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Interviewed!

I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

Free Web Sites

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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!

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]

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Critters is 25!

Last November, Critters turned 25 years old! 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 who's 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

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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 31-May-2023 (Crits due 7-Jun-2023):
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 26  Eric Wilson -#31051
 SF  Song of the Kantari, Chapter 26    Brian Sellnow -#31052
 F   Bullet for Essata                  Morgan Nelson -#31053
 F   Soul Slayer, Chapters 1-3          Vidit Mahajan -#31054

Week of 7-Jun-2023 (Crits due 14-Jun-2023):
 F   Extra Ordinary                     John Francis Willems
 H   Tiny Acts of War                   Isabel Ford
 F   Chapter 3, The Unseen World        Reg Hamilton
 SF  The Amazing One-Plot Library       Robert Harpold
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 19                Jeff Naylor
 SF  Gatecrasher First Half The Correctly Formatted  Kevin Sari
 H   Gaping                             Kevin Stadt
 F   Arranging Affairs, Part 2, Chapter 8  Russell Adams
 F   Demon's Bargain, Chapter 14        Carla Hennes
 F   The Catalogue of Gods - ch 5       Shannon Spieler
 H   The Cook, the Crook, and the Peppercorn Tree  Carole Dunn
======================================================================
      (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 Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 27  Eric Wilson [7-Jun-2023]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 20                Jeff Naylor [14-Jun-2023]
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 28  Eric Wilson [?]
 F   Soul Slayer, Query Options and Synopsis  Vidit Mahajan [7-Jun-2023]
 SF  Mark of the Predator, Prologue     Brian Sellnow [7-Jun-2023]
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 29  Eric Wilson [?]
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 30  Eric Wilson [?]
				-+-

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Little Cross: Chapter One          Alex Amaya [05-Apr-2023]
 F   The Five Elements, Prologue and part of chapter 1  Madison Szot [19-Apr-2023]
 F   How I Met Papa                     Jack Latona [26-Apr-2023]
 F   The girl who flew _And the man in the curtains_  Gabrielle Laufer [24-May-2023]
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>> 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.




[Click here to see the queue including archival data from 1995.]