New entry Jun 21
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]
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 24-Sep-2014 (Crits due 1-Oct-2014): SF The Mirror Dialogues Richard Zwicker -#24107 SF We Die with Harness on our Back DJ Cockburn -#24108 H Haunted, The Saga of A Fallen Hero, Chap 8 Naftali Deitsch -#24109 SF Mild tasting, Like Veal Henry McFarland -#24110 F Shrouded Goddess, Ch 1+2 Patricia Moussatche -#24111 SF Gotta Have That Look Chris Kenworthy -#24112 F Pawn of The Gods Andrea Franco-Cook -#24113 F Miracle Worker L Chan -#24114 F The Dragon of the Bailey Jonathan Byrne -#24115 SF Where Hestia Stands, Apollo Weeps Clancy Weeks -#24116 H Incident at the Buttered Biscuit Matthew Weber -#24117 SF Contiguity Mark Rookyard -#24118 F The Witch Douglas Hufnagel -#24119 H She Was the Picture of Remorse. Patrick Gill -#24120 SF Emerald Dennis V. Hernandez -#24121 F Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6 Kaitlyn Boggs -#24122 SF TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space Matthew Cegielski -#24123 H After Life Rashida Asante -#24124 SF The Hamsa, Chapters 1-6 Patrick Sanders -#24125 SF Payback Robert Stevenson -#24126 F Tales of the Black Dragon Chap 1 Book 3 Charles Leighton -#24127 SF Optimizing Encounters Jason Lopez -#24128 Week of 1-Oct-2014 (Crits due 8-Oct-2014): F The Revenge of the Gray Wizard Hans Albanese SF Good Housekeeping Chris Countryman SF The Ballad of Caleb Henning Seth Z. Herman F Children of God, Chapter 1 Marescha Muys SF Feed Keir Puplett F Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" chapters 2 and 3 Claudia H Gruy SF Prague Winter Derrick Boden H Yellowstone Search And Rescue Michael Alix SF All of the Jobs Belong to Robots Kristopher Horton H Natural Growth M.B.Vujacic SF The Deviants of the Tardy Ark Emma Baillie F Salt Daena Red SF LifeSport_TM_ Jason Bates SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part One Carlos Mano SF Five Days as Uberman, Part 1 Nikhil Sekher H Andrew, My Friend Mary Elizabeth Thompson SF The Orchard Christoph Weber SF Humanity Joanna Hoyt SF Spliced Frank Booker SF Rarefaction Liz Heldmann SF Sprinkles on Top James Witherspoon Week of 8-Oct-2014 (Crits due 15-Oct-2014): SF Ripped Helen E. Kourous H The Face in the Well Stephanie Harshman Diaz F Worldstrings Fred Obermeyer F Anniversary Promise Sean Whelan SF Love Machines Charles Hand SF Most Certainly Brad Preslar H Contractions Kevin David Anderson SF Things that Go Bump in the Night Jeff Cates SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8 Rhett C Bruno SF The Ordeal Chapters 7-9 Conrad Steenkamp F Obfuscate - Chapter One Killion Slade SF At Home with the Ant People Charlene Hansom SF Faye Christian Roberts F Trailer Trash Rik Hunik SF Euro-Nuke '79 Michael Andre-Driussi SF Rael Colleen S. Myers SF The Rise and Fall of Andromeda Rex Eric Rosenfield SF Thursday Raids Petr Janecka F Holes Greta Rehak SF False Idols Alex Grove SF Dead Men Tell Tales Dave D'Alessio F In the Sorcerer's Society, Chapter #1 Christopher J. Piatti SF Taken Mel Corbett F Small Packages Margaret Moller F Black Lake Island Ch. 1-3 Luke Robinson ====================================================================== (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]"): YA Enchanter RFDR E. B. Pike [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] L The Six Samurai Chapters 1-3 John Endris [?] F Our Father, Chapter 1 Brandon Byes [?] SF Terra Prime: Fall of a Federation [?] SF Rats in Space [?] F Dollhouse of the He, Chart [?] L Violin Playing Robot Chrissie Wranja [?] SF TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil Matthew Cegielski [1-Oct-2014] SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two Carlos Mano [8-Oct-2014] SF TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth Matthew Cegielski [?] SF Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel DJ Cockburn [1-Oct-2014] H The Not, Chapter 36 A. R. Braun [?] F Children of God, Chapter 2 Marescha Muys [8-Oct-2014] F Books Charles Leighton [1-Oct-2014] SF The Hamsa, Chapters 1-3 Patrick Sanders [1-Oct-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5 Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014] SF Colony 411, Chapter 1 Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014] H The Book Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014] F Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2 Iona Baird [30-Jul-2014] F The King and The Sorceress Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014] SF Quantum Clicker John Gagan [13-Aug-2014] SF Extension Port Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014] SF Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1 Cary Nichols [20-Aug-2014] SF Coming Lights Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi [27-Aug-2014] F Strange Things Happen All the Time Aleksandra Pantic [27-Aug-2014] H Enigma Dipanjan Dutta [27-Aug-2014] SF Leaving Orbit Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014] F The Want - Chap 1-3 KJ Conte [17-Sep-2014] ::: >> 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.