension for You Richard Zwicker -#27664 F Cry Havoc Brian Koukol -#27665 SF Untitled Joel Schroeder -#27666 SF The Way Home, Chapters 1-3 Deborah D. Ross -#27667 SF One Second Chance Michelle Jelley -#27668 F The Deadliest of Poisons Hannah Azok -#27669 SF The Disgraced Return of the Kap's Needle Renan Bernardo -#27670 F Grayland: When Dreams Come True - Part 2 Terry Volkirch -#27671 F The Exhibit Mark Keane -#27672 F Soul Harvest Madison Estes -#27673 SF The Divine Glitch, Chapters 1-3 Ron Stieger -#27674 F Oizys Chapter 1 Utku Ã--zyurt -#27675 SF Recompense Philip Behringer -#27676 F Refusing the Call Annaliese Lemmon -#27677 F The Passage to the Ethereal Forest Owen McNally -#27678 Week of 23-May-2018 (Crits due 30-May-2018): SF Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird [@] Eric Schwitzgebel F Queensmen, Chapter 7 Bethany Rae Salway SF Plato Crater - Chapter 1 Carleton Chinner F The Shell Brian Williams F Mrs Barnaby Finds a Leak Aleksandra Pantic F Danume: The children Chapter 3 Philip Hays SF Four Calls Jefferson Retallack H We'll Show Them EDWARD G. KRATZ F Battle Cry Darla Jackson F T.B.D. Chapter 1 Christy Wicks F Sidequest Francisco Velasquez SF The Scholasticate Gary Goodson F Blue Skies Joy Landa SF War Machines Tom Adams SF Warriors Clark Sodersten SF Forever Grey query Greg Tracii F Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 6 Elena Zimmerman F Sea Kraken Chris Turner SF As An Absence Joanna Michal Hoyt F A Brand of Justice Fred Obermeyer Week of 30-May-2018 (Crits due 6-Jun-2018): SF The New Century Adoption Clinic, chapter 1, v3 Eliot Bush SF Merge Conflict Seth M. Baker F Brand New Night, Chapter 1 Nathan Spain F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 25-26 Eric Wilson F Huitzilopochtli _Aztec deity_--version 2 Amy Hammack Turner SF Cephala Dreams Jared Simpson SF Eve's Story Breeanne Fryers F Sky Piercer, Chapter 5 Jorge Rodriguez SF Bibi, Chapters 25-26 Lisa Clark F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 6 Jeff Naylor SF All the Gardens I Have Lost Mary Makarova SF Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2 Nicholas Martellacci SF The Hero Kevin P. Hallett SF The Allosi, Chapter 1 & 2 Bry Blodgett H Beneath the Salt Russell Dorn F Ghel-Dwyr: The Sorceress and her Soul, Chapters 1-2 Erin Cushing F Marc Thyme Prt2 Bernard Davis SF Mercury's Child Ludo Stellingwerff F The Demon's Secret Danielle Lambert SF An Island Too Lovely, Chap 1-2 Deborah Kaminski Week of 6-Jun-2018 (Crits due 13-Jun-2018): SF Lense Samantha Caskey F Origin of Swords: A Tale of the Court of Swords Carl R. Cole III SF Balthusean Feather Pillow Ray N. Franklin F The End of All Things Caroline Friedel SF Incrimination of the Body Snatchers Russ N. F DragonMarked.Prologue Marta Lozinski SF Fallen Gods, Chapters 1-4 Michael J. Wyant Jr SF Martian Mines, Synopsis and Chapter 1 Adriana T. Gomes F The Intelligence by Baumann Powers RAUL GONZALES SF The Crown Prince Scott Bradley SF For the Children Guy McDonnell SF The Violet Band Geoff Bahlman H Into the Sea Brett Lovell SF Adagio for Lost Parts in A minor Lee P. Melling SF Ghost Station Gamma Jeff Cates F Confessions of a Dungeon Boss Jace Wilkins F How to Stay Gone Samuel Chapman F The Luxian Child, Prologue Shanon D. Huston-Willis SF The Vaulting Vandals of Termina Celeste Jordan A. Chase ====================================================================== (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 Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 7 Jeff Naylor [6-Jun-2018] F Stranger Across Mary Makarova [6-Jun-2018] SF Forever Grey - Chapter 2 Greg Tracii [30-May-2018] F A Myth of Black and White Terry Volkirch [23-May-2018] SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo [23-May-2018] SF Flobix to the Yolba Francisco Velasquez [30-May-2018] F Dissolutions Aleksandra Pantic [30-May-2018] F Dead End Richard Zwicker [23-May-2018] SF Plato Crater - Chapter 2 Carleton Chinner [30-May-2018] SF Plato Crater - Chapter 3 Carleton Chinner [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 27-29 Eric Wilson [6-Jun-2018] SF Useless Eaters Brian Koukol [23-May-2018] F Sky Piercer, Chapter 6 Jorge Rodriguez [6-Jun-2018] F The Luxian Child, Chapter 1 Shanon D Huston-Willis [13-Jun-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Riftwalkers, Chapters 1-5 Christopher Pedersen [28-Mar-2018] F Sirith Chapter 1-4 Ricky Nix [28-Mar-2018] F The Fires of Autumn, Chapter 1 Curt Krebbs [28-Mar-2018] SF The Show Chapters 1-6 Snyder Ervin [28-Mar-2018] SF Emulation Dome Carolyn Hoffert [04-Apr-2018] F Gwydion and the Three Curses of Aranrhod Shirley Rawlins [11-Apr-2018] F The Eternal, Chapters 1-5 Catherine Lynch [11-Apr-2018] SF The Privateers, Chapter 1 Kevin Sullivan [18-Apr-2018] SF Left-Brained Prologue and Chapter 1-5 Catherine Lynch [02-May-2018] F Glimpse: The Broken Nicholas Martellacci [09-May-2018] F The Dependent Clause Scott Wallace [09-May-2018] SF The Wrong Apartment Tamanjit Bindra [09-May-2018] SF Vectors, Chapters 4-6 Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018] SF Interview with Methuselah Geoffrey Owen [16-May-2018] ::: >> 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.