New entry Sep 16
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]
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.
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
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 24-Feb-2021 (Crits due 3-Mar-2021): SF Burning Alexandria [mpc] Adeline J. Schultz -#29767 F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 6 Charles Gull -#29768 SF Enemy Mate Sean Masters -#29769 F Flowers on the Wall Douglas Ryan -#29770 SF Muse Jennifer Scott -#29771 H The Candle Man Dakota Smith -#29772 H Fetch, Chapters 1-2 Conor McBrien -#29773 F The Gift of Giving Gary Owens -#29774 F Oak Grove Cemetery: Prologue, Chapter 1 Maria D'Antonio -#29775 SF Accelerator Accident Alex Villepique -#29776 SF Tell It Like It Is Justin Wu -#29777 Week of 3-Mar-2021 (Crits due 10-Mar-2021): F The Founder's Eyes Marley Nox H The Lure New Revision Jim Keane SF The Birthright Stone, Chapter 6 John Christopher SF Emotive, Chapter 8 Jeff Naylor SF Demon's Orbit Kevin Stadt F A Soul With Fight Kendra Lusty F Hallowed Beasts, Chapters 9-10 Katelyn Sullivan F The Stone Tower David Morel SF The Sticks, Chapters 1-3 D. Austin Walker SF Saturday Afternoon Aaron Fried F Powers of the universe sai phani SF Avalanche Anastasia Shalunkova F The Wise and the Beautiful Susan Wilbanks F A Love Song for the Mockers, Ch. 1 Tim Nall Week of 10-Mar-2021 (Crits due 17-Mar-2021): H Let the Darkness Rise and Titans Play Erin Ko SF The Engineer and the Witch Doctor Ray N. Franklin SF Shiva Amit Gupta SF MagnitudeCh2-3 Victor Jimenez H Faces Matthew J Olson SF A Neurological Study of Temporal Events, Part Two of Two Alia Atwell H Wrong Place, Wrong Time Douglas Kolacki SF Courtesy of Unlimited Desalination Chris Owens SF 1-Up Clayton Niehaus F The Captain Thunderegg Arc Jordan Chase-Young H Oyster Shells Siri Alderson SF Perfect Score Leila Martin F Purgatory Linda Gould SF Please Stand By Pete Koziar Week of 17-Mar-2021 (Crits due 24-Mar-2021): SF Interstellar Tall Tales: William the Pecostian Jacob Swift SF Once a Soldier Nicholas Theodore Narbutovskih F The Story Withheld Robin Eliot SF House scottt godfrey SF The War, Chapter 1 and Synopsis Charles Botsford H The Mysterious MrGraves Troy Adams F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 42 Eric Wilson SF The Angels' Lighthouse Joe Follansbee F Used To Be Dale W. Glaser F Mississippi Missing Ch. 1 Revised Laura Engelhardt F Creatures and Cons, Chapter 1 Diana Taylor SF The Way of the Warrior Boris Layupan H Christmas in Pandemonium John Willems SF The Escape Room H .D. Grande SF Die, Howard, Die! Ch. 1 Samantha Snow H The Decider Adam Pitts SF How To Catch a Finch v2 Michael Stevens SF A Noble Profession Paul Leser ====================================================================== (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 Role of Law Wayne Martin [?] F Cloud Tracker Kaitlyn Mattson [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [3-Mar-2021] SF Her Desher scottt godfrey [24-Mar-2021] SF The Qwulne scottt godfrey [?] SF Prey scottt godfrey [?] SF Mites scottt godfrey [?] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [?] SF Roland Darleigh Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [?] H Praying for Sunrise NEW VERSION Jim Keane [10-Mar-2021] H The Portal Jim Keane [?] SF Cell Phone James Keane [?] F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] 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 [?] SF Praise the-- Adam Pitts [24-Mar-2021] H The Midnight Train Murders 3rd Revision Jim Keane [?] H Cattywampus Adam Pitts [?] SF Don't Touch My Stuff Adam Pitts [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 9 Jeff Naylor [10-Mar-2021] SF Emotive, Chapter 10 Jeff Naylor [?] F Homecoming Charles Botsford [24-Mar-2021] F The Birthright Stone, Chapter 1 John Christopher [10-Mar-2021] H Let's Hop in the DeLorean Justin Wu [3-Mar-2021] H Vector of Infection Kevin Stadt [10-Mar-2021] F Teacher Errant Anastasia Shalunkova [10-Mar-2021] H Skunk, Grease, and Ghost Justin Wu [?] F Ellica and the Runic Sword Anastasia Shalunkova [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 43-44 Eric Wilson [24-Mar-2021] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Immolation Vincent Francica [09-Dec-2020] SF The Unbound Cut Daniel Chao [09-Dec-2020] F Watcher and Wanders, Chapters 1-3 Joseph Freer [09-Dec-2020] SF 1/2 _half of 1_ Kaira S [23-Dec-2020] F Claws, Fangs & Broomsticks: Blood Secrets David V. Pyle [06-Jan-2021] SF The Reaper Boys, Chapter 1 Sam Robinson [13-Jan-2021] SF The Sunrunner Chronicles Chapter 1 Douglass Calmes [27-Jan-2021] SF Guiding Star of Mall Patroller 4u-012 [@] Eric Schwitzgebel [24-Feb-2021] F In the Sorcerers' Society Chris Piatti [24-Feb-2021] SF The Sunrunner Chronicles Chapters 3-4 Douglass Calmes [24-Feb-2021] SF The Boy and the Bob Sam Rubin [24-Feb-2021] F They Make a Desolation and they Call it Peace Will Milner [24-Feb-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.