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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 11-Oct-2017 (Crits due 18-Oct-2017): SF The Rules of Scavenging v7.1 Robert Harpold -#27165 H The Final Solution Carl Alves -#27166 F Tempus Cessat Emily Randall -#27167 SF To William Evans, Chief Engineer and Systems Lead Dan Reade -#27168 SF Poor Memories Lee Paul Melling -#27169 SF Something To Celebrate Ray N. Franklin -#27170 SF We Are All Human Here Rebecca DeVendra -#27171 SF The Raw And The Cooked Tom Greene -#27172 F Purple Dunes Reggie Kwok -#27173 SF The Legend of Bleu Mayhem: The Martyrs Devon Browning -#27174 F Warden's Path, Chapters 9 - 12 Mike Haycock -#27175 SF Full Code Christopher Blake -#27176 F Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 3 Jennifer S Hane -#27177 SF Demon of the Sword Justin Powell -#27178 SF The Auditors, Chapter 1 of Many Shades of Honour Geoff Houghton -#27179 F Moments Intertwined Caitlin Levine -#27180 SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 4 Jeff Naylor -#27181 SF Memory Wood Madison Culler -#27182 SF Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1 Randy R. Henke -#27183 SF Beyond Undead Charles Patton -#27184 SF Skymaster, Chapter 1 CJ Batlle -#27185 F Deadwastes, Chapter 1 Christian R. Zink -#27186 Week of 18-Oct-2017 (Crits due 25-Oct-2017): SF Outbound Access Jack Miller SF RISE: A Tale of Eledor Chapters Dan Willis SF Coddled James Yu SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 2 Joy Landa F The Star-Songs of the Deep Mary Makarova SF Audra, Chapter 3 Chris Turner F Abduction Darla Jackson F Rivers of Time Mark ODonnell SF Mobile Hack Brian Zayas F Forever & Always Kristen Bickerstaff F Dragon Bones Kathy London SF Playing the Market Kristopher Horton SF A Handful of Pencils Amy Hammack Turner SF Property Room Henry McFarland F Conversations With My Muse Russell Adams SF Forever Grey query Greg Tracii F The Bridge Matthew Duerst SF Avram Kayv on the Jarwa King Doguln Bennett Clark SF The Spanish Game, Chapters 0-1 Thomas Krug F The Drowned Lands April Weeks Week of 25-Oct-2017 (Crits due 1-Nov-2017): F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 58-59 Keir Puplett F The Bottom of the Funnel Renan Bernardo F It's Not The End Of The World tanya grout SF Prickly Heat MARK L SUPLINSKAS F Heal Thyself Elena Zimmerman H Quid Pro Quo Mark Keane SF Do You Remember Carolyn Hoffert H Probability Sandor Kovacs F The Kings Tomb, Chapter One Stephen White SF The Semi-violent, Voyeuristic, Hyperreal Thriller, Chapters 1-5 Douglas Goodman SF Countdown Alex Villepique SF Searching for God Head" chapters 1-4 Mike Clarke F Tiger of the Wastes Christopher McManamon F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Prologue Eric Wilson SF Einstein's Dice Geoffrey Owen SF Beyond Blue Skies, Chapter 1 Col Cortie ====================================================================== (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 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 1 Joy Landa [25-Oct-2017] SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2 Joy Landa [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61 Keir Puplett [1-Nov-2017] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue Keir Puplett [?] F The Unexpected Return of the Night Sky Clan, Chapters 1-2 Morgan Beard [?] SF The Brain Mechanic Robert Harpold [18-Oct-2017] SF Is Your Conscience Bothering You? v5.1 Robert Harpold [?] SF End Conditions Russell Adams [25-Oct-2017] SF Faster Than Light Can Carry You Renan Bernardo [1-Nov-2017] SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 1 Jeff Naylor [18-Oct-2017] F Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapters 4 & 5 Jennifer S Hane [18-Oct-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H Pinehill Murders Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-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] F The Academy Chapters 1-3 Sangeun Lee [23-Aug-2017] H A Meal On Me Stephanie Musarra [23-Aug-2017] F Sirith Unedited Chapters 1-3 Ricky Nix [30-Aug-2017] F book of warlen chapters 1-4 O.J. young [30-Aug-2017] F The Broken King- A Hero's Journey, Chapters 1-17 Joseph A. Alexander [06-Sep-2017] H Bicorne Blues Stephanie Musarra [06-Sep-2017] F Life and Death on the Rocks Alexandria Baisden [20-Sep-2017] H Death's Design Stephanie Musarra [20-Sep-2017] F Ablator: Darkening Skies, Chapters Prologue, 3-4 Andrew Rowley [04-Oct-2017] SF Deceptocracy: Knowing What Comes Next Gregory Scott Callen [11-Oct-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.