New entry Dec 07
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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!
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded 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!
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
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 12-Feb-2020 (Crits due 19-Feb-2020): SF I Don't Love You Anymore Dan Reade -#28955 F Silver City Douglas Kolacki -#28956 SF India World Amit Gupta -#28957 SF Premium Resurrection Pack - $99 Renan Bernardo -#28958 SF Journey to Perfection [@] Larry Hodges -#28959 F The Black Powder Monarch, Part 1 Caroline Poirier -#28960 SF The Kuiper Anomaly Clem Freedom -#28961 SF The Beggar, the Wolf, and the Bandit Ben Kutina -#28962 F The Sheenseeker - Chapter 2 *Talon* Heather Gaither -#28963 F Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 2 of book 2 Lee Magnus -#28964 SF Finders, Keepers Adeline J. Schultz -#28965 Week of 19-Feb-2020 (Crits due 26-Feb-2020): F Forgive the Fortune-Teller [@] Larry Hodges [19-Feb-2020] F Hidden Knight Leanna Zimmerman SF Coveted Relics Chapter Prologue and Chapter 1 Jeremy Zentner H An Elegy for Thomas W. Gronach or Shaking the Cat's Paw. Joel Schroeder SF Titan, novel thru 1st Plot Point Kathy London F Wisp SHALONDA L. COTTON SF Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 8 Javier Sobrado F An Unexpected Side-Quest Rich Perkins F Selah Chapters 1-2 Ella Walker Henderson SF False Continuum: Prologue & Chapt 1 Sean Masters F Such a Bright, Bright Day Russell Adams SF Cosmobourous JC Crochet F Eileen StarHawk : Secret of the Last Door, Chapter 1 AD Chowdhury SF H2LiftShips, a tech manual for a future Chapter 1-2 Bob Freeman F More Blood! Prologue Chapter and Chapter 1 Raffy Grullon Week of 26-Feb-2020 (Crits due 4-Mar-2020): SF Project Random Glenn Ferri SF -Parallels- Volume One The Odyssey of Samantha Williams, Prologue and Chapter 1 Edward LeCore SF The Games at the Edge of Town Robert Leishman SF The Gold Eagle, Chapter 2 Nicholas E. Lehde SF An Elegy for Thomas W. Gronach or Shaking the Cat's Paw Steve Levandoski and Joel Schroder F The Land of the Lily Pads E.V. Zukowski SF Domestic Daniel Villani SF Inhale Jeffrey Richardson SF Further to Fall, Chapter 6 Garrett Menning SF Forever Grey Chapter 1 Greg Tracii SF Topographic Tim Stevens H The Poison Tree Preston Chase H How to Eat a Cricket - V3 Yacine GACI F Who Moved My Wand: A Fairy Godmother's Guide to Change in the 21st Century Jamie M. Boyd Week of 4-Mar-2020 (Crits due 11-Mar-2020): SF Swallowed Earth Emerson R.C. Andrews F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 14 Eric Wilson F The Horseman Soteris Phoraris SF A Language Older Than Words Andrew Giffin SF Take My Heart Martin Heckman SF Changelings: Rebirth Ch 11 Liam Corley F Bent's Repairs Joe Follansbee SF Echo Lake _Chapters 1_ Audrey Felter SF The Winnowing, Chapters 1-4 Scott Malabarba F Self-possession Chapter 1 Dan Hoy ====================================================================== (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 Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2 Lee Magnus [19-Feb-2020] SF The Gold Eagle, Chapter 3 Nicholas E. Lehde [4-Mar-2020] F The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 Heather Gaither [19-Feb-2020] F Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 4 of book 2 Lee Magnus [?] F The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 - Vesper Heather Gaither [?] F Gold Eagle: The opening Nicholas E. Lehde [?] F The Gold Eagle, Chapter 1 Nicholas E. Lehde [?] SF Nuclear Semiotics Dan Reade [19-Feb-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 15-16 Eric Wilson [11-Mar-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 17-18 Eric Wilson [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H Little Grey Megan Maddox [08-Jan-2020] SF The Collapse Series: Keeper Foundation Alexander A. Batalou [08-Jan-2020] F Winter's Promise Chapters 1-4 Angelica K Ramirez [08-Jan-2020] F Hades' Cycle D.Y. Foster [08-Jan-2020] F Biting the Apple, Chapter One Nisaa A. [15-Jan-2020] SF Snikabah John Griffin [22-Jan-2020] F Storms Past Laura-Marie Steele [05-Feb-2020] SF Mars II Emmery Chrisco [12-Feb-2020] F Cold Light Jennifer Oberlander [12-Feb-2020] ::: >> 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.