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)
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.
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 7-Oct-2015 (Crits due 14-Oct-2015): F The Vampire Groom part 1 - Primal Skies #14 Kim Smeltzer -#25256 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 30-32_first part_ Russell Adams -#25257 F Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 11-12 Joel E. Roosa -#25258 F Lynn's Escape Jeff Sullins -#25259 SF Fragment - Kaylen on the beach Ryan Anderson -#25260 SF Fireman Christoph Weber -#25261 SF Form as Science Fiction Brad Preslar -#25262 SF The Things We Leave Behind [@] Nancy Fulda -#25263 SF Impending Karma Strike Marc A. Criley -#25264 F The Forgotten King - Prologue + Chapter 1 David Grant -#25265 F Higher, My Gallows Aleksandra Pantic -#25266 Week of 14-Oct-2015 (Crits due 21-Oct-2015): SF Deus Ex Machina Maurice McBride F In Plain Sight Dom Dulley SF Hell's Garden Charles Walbridge H Black Cactus Christopher Mowder H The Whisper Derek Sands H A Stroke of Genius Ryan Baker F Half-Blood Highland Holdout Christopher Piatti SF Entanglement Neal Williams SF Echtari Ascension, Chapters 1-4 Doug Pruden SF Living on Mars Kathy London SF The Inevitable Apocalyptic Consequence of Time Travel Paul R. Hardy F The Tower of Fire, Chapters 4-5 Jennifer Neal Week of 21-Oct-2015 (Crits due 28-Oct-2015): F Eliot Ashfield_'s_ Lives - First 10,000 words. Thomas E Mayo F Meddling Gods Annaliese Lemmon SF I Know Who I Am Charles Hand SF What Doesn't Die Carl Alves SF The Last Barber Fred Obermeyer SF Patcher vol2 - chapters 1 and 2 Marlan Smith F Like Stars in the Night Emma Jin SF Where Do They Go Lisa Pais SF Into the Brainlight Learned Foote F The Winning Strategy Justin R. Lawfer F Marlina's Reign Terry Pleasant SF My Most Terrible Poverty John Aissis Week of 28-Oct-2015 (Crits due 4-Nov-2015): F How We Met, Chapter 1 Cindy Yeh F Rise of the Merial Chapter 1-5 Maxwell T Honour SF Infinite Corridor Emma Harrington F Only Who Is Left Julia Nolan F Carayeeba Patricia Moussatche F The Brazen Winds Chapter 1 Melanie Hopkins SF As Cold As the Clay Patrick Sanders SF Nicotine Dreams Evelyn Aschenbrenner SF Genre Purge 3 Michael Andre-Driussi SF Minus One Degree Christian Roberts F Old Lamps and New Lamps Jackie Batston SF Lost in the Past, ch 1-2 Ted Cox ====================================================================== (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 Groom part 2 - Primal Skies #14 Kim Smeltzer [14-Oct-2015] F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer [?] 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 God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 32_last part_-35 Russell Adams [14-Oct-2015] F The Vampire Mourned part 2 - Primal Skies #13 Kim Smeltzer [?] F Midnight in the Casbah Charles Hand [28-Oct-2015] F Fractures in a Dream Emma Jin [28-Oct-2015] SF Sky, Heaven, Niebo Evelyn Aschenbrenner [4-Nov-2015] F The Vampire Groom part 3 - Primal Skies #14 Kim Smeltzer [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Wolf Trick Madison Ballard [19-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] SF Guardians Charlotte Curry [23-Sep-2015] SF The Universe Between Us, Chapters 1-3 Diana De Brito [30-Sep-2015] SF New Horizons [Chapter 1 - A Pirate's Life for Him] Greg Pyle [30-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.