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 almost 25!
In November, Critters will be 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.
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 28-Oct-2020 (Crits due 4-Nov-2020): F Into Trees [mpc] Ray N. Franklin -#29513 SF Hand of Tomorrow [mpc] Sylas Seabrook -#29514 F Deathsight [mpc] Jennifer Scott -#29515 SF The Light and the Dark Richard Zwicker -#29516 F The Greatest City Chapters 13-17 Clayton Niehaus -#29517 H Praying for Sunrise Jim Keane -#29518 F Riding the Midnight Breeze Joe Olson -#29519 SF Mac The Wife John Griffin -#29520 H Chimney Sweep Jude Matulich-Hall -#29521 H A Family Recipe for Spice Cake Madeline Jacobson -#29522 SF The Wayfarer, Ch. 1 Zachary Kekac -#29523 SF Emotive, Chapter 4 Jeff Naylor -#29524 F Stolen Blade, Chapters 1-2 Samia Hayes -#29525 SF The Linking, Chapters 1-5 Jeff Richardson -#29526 SF Forever Grey Chapters 2-3 Greg Tracii -#29527 SF Empire Emilio Serrano -#29528 Week of 4-Nov-2020 (Crits due 11-Nov-2020): F Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 5: Part Four: Crossing Shabhaan's Road William L Hunt H The Bump Victor Jimenez F Magic Adrift Robin Eliot F Once Upon a Tattered Toll Hannah Azok SF Too Slow for Surgery Russell Weisfield H Reality Peel 1 of 6 Dan Jolie F Treewalker, Teaser and Chapter 1 Jay D. Califf SF Red Eye Brian Lonberg F Calling Them Henry McFarland F The Birthright Stone, Chapter 1 John Christopher SF The Way of the Warrior Boris Layupan SF A Well Calculated Life Scott Towler SF In the Moment Barry Burnett F Rockie's Dream Matthew J Olson Week of 11-Nov-2020 (Crits due 18-Nov-2020): F Unbroken Laura Engelhardt F The Winter Bear Isabel Heynen H Roy G. Biv Elizabeth Montour SF Further to Fall, Chapters 11-12 Garrett Menning SF The Fair Jeffrey Abrams F Bridge at Ramageddon Chapm 2 & 3 Wayne M Merritt SF Chasidy Pascoe and the Carnival of Wonders Bill Stiteler SF Trade You Valentines Day for Halloween Douglas Kolacki SF Swipe Life Matt Krizan SF Dreams on a Drifter Quinault Childs SF Prelude:The Tides of Earth chapters J. H. Tabbott F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 31-32 Eric Wilson SF In the Country of Endless Daylight scottt godfrey SF Next Charles Botsford Week of 18-Nov-2020 (Crits due 25-Nov-2020): SF Cyberhomeless Alex Vinicius Santana Souza SF When Love Goes Down the Drain Michael Stevens SF Madness Reigns Supreme - Chapter 3 Joshua Lieblein F A Parting of Ways Joel E. Roosa F Blood and Talent Jamie M. Boyd SF The Specimen Eric Honour F The Boy Who Loved Dragons Jeff Cates F The Monsters We Call, Chapters 1-2 Julia Cline SF Warrior of the Rock Pete Koziar SF The Terranauts H.D. Grande SF Invitation by a God Aaron Lester H It's Your Turn Linda Gould F Changing Mike, or Hope in the Middle Again Ed Kratz SF AIdan Maria D'Antonio SF The Scimitar and the Eye Jeff R Stewart F Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 3 Charles Gull SF The Engineer's Gamble Robert Harpold F Eternal Shades in Heat and Frost Jordan Chase-Young SF The Queen Kate Genellie SF Azad, Chapters 3-4 Pamela Najar F They Shall Hear Our Silence, Chapter 1 Lyric Gray F Hallowed Beasts, Chapter 4 Katelyn Sullivan SF The Heroine Kokofe Ife J. Ibitayo ====================================================================== (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 4 Charles Gull [25-Nov-2020] 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 No Smoking Allowed Jude Matulich-Hall [4-Nov-2020] F From Trash to Treasure Jude Matulich-Hall [?] SF Download scottt godfrey [18-Nov-2020] SF Guidepost scottt godfrey [?] SF The Hand scottt godfrey [?] SF House scottt godfrey [?] SF Her Desher scottt godfrey [?] SF The Qwulne scottt godfrey [?] SF Prey scottt godfrey [?] SF Mites scottt godfrey [?] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [?] SF Invisible Bodies Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [25-Nov-2020] H The Midnight Train Murders New Revision Jim Keane [4-Nov-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 33-35 Eric Wilson [18-Nov-2020] H The Elevator Jim Keane [?] H Birdbath Jude Matulich-Hall [?] SF Hanover, Chapters 1-4 Jeff Richardson [4-Nov-2020] H The Curse NEW REVISION Jim Keane [?] SF Roland Darleigh Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 5 Jeff Naylor [4-Nov-2020] SF Emotive, Chapter 6 Jeff Naylor [?] H The Lure New Revision Jim Keane [?] H Possession Is Ten-tenths of the Law Richard Zwicker [4-Nov-2020] F The Pursuit of Eternal Love Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?] SF MONSTER! Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?] SF Two Tickets for Purgatory Richard Zwicker [?] F The Birthright Stone, Chapters 7-8 John Christopher [11-Nov-2020] SF A Momentary Switch Charles Botsford [18-Nov-2020] SF How To Catch a Finch Michael Stevens [25-Nov-2020] SF Prelude: The Tides of Earth chapters 35-37 J. H. Tabbott [18-Nov-2020] F Stolen Blade, Query & Synopsis Samia Hayes [4-Nov-2020] SF Access Granted Aaron Lester [25-Nov-2020] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Storms Past Laura-Marie Steele [26-Aug-2020] SF Of Buggies and Behemoths Sarah Rebecca Hovorka [26-Aug-2020] F AK Book Excerpt - 1 angela shteynbak [09-Sep-2020] SF Sweet Petals"-excerpt John Bettinger [09-Sep-2020] SF Towers in the dark. Chapter 1 Roman Rafalson [23-Sep-2020] SF Mae's Mission Jed Brinkley [07-Oct-2020] SF All in the Eyes of the Owl Prelude-Ch3 Nathan B. Bair [14-Oct-2020] F Kaileva Sara Kilgore [21-Oct-2020] F Maegics Heir: Mind Maege Predator Guy L Cramb [21-Oct-2020] SF The Fourth Instar Kate Kelley [28-Oct-2020] ::: >> 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.