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Critter Notices

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!


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 - 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

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

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

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]









[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]

Critters is 21!

Yes, 21 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

The Sigil Trilogy

If 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.

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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-Jan-2017 (Crits due 25-Jan-2017):
 F   RogueKnight                        Joel E. Roosa -#26494
 F   The Bridge that Spanned Eternity: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes  Fred Obermeyer -#26495
 SF  Secret Master of Jizma             Michael Andre-Driussi -#26496
 F   The Magic di Amore                 Dave D'Alessio -#26497
 SF  There is Always the Present        Christian Roberts -#26498
 SF  Rhubarb Queen                      Kevin P. Hallett -#26499
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32  Keir Puplett -#26500
 F   Edge of Sorrow                     Lori Phillips -#26501
 SF  Terminus                           Lee P. Melling -#26502
 F   The Tom Plutarch Interview         Sandor Kovacs -#26503
 F   The Anthropomorphic Personification Support Group  Caroline Friedel -#26504
 SF  Scarlet Haze Scornful Earth _chapters 1 & 2_  M.B.Vujacic -#26505
 F   The Mercy Scale, Prologue-Ch1Sc1   Jennifer Wise -#26506
 F   Glass Borders                      Brittany Ingalsbe -#26507
 SF  From Football Pads to Spandex      Joseph Belcher -#26508
 SF  The Last Actuary                   Mel Windham -#26509
 F   Neither on Earth, Nor in the Sky   Aleksandra Pantic -#26510

Week of 25-Jan-2017 (Crits due 1-Feb-2017):
 H   Following                          David Schultz
 F   A Drum in the Deep                 Adaleen Martin
 SF  Eidolons_The Man with Two Souls, Chapters Prologue and 1  Gregory Robinson
 SF  Sauce, Chapters 1-8                Nicholas Christopher Pickersgill
 F   No Savior, Chapter 1               Julia Adams
 SF  Remember Me                        Arthur M. Doweyko
 SF  That's Just the New Reality        Jon Golding
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 40-42  Russell Adams
 SF  Micobiome                          Tim Mudie
 SF  Automation and Universal Basic Income _Sorry, Not Really a Title_  Shawn Proctor
 SF  Compost Traumatic Stress, part 2   Brian Koukol
 H   Black Cactus                       Christopher Mowder
 F   The Wizard of Llandwellyn: Chapters 4 - 7  Eric Wilson
 SF  The Soft Clock, Chapter 1          Joel Schroeder
 SF  The Silver Tower                   Davis Tyner
 SF  Sling Town Chapters 4-8            Larry Lowrance
 SF  Trade Route, Ch 12                 Curtis Manges
 SF  Beware Gifts from Strangers        john hysell
 SF  Trending                           Ray N. Franklin
 SF  Mumfawi Dragons, Chapters 1-4      Pamela Najar-Simpson

Week of 1-Feb-2017 (Crits due 8-Feb-2017):
 F   The Tale of Redwater               Bonnie Loshbaugh
 SF  Caution: Daisy-3 May Exceed Her Directives  Brian Zayas
 SF  Second Blossoming - Chapter 3      Matt Peller
 F   Nothing Beside Remains             Blazej Szpakowicz
 SF  The Dawn Again of Man              John Griffin
 SF  Martin the Gray: An Unearthed Story  Joy Landa
 SF  Children of Clay, Chapters 11-13   Ono Ekeh
 SF  Four-Armed Baltimore Devil         Douglas Kolacki
 SF  The Raid on Tarak                  Mark Painter
 F   Of Sand and Suns                   Jesse Caedington
 SF  The Eighth Mark                    Madison Culler
 F   The Promise                        Richard Hewitt
      (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.)


[@] - 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]"):
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 33 - 35  Keir Puplett [25-Jan-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 3  Joy Landa [8-Feb-2017]
 SF  Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 resub: Y  Matt Peller resub: Y [8-Feb-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8      Magnus D. Jorgensen [02-Nov-2016]
 F   Orientation                        Robert Kazmierczak [16-Nov-2016]
 F   The Prism System: Chapter 2        Emma Markle [30-Nov-2016]
 SF  The Glorious Misadventures of John Altamont  AJ Hannigan [07-Dec-2016]
 SF  Untitled Dystopian Fiction Chapters 1-2  Tesha Miller [21-Dec-2016]
 H   Denial                             Chris Dean [21-Dec-2016]
 F   Unnamed City Story Prologue        Lord English SSBM [28-Dec-2016]
 H   All Hope Lost                      Samantha Dorrell [28-Dec-2016]
 F   Greg The Dragon                    Alexander H Beaudry [04-Jan-2017]
 SF  The New World Blooms Chapter 1- A "Normal" Life  Miguel Angel Dejesus [04-Jan-2017]
 F   Holy Remedy                        Jose Martinez [11-Jan-2017]
 SF  Mythos, Chapter 1                  Oliver M. Hughes [11-Jan-2017]
 SF  Taking Flight                      Katherine R. Miller [18-Jan-2017]
 F   Caught Ablaze, Chapters 1-11       Krisha Seate [18-Jan-2017]

>> 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.

[Click here to see the queue including archival data from 1995.]