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]
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.
Stayin' AliveIf you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.
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 8-Jul-2020 (Crits due 15-Jul-2020): H It's Not a Pandemic [mpc] Adam Pitts -#29272 F Small Demons - Book I of The Eversteam Chronicles [mpc] Jude Matulich -#29273 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 23-24 Eric Wilson -#29274 SF Time in a Bottle Amy Hammack Turner -#29275 F The Greatest City Chapters 3,4, and 5 Clayton Niehaus -#29276 SF Humanity, Start Your Engines [@] Larry Hodges -#29277 F Elfriche LindaAnn LoSchiavo -#29278 SF Coded Parasites K. Raghasudhan -#29279 SF Galaxy Run, Chapter 1 - Date Night James Edmund Dennis -#29280 SF Descent Into Darkness [@] Edward Muller -#29281 SF A Fresh Start Jonathan G. Chew -#29282 F Arrows in the Dark, chapter 1, version 2 Abigail Yates -#29283 F Make America Magical Again C.A. Lewis -#29284 F The Straw Witch Michelle DiPietro -#29285 H Teeth John Henry Whelan -#29286 F Center Hallow Steven Kubrak -#29287 Week of 15-Jul-2020 (Crits due 22-Jul-2020): SF Solomon 37 Eli Cepeda SF The Great Rift Between Us JC Crochet F From the Deep Adam Pitts SF Human Eclipse Craig Lipman SF Behind the Veil Martin Heckman SF The Blue - Ch 1 Irony, Ch 2 Letters from the Dead Marc Dupré F Omeron _Chapter 1_ Alexander R Davis SF Last Moments Alia Atwell SF That day all cattle hope for Yacine GACI SF Unexpected Grace Ife J. Ibitayo H Hair of the Dog Amanda Hard F Francis My Son Ed Kratz F The Whittler Renan Bernardo F Goat Island Michael Stevens Week of 22-Jul-2020 (Crits due 29-Jul-2020): SF The Needs of the Client Chris Hepler H The Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change Preston Chase F Querencia, Prologue-Chapter 1 Maye Villaflores F The Wayfarer Zachary M. Kekac F Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 3 William L Hunt SF The Way of the Warrior Boris Layupan SF In Place of Deceit, Chapters 1-2 Michael R. Hartman SF The Tulip Station, Chapters 0-2 Aaron Fried SF Bloody Mary Leila Martin SF Roadkill Joe Olson SF Transitions Russell Adams F Against the Wind, Chapters 1-5 Darren Askins F The Way of the Sky, Chapters 1-3 Chris Byess Week of 29-Jul-2020 (Crits due 5-Aug-2020): F Sun, Swords, and Secrets _Chapters 1-3_ Alex Scout Lead F The Little Demon Master, Chapters 1-2 Doris Zhou H The Lure Chapters 1 to 10 REV A Jim Keane F Midday in the Gardens of Good and Evil _and_ Of All the Doors in All the Worlds. . . Joel E. Roosa F Maid Knight Matthew J Olson SF The Man Under the Bathroom Sink Jesse Cunningham SF Level Ground Amit Gupta SF Emotive, Chapter 1 Jeff Naylor SF Away from the Brilliance of Life Clancy Weeks SF The Trash Artisan Problem Jeff Weitzel F Till Death Do Us Part Adeline J. Schultz H Flowers on the Wall Douglas Ryan H The Suicide Forest Linda Gould SF Unable to see the truth charlie Fischer Week of 5-Aug-2020 (Crits due 12-Aug-2020): SF Repopulation Gary S. Opas F Small Demons - Part One Jude Matulich F Drought Mani Nezami H Deathly Denial Kelly Parrish F A Tribute of Bulls, Chapter Two Kerry Cathers SF Mathew Charles Gull H A Maze, Heartless and Cold Glen Noble SF The Found Ship Joe Belarge H Halloween Is for Starting Over Madeline Jacobson H Ghosts of Wars Past Sean Masters F Co:ExisT _The Calm Before the storm_ Md. Naimur Rahman F I Will, If You Will Michael Bondies ====================================================================== (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 Of the Dragon Guild Eli Cepeda [22-Jul-2020] SF Harmonic Insurgence JC Crochet [22-Jul-2020] SF Role of Law Wayne Martin [?] SF Galaxy Run, Chapters 2 and 3 James Edmund Dennis [15-Jul-2020] SF 3 Billion Heartbeats Jonathan G. Chew [15-Jul-2020] SF Waiting Around To Die v2 Michael Stevens [22-Jul-2020] H LOADED Jonathan G. Chew [?] SF Engines of Immortality Raghasudhan K [15-Jul-2020] H The Midnight Train Murders Jim Keane [5-Aug-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 25 Eric Wilson [15-Jul-2020] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Smoke & Dagger Query Letter Dennis Blake [17-Jun-2020] SF DARIGARIAN EMPIRE SEEKING EARTHLING FOR FIRST CONTACT Craig Lipman [17-Jun-2020] H Caine Diaries, Chapters 1-5 Natalee M. Bowen [17-Jun-2020] SF Glancing Blow Ray Erickson [17-Jun-2020] F Adela Smith, Exorcist Megan Quinn [24-Jun-2020] F Shadow Walker Chapter 1-6 Ian Johnson [24-Jun-2020] H Darkness Lies, Prologue-Chapter 1 Kyle Walker [01-Jul-2020] F The Future History of the Grail -- Prologue Joe Follansbee [01-Jul-2020] SF Marvin's Diary J.C. Gagan [01-Jul-2020] SF The Far Traveler Franco Alvarado [08-Jul-2020] H Cow Tipping Thomas Brumskill [08-Jul-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.