New entry Apr 10
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]
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!
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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 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.
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 20-May-2015 (Crits due 27-May-2015): F Killer Pics [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24849 F In Squalor, Salvation [mpc] Matt Dovey -#24850 F The Girl in the Tower, Chapter 1 [mpc] Aaron Murray -#24851 SF Crutchkicker Chapter One [mpc] Stephen Ornes -#24852 F title: God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 16-18 Russell Adams -#24853 SF Hold Your Breath DJ Cockburn -#24854 SF After the Atrocity Ian Creasey -#24855 F Through A Glass Darkly Joanna Hoyt -#24856 F The Ocean Fae Naftali Deitsch -#24857 F Spear: Fire and Brimstone Kristopher Horton -#24858 H The Final Lesson Anna Salonen -#24859 F Good Intentions, Prologue-Chapter 2 Hannah Gorman -#24860 SF Do No Evil, Chapter 1 Alex Grove -#24861 SF Glory on Mars, Chapter 1 Kathy London -#24862 SF Skin Walkers Debra -#24863 F The Hob's Friend Lance Burri -#24864 F Variations of George Eric Schwitzgebel -#24865 F Leaping Away Melanie Hopkins -#24866 SF Subdued, Chapter 16 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24867 SF Displaced Stephen Drake -#24868 F Viraetes Island Part 4 Miah Goodreau -#24869 SF Relocation Anthony Natale -#24870 SF Dust Kade Moore -#24871 F Zeltis chapters 6-8 Shanna C. Larsen -#24872 SF Kadmon, Chapter 1, Scenes 1 - 3, Angel Fish Melody Curtiss -#24873 Week of 27-May-2015 (Crits due 3-Jun-2015): SF Ah, Love! Charles T. Walbridge F Devil's Blood, Chapters 4 and 5 Sarah Jane Hodge SF A Dream of Gears Will Milner F The Wizard's Roman Revolution - Chpt. #3 Christopher J. Piatti SF Else If Beth Goder SF Mercury Rev Neal Williams F Code Duello, Chapter 1 David Reiss SF Saving Missus Carson Marty Bonus F Pipe Dreams A. Nichols SF Trade Route, Chapter 2 Curtis Manges SF Bunny Business Jennifer Michaud F Son of Death Chapters 1-10 Tanmay T. P. F Brides in the Turning City Alexander Leger-Small F The Man Who Married a Fairy 1-2 Andrew Richardson SF Moebius Christoph Weber F In the Citadel's Shadow - Chpt. 1 Jason Wood F The Bed of the Crimson King Filip Wiltgren H It Came For Caroline Justin C. Key H Feed Me Mark Alan Schultz SF As the Rain Falls Derrick Boden Week of 3-Jun-2015 (Crits due 10-Jun-2015): SF Wind-Riderz Part I Chapter 3 Christopher Cragwick SF Storytime at the Bloody Dagger Beth Wilson H An Artist's Eye Chapter 1 Wendy Turner SF Nothing to Lose Christian Roberts F Deceiver, Chapter 1 M L Sawyer F Child of the House Chapter 1 Kaitlyn Whipple F The Girl in the Faerie Woods Chris Kenworthy F Help From Above Dale W. Glaser F Never Ride Again Ray Sheppard SF First Contact Elena Hayes H Another Beer Robert A. Vicens SF Jefferson Adjacent, Chapters 1-3 Parker Crutchfield SF Much Abides Henry McFarland F Puma's Den Sara Reller H The List Abbey Heuiser SF An Authentic Hunting Experience Gary Goodson SF Nameless Jacob T. Oakley SF Our Gift to the Animals Richard Leis H Lady of Wax Devin M. Anderson Week of 10-Jun-2015 (Crits due 17-Jun-2015): SF The Hamsa, Chapter 4-5 Patrick Sanders SF Ithaka, Chapter 1 Manek R. Mistry F The Bridge of the Moon Corey Smith H Blue Spider Carl Alves SF The Incident At Wolfe Creek, Chapters 2&3 Leena Naidoo H Voodoo as I Say Richard Zwicker F The Tide, Chapter 1 Katie Tracy SF Remembrance Garrett Menning SF Under the Weather Jacob Rennick F Ways To End The World Alex Bottle SF Uprooted Shane Thomas F The Vampire's Daughter Kim Smeltzer F The Black Queen Chapter 3 Chad Willson SF Doxing the Camgirl Dan Malakin F The Vampire Julia - Primal Skies #8 Kim Smeltzer F Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 3-4 Joel E. Roosa SF Stone Age Vacation Michael Andre-Driussi SF Story Time Dirck de Lint H Unexpected Detour Jason Rhodes H Landlocked Lighthouse Marilyn Schanaman SF Baxter Brown isn't gay...well maybe a little Vincent Stacy Henry ====================================================================== (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]"): YA Enchanter RFDR E. B. Pike [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] M The Shot Zimbalist L. Odhams [?] L The Six Samurai Chapters 1-3 John Endris [?] F Our Father, Chapter 1 Brandon Byes [?] SF Terra Prime: Fall of a Federation [?] SF Rats in Space [?] F Dollhouse of the He, Chart [?] L Violin Playing Robot Chrissie Wranja [?] F Wizard's of the Watchtower Christopher J. Piatti [3-Jun-2015] SF God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer [17-Jun-2015] F Spun Gold Melanie Hopkins [27-May-2015] SF Littlefoot Charles T, Walbridge [3-Jun-2015] SF Pixel Heart Draft 2 Will Milner [3-Jun-2015] F Devil's Blood, Chapter 6 Sarah Jane Hodge [3-Jun-2015] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] F Viraetes Island-Following the Adventures of Alice, Chris, and Matt Miah Goodreau [27-May-2015] SF Arctic Marauder Jennifer Michaud [3-Jun-2015] H The Red Tavern Debra [27-May-2015] SF Jefferson Adjacent Parker Crutchfield [10-Jun-2015] F Zeltis chapters 9-12 Shanna C. Larsen [27-May-2015] F Viraetes Island-Following the Adeventures of Alice, Chris, and Matt Miah Goodreau [?] SF The Hamsa, 6-7 Patrick Sanders [17-Jun-2015] H Artist's Eye Chapter 2 Wendy Turner [10-Jun-2015] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Timeless James Robertson [22-Apr-2015] F Guardians of the Dream, chapter 1 Amit M. Halberthal [22-Apr-2015] SF Don't Look Back, Chapter 1 Jeff Joseph [06-May-2015] H Flying Brian Air Peter Sides [13-May-2015] SF Half Past Never Ryan Funk [20-May-2015] SF Book of Zac, Prologue and Chapter 1 Johan H N Floderus [20-May-2015] ::: >> 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.