New entry May 06
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
Free Web Sites
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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!
Last November, Critters turned 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.
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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 who's 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 18-May-2022 (Crits due 25-May-2022): F AllWorlds Anarchy Chapters Twenty-Eight -- Thirty-Two [mpc] Joel E. Roosa -#30539 SF The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 7 of 7 Dan Jolie -#30540 F The Godfather of Madagascar Chps 8-12 [@] George Guthridge -#30541 SF Odd Together N. M. Dudack -#30542 SF My Job at the Post Office Helps Me Understand the Humans Better Marc Fleury -#30543 F Butterfly Princess John Quincy Adams -#30544 F Why the Bookmobile Exploded Barbara Patten -#30545 SF SlingStar Myth: Sara's Planet, Chapter 1 Donna Dion -#30546 SF Bridge Builders Lewis Siragusa -#30547 SF Wine From the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil Winston Han -#30548 F Caffeinomancer Eddie Beeby -#30549 H The Unhallowed Horseman" - Full Novel Jude S. Walko -#30550 Week of 25-May-2022 (Crits due 1-Jun-2022): F The Rooming House at the Gates of Hell [mpc] Barbara Patten SF The Starship, From a Distance, Chapters 1-2 Robert Harpold H Chamber Henry McFarland SF Sonrise: Jetta's Prologue Ife J. Ibitayo H Last Confession of a Luftwaffe Ace Douglas Kolacki SF Invaders or Saviours, Chapters 1-3 G Todesco F The Snake God Kaitlyn Price F An Inadequate Sacrifice David Felix F Fever Dream of the Bonehead Joel Young F Monologue to a crowd Ali Iftkhar SF Oxygen Smuggling in the Transverse Garry Garrett Week of 1-Jun-2022 (Crits due 8-Jun-2022): SF The Last One Chase Davies SF Sky's the Limit _novel forward_ John G. Papiewski H Dunglo 17 Adam Pitts F Aether, Chapters 1-2 Cal Thompson SF A Way Home Roger Ho SF Lazarus Dreams Pt 4 of 4 Nell Norrell F Paradise Bound John Lee F Soljourner ch 2 Dale Johnson SF Salt, Pepper and Space Dust, rev1 Viterbo Guedez F Channeling the Northern Lights Tiffany James Week of 8-Jun-2022 (Crits due 15-Jun-2022): SF Raven Black, Chapters 1-3 Pamella Najar F The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 2 Eric Wilson F The artist and the knight Holden Lee F AllWorlds Anarchy Chapters Thirty-Three -- Thirty-Eight Joel E. Roosa SF The Caledonia Hotel Chapters 13-14 RFDR Michael Stevens SF Mangoes and Chains Matthew D Ross SF I Thought of Stars Joe Olson SF Blessings of the Sleeper Andrew Giffin SF Song of the Kantari, Chapter 1 Brian Sellnow ====================================================================== (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 Clean Science Dan Jolie [25-May-2022] SF SlingStar Myth 2, chapter2 Donna Dion [25-May-2022] F The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 3 Eric Wilson [15-Jun-2022] F The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 4 Eric Wilson [?] F The Godfather of Madagascar - chaps 8-10 [?] F The Immortal Soldier at Versailles Douglas Kolacki [1-Jun-2022] SF Oxyggen Smuggling in the Transverse Garry Garrett [1-Jun-2022] F The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 5 Eric Wilson [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Two Robots Joe [06-Apr-2022] F Drove myself to the bar in the rain Ali Iftkhar [13-Apr-2022] F Flying Brian Peter John Sides [13-Apr-2022] H Ensure Your Unsafety , Chapters 1-4 Greg Schneider [20-Apr-2022] H Echoes Of War C.S. Parker [20-Apr-2022] H Torcher Catlyn Ladd [27-Apr-2022] H A New Voice Jake Baldwin [27-Apr-2022] H To kill the Emperor of America Peter John Sides [04-May-2022] SF Dewpoint Ali Iftkhar [04-May-2022] ::: >> 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.