New entry Dec 07
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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.
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 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 17-Jan-2018 (Crits due 24-Jan-2018): SF A Last Deathblow for Doktor Blade [mpc] Pedro Silva -#27380 SF Into Thin Air [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#27381 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue Keir Puplett -#27382 SF Audra, Chapter 6 Chris Turner -#27383 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 17-18 Eric Wilson -#27384 SF Escape MARK L SUPLINSKAS -#27385 SF Sacrifice Throw Emily Randall -#27386 F Wizard Fustian and the Prankster Chris Baker -#27387 F Gravefisher Renan Bernardo -#27388 SF Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Swamp of Perilous Danger Eric Littlefield -#27389 SF The Longest Game Juan Hernandez -#27390 F Sky Piercer, Chapter - 2 Jorge Rodriguez -#27391 SF Guinea Vitae Ryan Harris -#27392 SF The King of the Beasts Gregory Efs -#27393 Week of 24-Jan-2018 (Crits due 31-Jan-2018): SF Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 3 Elena Zimmerman F Truth of Ronan Jack Thang SF The Identity of Jonathon Blank Shawn Pendley F The Changeling and the Cold Star Jay Gabriel SF Little Lost Brain Pete Koziar SF Truth, Lies & Testimony Synopsis & Chapters 1-2 Pamela Najar-Simpson F The Flower in the Rain, Chapters 1-2 Sanober Shamim SF Shrouded Goddess _water temple scene_ Patricia Moussatche SF Are We Dead Yet? Vince Bonasso H Palmyra and the City Under the Sands Matthew Rettino SF The Z Team Chris DeSantis SF Kilroy Was Here Edward L. Clary SF The Taste of Ashes - part 2 Jon Adcock F Burying the Father Jesse Caedington F Knighting of a Sacred Sword Davis Collins F Me Against The Fall Mary Makarova Week of 31-Jan-2018 (Crits due 7-Feb-2018): F Borderlands, Chapter 1 Charles Gull SF The Cretaceous Crusade Andrew Vetten F The Little Holly with Gender Dysphoria Amy Hammack Turner F Esseria Duo, Chapters 1-2 Sabrina Chapados F Abby Normal, Chapters 1 & 2 Sam Fraser SF What Makes Someone An American, And Other Essays By Jamie Ellis Natalka Roshak F The Battle of the Plains Chapter One Michelle Godard-Richer F The Accupuncher James Beach SF In a 10 Count, We're Done Dan Reade SF Bibi Chapters 8-13 Lisa Clark SF Star Witness Nadia Afifi SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 1 Jeff Naylor SF Everyone Like You Lora Kilpatrick SF Elizabeth, Chapter 1 Chelsea McKenna SF One Steady Gun Nick King H We'll Have Them at Last Ed Kratz Week of 7-Feb-2018 (Crits due 14-Feb-2018): SF In Liquidium Ray N. Franklin SF Characterizer Anil Erol F Blue Hair Joel Schroeder SF Home Christopher Blake F A Dark Design, Chapter 2 Jake Townsend F The God Platform, Prologue Eric Rosenfield SF The Extraction Grace Madison SF Dear Diary Garrett Menning F Mond Kiarah Griffiths F The Bitter Root of Power, Chapts 2&3 Pennell Paugh F Emmet, The Lame Chapters 1-2 Shannon Yukumi SF Come to the Dance! Russell Adams SF Seven Seconds of Sunlight Brian Palermo SF Owen Morey Amit Gupta SF The 4th Planet Problem Mike Mullen SF Apocalypse Betty Trevor L B Porter H The Intelligence by Baumann Powers Baumann Powers ====================================================================== (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]"): SF Stellar Jazz Zachary Arnold [?] SF Bibi, Chapters 14-17 Lisa Clark [7-Feb-2018] SF Bibi, Chapter 18 Lisa Clark [?] F Ghosts of Our Fire Jesse Caedington [31-Jan-2018] F Monster Mark Suplinskas [24-Jan-2018] F Do you bet on sand or stars? Renan Bernardo [24-Jan-2018] SF Bibi, Chapters 21-24 Lisa Clark [?] F Overlord MARK L SUPLINSKAS [?] SF I Got Dem Ol' Apocalypse Blues Again Jon Adcock [31-Jan-2018] SF Bibi, Chapters 25-26 Lisa Clark [?] H Whoever Hunts Monsters EDWARD G. KRATZ [7-Feb-2018] F Adlaid Dunlop Ran to the Cornmill Jay Gabriel [31-Jan-2018] SF A Breakthrough Elena Zimmerman [31-Jan-2018] SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 2 Jeff Naylor [7-Feb-2018] SF Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3 Jeff Naylor [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): 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] F Haunting Screams Evan L Westland [06-Dec-2017] H The Swing Vicki Glass [13-Dec-2017] SF Clementine and the Golden Dragon Chapters 1-12 Benjamin Swenson [13-Dec-2017] F Kyteline: First 14,000 Words Emily Ann Teitsworth [27-Dec-2017] SF Falling Peter Joyce [03-Jan-2018] SF At The Appointed Hour Tom Everett [03-Jan-2018] SF Mind recreated Dore [10-Jan-2018] F The Parallel Andrea Franco Cook [10-Jan-2018] F Enid and Ondu, Chapters 1-2 Ali Saleh [17-Jan-2018] SF Empty, Chapter 1 Riley Lebowicz [17-Jan-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.