New entry Jun 21
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
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 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 22-Oct-2014 (Crits due 29-Oct-2014): SF Poutines and Permasys [mpc] Levi Jacobs -#24194 F The Vanquisher Carl Alves -#24195 SF In Pacem Requiescat [@] Sean Green -#24196 SF Manwork - Revised Amanda H. Geard -#24197 SF Waking the Giant Stephen Shewmake -#24198 SF Return to Civilization Chris Kenworthy -#24199 SF This One's For You, Daddy Fiona Didlick -#24200 F The Missing Legion Jonathan Byrne -#24201 SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two Carlos Mano -#24202 SF No S.L.A.M maps for these territories Will Milner -#24203 F The Eaten One Vanessa Fogg -#24204 SF Isolation Joel E. Roosa -#24205 H The Mower M.B.Vujacic -#24206 H The Weed In The Wheat Justin C. Key -#24207 SF The Signal Derrick Boden -#24208 SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8 Rhett C Bruno -#24209 F Children of God, Chapter 2 Marescha Muys -#24210 SF Recruitment Robert Stevenson -#24211 F Blood is Thicker Daena Red -#24212 SF Accursed Land Cameron Huntley -#24213 SF Pentheus and Bacchus Jesse Corrigan -#24214 SF Twitch Andrew Drane -#24215 Week of 29-Oct-2014 (Crits due 5-Nov-2014): F The Silver Tree - Chapter 1 A. Cobb F The Voice Traci Loudin SF The Escape Joe Walker F Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue Steven Craig Hickman SF The Stag Kristopher Horton SF Ants on a Trestle Elliotte Rusty Harold SF Wannabee Liz Heldmann SF Nested Dolls Jason Lopez F The Taste of Rain Kelsey Snyder SF Titan - Chapter 1 Samara Lo F Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8 Kaitlyn Boggs H Immram Patrick Sanders SF The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One Adrian Prabowo SF Extraordinary Jeffrey Steven Abrams SF The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2 Brian Wightman SF They Don't Always Mean What They Say Anir Raj SF Global Village Idiots Charles Hand F Obfuscate - Chapter Two Killion Slade SF Raspberry Christian Roberts H The Molt Drew Krull Week of 5-Nov-2014 (Crits due 12-Nov-2014): H The Rovin' Jewel Alexander Leger-Small SF Ahora Charlene Hansom SF Snow's Theorem Patricia Moussatche SF The Last Universe Steve Donnelly F Beyond the Bridge Justin R. Lawfer SF Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter Melanie DeWitt F Mark of the Raven, Chapter One Alexis George SF Vitamin Double-D Michael Andre-Driussi SF The Anti-Agonists Fred Obermeyer SF The Bite Anna Salonen F The Sweetest Memory Hege Nabo SF People of the Air Benjamin Schulz H Food Run Sean Whelan F North to Neverland Chapters 1-3 Caitlin Andrew SF TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth Matthew Cegielski H The Not, Chapter 37 A. R. Braun F Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 2-3 Charles Leighton F The Ivory Mask Margaret Moller H Maternal Restoration Marlan Smith ====================================================================== (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 The Hamsa, Chapter 1 Patrick Sanders [5-Nov-2014] SF TM Blues Charles Hand [5-Nov-2014] SF Mycelium _second draft_ Will Milner [29-Oct-2014] SF Kanda in Venus Jesse Corrigan [29-Oct-2014] SF The Long Sleep Rhett C Bruno [29-Oct-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Leaving Orbit Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014] F The Want - Chap 1-3 KJ Conte [17-Sep-2014] SF The Ballad of Caleb Henning Seth Z. Herman [01-Oct-2014] SF Horse Years [@] Will McIntosh [08-Oct-2014] H Contractions Kevin David Anderson [08-Oct-2014] SF Taken Mel Corbett [15-Oct-2014] F Along the River Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014] SF Fusers Will McIntosh [22-Oct-2014] !!No_entry!! H The Not, Chapter 36 A. R. Braun ::: >> 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.