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 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
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 15-Aug-2018 (Crits due 22-Aug-2018): SF The Price of Guilt [mpc] Brian Zayas -#27891 SF Global Decision System Richard Zwicker -#27892 F The Galleon of Brushy Creek revision 5.2 Robert Harpold -#27893 F Sea Mage, Chapter 11-13 Chris Turner -#27894 SF The Collector Revised Joel Schroeder -#27895 SF Junkers Eric J. Francis -#27896 SF The Deception of Revelation Matthew Duerst -#27897 H Deadwood Madison Estes -#27898 H Johanna of Patmos Jesse Caedington -#27899 F A Myth of Black and White Terry Volkirch -#27900 F Built on Bones, Chapter 1 Lyric Gray -#27901 SF The R Aftermath, Chapter 2 & 3 Laura Scroggins -#27902 F Janiella Kerry Cathers -#27903 SF Imperfect Mirror Alex Halimou -#27904 F The Reluctant Magician Margaret Moller -#27905 SF The Last Living Indian Logan Giese -#27906 Week of 22-Aug-2018 (Crits due 29-Aug-2018): F Incursion Pete Koziar SF Flowers from Across the Universe Sahil Lavingia SF The Void Nic Barkdull F Contract On A Dead Man Andrew Knoll SF Artificial Hope Brian Palermo SF The Reconstructed Man Maurice Humphrey F Sparrow, Robin, and The Angel Russell Adams YL Two of a Kind, Prologue - Chapter Two Sam Wotten F Warlord, Chapters 1-2 Keith McArdle F The Fall Reina Cruz H Family Stories Ed Kratz F The Tilted Shield, Ch 1-3 Michelle Henrie F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 10 Jeff Naylor F Wicked Paths to Power: A Tale of the Court of Swords Carl R. Cole III F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 32-33 Eric Wilson SF Cali-Forward! Michael Andre-Driussi SF Start Again Forever Juan Hernandez F Demanding Knoledge Brad Davis H My promise Charles G Chettiar SF Rather Close to Nancy Adam Knight Week of 29-Aug-2018 (Crits due 5-Sep-2018): F Biting Darla Jackson SF Lay Down Your Arms, Oh Weary Soldier Brian Hickman F Ink in My Bones Mary Makarova F The Queen of Terrible Fire: Coronation, Chapter 0-1 Scott Green F Piecemeal James Milton F Sidequest Francisco Velasquez SF Nostalgia for Coffee Gary Goodson SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6 Joy Landa SF Air Freshener T3000 Robert J Cleary SF The Wrecking Heart And The Hand That Make Me Whole Renan Bernardo H The Devil Took My Last Cigarette Jessica Orr F S'ra's Climb Christopher McManamon F Sunrise Christopher Blake F Tightrope, Sample Chapter, RFDR Allison Estry F Apprentices Can't Fly Kevin P. Hallett F The Half Finished Map Robin Eliot SF Lovebot, Autonomous Car, Junkie Christian Roberts F The Deathless Ones Geetha Krishnan F A Witch's Hopes Neil Wesley Flinchbaugh F The Siren's Call Jonas T. Anderson F The City of Peace, Prologue April Weeks SF The Twinkling, Chapters 0-3. John C. Christiansen SF Stellar Cruises, Chapter 1 Elena Zimmerman ====================================================================== (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 Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11 Jeff Naylor [29-Aug-2018] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 34-35 Eric Wilson [29-Aug-2018] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 36-37 Eric Wilson [?] F A Crowning of Discontent - Chapter 2 Kerry Cathers [22-Aug-2018] SF Tempest and the Cyclops Alex Halimou [22-Aug-2018] SF A Life-shifting Experience Terry Volkirch [22-Aug-2018] H Arcane Stardom Charles G Chettiar [29-Aug-2018] F A Tangle Of Strings Francisco Velasquez [5-Sep-2018] F Pandora's Locker Michelle Henrie [29-Aug-2018] SF Anticipation of Hollowness Renan Bernardo [5-Sep-2018] F Sombreron Reina Cruz [29-Aug-2018] H The Body Reina Cruz [?] H The Scent of Decay Madison Estes [22-Aug-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Vectors, Chapters 4-6 Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018] F The Shell Brian Williams [23-May-2018] SF Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2 Nicholas Martellacci [30-May-2018] SF Dissecting the Muse Tasha S. [05-Jul-2018] SF The Privateers, Chapter 1 Kevin Sullivan [05-Jul-2018] F Chapterhouse Eternity Shaiyon Merkel [11-Jul-2018] F The Luxian Child, Chapter 1 Shanon D Huston-Willis [18-Jul-2018] SF The Scheherazade Dilemma Kevin J. Miller [18-Jul-2018] SF The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5 Tomas Lapas [25-Jul-2018] SF Magic Studies Soren Berg [25-Jul-2018] SF Through the Shadows' Edge Judith F. Abraham [25-Jul-2018] F Betrayal, Prologue Jonathan Curtis [01-Aug-2018] F To Wake a Dreamer Joshua F. Potter [01-Aug-2018] H The Vape Shop D.W. Jones [08-Aug-2018] SF Best Behavior [mpc] Thomas N Beck [15-Aug-2018] H Not in This Economy Jessica Orr [15-Aug-2018] ::: >> 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.