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 is 23!
Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
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.
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 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 9-Jan-2019 (Crits due 16-Jan-2019): F A Belly Full Of Promises Emily Randall -#28222 SF The Sixth World V3 _RFDR_ Larry Rachman -#28223 SF Please Stand By Pete Koziar -#28224 H House of Mirrors Madison Estes -#28225 SF Chicken Little's Triumph Eric D Littlefield -#28226 SF Polymers and Blood Christina Wott -#28227 F Epilogue After Midnight Jim Marino -#28228 F Ascension's Cost Kyle Smith -#28229 F The Right to Refuse Service Daniel J. Elliot -#28230 F Why I Can't Enforce the Laws Against Magic Annaliese Lemmon -#28231 F The Safety of Death Michael DeDominicis -#28232 Week of 16-Jan-2019 (Crits due 23-Jan-2019): F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Three and Four [mpc] Joel E. Roosa F A Judicar Born [@] Kary English SF The Invitiation Keir Puplett SF The Ghosts of Asteraceae Chapter 5 Douglass Calmes F Curselifter Renan Bernardo F Icarus Chris Turner F Never Fight a Rip Current John Berks SF Sirith Ricky Nix JR F Branch of Rowan, RFDR & sample April Weeks F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Chapters 47-49 Eric Wilson SF Oh Most Cursed Addition Engine - Pitch Letter Steve Donnelly F The Bride of the Turquoise Champion Jonathan Lee H Attention Please Aydan Hasanli SF You Are Hold Number 24360 Gary Goodson Week of 23-Jan-2019 (Crits due 30-Jan-2019): F Lines in the Sand Ido Richardson H Snot William H. Leonard F The Founder's Seed Chapter 2 _RFDR_ Drema De├"raich H Wax Joel Schroeder SF The Depths of Europa Paul Crawford F The Forest of Dragons Maya Vanderpool SF Robot Standup Richard Zwicker H Biology of a Soul Russell Dorn SF And...Action! Dave D'Alessio F Cats with Swords, chapters 1-5 Drew Nardolillo SF Lichtdom Douglas Kolacki SF Under the Skin Amanda H. Geard Week of 30-Jan-2019 (Crits due 6-Feb-2019): SF Empty_V3_ Guy McDonnell H Twelve's Design Emily Palmieri SF Not Human Ryan Beck F What Binds Us Together, Chapter 1 Anton Gonopolskiy F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 17 Jeff Naylor SF The Other Side Eli Landes F The Interview, Chapter 2 Mitko Grgiorov SF To Want Something You Already Have Jefferson Retallack SF First Contact Amy Hammack Turner SF Cynetic, Chapters 1-11 Matt Ward F Thomas Likes Me Russell Adams Week of 6-Feb-2019 (Crits due 13-Feb-2019): F Fall of the Empire Sarah Marie Bailey F The Dying Fire: Chapter 1 Anthony White F Undying, Chapters 1-2 Jonathan Seales SF Wake up Call Alex Villepique SF Re-Turned Brianna Sue A. Sorriento SF Tears in the Rain Brian Koukol SF November Skies Steven Fritz F Children of Chronos Prologue-Chapter 2 Sarimer L. Valedon-Morciglio SF SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb F Beanth Jesse Caedington F Fire and Beads Michelle Henrie H Nowhere House Mijat Vuja─Źi─ç SF Unfiltered Tim Stevens SF The Art of Dying 1-5 Kyle McKeon SF Mumfawi Dragons Prologue & Ch 1-2 Pamela Najar-Simpson F Incorruptible Souls Hannah Azok SF Stage Zero Eli Cepeda SF The Brain Mechanic - revision 6.2 Robert Harpold F Shadrack McCabe Makes Enemies, Chapters 1-2 N. M. Sheldon SF 4 Stories About Love Mary Makarova F The Last Corner of the Map, Chapters 1-2 Ryan Kunz F The Breaking of Magic Kerry Cathers SF Not Pablo's City Jorge Villamizar SF FUTURITY / a Novel. Chapter 1: Selfie / 2030 _1st 1/2_ Jonathan Brandeis F Built on Bones, Chapter 1 Lyric Gray SF A Branch in Time Darrell J. SF Orange Alex and the Glorious Gale Austin Gragg ====================================================================== (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 The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 7-11 D.B. Gibb [13-Feb-2019] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Five and Six Joel E. Roosa [6-Feb-2019] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Seven and Eight Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Nine and Ten Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eleven and Twelve Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Fifteen - Seventeen Joel E. Roosa [?] SF Honesty Alex Villepique [13-Feb-2019] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eighteen to Twenty Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-One and Twenty-Two Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Three to Twenty-Five Joel E. Roosa [?] F It's Spelled Chocolate - round 2 Michelle Henrie [13-Feb-2019] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Six to Twenty-Eight Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two Joel E. Roosa [?] SF Eleanor Rigby Mary Makarova [13-Feb-2019] SF FUTURITY / a Novel Chapter 1: Selfie 2030 _1st 1/2_ Jonathan Brandeis [13-Feb-2019] H A Real Haunting Madison Estes [16-Jan-2019] H Chthonic Cleaning Solution Austin Gragg [13-Feb-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Princess and The Pearl Katie R. Campbell [19-Dec-2018] F Albright's Extraordinary Artefacts and the Lost Fountain Pen of Barnabus Eagledon Daniel Taylor [26-Dec-2018] SF Cypress cove ch1-4 Tellie Strange [26-Dec-2018] SF ALIEN Bloodmoon Christopher Smith [26-Dec-2018] SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb D.B. Gibb [09-Jan-2019] ::: >> 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.