New entry May 06
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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!
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]
Critters is 25!
This November, Critters is 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.
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 19-Jan-2022 (Crits due 26-Jan-2022): H Death Mask Douglas Kolacki -#30360 SF The Time and Place of the Invasion Larry Hodges -#30361 H Deal at the Crossroads Galen T. Pickett -#30362 SF The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 2 of 7 Dan Jolie -#30363 SF Twisting The Knife N. M. Dudack -#30364 SF Who Rules the Dreary Coast Will Milner -#30365 F Wisteria, Protect the Spring Zen Sugino -#30366 F The Troll and the Mage Nell Norrell -#30367 H Skin of the Beast Monica Rubio -#30368 F Mirrored, Chapter 3 & 4 Rachel Messinger -#30369 F Soldier Michael Oduah -#30370 SF Pseudoscience, Chapters 3-4 Eddie Beeby -#30371 Week of 26-Jan-2022 (Crits due 2-Feb-2022): H The Church [mpc] Alex Vinicius Santana Souza SF The Doberman [@] Larry Hodges SF Less Than a Heartline Away [@] Renan Bernardo F Paper and Pencil V3 Andrew Giffin F The Gift of Giving Gary Owens SF The Caledonia Hotel Chapters 1-5 Michael Stevens SF Of Fog and Tusk: Section Two Tina Fox Berry F By Fire Unto the Lord Jake Townsend SF Simulated Baby H. D. Hefner SF The Portal James Keane F The Rat King Joseph Eno Week of 2-Feb-2022 (Crits due 9-Feb-2022): H Raging Bull E. McGeachie SF The Unexamined Life John Willems SF SpaceKitty Adventures: Dogged Pursuit! Marc Fleury H When Darkness Comes Chapt 2-3 Kerry Cathers F The Rabbi, the Cheetah, and the Demon Tamer _part 1 of 2_ Ron Fein SF November Worlds, ch. 12-14 V. R. Craft SF The iBrain Syndicate War, Chapter 1 and Synopsis Charles Botsford F Five Fantastic Sure-Fire Ways to Get Rich Quick _V2_ Christopher Blake F AllWorlds Anarchy Chapters Eleven - Fourteen Joel E. Roosa F Ivory The Dark Mistress Chapter 1 Sable Balmes ====================================================================== (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]"): SF Cell Phone Jim Keane [2-Feb-2022] H Rough Flight Jim Keane [?] H The Elevator Jim Keane [?] SF The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 3 of 7 Dan Jolie [26-Jan-2022] H The Camping Trip Jim Keane [?] SF The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 4 of 7 Dan Jolie [?] F Peaches and the Recently Dead Miss Adkins Nell Norrell [26-Jan-2022] SF Pseudoscience, Chapters 5-6 Eddie Beeby [26-Jan-2022] SF The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 5 of 7 Dan Jolie [?] SF The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 6 of 7 Dan Jolie [?] SF Of Fog and Tusk: Section Three Tina Fox Berry [2-Feb-2022] F Mirrored, Chapter 5 & 6 Rachel Messinger [26-Jan-2022] SF Mining Spacetime Galen T. Pickett [26-Jan-2022] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF I Am the Mouth Who Has Lost Our Heart Jan Turner [05-Jan-2022] F Chrysalette, Chapter 1&2 William Joyce [19-Jan-2022] F CDGD: Concrete Daisies and Gunpowder Dice Ben Turner [19-Jan-2022] ::: >> 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.