New entry Jul 15
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
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 10-Feb-2016 (Crits due 17-Feb-2016): F When the Gods Are Away, Chapter 09 - 10 [mpc] Robert Harpold -#25582 F Our Lady of the Dragons Eugenia Triantafyllou -#25583 SF An Undiplomatic Incident Paul R. Hardy -#25584 SF A Last Day Jim Anderson -#25585 SF Lost in the Past, ch. 11-15 Ted Cox -#25586 SF Bob the Alien Ryan Brown -#25587 F A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 6-8 April Weeks -#25588 SF Time Enough for Everything Joe Williams -#25589 SF To Accept What We Cannot Dan Reade -#25590 H The Fall Sandor Kovacs -#25591 H Thunk Lucia Livak -#25592 F Soul Keeper, CH. 1 D. Dyksterhouse -#25593 SF Collusion, Chapters 1-3 Alec Saracen -#25594 SF The Thrall Evangelos Mylonas -#25595 Week of 17-Feb-2016 (Crits due 24-Feb-2016): F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 1&2 Keir Puplett F The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 5 - Psycho Killer Tambrey Granneman H American Gryphons part 2 Kim Smeltzer F Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 6-7 Russell Adams F The prince and the witch Kat Day F Soul Bound, Chapters 1-3 Christina Fritts F The Golden Touch Chapters 1 & 2 April Hicks SF The Lottery Ticket April Coan H Unseen Kristopher Horton SF Trade Route, Ch. 8--9 Curtis Manges SF Code Red Christopher Johnson F Triple Threat, Chapter 1 Darron Wilson H Monsters All Richard Zwicker F On Fire Mariah Avix SF The Shadow of Armageddon Chapters 3 & 4 Jim LeMay F Werewolf Bite Joy Schultz Week of 24-Feb-2016 (Crits due 2-Mar-2016): SF Fish in a Barrel Brian Koukol SF And No More Cat Pictures Rebecca DeVendra F Mastermind Ryan Anderson H Home Invasion Stacey Nilsen SF After the Inferno Dale W. Glaser SF The Artist Withers Within Chris Behrsin SF Starter Home Adrian J. Brabo F The J'yoti Lee Nicol F Unstop the Wind Annaliese Lemmon F Jonah and the Raven Girl, Chapters 8-14 Edwin Fu H The Knight Wench Jae Blakney H Throat of the Eye Jodie Cowan SF Present Loss Doug Hamerski F Between Heaven & Hell: A New Beginning - Chapter 2: Save You _Emy_ Arielle Irvine F The Lady of Ironstone P.E. Zimmerman H I Know the Day You Die Christian L. Campbell Week of 2-Mar-2016 (Crits due 9-Mar-2016): SF Better Living through Stochastic Modelling Marty Bonus H Buckets Sarah Kanning SF The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains Ian Creasey F Crows nest. James Neale H Slice of Heaven Matthew Weber SF Reduce, Reuse, Digest Shawn Proctor F Tax Purposes Carleton Chinner SF Planetwide Robert Leishman SF Rich and Perpetual Life NM Whitley F Thundersong Nora Bailey SF The Dark Gray Matter of Celestial Spacetime Lee P. Melling SF Zero by Zero Dave Beavers SF Mira, the Loyal Corgi, Chapters 1-3 Fred Obermeyer SF Hero Valley John Barefield F Eagle Claw Serpent Wrap Girl Run Scott Malabarba F Lure: Chapter 1-2 Jodi Ralston SF Unearthed: Episode 6 - Martin Joy Landa F Tales of Maple Threestep: Spirits and Cinnamon Trees Part 5 Jeremiah Goodreau F Waves Evelyn Aschenbrenner SF Planet XEE, Chapters 5-8 H. M. Joseph F A Paleolithic Fable chapters 17-20 Shane Thomas F Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 23-24 Joel E. Roosa F When the Gods Are Away, Chapter 11 Robert Harpold SF The Sanctuary Troy McLaughlan ====================================================================== (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 God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] YA Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2 Darrell Johnson [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 7 - Martin's Misstep Joy Landa [9-Mar-2016] SF Unearthed: Episode 8 - Motives Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 10 - Partners Joy Landa [?] SF Unearthed: Episode 11 - Carpe Diem Joy Landa [?] F Nyira and the Invisible Boy K.M. Harrell [?] F Nyira and the Invisible Boy *RFDR* K.M. Harrell [?] F Jonah and the Raven Girl, Chapters 15-22 Edwin Fu [2-Mar-2016] F Jonah and the Raven Girl, Chapters 23-30 Edwin Fu [?] SF Planet XEE, Chapters 9-12 H. M. Joseph [9-Mar-2016] H Hollow Jodie Cowan [2-Mar-2016] H Odd Job Adrian J. Brabo [2-Mar-2016] F Nimble Winds at Midnight Adrian J. Brabo [?] H The Apartment Complex Adrian J. Brabo [?] SF The Apartment Complex outline Adrian J. Brabo [?] SF Fantasy Land April Coan [24-Feb-2016] H Food and Other Pleasures Dale W. Glaser [2-Mar-2016] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F SuperNatural: Eternity Chapter 1 Jaclyn Krymowski [06-Jan-2016] SF The Missing Piece Nicole K. Westcott [06-Jan-2016] F The Chosen of Yaki: Dragon Slayers, Prologue Tayler D. Mole [13-Jan-2016] H When a Mind Loses Its Graft Jeremy Gomito [13-Jan-2016] H Sin No More Stefan Lear [20-Jan-2016] SF Baby Ed Kratz [03-Feb-2016] SF Planet XEE, Chapters 1-4 H. M. Joseph [10-Feb-2016] F Prophecy Unfolds, Chapters 1 - 5 Brandon Serrano [10-Feb-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.