New entry Jun 21
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.
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
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 20-Aug-2014 (Crits due 27-Aug-2014): SF Branches of Tech [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24004 F Blood Bank [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose -#24005 SF On the Proper Maintenance of a Tremeddian Dominion Garden Matt Dovey -#24006 SF Bloodlines, Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow -#24007 SF Remotely out of Control 8-2 Charles Hand -#24008 SF Can't Forget Colleen S. Myers -#24009 H Tribe: Prologue Wendy Salmon -#24010 F Anima, Chapter 0-4 Mulyadi Cahyono -#24011 SF The Broken Dream Louise A. Postlethwaite -#24012 SF Square Chickens _submitted 8-5_ Charlene Hansom -#24013 SF What Do You Do With An Empty Baby? Rik Hunik -#24014 SF The Link R. J. Delacruz -#24015 SF Coronation _chapters 1 & 2_ Mark Probert -#24016 F Batanzia C.J. Piatti -#24017 F Hell To Death Row: Fresh Catch Glo Gray -#24018 SF Hands on the Triggers chapter 1-2 Kit Davis -#24019 F Fury David Kloss -#24020 SF Architect of the Abyss Scott Towler -#24021 F A Study In Bronze Irene Ying -#24022 F Silverdirt, chapter 1 Brenna Raney -#24023 Week of 27-Aug-2014 (Crits due 3-Sep-2014): SF Whitefall Harlen Bayha F Things Worth Dying For Kaitlyn Boggs SF Tru da Sieve Cynthia J. Sellers SF The Ordeal, Chapters 4-6 Conrad Steenkamp F A Wordsmith in Javvoth Hair Cameron Huntley SF His Final Four William Hill SF The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_ Peter Galalis SF How to Market Your Baby for Less Jason Boyd SF Humans live in space Tom Lin F Champion of Justice Filip Wiltgren SF Coming Lights Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi SF Emerald Dennis V. Hernandez F North to Neverland Caitlin Andrew F Strange Things Happen All the Time Aleksandra Pantic F Thus Fell the Chancellor Alex Harrison SF Mimanga Jeffrey Hall H Enigma Dipanjan Dutta F The Sixteen Burdens of Dusty Studebaker, Chapters 1-2 David Khalaf SF A Demon Haunted Future Gary Goodson F Behind the Reflection Justin R. Lawfer SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 1-4 Rhett C Bruno Week of 3-Sep-2014 (Crits due 10-Sep-2014): H Haunted: The Saga of a fallen Hero ch 7 Naftali Deitsch SF Gotta Have That Look Chris Kenworthy SF Leaving Orbit Matt Thomas F The Pale Lands Alexander Leger-Small F Changestone Annaliese Lemmon SF The Limen Project Mark Rookyard SF Fear Not Stephen Shewmake SF Sprinkles on Top James Witherspoon SF Leadville Follies Tom Grayhorse SF Life Thrusts Forth Dr. Barry Nadel SF Forgettable What's His Name Jeff Cates SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8 Rhett C Bruno SF White Hat in Space Michael Dorken H Dammit, Mavis Matthew Weber SF The Girl Who Lost the Earth Book 1: Krudges Chapter One Contact on Earth Matthew Cegielski F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple SF The Rise of the Hybrid Chapter 1 Michael Arnold H Eastern State Penitentiary Stacey Nilsen ====================================================================== (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 The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_ Peter Galalis [3-Sep-2014] SF The Reckoner Cameron Huntley [3-Sep-2014] SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn - Chapters 1-4 Rhett Bruno [10-Sep-2014] SF The Ordeal, Chapters 7-9 Conrad Steenkamp [3-Sep-2014] F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chapter #1 C.J. Piatti [27-Aug-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Chronicles of Astroban The Gathering Book 1 Chapters 1 & 2 s Anne Graham [02-Jul-2014] F Radiant, Chapter 1 Ashley Gonzales [09-Jul-2014] H The Reaper's Tavern Pearce Clancy [09-Jul-2014] F Formula Alec [16-Jul-2014] SF Season of Blood and Banditos, Chp 4-5 Robert Cummings [16-Jul-2014] F Fluttera Jessica Barnhart [16-Jul-2014] SF Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1 Randy R. Henke [16-Jul-2014] F Myth Origins Jon Wiggins [23-Jul-2014] SF Incineration, Chapters 1-6 Amanda L. Culton [23-Jul-2014] F The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5 Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014] SF Colony 411, Chapter 1 Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014] H The Book Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014] F Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2 Iona Baird [30-Jul-2014] F Her Face Marian D Moore [06-Aug-2014] F The King and The Sorceress Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014] SF Quantum Clicker John Gagan [13-Aug-2014] SF Extension Port Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014] SF Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1 Cary Nichols [20-Aug-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.