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)
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
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 14-Aug-2019 (Crits due 21-Aug-2019): SF Pieces of Me [mpc] Joel E. Roosa -#28626 SF Bang! Russell Adams -#28627 F Point Taken Richard Zwicker -#28628 F Healer and Seeker Michelle Henrie -#28629 F Inconclusive Bets Renan Bernardo -#28630 H The Ice Cream Man ch 1 & 2 Madison Estes -#28631 F Lucid Dreams, Chapters 4-7 Shirley F. Nomakeo -#28632 SF the diary of a former gramarian Steve Levandoski -#28633 SF Changelings Ch. 1-2 Revised Liam Corley -#28634 SF Blood & Power: The Calm, Prologue Javier Sobrado -#28635 F Northman's Exile Kevin Dodge -#28636 F Live Puppet Show _Ch1 and Ch2_ Blake E. Bennett -#28637 SF Simulated Paul Thompson -#28638 Week of 21-Aug-2019 (Crits due 28-Aug-2019): F The Rift Carl Alves F The 10:40 Appointment at the NYC Department of Superhero Registration Chris Hepler F Life Everlasting Adrian Brisland F Borderlands, Episode 2 [Sample] Charles Gull SF Escape from Old Aris Ethan Smith SF The Last Song of the Benaboab Tree Connor Hayden H The Diatome _adult content_ William Broom H Pizza Face Russell Dorn SF The Awakening Garrett Menning F Southern Fried Calvin Gregg F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 1-2 Eric Wilson SF A Roof Before the Stars Dan Reade SF Ch. 1 A beginning LLW F The Girl With Wings is not an Angel, Ch 2-4 Kathryn Freeland Week of 28-Aug-2019 (Crits due 4-Sep-2019): SF The Space Between Two Bodies JF Gabriel F Shoemaker's Row Steven F. Lott SF The Wizard's Tower Chapter 1 Jason Newman F Bird Gets a Partner Ed Kratz SF The Hard Problem of Consciousness Andrew Giffin F Avanelle, a ballad Carol Baxter SF Lift Ships, a short story of possibilities Bob Freeman SF The Keihl Institute Tommy Blanchard SF Bottled Emotions Yacine GACI H Unwanted, Aydan Hasanli F The Weathercaster Cameron Bright SF Night Tales Lonnie McGhee F Scars and Solace: A Numenthrall Chronicle Kevin Stadt SF Alien Alliance, part 2 Chris Turner SF Life Revisited Joel E. Roosa F Land of the Enslaved R.A. Carter F The Dying Sun: The Cemetery Game Anthony W F Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion Rweena Samara F The Prince Bride Thomas Beck F A Branch of Rowan _yet another try_ April Weeks F Old Fairy, New Tricks Jamie M. Boyd F Dragonforce FanFic, Prologue Phil Lindeman F Freedom Tyler Sheley ====================================================================== (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 Age of Stone, Age of Iron JF Gabriel [4-Sep-2019] F Wish You Were Here Renan Bernardo [21-Aug-2019] SF Life is a carousel in 6 Acts + Finis Bob Freeman [4-Sep-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1 Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019] SF End Man Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019] SF Life After Maggie, Chapter One Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019] SF Datapocalypse Chris Keast [08-May-2019] F Death of a Hero, Chapter 1 Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019] F Cup of CLues Mari Mitchell [15-May-2019] SF Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6 Jonathan Robbins [22-May-2019] SF Yin Yang Ch.1-3 Flavio Avila [22-May-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6 DB Gibb [22-May-2019] F Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2 Heather McDonald [29-May-2019] SF MUSTANG BETTIE Paul Werner [29-May-2019] SF Wolfwitch, chapter 1 Zackary H. Gentry [05-Jun-2019] F A Captain's Fate Anthony Gibbs [05-Jun-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The DB Gibb [19-Jun-2019] SF Semper Fidelis: We are Rome George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019] SF A Love Letter From Space Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019] SF Lost Tomorrows Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019] F Escaping Rondella William Nalley [26-Jun-2019] SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019] F Destiny 101 Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019] H Midnight Spook Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019] F A Tale of Hastir Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019] SF Google Diagnose Raphaelle Race [24-Jul-2019] SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1 Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019] SF Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3 Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019] H Half-Bedroom Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019] F The hole in the whole Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019] F A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019] SF Am I Doing This Right? Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019] H The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1 Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-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.