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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

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 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 19-Jun-2019 (Crits due 26-Jun-2019):
 SF  Xaromar                            Chris Turner -#28514
 H   Scan For Threats                   Madison Estes -#28515
 F   Sigurd                             Jeff Stewart -#28516
 H   The Gold Digger                    Steve Levandoski -#28517
 SF  Simple Machines                    T.M. Heckman -#28518
 H   Take the Mic                       Amanda Hard -#28519
 SF  Power and Blood                    Javier Sobrado -#28520
 F   Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4  Michael Bondies -#28521
 SF  SlingStar Myth, Chapter 1          Donna Dion -#28522
 F   Vague Hex_chapter one, book 2_     michelle -#28523

Week of 26-Jun-2019 (Crits due 3-Jul-2019):
 F   The Case of William Wilson         [mpc] Richard Zwicker
 SF  Poison Chapter 1 _RFDR_            Stephen Secor
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 9-11  Liam Corley
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo
 F   Paper Hero                         Jim Marino
 F   Day of the Inventions, 1 April 1933  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  The Sky Helmet                     Joel Schroeder
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne
 F   The Tale of the Witch Sisters      Mariko Duknic
 SF  AI Books                           Robert Harpold
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley
 F   Boy Meets El Camino                C. Q. March
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two  Joel E. Roosa
 H   The Science of Garbolgy            Jodie Cowan

Week of 3-Jul-2019 (Crits due 10-Jul-2019):
 SF  Crack in the Sky                   Eric D Littlefield
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 22     Jeff Naylor
 SF  Rollback                           Amit Gupta
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers
 F   Adlaid Dunlop Ran to the Mill      Jay Gabriel
 H   The Moon is a Friend for the Lonesome  Andrew Giffin
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege
 SF  Merka, Part 1, Chapter 1           Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   The Maiden Voyage of Tiberius Maximilian  Kathryn Freeland
 SF  The Strange Case of Hollywood Crop Circles  Jeff Cates
 SF  Insect Apocalypse                  April Weeks
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer
 SF  The Killridge Karnals of Sigma-7   Ethan Smith
 F   Path-ology                         Mike DeDominicis

Week of 10-Jul-2019 (Crits due 17-Jul-2019):
 F   The Finest Trick of the Devil      Emma Mann
 F   Cats with Swords Redux + More Chapters  Zachary Nardolillo
 SF  The Father Lode Chap 1-5           Deborah Kaminski
 SF  A Small Radius of Anomalies        Catherine J. Cole
 SF  Harrow's Academy for the Gifted, Chapter 1  Hayley Dietrich
 F   Sylvia                             Lonnie McGhee
 SF  A Time of Useful Consciousness     Steve Green
 SF  The Dying Sun: Chapter 2 Noah      AnthonyW
 H   Special Breakfast - Chapters 3-5   Cameron Bright
 F   Lucid Dreams Chapters 1-3          Shirley F. Nomakeo
 H   God's Monsters                     Autumn Mumford
 SF  Lifeboat                           Sean Masters
 F   Misspelled Chocolate ch. 1-2       Michelle Henrie
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R
 F   Paranormal Investigations          Carl Alves
 F   Kill the Witchman                  William Broom
 F   The Chaperone                      Blake E. Bennett
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii
      (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   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo [3-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  How did it feel to be eaten?       Amit Gupta [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  Power and Blood, Chapters 3-5      Javier Sobrado [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  Thetus                             Chris Turner [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapter 12  Liam Corley [3-Jul-2019]
 F   Vague Hex_chapter 2, book 2_       michelle [3-Jul-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1   Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019]
 SF  End Man                            Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019]
 SF  Life After Maggie, Chapter One     Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019]
 F   Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2    Maya Vanderpool [01-May-2019]
 F   Hypearthia-Tales of Hyperia and Earth: "Dawn of Chaos Book One" Chapter One  W. P. Kelley [08-May-2019]
 SF  Datapocalypse                      Chris Keast [08-May-2019]
 F   Death of a Hero, Chapter 1         Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019]
 F   Cup of CLues                       Mari Mitchell [15-May-2019]
 SF  Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6  Jonathan Robbins [22-May-2019]
 SF  Yin Yang Ch.1-3                    Flavio Avila [22-May-2019]
 SF  The Little Bang Theory             Steve Patschke [22-May-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6  DB Gibb [22-May-2019]
 F   Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2   Heather McDonald [29-May-2019]
 SF  MUSTANG BETTIE                     Paul Werner [29-May-2019]
 SF  Wolfwitch, chapter 1               Zackary H. Gentry [05-Jun-2019]
 F   A Captain's Fate                   Anthony Gibbs [05-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The  DB Gibb [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Semper Fidelis: We are Rome        George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019]
 F   Sparks and Matches Ch 1-4          Kate Zimmerman [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-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.]