New entry Dec 07
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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]
Critters is 23!
Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]
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 20-Mar-2019 (Crits due 27-Mar-2019): F Salient Suggestions from the Sinister Sorcerer ed kratz -#28345 F Chickens Jesse Caedington -#28346 F It's Spelled Chocolate - round 2 Michelle Henrie -#28347 H The Wrongfully Dead Phil Lindeman -#28348 SF Engaging the Schilvaxxaz Gary Goodson -#28349 F The Dragon at Death's Door Paulinette J. Quirindongo Ramos -#28350 F Sirens Unbound Ch 1 Rewrite Laura Engelhardt -#28351 F Desanctified Charles A. Metzner -#28352 F The Last One Standing, Chapters 1-2 Adele Blackler -#28353 SF Honesty Alex Villepique -#28354 H Household Gods Frank Oreto -#28355 F Dragons Tales, Chapter 1-5 Elizabeth Rossouw -#28356 F I Will, If You Will Michael Bondies -#28357 Week of 27-Mar-2019 (Crits due 3-Apr-2019): SF Nemo's Graveyard Joshua Boyd F Remember My Name, Chapters 1-4 Tristan K. Nolan SF A Guided Evolution Nicole Pavelka SF Ascendancy - Resurgence Troy Mclaughlan F Bulletproof Benny Colin Ware F Ye Olde Tale of Dragon and Knight Samantha Graves SF The Savage Way, Chapters 1-3 Rebecca L. Wilcox SF Eleanor Rigby Mary Makarova SF FUTURITY / a Novel Chapter 1: Selfie 2030 _1st 1/2_ Jonathan Brandeis H Chthonic Cleaning Solution Austin Gragg SF No One Wants to Live a Season revision 2.1 Robert Harpold F The Breaking of Magic, Chapter 2 Kerry Cathers SF Starborn Saiwa song & Chapter 1 Pamela Najar-Simpson F Daughter of the Dragon Guild Eli Cepeda Week of 3-Apr-2019 (Crits due 10-Apr-2019): F In the Castle of the Hell Duke _By Appointment Only_ Blazej Szpakowicz F What Better Serves the Dead? Version 2 Russ Gartz SF Master and Commander: The Far Side of the Moon Geoffrey Weyrick H Lottery Winner Chris Williams F Trials and Consolations of a Moon Maid Russell Adams F Writhin Skies, Prologue Jefferson Retallack F The Skullhole Panic NM Whitley F Thwortle, Chapters 1-2 Donna Walker H The Nature of Body Amy Sather SF Extrasolar, Chapters 1-4 Dina Folgia SF Earth and Wisdom: An Allegory for Eden Joshua Nardi F Built on Bones, Chapter 2 Lyric Gray F The Relic Retriever Chris Turner H Unfinished Story Madison Estes Week of 10-Apr-2019 (Crits due 17-Apr-2019): F The Last Tree Tom Foster SF The Last Days of Mr Buttfluff SL Tan F On Call Richard Zwicker F How to Believe Jim Marino SF Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 1-4 Liam Corley SF This Earthly Tent Jamie M. Boyd F The Bottom of the Funnel Renan Bernardo SF Three Flash Fiction Steve Patschke F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Chapter 52 Eric Wilson F Send in the Library Robin Eliot SF Companions Henry McFarland SF Hiraeth Natalie Wood F The Knight-Captain's Choice Hannah Azok SF E12 fusion chapter 1 Corey Roberts Week of 17-Apr-2019 (Crits due 24-Apr-2019): SF Green Wayne Martin SF Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1 Angela Rose SF The Z Team, Part 1 Chris DeSantis H Black Earth Mark Forrest Murphy F Preface to Dream Encounters Kellen Geneva F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen Joel E. Roosa SF Professor Skinner's Tape Recorder Joe Belarge SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 1, Chap 3-4 DB Gibb SF Reunion, Chapters 1-8 Seth M. Baker SF Who I'll Send In My Place Dan Reade H Dying Moon, Chapters 1-11 Toni Stauffer H Ayahuasca Experience M.B.Vujacic F The Talus Miracle - Chapters 1-3 David W Rips H Mutant Ninja Offspring of L.A. R.N. Krantz Week of 24-Apr-2019 (Crits due 1-May-2019): F Cats with Swords, Chapter 1 & 2 Zachary (Drew) Nardolillo F Just a Sprite Terry Volkirch F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 19 Jeff Naylor SF Mustang Bettie Chapters 10-16 Paul W Werner F Furrowed Feather Fruitful Fishing Jodie Cowan SF The Sight of Distant Shores Andrew Giffin SF Three Flash Stories Amy Hammack Turner SF End Man Alex Austin ====================================================================== (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 AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Fifteen - Seventeen Joel E. Roosa [24-Apr-2019] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eighteen to Twenty Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-One and Twenty-Two Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Three to Twenty-Five Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Six to Twenty-Eight Joel E. Roosa [?] F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two Joel E. Roosa [?] F Hidden Beauty - Chapter 3 Michelle Henrie [27-Mar-2019] F Curselifter Renan Bernardo [17-Apr-2019] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 20 Jeff Naylor [1-May-2019] F Built on Bones, Chapter 3 Lyric Gray [10-Apr-2019] F A Breaking of Magic - Chapter Two Kerry Cathers [3-Apr-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6 DB Gibb [24-Apr-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The DB Gibb [?] F Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 1-2 Michael Bondies [27-Mar-2019] F Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4 Michael Bondies [?] H Animal Apocalypse Jodie Cowan [1-May-2019] F Footsteps Russell Adams [10-Apr-2019] F Madeleine Adele Blackler [27-Mar-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF The Art of Dying 1-5 Kyle McKeon [13-Feb-2019] SF Not Pablo's City Jorge Villamizar [13-Feb-2019] SF Orange Alex and the Glorious Gale Austin Gragg [20-Feb-2019] H Night Walk Faust Zenthoefer [27-Feb-2019] F Loki and Gri Gri Jack Murphy [27-Feb-2019] SF Pinocchio Dog Kai Calo [06-Mar-2019] F Four Heartbeats Ido Richardson [06-Mar-2019] F The Alley Clock P.I. [13-Mar-2019] H Masks Renee Rose [20-Mar-2019] F Undying, Chapters 2 - 3 Jonathan Seales [20-Mar-2019] ::: >> 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.