New entry Dec 07
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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 23!
Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]
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 17-Jul-2019 (Crits due 24-Jul-2019): F Paranormal Investigations Carl Alves -#28567 SF Hidden Amanda H. Geard -#28568 SF Pitcher Perfect, version 3 [@] Chet Gottfried -#28569 SF Four Tests of Being Human Henry McFarland -#28570 SF Thetus Chris Turner -#28571 H Last Ride Madison Estes -#28572 H Jars Will Not Keep Them Russell Dorn -#28573 SF chatterbox Steve Levandoski -#28574 SF Forever Grey query Greg Tracii -#28575 SF Power and Blood, Chapters 3-5 Javier Sobrado -#28576 H Flies in the Honey Kyle Walker -#28577 SF ReBound Jeffery Zavadil -#28578 F Vague Hex_chapter 2, book 2_ michelle -#28579 F Kill the Witchman William Broom -#28580 F The Chaperone Blake E. Bennett -#28581 Week of 24-Jul-2019 (Crits due 31-Jul-2019): SF Something Found...Misplaced...Retrieved [mpc] Russell Adams F THE BURNING OF GAWHALDUR Jeff Stewart SF Google Diagnose Raphaelle Race F My Homework Ate My Dog Eric Wilson F Just a Sprite Terry Volkirch F Curselifter Renan Bernardo SF The Final Judgement-Chapter 1 Stacey .S. Rivers SF Changelings: Insurrection, Chapter 12 Liam Corley SF Sandstorm in the Hourglass Richard Zwicker SF Sky Helmet Chapter 1 Joel Schroeder F Night Roses Michael Bondies SF Prime Daniel Victor Vellekoop F Secrets within Secrets Catherine Norman H Repossessing Katherine Jason A. D. MacDonald F Hypearthia: Dawn of Chaos Risen, Chapters 1-4 W. P. Kelley Week of 31-Jul-2019 (Crits due 7-Aug-2019): F The Yogurt Swimmer Richard Leis F Joseph Goebbels / They Saved Hitler's Brain to Command the Frozen Dead beneath the Iron Sky Douglas Kolacki SF How did it feel to be eaten? Amit Gupta SF Because It Was Made Bitter Jay Gabriel F The Girl With Wings is not an Angel Kathryn Freeland H A Guide to Vanishing Andrew Giffin SF Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3 Bobbie Falin SF God 2.O Steve Patschke H Half-Bedroom Rob Steiner SF Mommy's Little Monster Katherine Jones SF Body of Work Eli Cepeda SF Machine Mind of God Seth Harris SF Reap the Storm Jessica Zebuhr F The hole in the whole Mariam Khodeir Week of 7-Aug-2019 (Crits due 14-Aug-2019): H Little Mouse Karen Beck SF Invasion on Space Station Nexus Kevin Stadt F Jungle Revelations Lonnie McGhee F Prologue: The Dying Sun Anthony W SF The Father Lode Chap 1-5 Deborah Kaminski F A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall Damil N.R ====================================================================== (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 Night Tales Lonnie McGhee [14-Aug-2019] SF Night Train to Nogales Jay Gabriel [7-Aug-2019] SF Forever Grey Chapter 1 Greg Tracii [24-Jul-2019] F Inconclusive Bets Renan Bernardo [31-Jul-2019] F Prologue: The Dying Sun "resub: Y Anthony W [14-Aug-2019] F The Paleolithic Changeling Jay Gabriel [?] SF Alien Alliance Chris Turner [24-Jul-2019] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): SF Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1 Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019] SF End Man Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019] SF Life After Maggie, Chapter One Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019] SF Datapocalypse Chris Keast [08-May-2019] F Death of a Hero, Chapter 1 Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019] F Cup of CLues Mari Mitchell [15-May-2019] SF Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6 Jonathan Robbins [22-May-2019] SF Yin Yang Ch.1-3 Flavio Avila [22-May-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6 DB Gibb [22-May-2019] F Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2 Heather McDonald [29-May-2019] SF MUSTANG BETTIE Paul Werner [29-May-2019] SF Wolfwitch, chapter 1 Zackary H. Gentry [05-Jun-2019] F A Captain's Fate Anthony Gibbs [05-Jun-2019] SF The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The DB Gibb [19-Jun-2019] 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] SF Lifeboat Sean Masters [10-Jul-2019] F A Tale of Hastir Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-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.