New entry Apr 10
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
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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!
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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)
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)
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 1-Jul-2015 (Crits due 8-Jul-2015): SF This Made World, Chapters 1-3 [mpc] Marlan Smith -#24974 F The Vampire's Brother part 2 - Primal Skies #9 Kim Smeltzer -#24975 SF The Vampire's Brother part 1 - Primal Skies #9 Kim Smeltzer -#24976 F Devil's Paradise Naftali Deitsch -#24977 SF A Eulogy for Supper Christian Roberts -#24978 SF The Cat Who Came Back as a Cyborg Adam Knight -#24979 SF UN Special Session on Extraterrestrial Communication Christoph Weber -#24980 H Artist's Eye Chapter 2 Wendy Turner -#24981 SF Jefferson Adjacent Parker Crutchfield -#24982 SF Venivi DiVici and Amoama Samat. In Love Again C. John Griffin -#24983 H Funeral Day Edwin Hung -#24984 F Zeltis chapters 9-12 Shanna C. Larsen -#24985 F The Impossible Victory Part 1 Cameron Huntley -#24986 F Spidertoes Emma Harrington -#24987 SF The A-B Test Christopher Mowder -#24988 SF The Fabric Ilias Stroulias -#24989 F Emerens Escape Darcien Balog -#24990 H Six Gun Mojo chapters 1-5 Neil Ruttenberg -#24991 F Deciever M L Sawyer -#24992 Week of 8-Jul-2015 (Crits due 15-Jul-2015): SF Questions Sara Reller SF Wind Riderz Part I: Chapters 4 and 5 Christopher Cragwick SF Gotta Have That Look Chris Kelworth SF Born on Mars Chap 1: Tharsis Plain Kathy London H Lacey and Thurmon Together at Last Heather Elmore F Teatime Revelations L Chan SF Tick Kathleen Molyneaux H The Storm, Part 1 Patrick Sanders F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 5 - On the Road Again Joel E. Roosa SF My Dad's a Tardigrade Shane Thomas SF Lessons Learned Dave D'Alessio SF Stories to the Future Michael Andre-Driussi F It Was Waiting In My Letterbox Aaron Dick SF Interview for the End of the World Rhett Bruno SF The Necessity of Bad Martha Burns SF The New Century Adoption Clinic Eliot Bush F Devil's Blood _Second Draft_ Sarah Jane Hodge SF Marilyn Chris Kerr SF The Memory Keeper Carleton Chinner H Seven Selfies for the Apocalypse Eugenia Triantafyllou Week of 15-Jul-2015 (Crits due 22-Jul-2015): SF It's Dark in Hell and It's Hot Jacob T. Oakley SF An Accountant Walks Into a Bar Filip Wiltgren H Bottom Feeder Dale W. Glaser F Secrets of the Mist, Chapters 1-2 and Prelude Lexi Vigilante H The Supervillain - Chapters 1 to 6 Goitye Powerhouse F Fishboy March Rogers F Viraetes Island-Following the Adeventures of Alice, Chris, and Matt Miah Goodreau SF Conversion Catherine Steding F Halva for Bricks, Lokum for Glass Aleksandra Pantic F The Lost Dreamer, Query letter S. Escuadro SF The Perfect Die, Chapters 4-5 S S Bishara F The Galleon of Brushy Creek v4.1 Robert Harpold F The War of Succession Noeleen Kavanagh H Silhouette Man Jessica Cashman SF The End of the Zombie Apocalypse Amanda H. Geard SF Razor Blade - Hello Cruel World Thomas Chalmers SF Walpole Were Leena Naidoo SF Turandot _a short scene_ Gustaf Schneiner SF The Happiness Clinic Erin May SF The Viper's Gambit, Chapter 1 Brandon Watson Week of 22-Jul-2015 (Crits due 29-Jul-2015): H Krevlich's Dragonflies Kristopher Horton F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 22-24_partial_ Russell Adams SF A Woman Named Jesus J. E. Bates H What Doesn't Kill You, Part 1 Debra Crichlow H Leucosia Louis-Michel LeCompte SF Pixel Heart Draft 2 Will Milner SF The Beaten Path Jennifer Michaud F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Christopher J. Piatti F Black Order 1: Ch1 rvsn. & Ch2 Todd Cheney SF Awaiting Recompense Derrick Boden SF Catalyst Todd Honeycutt F The Vampire Joseph part 1 - Primal Skies #10 Kim Smeltzer H Madness at Midsummer Anna Salonen SF Flesh Gary Hurtubise H Devil's Playmates Chapter 3 Ronald Hurst F Heaven Bird Beth Goder SF Trade Route Ch 3 Curtis Manges F Stalvorhal, Chapters 1-3 Braedan Hafichuk SF The Hall of Games - Prologue and Chapters One and Two Stefanie Saw SF The Purloined Perfume of the Pliocene David Beavers SF The Living God David John Baker F Whispers from the Sea Ryan Anderson ====================================================================== (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 God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer [29-Jul-2015] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] F Lost Dreamer, Chapter 1: Sparks Fly and Burns S. Escuadro [22-Jul-2015] F Viraetes Island: The Adventures of Chris, Matt, and Alice Part 2 Miah Goodreau [22-Jul-2015] SF Warlords of Okeanos Patrick Sanders [15-Jul-2015] SF Wondermaker's Apprentice Darcien Balog [8-Jul-2015] F Devil's Blood _Second Draft_ Chapter 2 and 3 Sarah Jane Hodge [15-Jul-2015] SF Hornantula Dale W. Glaser [22-Jul-2015] F Seven Ways to Catch a Memory Aleksandra Pantic [22-Jul-2015] SF Anagenesis Robert Harpold [22-Jul-2015] F Strange Things of Clay Eugenia Triantafyllou [15-Jul-2015] F The Blak Order 1: Origin ch 3-4 Todd Cheney [29-Jul-2015] F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 6 Joel E. Roosa [15-Jul-2015] SF Secret Trees Christoph Weber [8-Jul-2015] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Half Past Never Ryan Funk [20-May-2015] SF Book of Zac, Prologue and Chapter 1 Johan H N Floderus [20-May-2015] H It Came For Caroline Justin C. Key [27-May-2015] SF Storytime at the Bloody Dagger Beth Wilson [03-Jun-2015] F Never Ride Again Ray Sheppard [03-Jun-2015] H Another Beer Robert A. Vicens [03-Jun-2015] F The Tide, Chapter 1 Katie Tracy [10-Jun-2015] H Unexpected Detour Jason Rhodes [10-Jun-2015] H Landlocked Lighthouse Marilyn Schanaman [10-Jun-2015] SF Past Futures Claudia Corneyea [17-Jun-2015] SF A Sentry's Mission Jessica [24-Jun-2015] F A Dragons Tail A War Among Heroes, Chapter 1-5 Jesse Quinones [24-Jun-2015] SF Another Creator chad ricord [01-Jul-2015] F Flight of the Damned Roy Anderson [01-Jul-2015] F GotG Robert Shmigelsky [01-Jul-2015] ::: >> 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.