New entry Sep 16
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.
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' AliveIf 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.
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.) 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 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.