New entry Mar 20
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
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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.
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 16-Apr-2014 (Crits due 23-Apr-2014): F The Clandestine Chapter 10 [mpc] Darla Jackson -#23564 F Lottchen P.E. Zimmerman -#23565 F Beast Coast Chapter 1 Rob Gilliam -#23566 F Warlock Chronicles: Lady Silver, Ch. 1-2 Bobbie Felder -#23567 F Shrouded Goddess, Chapter 10 Patricia Moussatche -#23568 SF Oldskin [@] Megan Hutchins -#23569 SF Gotta Have That Look Chris Kenworthy -#23570 SF The Boarding Donna Burt -#23571 SF Antwerp Clem Taylor -#23572 SF Aquarius Rising: Blood Tide Brian Burt -#23573 SF Long Live the Future Brigade Madison Culler -#23574 SF The Telomere Blues Carlos Mano -#23575 SF The Dark Fissure, Chapters 1-2 Clancy Weeks -#23576 SF Remember Colleen Laughlin -#23577 F Salome's Hair Kati Ayers -#23578 SF Aurora and Tithonus Reed Corrigan -#23579 SF Dreamthief Paul Thompson -#23580 F The Climb Steven Saunders -#23581 Week of 23-Apr-2014 (Crits due 30-Apr-2014): SF Tom's Folly Adrian Deasley SF Waking Up Is Hard to Do Steven Thomas Howell F A Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing Elke Blackstone F Where the Magic Lives Jeffrey Hall SF Dahkshina di Moher's Possibility Array Fiona Howland-Rose SF The Higgs Power Plant Juan Hernandez SF Wrong Cat Christian Roberts F Sarimanok Feather Annaliese Lemmon F Charade Kamaria S. Vaught SF What She Remembered, Chap. 1-2 Deborah Kaminski F Veil of Shadows, Prologue Bethany M. Cusick SF Homeland Alisa Williams SF Lucky Kyle Kenyon F Aquarius chapter 1-11 Maya SF The Ink Android Jen Finelli SF On the mutated Island of Britain, Sybil Butterfield met an Undead Biker Gang and Vice-Versa Peter Huston F By the Lake of Swans Connor Moran SF First Clones---a working title---chapters 3-4 Bobbie Falin F The Empress Brow, Chapter 6 Meaghan Nichols Week of 30-Apr-2014 (Crits due 7-May-2014): F Anima, Chapters 0-3 Mulyadi Cahyono SF Spark Into Fire Matt Dovey H The Not, Chapter 32 A. R. Braun SF From Frying Pan to Freezer Brian Cady SF 3039 Tom Lin SF Red Mountain, Chapter 1 William Webb SF Testing the Equalisers Ian Creasey F Avenging Nicholas Robert Harpold SF A Pinch in the Fabric Larry Rachman H The Clootie Tree, Chapter 1 Andrew Richardson F East of the Sun and West of the Moon Eugenia Triantafyllou SF Service Alex Bottle SF To Watch the Storms Jonathan Byrne F The Complete Handbook of Royal Etiquette: Dragons, Kidnapping and Consumption By Aoife Farley SF Nail Salons Will Kill You Kristin Pothast SF Space Station Venture: Chapter 23 Kathy London SF Gorgeous Orange Marie Ming SF Remotely Out of Control Charles Hand SF The Mechanoid Cries Within v3 Brock T.I. Penner H Beautiful Bloody Duckling, Chapter 1 Kelly Calabrese Week of 7-May-2014 (Crits due 14-May-2014): SF Nothing to See Here Arthur M. Doweyko H A Life on the Rocks Nicholas Stella SF Touching Flames Adria Lysay SF The Garden and the Little Eaters L Chan F Ogres at Alcatraz Isle Judith Boyer SF Phantom Limb Billy H. Peery SF Into the Blue Marty Bonus SF Mayhem at Manville Michael Andre-Driussi SF A Dangerous Philosophy David G. Turner F Euphoria Milk seeks advice keith Gell SF Tsi of God Martin SF Resurrection Day Jaroslav Makarov SF Children Of Sadness Ch. 2 Fertessa Scott F Faith Lise Dubeau SF The Last Song Champion - 11 Tony Farnden H Endurance CJ Friend SF Procreation Through Productivity Fred Obermeyer SF Square Chickens Charlene Hansom SF The Boy Who Would Fly Adam vanLangenberg SF Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 4 Eric J. Juneau H Guard the Park Matthew Weber SF The Refuse Hunter's Daughter Will Milner SF Whatever Happened to Dr. Swerdlow? Mike Flinchum SF The Rust Bucket Jennifer Mitchell SF Immunity Aaron Gallagher SF The Scunthorpe Redemption Emma Baillie F Wild Skins Heather Cale SF The Shadowed Forest Rati Mehrotra F Beyond Ragnarok, Chapter 2 Carl Alves F Locomotive Incantation Chapter 1 Lacey Shaw ====================================================================== (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 Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 5 Eric J. Juneau [14-May-2014] SF Bob, Michah, and Alice: Untested Love Peter Huston [30-Apr-2014] SF And Miles to Go Clancy Weeks [23-Apr-2014] SF Down to a Sunless Sea Carlos Mano [23-Apr-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Do-Over Daniel A. Willis [12-Feb-2014] F Striking Chains, Ch.2-3 Kris Schnee [26-Feb-2014] SF Insignificance At A Distance Philip Stetson [26-Feb-2014] H Small Treasures Neil Murrell [05-Mar-2014] F The Black Tail, Chapters 2-3 Bee-Lee See [05-Mar-2014] F Elmjack The Legend, Chapters 1-6 Daryl Gray [05-Mar-2014] SF Five Z.M. Quynh [12-Mar-2014] F The Diocese of the Dog Alyssa A. Motylinski [12-Mar-2014] SF Subway Hero 2.0 Theo Gerken [12-Mar-2014] H Hand of Satan Gabrial Soh [19-Mar-2014] F Outrun The Competion Ed Bang [19-Mar-2014] F Werewolf Investigations: Capital Kidnap Mel Corbett [26-Mar-2014] F HighRunner, Chapters 1-4 Joy L. Gibson [26-Mar-2014] F The Absolute Chapter One The Game of Life Steve Crews [09-Apr-2014] F Connor, Savior of Damsels in Distress Rebecca Sivils [16-Apr-2014] H Catgut Alex Harrison [16-Apr-2014] F How to make them scream Hugo Guérin [16-Apr-2014] SF The Gods That Punish - Chapter 1 Edward Paul [16-Apr-2014] ::: >> 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.