New entry Dec 13
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 25-Mar-2015 (Crits due 1-Apr-2015): SF Party Performance Optimization Using Numerical Methods revised [mpc] Robert Harpold -#24669 SF Monster [mpc] Jon Hurwitz -#24670 F Spear: Fire and Brimstone [mpc] Kristopher Horton -#24671 F Small Feathers [mpc] Mari Mitchell -#24672 SF Slipping Away Fred Obermeyer -#24673 SF Peace, And Rumors Of Peace [@] Mary Catelli -#24674 SF Polar Choices DJ Cockburn -#24675 F Defender: Return of the Harkers Eric J. Juneau -#24676 SF Out of Sync Chris Kenworthy -#24677 SF Lieutenant Chan Christian Roberts -#24678 SF I Heard a Voice Cry Sleep No More John Barefield -#24679 F Maryam That Was Alexander Leger-Small -#24680 H Bad Brunch in the Big Easy Matthew Weber -#24681 F The Goose, the Goddess, and the Lost Golden Coin Lance Burri -#24682 F The Alchemist's Box Ch 1-4 Alex Avrio -#24683 SF The Chain of Forests, Chapters 1 to 3 Ilias Stroulias -#24684 H My Soul, For Mommy's Justin C. Key -#24685 SF Stormtroopers Christoph Weber -#24686 SF The Baby Snatchers, Prologue Vidal Cid -#24687 SF Subdued Chapter 4 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24688 F Henry and the Ghost, Chapters 1-2 Stefanie Kirschbaum -#24689 SF Necessary Illusions [@] Tom Greene -#24690 F The Emergency Situation Joel Kirk -#24691 F The Neighborhood, Chapters 1-2 Holly Godbey -#24692 SF Pixel Heart Will Milner -#24693 SF White King, Chapter 1, Johan Gustaf Schneiner -#24694 SF Electric Raspberries Josh Harlan -#24695 SF The Satellite Office Jamie Simo -#24696 Week of 1-Apr-2015 (Crits due 8-Apr-2015): SF Martian Still Kelsey Sweatt SF The Hopeful Romantic Jeff Cates F Waste Places Chapters 1-4 Judith Pratt SF It's Always Summer In Our Memory Amanda Niehaus-Hard F The Sharklings of Anchor Valley Kurt Hunt SF Wind Riderz Part I Chapter 1 Christopher Cragwick F Phoebus Chapter One Bas Geelen F Devil's Blood: Chapter 1 Sarah Hodge F The Beginning of the End Traci Loudin F The Retrievers Chapter 6 Mark A Dawson SF Blood on the Horizon Derrick Boden F City of Cats Jacob Rennick H The Bus M.B.Vujacic SF Apocalyptic Hangover Chris DeSantis SF They Come. Run. Michael Reid H GSD Chester Lee H Tomatoes Ryan Anderson F The Man Who Married a Fairy, Chapters 1-2 Andrew Richardson SF The Hamsa, Chapter 1 Patrick Sanders F Shadowbound, Chapters 1-29 Lisa Stout SF The Moonship Charles Hand H Off the Leash Ed Kratz F Devil's Day Challenge Robert Vicens F Never moon a werewolf or poke a Pooka Chapter one Falling Dabney Week of 8-Apr-2015 (Crits due 15-Apr-2015): SF Trade Route, Chapters 0-1, revised Curtis Manges SF City of Circles, Chapter 1 James L. Graetz F Pawn of the Gods Andrea Franco-Cook SF The Destiny Engine Jonathan Byrne SF Fibonacci Eleanor R. Wood F The Skies of Edinburgh Anna Salonen SF The Promethean Possession Christopher Ross SF Nicotine Dreams Evelyn Aschenbrenner SF Initiation Charles T, Walbridge F Tree Ghost Margaret Moller H Old 237 Dirck de Lint SF Secession Campaign Prologue and Chapter 1 Mike Mullen F The Vampire Laura - Primal Skies #5 Kim Smeltzer SF Worthless Gold Part 2 Ronald Hurst F The Bluehaven Manifesto, Chapter 1, pt. of Chap. Trevor J Wallace F Fire and Water Douglas E Ryan SF Tales of Midbar: Religious Intolerance, Chapter 2 Richard Pearman F The Hag Ethan Fode SF Wandering Jasmine K. Demir SF On a Mission David Erickson Week of 15-Apr-2015 (Crits due 22-Apr-2015): SF The Way Home Al Williams F A Measure of Sin Sian Chapman F Twenty Mattresses Mike Alix F The Lion at the End of the World Alex Bradshaw SF Last Janitor of the Divine Eric Schwitzgebel SF The Trials Katherine Fairbanks H Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze Rayne Hall F Viraetes Island Part 2 Miah Goodreau SF Messin' With Slavers C. John Griffin F War of the Wizards Christopher J. Piatti SF Too Much to Dream Richard Zwicker F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 13-15 Russell Adams SF Stone Age Vacation Michael Andre-Driussi SF The Seahorse Fathers Learned Foote F The Black Queen Chapter 1 Chad Willson SF Match of the Day Iain Ishbel F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 1 - Caleros Joel E. Roosa SF The Guests Dart Omran ====================================================================== (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 [?] H Virgins Of The Sea Justin C. Key [1-Apr-2015] F The Vampire's Daughter Kim Smeltzer [15-Apr-2015] F Viraetes Island Part 4 Miah Goodreau [22-Apr-2015] F Wizard's of the Watchtower Christopher J. Piatti [22-Apr-2015] SF God of Memory, Lords of Iron [?] SF King Me David Erickson [15-Apr-2015] F The Vampire's Madman Kim Smeltzer [?] SF No SLAM Maps for these Territories, 2nd Draft Will Milner [1-Apr-2015] F The Retrievers, Chapter 7 A.K. Karam [8-Apr-2015] F The Fireman Christoph Weber [1-Apr-2015] SF Two Easy Pieces Charles Hand [8-Apr-2015] SF Apocalyptic Hangover Chapter 2 Chris DeSantis [8-Apr-2015] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Circus at Twilight Daniel C. Haracz [25-Feb-2015] F The Eternal, Chapter 1 Faisal Shamas [25-Feb-2015] SF Melon Chapter one Tom Grayhorse [11-Mar-2015] H Wolf Moon Del Bailey [11-Mar-2015] 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] ::: >> 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.