New entry Apr 03
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 20!
Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
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, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.
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!
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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.
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 19-Oct-2016 (Crits due 26-Oct-2016): SF A Job You Can't Refuse Jeff Cates -#26278 F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 29-31 Russell Adams -#26279 SF Retrievers Fred Obermeyer -#26280 SF Two Shorts: The Star-Spinners and Headaches Anna Salonen -#26281 SF You're Learning Our Ways Christian Roberts -#26282 F The Desired Darla Jackson -#26283 F Truth of Ronan Nathajak Thang -#26284 F The Chosen One Oren Ashkenazi -#26285 F Edna Goes to the Pond _twice!_ Ed Kratz -#26286 H Dream Girl M.B.Vujacic -#26287 F The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 22-27 Michelle Johnson -#26288 SF Double Blind _Ch 1-3_ revised Scott Paxon -#26289 SF Integrated Mark Painter -#26290 F Test of Fortitude Ben Sherman -#26291 SF Phantom Traveler - Vignette 1 Rekka Jay -#26292 F The Feral Prince Ch. 1 Zackary Gentry -#26293 F Relics of Saint Scythus Jennifer Wise -#26294 H Walrus in a Brothel / Salamander Springs David B. Harrington -#26295 Week of 26-Oct-2016 (Crits due 2-Nov-2016): F The Gold Ball [@] Chet Gottfried SF Ascendancy - Chapters 3 - 5 Troy McLaughlan SF Forever Grey Chapter 11 Greg Tracii F The Prism System, Chapter 1 Emma Markle F Shades of Guile: Denial, Chapters 1-5 Kathleen and Adam Martin F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21 Keir Puplett SF The Vampire Hunter part 4 Kim Smeltzer H The Middendorf: Part Three Don Sabo F The Sand Gnome Jeff Sullins SF Infinit I Joel E. Roosa SF Navigating the Stars Ryan Anderson SF Crossed Paws Marc A Criley F Volkrag: The Stone Destroyer, Ch 1-3 Martin Van Nostrand SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder H Donut: A Love Story Avan Stallard F The Soul Key Hailey Maurer Week of 2-Nov-2016 (Crits due 9-Nov-2016): SF To Be a Mountain Madison Culler F The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword Billy Vincent F Army of gods, part 1, chapters 1 and 2 Sam Cassidy H Jacob Mosley's Raw Deal Matthew Weber F The Young God Vanessa Fogg H The Hospice Worker Julie Reeser SF Ephemeris: Chapter 1, Section 3 Mike Baltar F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 13-16 Andy Lee F The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8 Magnus D. Jorgensen SF Kitty and the Green Hand , SF,S = Chapters 3-4 Priscilla Soares-wilson SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 2 Joy Landa SF Second Blossoming, Forward and Chapter 1 Matt Peller F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 1 Eric Wilson SF Koabas Kevin P. Hallett SF Auraligh's Hope Kristy Spencer F Throwing the Switch Evelyn Aschenbrenner ====================================================================== (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 Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 17-19 Andy Lee [9-Nov-2016] F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 20 Andy Lee [?] F The Vampire Hunter part 5 Kim Smeltzer [2-Nov-2016] SF Bright Light - Flash Short story Priscilla Soares-wilson [9-Nov-2016] H The Middendorf: Part Four Don Sabo [2-Nov-2016] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 22-24 Keir Puplett [2-Nov-2016] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 25-27 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 28 & 29 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 33 - 35 Keir Puplett [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 3 Joy Landa [9-Nov-2016] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 4 Joy Landa [?] SF Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story REVISED Priscilla Soares-Wilson [?] H The Middendorf: Part Five Don Sabo [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 1 Joy Landa [?] F The Prism System, Chapter 2 Emma Markle [2-Nov-2016] F The Prism System, Chapter 3 Emma Markle [?] F The Vampire Hunter part 6 Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Vampire Hunter, conclusion Kim Smeltzer [?] F Encounter Darla Jackson [26-Oct-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4 Tarvo Langeberg [17-Aug-2016] SF Territory: Part One _Working Title_ _Prologue Only_ Justin Petermann [17-Aug-2016] H The Fragrance of Chantilly Annette Hamilton [31-Aug-2016] SF Skin Chapters 1 - 2 Kate Krake [07-Sep-2016] SF No Matter the Cost Alex Robinson [07-Sep-2016] SF Allegra Complex Chapters 1-2 Michael Winer [07-Sep-2016] F Adventures of Althalos Connor Harris [07-Sep-2016] SF A Lover's Look Roderick D. Mitchell Jr [14-Sep-2016] F What The Wind Whispered Ramyani Gayen [28-Sep-2016] SF Bringing Down The House A P Thompson [28-Sep-2016] SF Eden, Prologue and Chapter 1 Yamilex Bustamante [28-Sep-2016] SF Brood Mother Murphy Brayden Roberts [12-Oct-2016] F Little Queen [mpc] Alexander Leger-Small [19-Oct-2016] SF A Friend's Test Flight Ralph Fung [19-Oct-2016] !!No_entry!! Cursed Stars, Chapters 1-2 Alexandra Overy ::: >> 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.