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.
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)
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-Jun-2016 (Crits due 29-Jun-2016): SF Crypt of the Chronolith [mpc] Tim Adams -#25957 SF Words of Wisdom Dave D'Alessio -#25958 F The Golden Touch Chapters 5 & 6 April Hicks -#25959 SF Hermit on Mars Prologue and Chap 1 Kathy London -#25960 SF The Administration of Disability Benefits in a Simulated Universe Paul R. Hardy -#25961 SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder -#25962 SF The Orb Weaver's Gifts Lee P. Melling -#25963 F A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 14-15 April Weeks -#25964 SF Muphrid, Chapters 0-2 John Waterman -#25965 H A New Beginning Sandor Kovacs -#25966 SF I Am Ur Dog Jen C.A. Morris -#25967 F Once Again: A Modern Fairy Tale - Ch. 3 M. Kari Barr -#25968 SF Skyclimber, Chapter 1 Tom Greene -#25969 SF Making the Cut J. D. Kalmanson -#25970 F Rebirth of Myrddin V.2 Erik Robinson -#25971 F Night's Country Jeffrey Hall -#25972 F Darkness Falling George Sartiano -#25973 F Star of Wildfire and Ash Z. Z. Ali -#25974 SF Eye of the Timegate Russell Forden -#25975 SF Forever Grey Chapters 1-2 Greg Tracii -#25976 F The Far Scribe: Prologue and Chapter 1 Coinneach Hutchinson -#25977 Week of 29-Jun-2016 (Crits due 6-Jul-2016): F Two Dead Men and a Truck Marc A Criley SF The Loud Lights Jeff Richardson F Land of Many Ages Fred Obermeyer F A Piece of the True Cross Jan Stephens F Nocturne, Chapters 1-2 Robert Richard SF White Rabbit in Red Space, Chapter 1 Justin Sturm F The Reborn Identity, Chapters IX-X Joel E. Roosa F Emile - an Interlude - Primal Skies series Kim Smeltzer F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 11-12 Keir Puplett F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 17-20 Russell Adams SF The Ghost Loop: Please Let Me In! Mark Rawlings F The Old Salt Matthew Duerst F Situation No Win Leena Naidoo F Abandoned G.A.Miller F Aide-De-Camp Shawn Proctor F The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Prologue-Chapter 3 Michelle Johnson SF How to Sync Spouse Russell Nichols SF Vera, Chapters 1-3 Alasdair Clark SF Upon a Darkside Rising Wilber Arron H Burt's Top Secret Spice Mix Matthew Weber Week of 6-Jul-2016 (Crits due 13-Jul-2016): SF Lynden Amelia Tumlin SF Love, Lies, & Clones, Chapters 1-2 Joy Schultz F Living Color Alec E. B. SF The 4748 Days of His Life Dan Reade F Chronicles of Tellus Chapter One - A Name Scott Heckler SF The Face of Jes Viscosie Ray Franklin SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 1 Joy Landa SF B.E.T.A. _section 1, Intro - Chapter 4_ Sam Bullers SF The Harvest Julie Reeser F The Journey of Bey Bear Chris Kenworthy F Calypso P.E. Zimmerman SF Jovian Wolf Kristopher Horton SF The Travelers Quest Chapters 1-4 Dottie Blackshear SF Rusted and Alone Brad Preslar SF Fates Paradox Stephen Shewmake H The Well by Moonlight, ch 1 Kevin Emmons SF One Past, One Future David John Baker SF Lost Goddess: Forgotten Kimberly Pickering ====================================================================== (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 Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII Joel E. Roosa [6-Jul-2016] F The Vampire Hunter part 1 Kim Smeltzer [6-Jul-2016] F The Vampire Hunter part 2 Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Vampire Hunter part 3 Kim Smeltzer [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 13-14 Keir Puplett [6-Jul-2016] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16 Keir Puplett [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 2 Joy Landa [13-Jul-2016] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3 Joy Landa [?] F The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I Kim Smeltzer [?] SF Forever Grey - Chapters 3-4 Greg Tracii [29-Jun-2016] SF B.E.T.A section 2 _Chap 5-10_ Sam Bullers [13-Jul-2016] F The Golden Touch Chapter 7 April Hicks [29-Jun-2016] F Free Fall Sandor Kovacs [29-Jun-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Wednesday Arina Pricop [11-May-2016] SF Skyward Descent, Summary & Chapter 1 Graceann Barrett [11-May-2016] H The Way Out Gary Buller [11-May-2016] SF Becoming the Dragon Patrick Sanders [18-May-2016] SF The Apartment Complex outline Adrian J. Brabo [18-May-2016] F The Dreamscape Aquarium David Serra [18-May-2016] SF The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One Thomas John Moscato [25-May-2016] F The Silent Tear, Prologue Elizabeth Azurra [25-May-2016] SF The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1 Jonathan Bergeron [25-May-2016] F Work In Progress, Chapter 1 Margaret Brier [01-Jun-2016] F The Beer Dilemma Eric Weaver [08-Jun-2016] SF Through the Backdoor: Part 1 Alexandra [08-Jun-2016] H A Light in Hell Cedric Kulacz [08-Jun-2016] F One Word Brian Kemper [08-Jun-2016] H Roosevelt Is For Lovers Jason J. Nugent [15-Jun-2016] F Callowfield Ch. 1 Christopher Smith [15-Jun-2016] H One of a Kind Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-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.