New entry Nov 16
P&E Seeks New Caretaker
Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.
Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.
If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!
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 22!
Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
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 22-Nov-2017 (Crits due 29-Nov-2017): H From the Bog, Chapter 2 Andrew Richardson -#27256 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61 Keir Puplett -#27257 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 15 Eric Wilson -#27258 SF Every Single One Dan Reade -#27259 SF Invasion Mark L Suplinskas -#27260 SF Searching for God Head - chapters 1-3 Mike Clarke -#27261 SF Jupiter, Up Close Brian Zayas -#27262 SF Faster Than Light Can Carry You Renan Bernardo -#27263 SF The Truth Machine Juan Hernandez -#27264 F Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 1 Elena Zimmerman -#27265 F The Failed Journey To Success, Chapter 1 Ela Mishne -#27266 SF Sometimes They're Wrong Amit Gupta -#27267 H Restless _Scene 1-9_ Joshua Dyer -#27268 SF Andromeda Rose Lora Kilpatrick -#27269 Week of 29-Nov-2017 (Crits due 6-Dec-2017): F The Unexpected Return of the Night Sky Clan, Chapters 1-2 Morgan Beard F Ohlone Warrior Matthew Duerst SF Nothing is Wrong With Mann, Inc., Chapters 1-2 Drew Cumings-Peterson F Boobies & Dragons Kaija Andrews F The Demon's Secret _1_ Danielle Lambert SF Return to the Mean James Yu SF The Trip to Mars Base One James Lloyd F Water Dragons Brian Jones SF Is Your Conscience Bothering You? v5.1 Robert Harpold SF Live in Canaan Pedro Silva SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 2 Jeff Naylor F Steam Heart James Caldwell F Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 6 Jennifer S. Hane SF Repaired Crown Prince Scott Bradley SF Untitled, Chapters 1-2 Max Ames H The Knife Mark P. Rawlings F Satchel of Rocks Danielle Ste. Just F It's Not Good, Daran Rachel Gears SF To Sleep, To Stream Carolyn Hoffert SF Outcast, Chapters 1-5 Kelsen Chau SF The Perfection of Misery Madison Culler Week of 6-Dec-2017 (Crits due 13-Dec-2017): F Healer's Trial Emily Randall F The Honor of Giants April Weeks H What Crawls Beneath Sandor Kovacs SF Bibi Lisa Clark SF Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2 Joy Landa F Solutions Darla Jackson F Spoils of War Trevor L. B. Porter F The Fire Linguist Fred Obermeyer SF The Linking, Chapters 1-3 Jeff Richardson F Haunting Screams Evan L Westland F Cataclysm Gorge Assisted Living Facility Kendra Lusty F Come to the Dance! Russell Adams F The Valley of Fiends, Chapter 16 Matthew Rettino F Sky Piercer Chapter - 1 Jorge Rodriguez Soto H The Doctor and his Patients Mark Keane SF An Overdose of Honesty Ulrich Minnaar H I Know the Day You Die Christian L. Campbell F Where Authors Really Get Their Ideas Chris Baker H The Swing Vicki Glass SF Audra, Chapter 5 Chris Turner SF Clementine and the Golden Dragon Chapters 1-12 Benjamin Swenson SF VRO Dave Leack SF The Frederick Douglass Guy Douglas Kolacki ====================================================================== (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 Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63 Keir Puplett [29-Nov-2017] F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue Keir Puplett [?] SF Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] SF The Seventy-Light-Year Tour Robert Harpold [6-Dec-2017] F The Bottom of the Funnel Renan Bernardo [29-Nov-2017] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 16 Eric Wilson [29-Nov-2017] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 17-18 Eric Wilson [?] F Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 2 Elena Zimmerman [29-Nov-2017] SF Bibi, chapters 3-7 Lisa Clark [13-Dec-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Life and Death on the Rocks Alexandria Baisden [20-Sep-2017] H Death's Design Stephanie Musarra [20-Sep-2017] F Ablator: Darkening Skies, Chapters Prologue, 3-4 Andrew Rowley [04-Oct-2017] SF Deceptocracy: Knowing What Comes Next Gregory Scott Callen [11-Oct-2017] SF RISE: A Tale of Eledor Chapters Dan Willis [18-Oct-2017] F Rivers of Time Mark ODonnell [18-Oct-2017] SF Avram Kayv on the Jarwa King Doguln Bennett Clark [18-Oct-2017] F The Kings Tomb, Chapter One Stephen White [25-Oct-2017] F WHAT AM I?: Nephilim's Fall Chapter 1 Damen DeMarcus [01-Nov-2017] SF The Intermediate Man Soham Guha [08-Nov-2017] F Planes Walker: Remembrance Gabriel E. Connell [08-Nov-2017] H Last Day Dawn Crowley [08-Nov-2017] F Blue Stone, Chapter 1 David Harkus [08-Nov-2017] F The Dispute James S Furr [15-Nov-2017] SF The Piper is Calling You to Join Him Chris E. Casey [15-Nov-2017] F The Four Empires, Chapter 1 Emily Atkins [22-Nov-2017] ::: >> 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.