New entry Apr 10
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]
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.
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.
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 Critters Queue
Manuscripts 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 15-Apr-2015 (Crits due 22-Apr-2015): SF Too Much to Dream Richard Zwicker -#24740 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 13-15 Russell Adams -#24741 SF Stone Age Vacation Michael Andre-Driussi -#24742 H Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze Rayne Hall -#24743 F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 1 - Caleros Joel E. Roosa -#24744 SF The Way Home Al Williams -#24745 SF The Seahorse Fathers Learned Foote -#24746 SF Match of the Day Iain Ishbel -#24747 F War of the Wizards Christopher J. Piatti -#24748 F The Black Queen Chapter 1 Chad Willson -#24749 SF Messin' With Slavers C. John Griffin -#24750 F The Beginning of the End Traci Loudin -#24751 SF Last Janitor of the Divine Eric Schwitzgebel -#24752 SF Subdued, Chapter 7 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24753 F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple -#24754 F Viraetes Island Part 2 Miah Goodreau -#24755 SF The Trials Katherine Fairbanks -#24756 SF The Guests Dart Omran -#24757 F A Measure of Sin Sian Chapman -#24758 F Zeltis chapters 1-5 Shanna C. Larsen -#24759 Week of 22-Apr-2015 (Crits due 29-Apr-2015): SF Into the Brainlight [mpc] Learned Foote F Devil's Blood, Chapter 2 [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge SF A God Among Men Eitan Moses F The Half-hidden Face Dale W. Glaser F Assassin's Mistake, Prologue-Chapter 0 Katherine Howard F The Timeless James Robertson SF Upon the All-Walker Jeffrey Hall SF Hard Loving A Hermaphrodite Rud Merriam SF Philanthro-Flu D.J. Diehl SF The Duchess' Chocolate John Nickerson F Guardians of the Dream, chapter 1 Amit M. Halberthal F A Short Introduction to Court Life Melanie Hopkins SF Ship of Cards Malcolm Dent F One Last Wayang L Chan H Virgins Of The Sea Justin C. Key SF No SLAM Maps for these Territories, 2nd Draft Will Milner F The Fireman Christoph Weber H Daddy's on the Way Matthew Weber F The Vampire Helen pt 1 - Primal Skies #7 Kim Smeltzer F Endeavor to Dream on Broken Wings AJ Finley SF Solace for the Souless Gary J. Hurtubise SF Tunguska's Other Chlidren: Undercover, Chapters 1-5 Laura F. Sanchez Week of 29-Apr-2015 (Crits due 6-May-2015): F The Galleon of Brushy Creek Robert Harpold F The Storm Mirror Chris Kenworthy H Haunted House of Creek Mills, Chapters 1-3 Stefanie Kirschbaum F The Neighborhood, Chapters 3-4 Holly Godbey SF Zeitgeber Mark Alan Schultz SF Room for Improvement Josh Harlan SF Lieutenant Sanchez Christian Roberts F The Retrievers, Chapter 7 A.K. Karam SF Two Easy Pieces Charles Hand SF Apocalyptic Hangover Chapter 2 Chris DeSantis F Never moon a werewolf or poke a Pooka, Chapter two, Running, One year earlier Dabney Farmer F The Vampire Helen pt 2 - Primal Skies #7 Kim Smeltzer SF The Rain Dancers of Solis Planum Derrick Boden F Waste Places Chapters 5-7 Judith Pratt H Weighed Amanda Hard SF Littlefoot Charles T, Walbridge F Yaga, Too Aleksandra Pantic SF Wind-Riderz Part I Chapter 2 Christopher Cragwick Week of 6-May-2015 (Crits due 13-May-2015): SF True-blue Blood Haneen Babbitt H Drea M.B.Vujacic SF Don't Look Back, Chapter 1 Jeff Joseph F Bird of Paradise Nelly Micholt SF All Dead Steve Donnelly SF Abducted Chapt 1 Ryan Anderson SF Through Another's Eyes Amanda H. Geard F The Djinn of Thawra Jim Kane F Deep In The Crowded Trees Edwin C.Y. Hung F Into the Teeth of the Wind Eric Landreneau SF Fashion Emergency Brian Koukol SF King Me David Erickson SF Secession Campaign Chapter 2 and 3 Mike Mullen F All That Glitters Margaret Moller F The Dutch Walk Dirck de Lint F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt#2 Christopher J. Piatti SF The Storm, Part 1 Patrick Sanders SF Saturn Rising Rosanne Trask SF The Promethean Possession Chapters 2-4 Christopher Ross F All that Remains Carleton Chinner SF Past Perfect Brad Preslar F The Bluehaven Manifesto, Chapter 2, Rosenkreutz and Gelbehauser Trevor J Wallace SF The God Battle, Part 1 Terry Traub F One Foot In Brenna Silbory SF Mary in the Tower's Shadow Elliotte Rusty Harold F Knife and Sea Vanessa Fogg F Sentinel's Call Darrell Johnson H Gears of Iron, Gears of Bone, revised, chapter 1 Bill Stiteler H Untitiled- Ch.1 Luke Robinson SF Arms Dan Malakin H Flying Brian Air Peter Sides ====================================================================== (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 [?] F The Vampire's Daughter Kim Smeltzer [6-May-2015] F Viraetes Island Part 4 Miah Goodreau [22-Apr-2015] F Wizard's of the Watchtower Christopher J. Piatti [13-May-2015] SF God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer [?] F The Black Queen Chapter 2 Chad Willson [22-Apr-2015] F The Black Queen Chapter 3 Chad Willson [?] F Leaping Away Melanie Hopkins [29-Apr-2015] F Zeltis chapters 6-8 Shanna C. Larsen [22-Apr-2015] H Feed Me Mark Alan Schultz [6-May-2015] F Spun Gold Melanie Hopkins [?] F Zeltis chapters 9-12 Shanna C. Larsen [?] F Devil's Blood, Chapter 3 Sarah Jane Hodge [6-May-2015] SF Ah, Love! Charles T. Walbridge [6-May-2015] SF The Skin is the Hard Part Iain Ishbel [22-Apr-2015] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H 179 Degrees Bob Barwell [18-Mar-2015] F Free Radicals , Chapters 1 - 4 Amanda Acton [25-Mar-2015] SF The Road to Babel Yaroslav Barsukov [25-Mar-2015] SF Dragon Tears Robin L. Martinez [25-Mar-2015] SF Animal Problems In The Gators Loving Hands Luke Hally [25-Mar-2015] SF Martian Still Kelsey Sweatt [01-Apr-2015] F The Sharklings of Anchor Valley Kurt Hunt [01-Apr-2015] F Phoebus Chapter One Bas Geelen [01-Apr-2015] H GSD Chester Lee [01-Apr-2015] F Shadowbound, Chapters 1-29 Lisa Stout [01-Apr-2015] SF Initiation Charles T, Walbridge [08-Apr-2015] F Twenty Mattresses Mike Alix [15-Apr-2015] F The Lion at the End of the World Alex Bradshaw [15-Apr-2015] ::: >> 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.