New entry Jul 15
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]
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.
The Sigil TrilogyIf you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.
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-Jul-2015 (Crits due 29-Jul-2015): F On The Surface [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#25033 SF Hunting el Chupacabra [mpc] Christoph Weber -#25034 F The Vampire Joseph part 1 - Primal Skies #10 Kim Smeltzer -#25035 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 22-24_partial_ Russell Adams -#25036 SF The Beaten Path Jennifer Michaud -#25037 H Madness at Midsummer Anna Salonen -#25038 H Krevlich's Dragonflies Kristopher Horton -#25039 H What Doesn't Kill You, Part 1 Debra Crichlow -#25040 SF A Woman Named Jesus J. E. Bates -#25041 F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Christopher J. Piatti -#25042 SF Awaiting Recompense Derrick Boden -#25043 SF Trade Route Ch 3 Curtis Manges -#25044 SF Flesh Gary Hurtubise -#25045 SF Pixel Heart Draft 2 Will Milner -#25046 F Heaven Bird Beth Goder -#25047 SF Catalyst Todd Honeycutt -#25048 H Devil's Playmates Chapter 3 Ronald Hurst -#25049 SF Another Creator chad ricord -#25050 F Black Order 1: Ch1 rvsn. & Ch2 Todd Cheney -#25051 SF The Perfect Die, Chapters 4-5 S S Bishara -#25052 SF The Purloined Perfume of the Pliocene David Beavers -#25053 H Leucosia Louis-Michel LeCompte -#25054 Week of 29-Jul-2015 (Crits due 5-Aug-2015): F Whispers from the Sea Ryan Anderson F Skyraiders, Chapter One Ellie Traczyk F Tiger Mountain _formerly All That Glitters_ Margaret Moller F Last of the Oathbinders, Chapter 1 Bernie Anes SF Being Optioned Arwen Spicer SF Secret Trees Christoph Weber F King of the Butterflies Christopher Mowder SF Plan B Christian Roberts SF This Made World, Chapters 1-3 Second Draft Marlan Smith H Let 'Em Have It Matthew Weber F Aruego - The Cadents, Chapter 1 Cristen Saline F Black Concord, Chapters 1-8 Kame Pan F The lonely fortress of the young warlords of Kwanghwa Tara Sreeram F The Outsider David Kloss F The Emergency Situation Joel B. Kirk F Hell Hath No Fury Lori Phillips H The Corpse That Breathed Alive Sean Whelan SF Tales of Midbar: Religious Intolerance, Chapter 3 Richard Pearman SF Warlords of Okeanos Patrick Sanders F Devil's Blood _Second Draft_ Chapter 2 and 3 Sarah Jane Hodge Week of 5-Aug-2015 (Crits due 12-Aug-2015): F Strange Things of Clay Eugenia Triantafyllou F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 6 Joel E. Roosa SF The Collector Rhett Bruno F The Vampire Joseph part 2 - Primal Skies #10 Kim Smeltzer H Beyond the Shadow, Chapter 1 Carl Alves F The Secrets of Gobe - Part I: The Rings Scott M. H. SF Chip Off the Old Block Shane Thomas SF Andromeda Rose, Chapter 1 Lora Kilpatrick SF Wind Riderz Part I Chapter 16A Christopher Cragwick F Familiar, Prologue & Chapters 1-2 Kat Day SF Error/Correction Shana Creaney F Lunantishee Emmy Wade F Only Just Becoming Rachael Stein F Acceptance, Chapter 1 Alyssa J. Flowers F The Hiccup Potion Chris Kenworthy SF Delivery Charles Walbridge SF Lucky Numbers Alex Bottle SF Genre Purge 3 Michael Andre-Driussi SF The Second Sphere, Chapters 1-5 Peter Banks F Lost Dreamer, Chapter 1: Sparks Fly and Burns S. Escuadro F Viraetes Island: The Adventures of Chris, Matt, and Alice Part 2 Miah Goodreau SF Hornantula Dale W. Glaser F Seven Ways to Catch a Memory Aleksandra Pantic SF Anagenesis Robert Harpold F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt# 6&7 Christopher J. Piatti SF Ultrablue Marine Jeff Cates SF We Learn About Love Ed Kratz F Little Queen Alexander Leger-Small SF No More Murderers Millard F. Tanner SF If We Share This Road Learned Foote F The Sorcerer Within, opening chapters Will Rice SF The Reckoner Episode I Cameron Huntley F The Land Lady Laurie N Meynig F The Color of Hope Mandy Torres SF Morning in Three Dimensions Emma Harrington ====================================================================== (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 [?] SF God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer [12-Aug-2015] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] F The Blak Order 1: Origin ch 3-4 Todd Cheney [29-Jul-2015] SF As Cold as the Clay Patrick Sanders [5-Aug-2015] F Lost Dreamer, Chapter 2: Infuriating Desire S. Escuadro [12-Aug-2015] SF Oxymorons Arwen Spicer [5-Aug-2015] F Devil's Blood Second Draft Chapter 4 Sarah Jane Hodge [5-Aug-2015] F Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 7-8 Joel E. Roosa [12-Aug-2015] F The Beast Millard F. Tanner [12-Aug-2015] F A Tale of Two Eorldoms _prologue, ch1_ Gary Hurtubise [29-Jul-2015] SF Lost Dreamer, Chapter 3 S. Escuadro [?] SF A Guide to Serious Parenting Derrick Boden [29-Jul-2015] F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt's 8&9 Christopher J. Piatti [12-Aug-2015] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Half Past Never Ryan Funk [20-May-2015] SF Book of Zac, Prologue and Chapter 1 Johan H N Floderus [20-May-2015] H It Came For Caroline Justin C. Key [27-May-2015] SF Storytime at the Bloody Dagger Beth Wilson [03-Jun-2015] F Never Ride Again Ray Sheppard [03-Jun-2015] H Another Beer Robert A. Vicens [03-Jun-2015] F The Tide, Chapter 1 Katie Tracy [10-Jun-2015] H Unexpected Detour Jason Rhodes [10-Jun-2015] H Landlocked Lighthouse Marilyn Schanaman [10-Jun-2015] SF Past Futures Claudia Corneyea [17-Jun-2015] SF A Sentry's Mission Jessica [24-Jun-2015] F A Dragons Tail A War Among Heroes, Chapter 1-5 Jesse Quinones [24-Jun-2015] F Flight of the Damned Roy Anderson [01-Jul-2015] F GotG Robert Shmigelsky [01-Jul-2015] F Secrets of the Mist, Chapters 1-2 and Prelude Lexi Vigilante [15-Jul-2015] H The Supervillain - Chapters 1 to 6 Goitye Powerhouse [15-Jul-2015] F Stalvorhal, Chapters 1-3 Braedan Hafichuk [22-Jul-2015] SF The Hall of Games - Prologue and Chapters One and Two Stefanie Saw [22-Jul-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.