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.
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
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 15-May-2019 (Crits due 22-May-2019): F The Blasphemer's Cypher Ch. 1 [mpc] London Crockett -#28448 F Footsteps Russell Adams -#28449 SF Star Crusader Chris Turner -#28450 H Pestilence Madison Estes -#28451 SF Mutiful First chapter Christopher Joseph Maloney -#28452 SF Welcome to the Machine Hayley Dietrich -#28453 H Kill Your Darlings Charles A. Metzner -#28454 F The Tale of the Vintner's Daughter LindaAnn LoSchiavo -#28455 H Seven Visions of Our Lady of Sorrows Amanda Hard -#28456 F M1 - The Black Key Staci R Morrison -#28457 F The Symmetrist's Hand, Chapter 1 Stephen Taylor -#28458 F Springheart: Book one Annamaria K. DeLallo -#28459 Week of 22-May-2019 (Crits due 29-May-2019): F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Three to Twenty-Five [mpc] Joel E. Roosa SF Tree Hugger Joel Schroeder SF Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6 Jonathan Robbins F Curselifter Renan Bernardo SF Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 5-8 Liam Corley F The Devil Ships Up to Boston Jim Marino F Last of Kin, Chapters 1-2 Jamie M. Boyd F That's Not Kosher Jeff Cates F The Thing Next Door Douglas Kolacki SF Yin Yang Ch.1-3 Flavio Avila SF The Little Bang Theory Steve Patschke F Into the Forest Into the Sea, Prologue and Chapters 1-3 Christina Atkins SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6 DB Gibb SF Justice For All Joe Belarge Week of 29-May-2019 (Crits due 5-Jun-2019): SF The Z Team - The Package Chris DeSantis SF Rust _Chapters 1-2_ Mark DeVries H The Roofer Dustin SF Inflammatory Robot Pete Koziar F Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2 Heather McDonald SF Mission to Clarity Richard Zwicker SF Fabrication David Rossiaky SF Throwback part 1 of 2 Joe Feehan SF Third Law Rick Moyer SF Alone in the Cold Tim Stevens SF The Silicon Lawyer Eric D Littlefield F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 20 Jeff Naylor H Animal Apocalypse Jodie Cowan SF MUSTANG BETTIE Paul Werner Week of 5-Jun-2019 (Crits due 12-Jun-2019): SF The Adventures of Asterbuggy John Griffin SF Wolfwitch, chapter 1 Zackary H. Gentry SF Babelfish and Time in a Bottle _two revisions_ Amy Hammack Turner SF First Day Adriana Gomes H Life in a Chair Maurice Humphrey F High School Reunion Carl Alves SF Escape from Old Aris Ethan Smith SF Dog Years Andrew Giffin F Outremer, Chapter 1 Rob Palmer F A Captain's Fate Anthony Gibbs SF Stellar Cruises, Chapter 1, Draft 3 Elena Zimmerman F Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4 Michael Bondies F Hidden Beauty Ch 1-5 Michelle Henrie Week of 12-Jun-2019 (Crits due 19-Jun-2019): SF Barnstar's Day Off Ife J. Ibitayo F The Sun of the North, Chapter 1 Tristan T. Chynoweth F A Breaking of Magic, Chapter 3 Kerry Cathers SF The Boy Who Wanted to Go to the Moon Steve Donnelly F The Rysing Dying Sun, Sydney Chapter 1 Anthony White H Redcoats Russell Dorn F The Bykownik Rift, Chapter 1 Jessica Zebuhr F Woven In Time Shirley Forrest Nomakeo SF Splash of Color Henry McFarland SF The Universal Directory of Dangerous Places Elise Kim ====================================================================== (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 AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Six to Twenty-Eight Joel E. Roosa [12-Jun-2019] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two Joel E. Roosa [?] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The DB Gibb [29-May-2019] H The Science of Garbolgy Jodie Cowan [5-Jun-2019] F Into the Forest Into the Sea, Chapters 4-6 Christina Atkins [29-May-2019] H Take the Mic Amanda Hard [22-May-2019] SF Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 9-11 Liam Corley [29-May-2019] H Scan For Threats Madison Estes [22-May-2019] SF Xaromar Chris Turner [22-May-2019] SF Crack in the Sky Eric D Littlefield [5-Jun-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1 Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019] SF End Man Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019] SF Life After Maggie, Chapter One Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019] F Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2 Maya Vanderpool [01-May-2019] F Hypearthia-Tales of Hyperia and Earth: "Dawn of Chaos Book One" Chapter One W. P. Kelley [08-May-2019] SF Datapocalypse Chris Keast [08-May-2019] F Death of a Hero, Chapter 1 Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019] F Cup of CLues Mari Mitchell [15-May-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.