New entry Dec 07
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
Free Web Sites
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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]
News[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]
Critters is almost 25!
In November, Critters will be 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.
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.
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 12-Aug-2020 (Crits due 19-Aug-2020): F The Bread Pirate Roberts [mpc] Adam Pitts [?] -#29348 SF The Sum of Its Parts _part 1 of 2_ Richard Zwicker -#29349 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 25 Eric Wilson -#29350 F Of Wind and Lightning _Selah_ Ella Walker Henderson -#29351 SF Snikabah John Griffin -#29352 SF The Celebrity Scenario Jamie M. Boyd -#29353 F Shadow's Birth Holden Lee -#29354 SF Engines of Immortality Raghasudhan K -#29355 SF Galaxy Run, Chapters 2 and 3 James Edmund Dennis -#29356 H Changeling, Chapters 1-3 H. D. Grande -#29357 SF 3 Billion Heartbeats Jonathan G. Chew -#29358 SF Death Arbiter Franz Pattison (as H.M. Friendly) -#29359 SF accidental rider Ross Middleton -#29360 F Guilds of Aevalei, Prologue-Chapter 1 Adam Martin -#29361 Week of 19-Aug-2020 (Crits due 26-Aug-2020): F Temporalis [extract from mid story] [mpc] Charles Gull SF Quanlee's Quest S A Shears F Arrows in the Dark, chapter 2 Abigail Yates F The Evening Star Rachel Faith SF A, B, B, A Russ N. F Grendel & Me Vince Bonasso F Magic Adrift Robin Eliot F The Sculptor Joe Vance F Of the Dragon Guild Eli Cepeda SF Waiting Around To Die v2 Michael Stevens SF Less Than a Heartline Away Renan Bernardo F A Man's Cup Adam Pitts H The Torrid Captaincy of Henry Armistead, Chapters 1-2 Robert Beverly F Shift Chapter 2 Julia Kell F Dancing in The Treetops Sandra Skalski Week of 26-Aug-2020 (Crits due 2-Sep-2020): SF Public Thrill K.C. Ahia F Storms Past Laura-Marie Steele SF Casey Travels West, Ch.4 _+ Prologue_ Barry Burnett SF Further to Fall, Chapter 9 Garrett Menning SF The Superspreader Clem Freedom H What Waits in the Shadows Michelle Ng SF Einstein 2.0 John E Uth SF Little Bear, Chapters 1-2 Christopher Ross SF Rock Opera Donald Jodon F A Light In Darkness, Chapter 1 Matt Krizan SF DeathScene Hannah Azok SF The Greatest City Chapters 6,7,8,9 Clayton Niehaus SF Of Buggies and Behemoths Sarah Rebecca Hovorka F Black Woods Barbary Jeff Cates Week of 2-Sep-2020 (Crits due 9-Sep-2020): H The Midnight Train Murders Jim Keane F The Lonely Road Linda Gould SF Emotive, Chapter 2 Jeff Naylor F Captain Long Beard Matthew J Olson F While You Were Away _and_ In Search Of Joel E. Roosa SF The Last Truck Driver Amit Gupta SF The Silver Age John Lawless SF The Blue, Chapter 3 - Shit Sandwich Marc Dupre H Francis My Son Ed Kratz SF Revival and Reunification Joe Belarge H Body on the Bumper Jude Matulich Hall H The Fancy Dress Party Glen Noble SF Mae's Mission Jed Brinkley SF The Ambassador Attends the Final Fair Robert Harpold F Cloud Tracker Kaitlyn Mattson F AK Book Excerpt - 1 angela shteynbak SF That's Only in Holocaust Stories Douglas Kolacki SF Sweet Petals"-excerpt John Bettinger SF The 1939 World Chess Championship Thomas N Beck ====================================================================== (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 [?] H LOADED Jonathan G. Chew [19-Aug-2020] F Memoir of a Broken Leg Adam Pitts [26-Aug-2020] H The Curse Jim Keane [9-Sep-2020] SF Mr. Jacobi's Day Out Michael Stevens [26-Aug-2020] SF Emotive, Chapter 3 Jeff Naylor [9-Sep-2020] SF Emotive, Chapter 4 Jeff Naylor [?] H The Red Void Adam Pitts [?] SF Electric Memories Don't Fade in the Evening Sun Michael Stevens [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 26 Eric Wilson [19-Aug-2020] H The Countdown Adam Pitts [?] F Death Dust Jude Matulich Hall [9-Sep-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 27-30 Eric Wilson [?] H Praying for Sunrise Jim Keane [?] F Dead to the World Donald Jodon [2-Sep-2020] F The Dragon's Garden K.C. Ahia [2-Sep-2020] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF The Far Traveler Franco Alvarado [08-Jul-2020] H Cow Tipping Thomas Brumskill [08-Jul-2020] SF Human Eclipse Craig Lipman [15-Jul-2020] F Omeron _Chapter 1_ Alexander R Davis [15-Jul-2020] SF That day all cattle hope for Yacine GACI [15-Jul-2020] H The Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change Preston Chase [22-Jul-2020] F Sun, Swords, and Secrets _Chapters 1-3_ Alex Scout Lead [29-Jul-2020] SF Unable to see the truth charlie Fischer [29-Jul-2020] SF Repopulation Gary S. Opas [05-Aug-2020] F Co:ExisT _The Calm Before the storm_ Md. Naimur Rahman [05-Aug-2020] SF Wormy Nikhil Guleria [12-Aug-2020] ::: >> 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.