New entry Sep 16
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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!
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 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
Submission files 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 23-Sep-2020 (Crits due 30-Sep-2020): F Equal Measure Sandra Skalski -#29443 SF Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 1 Charles Gull -#29444 SF Beijing Galactic Table Tennis Championships [@] Larry Hodges -#29445 SF The Architecture of Longing Jamie M. Boyd -#29446 F The Souls of Imagined Things Raghasudhan K -#29447 H The Torrid Captaincy of Henry Armistead, Chapter 3 Robert Beverly -#29448 SF The Old Woman and the Puffins John Edward Uth -#29449 SF The Toqard Vince Bonasso -#29450 F The Homeless Stars Kelly Parrish -#29451 F Holy Knight Michelle Ng -#29452 F The Dragon's Garden K.C. Ahia -#29453 F The Judge Conor McBrien -#29454 F Exit, Pursued by a Cucumber Katelyn Sullivan -#29455 F The Ghost at 1 Silversmith Lane Kate Genellie -#29456 SF Something Rich and Strange Jordan Allan Chase-Young -#29457 Week of 30-Sep-2020 (Crits due 7-Oct-2020): SF Casey Traveles West Chap 6 Barry Burnett SF The Tides of Earth, chapts: 32, 33, 34, 35 _partial_ Jerold H. Tabbott SF Life is Good Rick Moyer F General Store Madeline Jacobson SF Lobby Russ N. SF Roadkill - resubmission Joe Olson F The Greatest City Chapters 10,11,12 Clayton Niehaus F Super Fire Crystal Warrior Ellen McCammon SF Forever Grey Chapter 1 Greg Tracii SF Hanover, Chapters 1-5 Jeff Richardson SF Penelope Theresa Story H The Curse Jim Keane SF Emotive, Chapter 3 Jeff Naylor F Death Dust Jude Matulich Hall Week of 7-Oct-2020 (Crits due 14-Oct-2020): SF When Jackson Turner Woke Up as Someone Else Amit Gupta SF Mae's Mission Jed Brinkley F Charmer Matthew J Olson F The Chalice Laura Engelhardt F The Blemishing of Bruic's Green Cloth David Felix SF Further to Fall, Chapter 10 Garrett Menning F Francis: The Adventure Continues Ed Kratz F The Love-Song of the Mad Minstrel Shelly Nir H A Lullaby for Cicadas _formerly Changeling_ H.D. Grande SF In the Mouth Steve Levandoski SF Flight of the Pirate Witch, Chapter 1 and Synopsis David Ugarte F Bridge at Ramageddon chap1 Wayne M Merritt SF Finding the Time Michael Seidl H Darkness Lies, Chapter 2 Kyle Walker Week of 14-Oct-2020 (Crits due 21-Oct-2020): SF The Nemesis Part I Chapter 1 Stephen Secor F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 27-30 Eric Wilson SF The Primitive Charles Botsford SF Tardigrades scottt godfrey F For your own good Alex Vinicius Santana Souza F Where Some Have Gone Before, Parts I-III Joel E. Roosa F Arrows in the Dark, chapter 3 Abigail Yates SF All in the Eyes of the Owl Prelude-Ch3 Nathan B. Bair SF Electric Memories Don't Fade in the Evening Sun Michael Stevens SF The Message Chris Hepler F Madness Reigns Supreme - Chapter 2 Joshua Lieblein SF Manywhere, Manyone, Manything NM Whitley F Engines of Sorcery Daniel Lauricella F The Giant Swan of the Great Salt Lake Carl R. Cole III F Kaileva Sara Kilgore SF The Ambassador Attends the Final Fair revision 4.2 Robert Harpold ====================================================================== (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 [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 4 Jeff Naylor [7-Oct-2020] H Praying for Sunrise Jim Keane [7-Oct-2020] H Chimney Sweep Jude Matulich-Hall [7-Oct-2020] F Cloud Tracker Kaitlyn Mattson [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 2 Charles Gull F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 3 Charles Gull F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 4 Charles Gull F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F No Smoking Allowed Jude Matulich-Hall [?] F From Trash to Treasure Jude Matulich-Hall [?] H The Sounds of a Bamboo Forest Michelle Ng [30-Sep-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 31-32 Eric Wilson [21-Oct-2020] SF In the Country of Endless Daylight scottt godfrey [21-Oct-2020] SF Download scottt godfrey [?] SF Guidepost scottt godfrey [?] SF The Hand scottt godfrey [?] SF House scottt godfrey [?] SF Her Desher scottt godfrey [?] SF The Qwulne scottt godfrey [?] SF Prey scottt godfrey [?] SF Mites scottt godfrey [?] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [?] F The Last Dameryx Kelly Parrish [30-Sep-2020] SF Next Charles Botsford [21-Oct-2020] SF The Linking, Chapters 1-5 Jeff Richardson [7-Oct-2020] F Riding the Midnight Breeze Joe Olson [7-Oct-2020] SF Cyberhomeless Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [21-Oct-2020] SF Invisible Bodies Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?] SF The Barrier Between Kate Genellie [30-Sep-2020] H A Family Recipe for Spice Cake Madeline Jacobson [7-Oct-2020] H The Midnight Train Murders New Revision Jim Keane [?] F Worms of Flesh, Worms of Faith Jordan Chase-Young [30-Sep-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 33-35 Eric Wilson [?] H The Elevator Jim Keane [?] H Birdbath Jude Matulich-Hall [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Storms Past Laura-Marie Steele [26-Aug-2020] SF Of Buggies and Behemoths Sarah Rebecca Hovorka [26-Aug-2020] F AK Book Excerpt - 1 angela shteynbak [09-Sep-2020] SF Sweet Petals"-excerpt John Bettinger [09-Sep-2020] SF Towers in the dark. Chapter 1 Roman Rafalson [23-Sep-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.