New entry Jun 21
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.
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)
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 26-Nov-2014 (Crits due 3-Dec-2014): F Calypso P.E. Zimmerman -#24311 SF The Last Word Christian Roberts -#24312 F Virtual Boy Martha Burns -#24313 SF TM Blues Charles Hand -#24314 F The Cross, The Mother Alexander Leger-Small -#24315 F The Guild of Carters Noeleen Kavanagh -#24316 SF Timecrash Wildlife - Chapter 1 Sarah Little -#24317 SF Good Housekeeping Chris Countryman -#24318 SF Print Addict Samara Lo -#24319 F Children of God, Chapter 3 Marescha Muys -#24320 SF The Hamsa, Chapter 1 Patrick Sanders -#24321 SF The Talosian redemption, chapter 2 Mick Dunn -#24322 F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple -#24323 SF The Man _Book One_ Invaders of the Parallel Soul, Chapters 1-4 Julius Robinson -#24324 SF The Cloning of Bethany Tillman S.C. Hickman -#24325 SF Trouble with Debutantes Katherine J Fairbanks -#24326 H Monsters of Pittsburgh 5: Humans Kate Whitaker -#24327 SF The Astrotheometrist Dom Dulley -#24328 Week of 3-Dec-2014 (Crits due 10-Dec-2014): H Contractions [@] Kevin David Anderson F The Lion and the Library [@] Mary Catelli H The Thing by the Marsh Carl Alves F Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 4-5 Charles Leighton SF Chasing Gazelles Michael Dorken F Altars Evelyn Aschenbrenner F Undying Restiveness EishaAhmed F The Retrievers Chapter 1 Mark Dawson F Mage Dot Com Rob Gilliam SF Stay for Dinner Brad Preslar SF Downstairs, Chapter 1 Stephen Ornes F The End At The Park Sean Whelan SF Cuban Missile Strike Michael Andre-Driussi F The Witch of the Witherwoods Anna Salonen H The Not, Chapter 37 A. R. Braun SF Henry The Last, Chapters 1 and 2 Arthur M. Doweyko H The Face in the Well Stephanie Harshman Diaz F Boy God Hernan Garcia SF A Fire Beneath Derrick Boden H The Spoiler Matthew Weber SF Burn the Land and Boil the Sea Kristopher Horton F Mating Material Amanda Niehaus-Hard Week of 10-Dec-2014 (Crits due 17-Dec-2014): F No titles. Brianna O'Gorman SF The Thousand Century Burn Louis J. West SF Alone at Last Adrian Brisland H Saga of a fallen hero ch 11, part 1 Naftali Deitsch SF Defender: Return of the Harkers Eric Juneau F Sticks and Stones Keir Puplett SF Titanium Man Steve Donnelly SF The Archivist's Book Jeffrey Steven Abrams F The Marker: The Song of the Shadow-Walkers Christopher Mowder SF Search the Stars Mark Rookyard SF Death Panel Christoph Weber SF Lights Michael Reid SF Time Yet Again Joel E. Roosa SF A New Beginning Jeff Cates F Mama Two Boots Goes Back to New Orleans Elliotte Rusty Harold F Any Other Name Lisa Hayward SF A Remedy for Memory Irene Ying ====================================================================== (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 Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2 Ben Knox [?] SF The Ant People Charles Hand [3-Dec-2014] SF The Wells Experience Mark Rookyard [17-Dec-2014] F Darkest night Mick Dunn [3-Dec-2014] F The Birds of Avacine Alexander Leger-Small [3-Dec-2014] SF Negendank Christian Roberts [3-Dec-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Along the River Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014] F The Silver Tree - Chapter 1 A. Cobb [29-Oct-2014] SF They Don't Always Mean What They Say Anir Raj [29-Oct-2014] F The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2 Sean Morge [12-Nov-2014] SF Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4 Brian Hansen [12-Nov-2014] H Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles Junior Sixx [12-Nov-2014] SF Kanda in Venus Jesse Corrigan [12-Nov-2014] SF Superhero Pioneer Dies John Siebelink [19-Nov-2014] SF Wilma's War Tobias G [19-Nov-2014] SF Northern Cross [@] David John Baker [26-Nov-2014] F Blood Storm, Chapters 1-6 Charlie Tupman [26-Nov-2014] F Heroes Rising, Chapter 1 Gia M. Snyder [26-Nov-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.