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
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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.
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Stayin' AliveIf you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.
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 16-Jul-2014 (Crits due 23-Jul-2014): SF The Farthest City [mpc] Daniel P. Swenson -#23891 SF The Pro, Chapter 1 [mpc] Richard Edwards -#23892 F Dwarves Don't Climb Trees Eric Juneau -#23893 SF Hidden Color [@] Gio Clairval -#23894 H The Not, Chapter 34 A. R. Braun -#23895 SF A Mother's Place Christina Usher -#23896 SF Approaching the Well of Still Time _tentative_ Stacy Elko -#23897 SF Robot Rights, chapter One tom Grayhorse -#23898 SF The Build-A-Dragon Company Dan Koboldt -#23899 SF Stubborn Moon Joseph Camera -#23900 H Soulweaver Chapters 6,7,8 Alex Maher -#23901 SF Repeaters Filip Wiltgren -#23902 SF The Errigannie - Prologue/Chapter 1 Jay Sauls -#23903 SF Worlds of Pyramis: Chapter 9 Will Barnes -#23904 F The Trouble With Dwarf Stones at Cattail Pond Victoria Kalb -#23905 SF Mountain Man Andrew Jacquier -#23906 F Spear, Chapters 1-3 Kristopher Horton -#23907 F Down the Spiral Jamie Simo -#23908 SF I've Found The Cure For Cancer Justin Key -#23909 SF Suspended Rebecca Shiles -#23910 SF Desire [@] David John Baker -#23911 F Stag Night Aleksandra Pantic -#23912 Week of 23-Jul-2014 (Crits due 30-Jul-2014): SF Whitefall [mpc] Harlen Bayha SF Black Tie Grady Annette Bowman SF The Girl from Beyond the Wall - Part 2 Rati Mehrotra F The Act of Faith Hotel, Chapter 1 Emily Schoerning F Better The Devil You Know Dom Dulley SF It's Always Summer In Our Memory Amanda Niehaus-Hard F Myth Origins Jon Wiggins F Things Worth Dying For Kaitlyn Boggs F Seeks the Light Michael Dorken SF Incineration, Chapters 1-6 Amanda L. Culton SF Two-Hundred Forty-One Centuries Benjamin Schulz F Seeking the Light of Justice Dr. Barry Nadel F Goddess _RFDR_ Kristin Whitman F For Those Who Deserve It Alexander Leger-Small SF This Is The Sound Of The End Of The World Matt Dovey SF Cuban Missile Strike Michael Andre-Driussi SF Diamond Folds Andrea Cross F Werewear Fred Obermeyer SF The Ordeal, Chapter 1 Conrad Steenkamp H Before the Beginning Richard Zwicker F The Bottom Luke Robinson Week of 30-Jul-2014 (Crits due 6-Aug-2014): F The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5 Patrick Crowe F Heaven's Waiting Room has Lousy Magazines Elena Hayes SF The Automatic Writing Machine of UCBT James Brittain SF Colony 411, Chapter 1 Luke Larsen SF Glass Carnival, chapter 2 Gail Marsella H The Book Clinton L. Reed SF The SkinWalkers, Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow SF Revenge Begins with Death revised Robert Harpold F Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2 Iona Baird F Keeper of the Crimson Blade, Prologue-Chapter 1 Erin Fitzgerald SF The Part They Stole Chris Countryman F A Dragon's Treasure Louise A. Postlethwaite H The Turning of the Key - Chapter 3 and 4 Wendy Salmon SF Soul Peddling Down the Texas Byways Gary Goodson SF Only Who is Left Julia Nolan H Outpost Ricardo Delacruz SF The Fourth Law of Robotics 7-15 Charles Hand SF Planar Ghosts Krystal Claxton SF The Twelve o'clock Boys Amanda H. Geard SF The Pro, Chapter 2 Richard Edwards H Haunted: The Saga of a fallen hero chap 6 Naftali Deitsch SF Five Days as Uberman, Prologue-Chapter 4 Nikhil Sekher F All the Souls Like Candle Flames Vanessa Fogg F The Moving Mountains : A Chilongua Tale Jeffrey Hall SF The Geographer Liam King H Melanie Explains It All Mary Elizabeth Thompson F Price of Passage Russell de Grove SF Act Natural Jeremy Draghi SF John's Holiday Arol Bosut F Breath of the Titans, part 1 Riley Amos Westbrook F Shrouded Goddess, Ch 15+16 Patricia Moussatche ====================================================================== (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 Freedom Annette Bowman [30-Jul-2014] F My Lover's Skin Aleksandra Pantic [23-Jul-2014] H The Invisible People Alex Maher [23-Jul-2014] SF Bloodlines, Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow [6-Aug-2014] F Smalto Victoria Kalb [23-Jul-2014] F Strange Things Happen All the Time Aleksandra Pantic [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Radiant, Chapter One Ashley Gonzales [18-Jun-2014] F Cercie Leah Ashton [25-Jun-2014] SF The End Joseph Brinkman [25-Jun-2014] H Laughter Matt Burkholder [25-Jun-2014] F The Chronicles of Astroban The Gathering Book 1 Chapters 1 & 2 s Anne Graham [02-Jul-2014] F Radiant, Chapter 1 Ashley Gonzales [09-Jul-2014] H The Reaper's Tavern Pearce Clancy [09-Jul-2014] F Formula Alec [16-Jul-2014] SF Season of Blood and Banditos, Chp 4-5 Robert Cummings [16-Jul-2014] F Fluttera Jessica Barnhart [16-Jul-2014] SF Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1 Randy R. Henke [16-Jul-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.