New entry Sep 16
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
Free Web Sites
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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!
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
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Critters is 25!
This November, Critters is 25 years old! Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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 20-Jan-2021 (Crits due 27-Jan-2021): SF Something In The Blood [mpc] Nicholas G. Marconi -#29693 F Sturm und Drang Joel E. Roosa -#29694 F Capturing Dreams Ed Kratz -#29695 F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 5 Charles Gull -#29696 SF The First Time Amit Gupta -#29697 SF Warrior Peace Sean Masters -#29698 F Cageborn Jamie M. Boyd -#29699 H A Family Recipe for Spice Cake Madeline Jacobson -#29700 SF King of the Space Monkeys John Edward Uth -#29701 F Bridge at Ramageddon Chap 4 and 5 Wayne M Merritt -#29702 SF The General, the Monster, and a Girl Lawrence Lanum -#29703 F Demon Playthings Maria D'Antonio -#29704 H Handy Longlegs John Brownlee -#29705 SF Return Alex Villepique -#29706 SF Voter of No Confidence Sam Rubin -#29707 Week of 27-Jan-2021 (Crits due 3-Feb-2021): SF The Bill Comes Due -- Revised Draft [mpc] Nicholas G. Marconi F The Beast Julia cline SF Home Is Where the Heart Is--revised Amy Hammack Turner F Hallowed Beasts, Chapters 7-8 Katelyn Sullivan H Vector of Infection: A Homo Monstrum Chronicle Kevin Stadt SF The Sunrunner Chronicles Chapter 1 Douglass Calmes SF Into Fire Kendra Lusty SF Losing Sync Aubrey Jones SF The Visitors Daniel H. Hicks H Gabriel Elizabeth Montour F Mississippi Missing _0-1_ Laura Engelhardt H Birdbath Jude Matulich-Hall H The Curse NEW REVISION Jim Keane F The Birthright Stone, Chapters 4-5 John Christopher SF Emotive, Chapter 7 Jeff Naylor Week of 3-Feb-2021 (Crits due 10-Feb-2021): SF Curtains Close Quinault Childs SF Magnitude Ch1 Victor Jimenez F A Fairy's Tail Matthew J Olson SF The Hall of Mirrors Chris Owens F The Greatest City Chapters 24-28 Clayton Niehaus F Ferret, Chapter 1 Margaret Moller SF A Neurological Study of Temporal Events, Part One of Two Alia Atwell SF What I'll Do When They Invent Time Travel Douglas Kolacki F the soft lantern light of the captured spirit Holden Lee F The Ghost Alchemist, Chapter 1 Michael Bondies H The Salt Sayers Audrey Felter SF Mirror Sky: Prologue. Oleg Kozlovskii H The Last Scene Hernan SF Unlucky Strike Nicholas Theodore Narbutovskih Week of 10-Feb-2021 (Crits due 17-Feb-2021): SF Better Barry Burnett SF The Hand scottt godfrey SF Essex, Chapter 1 and Synopsis Charles Botsford F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 39-41 Eric Wilson F The Father, Chapter 2 Jeneva Allers H Christmas in Pandemonium-Revised Prologue John Willems H The Demon Virus Timothy Brown F Dragons of Northice Bleak Ch 1 Steve Reilly SF Ra-Gho-Zu Boris Layupan F Candle and Claw, Chapter 1 Stephen Taylor SF Three Swords Against the Haruspex Dale W. Glaser SF Summer Necromance Francis Marotta SF Spirit Breaker, Prologue Troy Adams SF The Authentic Android Joe Follansbee H He's Always Watching Adeline J. Schultz SF Pacifica, Chapters 0-3 Gray Winsler H Needed Adam Pitts SF Mandala Rule SYNOPSIS/RFDR AllisonEstry H Summoning Silent Susie Michelle Ng SF Forever Grey Chapter 2 Greg Tracii SF When Love Goes Down the Drain Michael Stevens F Anai, Chapters 1-tiny part of 2 Sara Carbone F The Hidden Memories of Rose Carole Dunn ====================================================================== (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 Role of Law Wayne Martin [?] F Cloud Tracker Kaitlyn Mattson [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [27-Jan-2021] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] SF House scottt godfrey [17-Feb-2021] SF Her Desher scottt godfrey [?] SF The Qwulne scottt godfrey [?] SF Prey scottt godfrey [?] SF Mites scottt godfrey [?] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [?] SF Roland Darleigh Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [?] H The Lure New Revision Jim Keane [3-Feb-2021] SF The Birthright Stone, Chapter 6 John Christopher [3-Feb-2021] H Praying for Sunrise NEW VERSION Jim Keane [?] H The Portal Jim Keane [?] SF Cell Phone James Keane [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] SF The War, Chapter 1 and Synopsis Charles Botsford [17-Feb-2021] H The Decider Adam Pitts [17-Feb-2021] SF Praise the-- Adam Pitts [?] H The Midnight Train Murders 3rd Revision Jim Keane [?] H Cattywampus Adam Pitts [?] SF Don't Touch My Stuff Adam Pitts [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 8 Jeff Naylor [3-Feb-2021] SF Emotive, Chapter 9 Jeff Naylor [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 10 Jeff Naylor [?] SF Enemy Mate Sean Masters [27-Jan-2021] F Oak Grove Cemetery: Prologue, Chapter 1 Maria D'Antonio [27-Jan-2021] H The Mysterious MrGraves Troy Adams [17-Feb-2021] SF The Sunrunner Chronicles Chapters 3-4 Douglass Calmes [3-Feb-2021] SF Demon's Orbit Kevin Stadt [3-Feb-2021] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Immolation Vincent Francica [09-Dec-2020] SF The Unbound Cut Daniel Chao [09-Dec-2020] F Watcher and Wanders, Chapters 1-3 Joseph Freer [09-Dec-2020] SF 1/2 _half of 1_ Kaira S [23-Dec-2020] F Claws, Fangs & Broomsticks: Blood Secrets David V. Pyle [06-Jan-2021] SF The Reaper Boys, Chapter 1 Sam Robinson [13-Jan-2021] SF Ivo Santos Versus the Insane Space Monsters, Chapters 4-7 Scott Malabarba [20-Jan-2021] ::: >> 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.