New entry Nov 01
P&E Seeks New Caretaker
Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.
Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.
If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!
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, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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!
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 21!
Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
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)
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 18-Jan-2017 (Crits due 25-Jan-2017): F RogueKnight Joel E. Roosa -#26494 F The Bridge that Spanned Eternity: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes Fred Obermeyer -#26495 SF Secret Master of Jizma Michael Andre-Driussi -#26496 F The Magic di Amore Dave D'Alessio -#26497 SF There is Always the Present Christian Roberts -#26498 SF Rhubarb Queen Kevin P. Hallett -#26499 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32 Keir Puplett -#26500 F Edge of Sorrow Lori Phillips -#26501 SF Terminus Lee P. Melling -#26502 F The Tom Plutarch Interview Sandor Kovacs -#26503 F The Anthropomorphic Personification Support Group Caroline Friedel -#26504 SF Scarlet Haze Scornful Earth _chapters 1 & 2_ M.B.Vujacic -#26505 F The Mercy Scale, Prologue-Ch1Sc1 Jennifer Wise -#26506 F Glass Borders Brittany Ingalsbe -#26507 SF From Football Pads to Spandex Joseph Belcher -#26508 SF The Last Actuary Mel Windham -#26509 F Neither on Earth, Nor in the Sky Aleksandra Pantic -#26510 Week of 25-Jan-2017 (Crits due 1-Feb-2017): H Following David Schultz F A Drum in the Deep Adaleen Martin SF Eidolons_The Man with Two Souls, Chapters Prologue and 1 Gregory Robinson SF Sauce, Chapters 1-8 Nicholas Christopher Pickersgill F No Savior, Chapter 1 Julia Adams SF Remember Me Arthur M. Doweyko SF That's Just the New Reality Jon Golding F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 40-42 Russell Adams SF Micobiome Tim Mudie SF Automation and Universal Basic Income _Sorry, Not Really a Title_ Shawn Proctor SF Compost Traumatic Stress, part 2 Brian Koukol H Black Cactus Christopher Mowder F The Wizard of Llandwellyn: Chapters 4 - 7 Eric Wilson SF The Soft Clock, Chapter 1 Joel Schroeder SF The Silver Tower Davis Tyner SF Sling Town Chapters 4-8 Larry Lowrance SF Trade Route, Ch 12 Curtis Manges SF Beware Gifts from Strangers john hysell SF Trending Ray N. Franklin SF Mumfawi Dragons, Chapters 1-4 Pamela Najar-Simpson Week of 1-Feb-2017 (Crits due 8-Feb-2017): F The Tale of Redwater Bonnie Loshbaugh SF Caution: Daisy-3 May Exceed Her Directives Brian Zayas SF Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 Matt Peller F Nothing Beside Remains Blazej Szpakowicz SF The Dawn Again of Man John Griffin SF Martin the Gray: An Unearthed Story Joy Landa SF Children of Clay, Chapters 11-13 Ono Ekeh SF Four-Armed Baltimore Devil Douglas Kolacki SF The Raid on Tarak Mark Painter F Of Sand and Suns Jesse Caedington SF The Eighth Mark Madison Culler F The Promise Richard Hewitt F Inborn Magic Kim McDougall ====================================================================== (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 Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 33 - 35 Keir Puplett [25-Jan-2017] SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 3 Joy Landa [8-Feb-2017] SF Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 resub: Y Matt Peller resub: Y [8-Feb-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8 Magnus D. Jorgensen [02-Nov-2016] F Orientation Robert Kazmierczak [16-Nov-2016] F The Prism System: Chapter 2 Emma Markle [30-Nov-2016] SF The Glorious Misadventures of John Altamont AJ Hannigan [07-Dec-2016] SF Untitled Dystopian Fiction Chapters 1-2 Tesha Miller [21-Dec-2016] H Denial Chris Dean [21-Dec-2016] F Unnamed City Story Prologue Lord English SSBM [28-Dec-2016] H All Hope Lost Samantha Dorrell [28-Dec-2016] F Greg The Dragon Alexander H Beaudry [04-Jan-2017] SF The New World Blooms Chapter 1- A "Normal" Life Miguel Angel Dejesus [04-Jan-2017] F Holy Remedy Jose Martinez [11-Jan-2017] SF Mythos, Chapter 1 Oliver M. Hughes [11-Jan-2017] SF Taking Flight Katherine R. Miller [18-Jan-2017] F Caught Ablaze, Chapters 1-11 Krisha Seate [18-Jan-2017] ::: >> 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.