New entry Sep 16
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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!
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
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Critters is 25!
This November, Critters is 25 years old! 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.
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 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 25-Nov-2020 (Crits due 2-Dec-2020): SF The Engineer's Gamble Robert Harpold -#29579 SF The Scimitar and the Eye Jeff R Stewart -#29580 F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 3 Charles Gull -#29581 SF Azad, Chapters 3-4 Pamela Najar -#29582 F They Shall Hear Our Silence, Chapter 1 Lyric Gray -#29583 F Hallowed Beasts, Chapter 4 Katelyn Sullivan -#29584 F To Bleed as the Lamb Russ Gartz -#29585 F Flight of the Pirate Witch, Chapter 2 standalone chapter David Ugarte -#29586 SF The Queen Kate Genellie -#29587 F Eternal Shades in Heat and Frost Jordan Chase-Young -#29588 F A Matter of Principle Chris Owens -#29589 SF The Heroine Kokofe Ife J. Ibitayo -#29590 H Limbs From Limbs Matt Blairstone -#29591 Week of 2-Dec-2020 (Crits due 9-Dec-2020): H HEL [mpc] R. L. Meza F No Smoking Allowed Jude Matulich-Hall H The Midnight Train Murders New Revision Jim Keane SF Hanover, Chapters 1-4 Jeff Richardson SF Emotive, Chapter 5 Jeff Naylor H Possession Is Ten-tenths of the Law Richard Zwicker H Doll Black Eyes John Brownlee F The Unfortunate Prince Carl R. Cole III F The Greatest City Chapters 13-17 Clayton Niehaus SF Search Alex Villepique F The Birthright Stone, Chapters 7-8 John Christopher SF The Story Thus Far Victor Jimenez H Spiked Leomonade Matthew J Olson F The Hermit Guru's Riddle Hannah Azok SF Entangled Barry Burnett Week of 9-Dec-2020 (Crits due 16-Dec-2020): SF Ra-Gho-Zu Boris Layupan F Immolation Vincent Francica SF The Unbound Cut Daniel Chao F Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 6 FIN William L Hunt F Watcher and Wanders, Chapters 1-3 Joseph Freer F Stitches and Memories, Chapter 1 and 2 Stephanie S. Bittner SF Life After Life After Life Christopher Blake F Adventures with the Goddess Pallas Athena LindaAnn LoSchiavo H Reality Peel 2 of 6 Dan Jolie F The Pattern's Web, Chap 1 Helen Sanders SF Download scottt godfrey F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 33-35 Eric Wilson SF A Momentary Switch Charles Botsford SF Prelude: The Tides of Earth chapters 35-37 J. H. Tabbott Week of 16-Dec-2020 (Crits due 23-Dec-2020): SF Market Wars Wayne M Merritt SF One Last Day Henry McFarland SF Outside of Outside Yacine GACI SF Mick & Luci Tommy Mac Bird F On the top of Mt. Parbata, Chapter 1 Lillian C. MacArthur SF The Proctor of Denar Joe Follansbee F Mind Out of Time Matt Krizan H Fetch, Chapters 1-2 and Query Letter Conor McBrien H For Love of the 'Gram Michelle Ng F The Seeker Chronicles Timothy Brown SF Invisible Bodies Alex Vinicius Santana Souza SF How To Catch a Finch Michael Stevens SF Access Granted Aaron Lester F One Lucky Pig Pete Koziar SF Epigenetics and the Gay Gene Eric Honour SF Saturday Night at St. Brigid's Chris Hepler SF Butterfly Caught John Lawless ====================================================================== (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 Role of Law Wayne Martin [?] F Cloud Tracker Kaitlyn Mattson [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [2-Dec-2020] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F From Trash to Treasure Jude Matulich-Hall [9-Dec-2020] SF Guidepost scottt godfrey [16-Dec-2020] SF The Hand scottt godfrey [?] SF House scottt godfrey [?] SF Her Desher scottt godfrey [?] SF The Qwulne scottt godfrey [?] SF Prey scottt godfrey [?] SF Mites scottt godfrey [?] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [?] H The Elevator Jim Keane [9-Dec-2020] H Birdbath Jude Matulich-Hall [?] H The Curse NEW REVISION Jim Keane [?] SF Roland Darleigh Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 6 Jeff Naylor [9-Dec-2020] H The Lure New Revision Jim Keane [?] F The Pursuit of Eternal Love Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [23-Dec-2020] SF MONSTER! Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?] SF Two Tickets for Purgatory Richard Zwicker [9-Dec-2020] SF Abbot's Race, Chapter 1 and Synopsis Charles Botsford [16-Dec-2020] F The Birthright Stone, Chapters 2-3 John Christopher [9-Dec-2020] F The Birthright Stone, Chapters 4-5 John Christopher [?] SF The Birthright Stone, Chapter 6 John Christopher [?] H Praying for Sunrise NEW VERSION Jim Keane [?] H The Portal Jim Keane [?] SF Cell Phone James Keane [?] SF Essex, Chapter 1 and Synopsis Charles Botsford [?] SF Mr. Jacobi's Day Out Michael Stevens [23-Dec-2020] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Arc Jones Tommy Mac Bird [23-Dec-2020] SF The Way of the Warrior Boris Layupan [16-Dec-2020] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Storms Past Laura-Marie Steele [26-Aug-2020] F AK Book Excerpt - 1 angela shteynbak [09-Sep-2020] SF Sweet Petals"-excerpt John Bettinger [09-Sep-2020] SF Towers in the dark. Chapter 1 Roman Rafalson [23-Sep-2020] SF Mae's Mission Jed Brinkley [07-Oct-2020] SF All in the Eyes of the Owl Prelude-Ch3 Nathan B. Bair [14-Oct-2020] F Maegics Heir: Mind Maege Predator Guy L Cramb [21-Oct-2020] SF God's Switchblade, Chapter 1 Joe Mullich [25-Nov-2020] ::: >> 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.