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.
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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 19-Nov-2014 (Crits due 26-Nov-2014): F Troubled Minds [mpc] Christopher Knighton -#24288 F Tribute, Chapters 0-1 Andrew Richardson -#24289 F Misson Stephanie Pace -#24290 F Tongues of Clay [@] Megan Hutchins -#24291 SF Those Possessed Gary Goodson -#24292 SF Jury Duty Jonathan Byrne -#24293 F 9/10ths Joel E. Roosa -#24294 F White Mountain James Witherspoon -#24295 F Robert Fairweather and the Wrong Ticket Mark Rookyard -#24296 SF Taken Mel Corbett -#24297 F The Song of the Destroyer of Zin Alex Avrio -#24298 H Last Supper M.B.Vujacic -#24299 F The Dragon's Destiny Christopher J. Piatti -#24300 SF Dermis Michael Reid -#24301 SF Soulshifter Christoph Weber -#24302 SF Heartburn Mertcan Hekimoglu -#24303 SF Against All Odds A Wisham -#24304 F The Contest Charles Femia -#24305 SF Mnemecide Irene Ying -#24306 H The Pizza Mystery Nicholaus Patnaude -#24307 SF Recoded Ryan K Alford -#24308 Week of 26-Nov-2014 (Crits due 3-Dec-2014): SF Northern Cross [@] David John Baker SF The Man _Book One_ Invaders of the Parallel Soul, Chapters 1-4 Julius Robinson SF TM Blues Charles Hand SF The Hamsa, Chapter 1 Patrick Sanders SF The Cloning of Bethany Tillman S.C. Hickman SF The Last Word Christian Roberts F The Guild of Carters Noeleen Kavanagh F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple SF Print Addict Samara Lo F Calypso P.E. Zimmerman SF Trouble with Debutantes Katherine J Fairbanks SF Timecrash Wildlife - Chapter 1 Sarah Little SF Good Housekeeping Chris Countryman F Blood Storm, Chapters 1-6 Charlie Tupman F Heroes Rising, Chapter 1 Gia M. Snyder H Monsters of Pittsburgh 5: Humans Kate Whitaker F Virtual Boy Martha Burns F Children of God, Chapter 3 Marescha Muys SF The Astrotheometrist Dom Dulley SF The Talosian redemption, chapter 2 Mick Dunn F The Cross, The Mother Alexander Leger-Small Week of 3-Dec-2014 (Crits due 10-Dec-2014): H The Thing by the Marsh Carl Alves F Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 4-5 Charles Leighton SF Chasing Gazelles Michael Dorken F Altars Evelyn Aschenbrenner F Undying Restiveness EishaAhmed F The Retrievers Chapter 1 Mark Dawson F Mage Dot Com Rob Gilliam SF Stay for Dinner Brad Preslar SF Downstairs, Chapter 1 Stephen Ornes F The End At The Park Sean Whelan SF Cuban Missile Strike Michael Andre-Driussi F The Witch of the Witherwoods Anna Salonen H The Not, Chapter 37 A. R. Braun SF Henry The Last, Chapters 1 and 2 Arthur M. Doweyko H The Face in the Well Stephanie Harshman Diaz F Boy God Hernan Garcia SF A Fire Beneath Derrick Boden H The Spoiler Matthew Weber SF Burn the Land and Boil the Sea Kristopher Horton F Mating Material Amanda Niehaus-Hard F No titles. Brianna O'Gorman SF The Thousand Century Burn Louis J. West SF Alone at Last Adrian Brisland H Saga of a fallen hero ch 11, part 1 Naftali Deitsch SF Defender: Return of the Harkers Eric Juneau F Sticks and Stones Keir Puplett SF Titanium Man Steve Donnelly SF The Archivist's Book Jeffrey Steven Abrams F The Marker: The Song of the Shadow-Walkers Christopher Mowder ====================================================================== (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 [?] F Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2 Ben Knox [?] SF Search the Stars Mark Rookyard [26-Nov-2014] SF Death Panel Christoph Weber [26-Nov-2014] SF The Ant People Charles Hand [3-Dec-2014] SF The Wells Experience Mark Rookyard [?] F Darkest night Mick Dunn [3-Dec-2014] F The Birds of Avacine Alexander Leger-Small [10-Dec-2014] SF Negendank Christian Roberts [3-Dec-2014] SF Lights Michael Reid [26-Nov-2014] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Along the River Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014] F The Silver Tree - Chapter 1 A. Cobb [29-Oct-2014] SF They Don't Always Mean What They Say Anir Raj [29-Oct-2014] F The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2 Sean Morge [12-Nov-2014] SF Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4 Brian Hansen [12-Nov-2014] H Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles Junior Sixx [12-Nov-2014] SF Kanda in Venus Jesse Corrigan [12-Nov-2014] SF Superhero Pioneer Dies John Siebelink [19-Nov-2014] SF Wilma's War Tobias G [19-Nov-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.