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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

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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!

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 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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.

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

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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 13-Feb-2019 (Crits due 20-Feb-2019):
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Seven and Eight  [mpc] Joel E. Roosa -#28285
 F   Down Time                          [mpc] Richard Zwicker -#28286
 SF  The Brain Mechanic - revision 6.2  Robert Harpold -#28287
 SF  4 Stories About Love               Mary Makarova -#28288
 SF  Mumfawi Dragons Prologue & Ch 1-2  Pamela Najar-Simpson -#28289
 F   Incorruptible Souls                Hannah Azok -#28290
 SF  Stage Zero                         Eli Cepeda -#28291
 F   The Breaking of Magic              Kerry Cathers -#28292
 SF  Unfiltered                         Tim Stevens -#28293
 F   Shadrack McCabe Makes Enemies, Chapters 1-2  N. M. Sheldon -#28294
 SF  FUTURITY / a Novel. Chapter 1: Selfie / 2030 _1st 1/2_  Jonathan Brandeis -#28295
 F   The Last Corner of the Map, Chapters 1-2  Ryan Kunz -#28296

Week of 20-Feb-2019 (Crits due 27-Feb-2019):
 SF  The Woman Who Spoke for the Gnoles  [mpc] Ray N. Franklin
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 1          Lyric Gray
 SF  A Branch in Time                   Darrell J.
 SF  Orange Alex and the Glorious Gale  Austin Gragg
 H   A Real Haunting                    Madison Estes
 SF  All You Ever Wanted                Jamie M. Boyd
 F   Baudwynn and the Fool of Cleft Chapters 1-3 & Blurb  Matthew Leo
 H   My Devil                           Dave Schultz
 F   Stopping the Bleeding              Chris Hepler
 SF  The Forever War                    Emily Randall
 F   Lilith's Story                     Sandy Kulhavy
 H   Lovelock                           Justin Lemley
 F   Icarus, Chapter 4-5                Chris Turner

Week of 27-Feb-2019 (Crits due 6-Mar-2019):
 SF  Anticipation of Hollowness         Renan Bernardo
 F   Wingwoman                          John Berks
 H   Night Walk                         Faust Zenthoefer
 SF  The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Chapters 50-51  Eric Wilson
 SF  Beelzebub Jones                    Steve Patschke
 F   The Fallen Queen: A Lonely Fire Tale  Duston L. Justice
 F   The Numismagician                  Robin Eliot
 F   Chaos Tinkles                      Rean Fadyl
 F   Loki and Gri Gri                   Jack Murphy
 F   Fields of Red                      Christina Barrow
 H   Hello Peter                        Maurice Humphrey
 F   The Blasphemer's Cypher, Chapter 1  London Crockett

Week of 6-Mar-2019 (Crits due 13-Mar-2019):
 SF  Tranquility Base                   Neal Williams
 F   Mr. Lee Shelton's contribution to American Folklore and Song  Vincent Stacy Henry
 SF  Thea                               Kevin P. Hallett
 H   Whatever You Want                  Dempsey L Wilson
 SF  Back Behind the Wheel              Joe Belarge
 SF  Scission, Chapters 1-6             Emerald Gingell-Molina
 SF  Pinocchio Dog                      Kai Calo
 SF  Apocalypse How?                    Galen Surlak-Ramsey
 SF  Moose Rampart and the Time-o-Rama Double Whammy  John Griffin
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 1, Chap 1-2  DB Gibb
 F   Four Heartbeats                    Ido Richardson
 SF  Tree Hugger                        Joel Schroeder

