New entry Jun 21
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 17-Sep-2014 (Crits due 24-Sep-2014): F These Unfleshed Bones. Chapters 1-4 [mpc] Russell Adams -#24085 SF Soul Mates Carl Alves -#24086 SF Geoclasm Chapter 0 -- Divisions Sean Green -#24087 F Ringleader Jennifer Michaud -#24088 SF Maiden Voyage of the SS Heavenly Dreams Christian Roberts -#24089 SF Nanocaust, Ch 1 _RFDR_ Levi Jacobs -#24090 SF The Ordeal, Chapters 7-9 Conrad Steenkamp -#24091 H The Beautiful Light Filip Wiltgren -#24092 SF KL2 Salvatore Lucido -#24093 SF The Mercy Hit Natalie Jubb -#24094 SF You Again Jason Boyd -#24095 SF Ronald Muff Climbs the Social Hierarchy Michael Juby -#24096 SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn - Chapters 1-4 Rhett Bruno -#24097 SF The Reckoner Cameron Huntley -#24098 F Reversed Lori Phillips -#24099 F Swaged - Book 2 - World of Blood Series Killion Slade -#24100 SF Broken Mirror Cody Sisco -#24101 F A Conspiracy of Ravens", Chapter 1 _Part 1_ Jason Richardson -#24102 SF Against All Odds A Wisham -#24103 Week of 24-Sep-2014 (Crits due 1-Oct-2014): SF The Mirror Dialogues Richard Zwicker F The Dragon of the Bailey Jonathan Byrne SF Where Hestia Stands, Apollo Weeps Clancy Weeks F Shrouded Goddess, Ch 1+2 Patricia Moussatche SF We Die with Harness on our Back DJ Cockburn F Miracle Worker L Chan F Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6 Kaitlyn Boggs SF Optimizing Encounters Jason Lopez F The Witch Douglas Hufnagel SF The Hamsa, Chapters 1-6 Patrick Sanders SF TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space Matthew Cegielski SF Contiguity Mark Rookyard H Incident at the Buttered Biscuit Matthew Weber H Haunted, The Saga of A Fallen Hero, Chap 8 Naftali Deitsch SF Mild tasting, Like Veal Henry McFarland SF Payback Robert Stevenson F Pawn of The Gods Andrea Franco-Cook F Tales of the Black Dragon Chap 1 Book 3 Charles Leighton H After Life Rashida Asante H She Was the Picture of Remorse. Patrick Gill Week of 1-Oct-2014 (Crits due 8-Oct-2014): F The Revenge of the Gray Wizard Hans Albanese SF Good Housekeeping Chris Countryman SF The Ballad of Caleb Henning Seth Z. Herman F Children of God, Chapter 1 Marescha Muys SF Feed Keir Puplett F Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" chapters 2 and 3 Claudia H Gruy SF Prague Winter Derrick Boden H Yellowstone Search And Rescue Michael Alix SF All of the Jobs Belong to Robots Kristopher Horton H Natural Growth M.B.Vujacic SF The Deviants of the Tardy Ark Emma Baillie F Salt Daena Red SF LifeSport_TM_ Jason Bates SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part One Carlos Mano SF Five Days as Uberman, Part 1 Nikhil Sekher H Andrew, My Friend Mary Elizabeth Thompson SF The Orchard Christoph Weber SF Humanity Joanna Hoyt SF Spliced Frank Booker SF Rarefaction Liz Heldmann SF Ripped Helen E. Kourous H The Face in the Well Stephanie Harshman Diaz F Worldstrings Fred Obermeyer ====================================================================== (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 [?] SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8 Rhett C Bruno [24-Sep-2014] SF TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil Matthew Cegielski [1-Oct-2014] SF The Ordeal Chapters 7-9 Conrad Steenkamp [24-Sep-2014] SF The Hamsa, chapters 7-13 Patrick Sanders [1-Oct-2014] SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two Carlos Mano [8-Oct-2014] SF TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth Matthew Cegielski [?] F Obfuscate - Chapter One Killion Slade [24-Sep-2014] SF Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel DJ Cockburn [1-Oct-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5 Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014] SF Colony 411, Chapter 1 Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014] H The Book Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014] F Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2 Iona Baird [30-Jul-2014] F The King and The Sorceress Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014] SF Quantum Clicker John Gagan [13-Aug-2014] SF Extension Port Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014] SF Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1 Cary Nichols [20-Aug-2014] SF Coming Lights Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi [27-Aug-2014] SF Emerald Dennis V. Hernandez [27-Aug-2014] F Strange Things Happen All the Time Aleksandra Pantic [27-Aug-2014] H Enigma Dipanjan Dutta [27-Aug-2014] SF Gotta Have That Look Chris Kenworthy [03-Sep-2014] SF Leaving Orbit Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014] SF Sprinkles on Top James Witherspoon [03-Sep-2014] F The Want - Chap 1-3 KJ Conte [17-Sep-2014] ::: >> 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.