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.
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 27-Jul-2016 (Crits due 3-Aug-2016): H As One [mpc] Ashleigh Richie -#26043 F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 21-22 Russell Adams -#26044 F Paint the Past Fred Obermeyer -#26045 F Curse Chapters 1 and 2 Andrew Richardson -#26046 H The Neighbor at the Curb Matthew Weber -#26047 SF Change of Plans Wayne Martin -#26048 SF Pale Gardens Carleton Chinner -#26049 SF Amira stared at the computer model, Matt Dovey -#26050 SF Cleanout Day Wilber Arron -#26051 F The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 4-10 Michelle Johnson -#26052 H Hunger Don Sabo -#26053 F Conflux, Prologue Tyamo Okosun -#26054 SF Where the Dead go to Die G.A.Miller -#26055 SF Lynden Amelia Tumlin -#26056 Week of 3-Aug-2016 (Crits due 10-Aug-2016): SF Shark Mafia Soap Opera Ife J. Ibitayo SF Muphrid, Chapters 3-4 John Waterman H A Light in Hell _draft 5_ Cedric Kulacz F The Tower of Fire, Chapters 1-2 Jennifer Neal SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 2 Joy Landa SF B.E.T.A section 2 _Chap 5-10_ Sam Bullers SF Love, Lies, & Clones, Chapters 3-5 Joy Schultz SF Jovian Wolf PT2 Kristopher Horton F Green Regrets Karen Colburn F Living in Darkness Amanda H. Geard SF And Cold as the Clay Richard P. Sanders F Out of Luck Jeffrey Hall H Gears of Bone Bill Stiteler F Cherry Fizz Alex Robinson H The Keepers of the Stars, Prologue Jeff Roberts Week of 10-Aug-2016 (Crits due 17-Aug-2016): F Wolfskin Caroline Friedel SF Minor Traders, Chapters 1-2 Joshua Freeman F The Matriculation of Calico Dragovic and Fellow Freaks of Nature, chap. 1 & 2 Brian Wightman H Legion M.B.Vujacic SF Surrogates Mark DeVries H Easy Does It Corey J. White F Vanessa and the Unicorn Sandy Kulhavy SF Duty, Guilt and Promises Peter Michael Gray SF A Singular Choice Ian Gillespie F Bears Tears Leena Naidoo SF Forever Grey - Chapters 5-6 Greg Tracii SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder F The New God Chapters 1-4 Michael Winer SF Superhero, Chapters 1-2 Amandeep Singh F A Musician Enthroned, Chapters 1-6 Amisha Kirti Gupta Week of 17-Aug-2016 (Crits due 24-Aug-2016): F Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4 Tarvo Langeberg SF Where the Heart Is Arthur M. Doweyko F The Labyrinthine Ways Jacob Rennick F The Golden Touch Chapter 8 April Hicks SF Martians!! Tom Adams SF The Glass Sarcophagus, Chapter 22 Ron Stevenson SF Diversity Is a Muth Jason J. Nugent F A Branch of Rowan, Chapter 18 April Weeks SF Paradox, Chapters 1-5 Mark Dugdale F The Sacrifice Adrianne Lloyd SF Territory: Part One _Working Title_ _Prologue Only_ Justin Petermann F Renewing Eden Michelle Pressma SF The Northern Star Steve Ayers SF Benedict Christian Roberts SF Frozen Steve Donnelly F The Vampire Hunter part 2 Kim Smeltzer F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16 Keir Puplett F Keeping Low-Key Joel E. Roosa SF Under the Pin Laura-Marie Steele SF Waking the Giant Stephen Shewmake F The Coal Remembers What It Was Paul R. Hardy SF Scarecrow Russ N. SF Jack and Blue, Chapters 1-2 Andrew Burleson F The Lovely Mousetrap Learned Foote SF The Galactic Twins Dottie Blackshear ====================================================================== (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 The Vampire Hunter part 3 Kim Smeltzer [24-Aug-2016] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3 Joy Landa [10-Aug-2016] F The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I Kim Smeltzer [?] SF B.E.T.A. section 3 _chapters 11 -15_ Sam Bullers [10-Aug-2016] F Low-Key Dealings Joel E. Roosa [24-Aug-2016] F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 23-25 Russell Adams [3-Aug-2016] F Round Two Joel E. Roosa [?] SF Forever Grey, Chapters 7 & 8 Greg Tracii [17-Aug-2016] F The Goblin King's Skull _prologue, chapters 1-2_ Mark DeVries [17-Aug-2016] F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 16-17 Keir Puplett [24-Aug-2016] F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 18-19 Keir Puplett [?] F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21 Keir Puplett [?] F Ruffio Ashleigh Richie [3-Aug-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H One of a Kind Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-2016] F Living Color Alec E. B. [06-Jul-2016] F Girl of Flame and Smoke Olivia J Martelli [06-Jul-2016] H Through the Mind of a Seer, _Chapters 1-3_ Melissa Malo [13-Jul-2016] H The Clock Ticks Into Madness Ashley Bennett [20-Jul-2016] F Elim Kingfisher, Chapter 1 William R. Weaver [27-Jul-2016] F Currently No Title Zach Landon [27-Jul-2016] ::: >> 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.