[The Critter Captain's Tesla FAQ]


Ahoy, Critterfolk!
New entry Sep 16

Critter Notices


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!

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]









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.

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)

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

Free Ad for a Fellow Workshop Member:
Ad for Patricia La Barbera

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 13-Jan-2021 (Crits due 20-Jan-2021):
 F   Who Needs Chemistry?               Adam Pitts -#29681
 SF  Warrior of the Rock                Pete Koziar -#29682
 SF  MONSTER!                           Alex Vinicius Santana Souza -#29683
 SF  Mandala Rule SYNOPSIS              AllisonEstry -#29684
 H   Clothes Make the Man               Michelle Ng -#29685
 SF  Mr. Jacobi's Day Out               Michael Stevens -#29686
 F   One Last Ride                      Chris Ross -#29687
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii -#29688
 F   The Pattern's Web, Chap 2          Helen Sanders -#29689
 F   The Manager of a Chicken Franchise in Vinland -v3-  Brian Lonberg -#29690
 F   Arc Jones                          Tommy Mac Bird -#29691
 SF  Bonfire of the Silver Smoke        Yacine GACI -#29692

Week of 20-Jan-2021 (Crits due 27-Jan-2021):
 SF  King of the Space Monkeys          John Edward Uth
 F   Capturing Dreams                   Ed Kratz
 F   Cageborn                           Jamie M. Boyd
 H   Handy Longlegs                     John Brownlee
 SF  The General, the Monster, and a Girl  Lawrence Lanum
 SF  Return                             Alex Villepique
 SF  The First Time                     Amit Gupta
 SF  Voter of No Confidence             Sam Rubin
 F   Demon Playthings                   Maria D'Antonio
 F   Bridge at Ramageddon Chap 4 and 5  Wayne M Merritt
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 5    Charles Gull
 SF  Warrior Peace                      Sean Masters
 SF  Ivo Santos Versus the Insane Space Monsters, Chapters 4-7  Scott Malabarba
 F   Sturm und Drang                    Joel E. Roosa
 H   A Family Recipe for Spice Cake     Madeline Jacobson

Week of 27-Jan-2021 (Crits due 3-Feb-2021):
 F   The Beast                          Julia cline
 SF  Home Is Where the Heart Is--revised  Amy Hammack Turner
 F   Hallowed Beasts, Chapters 7-8      Katelyn Sullivan
 H   Vector of Infection: A Homo Monstrum Chronicle  Kevin Stadt
 SF  The Sunrunner Chronicles Chapter 1  Douglass Calmes
 SF  Into Fire                          Kendra Lusty
 SF  Losing Sync                        Aubrey Jones
 SF  The Visitors                       Daniel H. Hicks
 H   Gabriel                            Elizabeth Montour
 F   Mississippi Missing _0-1_          Laura Engelhardt
 H   Birdbath                           Jude Matulich-Hall
 H   The Curse NEW REVISION             Jim Keane
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapters 4-5  John Christopher
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 7                 Jeff Naylor

Week of 3-Feb-2021 (Crits due 10-Feb-2021):
 SF  Curtains Close                     Quinault Childs
 SF  Magnitude Ch1                      Victor Jimenez
 F   A Fairy's Tail                     Matthew J Olson
 SF  The Hall of Mirrors                Chris Owens
 F   The Greatest City Chapters 24-28   Clayton Niehaus
 F   Ferret, Chapter 1                  Margaret Moller
 SF  A Neurological Study of Temporal Events, Part One of Two  Alia Atwell
 SF  What I'll Do When They Invent Time Travel  Douglas Kolacki
 F   the soft lantern light of the captured spirit  Holden Lee
 F   The Ghost Alchemist, Chapter 1     Michael Bondies
 H   The Salt Sayers                    Audrey Felter
 SF  Mirror Sky: Prologue.              Oleg Kozlovskii
 H   The Last Scene                     Hernan
 SF  Unlucky Strike                     Nicholas Theodore Narbutovskih
 SF  Better                             Barry Burnett
 SF  The Hand                           scottt godfrey
 SF  Essex, Chapter 1 and Synopsis      Charles Botsford
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 39-41  Eric Wilson
 F   The Father, Chapter 2              Jeneva Allers
 H   Christmas in Pandemonium-Revised Prologue  John Willems
 H   The Demon Virus                    Timothy Brown
 F   Dragons of Northice Bleak Ch 1     Steve Reilly
 SF  Ra-Gho-Zu                          Boris Layupan
 F   Anai, Part 1 of a 3 part novel     Sara Carbone
 F   Candle and Claw, Chapter 1         Stephen Taylor
 SF  Three Swords Against the Haruspex  Dale W. Glaser
      (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.)


[@] - 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  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 F   Cloud Tracker                      Kaitlyn Mattson [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 6    Charles Gull [27-Jan-2021]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 7    Charles Gull [?]
 SF  House                              scottt godfrey [10-Feb-2021]
 SF  Her Desher                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Qwulne                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Prey                               scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Mites                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  La'Sann                            scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Roland Darleigh                    Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Worlds of the Black Sun        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Wendigo                        Scott Godfrey [?]
 H   The Lure New Revision              Jim Keane [3-Feb-2021]
 SF  The Birthright Stone, Chapter 6    John Christopher [3-Feb-2021]
 H   Praying for Sunrise NEW VERSION    Jim Keane [?]
 H   The Portal                         Jim Keane [?]
 SF  Cell Phone                         James Keane [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 8    Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2  Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8      Charles Gull [?]
 SF  The War, Chapter 1 and Synopsis    Charles Botsford [10-Feb-2021]
 H   Needed                             Adam Pitts [20-Jan-2021]
 H   The Decider                        Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Praise the--                       Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Mandala Rule SYNOPSIS/RFDR         AllisonEstry [20-Jan-2021]
 H   The Midnight Train Murders 3rd Revision  Jim Keane [?]
 H   Cattywampus                        Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Don't Touch My Stuff               Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 8                 Jeff Naylor [3-Feb-2021]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 9                 Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 10                Jeff Naylor [?]
 H   Summoning Silent Susie             Michelle Ng [20-Jan-2021]
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 2             Greg Tracii [20-Jan-2021]
 SF  Enemy Mate                         Sean Masters [27-Jan-2021]
 SF  When Love Goes Down the Drain      Michael Stevens [20-Jan-2021]
 F   Oak Grove Cemetery: Prologue, Chapter 1  Maria D'Antonio [27-Jan-2021]
 F   Anai, Chapters 1-tiny part of 2    Sara Carbone [10-Feb-2021]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  God's Switchblade, Chapter 1       Joe Mullich [25-Nov-2020]
 F   Immolation                         Vincent Francica [09-Dec-2020]
 SF  The Unbound Cut                    Daniel Chao [09-Dec-2020]
 F   Watcher and Wanders, Chapters 1-3  Joseph Freer [09-Dec-2020]
 SF  1/2 _half of 1_                    Kaira S [23-Dec-2020]
 F   Claws, Fangs & Broomsticks: Blood Secrets  David V. Pyle [06-Jan-2021]
 F   The Wall and the Flower            Celine A. Lynch [13-Jan-2021]
 SF  The Reaper Boys, Chapter 1         Sam Robinson [13-Jan-2021]

>> 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.]