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 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 17-Apr-2019 (Crits due 24-Apr-2019): F A Question in the Labyrinth [mpc] T.Mosher -#28398 SF Who I'll Send In My Place Dan Reade -#28399 SF Green Wayne Martin -#28400 SF Professor Skinner's Tape Recorder Joe Belarge -#28401 H Ayahuasca Experience M.B.Vujacic -#28402 SF Reunion, Chapters 1-8 Seth M. Baker -#28403 F Preface to Dream Encounters Kellen Geneva -#28404 H Black Earth Mark Forrest Murphy -#28405 SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 1, Chap 3-4 DB Gibb -#28406 SF The Z Team, Part 1 Chris DeSantis -#28407 H Mutant Ninja Offspring of L.A. R.N. Krantz -#28408 H Dying Moon, Chapters 1-11 Toni Stauffer -#28409 Week of 24-Apr-2019 (Crits due 1-May-2019): F AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eighteen to Twenty [mpc] Joel E. Roosa 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 H The Gyre Brett Lovell SF Life After Maggie, Chapter One Andrew Colwell F The Angels Kieran Morgan SF To Moor-Ocean Green, synopsis and chapter 1 Jonathan Lee F Procession, City of Peace April Weeks SF The Lost Letters _Letter 1 out of 8_ Haneen Week of 1-May-2019 (Crits due 8-May-2019): SF Moon Junk Neal Williams SF Chapter 1 The Troubled Dwarf John Sumpter SF Dystopian Flash Fiction collection Robert Tyler F Hidden Beauty - Chapter 3 Michelle Henrie F Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 1-2 Michael Bondies F Madeleine Adele Blackler F Sirens Unbound Prologue Laura Engelhardt SF Inhale Jeff Richardson SF The Early Adventures of the Legendary Lemonade League ed kratz F The Symmetrist's Hand, Chapter 1 Stephen Taylor H The Passenger David Williams SF Wasted on the Young T. M. Heckman F Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2 Maya Vanderpool Week of 8-May-2019 (Crits due 15-May-2019): SF 'c' Steve Donnelly F Realm Quest, Prologue and Chapter 1 Emil Vægter F A Breaking of Magic - Chapter Two Kerry Cathers F Hypearthia-Tales of Hyperia and Earth: "Dawn of Chaos Book One" Chapter One W. P. Kelley SF Glamour, Gossip, Gore, and Gimmick Russell Dorn SF History of the Conflict: Lost, Chapter 1 Stephen Secor SF Interstellar Womb Guy McDonnell H Blood Activism Version 3 Matthew Duerst SF Old Gods Daniel Bizzell SF Luv2U Jacob Corvidae F Gifts for the Winter Wasps Laura-Marie Steele SF Unfree World Chapter One Linn Browning H Darkness Lies Kyle Walker SF Datapocalypse Chris Keast Week of 15-May-2019 (Crits due 22-May-2019): H Kill Your Darlings Charles A. Metzner F Built on Bones, Chapter 3 Lyric Gray F Footsteps Russell Adams SF Star Crusader Chris Turner H Pestilence Madison Estes F The Tale of the Vintner's Daughter LindaAnn LoSchiavo SF Welcome to the Machine Hayley Dietrich F Springheart: Book one Annamaria K. DeLallo F Death of a Hero, Chapter 1 Alex Geffner-Mihlsten F Cup of CLues Mari Mitchell F M1 - The Black Key Staci R Morrison H Seven Visions of Our Lady of Sorrows Amanda Hard SF Mutiful First chapter Christopher Joseph Maloney Week of 22-May-2019 (Crits due 29-May-2019): SF The Sky Helmet: Prologue Joel Schroeder SF Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6 Jonathan Robbins F Curselifter Renan Bernardo SF Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 5-8 Liam Corley F The Devil Ships Up to Boston Jim Marino F Last of Kin, Chapters 1-2 Jamie M. Boyd F That's Not Kosher Jeff Cates F The Thing Next Door Douglas Kolacki SF Yin Yang Ch.1-3 Flavio Avila SF The Little Bang Theory Steve Patschke ====================================================================== (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 Twenty-One and Twenty-Two Joel E. Roosa [22-May-2019] 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 Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 20 Jeff Naylor [1-May-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 3-4 Michael Bondies [8-May-2019] H Animal Apocalypse Jodie Cowan [1-May-2019] H The Science of Garbolgy Jodie Cowan [?] SF MUSTANG BETTIE Paul Werner [1-May-2019] SF Justice For All Joe Belarge [24-Apr-2019] F A Breaking of Magic, Chapter 3 Kerry Cathers [15-May-2019] SF The Z Team - The Package Chris DeSantis [24-Apr-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Pinocchio Dog Kai Calo [06-Mar-2019] F The Alley Clock P.I. [13-Mar-2019] H Masks Renee Rose [20-Mar-2019] SF Nemo's Graveyard Joshua Boyd [27-Mar-2019] F Remember My Name, Chapters 1-4 Tristan K. Nolan [27-Mar-2019] SF A Guided Evolution Nicole Pavelka [27-Mar-2019] H Chthonic Cleaning Solution Austin Gragg [27-Mar-2019] H Lottery Winner Chris Williams [03-Apr-2019] SF Extrasolar, Chapters 1-4 Dina Folgia [03-Apr-2019] F The Last Tree Tom Foster [10-Apr-2019] SF Three Flash Fiction Steve Patschke [10-Apr-2019] SF Hiraeth Natalie Wood [10-Apr-2019] SF E12 fusion chapter 1 Corey Roberts [10-Apr-2019] SF Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1 Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019] F The Talus Miracle - Chapters 1-3 David W Rips [17-Apr-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.