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
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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.
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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-Oct-2014 (Crits due 22-Oct-2014): F Jewels and Duels [mpc] Dan Koboldt -#24177 F In the Sorcerer's Society, Chapter #1 Christopher J. Piatti -#24178 SF Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel DJ Cockburn -#24179 SF The Inorganics Return revised Robert Harpold -#24180 F The Witch, Chapters 1-3 Douglas Hufnagel -#24181 SF Dead Men Tell Tales Dave D'Alessio -#24182 SF The Forgiver's Visit Stephanie Boisvert -#24183 H The Easy Way Matthew Weber -#24184 F The Pillar of Shiva Rati Mehrotra -#24185 F The City of God Michael W. Cho -#24186 SF TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil Matthew Cegielski -#24187 F Books Charles Leighton -#24188 F Small Packages Margaret Moller -#24189 SF An arm and an eye and a brain in a box Stephen Ornes -#24190 SF Time and Money Julian L. Azorlosa -#24191 F Black Lake Island Ch. 1-3 Luke Robinson -#24192 H Eastern State Penitentiary-REVISED Stacey Nilsen -#24193 Week of 22-Oct-2014 (Crits due 29-Oct-2014): SF Poutines and Permasys [mpc] Levi Jacobs SF In Pacem Requiescat [@] Sean Green H The Not, Chapter 36 A. R. Braun SF Twitch Andrew Drane SF This One's For You, Daddy Fiona Didlick F The Missing Legion Jonathan Byrne SF Accursed Land Cameron Huntley H The Weed In The Wheat Justin C. Key SF Recruitment Robert Stevenson F Along the River Blake Fassero SF Pentheus and Bacchus Jesse Corrigan F The Eaten One Vanessa Fogg SF Fusers Will McIntosh SF Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two Carlos Mano F Children of God, Chapter 2 Marescha Muys F Blood is Thicker Daena Red SF The Signal Derrick Boden H The Mower M.B.Vujacic F The Vanquisher Carl Alves SF Isolation Joel E. Roosa SF Manwork - Revised Amanda H. Geard SF Waking the Giant Stephen Shewmake SF Return to Civilization Chris Kenworthy SF No S.L.A.M maps for these territories Will Milner Week of 29-Oct-2014 (Crits due 5-Nov-2014): F The Silver Tree - Chapter 1 A. Cobb F The Voice Traci Loudin SF The Escape Joe Walker F Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue Steven Craig Hickman SF The Stag Kristopher Horton SF Ants on a Trestle Elliotte Rusty Harold SF Wannabee Liz Heldmann SF Nested Dolls Jason Lopez F The Taste of Rain Kelsey Snyder SF Titan - Chapter 1 Samara Lo F Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8 Kaitlyn Boggs H Immram Patrick Sanders SF The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One Adrian Prabowo SF Extraordinary Jeffrey Steven Abrams SF The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2 Brian Wightman SF They Don't Always Mean What They Say Anir Raj SF Global Village Idiots Charles Hand F Obfuscate - Chapter Two Killion Slade SF Raspberry Christian Roberts H The Molt Drew Krull H The Rovin' Jewel Alexander Leger-Small SF Ahora Charlene Hansom SF Snow's Theorem Patricia Moussatche SF The Last Universe Steve Donnelly F Beyond the Bridge Justin R. Lawfer SF Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter Melanie DeWitt F Mark of the Raven, Chapter One Alexis George SF Vitamin Double-D Michael Andre-Driussi SF The Anti-Agonists Fred Obermeyer ====================================================================== (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 TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth Matthew Cegielski [22-Oct-2014] H The Not, Chapter 37 A. R. Braun [?] SF The Hamsa, Chapter 1 Patrick Sanders [5-Nov-2014] SF TM Blues Charles Hand [5-Nov-2014] F Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 2-3 Charles Leighton [22-Oct-2014] SF Mycelium _second draft_ Will Milner [5-Nov-2014] F The Ivory Mask Margaret Moller [22-Oct-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Leaving Orbit Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014] F The Want - Chap 1-3 KJ Conte [17-Sep-2014] SF The Ballad of Caleb Henning Seth Z. Herman [01-Oct-2014] SF Horse Years [@] Will McIntosh [08-Oct-2014] H Contractions Kevin David Anderson [08-Oct-2014] SF The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8 Rhett C Bruno [08-Oct-2014] SF Taken Mel Corbett [15-Oct-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.