New entry Dec 07
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 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.
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.
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 22-Jan-2020 (Crits due 29-Jan-2020): F The Girl Who Never Dreamed Russell Adams -#28914 SF A Fox at Christmas Kevin P. Hallett -#28915 SF Merka, Chapters 1, 9 & 26 Pamela Najar-Simpson -#28916 F Borderlands, Episode 2 [sample] Charles Gull -#28917 H + 30 Seconds Madison Estes -#28918 F Sacrifice Sean Masters -#28919 F Soul Testing in Major League Baseball [@] Larry Hodges -#28920 SF Changelings: Rebirth, Chapters 9-10 Liam Corley -#28921 SF Those Above JC Crochet -#28922 F Eye of the Storm Casey M. Schneider -#28923 SF A Million Tiny Bombs Joe Follansbee -#28924 Week of 29-Jan-2020 (Crits due 5-Feb-2020): SF Further to Fall, Chapter 5 _Section 2_ Garrett Menning F Mages Unbound Ch 1 Laura Engelhardt H Faithful Tim Stevens SF Filament Steve Levandoski F Cricket O'Calleigh Michelle Henrie SF The Only One Juno Kwon H Unlikely Helpers E.V. Zukowski SF Strange Guests Ch 5 Mike Whittle F My Stars Your Story Patricia Moussatche F A Shepherd's Story Sandy Kulhavy SF The Rogue From Outside: Part 2 Kevin Lane F And There Was Your Truth Christine Dantimo H First Urges: A Homo Monstrum Chronicle Kevin Stadt F Prologue, sections 1-3 Nicholas E. Lehde Week of 5-Feb-2020 (Crits due 12-Feb-2020): F Stalwart Night Hannah Azok H The Moon is a Friend for the Lonesome v2 Andrew Giffin F Storms Past Laura-Marie Steele SF Jewels From the Dark, Chapters 1-2 Eric W Sayers SF A Sea Like Glass Brian Scott Pauls SF Footprints in the Newly Fallen Snow Jon Stonecash F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 12-13 Eric Wilson H The Jumper Carl Alves F The Parallel Chapters 1&2 Andrea G. Franco-Cook SF Gravity Fishing Jennifer Scott F Shine Soteris Phoraris SF A Falconer's Respite Hershel-Mars Auberon SF I Don't Love You Anymore Dan Reade SF The Kuiper Anomaly Clem Freedom Week of 12-Feb-2020 (Crits due 19-Feb-2020): SF Finders, Keepers Adeline J. Schultz F The Black Powder Monarch, Part 1 Caroline Poirier SF Mars II Emmery Chrisco F The Sheenseeker - Chapter 2 *Talon* Heather Gaither F Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 2 of book 2 Lee Magnus SF Premium Resurrection Pack - $99 Renan Bernardo F Cold Light Jennifer Oberlander SF The Beggar, the Wolf, and the Bandit Ben Kutina F Silver City Douglas Kolacki SF How Did it Feel to be Eaten Amit Gupta F Hidden Knight Leanna Zimmerman ====================================================================== (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 False Continuum: Prologue & Chapt 1 Sean Masters [29-Jan-2020] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 14 Eric Wilson [12-Feb-2020] F Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2 Lee Magnus [19-Feb-2020] F Such a Bright, Bright Day Russell Adams [29-Jan-2020] SF The Gold Eagle, Chapter 2 Nicholas E. Lehde [5-Feb-2020] SF The Gold Eagle, Chapter 3 Nicholas E. Lehde [?] F The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 Heather Gaither [19-Feb-2020] F Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 4 of book 2 Lee Magnus [?] SF Cosmobourous JC Crochet [29-Jan-2020] F The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 - Vesper Heather Gaither [?] F The Gold Eagle, first 28 pages. Nicholas E. Lehde [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): H Face Paint Geovani Zambrana [30-Oct-2019] F The Edgelord's Son Nick Thompson [04-Dec-2019] F Run!, full story Samuel Simons [11-Dec-2019] H Deep Splinter Dustin [11-Dec-2019] F The Gods of Dragons _Vol 1_; Chapter 1: Behind Blue Eyes Shawn Cameron [25-Dec-2019] H Little Grey Megan Maddox [08-Jan-2020] SF The Collapse Series: Keeper Foundation Alexander A. Batalou [08-Jan-2020] F Winter's Promise Chapters 1-4 Angelica K Ramirez [08-Jan-2020] F Hades' Cycle D.Y. Foster [08-Jan-2020] F Biting the Apple, Chapter One Nisaa A. [15-Jan-2020] SF Snikabah John Griffin [22-Jan-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.