New entry Nov 01
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 21!
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)
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
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-Mar-2017 (Crits due 29-Mar-2017): SF I Have a Crush on You Amanda H. Geard -#26629 SF Perpetuity Neal Williams -#26630 SF The Soft Clock Joel Schroeder -#26631 F Gilded Ink and Gryphon's Wings [@] Megan Hutchins -#26632 F Girlworld, Chapter 1: Don't Stand In The Fire Martha Burns -#26633 SF Clean Slate Brad Preslar -#26634 SF Alternatives Emily Randall -#26635 SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 2 Joy Landa -#26636 SF Last Shuttle Down Michael Albers -#26637 SF North Base, Titan J. Deery Wray -#26638 SF Reality's Demise Scott Towler -#26639 SF Neanderthals in Concert Chris Keating -#26640 Week of 29-Mar-2017 (Crits due 5-Apr-2017): F A prayer for the damned Juan Francisco Sanchez Cota SF Beside the Sun Nathan Kolibaba SF Telomere Larry Olsen SF Tibbo Nick King H Two Heads are Better than One Mark L Robyn SF Vandalizer Emma Jin F Vanessa and the Unicorn Sandy Kulhavy SF The Quietest Cries Are The Loudest John Aissis F The Man in Brown Jesse Caedington SF First Time Guy McDonnell F What It Is Laura O'Brien H Evil's Daughter, Chapters 0-1 Andrew Richardson SF In Silico Dan Reade F The Doorway in the Darkness Bill Drau F A Good Year For Frogs, Chapters 1-2 April Weeks Week of 5-Apr-2017 (Crits due 12-Apr-2017): F The Colors of the Sun J.E. Bates SF Bellerofonte Michael Andre-Driussi SF You Are My Mirror Nathajak Thang SF Arithmomania Margaret Moller SF SHIN Hunter, Chapters 1-2 Matthew Pedone H Of Skin and Bone, of Stone and Vine Eugenia Triantafyllou SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 38 - 41 Keir Puplett F Super-Spectacular Crossover Event, Pts 3&4 Joel E. Roosa F Involvement Fred Obermeyer F Gods of the Mississippi Jasmine Templet F To Return Ciro Izarra F Bloodpaw Odd Jobs Camron Salisbury SF The Patriot War David M. Lowrey F The Book of Winter Caroline Friedel F Storm Watch Carole Moleti SF Just Such a Time Pete Koziar SF Secrets within Secrets, part 1 Catherine Norman H Doll William H. Leonard SF Riders of the Acrid Wind Ray N. Franklin SF Mic & Jul, Chapter 1 Pamela Najar-Simpson SF Wherever Evil Dare Exist Tim Mudie SF The Darkness Within Us, Chapter 2 Shannon Brooks SF From the Inbox of Mike Calon Bret Parent F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 10-11 Eric Wilson SF Streamers of the Loa Eric Fritz F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple SF Invasion From Mars Tom Adams F A Shadow Cast, Chapter 1 Liv Foster SF Murder Eternal, Chapters 2-3 Charles Patton F Dragoness Chapters 1 & 2 Samara Lo F The Greatest Thief Kat Day ====================================================================== (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 Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42 Keir Puplett [12-Apr-2017] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46 Keir Puplett [?] SF Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48 Keir Puplett [?] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 1 Joy Landa [29-Mar-2017] SF Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2 Joy Landa [?] F A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 3-4 April Weeks [5-Apr-2017] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Holy Remedy Jose Martinez [11-Jan-2017] SF Mythos, Chapter 1 Oliver M. Hughes [11-Jan-2017] F Caught Ablaze, Chapters 1-11 Krisha Seate [18-Jan-2017] SF Eidolons_The Man with Two Souls, Chapters Prologue and 1 Gregory Robinson [25-Jan-2017] SF Sauce, Chapters 1-8 Nicholas Christopher Pickersgill [25-Jan-2017] H Sutter's Junction Chapters 1-5 Carrie Birdsong [01-Feb-2017] F From the Heart of the Iliad Wayland Jackson [01-Feb-2017] SF Planet NB, chapters 1-11 Leland Smithson [08-Feb-2017] F Dorrone, Chapters 0-2 Issarasiti [15-Feb-2017] F From the Pages of the Iliad Wayland B. Jackson [01-Mar-2017] SF The No-Go Zones Macky Cruz [01-Mar-2017] F The Tides of Tomorrow, Part 1 Mike Dorman [08-Mar-2017] SF Terra: Prologue Kelsey Rowe [15-Mar-2017] SF Kagluyag versus Malaya Macky Cruz [22-Mar-2017] H Deceived: Day Of The Dead Silver Coltac [22-Mar-2017] F Immunity Chapters 1-3 Elizabeth Strickland [22-Mar-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.