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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 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 26-Jul-2017 (Crits due 2-Aug-2017):
 F   Hell On Wheels                     [mpc] Lori Phillips -#26957
 SF  Pitcher Perfect, v2                [@] Chet Gottfried -#26958
 SF  Sister Shotgun, second draft       Anna Salonen -#26959
 SF  The One Who Gets Away              Christian Roberts -#26960
 SF  Rising Tides                       Kristopher Horton -#26961
 SF  The Saboteur who Destroyed a Red Dragon: A 4th Millennium Earth Fable  Lee P. Melling -#26962
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 4: St. Era's Fire Part 2  Joy Landa -#26963
 F   The Third Angel Poured             Julie Reeser -#26964
 SF  Chicks in Space                    Amy Hammack Turner -#26965
 F   Spoils of War                      Trevor L. B. Porter -#26966
 F   The Devils Will Hunt               AJ Finley -#26967
 SF  Alien Fireworks Part 2             Cassandra Morphy -#26968
 F   Dragon Runs on Coffee - short story  Reginald Kwok -#26969
 SF  Side Effects                       Eli Cepeda -#26970
 SF  What Man Knoweth                   R N -#26971
 F   Argent's Boon                      Michael Stevens -#26972
 F   Queensmen, chapter 5               Bethany Rae Salway -#26973
 F   Morals: The Book of Samson         Luke Carroll -#26974

Week of 2-Aug-2017 (Crits due 9-Aug-2017):
 F   Two Tigers                         Rustin Lovewell
 SF  Death of a Hero                    Ciro Izarra
 SF  The Mimic Horse                    Madison Culler
 SF  Hidden - Part 3                    Troy McLaughlan
 H   Extract                            Jennifer Morris
 F   A mothers love                     Brendan Melia
 SF  It Ain't Hard To Tell              Artemis Theron
 F   Trigger Magic, The Hidden Coven Series, Book 3  Kim McDougall
 SF  Cheers                             Matthew Engh
 F   Much Abides                        Brian Koukol
 SF  Systems Start, Chapters 1-3        Karlie Weeks
 SF  Steer Us True Chapter 1&2          marjorie clodgo
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 49-50  Keir Puplett
 F   Funneling Down to the Past         Renan Bernardo
 H   Smartphone, Chapter 1              C. James Sweeney
 SF  Sagan and Ghost, Synopsis and Chapter 1  Pamela Najar-Simpson
 SF  Project Skylark Chapters 4-6       Jennifer Hart
 F   Book of Warlen                     Odran Young
 SF  What You Won't Remember            Christopher Blake
 F   Arithmomania                       Margaret Moller

Week of 9-Aug-2017 (Crits due 16-Aug-2017):
 SF  You Will Be Visited, Ch 1-2        Benjamin Shank
 H   The Cat Lady                       Joel Schroeder
 F   Hidden: A Pregnant Fairy Godmother's Journey, Ch 1-2  Joy Schultz
 SF  Rebirth                            Guy McDonnell
 F   Olivia                             Ela Mishne
 F   A Good Year For Frogs -- SYNOPSIS  April Weeks
 SF  The Circuit Cage                   Eugenia M. Triantafyllou
 SF  Next, He Thought                   Anil Erol
 SF  4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull
 SF  Scattered                          Bret Parent
 F   Lest Ye Become                     Tim Mudie
 F   Wings chapters 8 & 9               Robert Plowman
 F   My Human Twin                      Mary Makarova
 F   The Land of Maja, Chapter 3        Chris Turner
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 3  Luke Pettis
 F   Love Hurts                         Darla Jackson
      (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]"):
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 1  Joy Landa [2-Aug-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 51-52  Keir Puplett [9-Aug-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55  Keir Puplett [?]
 H   Howler, Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2  C. James Sweeney [9-Aug-2017]
 SF  The Mind's Door                    Cassandra Morphy [2-Aug-2017]
 SF  Even Though You're No More         Renan Bernardo [9-Aug-2017]
 H   With It, He Goes On All Fours      C. James Sweeney [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 56-57  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 58-59  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue  Keir Puplett [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Doris vs. the Supersymmetrical Singing Slut  [mpc] Aurora Barranco [14-Jun-2017]
 H   The Pefect Monster                 Timothy Ankney [14-Jun-2017]
 SF  Katabasis                          Joshua Silverman [14-Jun-2017]
 F   The Adventures of Ronnie Macabre   J.M Bingham [21-Jun-2017]
 H   The Cycle, Chapters 0-1            Catherine Kovach [21-Jun-2017]
 F   Fearful Beginnings                 Edward L. Clary [21-Jun-2017]
 F   Legacy: The Reunion                Michelle E. Lowe [28-Jun-2017]
 SF  Smuggler's Luck                    Nathan Conlon [28-Jun-2017]
 F   Before the Flying Carpet, Chapter One  Heidi A Miller [28-Jun-2017]
 F   The Malign Pharaoh                 Natalie A. Wimmer [28-Jun-2017]
 H   Pinehill Murders                   Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-Jul-2017]
 F   Contracts and Cold Cuts: An intro to demonology.  Kevin Sullivan [12-Jul-2017]
 SF  Time And Time Again                Rahul Lakshmanan [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Nathan Chen [12-Jul-2017]
 F   The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2         Shay Cormack [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Young Gods                         Laurynn Lowe [12-Jul-2017]
 F   The Legend of Bleu Mayhem: The Martyrs, Chapter 1-3  Devon Browning [26-Jul-2017]
 F   Cloud Cats: Chapters 1-3           Dawn Sciabica [26-Jul-2017]
 F   Serpent's Wing parts 1-3           Ester Agishtein [26-Jul-2017]
 SF  The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4         Shay Cormack [26-Jul-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.]