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 21-Jan-2015 (Crits due 28-Jan-2015): H Visions of Death thru Indigo Eyes Jeff Cates -#24476 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 4-6 _RFDR_ Russell Adams -#24477 SF Tarendra at the Orion Wall Michael Andre-Driussi -#24478 H Funicular Fare Rayne Hall -#24479 F Techmare Justin R. Lawfer -#24480 SF Lemonade for the Dead Robert Harpold -#24481 SF Detached Retina Christian Roberts -#24482 F Starlight: Book 1 of the Earth-Dark Elf War Stacey Schebel -#24483 F Mother Night Martha Burns -#24484 SF Rachna Resurgence Deborah Patt -#24485 SF The Protius Pretension Christoher J. Piatti -#24486 SF The Panjandrum's Ball Game C. John Griffin -#24487 SF Tree of Life Christoph Weber -#24488 F The Ivory Mask, revised Margaret Moller -#24489 F Hymns, for the Amusement of Children Gabriel Blay -#24490 SF The Boys Room Fraser Hannah -#24491 F The First Actuary Melvyn Windham -#24492 H Z.I. Frank Chambers -#24493 Week of 28-Jan-2015 (Crits due 4-Feb-2015): SF Just Another Day in America Amandeep Singh H Daisy Loved Dafodils Race A. Dauer SF A Time Traveler's Guide to Messing Up Your Life, ch. 1 Brian Wightman F Immortalis Carl Alves F The Fixer Walter J. Wiese SF See you soon, Mr. Travers Yaroslav Barsukov SF Future Awakenings Anna Salonen H A Glimpse of Green Filip Wiltgren H Paranormal Romance M.B.Vujacic H The Tear Collector Justin C. Key F Once Upon a Midnight Moon: Feral Kaitlin R. Niblock F Abacot R. Leigh Hennig F Civil Blood, Chapters 0-1 Chris Hepler F A Good Friend Sarah Morgan SF Mission: Honeymoon Nessma A. Elsawy F The King's Blacksmith Cameron Huntley SF Her Glimmering Facade Eleanor R. Wood SF Killer Features Janis Zelcans SF Shift Tania Robinson SF Pathifier Jim Adam Week of 4-Feb-2015 (Crits due 11-Feb-2015): H A Name Worth Dying For Katherine Fairbanks\ SF Redemption Mark Rookyard F Gathering of the Gifts, ch 2 Memory within a Memory Robert Shmigelsky SF Deluge Derrick Boden H Brain Power Ralph M. Ambrose F Spear Ch 10-11 Kristopher Horton SF Form Letter Joel E. Roosa H Orlov's Tears Richard Alison F Daughter's Duel Chris Kenworthy F Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 10-11 Charles Leighton F Woe, Djinn Brad Preslar H Toys to Play With Eric J. Juneau F The Burning Heart Margie E. Prindle SF Where Is Asteroid 2021gb Connor W. Anderson SF Second Chances Joe Walker F Boy God II Hernan Garcia SF The Lady of Shalott, Chapters 1 & 2 _RFDR_ Learned Foote SF Trade Route, Chapters 0-1 Curtis Manges F Three Intersections, Two Lives Jason Parker SF The Incident at Wolfe Creek, Chapters1-5 Leena Naidoo SF Avram Ed Kratz SF Beyond Comprehension Russell Nichols SF The Time Stone Jeffrey J. Estrella F The Dauphin's Metaphysics Eric Schwitzgebel F The Retrievers, Chapter 4 Mark A Dawson F The Vampire Will Kim Smeltzer F A Bad Day Traci Loudin F The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 1-3 Keir Puplett SF Crock Tom Grayhorse H The Thing Robert Graph SF The Maiden Voyage of the Ariona Dale W. Glaser SF The Chain of Forests, Chapter 23 Ilias Stroulias SF Jay's Investigation _Part One_ Joe Camera SF Against All Odds A Wisham F Rainfall Marko Cibej H Gears of Iron, Gears of Bone, Chapter 1 Bill Stiteler SF Spirit of the Polar Bear David William McKay SF Lisa Rains, The Progeny, Chapters 0-5 Terry D. Pleasant H Eastern State Penitentiary-REVISED Stacey Nilsen SF Riding the Dinosaur Amanda H. Geard SF Modified, Chapter 2: Maksym Chaz Josephs H Paradise Cemetery David A. Forrester H The Fawn Gwyn Case SF Days of Past Futured Richard Zwicker SF Tales of Midbar: Religious Intolerance, Chapter 1 Richard Pearman ====================================================================== (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 Forecast Rayne Hall [28-Jan-2015] H After Yule Rayne Hall [?] H Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze Rayne Hall [?] F Gathering of the Gifts, Ch 3 Robert Shmigelsky [11-Feb-2015] SF Customer Service Justin C. Key [4-Feb-2015] H My Soul, For Mommy's Justin C. Key [?] H Virgins Of The Sea Justin C. Key [?] SF The Mind Cloud C. John Griffin [28-Jan-2015] SF Alone Again Traci Loudin [11-Feb-2015] F The Scheming Sorcerer Christopher J. Piatti [28-Jan-2015] F title: God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 4-6 _RFDR_ Russell Adams [28-Jan-2015] F The Beginning of the End Traci Loudin [?] SF Inconspicuous Absence Brad Preslar [11-Feb-2015] F The Retrievers, Chapter 5 Mark A Dawson [11-Feb-2015] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H The Not, Chapter 38 A. R. Braun [24-Dec-2014] SF Task Error 13C Ian Mark [24-Dec-2014] F Among the Orangutans Joseph E. Lerner [07-Jan-2015] F Innocenza, Chapter 1 Joshua Ward [07-Jan-2015] F Answer Hugo Xiong [14-Jan-2015] F Night of Vlad Amal singh [21-Jan-2015] H The Phantom Queen Stephen Lewis [21-Jan-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.