New entry Dec 07
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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]
News[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]
Critters is 22!
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 21-Mar-2018 (Crits due 28-Mar-2018): SF With Criminal Contempt Jeff Cates -#27533 SF The Iron Woman of the Southern Ocean [@] DJ Cockburn -#27534 SF The Seventy-Light-Year Tour Robert Harpold -#27535 SF Vortex of Power Amanda H. Geard -#27536 F Buildings Roman" by W. Dean Michael Andre-Driussi -#27537 F Escape Darla Jackson -#27538 F Blue Lady Kevin P. Hallett -#27539 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 21 Eric Wilson -#27540 F Second Chances Emily Randall -#27541 SF Family Affairs: Chapter 1 of Agent of the State Geoff Houghton -#27542 SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo -#27543 SF Siderea Systems Incorporated Jennifer Scott -#27544 F The Cockroach at the End of the World Blazej Szpakowicz -#27545 H The Other Side of the Mirror Maurice Humphrey -#27546 H Cassandra Ron Stieger -#27547 F Swallow's Flight Rebecca Burton -#27548 SF Little Eyes Amy Henrie Gillett -#27549 SF Second Chance Alex Villepique -#27550 SF Borealis, Chapters 1-2 Maya Bradford -#27551 SF Jesus Cursed Russ N. -#27552 Week of 28-Mar-2018 (Crits due 4-Apr-2018): SF 38 Years a Fortnight John H. D. Dewey SF Free to Go Fred Obermeyer SF Riftwalkers, Chapters 1-5 Christopher Pedersen SF Well and a Wall Sahil Lavingia SF The Grand Xenoterre _a brochure_ Brian Zayas SF Vectors, Chapters 1-3 Tunmike Ogedengbe F The Rightful King Madison Estes F Tessi Margaret Moller SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.1 Joy Landa F Sirith Chapter 1-4 Ricky Nix F Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 1_?_ or 4_?_ Elena Zimmerman SF The Dim Zone, Chapter 2 Chris Turner F Danume: The children Chapter 2 Philip Hays SF Dealing Coke Clark Sodersten F The Floating Throne April Weeks SF Truth, Lies & Testimony, Chapters 6-9 Pamela Najar-Simpson F The Fires of Autumn, Chapter 1 Curt Krebbs SF The Show Chapters 1-6 Snyder Ervin H Blackcrest Steven Hunt SF Present is Past Alex Clark-McGlenn Week of 4-Apr-2018 (Crits due 11-Apr-2018): SF Time Travel Hotel Christina Wott F Esseria, Chapters 1-4 Sabrina Chapados SF The Crown Prince Chapter One Scott Bradley SF Immigrant Dan Bergin-Holly F Eagle Island Version 3 Matthew Duerst SF Bibi, Chapter 18 Lisa Clark SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3 Jeff Naylor F Morning Glory, Chapters 2 and 3 Sandra Seaman SF Emulation Dome Carolyn Hoffert SF Rust 'n' Solder Lee P. Melling H The Choice Russ Gartz SF Every New Moon Robert Tyler SF A Plastic Minefield Allen Saslaw SF Precious Junk and Swift Riches Ife J. Ibitayo SF Homeworld, Chapters 1-2 Stephen Cossgrove SF In the Forests of the Night Joanna Hoyt SF Glory on Mars Kathy London SF Convergence David Whitmarsh F Gwydion and the Three Cruses of Aranrhod Shirley Rawlins F The After, Chapter 1 William R. Hunt Week of 11-Apr-2018 (Crits due 18-Apr-2018): F Sky Piercer, Chapter 4 Jorge Rodriguez SF The New Century Adoption Clinic, Chapter 2 Eliot Bush F The Eternal, Chapters 1-5 Catherine Lynch F The Draw Michelle Jelley SF Flower of the Deep Alexei M Zoubine SF Life as We Know it. Mark Suplinskas H Human Wreckage Douglas Kolacki SF Searching for Numen - Chapter 1, scenes 1-4 Mike Clarke H Wax Joel Schroeder F Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Horror of Dexter House Eric Littlefield H Elijah and the Abyss Dave Riser F The Star of Asterion Kaitlyn Whipple ====================================================================== (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 [?] SF Bibi, Chapters 21-24 Lisa Clark [11-Apr-2018] SF Bibi, Chapters 25-26 Lisa Clark [?] F Morning Glory Chapter 4 Sandra Seaman [11-Apr-2018] SF Miscalculation Alex Villepique [28-Mar-2018] SF Double standards Alex Villepique [?] F Would You Bet On Sand or Stars? Renan Bernardo [28-Mar-2018] SF The Dim Zone, Chapter 3 Chris Turner [4-Apr-2018] SF Morning Glory Chapters 5 and 6 Sandra Seaman [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 22-24 Eric Wilson [28-Mar-2018] F Morning Glory Chapter 1 Sandra Seaman [?] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.2 Joy Landa [4-Apr-2018] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.3 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.4 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6 Joy Landa [?] SF Mumfawi Dragons, Chapters 1-6 Pamela Najar-Simpson [4-Apr-2018] SF War Criminal of the Psychic Wars Eric Littlefield [18-Apr-2018] F Gwydion and the Three Curses of Aranrhod Shirley Rawlins [11-Apr-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Mind recreated Dore [10-Jan-2018] F The Parallel Andrea Franco Cook [10-Jan-2018] F Enid and Ondu, Chapters 1-2 Ali Saleh [17-Jan-2018] SF Empty, Chapter 1 Riley Lebowicz [17-Jan-2018] SF The Identity of Jonathon Blank Shawn Pendley [24-Jan-2018] F The Flower in the Rain, Chapters 1-2 Sanober Shamim [24-Jan-2018] SF Kilroy Was Here Edward L. Clary [24-Jan-2018] SF Characterizer Anil Erol [07-Feb-2018] SF The Extraction Grace Madison [07-Feb-2018] SF Dear Diary Garrett Menning [07-Feb-2018] F Mond Kiarah Griffiths [07-Feb-2018] H The Intelligence by Baumann Powers Baumann Powers [14-Feb-2018] F The Lay of the Origin of Swords Carl R. Cole III [28-Feb-2018] SF Sanctuary's Seed- Chapter 1- How it Makes You a Weapon Stephen Brown [28-Feb-2018] SF Dawn of Benatron Paul Bentham [07-Mar-2018] F Rebirth of the Elven Empire: Dawn of prophecy Robert Niemczak [07-Mar-2018] F Sirith Chapters 1-4 RIcky Nix [07-Mar-2018] F Working Title Aries & Araiya Chapters 1-5 T.M. Stewart [07-Mar-2018] F The Waning Road Pierce Skinner [14-Mar-2018] H Welcome Dave Nilsson [14-Mar-2018] SF The Solar Infantry, Chapters 1-3 Colin Cortie [21-Mar-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.