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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
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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.
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 5-Mar-2014 (Crits due 12-Mar-2014): SF April Blizzard [mpc] A.R. Farryn -#23420 SF No-Brainer Richard Zwicker -#23421 F Ugly, Chapters 7-11 Russell Adams -#23422 SF Men of Iron Joe Walker -#23423 F The Last Song Champion - 9 Tony Farnden -#23424 F Cursed Galen Surlak-Ramsey -#23425 F The Archangel of May [@] Rebecca Lyons -#23426 F Only The Whale Stands Between Me and England Douglas Kolacki -#23427 SF The Fourth Law of Robotics Charles Hand -#23428 F Shadow in the Empire of Light, Chapter 1 Jane Routley -#23429 F Ballads of Ealaidh: Resonance Jennie Brass -#23430 H Phase II Frank Oreto -#23431 F The Perilous Path, Chapter 1 Wayne J. Harris -#23432 F Persephone, Prologue, Chapters 1-3 Ben Lacy -#23433 SF The Traveler, Chapter 1 Gregory Sliwoski -#23434 F A Most Unsuitable Match Jason Loch -#23435 H A1Z1: The Turning Chapter 1-2 Cris Holder -#23436 SF The Mechanoid Cries Within Brock T.I. Penner -#23437 F Pawn of the Gods Andrea Franco-Cook -#23438 SF A Simple Line Sean fife -#23439 Week of 12-Mar-2014 (Crits due 19-Mar-2014): SF Smoked Meat Kent Jones SF Age of Birds, Chapter 4 Russell de Grove F Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 2 Eric J. Juneau F The Opera Shark Karen Blaha SF Chocolate Strychnine Thomas Grayhorse SF Gods of Barn-World, Parts 1-4 evan austin F The Diabolical String Hannah S. Ruttle F Despair _Ch.1-2_ Lee Dailey F Cage of Bones, Chapters 3+4 Areeb Ahmad H Rules are Rules Matthew Weber F Within the Mists Wendy Salmon SF The Astrotheometrist Dom Dulley F The Angel's Charlie, chapter 1 Chris Kenworthy SF Five Z.M. Quynh F Princess Moxie: Moxie's Reality Hank Quense SF The Ballroom Jeffrey Hall SF The Curious Case of Ms. Fudge Steve Donnelly F The Diocese of the Dog Alyssa A. Motylinski F Moon on the Water Matthew Lee SF Subway Hero 2.0 Theo Gerken Week of 19-Mar-2014 (Crits due 26-Mar-2014): SF Death is a blindfold Rati Mehrotra F The Messe'Dahnah Alexander Leger-Small SF What You Bind Charles Payseur F What Fills a Chest Ryan Holmes SF The Gods That Punish - Prologue Edward Paul SF Tempus Fugit Ralph M. Ambrose F Shrouded Goddess_chapters 8+9 Patricia Moussatche H Hand of Satan Gabrial Soh SF Call Her Luna Kade Moore SF Bex and Bindo Chapters 1-4 Marlan Smith SF Field Trip Neal Williams F Park at Your Own Risk Mary Sexton SF Fasterpiece Ian Creasey SF Entanglement David G. Turner SF Uman Bean Nikhil Sekher H The Not, Chapter 31 A. R. Braun SF Canny King Harry and a Chip of Flash John Barefield F Markings Fred Obermeyer F The City in the Sky Ty Hayes SF Thirty Eighth G. A. Miller SF The Loom of the Blatja Madison Culler F Johnny, The Best Writer In The World John Frye III F Outrun The Competion Ed Bang SF Searching For Christopher Grao Gary Goodson SF le Catalogue Des Objets Déplacé David Gallay SF Antwerp Clem Taylor SF Alien Foster Brother Marie Ming F Elven Suicide Zac Arnold SF Agency Jen Finelli F Erica's Promise Dona Watson SF The Journey of the Flame - RFDR + Sample Chapters Larry Allen F Build Your Boat Nora Moseman F The Clandestine Chapters 5-7 Darla Jackson SF It All Endures, Unbroken, Forever Matt Dovey SF The Egg Levi Jacobs F Werewolf Investigations: Capital Kidnap Mel Corbett H When We Loved You Ed Kratz H The Withered Parts of Usman Al-Hajub Jon Hurwitz SF Titanborn Rhett Bruno F Dragon Flame, Chapters 1-3, RFDR Melanie DeWitt SF First Clones _a working title_ Chapters 1-2 Bobbie Falin SF Plain English Alan Ashworth SF Last Man On Mars Jonathan Byrne H The Vampire and the therapist Peter Huston ====================================================================== (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 Last Song Champion - 10 Tony Farnden [12-Mar-2014] F Cage of Bones, Chapter 5 _Interlude_ Areeb Ahmad [19-Mar-2014] H Secret Ballot Frank Oreto [12-Mar-2014] H Suzie's Dead End Matt Weber [19-Mar-2014] SF The Ink Android Jen Finelli [26-Mar-2014] F Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 3 Eric J. Juneau [19-Mar-2014] SF Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 4 Eric J. Juneau [?] SF Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 5 Eric J. Juneau [?] H Wherefore Art Thou, Werewolf Richard Zwicker [12-Mar-2014] SF Twins Charles Hand [12-Mar-2014] F The Philosopher's Stone is Missing from the Smithsonian Douglas Kolacki [12-Mar-2014] SF The Gods That Punish - Chapter 1 Edward Paul [26-Mar-2014] F Ugly, Chapters 12-15 Russell Adams [12-Mar-2014] SF New Antwerp; Clem Taylor [26-Mar-2014] F Deathsong Zac Arnold [26-Mar-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Eclipsing Drones Jude Diamond [08-Jan-2014] F Elvankor CH1 Ryan Voelkel [08-Jan-2014] F Grindron, Prologue-Chapter 2 Vijay Narasimhan [08-Jan-2014] F Candle Section 1 Ben Fraser [08-Jan-2014] SF Truth and Light Chapter 1 Paul Cucinotta [15-Jan-2014] H The Deliquent kimberly burks [15-Jan-2014] F The King of Shadows, Chapter 1 Beth Godfrey [29-Jan-2014] SF The Last Fairy, Prologue - Chapter 2 Edward Lowell [29-Jan-2014] F Fire Wives Jeff Black [05-Feb-2014] F Untitled First Fantasy Novel CH.1 Nicholas J Chira [05-Feb-2014] F The Do-Over Daniel A. Willis [12-Feb-2014] F Striking Chains, Ch.2-3 Kris Schnee [26-Feb-2014] SF Insignificance At A Distance Philip Stetson [26-Feb-2014] H Small Treasures Neil Murrell [05-Mar-2014] SF Hooray for Hollywood! Carlos Mano [05-Mar-2014] F The Black Tail, Chapters 2-3 Bee-Lee See [05-Mar-2014] F Elmjack The Legend, Chapters 1-6 Daryl Gray [05-Mar-2014] ::: >> 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.