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.
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 29-Jul-2015 (Crits due 5-Aug-2015): SF This Made World, Chapters 1-3 Second Draft Marlan Smith -#25055 SF Plan B Christian Roberts -#25056 F Whispers from the Sea Ryan Anderson -#25057 SF Secret Trees Christoph Weber -#25058 H Let 'Em Have It Matthew Weber -#25059 F Devil's Blood _Second Draft_ Chapter 2 and 3 Sarah Jane Hodge -#25060 F The Outsider David Kloss -#25061 F Hell Hath No Fury Lori Phillips -#25062 SF Tales of Midbar: Religious Intolerance, Chapter 3 Richard Pearman -#25063 F Tiger Mountain _formerly All That Glitters_ Margaret Moller -#25064 F The Emergency Situation Joel B. Kirk -#25065 SF Warlords of Okeanos Patrick Sanders -#25066 F King of the Butterflies Christopher Mowder -#25067 F Last of the Oathbinders, Chapter 1 Bernie Anes -#25068 H The Corpse That Breathed Alive Sean Whelan -#25069 F Aruego - The Cadents, Chapter 1 Cristen Saline -#25070 SF Being Optioned Arwen Spicer -#25071 Week of 5-Aug-2015 (Crits due 12-Aug-2015): F Strange Things of Clay Eugenia Triantafyllou F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 6 Joel E. Roosa SF The Collector Rhett Bruno F The Vampire Joseph part 2 - Primal Skies #10 Kim Smeltzer H Beyond the Shadow, Chapter 1 Carl Alves F The Secrets of Gobe - Part I: The Rings Scott M. H. SF Chip Off the Old Block Shane Thomas SF Andromeda Rose, Chapter 1 Lora Kilpatrick SF Wind Riderz Part I Chapter 16A Christopher Cragwick F Familiar, Prologue & Chapters 1-2 Kat Day SF Error/Correction Shana Creaney F Lunantishee Emmy Wade F Only Just Becoming Rachael Stein F Acceptance, Chapter 1 Alyssa J. Flowers F The Hiccup Potion Chris Kenworthy SF Delivery Charles Walbridge SF Lucky Numbers Alex Bottle SF Genre Purge 3 Michael Andre-Driussi SF The Second Sphere, Chapters 1-5 Peter Banks F Lost Dreamer, Chapter 1: Sparks Fly and Burns S. Escuadro Week of 12-Aug-2015 (Crits due 19-Aug-2015): SF Liberation [@] David John Baker F Viraetes Island: The Adventures of Chris, Matt, and Alice Part 2 Miah Goodreau SF Hornantula Dale W. Glaser F Seven Ways to Catch a Memory Aleksandra Pantic SF Anagenesis Robert Harpold F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt# 6&7 Christopher J. Piatti SF Ultrablue Marine Jeff Cates SF We Learn About Love Ed Kratz F Little Queen Alexander Leger-Small SF No More Murderers Millard F. Tanner SF If We Share This Road Learned Foote F The Sorcerer Within, opening chapters Will Rice SF The Reckoner Episode I Cameron Huntley F The Land Lady Laurie N Meynig F The Color of Hope Mandy Torres SF Morning in Three Dimensions Emma Harrington SF Strange Love Amanda H. Geard SF Decoded DJ Cockburn SF Ruthless Devotion Brad Preslar F The Blak Order 1: Origin ch 3-4 Todd Cheney F A Tale of Two Eorldoms _prologue, ch1_ Gary Hurtubise SF A Guide to Serious Parenting Derrick Boden F The Vampire Joseph _an interlude_ - Primal Skies #12 Kim Smeltzer F The Sword of Heaven: Book 1 of the Vampire Queen Saga Stacey Schebel H The Balloon Game, Chapter One Andrew Richardson SF Attachment Tania Robinson F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 24_concluded_-27_partial_ Russell Adams SF Rego Chapter1 Bish SS SF There Is No Such Thing as an Irrational Fear Rob Queen SF Entangled Ian R. Gillespie SF Vox Oblitum L Chan F Sister's Keepers: The Benandanti Book Two Belinda Whitaker F A Heart of Winter Anna Salonen SF Trade Route Ch. 4-5 Curtis Manges F Deceiver chapters 4-5 M L Evans H The Sentence Fletcher Haynes ====================================================================== (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 [19-Aug-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 As Cold as the Clay Patrick Sanders [5-Aug-2015] F Lost Dreamer, Chapter 2: Infuriating Desire S. Escuadro [12-Aug-2015] SF Oxymorons Arwen Spicer [5-Aug-2015] F Devil's Blood Second Draft Chapter 4 Sarah Jane Hodge [5-Aug-2015] F Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 7-8 Joel E. Roosa [12-Aug-2015] F The Beast Millard F. Tanner [19-Aug-2015] SF Lost Dreamer, Chapter 3 S. Escuadro [?] F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt's 8&9 Christopher J. Piatti [19-Aug-2015] SF Strange Love _Was The End of the Zombie Apocalypse_ Amanda H. Geard [19-Aug-2015] SF Prayer for a Dead Passenger Christian Roberts [5-Aug-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] ::: >> 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.