New entry Sep 16
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.
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 14-Apr-2021 (Crits due 21-Apr-2021): SF Praise the-- Adam Pitts -#29863 F Homecoming Charles Botsford -#29864 F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 8 Charles Gull -#29865 SF Her Desher scottt godfrey -#29866 F The Departed Chapter 1 Laura Mortensen -#29867 F The Japanese Fairy In American Park Anne Hansell -#29868 SF Duty to Society Eric Honour -#29869 F Hope is Phoenix Paul Leser -#29870 H Skunk, Grease, and Ghost Justin Wu -#29871 SF Sleeping Sickness Gary Gillen -#29872 F The HeCorp Dollhouse: Prologue Joel D. Young -#29873 SF Shadows of the Roarsi, Chapter 1 Stephen Martin -#29874 H From Dust Thou Art babu prakash -#29875 Week of 21-Apr-2021 (Crits due 28-Apr-2021): SF Under a Sun of Grey [mpc] Joel E. Roosa F Ellica and the Runic Sword Anastasia Shalunkova F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 43-44 Eric Wilson H Soul Proprietorship H. D. Grande H Christmas in Pandemonium-Synopsis-RFDR John Willems F Ferret, chapters 2 and 3 Margaret Moller H Follow the Vampire, Chapters 1 and 2 Stephanie J. Ryan F The Wayward Fall, Chapter 1 Gabrielle Laufer F For Those Who Are Lost Matt Krizan H Reality Peel 4 of 6 Dan Jolie SF Good night, Rosemary N. M. Dudack F The Key Lisa Michelle Essler SF The Rebirth of EO, Chapter 1 Juno Kim F The Middle Sophei and the Youngest Marc Fleury SF The Node John Elwood Week of 28-Apr-2021 (Crits due 5-May-2021): H The Portal Jim Keane SF Emotive, Chapter 10 Jeff Naylor H Harlequin Katelyn Sullivan SF A Fake Ghost Story David Zweifler SF Forever Grey Chapter 3 Greg Tracii SF The Optimal Timeline George M Edwards F Raedfrith's Tale, Prologue Charles B. Machinist H Hellscape: The Stray Dogs, Chapters 1-8 Brian Umsteadt F The Nolandia Chronicles Book One: The Elemental's Curse, Chapters 1-2 Danielle Ryan SF A Name by Design Zachary Kling SF The Riders, Chapters 7-11 Rebecca Toro SF MagnitudeCh6-7 Victor Jimenez F Chapter 2 Danilee Keogh SF The Infinity Between Thomas N Beck SF Tears in Rain Jacob M. Houston SF Intuition Matthew J Olson F The Halfway Revenant Chapter 1 Stephanie S. Bittner SF You Blossoms of Their Seeds Renan Bernardo F New Cessations Richard Zwicker SF Dangerous Passage Chapters 1-3 Keith Lammers SF Shadows, Chapter 1-5 Kyle A Walker ====================================================================== (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 The Qwulne scottt godfrey [21-Apr-2021] SF Prey scottt godfrey [?] SF Mites scottt godfrey [?] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [?] SF Roland Darleigh Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [?] SF Cell Phone James Keane [5-May-2021] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2 Charles Gull [21-Apr-2021] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2 Charles Gull [?] 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 [?] H The Midnight Train Murders 3rd Revision Jim Keane [?] H Cattywampus Adam Pitts [21-Apr-2021] SF Don't Touch My Stuff Adam Pitts [?] F The Riders, Chapters 12-16 Rebecca Toro [5-May-2021] F The Riders, Chapters 17-22 Rebecca D Toro [?] F The Riders, Chapters 23-27 Rebecca Toro [?] F The Riders, Chapters 28-31 Rebecca Toro [?] F The Riders, Chapters 32-34 Rebecca Toro [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 11 Jeff Naylor [5-May-2021] SF Emotive, Chapter 12 Jeff Naylor [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 13 Jeff Naylor [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 14 Jeff Naylor [?] SF The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 45-46 Eric Wilson [28-Apr-2021] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 47 Eric Wilson [?] F The Small-Magic Tea Shop H. D. Grande [28-Apr-2021] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 48 Eric Wilson [?] SF The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 1 and 2 Joel D. Young [21-Apr-2021] H Reality Peel 5 of 6 Dan Jolie [28-Apr-2021] H Reality Peel 6 of 6 Dan Jolie [?] F The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 3 and 4 Joel D. Young [?] H The Creator Jim Keane [?] H The Camping Trip Jim Keane [?] H The Mirror Part 1 of 2 Jim Keane [?] H The Mirror Part 2 of 2 Jim Keane [?] H Ich Bin ein Zombie Richard Zwicker [5-May-2021] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Powers of the universe sai phani [03-Mar-2021] F In the Sorcerers' Society Chris Piatti [03-Mar-2021] F The Captain Thunderegg Arc Jordan Chase-Young [10-Mar-2021] SF Interstellar Tall Tales: William the Pecostian Jacob Swift [24-Mar-2021] H The Mysterious MrGraves Troy Adams [24-Mar-2021] F Summit of Memory Claudia Lackie [31-Mar-2021] F Teacher Errant Anastasia Shalunkova [31-Mar-2021] SF The Thrill Joseph Townsend [07-Apr-2021] H The Stretcher Andrew Eron [07-Apr-2021] H The Revenants of Reckoning James Hyde [07-Apr-2021] H Endless night of horrors Pallab Behari Chaklanabis [14-Apr-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.