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.
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 23-Jul-2014 (Crits due 30-Jul-2014): SF Whitefall [mpc] Harlen Bayha -#23915 SF The Hippocratic Oath [mpc] Justin Key -#23916 H Before the Beginning Richard Zwicker -#23917 F Werewear Fred Obermeyer -#23918 SF Cuban Missile Strike Michael Andre-Driussi -#23919 SF This Is The Sound Of The End Of The World Matt Dovey -#23920 SF It's Always Summer In Our Memory Amanda Niehaus-Hard -#23921 F Better The Devil You Know Dom Dulley -#23922 F Seeks the Light Michael Dorken -#23923 F For Those Who Deserve It Alexander Leger-Small -#23924 SF The Girl from Beyond the Wall - Part 2 Rati Mehrotra -#23925 SF Two-Hundred Forty-One Centuries Benjamin Schulz -#23926 SF Black Tie Grady Annette Bowman -#23927 F The Act of Faith Hotel, Chapter 1 Emily Schoerning -#23928 F Seeking the Light of Justice Dr. Barry Nadel -#23929 F The Bottom Luke Robinson -#23930 F Things Worth Dying For Kaitlyn Boggs -#23931 F Goddess _RFDR_ Kristin Whitman -#23932 SF Diamond Folds Andrea Cross -#23933 Week of 30-Jul-2014 (Crits due 6-Aug-2014): F The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5 Patrick Crowe F Heaven's Waiting Room has Lousy Magazines Elena Hayes SF The Automatic Writing Machine of UCBT James Brittain SF Colony 411, Chapter 1 Luke Larsen SF Glass Carnival, chapter 2 Gail Marsella H The Book Clinton L. Reed SF The SkinWalkers, Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow SF Revenge Begins with Death revised Robert Harpold F Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2 Iona Baird F Keeper of the Crimson Blade, Prologue-Chapter 1 Erin Fitzgerald SF The Part They Stole Chris Countryman F A Dragon's Treasure Louise A. Postlethwaite H The Turning of the Key - Chapter 3 and 4 Wendy Salmon SF Soul Peddling Down the Texas Byways Gary Goodson SF Only Who is Left Julia Nolan H Outpost Ricardo Delacruz SF The Fourth Law of Robotics 7-15 Charles Hand SF Planar Ghosts Krystal Claxton SF The Twelve o'clock Boys Amanda H. Geard SF The Pro, Chapter 2 Richard Edwards Week of 6-Aug-2014 (Crits due 13-Aug-2014): H Haunted: The Saga of a fallen hero chap 6 Naftali Deitsch SF Five Days as Uberman, Prologue-Chapter 4 Nikhil Sekher F All the Souls Like Candle Flames Vanessa Fogg F The Moving Mountains : A Chilongua Tale Jeffrey Hall SF The Geographer Liam King H Melanie Explains It All Mary Elizabeth Thompson F Price of Passage Russell de Grove SF Act Natural Jeremy Draghi SF John's Holiday Arol Bosut F Breath of the Titans, part 1 Riley Amos Westbrook F Shrouded Goddess, Ch 15+16 Patricia Moussatche F My Lover's Skin Aleksandra Pantic H The Invisible People Alex Maher F Smalto Victoria Kalb SF The Broken Sun Alex Harrison SF Song of the Storm Frog Derrick Boden ====================================================================== (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 Freedom Annette Bowman [30-Jul-2014] SF Bloodlines, Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow [6-Aug-2014] F Strange Things Happen All the Time Aleksandra Pantic [13-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] ::: >> 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.