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New entry Dec 07

Critter Notices

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


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 no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

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 11-Jul-2018 (Crits due 18-Jul-2018):
 F   The Golden Hope                    [mpc] Madison Estes -#27798
 F   Attack Dog of the Court of Swords  [mpc] Carl R. Cole III -#27799
 H   The Case of the Clockwork Killer   Jeff Cates -#27800
 SF  Just Another Planetary Survey      Ray N. Franklin -#27801
 SF  Sirens: The Beginning              Guy McDonnell -#27802
 SF  The Crown Prince                   Scott Bradley -#27803
 SF  Outpost                            David Williams -#27804
 H   Blue Island - first part           Brett Lovell -#27805
 SF  Martian Mines, Chapter 2           Adriana T. Gomes -#27806
 SF  Call Me by Summer                  Remeres Jacobs -#27807
 F   Confessions of a Dungeon Boss      Jace Wilkins -#27808
 F   DragonMarked.Prologue              Marta Lozinski -#27809
 SF  Fallen Gods, Chapters 1-4          Michael J. Wyant Jr -#27810
 SF  Incrimination of the Body Snatchers  Russ N. -#27811
 SF  The Lense                          Samantha Caskey -#27812
 SF  The Violet Band                    Geoff Bahlman -#27813

Week of 18-Jul-2018 (Crits due 25-Jul-2018):
 F   Melissa's Garden _An Impressionistic Reverie_  Russell Adams
 SF  Stickshift Stardrive               Eric J. Francis
 SF  The Collector                      Joel Schroeder
 F   Fields of Red                      Christina Barrow
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.3         Joy Landa
 F   The Luxian Child, Chapter 1        Shanon D Huston-Willis
 SF  The Wrecking Heart And The Hand That Make Me Whole  Renan Bernardo
 SF  Mermaid Tears                      Rob Tyler
 SF  The Best of Oblivions              Jordan A. Chase
 H   Set Your Moral Compass to Fear     Richard Zwicker
 F   The Farmer and the Fisherman       C. Q. March
 SF  The Scheherazade Dilemma           Kevin J. Miller
 SF  The New Century Adoption Clinic    Eliot Bush
 SF  A Life Shifting Experience         Terry Volkirch
 H   The Train to Dolno Orehovo         Christine Hall
 F   A Crowning of Discontent - Chapter 1  Kerry Cathers
 F   Empire of Infection, Chapter 1     Lyric Gray
 SF  Plato Crater - Chapter 3           Carleton Chinner
 F   Sea Mage, Chapter 8-10             Chris Turner
 SF  Until the Heat Death of the Universe  Gary Goodson

Week of 25-Jul-2018 (Crits due 1-Aug-2018):
 SF  Dirt and Oil                       Sahil Lavingia
 F   4 Stories About Choice             Mary Makarova
 SF  Mutiful On the Bountiful _Book 2_ Chapters 1-2  Christopher Joseph Maloney
 F   The Forgotten Stories              Emily Randall
 SF  The Ghost of Kettle Road           Pete Koziar
 SF  The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5  Tomas Lapas
 H   Not Even a Whisker                 Ron Stieger
 SF  Ashes to Ashes                     Brian Palermo
 SF  Magic Studies                      Soren Berg
 SF  Welcome to the Known Universe      Alex Clark-McGlenn
 F   Destination: Infinity              Maurice Humphrey
 SF  Through the Shadows' Edge          Judith F. Abraham
 SF  The keepers                        Philip Hays
 F   Necessary Evil                     Neil Flinchbaugh
 SF  Digger's Daughter, Tiny            Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   A Brief Stop on the Way to Boroxis  Matthew Corradi
 F   Tara                               Darla Jackson
 F   The Void War - Part 1              Thomas Chalmers
 F   Erkitie: Prologue and Chapter 1    Carl R. Cole III
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 30  Eric Wilson
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 9      Jeff Naylor
 SF  The Average of Joes                Juan Hernandez
 H   Survival                           John DiNicola
 SF  Asteroids                          Nathaniel Murray
 F   Betrayal, Prologue                 Jonathan Curtis
 SF  Pretty As a Picture                Peter P. Lewicke
 SF  Medically Snacked                  Amit Gupta
 SF  For Love or Revenge                Russ Gartz
 SF  Einstein's Dice                    Geoffrey Owen
 SF  Detections of a Cyborg             Amanda H. Geard
 F   To Wake a Dreamer                  Joshua F. Potter
      (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  Stellar Jazz                       Zachary Arnold [?]
 SF  For the Children                   Guy McDonnell [18-Jul-2018]
 H   Into the Sea                       Brett Lovell [18-Jul-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 10     Jeff Naylor [1-Aug-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11     Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.4         Joy Landa [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante  Renan Bernardo [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Sentience                          Jace Wilkins [18-Jul-2018]
 F   A Myth of Black and White          Terry Volkirch [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Janiella                           Kerry Cathers [25-Jul-2018]
 H   Johanna of Patmos                  Jesse Caedington [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  You Look Good Enough to Eat        Eric J. Francis [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Wicked Paths to Power: A Tale of the Court of Swords  Carl R. Cole III [1-Aug-2018]
 SF  Empty                              Guy McDonnell [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vectors, Chapters 4-6              Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018]
 F   The Shell                          Brian Williams [23-May-2018]
 SF  Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2      Nicholas Martellacci [30-May-2018]
 SF  Circus Planetaria Ch1              Rob Tyler [20-Jun-2018]
 SF  The Last Living Indian             Logan Giese [27-Jun-2018]
 SF  Dissecting the Muse                Tasha S. [05-Jul-2018]
 SF  The Privateers, Chapter 1          Kevin Sullivan [05-Jul-2018]
 F   Chapterhouse Eternity              Shaiyon Merkel [11-Jul-2018]

>> 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.]