New entry May 06
I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.
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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]
Critters is 25!
This November, Critters is 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.
Space Travel for SF Writers
Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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 12-May-2021 (Crits due 19-May-2021): H Cattywampus Adam Pitts -#29915 SF The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 45-46 Eric Wilson -#29916 F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2 Charles Gull -#29917 F The Small-Magic Tea Shop H. D. Grande -#29918 H Reality Peel 5 of 6 Dan Jolie -#29919 F The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 1 and 2 Joel D. Young -#29920 F Across the Sunder, Chapters 1-4 Scott Malabarba -#29921 F Dichotomy William H. Leonard -#29922 SF Sixteen, Nine, Four Fifty Eric Honour -#29923 SF Black Box, Chapters 1-3 Malcolm Macdonald -#29924 F The Wayward Fall, Chapter 2-3 Gabrielle Laufer -#29925 H Follow the Vampire, Chapter 3 Stephanie Ryan -#29926 SF Time Pieces Stanlei Bellan -#29927 Week of 19-May-2021 (Crits due 26-May-2021): SF Temporal Temptation Robert V. Riley SF Five Minutes to Talk Henry Bernard McFarland F The Light We Carry With Us Matt Krizan SF A Slow Phase Out montrose neufeld F Saving the Destroyer's Future Annaliese Lemmon F The Founder's Eyes Marley Nox F The Cicadas on the Other Side Katherine Mirani H Cold Spot James Milton SF Paradise Amanda H. Geard SF Afterimage: A Microflash Collection Jeff Cates F The Purgatory of Hope Charles Botsford F Math Wiz 101 _Ch 1-3_ Nikhil Sekher SF Conscript's Home Robin Eliot SF The Productivity Lifehack Adrian Solorio Week of 26-May-2021 (Crits due 2-Jun-2021): SF Cell Phone James Keane SF Emotive, Chapter 11 Jeff Naylor SF MagnitudeCh8-9 Victor Jimenez SF Unity Rachel Howell H THE DREAMER OF THE DREAMS, Chapters 1 Nicholas Moser F Whiskey on my Mind Katelyn Sullivan SF I'm The Thing Next Door Douglas Kolacki SF The Sumerian Stone Timothy Brown F Temptation Isabel Heynen SF Death to Utopia _Chapters 1-3_ Michael T. Hertz SF Prey scottt godfrey F The Riders, Chapters 17-22 Rebecca D Toro H Ich Bin ein Zombie Richard Zwicker H There Should Be Monsters Kyle A Walker SF Knockout Matthew J Olson SF The Walking Mirror of the Soul Renan Bernardo SF Strike! Keith Lammers F The trailer of one's of the Poetry's stories Lyrical Chronicle and Thoughts Page 48 The light that went out Luiz Mauricio Matos dos Santos F The Lost Weapon Ana Theodore SF Chapter 4 Greg Tracii F Reborn, Prologue and Chapter 1 Katherine Koenig F The Queendom's Heart, Chapters 1-2 Anisha Yagnik ====================================================================== (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 Mites scottt godfrey [2-Jun-2021] SF La'Sann scott Godfrey [?] SF Roland Darleigh Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Worlds of the Black Sun Scott Godfrey [?] SF The Wendigo Scott Godfrey [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [19-May-2021] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3 Charles Gull [?] F Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4 Charles Gull [?] 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 Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8 Charles Gull [?] H The Midnight Train Murders 3rd Revision Jim Keane [2-Jun-2021] SF Don't Touch My Stuff Adam Pitts [19-May-2021] F The Riders, Chapters 23-27 Rebecca Toro [2-Jun-2021] F The Riders, Chapters 28-31 Rebecca Toro [?] F The Riders, Chapters 32-34 Rebecca Toro [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 12 Jeff Naylor [2-Jun-2021] SF Emotive, Chapter 13 Jeff Naylor [?] SF Emotive, Chapter 14 Jeff Naylor [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 47 Eric Wilson [19-May-2021] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 48 Eric Wilson [?] H Reality Peel 6 of 6 Dan Jolie [19-May-2021] F The HeCorp Dollhouse, Chapters 3 and 4 Joel D. Young [19-May-2021] H The Creator Jim Keane [?] H The Camping Trip Jim Keane [?] H The Mirror Part 1 of 2 Jim Keane [?] H The Mirror Part 2 of 2 Jim Keane [?] F Across the Sunder, Chapters 5-9 Scott Malabarba [19-May-2021] F Across the Sunder, Chapters 10-14 Scott Malabarba [?] F Bullet William H Leonard [19-May-2021] F Iteration William H. Leonard [?] SF On Becoming A God, Chapters 1-2, Synopsis Charles Botsford [26-May-2021] F Across the Sunder, Chapters 15-19 Scott Malabarba [?] H Follow the Vampire, Chapter 4 Stephanie Ryan [19-May-2021] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 49-50 Eric Wilson [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 51-52 Eric Wilson [?] F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Last Chapter Eric Wilson [?] -+- Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week): F Powers of the universe sai phani [03-Mar-2021] F In the Sorcerers' Society Chris Piatti [03-Mar-2021] F The Captain Thunderegg Arc Jordan Chase-Young [10-Mar-2021] SF Interstellar Tall Tales: William the Pecostian Jacob Swift [24-Mar-2021] H The Mysterious MrGraves Troy Adams [24-Mar-2021] F Summit of Memory Claudia Lackie [31-Mar-2021] F Teacher Errant Anastasia Shalunkova [31-Mar-2021] SF The Thrill Joseph Townsend [07-Apr-2021] H The Stretcher Andrew Eron [07-Apr-2021] H The Revenants of Reckoning James Hyde [07-Apr-2021] H Endless night of horrors Pallab Behari Chaklanabis [14-Apr-2021] F Ellica and the Runic Sword Anastasia Shalunkova [21-Apr-2021] F The Key Lisa Michelle Essler [21-Apr-2021] SF The Optimal Timeline George M Edwards [28-Apr-2021] F Raedfrith's Tale, Prologue Charles B. Machinist [28-Apr-2021] H Hellscape: The Stray Dogs, Chapters 1-8 Brian Umsteadt [28-Apr-2021] SF The Riders, Chapters 7-11 Rebecca Toro [28-Apr-2021] F Fae Folk of the Anthropocene [mpc] Eric J. Francis [05-May-2021] SF The Singularity will not be Televised [mpc] Steve Patschke [05-May-2021] SF Tears in Rain Jacob M. Houston [05-May-2021] F If You Break a Mirror, You'll Never Change Kevin M. Casin [05-May-2021] F The Riders, Chapters 12-16 Rebecca Toro [12-May-2021] ::: >> 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.