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.
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)
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 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 21-Sep-2016 (Crits due 28-Sep-2016): SF The Girl That Never Was [mpc] Jack Calverley -#26185 F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 26-28 Russell Adams -#26186 H Who I Am Carl Alves -#26187 F Conflict Calories Fred Obermeyer -#26188 SF The Wind, My Chariot [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#26189 F Lilith's Story Sandy Kulhavy -#26190 SF Tipping Point [@] Holly Schofield -#26191 SF B.E.T.A : An Epic History Of The Orion Arm. Teaser Sam Bullers -#26192 SF Eddie Went Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#26193 SF Twilight of the Electric Shadows Paul R. Hardy -#26194 SF Waves Evelyn Aschenbrenner -#26195 SF Why, Chromosome? Brian Koukol -#26196 SF Analog Signals Shawn Proctor -#26197 SF Anonymous Comment [@] David J Baker -#26198 F Arriving Dawn Courtney Hines -#26199 F The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 18-21 Michelle Johnson -#26200 SF Minor Traders Chapter 1 J. Lael Freeman -#26201 SF Fid's Crusade David Reiss -#26202 F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 6-9 Andy Lee -#26203 SF Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story Priscilla Soares-Wilson -#26204 F The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 5-6 Magnus D. Jorgensen -#26205 F The Boy Who Didn't Know How to Recognize a King Mark Painter -#26206 SF After an Accident Zach Lindsey -#26207 Week of 28-Sep-2016 (Crits due 5-Oct-2016): F Why I Did Not Walk the Dog [@] Eric Schwitzgebel SF Trust Us: We're Aliens [@] Chet Gottfried F Solen Stephanie Leland F What The Wind Whispered Ramyani Gayen SF Bringing Down The House A P Thompson SF Ascendancy - Chapters 1 - 2 Troy McLaughlan F Shadowpainting Anna Salonen F Etamin Drag, Prologue+Chapters 1 Nathajak Thang H Bloodbath in First Grade Matthew Weber SF Eden, Prologue and Chapter 1 Yamilex Bustamante SF The Monster Chris D SF In Space You Can Sleep Forever Mark L Robyn F Dust of the Earth, Wound of the Sky Benjamin Schulz F Unhidden, Unbroken Jeffrey Hall F Solum: A Queen Has Risen Book 2 Chapters 4 - 6 Tracey Bond-Heird SF Forever Grey - Chapters 9-10 Greg Tracii F If You Could Fly Sandor Kovacs H Midnight Show M.B.Vujacic SF The Hills of Mare Imbrium Chapters 1-2 Carleton Chinner SF Alexander Little RFDR and Chapters 1-2 Ben Baxter SF The Jeffersons Kenny Brooks SF Connor Scott Paxon Week of 5-Oct-2016 (Crits due 12-Oct-2016): F Miriam's Journey Jeff Sullins SF Calypso Scott Nash F The Exegesis of Edward Lytton Ryan Jordan F Of Milk and Blood Vanessa Fogg SF Blank Slate Shawn Moses SF Tobacco Brides Amy Hammack Turner SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder F Engines of Sephione, Chapters 1-3 Joseph Anthony SF Ugly Glass Chapters 1-4 Adam Oulton SF Ideal Overhaul Brad Preslar F Volkrag Martin Van Nostrand SF Ephemeris: Chapter 1, Section 2 Mike Baltar SF E-vict Lee P. Melling SF The Traveler's Quest, Blurb and Chapters 1-4 Dee Blackshear F The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I Kim Smeltzer F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 18-19 Keir Puplett H The Middendorf: Part Two Don Sabo F Sunchosen Joel E. Roosa SF A Friend's Test Flight Ralph Fung SF Iron Bear Kevin P. Hallett F The Maid of Jordavellir Margaret Moller SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 1 Joy Landa F The Iris of Morgance, Chapter 3 Noelle A. Fox ====================================================================== (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 Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21 Keir Puplett [12-Oct-2016] F Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 10-12 Andy Lee [28-Sep-2016] 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 [12-Oct-2016] F The Vampire Hunter part 5 Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 7 Magnus Jorgensen [28-Sep-2016] F The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8 Magnus D. Jorgensen [?] H The Middendorf: Part Three Don Sabo [12-Oct-2016] SF Kitty and the Green Hand - Intro - 2 Priscilla Soares-Wilson [28-Sep-2016] SF Kitty and the Green Hand , SF,S = Chapters 3-4 Priscilla Soares-wilson [?] SF Bright Light - Flash Short story Priscilla Soares-wilson [?] H The Middendorf: Part Four Don Sabo [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 22-24 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 25-27 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 28 & 29 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32 Keir Puplett [?] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 33 - 35 Keir Puplett [?] F Wilde Born Part 1 Stephanie Leland [5-Oct-2016] SF Mak The Knifer Sam Bullers [28-Sep-2016] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 2 Joy Landa [12-Oct-2016] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 3 Joy Landa [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 4 Joy Landa [?] SF Star nation SF Flash Short Story Priscilla Soares-Wilson [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): 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] H The Fragrance of Chantilly Annette Hamilton [31-Aug-2016] SF Skin Chapters 1 - 2 Kate Krake [07-Sep-2016] SF No Matter the Cost Alex Robinson [07-Sep-2016] SF Allegra Complex Chapters 1-2 Michael Winer [07-Sep-2016] F Adventures of Althalos Connor Harris [07-Sep-2016] F Conquist, Chapters 1-4 [@] Dirk Strasser [14-Sep-2016] SF Lotus, Chapters 1-5 Oliver M. Hughes [14-Sep-2016] SF A Lover's Look Roderick D. Mitchell Jr [14-Sep-2016] SF The Thaw Man-Chung Fung [21-Sep-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.