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.
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.
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 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-Jun-2019 (Crits due 26-Jun-2019): SF Xaromar Chris Turner -#28514 H Scan For Threats Madison Estes -#28515 F Sigurd Jeff Stewart -#28516 H The Gold Digger Steve Levandoski -#28517 SF Simple Machines T.M. Heckman -#28518 H Take the Mic Amanda Hard -#28519 SF Power and Blood Javier Sobrado -#28520 F Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4 Michael Bondies -#28521 SF SlingStar Myth, Chapter 1 Donna Dion -#28522 F Vague Hex_chapter one, book 2_ michelle -#28523 Week of 26-Jun-2019 (Crits due 3-Jul-2019): F The Case of William Wilson [mpc] Richard Zwicker SF Poison Chapter 1 _RFDR_ Stephen Secor SF Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 9-11 Liam Corley F Curselifter Renan Bernardo F Paper Hero Jim Marino F Day of the Inventions, 1 April 1933 Douglas Kolacki SF The Sky Helmet Joel Schroeder SF Lost Tomorrows Seain Dunne F The Tale of the Witch Sisters Mariko Duknic SF AI Books Robert Harpold F Escaping Rondella William Nalley F Boy Meets El Camino C. Q. March F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two Joel E. Roosa H The Science of Garbolgy Jodie Cowan Week of 3-Jul-2019 (Crits due 10-Jul-2019): SF Crack in the Sky Eric D Littlefield SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 22 Jeff Naylor SF Rollback Amit Gupta SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die Stacey .S. Rivers F Adlaid Dunlop Ran to the Mill Jay Gabriel H The Moon is a Friend for the Lonesome Andrew Giffin F Destiny 101 Erwin Chege SF Merka, Part 1, Chapter 1 Pamela Najar-Simpson F The Maiden Voyage of Tiberius Maximilian Kathryn Freeland SF The Strange Case of Hollywood Crop Circles Jeff Cates SF Insect Apocalypse April Weeks H Midnight Spook Jnoh Doer SF The Killridge Karnals of Sigma-7 Ethan Smith F Path-ology Mike DeDominicis Week of 10-Jul-2019 (Crits due 17-Jul-2019): F The Finest Trick of the Devil Emma Mann F Cats with Swords Redux + More Chapters Zachary Nardolillo SF The Father Lode Chap 1-5 Deborah Kaminski SF A Small Radius of Anomalies Catherine J. Cole SF Harrow's Academy for the Gifted, Chapter 1 Hayley Dietrich F Sylvia Lonnie McGhee SF A Time of Useful Consciousness Steve Green SF The Dying Sun: Chapter 2 Noah AnthonyW H Special Breakfast - Chapters 3-5 Cameron Bright F Lucid Dreams Chapters 1-3 Shirley F. Nomakeo H God's Monsters Autumn Mumford SF Lifeboat Sean Masters F Misspelled Chocolate ch. 1-2 Michelle Henrie F A Tale of Hastir Damil Nathanael N.R F Paranormal Investigations Carl Alves F Kill the Witchman William Broom F The Chaperone Blake E. Bennett SF Forever Grey query Greg Tracii ====================================================================== (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]"): F Inconclusive Bets Renan Bernardo [3-Jul-2019] SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1 Stacey .S. Rivers [10-Jul-2019] SF How did it feel to be eaten? Amit Gupta [10-Jul-2019] SF Power and Blood, Chapters 3-5 Javier Sobrado [26-Jun-2019] SF Thetus Chris Turner [26-Jun-2019] SF Changelings: Insurrection, Chapter 12 Liam Corley [3-Jul-2019] F Vague Hex_chapter 2, book 2_ michelle [3-Jul-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1 Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019] SF End Man Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019] SF Life After Maggie, Chapter One Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019] F Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2 Maya Vanderpool [01-May-2019] F Hypearthia-Tales of Hyperia and Earth: "Dawn of Chaos Book One" Chapter One W. P. Kelley [08-May-2019] SF Datapocalypse Chris Keast [08-May-2019] F Death of a Hero, Chapter 1 Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019] F Cup of CLues Mari Mitchell [15-May-2019] SF Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6 Jonathan Robbins [22-May-2019] SF Yin Yang Ch.1-3 Flavio Avila [22-May-2019] SF The Little Bang Theory Steve Patschke [22-May-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6 DB Gibb [22-May-2019] F Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2 Heather McDonald [29-May-2019] SF MUSTANG BETTIE Paul Werner [29-May-2019] SF Wolfwitch, chapter 1 Zackary H. Gentry [05-Jun-2019] F A Captain's Fate Anthony Gibbs [05-Jun-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The DB Gibb [19-Jun-2019] SF Semper Fidelis: We are Rome George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019] F Sparks and Matches Ch 1-4 Kate Zimmerman [19-Jun-2019] SF A Love Letter From Space Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-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.