Week of 13-Mar-2019 (Crits due 20-Mar-2019):
 SF  The Founder's Seed Chapter 3 _RFDR_  Drema Deoraich
 H   The Science of Garbology           Jodie Cowan
 SF  Mustang Bettie, Chapters 1 - 9     Paul Werner
 SF  The Lay of Percy Wallace           Kyle Smith
 F   The Alley Clock                    P.I.
 SF  The Parts of Us that Remember      Andrew Giffin
 F   The Dicers, Chapters 3-4           Mitko Grgiorov
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 18     Jeff Naylor
 SF  Babelfish                          Amy Hammack Turner
 F   Lorem Ipsum                        William H. Leonard
 H   A Worm Went In                     Russell Dorn
 F   Sirens Unbound Ch 1 Rewrite        Laura Engelhardt
 F   Desanctified                       Charles A. Metzner
 F   The Dragon at Death's Door         Paulinette J. Quirindongo Ramos
 SF  Engaging the Schilvaxxaz           Gary Goodson
 F   Salient Suggestions from the Sinister Sorcerer  ed kratz
 H   Masks                              Renee Rose
 F   The Last One Standing, Chapters 1-2  Adele Blackler
 F   Dragons Tales, Chapter 1-5         Elizabeth Rossouw
 H   The Wrongfully Dead                Phil Lindeman
 F   I Will, If You Will                Michael Bondies
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Nine and Ten  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Honesty                            Alex Villepique
 F   It's Spelled Chocolate - round 2   Michelle Henrie
 F   Undying, Chapters 2 - 3            Jonathan Seales
 F   Chickens                           Jesse Caedington
 SF  Nemo's Graveyard                   Joshua Boyd
 F   Remember My Name, Chapters 1-4     Tristan K. Nolan
 SF  A Guided Evolution                 Nicole Pavelka
 SF  Ascendancy - Resurgence            Troy Mclaughlan
 F   Bulletproof Benny                  Colin Ware
      (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   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eleven and Twelve  Joel E. Roosa [20-Mar-2019]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Fifteen - Seventeen  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eighteen to Twenty  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-One and Twenty-Two  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Three to Twenty-Five  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Six to Twenty-Eight  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 SF  Eleanor Rigby                      Mary Makarova [20-Feb-2019]
 SF  FUTURITY / a Novel Chapter 1: Selfie 2030 _1st 1/2_  Jonathan Brandeis [20-Feb-2019]
 H   Chthonic Cleaning Solution         Austin Gragg [27-Feb-2019]
 F   The Bottom of the Funnel           Renan Bernardo [6-Mar-2019]
 SF  Professor Skinner's Tape Recorder  Joe Belarge [13-Mar-2019]
 F   Hidden Beauty - Chapter 3          Michelle Henrie [20-Mar-2019]
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo [?]
 SF  No One Wants to Live a Season revision 2.1  Robert Harpold [20-Feb-2019]
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 2          Lyric Gray [27-Feb-2019]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 19     Jeff Naylor [20-Mar-2019]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 20     Jeff Naylor [?]
 H   Household Gods                     Frank Oreto [?]
 F   The Breaking of Magic, Chapter 2   Kerry Cathers [20-Feb-2019]
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 3          Lyric Gray [?]
 SF  Mustang Bettie Chapters 10-16      Paul W Werner [20-Mar-2019]
 F   The Relic Retriever                Chris Turner [6-Mar-2019]
 SF  Three Flash Fiction                Steve Patschke [6-Mar-2019]
 SF  Starborn Saiwa song & Chapter 1    Pamela Najar-Simpson [20-Feb-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 1, Chap 3-4  DB Gibb [13-Mar-2019]
 F   A Breaking of Magic - Chapter Two  Kerry Cathers [?]
 F   Tribe-born                         Hannah Azok [20-Feb-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Princess and The Pearl             Katie R. Campbell [19-Dec-2018]
 F   Albright's Extraordinary Artefacts and the Lost Fountain Pen of Barnabus Eagledon  Daniel Taylor [26-Dec-2018]
 SF  Cypress cove ch1-4                 Tellie Strange [26-Dec-2018]
 SF  ALIEN Bloodmoon                    Christopher Smith [26-Dec-2018]
 SF  Sirith                             Ricky Nix JR [16-Jan-2019]
 H   Attention Please                   Aydan Hasanli [16-Jan-2019]
 F   Cats with Swords, chapters 1-5     Drew Nardolillo [23-Jan-2019]
 F   What Binds Us Together, Chapter 1  Anton Gonopolskiy [30-Jan-2019]
 SF  Re-Turned                          Brianna Sue A. Sorriento [06-Feb-2019]
 SF  The Art of Dying 1-5               Kyle McKeon [13-Feb-2019]
 SF  Not Pablo's City                   Jorge Villamizar [13-Feb-2019]

>> 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.]