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.
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 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 12-Sep-2018 (Crits due 19-Sep-2018): F A Little Dignity Fred Obermeyer -#27971 SF Freaks Like Us, Born to Rule Michael Andre-Driussi -#27972 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 34-35 Eric Wilson -#27973 SF Mumfawi Dragons Chapters 1-2 revised Pamela Najar-Simpson -#27974 F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11 Jeff Naylor -#27975 SF The Average of Joes Juan Hernandez -#27976 SF AXIOM, Chapter 1 REWRITE Ceci Vaughan -#27977 F Queensmen, Chapter 9 Bethany Rae Salway -#27978 F The Reluctant Hero Art Blegen -#27979 F Boat People Jefferson Retallack -#27980 SF Dead Pixel John Holcomb Dewey -#27981 F Pandora's Locker Michelle Henrie -#27982 SF Followed From Death Brian Palermo -#27983 SF Between the Bars Rob Tyler -#27984 H Arcane Stardom Charles G Chettiar -#27985 SF Patient Zero Kera Joan -#27986 SF The Disappearance Chapter 1 Victor Whitman -#27987 F The Lost Heir, Chapter 1 Kaitlyn Price -#27988 SF The Alien Landing of 1921 Reina Cruz -#27989 Week of 19-Sep-2018 (Crits due 26-Sep-2018): SF What Am I But What You Say I Am Dan Reade H A Limbo Wrapped in Plastic Austin Gragg F The Wide Road Home, Chapters 1-3 Morgan Beard F The Feckless Toad Alfred Abrao F A Tangle Of Strings Francisco Velasquez SF Anticipation of Hollowness Renan Bernardo F Tightrope, Sample, RFDR Allison Estry SF Wizards Don't Fly Kevin P. Hallett SF 4 Futures Mary Makarova F The Dicers _Chapter 1_ Mitko Grgiorov F The Alphabetician Jesse Caedington F Impatient Patient Andres Fonseca H Against the Wall Adam Knight SF The Pioneers of Mars Gary Goodson F Shadow and Anima 2 Joel Schroeder SF The Dryad Project Terry Volkirch SF The Old Block and Chain Steven Fritz F Dragon Mage, Uprising, Chapter 5-7 Chris Turner SF From Two Sides of a Looking Glass Alex Halimou SF Nectar Giacomo Hatanaka SF Still Life with Yellow Saucer and Assorted Nuts Paul Crawford SF Oh Most Cursed Addition Engine - Pitch Letter Steve Donnelly F Exploring This Blast of a New World Russell Adams SF The Conscript - Chapter Two Scott Bradley F City of Peace, v2 April Weeks SF A Farmer's Time with the Potters Amy Hammack Turner F The Last Light Madison Estes F Naive Darla Jackson SF Showdown at Diego's Diner Phil Lindeman H A Head for Haunting Russell Dorn ====================================================================== (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]"): SF Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 36-37 Eric Wilson [19-Sep-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 12 Jeff Naylor [19-Sep-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 13 Jeff Naylor [?] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 14 Jeff Naylor [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 38 - 40 Eric Wilson [?] SF San Dante Renan Bernardo [26-Sep-2018] SF Star Named Sun Mary Makarova [26-Sep-2018] F Poppin with the Devil Mary Makarova [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5 Tomas Lapas [25-Jul-2018] SF Magic Studies Soren Berg [25-Jul-2018] SF Through the Shadows' Edge Judith F. Abraham [25-Jul-2018] F Betrayal, Prologue Jonathan Curtis [01-Aug-2018] F To Wake a Dreamer Joshua F. Potter [01-Aug-2018] H The Vape Shop D.W. Jones [08-Aug-2018] H Not in This Economy Jessica Orr [15-Aug-2018] F Warlord, Chapters 1-2 Keith McArdle [22-Aug-2018] F Demanding Knoledge Brad Davis [22-Aug-2018] H The Devil Took My Last Cigarette Jessica Orr [29-Aug-2018] F Unhinged, Chapters 1-8 Mihika Biswas [05-Sep-2018] SF Know When to Run Nic Barkdull [12-Sep-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.