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 13-Jun-2018 (Crits due 20-Jun-2018): F Dead End Richard Zwicker -#27730 SF Digger's Daughter, Tiny Michael Andre-Driussi -#27731 SF Tranquility Base Neal Williams -#27732 SF Useless Eaters Brian Koukol -#27733 SF Jacob David Schultz -#27734 SF The Church of Ehmet Matthew Duerst -#27735 SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo -#27736 F A Myth of Black and White Terry Volkirch -#27737 H The Revival Madison Estes -#27738 SF The Vaulting Vandals of Termina Celeste Jordan A. Chase -#27739 F Gwydion and the Three Curses of Aranrhod Shirley Rawlins -#27740 F Tattered Flower Annaliese Lemmon -#27741 F The Luxian Child, Prologue Shanon D. Huston-Willis -#27742 F How to Stay Gone Samuel Chapman -#27743 H On the Set of Openers Erica Tasch -#27744 Week of 20-Jun-2018 (Crits due 27-Jun-2018): F Just Breathe [mpc] Emily Randall F Asaric Lies, Chapters 1-3 Crispina Kemp SF Mutiful Chapter 1-2 Christopher J. L. Maloney H Mr. Hailey's Magic Candy Nicole Woods H The Gift Christopher McManamon SF Circus Planetaria Ch1 Rob Tyler SF Touch Henry McFarland F The Accidentals _Ch. 1-10_ Nic Lipitz F The Chaos Art Blegen SF Forever Grey - Chapter 2 Greg Tracii SF Flobix to the Yolba Francisco Velasquez F Dissolutions Aleksandra Pantic SF Plato Crater - Chapter 2 Carleton Chinner F Stellar Cruises Elena Zimmerman F Bone Stories Joanna Michal Hoyt H Fatherless Child Ed Kratz F Sea Mage, Chapter 5-7 Chris Turner SF Tele-Strike: Kill Active Shooters Bruce Considine SF Uncle Phid's Closet Maurice Humphrey SF Companions Wayne Martin F Danume: The children Chapter 4 Philip Hays Week of 27-Jun-2018 (Crits due 4-Jul-2018): F By Wing or Fang? Kane Anderson F Brade's Barn Bethany Rae Salway SF Not Your First Question Joel E. Roosa SF Died Alone, Returned Otherwise Brian Palermo SF The R Aftermath Chapter 1 Laura Scroggins SF The Way Home, Chapters 4-6 Deborah D. Ross SF Ike Soren Berg F RynRaven Vicki Glass F The Science Jinx David Coffey H GradeRite Alec Lownes F I Found It In My Letterbox Aaron Dick F Cup of Blues Mari Mitchell SF The Last Living Indian Logan Giese SF Lost, Loss Steve Donnelly F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 7 Jeff Naylor F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 27-29 Eric Wilson F Sky Piercer, Chapter 6 Jorge Rodriguez H The Wraith of Halsey Neck Russell Dorn F Rise of the Cryptbringer - Emily's Introduction Keir Puplett H Hunger Jefferson Retallack Week of 4-Jul-2018 (Crits due 11-Jul-2018): SF Dissecting the Muse Tasha S. SF The Prisoner, Chapter 1 Sara Allyn F Born of Soot and Bone Stephanie Wexler SF Bed and Breakfast Juan Hernandez SF The Twinkling, Chapters 0-36. John C. Christiansen SF Untapped Fred Obermeyer SF The Credit Score Nathaniel Murray SF The Privateers, Chapter 1 Kevin Sullivan H Piggy John DiNicola F Attack Dog of the Court of Swords Carl R. Cole III SF Sirens: The Beginning Guy McDonnell H Blue Island - first part Brett Lovell SF The Lense Samantha Caskey SF Balthusean Feather Pillow Ray N. Franklin F The End of All Things Caroline Friedel SF Incrimination of the Body Snatchers Russ N. F DragonMarked.Prologue Marta Lozinski SF Fallen Gods, Chapters 1-4 Michael J. Wyant Jr SF Martian Mines, Synopsis and Chapter 1 Adriana T. Gomes SF The Crown Prince Scott Bradley SF The Violet Band Geoff Bahlman SF Ghost Station Gamma Jeff Cates F Confessions of a Dungeon Boss Jace Wilkins SF Call Me by Summer Remeres Jacobs SF Outpost David Williams F Chapterhouse Eternity Shaiyon Merkel F Melissa's Garden _A Impressionistic Reverie_ Russell Adams SF Stickshift Stardrive Eric J. Francis SF The Crane Joel Schroeder F Fields of Red Christina Barrow ====================================================================== (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 Plato Crater - Chapter 3 Carleton Chinner [27-Jun-2018] F The Luxian Child, Chapter 1 Shanon D Huston-Willis [20-Jun-2018] SF The Wrecking Heart And The Hand That Make Me Whole Renan Bernardo [20-Jun-2018] SF Mermaid Tears Rob Tyler [27-Jun-2018] F Erkitie: Prologue and Chapter 1 Carl R. Cole III [11-Jul-2018] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 30 Eric Wilson [4-Jul-2018] SF For the Children Guy McDonnell [11-Jul-2018] H Into the Sea Brett Lovell [11-Jul-2018] SF The Best of Oblivions Jordan A. Chase [20-Jun-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 9 Jeff Naylor [4-Jul-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 10 Jeff Naylor [?] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11 Jeff Naylor [?] SF The Average of Joes Juan Hernandez [11-Jul-2018] SF Just Another Planetary Survey Ray N. Franklin [11-Jul-2018] SF Martian Mines, Chapter 2 Adriana T. Gomes [11-Jul-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Vectors, Chapters 4-6 Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018] F The Shell Brian Williams [23-May-2018] SF Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2 Nicholas Martellacci [30-May-2018] F Origin of Swords: A Tale of the Court of Swords Carl R. Cole III [06-Jun-2018] F The Intelligence by Baumann Powers RAUL GONZALES [06-Jun-2018] F Origin of Swords: A Tale of the Court of Swords Carl R. Cole III [13-Jun-2018] F The Intelligence by Baumann Powers RAUL GONZALES [13-Jun-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.