New entry Dec 13
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)
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 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-Dec-2014 (Crits due 24-Dec-2014): SF On the Spectrum [mpc] Justin C. Key -#24374 SF Officer Snowflake and the Poofy Elf--A Christmas Burlesque Russell Adams -#24375 H The Balloon Game, Chapter 1 Andrew Richardson -#24376 F Einar 2, Chapter 1 [@] Chet Gottfried -#24377 H Guilt Ed Kratz -#24378 SF In the Shadow of Greatness Robert Harpold -#24379 SF Negendank Christian Roberts -#24380 SF The Ant People Charles Hand -#24381 H The Party Bus Hannah Gorman -#24382 F The Birds of Avacine Alexander Leger-Small -#24383 H The Pick M.B.Vujacic -#24384 F Elusive Game David McKay -#24385 F Lazifica's Creature Revolt Christopher J. Piatti -#24386 F Darkest night Mick Dunn -#24387 F The Artist's Meow Iqra Asad -#24388 F Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2 Ben Knox -#24389 H A Name Worth Dying For Katherine Fairbanks -#24390 SF Labyrinth Alex Saltman -#24391 SF Stasis Scott Reed -#24392 SF The Corpsman's tale Fraser Hannah -#24393 SF The Nigerian Prince Janis Zelcans -#24394 F Shinigami Shawn Muller -#24395 Week of 24-Dec-2014 (Crits due 31-Dec-2014): SF Culture War Ralph M. Ambrose F Rusalka Counts the Stars Aleksandra Pantic SF Spencer v Spencer Tim Conder SF Hypermappers _synopsis_ Chris Kenworthy F The Retrievers Chapter 2 Mark Dawson H The Not, Chapter 38 A. R. Braun H To Kill a Guy Twice Matthew Weber SF Ghosts of Bunker Seven Derrick Boden F Not Today Michael Dorken F Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 6-7 Charles Leighton SF Burn the Land and Boil the Sea Kristopher Horton SF The Lesser Horror _Alt History_ Part 1 Thomas Adams SF The Rescue Mission Anna Salonen SF Liar's Moon Chris Benson SF Children Of Sadness Ch. 1 Fertessa Scott SF Task Error 13C Ian Mark SF The Wells Experience Mark Rookyard SF The Binding of Abraham Christoph Weber SF Working Man Joel E. Roosa F Liar's Retreat part1 Adrian Brisland F Cleaning the Cottage Naked Michael Bondies SF Tunguska: The Stealers chapters 1-3 Laura F. Sanchez SF Lady Vindicta Ife Ibitayo F Call Waiting Irene Ying SF Artifice Frank Chambers F Boy God Revisited Hernana Garcia ====================================================================== (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 Word From Home Mark Rookyard [31-Dec-2014] SF THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL Eric Schwitzgebel [?] F Mission in Mesopatamia C.J. Piatti [24-Dec-2014] SF ROOC Charles Hand [24-Dec-2014] SF Galloway's Discovery Christian Roberts [24-Dec-2014] SF Team Fraser Hannah [24-Dec-2014] F God's Gumshoe, Draft 2 Chapters 1-2 Russell Adams [24-Dec-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Along the River Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014] F The Silver Tree - Chapter 1 A. Cobb [29-Oct-2014] SF They Don't Always Mean What They Say Anir Raj [29-Oct-2014] F The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2 Sean Morge [12-Nov-2014] SF Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4 Brian Hansen [12-Nov-2014] H Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles Junior Sixx [12-Nov-2014] SF Kanda in Venus Jesse Corrigan [12-Nov-2014] SF Superhero Pioneer Dies John Siebelink [19-Nov-2014] SF Wilma's War Tobias G [19-Nov-2014] F Blood Storm, Chapters 1-6 Charlie Tupman [26-Nov-2014] F Heroes Rising, Chapter 1 Gia M. Snyder [26-Nov-2014] F Undying Restiveness EishaAhmed [03-Dec-2014] F No titles. Brianna O'Gorman [10-Dec-2014] SF Five Plus One, Prologue-Chapter C. K. Magtira [10-Dec-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.