New entry Dec 07
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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 no longer accepting European Union members :(It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
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 18-Jul-2018 (Crits due 25-Jul-2018): F Melissa's Garden _An Impressionistic Reverie_ Russell Adams -#27815 H Set Your Moral Compass to Fear Richard Zwicker -#27816 SF The Collector Joel Schroeder -#27817 SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.3 Joy Landa -#27818 F The Farmer and the Fisherman C. Q. March -#27819 SF The Wrecking Heart And The Hand That Make Me Whole Renan Bernardo -#27820 SF A Life Shifting Experience Terry Volkirch -#27821 SF The New Century Adoption Clinic Eliot Bush -#27822 SF Stickshift Stardrive Eric J. Francis -#27823 SF The Best of Oblivions Jordan A. Chase -#27824 SF Circus Planetaria Ch1 Rob Tyler -#27825 SF Mermaid Tears Rob Tyler -#27826 F A Crowning of Discontent - Chapter 1 Kerry Cathers -#27827 F Fields of Red Christina Barrow -#27828 Week of 25-Jul-2018 (Crits due 1-Aug-2018): SF You Look Good Enough to Eat [mpc] Eric J. Francis [25-Jul-2018] [25-Jul-2018] F Empire of Infection, Chapter 1 Lyric Gray SF Plato Crater - Chapter 3 Carleton Chinner F Sea Mage, Chapter 8-10 Chris Turner SF Until the Heat Death of the Universe Gary Goodson SF Dirt and Oil Sahil Lavingia F 4 Stories About Choice Mary Makarova SF Mutiful On the Bountiful _Book 2_ Chapters 1-2 Christopher Joseph Maloney F The Forgotten Stories Emily Randall SF The Ghost of Kettle Road Pete Koziar SF The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5 Tomas Lapas H Not Even a Whisker Ron Stieger SF Ashes to Ashes Brian Palermo SF Magic Studies Soren Berg SF Welcome to the Known Universe Alex Clark-McGlenn F Destination: Infinity Maurice Humphrey SF Through the Shadows' Edge Judith F. Abraham Week of 1-Aug-2018 (Crits due 8-Aug-2018): SF The keepers Philip Hays F Necessary Evil Neil Flinchbaugh SF Digger's Daughter, Tiny Michael Andre-Driussi F A Brief Stop on the Way to Boroxis Matthew Corradi F Tara Darla Jackson F The Void War - Part 1 Thomas Chalmers F Erkitie: Prologue and Chapter 1 Carl R. Cole III F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 30 Eric Wilson F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 9 Jeff Naylor SF The Average of Joes Juan Hernandez H Survival John DiNicola SF Asteroids Nathaniel Murray F Betrayal, Prologue Jonathan Curtis SF Pretty As a Picture Peter P. Lewicke SF Medically Snacked Amit Gupta SF For Love or Revenge Russ Gartz SF Einstein's Dice Geoffrey Owen SF Detections of a Cyborg Amanda H. Geard F To Wake a Dreamer Joshua F. Potter SF Paradox Lost Scott Nash Week of 8-Aug-2018 (Crits due 15-Aug-2018): SF The Way Home - Chapters 7-9 Deborah Ross H Reruns Russell Dorn SF Dionysus' Sellout Jeffrey Steven Abrams F The Runaways Christopher McManamon SF For the Children Guy McDonnell H Into the Sea Brett Lovell SF Sentience Jace Wilkins F Hidden Knight, Chapters 1-3 Leanna Zimmerman SF Untitled Ife J. Ibitayo ====================================================================== (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]"): SF Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 10 Jeff Naylor [8-Aug-2018] F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11 Jeff Naylor [?] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.4 Joy Landa [25-Jul-2018] SF Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6 Joy Landa [?] SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo [25-Jul-2018] F A Myth of Black and White Terry Volkirch [25-Jul-2018] F Janiella Kerry Cathers [25-Jul-2018] H Johanna of Patmos Jesse Caedington [25-Jul-2018] F Wicked Paths to Power: A Tale of the Court of Swords Carl R. Cole III [8-Aug-2018] SF Empty Guy McDonnell [15-Aug-2018] F Sea Mage, Chapter 11-13 Chris Turner [1-Aug-2018] SF Junkers Eric J. Francis [25-Jul-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Vectors, Chapters 4-6 Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018] F The Shell Brian Williams [23-May-2018] SF Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2 Nicholas Martellacci [30-May-2018] SF The Last Living Indian Logan Giese [27-Jun-2018] SF Dissecting the Muse Tasha S. [05-Jul-2018] SF The Privateers, Chapter 1 Kevin Sullivan [05-Jul-2018] F Chapterhouse Eternity Shaiyon Merkel [11-Jul-2018] F The Luxian Child, Chapter 1 Shanon D Huston-Willis [18-Jul-2018] SF The Scheherazade Dilemma Kevin J. Miller [18-Jul-2018] H The Train to Dolno Orehovo Christine Hall [18-Jul-2018] ::: >> 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.