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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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.
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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 19-Jul-2017 (Crits due 26-Jul-2017): H Crave [mpc] Ashleigh Richie -#26934 F What Lies Beneath the Bandages Richard Zwicker -#26935 SF The Living Circus _Was Lonely Sky_ Amanda H. Geard -#26936 F Robots Have Feelings Too Darla Jackson -#26937 F Ashen Wings and Lightless Skies Mary Makarova -#26938 F The Land of Maja, Chapter 2 Chris Turner -#26939 F To Protect, Serve, and Save Shawn Proctor -#26940 SF Grains of Sand Ray N. Franklin -#26941 SF Our Turn Bret Parent -#26942 F The Sprite Who Caught Fire Avan Stallard -#26943 H Mermaid's Purse Tim Mudie -#26944 F Wings chapters 6 & 7 Robert Plowman -#26945 SF Election 3015 A.D. Larry Olsen -#26946 SF Untitled Western Derek Eklund -#26947 F The Last Quest, Chapter 1 _Part 2_ Brian Palermo -#26948 F The Scales on Our Eyes Jessica Kidd -#26949 SF The Way Home, Chapters 1-2 Deborah D. Ross -#26950 SF 3 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb Charles Gull -#26951 SF KeyRas NM Whitley -#26952 SF The Forest of Allund J Rawelth -#26953 F Rise: Birth of a Revolution Forward-2nd Chapter Mark S. Moore -#26954 F The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapters 1-2 Luke Aaron Pettis -#26955 H My Brother's Reaper Matthew Weber -#26956 Week of 26-Jul-2017 (Crits due 2-Aug-2017): F Hell On Wheels [mpc] Lori Phillips SF Side Effects Eli Cepeda F Queensmen, chapter 5 Bethany Rae Salway SF What Man Knoweth R N SF Sister Shotgun, second draft Anna Salonen SF Chicks in Space Amy Hammack Turner SF The One Who Gets Away Christian Roberts SF The Saboteur who Destroyed a Red Dragon: A 4th Millennium Earth Fable Lee P. Melling F The Devils Will Hunt AJ Finley F The Legend of Bleu Mayhem: The Martyrs, Chapter 1-3 Devon Browning F The Third Angel Poured Julie Reeser SF Alien Fireworks Part 2 Cassandra Morphy F Cloud Cats: Chapters 1-3 Dawn Sciabica F Spoils of War Trevor L. B. Porter F Serpent's Wing parts 1-3 Ester Agishtein F Argent's Boon Michael Stevens SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 4: St. Era's Fire Part 2 Joy Landa F Morals: The Book of Samson Luke Carroll SF The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4 Shay Cormack F Dragon Runs on Coffee - short story Reginald Kwok SF Rising Tides Kristopher Horton Week of 2-Aug-2017 (Crits due 9-Aug-2017): F Two Tigers Rustin Lovewell SF Death of a Hero Ciro Izarra SF The Mimic Horse Madison Culler SF Hidden - Part 3 Troy McLaughlan H Extract Jennifer Morris F A mothers love Brendan Melia SF It Ain't Hard To Tell Artemis Theron F Trigger Magic, The Hidden Coven Series, Book 3 Kim McDougall SF Cheers Matthew Engh F Much Abides Brian Koukol SF Systems Start, Chapters 1-3 Karlie Weeks SF Steer Us True Chapter 1&2 marjorie clodgo SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 49-50 Keir Puplett F Funneling Down to the Past Renan Bernardo H Smartphone, Chapter 1 C. James Sweeney SF Sagan and Ghost, Synopsis and Chapter 1 Pamela Najar-Simpson SF Project Skylark Chapters 4-6 Jennifer Hart F Book of Warlen Odran Young SF What You Won't Remember Christopher Blake F Arithmomania Margaret Moller SF Pitcher Perfect, v2 Chet Gottfried SF You Will Be Visited, Ch 1-2 Benjamin Shank H The Cat Lady Joel Schroeder F Hidden: A Pregnant Fairy Godmother's Journey, Ch 1-2 Joy Schultz SF Rebirth Guy McDonnell F Olivia Ela Mishne ====================================================================== (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 1 Joy Landa [2-Aug-2017] 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 4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb Charles Gull [26-Jul-2017] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 51-52 Keir Puplett [9-Aug-2017] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55 Keir Puplett [?] SF Scattered Bret Parent [26-Jul-2017] F Lest Ye Become Tim Mudie [26-Jul-2017] H Howler, Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2 C. James Sweeney [9-Aug-2017] SF The Mind's Door Cassandra Morphy [2-Aug-2017] SF Even Though You're No More Renan Bernardo [9-Aug-2017] F Wings chapters 8 & 9 Robert Plowman [26-Jul-2017] H With It, He Goes On All Fours C. James Sweeney [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): 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] F Legacy: The Reunion Michelle E. Lowe [28-Jun-2017] SF Smuggler's Luck Nathan Conlon [28-Jun-2017] F Before the Flying Carpet, Chapter One Heidi A Miller [28-Jun-2017] F The Malign Pharaoh Natalie A. Wimmer [28-Jun-2017] H Pinehill Murders Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-Jul-2017] F Contracts and Cold Cuts: An intro to demonology. Kevin Sullivan [12-Jul-2017] SF Time And Time Again Rahul Lakshmanan [12-Jul-2017] F Truth of Ronan Nathan Chen [12-Jul-2017] F The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2 Shay Cormack [12-Jul-2017] F Young Gods Laurynn Lowe [12-Jul-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.