New entry Apr 03
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]
News[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]
Critters is 20!
Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
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, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.
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.
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
A Guide to BarsoomThe ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.
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 29-Jun-2016 (Crits due 6-Jul-2016): F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 17-20 Russell Adams -#25978 F Land of Many Ages Fred Obermeyer -#25979 F The Reborn Identity, Chapters IX-X Joel E. Roosa -#25980 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 11-12 Keir Puplett -#25981 F Situation No Win Leena Naidoo -#25982 H Burt's Top Secret Spice Mix Matthew Weber -#25983 F Emile - an Interlude - Primal Skies series Kim Smeltzer -#25984 SF How to Sync Spouse Russell Nichols -#25985 F Two Dead Men and a Truck Marc A Criley -#25986 SF One Past, One Future [@] David John Baker -#25987 F Aide-De-Camp Shawn Proctor -#25988 F The Old Salt Matthew Duerst -#25989 SF The Loud Lights Jeff Richardson -#25990 SF Upon a Darkside Rising Wilber Arron -#25991 SF The Ghost Loop: Please Let Me In! Mark Rawlings -#25992 F The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Prologue-Chapter 3 Michelle Johnson -#25993 F Nocturne, Chapters 1-2 Robert Richard -#25994 F A Piece of the True Cross Jan Stephens -#25995 F Abandoned G.A.Miller -#25996 SF White Rabbit in Red Space, Chapter 1 Justin Sturm -#25997 H Roosevelt Is For Lovers Jason J. Nugent -#25998 SF Vera, Chapters 1-3 Alasdair Clark -#25999 Week of 6-Jul-2016 (Crits due 13-Jul-2016): SF Little /^^^&- [@] Eric Schwitzgebel SF Lynden Amelia Tumlin SF Love, Lies, & Clones, Chapters 1-2 Joy Schultz F Living Color Alec E. B. SF The 4748 Days of His Life Dan Reade F Chronicles of Tellus Chapter One - A Name Scott Heckler SF The Face of Jes Viscosie Ray Franklin SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 1 Joy Landa SF B.E.T.A. _section 1, Intro - Chapter 4_ Sam Bullers SF The Harvest Julie Reeser F The Journey of Bey Bear Chris Kenworthy F Calypso P.E. Zimmerman SF Jovian Wolf Kristopher Horton SF The Travelers Quest Chapters 1-4 Dottie Blackshear SF Rusted and Alone Brad Preslar H The Well by Moonlight, ch 1 Kevin Emmons SF Lost Goddess: Forgotten Kimberly Pickering F Girl of Flame and Smoke Olivia J Martelli F The Demon's Playground-Ch 1 through 4 Jim Phillips H Blinky M.B.Vujacic Week of 13-Jul-2016 (Crits due 20-Jul-2016): SF Forever Grey - Chapters 3-4 Greg Tracii F The Golden Touch Chapter 7 April Hicks F Free Fall Sandor Kovacs F Red Echoes of Vengeance Lee P. Melling F A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 16-17 April Weeks F Ivory Bill Felicia Lee SF Your Only Hope Christian Roberts H Through the Mind of a Seer, _Chapters 1-3_ Melissa Malo SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder SF The Worth of Failure Richard Aaron F A Sorcerer's Life For Me Ryan Brown SF Esther's Early Years kyle rogstad SF Fates Paradox Stephen Shewmake SF Stargazing From the Shifting Sands Laura-Marie Steele ====================================================================== (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 Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII Joel E. Roosa [6-Jul-2016] F The Vampire Hunter part 1 Kim Smeltzer [6-Jul-2016] F The Vampire Hunter part 2 Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Vampire Hunter part 3 Kim Smeltzer [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 13-14 Keir Puplett [6-Jul-2016] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16 Keir Puplett [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 2 Joy Landa [13-Jul-2016] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3 Joy Landa [?] F The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I Kim Smeltzer [?] SF B.E.T.A section 2 _Chap 5-10_ Sam Bullers [13-Jul-2016] SF B.E.T.A. section 3 _chapters 11 -15_ Sam Bullers [?] H The Neighbor at the Curb Matthew Weber [6-Jul-2016] SF Forever Grey - Chapters 5-6 Greg Tracii [20-Jul-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Wednesday Arina Pricop [11-May-2016] SF Skyward Descent, Summary & Chapter 1 Graceann Barrett [11-May-2016] H The Way Out Gary Buller [11-May-2016] SF Becoming the Dragon Patrick Sanders [18-May-2016] SF The Apartment Complex outline Adrian J. Brabo [18-May-2016] F The Dreamscape Aquarium David Serra [18-May-2016] SF The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One Thomas John Moscato [25-May-2016] F The Silent Tear, Prologue Elizabeth Azurra [25-May-2016] SF The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1 Jonathan Bergeron [25-May-2016] F Work In Progress, Chapter 1 Margaret Brier [01-Jun-2016] F The Beer Dilemma Eric Weaver [08-Jun-2016] SF Through the Backdoor: Part 1 Alexandra [08-Jun-2016] H A Light in Hell Cedric Kulacz [08-Jun-2016] F One Word Brian Kemper [08-Jun-2016] F Callowfield Ch. 1 Christopher Smith [15-Jun-2016] H One of a Kind Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-2016] ::: >> 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.