New entry Mar 20
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]
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.
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 23-Apr-2014 (Crits due 30-Apr-2014): SF Dahkshina di Moher's Possibility Array Fiona Howland-Rose -#23589 SF Wrong Cat Christian Roberts -#23590 SF First Clones---a working title---chapters 3-4 Bobbie Falin -#23591 SF What She Remembered, Chap. 1-2 Deborah Kaminski -#23592 SF The Higgs Power Plant Juan Hernandez -#23593 F Where the Magic Lives Jeffrey Hall -#23594 SF The Ink Android Jen Finelli -#23595 SF On the mutated Island of Britain, Sybil Butterfield met an Undead Biker Gang and Vice-Versa Peter Huston -#23596 F Werewolf Investigations: Capital Kidnap Mel Corbett -#23597 F A Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing Elke Blackstone -#23598 H Catgut Alex Harrison -#23599 SF Homeland Alisa Williams -#23600 F By the Lake of Swans Connor Moran -#23601 SF Tom's Folly Adrian Deasley -#23602 F Charade Kamaria S. Vaught -#23603 F Sarimanok Feather Annaliese Lemmon -#23604 F Veil of Shadows, Prologue Bethany M. Cusick -#23605 SF Lucky Kyle Kenyon -#23606 F The Empress Brow, Chapter 6 Meaghan Nichols -#23607 Week of 30-Apr-2014 (Crits due 7-May-2014): F Anima, Chapters 0-3 Mulyadi Cahyono SF Spark Into Fire Matt Dovey H The Not, Chapter 32 A. R. Braun SF From Frying Pan to Freezer Brian Cady SF 3039 Tom Lin SF Red Mountain, Chapter 1 William Webb SF Testing the Equalisers Ian Creasey F Avenging Nicholas Robert Harpold SF A Pinch in the Fabric Larry Rachman H The Clootie Tree, Chapter 1 Andrew Richardson F East of the Sun and West of the Moon Eugenia Triantafyllou SF Service Alex Bottle SF To Watch the Storms Jonathan Byrne F The Complete Handbook of Royal Etiquette: Dragons, Kidnapping and Consumption By Aoife Farley SF Nail Salons Will Kill You Kristin Pothast SF Space Station Venture: Chapter 23 Kathy London SF Gorgeous Orange Marie Ming SF Remotely Out of Control Charles Hand SF The Mechanoid Cries Within v3 Brock T.I. Penner H Beautiful Bloody Duckling, Chapter 1 Kelly Calabrese Week of 7-May-2014 (Crits due 14-May-2014): SF Nothing to See Here Arthur M. Doweyko H A Life on the Rocks Nicholas Stella SF Touching Flames Adria Lysay SF The Garden and the Little Eaters L Chan F Ogres at Alcatraz Isle Judith Boyer SF Phantom Limb Billy H. Peery SF Into the Blue Marty Bonus SF Mayhem at Manville Michael Andre-Driussi SF A Dangerous Philosophy David G. Turner F Euphoria Milk seeks advice keith Gell SF Tsi of God Martin SF Resurrection Day Jaroslav Makarov SF Children Of Sadness Ch. 2 Fertessa Scott F Faith Lise Dubeau SF The Last Song Champion - 11 Tony Farnden H Endurance CJ Friend SF Procreation Through Productivity Fred Obermeyer SF Square Chickens Charlene Hansom SF The Boy Who Would Fly Adam vanLangenberg F Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 4 Eric J. Juneau Week of 14-May-2014 (Crits due 21-May-2014): H Guard the Park Matthew Weber SF The Refuse Hunter's Daughter Will Milner SF Whatever Happened to Dr. Swerdlow? Mike Flinchum SF Immunity Aaron Gallagher SF The Scunthorpe Redemption Emma Baillie F Wild Skins Heather Cale SF The Shadowed Forest Rati Mehrotra F Beyond Ragnarok, Chapter 2 Carl Alves F Locomotive Incantation Chapter 1 Lacey Shaw F The Last Gift of Winter Eric Tolladay SF Age of Birds, Chapter 6 Russell de Grove F Darelyth, Chapter 1 Douglas Hufnagel H Soulweaver. Chapters 1 & 2 Alex Maher SF Mrs Braithewaite Comes to Call Fiona Didlick H Focus Amanda Niehaus-Hard SF To the Watchtower Tom McRoberts SF And Miles to Go Clancy Weeks SF Down to a Sunless Sea Carlos Mano F Warlock Chronicles: Lady Silver, Ch. 3 Bobbie Felder F Shrouded Goddess, Ch 11+12 Patricia Moussatche F The Clandestine Chapter 11 Darla Jackson ====================================================================== (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 Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 5 Eric J. Juneau [14-May-2014] SF Bob, Michah, and Alice: Untested Love Peter Huston [30-Apr-2014] SF Moonship _Chapter One_ Charlene Hansom [14-May-2014] SF Theodore Bear Adrian Deasley [30-Apr-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H Hand of Satan Gabrial Soh [19-Mar-2014] F Outrun The Competion Ed Bang [19-Mar-2014] F HighRunner, Chapters 1-4 Joy L. Gibson [26-Mar-2014] F The Absolute Chapter One The Game of Life Steve Crews [09-Apr-2014] F Connor, Savior of Damsels in Distress Rebecca Sivils [16-Apr-2014] F How to make them scream Hugo Guérin [16-Apr-2014] SF The Gods That Punish - Chapter 1 Edward Paul [16-Apr-2014] SF Waking Up Is Hard to Do Steven Thomas Howell [23-Apr-2014] F Aquarius chapter 1-11 Maya [23-Apr-2014] ::: >> 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.