New entry Nov 01
P&E Seeks New Caretaker
Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.
Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.
If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!
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 21!
Yes, 21 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.
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
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 9-Aug-2017 (Crits due 16-Aug-2017): SF The New Nobles - Chapters 1-4 [mpc] Syl Dinada -#26992 SF Between Head and Heart [mpc] Kendra Lusty -#26993 H The Cat Lady Joel Schroeder -#26994 SF The Circuit Cage Eugenia M. Triantafyllou -#26995 F Arithmomania Margaret Moller -#26996 SF Rebirth Guy McDonnell -#26997 F Hidden: A Pregnant Fairy Godmother's Journey, Ch 1-2 Joy Schultz -#26998 F A Good Year For Frogs -- SYNOPSIS April Weeks -#26999 SF Sagan and Ghost, Synopsis and Chapter 1 Pamela Najar-Simpson -#27000 SF You Will Be Visited, Ch 1-2 Benjamin Shank -#27001 SF Project Skylark Chapters 4-6 Jennifer Hart -#27002 SF What You Won't Remember Christopher Blake -#27003 SF Next, He Thought Anil Erol -#27004 SF Time And Time Again Rahul Lakshmanan -#27005 F Olivia Ela Mishne -#27006 F Book of Warlen Odran Young -#27007 Week of 16-Aug-2017 (Crits due 23-Aug-2017): SF 4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb Charles Gull SF Scattered Bret Parent F Lest Ye Become Tim Mudie F Wings chapters 8 & 9 Robert Plowman F My Human Twin Mary Makarova F The Land of Maja, Chapter 3 Chris Turner F The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 3 Luke Pettis F Love Hurts Darla Jackson F Blabbermouth NM Whitley F The Contractor, Chapters 1-5 Mike Graulich F Cursed Jeff Cates SF Bread Crumbs Brian Zayas SF National Identity Morgan Broadhead F Implements and Elements: A Very Peculiar Tale Sylva Florence SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 1 Joy Landa SF The Mind's Door Cassandra Morphy SF Quantum Transporter Fred McLeod F An Inward Spirit Aaron Wilson SF The Fallout Kingdom Brandon J. Mills F Queensmen, prologue Bethany Rae Salway Week of 23-Aug-2017 (Crits due 30-Aug-2017): SF Language Acquisition Amy Hammack Turner F StarHeart, Chapter 1 Rebecca E. Schibler SF Grandpa's Comet Steven Young SF At the Trough Adam Knight F Another Day, Another Death Spencer Luster F Lessons From My Mother Emily Randall F Diary of a Stripper Kaija Andrews SF Beyond Comprehension Russell Nichols SF The Missionaries Kevin P. Hallett F The Academy Chapters 1-3 Sangeun Lee H A Meal On Me Stephanie Musarra F Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 1 Jennifer S. Hane F The Price for Drinking Tea Reginald Kwok SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 51-52 Keir Puplett H Howler, Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 C. James Sweeney SF Even Though You're No More Renan Bernardo SF The Blue-Eyed Ape Nick King F Jia Jason Rawlins F Silks of Avalih Trevor L. B. Porter F Finding Sanity Devon Browning F The Legendary Scepter of Akatala Joy Pixley F Sirith Unedited Chapters 1-3 Ricky Nix H The Path Turns Inward, Chapters 1-6 Marcelle D Ward SF Lake of Last Stands Christian Quaresma SF The Vector's Angst, v.2 Madison Culler SF Southern Pawn and Title Jim Anderson H Scars Ella Turner SF Please Don't Feed the Humans Devin Moberg F Death Warden, Prologue Mark DeVries F How the Unicorn Survived Noah's Ark Sandy Kulhavy F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapters 1-2 Jeff Naylor F Warden's Path Chapters 1-4 Mike Haycock SF Quebec of the Night John Aissis F The Last Quest, Prologue Brian Palermo F Stolen Vengeance: Quest for the Key, Chapter 1 Ann Walper F The Sensehunters, Chapter 1 Avan Stallard ====================================================================== (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 Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 2 Joy Landa [23-Aug-2017] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 1 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 2 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 1 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2 Joy Landa [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55 Keir Puplett [30-Aug-2017] H With It, He Goes On All Fours C. James Sweeney [30-Aug-2017] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 56-57 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 58-59 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue Keir Puplett [?] SF Faster Than Light Can Carry You Renan Bernardo [30-Aug-2017] F The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 4 Luke Pettis [23-Aug-2017] H Bicorne Blues Stephanie Musarra [30-Aug-2017] H Death's Design Stephanie Musarra [?] F So You've Gained a Super Power, Now What? Christopher Blake [16-Aug-2017] F A Good Year For Frogs -- QUERY April Weeks [16-Aug-2017] F book of warlen chapters 1-4 O.J. young [23-Aug-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H Pinehill Murders Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-Jul-2017] F Contracts and Cold Cuts: An intro to demonology. Kevin Sullivan [12-Jul-2017] F Truth of Ronan Nathan Chen [12-Jul-2017] F The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2 Shay Cormack [12-Jul-2017] F Cloud Cats: Chapters 1-3 Dawn Sciabica [26-Jul-2017] F Serpent's Wing parts 1-3 Ester Agishtein [26-Jul-2017] SF The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4 Shay Cormack [26-Jul-2017] F A mothers love Brendan Melia [02-Aug-2017] ::: >> 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.