New entry Dec 07
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
Free Web Sites
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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]
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Critters is 23!
Yes, 23 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.
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
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
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 18-Sep-2019 (Crits due 25-Sep-2019): F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 3 Eric Wilson -#28695 SF Alien Alliance, part 3 Chris Turner -#28696 SF Titan Insurgents, Prologue and Chap 1 Kathy London -#28697 F The Island at the Bottom of the World Matthew Duerst -#28698 F What the Mountain Keeps JF Gabriel -#28699 F Reptilian Barbarian and the Templum Solarium Andrew Giffin -#28700 SF Life is a carousel in 6 Acts + Finis Bob Freeman -#28701 H New Teacher Kevin Stadt -#28702 F Infection in Everything Chris Hepler -#28703 SF Goddess of No Surrender William Broom -#28704 SF Further to Fall, Chapter 1 Garrett Menning -#28705 F The Two, Chapters 0-2 Catherine Ford -#28706 F Evetia Chapters 1-5 Sean Angelo -#28707 Week of 25-Sep-2019 (Crits due 2-Oct-2019): SF The Space Between Bodies [mpc] JF Gabriel F Always Room for One More Carl Alves F Just a Sprite, Chapters 3, 4 Terry Volkirch SF The Search for Intelligence Tommy Blanchard SF Draken Rick Moyer H Flies in the Honey, 3rd Draft Kyle Walker SF The Great Rift Between Us JC Crochet F Inconclusive Bets Renan Bernardo H Hollowback Girl Joel E. Roosa F The Time Loop Loophole Madison Estes F The Dead Sun: Watcher Anthony W SF Free China Ife J. Ibitayo SF Blood & Power: The Calm, Chapters 3&4 Javier Sobrado F The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 1-3 Jason Newman SF For What Its Worth Gabe Grimes Week of 2-Oct-2019 (Crits due 9-Oct-2019): SF Commission's End, Chapters 1-2 Liam Corley SF THRESHOLD - Sci-Fi Techno-Thriller Scott Falcon SF A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 1-4 Clayton Niehaus F The Eyrie Erin Odile SF Pro-Vote Andrew Dibble SF A Father's Gifts v3 Russell Adams F Albionoria Chapters 1-3 Aundrea Raygo ====================================================================== (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 Hin2LiftShipRevision01 Bob Freeman [25-Sep-2019] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 4 Eric Wilson [25-Sep-2019] F The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 4-5 Jason Newman [2-Oct-2019] SF LiftShip Design Bob Freeman [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Semper Fidelis: We are Rome George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019] SF A Love Letter From Space Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019] SF Lost Tomorrows Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019] F Escaping Rondella William Nalley [26-Jun-2019] SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019] F Destiny 101 Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019] H Midnight Spook Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019] F A Tale of Hastir Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019] SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1 Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019] SF Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3 Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019] H Half-Bedroom Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019] F The hole in the whole Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019] F A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019] SF Am I Doing This Right? Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019] H The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1 Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-2019] F Southern Fried Calvin Gregg [21-Aug-2019] SF Bottled Emotions Yacine GACI [28-Aug-2019] F Land of the Enslaved R.A. Carter [04-Sep-2019] F Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion Rweena Samara [04-Sep-2019] F Freedom Tyler Sheley [04-Sep-2019] F Penumbra, Prologue & Ch. 1-2 Nick Johnson [11-Sep-2019] H America, America this is You Korie Conyers [18-Sep-2019] H Decontamination Daniel Ensalaco [18-Sep-2019] ::: >> 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.