New entry Jul 15
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.
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)
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
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 2-Sep-2015 (Crits due 9-Sep-2015): SF The Trial [mpc] Kevin Hallett -#25154 F The Vampire Hunted part 2 - Primal Skies #12 Kim Smeltzer -#25155 SF Where's My Teeth Fred Obermeyer -#25156 F Magic Milkshakes Chris Kenworthy -#25157 F Reclaiming the Hood Ryan Anderson -#25158 SF Going Green Christoph Weber -#25159 F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt's 8&9 Christopher J. Piatti -#25160 F Henry and the Ghost, Chapter 1 Stefanie Kirschbaum -#25161 SF Wind Riderz Part I Chapter 16 B Christopher Cragwick -#25162 SF Life Within Enceladus Shane Thomas -#25163 SF Sweetheart of Sigma Shin Charles Walbridge -#25164 SF The Journey Method Will Milner -#25165 SF The Second Sphere Chapters 4-6 Peter Banks -#25166 F United Realms - The forgotten king - Chap# 1-3 David Grant -#25167 F Brittle Skies Jim Pivarski -#25168 F The Beast Millard F. Tanner -#25169 SF The God of Europa Aaron J. Mitchell -#25170 H The Whole Truth Annette Hasnas -#25171 Week of 9-Sep-2015 (Crits due 16-Sep-2015): F An End and a Beginning [mpc] Jackie Batston F The Mushrooms Were the Start of It Jeremiah Goodreau F The Vampire Hunted part 3 - Primal Skies #12 Kim Smeltzer SF Luminous Kris Schnee SF Portal to The Pocket, Chapters 1-3 Dana Berry SF The Changed Man Richard Zwicker SF Glory Whales Marc A. Criley SF Nothing Lasts Forever Nicholas Stella F The House in Her Head Ahasanul Hoque SF Those Who Can DJ Cockburn SF The Wave Vanessa Fogg F The Death of Rem Kerk Phillips SF Perspective Realignment Dom Dulley SF Switch, Prologue and Chapter 1 Celinda T. Bickner F Transformations and Other Quirks Beth Goder F Balance Gary J. Hurtubise SF Kik Me _Meditations on a Mediated World_ Ian Gillespie SF An Unconventional Birth Derrick Boden SF Fafnir and Jackie Eric Schwitzgebel H The Final Lesson Anna Salonen SF Past Lives Jeff Cates Week of 16-Sep-2015 (Crits due 23-Sep-2015): H The Farmer's Tale Michael Whitney SF Prescient Savior Brad Preslar F The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 1 - By the Pricking of My Thumbs Tambrey Granneman SF Ladies Have the Ships Kristopher Horton SF Lens R. Leigh Hennig H Come with Me to the Nameless City Debra Benavidez SF Lost Time - Part 1: Second Skyn. Prologue + Chapters 1 & 2 Damien Boyes F The Vow Nelly Micholt H In the Trees, the Shadows Matthew Weber F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 27_concluded_-29 Russell Adams SF Lost Dreamer, Chapter 3 S. Escuadro F Sea-Beasts Sarah Jane Hodge SF As Cold as the Clay Patrick Sanders SF What Makes Her Tick Christian Roberts F Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 9-10 Joel E. Roosa F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt. #10 Chrsitopher Piatti F The Vampire Mourned part 1 - Primal Skies #13 Kim Smeltzer SF Aliens and Space Pirates Steve Schaps F My Unbecoming Bones Aleksandra Pantic F Sunset Street Lori Phillips SF Dark Lady on Mars Kathy London F Tiger Mountain Margaret Moller ====================================================================== (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 [23-Sep-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 [?] SF Cage Gary J. Hurtubise [16-Sep-2015] SF Form as Science Fiction Brad Preslar [23-Sep-2015] F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 30-32_first part_ Russell Adams [23-Sep-2015] F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 32_last part_-35 Russell Adams [?] SF The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 2 - Mommy Dearest Tambrey Granneman [23-Sep-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] F Flight of the Damned Roy Anderson [01-Jul-2015] F GotG Robert Shmigelsky [01-Jul-2015] F Secrets of the Mist, Chapters 1-2 and Prelude Lexi Vigilante [15-Jul-2015] H The Supervillain - Chapters 1 to 6 Goitye Powerhouse [15-Jul-2015] F Stalvorhal, Chapters 1-3 Braedan Hafichuk [22-Jul-2015] SF The Hall of Games - Prologue and Chapters One and Two Stefanie Saw [22-Jul-2015] F Skyraiders, Chapter One Ellie Traczyk [29-Jul-2015] F Black Concord, Chapters 1-8 Kame Pan [29-Jul-2015] F The lonely fortress of the young warlords of Kwanghwa Tara Sreeram [29-Jul-2015] SF The Collector Rhett Bruno [05-Aug-2015] F The Secrets of Gobe - Part I: The Rings Scott M. H. [05-Aug-2015] SF Error/Correction Shana Creaney [05-Aug-2015] F Acceptance, Chapter 1 Alyssa J. Flowers [05-Aug-2015] F The Blak Order 1: Origin ch 3-4 Todd Cheney [12-Aug-2015] F The Wolf Trick Madison Ballard [19-Aug-2015] SF Can you stop assumptions? Peter Michael Gray [26-Aug-2015] SF A Killer's Opportunity Luke Grimsley [26-Aug-2015] F The 200, a Warrior Through the Ages Robert Shmigelsky [02-Sep-2015] F Out of the Pines Ian McCulloch [02-Sep-2015] F Blood and Ashes, Chapters 1 & 2 Mike Ackerman [02-Sep-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.