New entry Dec 07
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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!
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 22!
Yes, 22 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
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 25-Apr-2018 (Crits due 2-May-2018): F Release Day, Chapters 1-2 Fred Obermeyer -#27618 F Drowned Lands -- SYNOPSIS April Weeks -#27619 SF Password Protection Dave D'Alessio -#27620 SF Homecoming Clark Sodersten -#27621 SF The Dim Zone, Chapter 3 Chris Turner -#27622 F Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 5 Elena Zimmerman -#27623 SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.2 Joy Landa -#27624 SF Mumfawi Dragons, Chapters 1-6 Pamela Najar-Simpson -#27625 SF War Macines Tom Adams -#27626 F Start Again Forever Juan Hernandez -#27627 F Riven Calyx, Chapter 1.2 Mark Leon Collins -#27628 F Rockfall Sahil Lavingia -#27629 SF Forever Grey - Chapters 1 Greg Tracii -#27630 F The Godfather of Madagascar, Prologue [@] George Guthridge -#27631 Week of 2-May-2018 (Crits due 9-May-2018): SF Different Paths Henry McFarland F Bodies of Infection and Wings, Chapter 1 Lyric Gray SF Europa Swings Ray N. Franklin F And Neither Drives Mary Makarova F The Outsider Rebecca Burton F A Study in Cerulean Joy Pixley SF AXIOM, Chapter 1 Ceci Vaughan SF BLANK CANVAS Amanda H. Geard SF The Fever Kevin P. Hallett H Sloppy Joes Russell Dorn SF Bibi, Chapters 21-24 Lisa Clark H The Steps Christina Wott SF Left-Brained Prologue and Chapter 1-5 Catherine Lynch F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 5 Jeff Naylor SF Homeworld, Chapters 3-4 Stephen Cossgrove Week of 9-May-2018 (Crits due 16-May-2018): SF The Crown Prince Chapter 2 Scott Bradley F Glimpse: The Broken Nicholas Martellacci F The Passage to the Ethereal Forest Owen McNally F The Dependent Clause Scott Wallace SF The Wrong Apartment Tamanjit Bindra F The Litigious Elves Robert Harpold SF The King of Ezram, chapters 1-2 Maurice Humphrey F Rite Mari Francis Troshynski SF The Day My Soul was Eaten Laura Gonzales F Singed, Chapters 1 - 5 Dave Duffey SF War Criminal of the Psychic Wars Eric Littlefield SF My New House - Version2 Mike Clarke SF He Could Be Right Behind You Douglas Kolacki SF Crossroads in Shadow, Chapter One Robert Glenn F As Mysterious as a Cat Chris Patterson SF The Pros and Cons of Interdimensional Pet Ownership John Collins SF One Second Chance Michelle Jelley F Oizys Chapter 1 Utku Ã--zyurt SF Do We Have A Dimension for You Richard Zwicker F We Beauty Call T. Andrew Solus Week of 16-May-2018 (Crits due 23-May-2018): SF Untitled Joel Schroeder SF The Way Home, Chapters 1-3 Deborah D. Ross F Cry Havoc Brian Koukol SF The Divine Glitch, Chapters 1-3 Ron Stieger F Soul Harvest Madison Estes SF Recompense Philip Behringer SF Vectors, Chapters 4-6 Tunmike Ogedengbe SF Double standards Alex Villepique SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo F Grayland: When Dreams Come True - Part 2 Terry Volkirch ====================================================================== (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]"): SF Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] SF Bibi, Chapters 25-26 Lisa Clark [9-May-2018] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.3 Joy Landa [2-May-2018] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.4 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6 Joy Landa [?] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 6 Jeff Naylor [9-May-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 7 Jeff Naylor [?] SF All the Gardens I Have Lost Mary Makarova [9-May-2018] F Stranger Across Mary Makarova [?] SF Searching for Numen Ch.1 - Scenes 5-6 Mike Clarke [16-May-2018] SF War Machines Tom Adams [2-May-2018] SF Warriors Clark Sodersten [2-May-2018] SF Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2 Nicholas Martellacci [16-May-2018] SF Forever Grey query Greg Tracii [2-May-2018] SF Forever Grey - Chapter 2 Greg Tracii [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Riftwalkers, Chapters 1-5 Christopher Pedersen [28-Mar-2018] F Sirith Chapter 1-4 Ricky Nix [28-Mar-2018] F The Fires of Autumn, Chapter 1 Curt Krebbs [28-Mar-2018] SF The Show Chapters 1-6 Snyder Ervin [28-Mar-2018] SF Emulation Dome Carolyn Hoffert [04-Apr-2018] SF Every New Moon Robert Tyler [04-Apr-2018] F Gwydion and the Three Curses of Aranrhod Shirley Rawlins [11-Apr-2018] F The Eternal, Chapters 1-5 Catherine Lynch [11-Apr-2018] SF The Privateers, Chapter 1 Kevin Sullivan [18-Apr-2018] SF The Scholasticate Gary Goodson [25-Apr-2018] ::: >> 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.