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
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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
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)
Stayin' AliveIf you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.
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 27-Aug-2014 (Crits due 3-Sep-2014): H Metro84, Chapter 1 and Query Letter [mpc] Justin C. Key -#24025 F Behind the Reflection Justin R. Lawfer -#24026 SF A Demon Haunted Future Gary Goodson -#24027 SF Whitefall Harlen Bayha -#24028 F Her Face Marian D Moore -#24029 SF Humans live in space Tom Lin -#24030 SF Mimanga Jeffrey Hall -#24031 F Thus Fell the Chancellor Alex Harrison -#24032 SF The Ordeal, Chapters 4-6 Conrad Steenkamp -#24033 F Champion of Justice Filip Wiltgren -#24034 F Things Worth Dying For Kaitlyn Boggs -#24035 SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 1-4 Rhett C Bruno -#24036 F The Sixteen Burdens of Dusty Studebaker, Chapters 1-2 David Khalaf -#24037 SF How to Market Your Baby for Less Jason Boyd -#24038 F A Wordsmith in Javvoth Hair Cameron Huntley -#24039 F North to Neverland Caitlin Andrew -#24040 SF His Final Four William Hill -#24041 SF The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_ Peter Galalis -#24042 Week of 3-Sep-2014 (Crits due 10-Sep-2014): F Blood Bank _v. 2014-08-29_ [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose H Haunted: The Saga of a fallen Hero ch 7 Naftali Deitsch SF Gotta Have That Look Chris Kenworthy SF Leaving Orbit Matt Thomas F The Pale Lands Alexander Leger-Small F Changestone Annaliese Lemmon SF The Limen Project Mark Rookyard SF Sprinkles on Top James Witherspoon SF Leadville Follies Tom Grayhorse SF Life Thrusts Forth Dr. Barry Nadel SF Forgettable What's His Name Jeff Cates SF White Hat in Space Michael Dorken H Dammit, Mavis Matthew Weber SF The Girl Who Lost the Earth Book 1: Krudges Chapter One Contact on Earth Matthew Cegielski F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple SF The Rise of the Hybrid Chapter 1 Michael Arnold H Eastern State Penitentiary Stacey Nilsen SF Red Queen's Race S P Wilcock F A Tale of Sorcery and Steel, Chapters 1-4 Marcus See F PAWN OF THE GODS Andrea Franco-Cook Week of 10-Sep-2014 (Crits due 17-Sep-2014): F Sunbright Lydia Kautz H Matilde Michael Alix F Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" Overture & chapter 1 Claudia H Gruy SF Manwork Amanda H. Geard SF The Frontier's End Derrick Boden H Lapot M. B. Vujacic F The Roe Deer's Sister Jonathan Schwiebert H Chef and the Maiden Amanda Niehaus-Hard SF Caisson Karl Bunker F The Idiot Prince, Chapters 0-2 Carol Wuenschell F Spear, Chapters 4-7 Kristopher Horton SF Fear Not Stephen Shewmake F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chapter #1 C.J. Piatti F The Paladin and a Sentient Ricardo Delacruz SF Gravy Tea and Jellies Emma Baillie SF The Cabal, Chapter 2 Debra Crichlow ====================================================================== (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 The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_ Peter Galalis [3-Sep-2014] SF The Reckoner Cameron Huntley [3-Sep-2014] SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn - Chapters 1-4 Rhett Bruno [3-Sep-2014] SF The Ordeal, Chapters 7-9 Conrad Steenkamp [3-Sep-2014] SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8 Rhett C Bruno [?] SF TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space Matthew Cegielski [10-Sep-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5 Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014] SF Colony 411, Chapter 1 Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014] H The Book Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014] F Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2 Iona Baird [30-Jul-2014] F The King and The Sorceress Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014] SF Quantum Clicker John Gagan [13-Aug-2014] SF Extension Port Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014] SF Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1 Cary Nichols [20-Aug-2014] SF Coming Lights Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi [27-Aug-2014] SF Emerald Dennis V. Hernandez [27-Aug-2014] F Strange Things Happen All the Time Aleksandra Pantic [27-Aug-2014] H Enigma Dipanjan Dutta [27-Aug-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.