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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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]
News[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]
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)
The Sigil TrilogyIf you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.
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-Feb-2017 (Crits due 1-Mar-2017): SF Prototype Amanda H. Geard -#26580 SF Milk Run C. Hotchkiss -#26581 SF Blue Skies & Better Days J.E. Bates -#26582 SF Silent Nightmare N Williams -#26583 SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder -#26584 SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 1 Joy Landa -#26585 H The Lost Playground Ashleigh Richie -#26586 SF The Linking, Chapters 1-3 Jeffrey Richardson -#26587 F The Door Kristen Bickerstaff -#26588 SF Phantom Traveler _1 - 5_ Rekka Jay -#26589 SF Grit, Chapter 1 Liam King -#26590 SF Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 resub: Y Matt Peller resub: Y -#26591 Week of 1-Mar-2017 (Crits due 8-Mar-2017): SF Children of Clay Part 2 Ch 1-3 Ono Ekeh F From the Pages of the Iliad Wayland B. Jackson F Calumet Monroe and The Best Apocalypse Ever David Schultz F Tunisa, Chapter 1 Shanna Moyes SF The No-Go Zones Macky Cruz F Biddy Jesse Caedington SF The Adventures of Average Man Madison Culler H From the Bog, Chapters 0-1 Andrew Richardson F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 9-10 Eric Wilson SF Eclipse Season, Chapters 1-5 Scott Paxon SF Do Not Resuscitate stephanie Fernandez SF Whisper from the Dust, Ch 1-2 Benjamin Shank F The Eyes of Archus, Chapters 1-3 Clay P. Greene H Dark Resurrection, Chapter One: The Reckoning Frederick Preston SF SF short "On Jupiter Station Roy Schwartz SF Reshaped Fred Obermeyer SF Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Mark Painter F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 36 - 37 Keir Puplett H Of All the Nights Matthew Weber F Super-Spectacular Crossover Event, Pts 1&2 Joel E. Roosa Week of 8-Mar-2017 (Crits due 15-Mar-2017): SF The Man Who Got Away Hannah Reinhold F The Tides of Tomorrow, Part 1 Mike Dorman SF Shuttle Service Pete Koziar F Globe William H. Leonard F First Kiss Darla Jackson SF Human Ascendancy - Ch1. Michael S. Clarke SF The Khyber Chronicles, Chapters 1-2 Brian Kiser F A Drum in the Deep, part 3 Adaleen Martin F New Wood from Old Trees Tim Mudie SF M'isha, Chapters 1-2 Pamela Najar-Simpson SF Murder Eternal Charles Patton ====================================================================== (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 Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 38 - 41 Keir Puplett [8-Mar-2017] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48 Keir Puplett [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 2 Joy Landa [1-Mar-2017] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 1 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2 Joy Landa [?] SF Kagluyag versus Malaya Macky Cruz [8-Mar-2017] F The Man in Brown Jesse Caedington [8-Mar-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Holy Remedy Jose Martinez [11-Jan-2017] SF Mythos, Chapter 1 Oliver M. Hughes [11-Jan-2017] F Caught Ablaze, Chapters 1-11 Krisha Seate [18-Jan-2017] SF Eidolons_The Man with Two Souls, Chapters Prologue and 1 Gregory Robinson [25-Jan-2017] SF Sauce, Chapters 1-8 Nicholas Christopher Pickersgill [25-Jan-2017] H Sutter's Junction Chapters 1-5 Carrie Birdsong [01-Feb-2017] F From the Heart of the Iliad Wayland Jackson [01-Feb-2017] SF Planet NB, chapters 1-11 Leland Smithson [08-Feb-2017] F Dorrone, Chapters 0-2 Issarasiti [15-Feb-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.