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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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.
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 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 20-Sep-2017 (Crits due 27-Sep-2017): SF The Legend of Terrence Smith and Life on Europa v6.1 Robert Harpold -#27108 SF In A 10-Count, We're Done Dan Reade -#27109 SF A Neutral Affair Rebecca DeVendra -#27110 SF Fatherhood _selection from Gaia_ Amy Hammack Turner -#27111 F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple -#27112 F Finding Sanity Devon Browning -#27113 F Warden's Path, Chapters 5 - 8 Mike Haycock -#27114 SF Entanglement Christopher Blake -#27115 SF Outpost David Williams -#27116 F Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 2 Jennifer S Hane -#27117 F The Valley of Fiends, Chapter 1 Matthew Rettino -#27118 F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3 Jeff Naylor -#27119 SF The Hall of Life James Yu -#27120 F A World Apart Randy R. Henke -#27121 F Wingtip Oxfords Rebekah Moore -#27122 SF The Sum of Memories Daniel L. Johnson -#27123 SF The New Ascetic, Chapters 2-5 Kevin Le Gall -#27124 Week of 27-Sep-2017 (Crits due 4-Oct-2017): SF Shadow Kid Melissa Olinde SF The Persistence of Memory Joel Schroeder F One Gold Piece Dave D'Alessio F The Cleanup Marina Zubakhina F Deadwastes, Chapter 1 Christian R. Zink F The God and the Body Smith Nick King SF Fruits of Kindness Wayne Martin SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 1 Joy Landa SF Observing the development of new high-sentient corporeal life from inception to separation Pamela Najar-Simpson SF Source Errors Julian Azorlosa SF The Other Blues Mary Makarova SF Audra, Chapter 2 Chris Turner F Cutting Darla Jackson F The Death of Major Laterre Aaron Wilson F Ember Sparks Bombs History, Chapter 1 Charity June SF Asphodel Kristen Bickerstaff H The Twelfth Hour Chapter 1 Emily Palmieri F The Broken Veil Chapters 1-58 Karen Baer F Arithmomania Margaret Moller H Star Spangled Snow Darryl Segich Week of 4-Oct-2017 (Crits due 11-Oct-2017): F Queensmen, chapter 6 Bethany Rae Salway F Riven Calyx Chapter 2 Mark Leon Collins SF Sufficiency of Sentience Devin Moberg F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 56-57 Keir Puplett SF Even Though You're No More Renan Bernardo F The World after Raxelleon Fell, Lina's Arc Ch. 1 Luke Pettis F Ablator: Darkening Skies, Chapters Prologue, 3-4 Andrew Rowley SF Nanny MARK L SUPLINSKAS F The Unbelievable Death of Joseph Goldberg Oliver Franks F Four Calling Byrds: A Superhero Wife Story Joynell Schultz F The Destiny Bureau William Broom F The Windblown Queen, Chapters 1-3 Franco A. Alvarado F Death Witch tanya grout ====================================================================== (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 6: Era's Secret Part 2 Joy Landa [4-Oct-2017] 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 [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 58-59 Keir Puplett [11-Oct-2017] 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 [?] F Warden's Path, Chapters 9 - 12 Mike Haycock [27-Sep-2017] SF To William Evans, Chief Engineer and Systems Lead Dan Reade [27-Sep-2017] SF We Are All Human Here Rebecca DeVendra [27-Sep-2017] F The Bottom of the Funnel Renan Bernardo [11-Oct-2017] SF The Rules of Scavenging v7.1 Robert Harpold [27-Sep-2017] SF Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1 Randy R. Henke [27-Sep-2017] F Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 3 Jennifer S Hane [27-Sep-2017] SF Full Code Christopher Blake [27-Sep-2017] SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 4 Jeff Naylor [27-Sep-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] SF Beyond Undead Charles Patton [13-Sep-2017] SF Demon of the Sword Justin Powell [20-Sep-2017] F Life and Death on the Rocks Alexandria Baisden [20-Sep-2017] H Death's Design Stephanie Musarra [20-Sep-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.