New entry Apr 03
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.
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 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 17-Aug-2016 (Crits due 24-Aug-2016): F Keeping Low-Key Joel E. Roosa -#26089 SF Frozen Steve Donnelly -#26090 SF Benedict Christian Roberts -#26091 F The Golden Touch Chapter 8 April Hicks -#26092 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16 Keir Puplett -#26093 F The Vampire Hunter part 2 Kim Smeltzer -#26094 F A Branch of Rowan, Chapter 18 April Weeks -#26095 SF Waking the Giant Stephen Shewmake -#26096 SF Under the Pin Laura-Marie Steele -#26097 SF Diversity Is a Muth Jason J. Nugent -#26098 SF Martians!! Tom Adams -#26099 SF Paradox, Chapters 1-5 Mark Dugdale -#26100 SF The Glass Sarcophagus, Chapter 22 Ron Stevenson -#26101 F Renewing Eden Michelle Pressma -#26102 SF The Northern Star Steve Ayers -#26103 F The Sacrifice Adrianne Lloyd -#26104 Week of 24-Aug-2016 (Crits due 31-Aug-2016): F Low-Key Dealings [mpc] Joel E. Roosa F The Coal Remembers What It Was Paul R. Hardy SF Scarecrow Russ N. SF Jack and Blue, Chapters 1-2 Andrew Burleson F The Lovely Mousetrap Learned Foote SF The Galactic Twins Dottie Blackshear SF Courtship Run Scott Nash SF Trial and Error Richard Aaron F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 1-5 AndyLee F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 23-25 Russell Adams F Ruffio Ashleigh Richie SF Bliss Fred Obermeyer F The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 11-17 Michelle Johnson SF TransNormal Debra Mckenzie H The Day the Sun Shone Still Chaps 1-3 Kyle Guerin F Fade Away Carl Alves H Gas Pedal Matthew Weber H The Butcher Trudy White F Children of Clay, Chapters 1-3 Ono Ekeh F Solum: A Queen Has Risen Book 2 Chapters 1 - 3 Tracey Bond-Heird F Escapism Ryan Jordan Week of 31-Aug-2016 (Crits due 7-Sep-2016): SF Sister Shotgun Anna Salonen H The Fragrance of Chantilly Annette Hamilton SF Man, Dog, Robot Dave Beavers F A Very Grinka Christmas Lori Phillips F Blood City Scott Towler F Voice Stewards, Part 1, Chapters 1-3 Robyn Detterline SF Oscars on the Rue Jules Verne L Chan SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3 Joy Landa SF B.E.T.A. section 3 _chapters 11 -15_ Sam Bullers F Cup of Blue Mari Mitchell H Wake Up Eric Anderson F Walkers of Ertensea, Ch 1 - 4 Magnus D. Jorgensen F Encounter at Durheim Crossroads Chet Gottfried SF Starcrossed Journey _Starcrossed book 2_ Ryan Anderson SF The Box of Reeducation Man-Chung Fung SF The Dolphins of New Orleans Rebecca DeVendra F Two Dead Men and a Trunk Marc A Criley F Arugula Amy Hammack Turner SF The Small Bang Matthew Duerst F Trapped Prey Jeffrey Hall Week of 7-Sep-2016 (Crits due 14-Sep-2016): SF Sex Sells Christoph Weber SF The Orb Weaver's Gift 1.0 Lee P. Melling F The Idol Gene K. Boyd SF Skin Chapters 1 - 2 Kate Krake F Tawdry Business - Chapter 1 Jacob Roche SF Forever Grey, Chapters 7 & 8 Greg Tracii F The Goblin King's Skull _prologue, chapters 1-2_ Mark DeVries F SYNOPSIS _for fantasy novel_ Rebecca Lyons SF Martian Lives Matter Ian Gillespie SF No Matter the Cost Alex Robinson SF Character Flaw Henry McGarland SF Allegra Complex Chapters 1-2 Michael Winer SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder H The Eyes of Abyss Sandor Kovacs F The Iris of Morgance, Chapter 1-2 Noelle A. Fox SF Medicine Books Cheryl Baker SF The Memory Trees Lora Kilpatrick SF Ephemeris 01 Mike Baltar H Freshmint Mijat Vujačić F Adventures of Althalos Connor Harris SF Surveillance State Keith Peck H The Middendorf: Part One Don Sabo F The Tower of Fire, Chapters 3-4 Jennifer Neal SF Jovian Wolf Kristopher Horton SF God of Memory, Lords of Iron David John Baker ====================================================================== (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 The Vampire Hunter part 3 Kim Smeltzer [24-Aug-2016] F The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I Kim Smeltzer [?] F Round Two Joel E. Roosa [?] F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 16-17 Keir Puplett [24-Aug-2016] F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 18-19 Keir Puplett [?] F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21 Keir Puplett [?] F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 6-9 Andy Lee [31-Aug-2016] F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 10-12 Andy Lee [?] F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 13-16 Andy Lee [?] F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 17-19 Andy Lee [?] F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 20 Andy Lee [?] SF The Vampire Hunter part 4 Kim Smeltzer [?] F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 26-28 Russell Adams [31-Aug-2016] SF Oscars on the Rue Jules Verne L Chan [7-Sep-2016] SF Forever Grey - Chapters 9-10 Greg Tracii [14-Sep-2016] SF The Thaw Man-Chung Fung [7-Sep-2016] SF Keys to Happiness Stephen Shewmake [24-Aug-2016] H Who I Am Carl Alves [31-Aug-2016] SF The Rabbit and the Apple Christian Roberts [24-Aug-2016] F The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 5-6 Magnus D. Jorgensen [7-Sep-2016] F If You Could Fly Sandor Kovacs [14-Sep-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H One of a Kind Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-2016] F Living Color Alec E. B. [06-Jul-2016] F Girl of Flame and Smoke Olivia J Martelli [06-Jul-2016] H Through the Mind of a Seer, _Chapters 1-3_ Melissa Malo [13-Jul-2016] H The Clock Ticks Into Madness Ashley Bennett [20-Jul-2016] F Currently No Title Zach Landon [27-Jul-2016] H A Light in Hell _draft 5_ Cedric Kulacz [03-Aug-2016] SF And Cold as the Clay Richard P. Sanders [03-Aug-2016] H The Keepers of the Stars, Prologue Jeff Roberts [03-Aug-2016] F A Musician Enthroned, Chapters 1-6 Amisha Kirti Gupta [10-Aug-2016] F Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4 Tarvo Langeberg [17-Aug-2016] SF Where the Heart Is Arthur M. Doweyko [17-Aug-2016] F The Labyrinthine Ways Jacob Rennick [17-Aug-2016] SF Territory: Part One _Working Title_ _Prologue Only_ Justin Petermann [17-Aug-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.