New entry Apr 03
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 20!
Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
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, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.
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
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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)
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)
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 20-Jul-2016 (Crits due 27-Jul-2016): F The Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII Joel E. Roosa -#26032 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 13-14 Keir Puplett -#26033 F The Vampire Hunter part 1 Kim Smeltzer -#26034 SF Conservation & Safety Issues in Magical Archaeology Paul R. Hardy -#26035 H Gut Romance Learned Foote -#26036 F The Man with the Odd Draw Vertino C. Yeldon, II -#26037 H Taken...For Granted Ashleigh Richie -#26038 SF Fates Paradox Stephen Shewmake -#26039 F Tonic, Beginning Jesse Miksic -#26040 SF Stargazing From the Shifting Sands Laura-Marie Steele -#26041 SF Esther's Early Years kyle rogstad -#26042 Week of 27-Jul-2016 (Crits due 3-Aug-2016): H As One [mpc] Ashleigh Richie H The Neighbor at the Curb Matthew Weber SF Cleanout Day Wilber Arron F Paint the Past Fred Obermeyer F Elim Kingfisher, Chapter 1 William R. Weaver SF Where the Dead go to Die G.A.Miller SF Amira stared at the computer model, Matt Dovey SF Change of Plans Wayne Martin H Hunger Don Sabo F Currently No Title Zach Landon SF Pale Gardens Carleton Chinner F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 21-22 Russell Adams F The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 4-10 Michelle Johnson F Curse Chapters 1 and 2 Andrew Richardson F Conflux, Prologue Tyamo Okosun SF Shark Mafia Soap Opera Ife J. Ibitayo SF Muphrid, Chapters 3-4 John Waterman H A Light in Hell _draft 5_ Cedric Kulacz F The Tower of Fire, Chapters 1-2 Jennifer Neal SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 2 Joy Landa SF B.E.T.A section 2 _Chap 5-10_ Sam Bullers Week of 3-Aug-2016 (Crits due 10-Aug-2016): SF Love, Lies, & Clones, Chapters 3-5 Joy Schultz SF Jovian Wolf PT2 Kristopher Horton F Green Regrets Karen Colburn F Living in Darkness Amanda H. Geard SF Love, Lies, &Clones, Chapters 1-2 Joy Schultz SF And Cold as the Clay Richard P. Sanders F Out of Luck Jeffrey Hall H Gears of Bone Bill Stiteler F Cherry Fizz Alex Robinson H The Keepers of the Stars, Prologue Jeff Roberts F Wolfskin Caroline Friedel SF Minor Traders, Chapters 1-2 Joshua Freeman F The Matriculation of Calico Dragovic and Fellow Freaks of Nature, chap. 1 & 2 Brian Wightman H Legion M.B.Vujacic SF Surrogates Mark DeVries H Easy Does It Corey J. White F Vanessa and the Unicorn Sandy Kulhavy SF Duty, Guilt and Promises Peter Michael Gray SF A Singular Choice Ian Gillespie F Bears Tears Leena Naidoo SF Forever Grey - Chapters 5-6 Greg Tracii SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder F The New God Chapters 1-4 Michael Winer SF Superhero, Chapters 1-2 Amandeep Singh F A Musician Enthroned, Chapters 1-6 Amisha Kirti Gupta F Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4 Tarvo Langeberg SF Where the Heart Is Arthur M. Doweyko F The Labyrinthine Ways Jacob Rennick F The Golden Touch Chapter 8 April Hicks SF Martians!! Tom Adams ====================================================================== (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]"): F The Vampire Hunter part 2 Kim Smeltzer [27-Jul-2016] F The Vampire Hunter part 3 Kim Smeltzer [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16 Keir Puplett [27-Jul-2016] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3 Joy Landa [3-Aug-2016] F The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I Kim Smeltzer [?] SF B.E.T.A. section 3 _chapters 11 -15_ Sam Bullers [3-Aug-2016] F Keeping Low-Key Joel E. Roosa [27-Jul-2016] F Low-Key Dealings Joel E. Roosa [?] SF Under the Pin Laura-Marie Steele [27-Jul-2016] F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 23-25 Russell Adams [3-Aug-2016] F Round Two Joel E. Roosa [?] SF Forever Grey, Chapters 7 & 8 Greg Tracii [10-Aug-2016] SF Waking the Giant Stephen Shewmake [27-Jul-2016] F The Goblin King's Skull _prologue, chapters 1-2_ Mark DeVries [10-Aug-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Wednesday Arina Pricop [11-May-2016] SF Skyward Descent, Summary & Chapter 1 Graceann Barrett [11-May-2016] H The Way Out Gary Buller [11-May-2016] SF Becoming the Dragon Patrick Sanders [18-May-2016] SF The Apartment Complex outline Adrian J. Brabo [18-May-2016] F The Dreamscape Aquarium David Serra [18-May-2016] SF The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One Thomas John Moscato [25-May-2016] F The Silent Tear, Prologue Elizabeth Azurra [25-May-2016] SF The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1 Jonathan Bergeron [25-May-2016] F Work In Progress, Chapter 1 Margaret Brier [01-Jun-2016] SF Through the Backdoor: Part 1 Alexandra [08-Jun-2016] H A Light in Hell Cedric Kulacz [08-Jun-2016] F One Word Brian Kemper [08-Jun-2016] F Callowfield Ch. 1 Christopher Smith [15-Jun-2016] H One of a Kind Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-2016] SF Lynden Amelia Tumlin [06-Jul-2016] F Living Color Alec E. B. [06-Jul-2016] F Girl of Flame and Smoke Olivia J Martelli [06-Jul-2016] H Through the Mind of a Seer, _Chapters 1-3_ Melissa Malo [13-Jul-2016] H The Clock Ticks Into Madness Ashley Bennett [20-Jul-2016] ::: >> 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.