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!
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Space Travel for SF Writers
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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 29-Oct-2014 (Crits due 5-Nov-2014): SF The Escape Joe Walker -#24220 SF Raspberry Christian Roberts -#24221 SF Global Village Idiots Charles Hand -#24222 SF Ants on a Trestle Elliotte Rusty Harold -#24223 SF The Stag Kristopher Horton -#24224 F Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8 Kaitlyn Boggs -#24225 SF Wannabee Liz Heldmann -#24226 SF Titan - Chapter 1 Samara Lo -#24227 F Obfuscate - Chapter Two Killion Slade -#24228 H Immram Patrick Sanders -#24229 SF Nested Dolls Jason Lopez -#24230 SF The Years Ahead [@] David John Baker -#24231 H The Molt Drew Krull -#24232 F The Voice Traci Loudin -#24233 SF Fusers [@] Will McIntosh -#24234 F Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue Steven Craig Hickman -#24235 SF Extraordinary Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#24236 SF The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2 Brian Wightman -#24237 SF The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One Adrian Prabowo -#24238 F The Taste of Rain Kelsey Snyder -#24239 Week of 5-Nov-2014 (Crits due 12-Nov-2014): H The Rovin' Jewel Alexander Leger-Small SF Ahora Charlene Hansom SF Snow's Theorem Patricia Moussatche SF The Last Universe Steve Donnelly F Beyond the Bridge Justin R. Lawfer SF Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter Melanie DeWitt F Mark of the Raven, Chapter One Alexis George SF Vitamin Double-D Michael Andre-Driussi SF The Anti-Agonists Fred Obermeyer SF The Bite Anna Salonen F The Sweetest Memory Hege Nabo SF People of the Air Benjamin Schulz H Food Run Sean Whelan F North to Neverland Chapters 1-3 Caitlin Andrew SF TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth Matthew Cegielski F Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 2-3 Charles Leighton F The Ivory Mask Margaret Moller H Maternal Restoration Marlan Smith SF Firelight Mick Dunn SF What About the Children? Michael Dorken Week of 12-Nov-2014 (Crits due 19-Nov-2014): F The End of the Line Michael W. Cho F The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2 Sean Morge F Five Days as Uberman, Part 2 Nikhil Sekher SF Taking It Back Joanna Hoyt SF Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4 Brian Hansen H You Are Expected Kim Smeltzer SF The Whales of Venus Joseph Krippel H Gas Pedal Matthew Weber SF A Right to the Cerebellum Richard Zwicker SF Real Women Are Dangerous Rati Mehrotra H Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles Junior Sixx F The Goblin's Son Christopher Mowder SF Mycelium _second draft_ Will Milner SF Kanda in Venus Jesse Corrigan SF The Long Sleep Rhett C Bruno SF To a sunless sea Carlos Mano SF Radiance Through a Dark Lens Derrick Boden F Never Found, chapter 1 Chris Kenworthy SF The Payback Stephen Shewmake H Cherished of God Carolin Dithrich SF Superhero Pioneer Dies John Siebelink SF Soulshifter Christoph Weber F Robert Fairweather and the Wrong Ticket Mark Rookyard SF Mnemecide Irene Ying H Last Supper M.B.Vujacic F 9/10ths Joel E. Roosa F Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2 Ben Knox SF White Mountain James Witherspoon F The Contest Charles Femia F Tribute, Chapters 0-1 Andrew Richardson SF Jury Duty Jonathan Byrne ====================================================================== (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 TM Blues Charles Hand [5-Nov-2014] SF The Talosian redemption, chapter 2 Mick Dunn [12-Nov-2014] F The Cross, The Mother Alexander Leger-Small [12-Nov-2014] H The Pure People Patrick Sanders [5-Nov-2014] SF The Cloning of Bethany Tillman S.C. Hickman [5-Nov-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF The Ballad of Caleb Henning Seth Z. Herman [01-Oct-2014] SF Horse Years [@] Will McIntosh [08-Oct-2014] H Contractions Kevin David Anderson [08-Oct-2014] SF Taken Mel Corbett [15-Oct-2014] 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] ::: >> 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.