New entry Jul 15
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 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.
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.
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 25-Nov-2015 (Crits due 2-Dec-2015): F Wordwatchers Fred Obermeyer -#25377 SF Alien Message _Was Riding the Dinosaur_ Amanda H. Geard -#25378 SF Psi Prison Michael Andre-Driussi -#25379 F The Lady of Ironstone P.E. Zimmerman -#25380 SF I, Parasite Christian Roberts -#25381 SF Prey John Barefield -#25382 H Beware the Whammy Matthew Weber -#25383 F Beguiling Moon Lori Phillips -#25384 SF Just Drive [@] Will McIntosh -#25385 F The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 1 - Mommy Dearest Tambrey Granneman -#25386 SF Despair: The Emerald Collection Matt Dovey -#25387 F The Forgotten King - chapters 2&3 David Grant -#25388 H Crown of Stars Tomi MĂn~kinen -#25389 SF Friends in Small Places Pete Koziar -#25390 H De-arrangement Lee P. Melling -#25391 SF Squared Corey J. White -#25392 Week of 2-Dec-2015 (Crits due 9-Dec-2015): F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer F Vanessa and the Unicorn Sandy Kulhavy H The Road Cain Walks Matt Kilby H La Bete Carl Alves SF The Convincer Eleanor R. Wood F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 15 Joel E. Roosa SF Methuselah Kevin Hallett SF Watching the Starship Robert Harpold SF Vector X Angela Rose SF The End Alyssa R. Buhrman SF Infamous Troy McLaughlan F A Paleolithic Fable Shane Thomas SF Dryad of the Apple Orchard Eric J. Juneau SF Phobovore J.E. Bates F The Memory of Rain Beth Goder SF Humanity is the Safest Place to Hide Paul R. Hardy F In the Sorcerer's Society Christopher Piatti SF Oh, Yeah? John Griffin F For Serious Singers Only Asia Nichols SF Deus Ex Machina Maurice McBride Week of 9-Dec-2015 (Crits due 16-Dec-2015): F The Sun Shall Rise Jon Stephens F The Way Home Anna Salonen SF Trade Route, Ch. 7 Curtis Manges SF Redemption, Chapter 1 Juan Maldonado SF 29X Gregory Payne SF Unearthed: Episode 2 - The Light Joy Landa F Tales of Maple Threestep: Spirits and Cinnamon Trees Part 2 Jeremiah Goodreau SF Boundary Issues G.A.Miller H Scrimshaw George Cotronis F White Ghosts and Living Forever Eugenia Triantafyllou ====================================================================== (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 God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] 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 The Vampire Mourned part 2 - Primal Skies #13 Kim Smeltzer [9-Dec-2015] F The Vampire Groom part 3 - Primal Skies #14 Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 2 - Mother Knows Best Tambrey Granneman [2-Dec-2015] F The Price of Betrayal Chapter 3 - Family Portrait Tambrey Granneman [?] F The Price of Betrayal Chapter 4 - Come With Me Tambrey Granneman [?] F The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 5 - Psycho Killer Tambrey Granneman [?] H American Gryphons part 1 Kim Smeltzer [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 3 - Decisions Joy Landa [16-Dec-2015] SF Unearthed: Episode 4 - Heart Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 5 - The Future Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 6 - Martin Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 7 - Martin's Misstep Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 8 - Motives Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 10 - Partners Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 11 - Carpe Diem Joy Landa [?] SF Questionnaire Corey J. White [2-Dec-2015] F Prey - Into the depths John Barefield [2-Dec-2015] F Open the Door Lori Phillips [2-Dec-2015] F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 16 Joel E. Roosa [9-Dec-2015] H Bad Brunch in the Big Easy Matthew Weber [2-Dec-2015] F Nyira and the Invisible Boy K.M. Harrell [?] H The Wake George Cotronis [16-Dec-2015] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H The Whisper Derek Sands [14-Oct-2015] H A Stroke of Genius Ryan Baker [14-Oct-2015] F Rise of the Merial Chapter 1-5 Maxwell T Honour [28-Oct-2015] SF Last Call at the Electric Aaron J. Mitchell [28-Oct-2015] H Demonic Apocalypse Stew Adams [04-Nov-2015] SF The Universe Between Us, Chapters 1-2 Diana De Brito [11-Nov-2015] F Murder City Ch.1 Angel Murray [18-Nov-2015] F 2084 Donavin K Schlosser [25-Nov-2015] F 'Neath, Chapter 1 Robert Deskoski [25-Nov-2015] F The City of Tomorrow, Chapter 1 BR Kelly [25-Nov-2015] SF The Chills Of Irwyn Town James Kingston [25-Nov-2015] F The Black Between Connor Ruebusch [25-Nov-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.