New entry Nov 01
P&E Seeks New Caretaker
Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.
Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.
If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!
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, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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!
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 21!
Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. 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.
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.
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 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 7-Dec-2016 (Crits due 14-Dec-2016): F With Great Power Comes Not So Great Playlists [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#26391 F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 35-36 Russell Adams -#26392 SF Wind-In-Trees Arthur M. Doweyko -#26393 H Stinky Matthew Weber -#26394 F Untitled As Yet, 1-2 April Weeks -#26395 SF Called Home [@] David John Baker -#26396 F The Rabbit's Heart JM Templet -#26397 SF Tobacco Brides, Chapters 3-4 Amy Hammack Turner -#26398 F The Monster Chris DeSantis -#26399 SF Stay Amy Gillett -#26400 F Child of the House RFDR Kaitlyn Whipple -#26401 SF The End of the Tour Tim Mudie -#26402 F Sweet Sweet Tea Jake Frondorf -#26403 Week of 14-Dec-2016 (Crits due 21-Dec-2016): SF Decision Log Brian Zayas F Modern Magic Madeline Schemel F Death and the Tower William Broom SF Reality Reflections Debra Mckenzie SF Second Blossoming, Chapter 2 Matt Peller F Commencement Davis Tyner SF Trade Route, Ch 11 Curtis Manges SF Ephemeris: Chapter 2, First half Mike Baltar F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 20 Andy Lee SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder F Little Queen Alexander Leger-Small F The Soul Sword Chapter 1 Mark Gregson Week of 21-Dec-2016 (Crits due 28-Dec-2016): SF Untitled Dystopian Fiction Chapters 1-2 Tesha Miller H Outside Her Heart Lee P. Melling SF The Great Curve 0.5 part one Brad Horner H Denial Chris Dean SF The Thousand Years War Avan Judd Stallard SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 1 Joy Landa SF Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story REVISED Priscilla Soares-Wilson SF The Zombie Reservation Tom Adams F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 3 Eric Wilson F Children of Clay, Chapters 4-7 Ono Ekeh F Shattered Hand Marc A Criley F Lonely Road Carl Alves SF The Writer's Plight Tom Flintoff SF Silent Judgment Madison Culler F Who's Calling? Joanna Hoyt F Calamity NM Whitley F Summer Lawns Steven Lambert SF A Shadow in Space Bryan Reilly SF Fragile Kiyomi Ife J. Ibitayo F Chalice, Chapter 1 Stephanie Leland Week of 28-Dec-2016 (Crits due 4-Jan-2017): F In the Under Joy Pixley SF Little Orphans Kevin P. Hallett H Reunion Sandor Kovacs F The Oracle Caroline Friedel F Unnamed City Story Prologue Lord English SSBM SF The Rise Against, Chapters 1-2 Steven B Keith SF Life Imitates Art Jeff Cates SF Saturn Is In Taurus, and There's a Quiz In History Brian Ring F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 28 & 29 Keir Puplett F The Vampire Hunter, conclusion Kim Smeltzer H The Middendorf: Part Six _of six_ Don Sabo F Battle Break Darla Jackson F All Things Fade Joel E. Roosa SF Augments C. K. Saline H All Hope Lost Samantha Dorrell F This War That Isn't Ours Eugenia Triantafyllou SF What it is Like to be Benedict Christian Roberts ====================================================================== (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]"): F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32 Keir Puplett [4-Jan-2017] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 33 - 35 Keir Puplett [?] SF Ephemeris: Chapter 2, Second half Mike Baltar [21-Dec-2016] SF The Great Curve 0.5 part two Brad Horner [28-Dec-2016] SF The Elephants' Crematorium Tim Mudie [14-Dec-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8 Magnus D. Jorgensen [02-Nov-2016] F Orientation Robert Kazmierczak [16-Nov-2016] F The Prism System: Chapter 2 Emma Markle [30-Nov-2016] SF The Glorious Misadventures of John Altamont AJ Hannigan [07-Dec-2016] ::: >> 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.