New entry Dec 07
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 22!
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.
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 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 6-Dec-2017 (Crits due 13-Dec-2017): H The Bridge [mpc] Matthew Duerst -#27288 SF One Message, Many Bottles Russell Adams -#27289 F The Fire Linguist Fred Obermeyer -#27290 F Solutions Darla Jackson -#27291 F Healer's Trial Emily Randall -#27292 F Spoils of War Trevor L. B. Porter -#27293 F The Honor of Giants April Weeks -#27294 H What Crawls Beneath Sandor Kovacs -#27295 SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2 Joy Landa -#27296 F The Unexpected Return of the Night Sky Clan, Chapters 1-2 Morgan Beard -#27297 SF Bibi Lisa Clark -#27298 F Cataclysm Gorge Assisted Living Facility Kendra Lusty -#27299 F The Valley of Fiends, Chapter 16 Matthew Rettino -#27300 SF The Linking, Chapters 1-3 Jeff Richardson -#27301 Week of 13-Dec-2017 (Crits due 20-Dec-2017): SF The Last Luddite [mpc] Jeffrey Abrams F A Light in the Forest [@] Chet Gottfried F Sky Piercer Chapter - 1 Jorge Rodriguez Soto H The Doctor and his Patients Mark Keane SF An Overdose of Honesty Ulrich Minnaar H I Know the Day You Die Christian L. Campbell F Where Authors Really Get Their Ideas Chris Baker H The Swing Vicki Glass SF Audra, Chapter 5 Chris Turner SF Clementine and the Golden Dragon Chapters 1-12 Benjamin Swenson SF VRO Dave Leack SF The Frederick Douglass Guy Douglas Kolacki F Grayland: Lucky in Love Terry Volkirch F The Bitter Root of Power Pennell Paugh SF The Sentinels Katherine R. Miller SF Rentals Kevin P. Hallett F Roger and Hester - The Early Years Richard Zwicker Week of 20-Dec-2017 (Crits due 27-Dec-2017): F A Dark Design, Chapter 1 Jake Townsend SF Beyond the Dome of Heaven Julia Nolan F Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Raid on the Kowloon Jade Eric Littlefield SF Scum of the Universe, Chapters 1-3 Grant J Everett SF Renegades of Orion Steve Anderson F The Graduates Patricia Tavormina F Language of the Spirit Chapter 1 Julie Reeser H The Kelpie John Lapsley F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63 Keir Puplett F The Bottom of the Funnel Renan Bernardo F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 16 Eric Wilson F Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 2 Elena Zimmerman F In the Beginning MARK L SUPLINSKAS SF You Are My Persona Jack Thang SF Cassidy Decides Ed Kratz Week of 25-Dec-2017 (Crits due 1-Jan-2018): F Flash Quartet Mary Makarova SF Deco Andrew L. Johnson F Kyteline: First 14,000 Words Emily Ann Teitsworth SF The Taste of Ashes, Part 1 Jon Adcock SF Hot Stuff Jeff Cates SF Pax Diktat, Chapters 1-8 Andy McKell F Home Front Jesse Caedington F Fangs & Fairy Dust, Ch 1-2 of 12 Joy Schultz SF The Persistence of Memory, Chapter 1 _Experimental reboot_ Joel Schroeder F The Inn at the End of the World Ciro Izarra SF GTC12.3 Wotf Version - Part 1 Guy McDonnell SF Eternity Bogdan Alexandru SF The Seventy-Light-Year Tour Robert Harpold H The 1001st Night Mark P. Rawlings SF Drought of Dreams Carolyn Hoffert SF Cetus Scott Bradley F Dalne of the Birches, Chapter 1 Danielle Ste. Just SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3 Jeff Naylor F The Veiled Grey, Chapter 1-2 Amber Randall SF Falling Peter Joyce SF Searching for God Head Chapters 3-5 Michael S Clarke SF New Trick for an Old Dog Tim Leopold SF A Wedding at the End of the World Pedro Silva SF Exhibit K Nadia Afifi ====================================================================== (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]"): F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue Keir Puplett [27-Dec-2017] SF Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 17-18 Eric Wilson [27-Dec-2017] SF Bibi, chapters 3-7 Lisa Clark [13-Dec-2017] F Gravefisher Renan Bernardo [27-Dec-2017] F The Bitter Root of Power, Chapt 1 Pennell Paugh [20-Dec-2017] F Wizard Fustian and the Prankster Chris Baker [20-Dec-2017] SF Bibi Chapters 8-13 Lisa Clark [?] SF Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Swamp of Perilous Danger Eric Littlefield [27-Dec-2017] SF Bibi, Chapters 14-17 Lisa Clark [?] SF The Taste of Ashes - part 2 Jon Adcock [1-Jan-2018] SF Apocalypse Man Trevor L B Porter [13-Dec-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Kings Tomb, Chapter One Stephen White [25-Oct-2017] F WHAT AM I?: Nephilim's Fall Chapter 1 Damen DeMarcus [01-Nov-2017] SF The Intermediate Man Soham Guha [08-Nov-2017] F Planes Walker: Remembrance Gabriel E. Connell [08-Nov-2017] H Last Day Dawn Crowley [08-Nov-2017] F Blue Stone, Chapter 1 David Harkus [08-Nov-2017] F The Dispute James S Furr [15-Nov-2017] SF The Piper is Calling You to Join Him Chris E. Casey [15-Nov-2017] F The Four Empires, Chapter 1 Emily Atkins [22-Nov-2017] SF Outcast, Chapters 1-5 Kelsen Chau [29-Nov-2017] F Haunting Screams Evan L Westland [06-Dec-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.