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 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!
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.
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.
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
Manuscripts 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 11-Sep-2019 (Crits due 18-Sep-2019): F The Dance of the Handsome Man and the Beautiful Woman v3 Russell Adams -#28683 SF Language Acquisiton Amy Hammack Turner -#28684 SF i love øctopus! Brian Lonberg -#28685 SF The Gold Digger Version 2 Steve Levandoski -#28686 SF Slingstar Recruitment Donna Dion McElroy -#28687 SF THE SINGULARITY WILL NOT BE TELEVISED Steve Patschke -#28688 SF The Theft of A Love Robot Kate Genellie -#28689 F These Healing Hands Haneen Babbitt -#28690 SF Deep Play Andrew Dibble -#28691 F The Mermaid's Voice Annaliese Lemmon -#28692 H Unwanted, Aydan Hasanli -#28693 SF Djoyuna: The Girl From the Temple, Chapters 1-2 Leonardo Maniscalco -#28694 Week of 18-Sep-2019 (Crits due 25-Sep-2019): H America, America this is You Korie Conyers F The Island at the Bottom of the World Matthew Duerst F Infection in Everything Chris Hepler SF Further to Fall, Chapter 1 Garrett Menning F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 3 Eric Wilson H Decontamination Daniel Ensalaco SF Titan Insurgents, Prologue and Chap 1 Kathy London SF Goddess of No Surrender William Broom F The Two, Chapters 0-2 Catherine Ford F Evetia Chapters 1-5 Sean Angelo F Age of Stone, Age of Iron JF Gabriel SF Life is a carousel in 6 Acts + Finis Bob Freeman H New Teacher Kevin Stadt SF Alien Alliance, part 3 Chris Turner F Reptilian Barbarian and the Templum Solarium Andrew Giffin Week of 25-Sep-2019 (Crits due 2-Oct-2019): F Always Room for One More Carl Alves F Just a Sprite, Chapters 3, 4 Terry Volkirch SF The Search for Intelligence Tommy Blanchard SF Draken Rick Moyer H Flies in the Honey, 3rd Draft Kyle Walker SF The Great Rift Between Us JC Crochet F Inconclusive Bets Renan Bernardo H Hollowback Girl Joel E. Roosa F The Time Loop Loophole Madison Estes F The Dead Sun: Watcher Anthony W SF Free China Ife J. Ibitayo SF Blood & Power: The Calm, Chapters 3&4 Javier Sobrado F The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 1-3 Jason Newman SF For What Its Worth Gabe Grimes F Let Cry the Heathens, Chapter 1 Lyric Gray ====================================================================== (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 Hin2LiftShipRevision01 Bob Freeman [25-Sep-2019] SF The Space Between Bodies JF Gabriel [25-Sep-2019] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 4 Eric Wilson [25-Sep-2019] SF Pro-Vote Andrew Dibble [18-Sep-2019] SF A Father's Gifts v3 Russell Adams [18-Sep-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Semper Fidelis: We are Rome George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019] SF A Love Letter From Space Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019] SF Lost Tomorrows Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019] F Escaping Rondella William Nalley [26-Jun-2019] SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019] F Destiny 101 Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019] H Midnight Spook Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019] F A Tale of Hastir Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019] SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1 Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019] SF Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3 Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019] H Half-Bedroom Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019] F The hole in the whole Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019] F A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019] SF Am I Doing This Right? Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019] H The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1 Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-2019] F Southern Fried Calvin Gregg [21-Aug-2019] SF Bottled Emotions Yacine GACI [28-Aug-2019] F Land of the Enslaved R.A. Carter [04-Sep-2019] F Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion Rweena Samara [04-Sep-2019] F Freedom Tyler Sheley [04-Sep-2019] F Penumbra, Prologue & Ch. 1-2 Nick Johnson [11-Sep-2019] ::: >> 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.