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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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.
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)
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 24-May-2017 (Crits due 31-May-2017): SF The Engineer's Gamble [mpc] Robert Harpold -#26783 F Crisis on Finite Earths, Pt. 3 Joel E. Roosa -#26784 F Counterparts Darla Jackson -#26785 SF Hidden - Part 1 Troy McLaughlan -#26786 SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44 Keir Puplett -#26787 SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder -#26788 SF Purity and Light Evelyn Aschenbrenner -#26789 SF Beside the Sun Chapter 1 Nathan Kolibaba -#26790 SF Wings Chapters 2 & 3 Robert Plowman -#26791 F The Purple Ring Mitch Mitchell -#26792 F A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 13-17 April Weeks -#26793 SF Radiator peter sides -#26794 SF Spoils of War Trevor L. B. Porter -#26795 F Gravefisher Renan Bernardo -#26796 F Kingdom of Dragons, Chapter 1 Adam Belaire -#26797 SF Trial and Error Aaron Richard -#26798 SF The Breaks, Chapter 1 Nnamdi Anozie -#26799 Week of 31-May-2017 (Crits due 7-Jun-2017): SF Is Your Conscience Bothering You? [mpc] Robert Harpold F Stingcats: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes [mpc] Fred Obermeyer SF Richards DNA Emporium Fred McLeod F The Silence of Sounds C. T. Puckett H Grin Cody Thomas H In the Shadow of the Black Tower David A Anthony F Do I have a battery in my back? Marcelle Ward F Passing Time With a Frog in the Enchanted Forest Russell Adams F Called Rebecca E. Schibler F Feared Fury: A Tale of the Court of Swords - Part 2 Carl Cole F Knotted Minds Laura O'Brien SF Resistance Sarah Fearn SF Dogtown, Ch 1-5 Scott Paxon SF Riders of the Acrid Wind Ray N. Franklin SF The Spanish Game Thomas Krug SF Forever Grey query Greg Tracii F Farisa's Courage, Ch 1-3 Michael O. Church SF The Permutations of Sorrow Carleton Chinner SF Alien Fireworks Cassandra Morphy F A Rainbow of Possibilities Emily Randall SF Morning Star Larry Olsen Week of 7-Jun-2017 (Crits due 14-Jun-2017): SF Wipeout Steve DuBois SF Everyone Goes to Hell Ciro Izarra F The Dragon Lords, Chapter 1 Chris Turner SF The Bones of Benedict Jeff Cates SF One Small Step For Garfield Parker Gavin C. Turnbull F Fishing For Mermaids Sarah May H A Mother's Love Ed Kratz F Soulmates Annaliese Lemmon SF Long Past Gone 2nd draft Peter Naggi F Obsessive Compulsive Margaret Moller H Wolf's Bane, Prologue Kelsey Capoferri SF Borealis Maya Bradford SF Kisses from Jupiter Morgan Broadhead F The Hunt Kathryn Keane F The Book of Nevermore, Chapter 2 Andrew Pixton F The Lost Diamond Chapter 1 Emily Taylor H Blue Sneakers Amber Randall F The Bow of Tocheles Vince Bonasso F Her Blood Like Rubies in the Ground Eugenia Triantafyllou Week of 14-Jun-2017 (Crits due 21-Jun-2017): SF Orb: E3 - words 0000 to 1059 Charles Gull SF How to Befriend Humans, Ch. 1-3 Derek Eklund H The Pefect Monster Timothy Ankney F The Arabel Chronicles: Servant, Chapters 0-2 Jennifer Dorn Ambrose F Untraditional Michael Ife J. Ibitayo F Enna Chapters 1-3 Wilber Arron SF Human Ascendancy Ch 9-10 Michael S.Clarke SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2 Joy Landa SF Katabasis Joshua Silverman SF Eden Reboot Part II Christian Roberts H Unfortunate Desserts Patricia La Barbera SF The Stellar Life of a Superhero Wife Joy Schultz SF Takhla, Chapters 1-3 Pamela Najar-Simpson SF Beyond Blue Skies, Chapter 1 Colin Cortie SF Lords and Ladies of the Multiverse Kathy London SF Steer Us True Marjorie Clodgo SF GTC12.3 Guy McDonnell F Miragerium Mary Makarova SF The Armistice Mike Veilleux ====================================================================== (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 45 - 46 Keir Puplett [31-May-2017] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48 Keir Puplett [?] SF back to black peter sides [31-May-2017] F After the Escape Annaliese Lemmon [14-Jun-2017] SF Orb: E3 - words 1060 to 1880 Charles Gull [21-Jun-2017] SF Orb: E3 - words 1881 to 3190 Charles Gull [?] SF Orb: E3 - words 4327 to 5308 Charles Gull [?] F The Valley of Gods, Chapter 1 Chris Turner [14-Jun-2017] H The House Always Wins Morgan Broadhead [14-Jun-2017] SF Within the Fences of San Dante Renan Bernardo [31-May-2017] SF Wings chapters 4 & 5 Robert Plowman [31-May-2017] F Spoils of War chapters 1 & 2 Trevor L. B. Porter [31-May-2017] F A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 18-21 April Weeks [31-May-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] ::: >> 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.