New entry Apr 10
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
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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!
Free Web Sites
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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 22-Apr-2015 (Crits due 29-Apr-2015): SF Into the Brainlight [mpc] Learned Foote -#24760 F The Vampire Helen pt 1 - Primal Skies #7 Kim Smeltzer -#24761 F Devil's Blood, Chapter 2 [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge -#24762 SF The Duchess' Chocolate John Nickerson -#24763 SF Ship of Cards Malcolm Dent -#24764 H Daddy's on the Way Matthew Weber -#24765 F The Fireman Christoph Weber -#24766 SF Tunguska's Other Chlidren: Undercover, Chapters 1-5 Laura F. Sanchez -#24767 H Virgins Of The Sea Justin C. Key -#24768 F The Half-hidden Face Dale W. Glaser -#24769 F One Last Wayang L Chan -#24770 SF Subdued, Chapters 8-9 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24771 SF Philanthro-Flu D.J. Diehl -#24772 F A Short Introduction to Court Life Melanie Hopkins -#24773 F Endeavor to Dream on Broken Wings AJ Finley -#24774 SF Hard Loving A Hermaphrodite Rud Merriam -#24775 SF No SLAM Maps for these Territories, 2nd Draft Will Milner -#24776 SF Initiation Charles T, Walbridge -#24777 SF Upon the All-Walker Jeffrey Hall -#24778 SF A God Among Men Eitan Moses -#24779 F The Lion at the End of the World Alex Bradshaw -#24780 F Assassin's Mistake, Prologue-Chapter 0 Katherine Howard -#24781 F Twenty Mattresses Mike Alix -#24782 Week of 29-Apr-2015 (Crits due 6-May-2015): F Devil's Blood, Chapter 3 [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge F The Galleon of Brushy Creek Robert Harpold F The Storm Mirror Chris Kenworthy H Haunted House of Creek Mills, Chapters 1-3 Stefanie Kirschbaum F The Neighborhood, Chapters 3-4 Holly Godbey SF Zeitgeber Mark Alan Schultz SF Room for Improvement Josh Harlan SF Lieutenant Sanchez Christian Roberts F The Retrievers, Chapter 7 A.K. Karam SF Two Easy Pieces Charles Hand SF Apocalyptic Hangover Chapter 2 Chris DeSantis F Never moon a werewolf or poke a Pooka, Chapter two, Running, One year earlier Dabney Farmer F The Vampire Helen pt 2 - Primal Skies #7 Kim Smeltzer SF The Rain Dancers of Solis Planum Derrick Boden F Waste Places Chapters 5-7 Judith Pratt H Weighed Amanda Hard F Yaga, Too Aleksandra Pantic SF Wind-Riderz Part I Chapter 2 Christopher Cragwick Week of 6-May-2015 (Crits due 13-May-2015): SF True-blue Blood Haneen Babbitt H Drea M.B.Vujacic SF Don't Look Back, Chapter 1 Jeff Joseph F Bird of Paradise Nelly Micholt SF All Dead Steve Donnelly SF Abducted Chapt 1 Ryan Anderson SF Through Another's Eyes Amanda H. Geard F The Djinn of Thawra Jim Kane F Deep In The Crowded Trees Edwin C.Y. Hung F Into the Teeth of the Wind Eric Landreneau SF Fashion Emergency Brian Koukol SF King Me David Erickson SF Secession Campaign Chapter 2 and 3 Mike Mullen F All That Glitters Margaret Moller F The Dutch Walk Dirck de Lint F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt#2 Christopher J. Piatti SF The Storm, Part 1 Patrick Sanders SF Saturn Rising Rosanne Trask SF The Promethean Possession Chapters 2-4 Christopher Ross F All that Remains Carleton Chinner Week of 13-May-2015 (Crits due 20-May-2015): SF Past Perfect Brad Preslar F The Bluehaven Manifesto, Chapter 2, Rosenkreutz and Gelbehauser Trevor J Wallace SF The God Battle, Part 1 Terry Traub F One Foot In Brenna Silbory SF Mary in the Tower's Shadow Elliotte Rusty Harold F Knife and Sea Vanessa Fogg F Sentinel's Call Darrell Johnson H Gears of Iron, Gears of Bone, revised, chapter 1 Bill Stiteler H Untitiled- Ch.1 Luke Robinson SF Arms Dan Malakin H Flying Brian Air Peter Sides F Viraetes Island Part 4 Miah Goodreau F The Black Queen Chapter 2 Chad Willson F Zeltis chapters 6-8 Shanna C. Larsen SF The Skin is the Hard Part Iain Ishbel SF The Anomalies, Chapters 1 - 2 Dart Omran SF The Gods of Jizma Michael Andre-Driussi F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 2 - Traveling to Smithville Joel E. Roosa SF The Vampire Helen pt 3 - Primal Skies #7 Kim Smeltzer SF Misapplication Cameron Huntley SF Dust Kade Moore F Variations of George Eric Schwitzgebel F Spear: Fire and Brimstone Kristopher Horton SF Skin Walkers Debra H The Final Lesson Anna Salonen SF Relocation Anthony Natale SF Do No Evil, Chapter 1 Alex Grove ====================================================================== (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]"): YA Enchanter RFDR E. B. Pike [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] L The Six Samurai Chapters 1-3 John Endris [?] F Our Father, Chapter 1 Brandon Byes [?] SF Terra Prime: Fall of a Federation [?] SF Rats in Space [?] F Dollhouse of the He, Chart [?] L Violin Playing Robot Chrissie Wranja [?] F The Vampire's Daughter Kim Smeltzer [20-May-2015] F Wizard's of the Watchtower Christopher J. Piatti [13-May-2015] SF God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Black Queen Chapter 3 Chad Willson [20-May-2015] F Leaping Away Melanie Hopkins [29-Apr-2015] H Feed Me Mark Alan Schultz [6-May-2015] F Spun Gold Melanie Hopkins [?] F Zeltis chapters 9-12 Shanna C. Larsen [20-May-2015] SF Ah, Love! Charles T. Walbridge [29-Apr-2015] F Devil's Blood, Chapters 4 and 5 Sarah Jane Hodge [20-May-2015] SF Littlefoot Charles T, Walbridge [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H 179 Degrees Bob Barwell [18-Mar-2015] F Free Radicals , Chapters 1 - 4 Amanda Acton [25-Mar-2015] SF The Road to Babel Yaroslav Barsukov [25-Mar-2015] SF Dragon Tears Robin L. Martinez [25-Mar-2015] SF Animal Problems In The Gators Loving Hands Luke Hally [25-Mar-2015] SF Martian Still Kelsey Sweatt [01-Apr-2015] F The Sharklings of Anchor Valley Kurt Hunt [01-Apr-2015] F Phoebus Chapter One Bas Geelen [01-Apr-2015] H GSD Chester Lee [01-Apr-2015] F Shadowbound, Chapters 1-29 Lisa Stout [01-Apr-2015] F The Timeless James Robertson [22-Apr-2015] F Guardians of the Dream, chapter 1 Amit M. Halberthal [22-Apr-2015] SF Solace for the Souless Gary J. Hurtubise [22-Apr-2015] ::: >> 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.