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.
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 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 1-Apr-2020 (Crits due 8-Apr-2020): SF Biomechanical Detective Agency Jeff Cates -#29049 F Magarac Rhodes and the Dimple of Tombs Joel E. Roosa -#29050 SF Mirror Imager Amanda H. Geard -#29051 F Wintermint _expansion of First Contact_ Amy Hammack Turner -#29052 SF The Sky Helmet: revised prologue Joel Schroeder -#29053 F God in His Cubicle [@] Larry Hodges -#29054 SF Us and Now Janet Martin -#29055 H Olympus Hath no Fury Christopher Henderson -#29056 F Bleeder's Wages Lauren Banka -#29057 SF Chapter 3 Jeremy Zentner -#29058 F Ethan Chase's Deadhead Ride Joe Follansbee -#29059 SF Whispers Within Matthew J Olson -#29060 F Zaemes, Chapter 2 Shanna Neumiller -#29061 SF Bondi Cultural Reserve Colin Cortie -#29062 F Ink Adept TatiAnna Tibbitts -#29063 SF Lunar's Doorstep Bas Kempen -#29064 Week of 8-Apr-2020 (Crits due 15-Apr-2020): F The Fat, Old Tortoise and the Hard-Working Hare [@] Larry Hodges F The Bronsolinite Maslem NM Whitley SF Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 9 Javier Sobrado SF Rufus Jeff Abrams F Siren's Lament Franchesca Guzman SF Safe Travels Maria Ma SF Palderyn: Apocalypse, Chapters 1 -5 Michael R. Hartman F Gold Eagle: The opening Nicholas E. Lehde F Binge Worthy Adam Pitts F The Ravens Gautam Upadhya SF The Tulip Station Aaron Fried H Undead absolution Philip Hays SF Diplomatic Immunity T. M. Heckman SF Feifei Zhang Autobiography Part I with Forward Stephen Secor F Cattleya Sandra Skalski F Best Served Cold Matt Krizan SF Casey Travels West, Chapter 1 Barry Burnett Week of 15-Apr-2020 (Crits due 22-Apr-2020): H The Lure Chapters 1-10 New Revision Jim Keane SF The Briareus Jamie M. Boyd H You Don't Know what a Life Sentence Means Douglas Kolacki SF Ten Percent, Chapter 2 Caroline Poirier SF Forever Grey Chapter 1 Greg Tracii SF Two-Way Communication Robert Harpold H The Tragedy of Phantasms Nathan Cavaliere SF Begininngs George Tom F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 17-18 Eric Wilson SF Buy Any Means Necessary JC Crochet F Wish You Were Here Renan Bernardo F The Rabbit Maker Lance Burri F Champion of the People Henry McFarland F The Customer is Always Right, No Wait, Everyone's a Critic Andrew Giffin SF Shadows of Lesser Men Nicholas G. Marconi Week of 22-Apr-2020 (Crits due 29-Apr-2020): SF The Frivolous Prince Brad Bolin SF Bots Don't Lie Todd Moody SF Field Density Analysis of Laybonn Propulsion Systems Vince Bonasso SF Life on Herschel Ben Coppin F Saint Ligeia's Rites Ellen McCammon SF Collision, Chapter 1 Jack Wolflink F The Immortal Son, Chapter 1 Dakota Smith SF The Father Lode chap 1 - 3 Deborah Kaminski F Synchronicity - Chapter Summaries Megen Nelson SF Social Medium Chapter 1 Owen McNaughton H Keep away from People Kevin Stadt SF Murder Eternal, Chapter 1 Charles Patton ====================================================================== (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 The Gold Eagle, Chapter 1 Nicholas E. Lehde [15-Apr-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 19-20 Eric Wilson [22-Apr-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 21-22 Eric Wilson [?] F Zaemes, Chapter 3 Shanna Neumiller [8-Apr-2020] F How the Devil Got Its Envy Christopher Henderson [8-Apr-2020] F The Great Info Dump_and_Of All the Things I've Lost Joel E. Roosa [8-Apr-2020] F A Brother's Keeper Adam Pitts [15-Apr-2020] H Dunglo 17 - Chapter 1 Adam Pitts [?] H Willie Pete - Chapter 1 Adam Pitts [?] F The Broken Ring - Prologue Adam Pitts [?] SF Cosmoboros _V2_ JC Crochet [22-Apr-2020] SF Emma Lee's Smartmind Addiction Saves the World Janet Jing Martin [8-Apr-2020] SF Forever Grey Chapter 2, 3 Greg Tracii [22-Apr-2020] SF The Great Race Adam Pitts [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2 Lee Magnus [04-Mar-2020] F Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 4 of book 2 Lee Magnus [18-Mar-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.