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.
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 14-Nov-2018 (Crits due 21-Nov-2018): SF The One-Book Library Robert Harpold -#28114 SF Of Oak and Leaf: Sam & Delila Maurice Humphrey -#28115 SF Zero's Story Alex Halimou -#28116 F Sweet Water Elena Zimmerman -#28117 F Dobie's Game William H. Leonard -#28118 F Millennium Oth: A Numenthrall Chronicle Kevin Stadt -#28119 F The Interview, Chapter 1 Mitko Grgiorov -#28120 SF Gifts From the Remembory David Rossiaky -#28121 H Gereborn Gary Hurtubise -#28122 SF Elysium Cube Joshua Nardi -#28123 F Going Bad, Chapters 1-3 [@] Jenny Hale -#28124 SF Duogenesis [@] Ben Earl Miller -#28125 H No Promises Dustin -#28126 Week of 21-Nov-2018 (Crits due 28-Nov-2018): F Branch of Rowan, opener April Weeks F Of Fire and Ashes - Part 1 Breeanne Fryers F Finnegan's Fractal Books Jefferson Retallack F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 15 Jeff Naylor SF Ashes to Ashes--revised and expanded Amy Hammack Turner SF The Shields Will Hold Steve Chatterton F The Apocryphal Man Paul Crawford H Desert Highway Leanna Zimmerman H Good Medicine Madison Estes SF The End of Forever Colin Cortie F Avaliah Trevor L B Porter SF The Devil in the Archives Nic Quattromani Week of 28-Nov-2018 (Crits due 5-Dec-2018): H Just a Fairy Tale Zack Kennedy SF Eleven Sentences Christopher Blake F A Scribe In The Fae Court" Chapter 1 Lizzie Wester SF Husbandry and Wife Eli Cepeda SF Time Travel Hotel Christina Wott F Chronicles of Mayhem: Genesis, Prologue, "Terror and Grandeur Leo Charles M. SF A Serious Matter Joel E. Roosa F Embedded Chris Hepler SF The Simple Art of Being Helen Jim Marino H Wild Hunt M.B.Vujacic H All Things Being Equal Michelle Henrie SF The Assassin's Girlfriend Sarah Bailey Week of 5-Dec-2018 (Crits due 12-Dec-2018): H The Waves of Dark Second Version Hernan F A Darks Hunger for the Soul Eric D Littlefield SF Rhubarb Queen Kevin P. Hallett SF The Way home - Chapter 1 v.2 Deborah Ross F Son of Nobody, Chapters 1 & 2 Patrick W. OMalley III SF Right to Be Forgotten Emily Randall F Cynders, Chapters 1-2 Grace Nehls F Soulmates Annaliese Lemmon SF IX Creation Steven Fritz SF The Fix Cooper Powers SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb SF The Sixth World _V3_ Larry Rachman Week of 12-Dec-2018 (Crits due 19-Dec-2018): F Exorcists on Call John Berks F Sirens Unbound: Book One of the Fifth Mage War, Chapters 1-3 Laura Engelhardt F Invisible Dragon Mary Makarova SF The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 4 Douglass Calmes F The Wizard of Llandwellyn: Chapters 44-46 Eric Wilson SF Starrunner, Chapter 8-9 Chris Turner SF The farmer, the egg, the cube, the tree, and Frank Sinatra Renan Bernardo SF Iterations Keir Puplett SF AXIOM, Chapter 1 Rewrite#2 Ceci Vaughan F The Boy Who Wanted To Be Hitler Douglas Kolacki ====================================================================== (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 Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 16 Jeff Naylor [28-Nov-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 17 Jeff Naylor [?] F Pickup Man William H. Leonard [21-Nov-2018] F The DIcers, Chapters 1-2 Mitko Grgiorov [21-Nov-2018] SF In the Shelter of the Aftermath David Rossiaky [21-Nov-2018] SF The Invitiation Keir Puplett [19-Dec-2018] SF The Sixth World V3 _RFDR_ Larry Rachman [12-Dec-2018] F The Fenghuang, Chapter 1 Elena Zimmerman [21-Nov-2018] SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb D.B. Gibb [12-Dec-2018] SF Chicken Little's Triumph Eric D Littlefield [12-Dec-2018] H Snot William H. Leonard [?] SF No One Wants to Live a Season Robert Harpold [21-Nov-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Book One Elk Pack Series, "Bonded" Chapter 1 Shonda Sweeris [26-Sep-2018] H StageFright, Chapter Andrea L.S. Parkinson [03-Oct-2018] F One day, Prologue. Punpun Onodera [10-Oct-2018] F The Daughter of Allegheny David W. Wooddell [17-Oct-2018] F The War of Ages Saga: Age of Darkness James Eyler [24-Oct-2018] SF Murder at 48.6 million miles, Chapters 1-2 Peter Gimm [07-Nov-2018] F Fallen Stewart Adams [07-Nov-2018] SF Ven David R Polsdorfer [14-Nov-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.