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.
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 18-May-2016 (Crits due 25-May-2016): F The Vampire Queen part 2 - Primal Skies #15 Kim Smeltzer -#25860 SF I Will Destroy Your World in Two Hours. Ask Me Anything! [mpc] Paul R. Hardy -#25861 F Box of Truth Amanda H. Geard -#25862 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 6-7 Keir Puplett -#25863 F And the matter of the library fine L Chan -#25864 F Osmosis R. Nichols -#25865 SF Today, Tomorrow, Next Time Jodie Cowan -#25866 SF Middle _East_ of Nowhere Corey J. White -#25867 SF Planetwide Robert Leishman -#25868 SF Falling Wear Ray Franklin -#25869 SF Monster Scott Nash -#25870 F The Witchhunter Caroline Friedel -#25871 H Cold Spot James Milton -#25872 SF The Linking," Chapters 1-2 Jeff Richardson -#25873 SF Bermuda Triangle Brain Suckers Kathleen Molyneaux -#25874 F Tears of a Phoenix Z. Z. Ali -#25875 SF Cryoneer, Chatper 1 Nicole Frens -#25876 H Killing Marjorie Ellen Hodge -#25877 F Beyond the Women's House Jennifer Flippance -#25878 Week of 25-May-2016 (Crits due 1-Jun-2016): SF Love, Lust, and Loss in Wartime [mpc] Robert Harpold SF The Intended [@] David John Baker SF The 3 Skulls of Jonafyn Kreuw Ch. 1 George O'Gorman SF The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One Thomas John Moscato F White Eyes, Chapters 0-1 Helen Petrovic F The Fairy Flu Joy Schultz SF Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans Joy Landa SF Such Stuff as Stars are Made of Christoph Weber F Hamlet of Horrors Christopher J. Piatti F The Silent Tear, Prologue Elizabeth Azurra SF The Punishment Machine Jeffrey Steven Abrams H Fairy Love Ed Kratz SF Aquarius Rising 3: The Price of Eden Brian Burt SF Repeat as Necessary Richard Zwicker SF Long Past Gone Peter Naggi F Small Packages Margaret Moller SF All the Time in the World Anna Salonen SF The Regenerates Trilogy Book One: Project Phoenix Chapters 7- Anna Muckenfuss F No Fun Sayan Maitra SF The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1 Jonathan Bergeron Week of 1-Jun-2016 (Crits due 8-Jun-2016): SF The Final Experience Rebecca DeVendra F Darkness Falling Book 1 Maximum Midnight, Prelude George Sartiano SF Suicide Girl Jasmine Templet F A is for Alphabet, Z is for Nothing Jeffrey Hall SF Magnificent Chibi Ascendance Visits the Vet Paul R. Hardy SF So You Won't Have to Kill Anyone for Food Christian Roberts SF The Tail of the DIstribution Henry McFarland H Cookies Matthew Weber SF Mercury Rev Neal Williams SF Reenactment Marc A Criley F No Shoes, No Shirt, No Solace Fred Obermeyer SF Convergence Troy McLaughlan F The Iris of Morgance Noelle A. Fox F Work In Progress, Chapter 1 Margaret Brier F The Far Scribe: Prologue and Chapter 1 Coinneach Hutchinson F The Interview Ryan Brown SF Pirates of the Belt Kristopher Horton F Once Again: A Modern Fairy Tale - Foreword - Ch. 2 M. Kari Barr H The House at Half-Hill Sandor Kovacs F The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 9 - Dancing On Your Grave Tambrey Granneman F The Reborn Identity, Chapters VII-VIII Joel E. Roosa F The Beer Dilemma Eric Weaver F Throwing the Switch Evelyn Aschenbrenner F A Paleolithic Fable Chapters 29-51 Shane Thomas F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 17-20 Russell Adams SF The Blue Skies of Freehelm Aaron Moskalik F Curse, Chapters 1-2 Andrew Richardson F A Last Request Bret Parent F The Vow Joy Pixley F The Bone Lands Vanessa Fogg H Prisoner of Honor, Chapters 1-2 Matthew Duerst SF Through the Backdoor: Part 1 Alexandra SF The Slaying of Fear Mark Rawlings F A Dog, a Rat, and a Hundred Thousand Snakes: How I Escaped Certain Death by the Hair of Someone Else's Chin, Leaving Something Like Peace _and Most of My Daggers_ Behind Me Matt Dovey & Stewart C Baker H A Light in Hell Cedric Kulacz F If Stand Lee Wrote Bambi Wilber Arron SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder ====================================================================== (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 [?] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] SF Unearthed: Episodes 10-11 _Finale_ Joy Landa F Nyira and the Invisible Boy K.M. Harrell [?] F Nyira and the Invisible Boy *RFDR* K.M. Harrell [?] F The Reborn Identity, Chapters IX-X Joel E. Roosa [8-Jun-2016] F The Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII Joel E. Roosa [?] F The Vampire Queen part 3 - Primal Skies #15 Kim Smeltzer [25-May-2016] SF Lonely Sky Amanda H. Geard [25-May-2016] F Emile - an Interlude - Primal Skies series Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Vampire Hunter part 1 Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Vampire Hunter part 2 Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Vampire Hunter part 3 Kim Smeltzer [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 8-10 Keir Puplett [25-May-2016] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 11-12 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 13-14 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16 Keir Puplett [?] F The Far Scribe: Chapter 2 Coinneach Hutchinson [8-Jun-2016] F None So Blind as Those Unseen Richard Zwicker [1-Jun-2016] F If Stan Lee Wrote Bambi Wilber Arron [8-Jun-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H 20th In Line, Chapters 1-2 Fatimata B. Jalloh [27-Apr-2016] SF Imperium Chap 1 Part 1 Cassandra Friend [27-Apr-2016] H The Apartment Complex Adrian J. Brabo [27-Apr-2016] F Penumbra, Chapters 2-3 Nicolas Johnson [27-Apr-2016] 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] ::: >> 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.