New entry Dec 07
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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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]
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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!
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)
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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 27-May-2020 (Crits due 3-Jun-2020): SF Tomorrow's a New Day [mpc] Adam Pitts -#29180 SF Apotheosis [mpc] Nicholas G. Marconi -#29181 SF A Reawakening [mpc] Adeline J. Schultz -#29182 F We Want You _and_ The Lost of the Land Joel E. Roosa -#29183 SF Super Shedder Henry McFarland -#29184 SF Home is Where the Heart is Amy Hammack Turner -#29185 SF Jailbroken Limbs - Version 2 Russell Weisfield -#29186 SF The visible ghost Yacine GACI -#29187 F A Love Song for the Mockers _Prologue_ Timothy M. Nall -#29188 H 380 Matthew J Olson -#29189 F Zaemes, Chapters 1-2 Shanna Neumiller -#29190 SF Death on Titan Ben Coppin -#29191 F The Demon of Shigitzu Joe Olson -#29192 SF Crate Training Brian Childs -#29193 SF The Planet of the Dead - V2 [@] Edward Muller -#29194 F Hunters on The Dawn Prologue Daniel Chovil -#29195 SF The Elemental Scepters : The Journey of Beltor Mark Krepps -#29196 Week of 3-Jun-2020 (Crits due 10-Jun-2020): SF Inflammatory Robot Pete Koziar SF Shadow of a Genius Rachel Tham F Confidence Man Russ N. F Arrows in the Dark, chapter 1 Abigail Yates SF A Questionnaire For Non-Humans Desiring to Enter the United States Dan Reade F Monarchs of Greenwood - Fly With Me Emmanuel Agyei-Boatey SF The Ambassador William Das F Perfect Genorosity Andrew Dibble SF HOF22 - Prologue Part I DB Gibb SF A.I.E. _Asteroid Impact Event_ James Edmund Dennis F The Library Mani Nezami SF A Heaven of Your Own Making Ben Wilinofsky F The Greatest City Chapter 1 and 2 Clayton Niehaus SF The Found Ship Joe Belarge Week of 10-Jun-2020 (Crits due 17-Jun-2020): F After Life, Chapters 1-3 KD Glass F The Broken Ring - Prologue Adam Pitts H The Feyborne - A Tragedy and Horror Nathan Cavaliere F Gift of the Swampy Thing Eli Cepeda SF Say What? T. M. Heckman H Finger Trap Dan Jolie F Corduroy Alia Atwell F Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 2 William L Hunt H Good Company Madeline Jacobson SF All Others Pay Cash - Draft 1 Geoffrey D. Wessel SF The Gestalt Jason M Kreth F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 21-22 Eric Wilson SF Forever Grey Chapter 4 Greg Tracii SF Welcome to The Revolution JC Crochet Week of 17-Jun-2020 (Crits due 24-Jun-2020): SF The Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo SF Electric Memories Michael Stevens F A Shift in Perspective, Short Story Jeffrey Sims SF Further to Fall, Chapter 8 _Section 2_ Garrett Menning SF Junk Science Eddie Beeby F Smoke & Dagger Query Letter Dennis Blake SF DARIGARIAN EMPIRE SEEKING EARTHLING FOR FIRST CONTACT Craig Lipman F Shift Chapter 1 Julia Kell H Caine Diaries, Chapters 1-5 Natalee M. Bowen SF Glancing Blow Ray Erickson SF Board of Student Wellness, Miskatonic U Owen Blaufuss SF Dead Somewhere Daniel Villani F Shadow Love Cherine Olivier Week of 24-Jun-2020 (Crits due 1-Jul-2020): SF Little Bear, Chapters 1-3 Chris Ross F A Shepherd's Story Sandy Kulhavy H The Attic Jim Keane F Sleep is a Cocoon, and What Butterfly Emerges? Andrew Giffin F Slave to Frost, Chapter 1 Danielle LaVigne F Adela Smith, Exorcist Megan Quinn SF Casey Travels West, Chaopter 3: Dogman Barry Burnett ====================================================================== (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 The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 23-24 Eric Wilson [17-Jun-2020] F The Outerworld Key Mark Krepps [3-Jun-2020] F A Tale As Old As Time, Parts I-III, Complete Joel E. Roosa [3-Jun-2020] SF Solomon 37 Eli Cepeda [17-Jun-2020] F Of the Dragon Guild Eli Cepeda [?] SF The Great Rift Between Us JC Crochet [17-Jun-2020] H An Argument for Always Locking Your Doors Adam Pitts [17-Jun-2020] SF Please Stand By Pete Koziar [10-Jun-2020] F The Whittler Renan Bernardo [24-Jun-2020] F From the Deep Adam Pitts [?] F The Device Adam Pitts [?] H It's Not a Pandemic Adam Pitts [?] H The Master of the Game Adam Pitts [?] SF Harmonic Insurgence JC Crochet [?] SF Role of Law Wayne Martin [?] H Monster Portal Matthew J Olson [3-Jun-2020] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 9 Javier Sobrado [08-Apr-2020] SF Begininngs George Tom [15-Apr-2020] SF The Frivolous Prince Brad Bolin [22-Apr-2020] SF Social Medium Chapter 1 Owen McNaughton [22-Apr-2020] SF The Trials and Tribulations of Door Mice: Chapter One Helena Threlkeld [06-May-2020] H The House in the Hill Shelby J. Williams [20-May-2020] F Millennials Killed the Grimoire, Chapters 1-5 Isa Mardel [20-May-2020] H Depraved Lands Brayden D.P. Gray [27-May-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.