New entry Dec 07
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]
Free Web Sites
Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.
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!
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]
Critters is 23!
Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
Stayin' AliveIf you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.
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.
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 5-Dec-2018 (Crits due 12-Dec-2018): F The Guardian's Spear, Chapter 1 [mpc] David Felix -#28160 SF Rhubarb Queen Kevin P. Hallett -#28161 SF The Sixth World _V3_ Larry Rachman -#28162 SF Right to Be Forgotten Emily Randall -#28163 SF The Way home - Chapter 1 v.2 Deborah Ross -#28164 SF IX Creation Steven Fritz -#28165 F A Darks Hunger for the Soul Eric D Littlefield -#28166 H The Waves of Dark Second Version Hernan -#28167 SF The Planet of the Dead [@] Edward Muller -#28168 F Soulmates Annaliese Lemmon -#28169 SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb -#28170 Week of 12-Dec-2018 (Crits due 19-Dec-2018): F Exorcists on Call John Berks F Sirens Unbound: Book One of the Fifth Mage War, Chapters 1-3 Laura Engelhardt F Invisible Dragon Mary Makarova SF The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 4 Douglass Calmes F The Wizard of Llandwellyn: Chapters 44-46 Eric Wilson SF Starrunner, Chapter 8-9 Chris Turner SF Anticipation of Hollowness Renan Bernardo SF Iterations Keir Puplett SF AXIOM, Chapter 1 Rewrite#2 Ceci Vaughan SF Be One Of the Hive Joe Belarge SF Every Soldier's Right Henry McFarland F Chronicles of Mayhem: Genesis, Prologue, "Terror and Grandeur Leo Charles M. Week of 19-Dec-2018 (Crits due 26-Dec-2018): H The Gypsy Curse Carl Alves H Danse Macabre Russell Dorn F Princess and The Pearl Katie R. Campbell SF Recall Machines Andy Lilley F Pickup Man William H. Leonard F The DIcers, Chapters 1-2 Mitko Grgiorov SF In the Shelter of the Aftermath David Rossiaky F The Fenghuang, Chapter 1 Elena Zimmerman SF Fear Regulation Chip Kevin Stadt SF Off of Sunset Dan Reade H Blood Activism Version 2 Matthew Duerst F The Founder's Seed Chapter 1 _RFDR_ Drema DeĆ"raich Week of 26-Dec-2018 (Crits due 2-Jan-2019): F The Worst Story Ever Eli Landes F The Coward Gene K. Boyd F Albright's Extraordinary Artefacts and the Lost Fountain Pen of Barnabus Eagledon Daniel Taylor F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 16 Jeff Naylor SF Cypress cove ch1-4 Tellie Strange SF Luminal Boom Nic Barkdull H The Monster Always Returns Nadav Ornoy SF Empty Vessels, Chapter 1 Keith Cork SF To Call 911 Amy Hammack Turner SF ALIEN Bloodmoon Christopher Smith SF Parting Gift CS Perry SF Ramjet Warriors of the High Command Patrick Tibbits, Ph.D. Week of 2-Jan-2019 (Crits due 9-Jan-2019): SF The Linking, Chapters 1-5 Jeffrey Richardson F Last Thing You See Jesse Caedington SF Chasidy Pascoe and the Ontario Flyer, Chapter 1 William Stiteler F Going Bad, Chapter 4 _continued_ Jenny Hale F Daughter of the Dragon Guild Eli Cepeda H The hands Brett Lovell SF The Revisionist Tim Stevens ====================================================================== (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]"): F Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 17 Jeff Naylor [2-Jan-2019] SF The Invitiation Keir Puplett [19-Dec-2018] SF The Sixth World V3 _RFDR_ Larry Rachman [12-Dec-2018] SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb D.B. Gibb [12-Dec-2018] SF Chicken Little's Triumph Eric D Littlefield [12-Dec-2018] H Snot William H. Leonard [26-Dec-2018] F Why I Can't Enforce the Laws Against Magic Annaliese Lemmon [12-Dec-2018] SF SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb [?] SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 7-11 D.B. Gibb [?] SF The Ghosts of Asteraceae Chapter 5 Douglass Calmes [19-Dec-2018] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Book One Elk Pack Series, "Bonded" Chapter 1 Shonda Sweeris [26-Sep-2018] H StageFright, Chapter Andrea L.S. Parkinson [03-Oct-2018] F One day, Prologue. Punpun Onodera [10-Oct-2018] F The War of Ages Saga: Age of Darkness James Eyler [24-Oct-2018] SF Murder at 48.6 million miles, Chapters 1-2 Peter Gimm [07-Nov-2018] SF Eleven Sentences Christopher Blake [28-Nov-2018] F Son of Nobody, Chapters 1 & 2 Patrick W. OMalley III [05-Dec-2018] F Cynders, Chapters 1-2 Grace Nehls [05-Dec-2018] SF The Fix Cooper Powers [05-Dec-2018] ::: >> 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.