New entry May 06
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 25!
This November, Critters is 25 years old! 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)
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 15-Sep-2021 (Crits due 22-Sep-2021): SF The Tomorrow Man Richard B Zwicker -#30145 F Grims Revenge Janice A Clark -#30146 SF Sipping Cocktails While the World Burns Amanda H. Geard -#30147 F The Woodville Municipal Cryptid Park Adam Knight -#30148 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: The Demon Wizard Eric Wilson -#30149 SF Identical to the Real Thing John Willems -#30150 F The Book of Visions Chapter 5 W. Lance Hunt -#30151 F Across the Sunder, Chapters 25-28 Scott Malabarba -#30152 F The Birthright Stone, Chapter 1 John Joseph Christopher -#30153 SF Emotive, Chapter 16 Jeff Naylor -#30154 SF Has Anyone Seen Melvin Robert Young -#30155 H Wing Circus Book 116: With More Fun, Episodes 4-5 Nick Argyropoulos -#30156 SF Interstellar Ronins _edit 2_ chap 1-3 James Ross -#30157 Week of 22-Sep-2021 (Crits due 29-Sep-2021): H Boxes [@] George Guthridge SF Mage Farm Part 3 of 3 Sean Masters SF The Linguist chapters 5-6 Don Iverson SF Retrograde Amanda Hard F Incursion Pete Koziar SF A Brief Stop on the Way to Sheol Carla Hennes F Zarala of Aarm Jennifer Scott F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1 Charles Gull H The Portal 2nd revision Jim Keane F Request Denied Adam Pitts SF The Way of the Warrior Boris Layupan SF The Voices In His Head Charles Botsford Week of 29-Sep-2021 (Crits due 6-Oct-2021): F Killing Giants William Milner F Cooking With Horn Powder Russell Weisfield F Outer Realm Advent of Fire Chapter 1 Abdul-Azeez Ayodele Azeez F The Sorcerer in the Never-Ending War, Chapter 1-5 Ellis Clay ====================================================================== (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 Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2 Charles Gull [29-Sep-2021] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] SF Sus Adam Pitts [29-Sep-2021] H The Critter Adam Pitts [?] F The Cursed Man Adam Pitts [?] H Cell Phone 2nd Revision Jim Keane [29-Sep-2021] H Praying for Sunrise 2nd Revision Jim Keane [?] H Rough Flight Jim Keane [?] H The Elevator 2nd revision Jim Keane [?] SF Grims War Janice A Clark [22-Sep-2021] F Lost Child Sean Masters [29-Sep-2021] F Laddie Sean Masters [?] SF Across the Sunder, Chapters 29-34 Scott Malabarba [22-Sep-2021] F Golden Pine Cone and Snake Robert Young [22-Sep-2021] F Dancing Lady Golden Figurine Robert Young [?] H The Camping Trip 2nd Revision Jim Keane [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 17 Jeff Naylor [22-Sep-2021] SF Emotive, Chapter 18 Jeff Naylor [?] H The Deal Jim Keane [?] SF The Linguist chapters 7-8 Don Iverson [29-Sep-2021] H Small Town Killer Chapter 1 Jim Keane [?] SF Christmas in Pandemonium-Chapter One-Revised John Willems [22-Sep-2021] SF The Primitive Charles Botsford [29-Sep-2021] F The Sorcerer in the Never-Ending War Ellis Clay [6-Oct-2021] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Dark One's Defeat Erin Shaw [28-Jul-2021] SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey [04-Aug-2021] H THE DREAMER OF THE DREAMS, Chapters 1-4 Nick Moser [11-Aug-2021] SF The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [18-Aug-2021] SF The Number Game RK Musgrave [18-Aug-2021] SF The silent Reaper chapter 1 Michael Cermak [08-Sep-2021] SF The Insidious Stars Andrew Hilliar [15-Sep-2021] ::: >> 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.