New entry May 06
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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!
THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
Announcing ReAnimus Press
If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]
News[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]
Critters is 25!
This November, Critters is 25 years old! 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.
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
Submission files 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 28-Jul-2021 (Crits due 4-Aug-2021): F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 49-50 Eric Wilson -#30063 F heroes Ed Kratz -#30064 F Across the Sunder, Chapters 15-19 Scott Malabarba -#30065 H Jailhouse Joke Matthew J Olson -#30066 F Deathsight _v2_ Jennifer Scott -#30067 H Follow the Vampire Chapter 7 Stephanie Ryan -#30068 SF The unlikliest Magician Chapters 1-3 Keith Lammers -#30069 SF Upper Beta Great Alcove Very Happy Ron Fein -#30070 SF In the Relative Blink of an Eye [@] Marc A. Criley -#30071 F A Moment Under Moonlight Will Milner -#30072 SF Our Fearless Leader, Creator of the Universe Jake Townsend -#30073 F The Ignited Moon Andrew W Johnston -#30074 Week of 4-Aug-2021 (Crits due 11-Aug-2021): SF Amber Alert Álex Souza F The Linguist chapters 1-2 Don Iverson SF Sea Wolf Claire Scherzinger F Aaron's Lock Marc Fleury F The Book of Adventures Douglas Kolacki SF The Massacre at Sea Journey Square Katherine Mirani F The Still Swamp Soulstealer, part 2 Gabrielle Laufer F The Dragon at the Temple Jason Gallagher SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey SF Emotive, Chapter 14 Jeff Naylor H The Camping Trip Jim Keane F Meeka: Part2 Bethany Rae Salway Week of 11-Aug-2021 (Crits due 18-Aug-2021): F Book of Visions, Chapter 3, Part 2 W. Lance Hunt SF MagnitudeCh14-15 Victor Jimenez SF Black Box, Chapters 4-6 Malcolm Macdonald F The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 7 and 8 Joel D. Young H THE DREAMER OF THE DREAMS, Chapters 1-4 Nick Moser H Hell's Kitchen Chuck Messer F Dear Editor Sandra Keisling F A Path Less Traveled Janice A Clark H Ancestrula Amanda Hard F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull H Her Bed in Their House Adam Pitts SF The Best Buggy Whip You Ever Saw David Zweifler F Mage Farm Part 1 of 3 Sean Masters ====================================================================== (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 The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [11-Aug-2021] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [18-Aug-2021] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] H The Mirror Part 1 of 2 Jim Keane [11-Aug-2021] H The Mirror Part 2 of 2 Jim Keane [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 51-52 Eric Wilson [4-Aug-2021] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Last Chapter Eric Wilson [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: The Demon Wizard Eric Wilson [?] H The Portal 2nd revision Jim Keane [?] H One of the Herd Adam Pitts [18-Aug-2021] SF Owned Adam Pitts [?] F Request Denied Adam Pitts [?] SF Sus Adam Pitts [?] H The Critter Adam Pitts [?] F The Cursed Man Adam Pitts [?] H Cell Phone 2nd Revision Jim Keane [?] H Praying for Sunrise 2nd Revision Jim Keane [?] H Rough Flight Jim Keane [?] H The Elevator 2nd revision Jim Keane [?] H Follow the Vampire, Chapter 7 Stephanie Ryan [4-Aug-2021] H Follow the Vampire, Chapter 8 Stephanie Ryan [?] F The Book of Visions Chapter 4 W. Lance Hunt [18-Aug-2021] SF Emotive, Chapter 15 Jeff Naylor [11-Aug-2021] SF Emotive, Chapter 16 Jeff Naylor [?] SF Mage Farm Part 2 of 3 Sean Masters [18-Aug-2021] SF Mage Farm Part 3 of 3 Sean Masters [?] F Chasing Magic Janice A Clark [18-Aug-2021] F Grims Revenge Janice A Clark [?] SF Grims War Janice A Clark [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F The Sky Sage, chapters 1-6 Obinna Ofor [23-Jun-2021] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [07-Jul-2021] F The Riders, Chapters 28-31 Rebecca Toro [07-Jul-2021] H The Revenants of Reckoning James Hyde [21-Jul-2021] SF Saving the world,chapter 1 Pranav Rustagi [21-Jul-2021] SF Roland Darleigh Scott Godfrey [21-Jul-2021] F The Riders, Chapters 32-34 Rebecca Toro [21-Jul-2021] F Dark One's Defeat Erin Shaw [28-Jul-2021] ::: >> 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.