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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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.
Stayin' AliveIf you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.
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 16-Aug-2017 (Crits due 23-Aug-2017): F Cursed Jeff Cates -#27009 F Love Hurts Darla Jackson -#27010 F My Human Twin Mary Makarova -#27011 F The Land of Maja, Chapter 3 Chris Turner -#27012 SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 1 Joy Landa -#27013 SF Scattered Bret Parent -#27014 SF Bread Crumbs Brian Zayas -#27015 F Lest Ye Become Tim Mudie -#27016 F Wings chapters 8 & 9 Robert Plowman -#27017 SF Quantum Transporter Fred McLeod -#27018 SF National Identity Morgan Broadhead -#27019 SF 4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb Charles Gull -#27020 F The Contractor, Chapters 1-5 Mike Graulich -#27021 SF The Mind's Door Cassandra Morphy -#27022 F Blabbermouth NM Whitley -#27023 F Implements and Elements: A Very Peculiar Tale Sylva Florence -#27024 F Queensmen, prologue Bethany Rae Salway -#27025 F An Inward Spirit Aaron Wilson -#27026 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 World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 3 Luke Pettis Week of 30-Aug-2017 (Crits due 6-Sep-2017): 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 H Belligerent Madness JD Buffington F So You've Gained a Super Power, Now What? Christopher Blake F A Good Year For Frogs -- QUERY April Weeks F book of warlen chapters 1-4 O.J. young F Bronze by Moonlight Caitlin Levine F The Wakening of Armen Boyden Pamela Najar-Simpson F The Broken King- A Hero's Journey, Chapters 1-17 Joseph A. Alexander SF Holy Coordinates, Holy Relic, and Holy Caca in the Year 2299 Ife J. Ibitayo SF Hidden: A Pregnant Fairy Godmother's Journey, Ch 3-4 Joy Schultz ====================================================================== (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] H Bicorne Blues Stephanie Musarra [30-Aug-2017] H Death's Design Stephanie Musarra [?] F The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 4 Luke Pettis [30-Aug-2017] H Rats' Alley Tim Mudie [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] SF The Fallout Kingdom Brandon J. Mills [16-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.