New entry Dec 07
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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 no longer accepting European Union members :(It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]
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.
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)
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-Sep-2018 (Crits due 26-Sep-2018): SF Wizards Don't Fly Kevin P. Hallett -#27990 H Against the Wall Adam Knight -#27991 SF 4 Futures Mary Makarova -#27992 F Dragon Mage, Uprising, Chapter 5-7 Chris Turner -#27993 SF What Am I But What You Say I Am Dan Reade -#27994 F Shadow and Anima 2 Joel Schroeder -#27995 F The Wide Road Home, Chapters 1-3 Morgan Beard -#27996 SF Anticipation of Hollowness Renan Bernardo -#27997 F The Alphabetician Jesse Caedington -#27998 SF The Dryad Project Terry Volkirch -#27999 F A Tangle Of Strings Francisco Velasquez -#28000 SF The Pioneers of Mars Gary Goodson -#28001 SF The Old Block and Chain Steven Fritz -#28002 SF From Two Sides of a Looking Glass Alex Halimou -#28003 F Impatient Patient Andres Fonseca -#28004 F Tightrope, Sample, RFDR Allison Estry -#28005 F The Dicers _Chapter 1_ Mitko Grgiorov -#28006 Week of 26-Sep-2018 (Crits due 3-Oct-2018): SF Still Life with Yellow Saucer and Assorted Nuts Paul Crawford SF Oh Most Cursed Addition Engine - Pitch Letter Steve Donnelly F Exploring This Blast of a New World Russell Adams SF The Conscript - Chapter Two Scott Bradley F City of Peace, v2 April Weeks SF A Farmer's Time with the Potters Amy Hammack Turner F The Last Light Madison Estes F Naive Darla Jackson SF Showdown at Diego's Diner Phil Lindeman H A Head for Haunting Russell Dorn SF Lovebot, Autonomous Car, Junkie Christian Roberts F Con-Jure Man Amanda Hard F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 36-37 Eric Wilson F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 12 Jeff Naylor F Book One Elk Pack Series, "Bonded" Chapter 1 Shonda Sweeris SF It's Spelled Chocolate Michelle Henrie SF Soul Mates David Williams SF Forever Grey - Chapter 1 Greg Tracii SF The Space Between Joe Belarge ====================================================================== (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 Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 13 Jeff Naylor [3-Oct-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 14 Jeff Naylor [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 38 - 40 Eric Wilson [3-Oct-2018] SF San Dante Renan Bernardo [26-Sep-2018] SF Star Named Sun Mary Makarova [26-Sep-2018] F Poppin with the Devil Mary Makarova [?] SF Dust Bunnies Steven Fritz [26-Sep-2018] SF A/B Testing Alex Halimou [26-Sep-2018] F Dragon Mage, Uprising, Chapter 8-9 Chris Turner [26-Sep-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5 Tomas Lapas [25-Jul-2018] SF Magic Studies Soren Berg [25-Jul-2018] SF Through the Shadows' Edge Judith F. Abraham [25-Jul-2018] F Betrayal, Prologue Jonathan Curtis [01-Aug-2018] F To Wake a Dreamer Joshua F. Potter [01-Aug-2018] H The Vape Shop D.W. Jones [08-Aug-2018] H Not in This Economy Jessica Orr [15-Aug-2018] F Warlord, Chapters 1-2 Keith McArdle [22-Aug-2018] F Demanding Knoledge Brad Davis [22-Aug-2018] H The Devil Took My Last Cigarette Jessica Orr [29-Aug-2018] F Unhinged, Chapters 1-8 Mihika Biswas [05-Sep-2018] SF Know When to Run Nic Barkdull [12-Sep-2018] H A Limbo Wrapped in Plastic Austin Gragg [19-Sep-2018] F The Feckless Toad Alfred Abrao [19-Sep-2018] SF Nectar Giacomo Hatanaka [19-Sep-2018] ::: >> 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.