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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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.
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 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.
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 21-Jun-2017 (Crits due 28-Jun-2017): F Crisis on Finite Earths, Indra Joel E. Roosa -#26856 SF Bellerofonte Michael Andre-Driussi -#26857 F Ryuu Darla Jackson -#26858 SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46 Keir Puplett -#26859 SF The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 14 Eric Wilson -#26860 F The Sailor's Salt, the Gaoler's Rust Lee P. Melling -#26861 SF Heat Death Nathan Kolibaba -#26862 H You Were Human Daria Lebedyeva -#26863 SF The Khyber Chronicils Chp 1 BRIAN KISER -#26864 F Spoils of War chapters 1 & 2 Trevor L. B. Porter -#26865 SF Wings chapters 4 & 5 Robert Plowman -#26866 F A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 18-21 April Weeks -#26867 SF Within the Fences of San Dante Renan Bernardo -#26868 SF back to black peter sides -#26869 SF The Last Quest, Chapter 1 Brian Palermo -#26870 F Dissipation Christopher Blake -#26871 Week of 28-Jun-2017 (Crits due 5-Jul-2017): SF The Last Tree [mpc] Steve Donnelly F Legacy: The Reunion Michelle E. Lowe SF From the Inbox of Mike Calon _2nd Draft_ Bret Parent SF Smuggler's Luck Nathan Conlon SF 2 <= Induction<= E3 <= Orb Charles Gull F Genesis of the God Hand: Prologue and Chapter 1 Marcelle D Ward SF Dogma Larry Olsen F The Girl With the World in Her Hair Fred Obermeyer F The Dreams of Dragons Z. Z. Ali SF Age of Sail Query and Synopsis Robert Beverly H The Wolf of Dorian Gray - Purgatory of the Werewolf _Book 2_ Brian S. Ference F Before the Flying Carpet, Chapter One Heidi A Miller F The Malign Pharaoh Natalie A. Wimmer F The Name of the Beast William Broom F A Paper Dolls House Shawn Proctor SF The Nosegay Brian Koukol SF Sorry About That Dave D'Alessio SF Immortality Henry McFarland F After the Escape Annaliese Lemmon F The Valley of Gods, Chapter 1 Chris Turner H The House Always Wins Morgan Broadhead Week of 5-Jul-2017 (Crits due 12-Jul-2017): F The Editor - Chapters 1-10 Luke Carroll F The Veiled Grey, Chapters 1-2 Amber Randall SF After the Storm Wayne Martin F Janus Chapters 1-3 Christian Herold SF Hidden - Part 2 Troy McLaughlan SF Benign Black Hole Kristopher Horton H Leaving Old Grounds Don Edwards H Pinehill Murders Kyra Johnatone-Adrain F The Frog Princess Marina Zubakhina SF Elegua 1.2.03 Vincent Stacy Henry SF My Eliza Emily Palmieri F Rise: Birth of a Revolution Forward-2nd Chapter Mark S. Moore SF You Are My Mirror Nathajak Thang F Baptism at Cryer Creek Caleb March F The Arabel Chronicles: Servant, Chapters 4-7 Jennifer Dorn Ambrose SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 4: St. Era's Fire Part 1 Joy Landa F The Supernatural Life of a Superhero Wife Joy Schultz SF Death Anxiety Mike Veilleux F A Career as Dragon Reggie Kwok YL The Narrator's Apprentice, Chapters 1-3 Jessica Warner H O.K. Lane David Williams F Fury, Prologue and first scene Jade Scard F Indifference or The Phlegmatic Man Russell Adams F Aubri Coppersea and the Eyes of the Goddess of Time Bonnie Loshbaugh F Contracts and Cold Cuts: An intro to demonology. Kevin Sullivan SF Human Ascendancy Ch 11-12 Mike Clarke SF Time And Time Again Rahul Lakshmanan H Cling C. James Sweeney F The Wakening of Armen Boyden Pamela Najar-Simpson F King Klutz Kevin P. Hallett SF Pitcher Perfect Chet Gottfried ====================================================================== (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 Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48 Keir Puplett [28-Jun-2017] SF Chapter two - War Peter Sides [28-Jun-2017] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 4: St. Era's Fire Part 2 Joy Landa [12-Jul-2017] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 1 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 2 Joy Landa [?] 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 Please, take your ticket Renan Bernardo [28-Jun-2017] SF 3 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb Charles Gull [5-Jul-2017] SF 4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb Charles Gull [?] F Morals: The Book of Samson Luke Carroll [12-Jul-2017] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 49-50 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 51-52 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55 Keir Puplett [?] SF Our Turn Bret Parent [5-Jul-2017] SF Scattered Bret Parent [?] F A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 29-33 April Weeks [28-Jun-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF A Druid's Tale, Chapters 1-3 Chris B. Langley [26-Apr-2017] F War Zachary Clark [26-Apr-2017] SF Shock Craig LaRose [03-May-2017] F Escape From Maui, Chapter 1 John Marks [17-May-2017] F Wishes Fulfilled Chapter 1 Joshua Silverman [24-May-2017] F Adventures in Pyjamas: The Nameless Apocalypse, First 5500 words Nyamweya Maxwell [24-May-2017] F The Silence of Sounds C. T. Puckett [31-May-2017] H Grin Cody Thomas [31-May-2017] SF Forever Grey query Greg Tracii [31-May-2017] F Fishing For Mermaids Sarah May [07-Jun-2017] H Wolf's Bane, Prologue Kelsey Capoferri [07-Jun-2017] F The Lost Diamond Chapter 1 Emily Taylor [07-Jun-2017] SF Doris vs. the Supersymmetrical Singing Slut [mpc] Aurora Barranco [14-Jun-2017] H The Pefect Monster Timothy Ankney [14-Jun-2017] SF Katabasis Joshua Silverman [14-Jun-2017] F The Adventures of Ronnie Macabre J.M Bingham [21-Jun-2017] H The Cycle, Chapters 0-1 Catherine Kovach [21-Jun-2017] F Fearful Beginnings Edward L. Clary [21-Jun-2017] SF Project Skylark Chapters 1-3 Jennifer Hart [21-Jun-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.