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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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]









Critters is 22!

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.

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)

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 15-Nov-2017 (Crits due 22-Nov-2017):
 F   The Contents of the Grail          Richard Zwicker -#27244
 F   All Rivers Meet                    Mary Makarova -#27245
 SF  Audra, Chapter 4                   Chris Turner -#27246
 SF  Destination Epsilon Eridani        Amy Hammack Turner -#27247
 SF  You Are My Persona                 Jack Thang -#27248
 F   Egill and Thorolf at the Battle of Brunanburh  Lars Olsen -#27249
 F   The Great Dragon                   Chris Baker -#27250
 SF  Backup                             David Williams -#27251
 F   Those That Watch                   Hannah Azok -#27252
 SF  Countdown                          Alex Villepique -#27253
 SF  Waylaid                            Vicki Glass -#27254
 SF  Finally, My John 123 Post _Goodbye_  NM Whitley -#27255

Week of 22-Nov-2017 (Crits due 29-Nov-2017):
 SF  Andromeda Rose                     Lora Kilpatrick
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61  Keir Puplett
 SF  Faster Than Light Can Carry You    Renan Bernardo
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 15  Eric Wilson
 SF  Sometimes They're Wrong            Amit Gupta
 SF  Invasion                           Mark L Suplinskas
 SF  The Truth Machine                  Juan Hernandez
 F   Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 1         Elena Zimmerman
 SF  Jupiter, Up Close                  Brian Zayas
 F   The Failed Journey To Success, Chapter 1  Ela Mishne
 H   Restless _Scene 1-9_               Joshua Dyer
 SF  Every Single One                   Dan Reade
 H   From the Bog, Chapter 2            Andrew Richardson
 SF  Searching for God Head - chapters 1-3  Mike Clarke
 F   The Four Empires, Chapter 1        Emily Atkins

Week of 29-Nov-2017 (Crits due 6-Dec-2017):
 F   Ohlone Warrior                     Matthew Duerst
 SF  Nothing is Wrong With Mann, Inc., Chapters 1-2  Drew Cumings-Peterson
 F   Boobies & Dragons                  Kaija Andrews
 F   The Demon's Secret _1_             Danielle Lambert
 SF  Return to the Mean                 James Yu
 SF  The Trip to Mars Base One          James Lloyd
 F   Water Dragons                      Brian Jones
 SF  Is Your Conscience Bothering You? v5.1  Robert Harpold
 SF  Live in Canaan                     Pedro Silva
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 2      Jeff Naylor
 F   Steam Heart                        James Caldwell
 F   Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 6  Jennifer S. Hane
 SF  Repaired Crown Prince              Scott Bradley
 SF  Untitled, Chapters 1-2             Max Ames
 H   The Knife                          Mark P. Rawlings
 F   Satchel of Rocks                   Danielle Ste. Just
 F   It's Not Good, Daran               Rachel Gears
 SF  To Sleep, To Stream                Carolyn Hoffert
 SF  Outcast, Chapters 1-5              Kelsen Chau
 SF  The Perfection of Misery           Madison Culler

Week of 6-Dec-2017 (Crits due 13-Dec-2017):
 F   Healer's Trial                     Emily Randall
 F   The Honor of Giants                April Weeks
 H   What Crawls Beneath                Sandor Kovacs
 SF  Bibi                               Lisa Clark
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2  Joy Landa
 F   Solutions                          Darla Jackson
 F   Spoils of War                      Trevor L. B. Porter
 F   The Fire Linguist                  Fred Obermeyer
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-3          Jeff Richardson
 F   Haunting Screams                   Evan L Westland
 F   Cataclysm Gorge Assisted Living Facility  Kendra Lusty
 F   Come to the Dance!                 Russell Adams
      (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 62-63  Keir Puplett [29-Nov-2017]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   The Unexpected Return of the Night Sky Clan, Chapters 1-2  Morgan Beard [?]
 SF  Stellar Jazz                       Zachary Arnold [?]
 SF  The Seventy-Light-Year Tour        Robert Harpold [6-Dec-2017]
 F   The Bottom of the Funnel           Renan Bernardo [29-Nov-2017]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 16  Eric Wilson [29-Nov-2017]
 F   Where Authors Really Get Their Ideas  Chris Baker [22-Nov-2017]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 17-18  Eric Wilson [?]
 H   The Swing                          Vicki Glass [22-Nov-2017]
 SF  Audra, Chapter 5                   Chris Turner [22-Nov-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Life and Death on the Rocks        Alexandria Baisden [20-Sep-2017]
 H   Death's Design                     Stephanie Musarra [20-Sep-2017]
 F   Ablator: Darkening Skies, Chapters Prologue, 3-4  Andrew Rowley [04-Oct-2017]
 SF  Deceptocracy: Knowing What Comes Next  Gregory Scott Callen [11-Oct-2017]
 SF  RISE: A Tale of Eledor Chapters    Dan Willis [18-Oct-2017]
 F   Rivers of Time                     Mark ODonnell [18-Oct-2017]
 SF  Avram Kayv on the Jarwa King Doguln  Bennett Clark [18-Oct-2017]
 F   The Kings Tomb, Chapter One        Stephen White [25-Oct-2017]
 F   WHAT AM I?: Nephilim's Fall Chapter 1  Damen DeMarcus [01-Nov-2017]
 SF  The Intermediate Man               Soham Guha [08-Nov-2017]
 F   Planes Walker: Remembrance         Gabriel E. Connell [08-Nov-2017]
 H   Last Day                           Dawn Crowley [08-Nov-2017]
 F   Blue Stone, Chapter 1              David Harkus [08-Nov-2017]
 F   The Dispute                        James S Furr [15-Nov-2017]
 SF  The Piper is Calling You to Join Him  Chris E. Casey [15-Nov-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.]