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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.

A Guide to Barsoom

The ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

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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 21-Aug-2019 (Crits due 28-Aug-2019):
 F   The Key to Life, Happiness, and All the Secrets of the Universe  [mpc] Andre van Eeden -#28639
 F   The Rift                           Carl Alves -#28640
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 1-2  Eric Wilson -#28641
 SF  A Roof Before the Stars            Dan Reade -#28642
 F   Borderlands, Episode 2 [Sample]    Charles Gull -#28643
 H   Pizza Face                         Russell Dorn -#28644
 SF  Escape from Old Aris               Ethan Smith -#28645
 F   The Girl With Wings is not an Angel, Ch 2-4  Kathryn Freeland -#28646
 SF  Ch. 1 A beginning                  LLW -#28647
 F   The 10:40 Appointment at the NYC Department of Superhero Registration  Chris Hepler -#28648
 H   The Diatome _adult content_        William Broom -#28649
 SF  The Awakening                      Garrett Menning -#28650
 SF  The Last Song of the Benaboab Tree  Connor Hayden -#28651
 F   Life Everlasting                   Adrian Brisland -#28652

Week of 28-Aug-2019 (Crits due 4-Sep-2019):
 SF  The Space Between Two Bodies       JF Gabriel
 F   Shoemaker's Row                    Steven F. Lott
 SF  The Wizard's Tower Chapter 1       Jason Newman
 F   Bird Gets a Partner                Ed Kratz
 SF  The Hard Problem of Consciousness  Andrew Giffin
 F   Avanelle, a ballad                 Carol Baxter
 SF  Lift Ships, a short story of possibilities  Bob Freeman
 SF  The Keihl Institute                Tommy Blanchard
 SF  Bottled Emotions                   Yacine GACI
 H   Unwanted,                          Aydan Hasanli
 F   The Weathercaster                  Cameron Bright
 SF  Night Tales                        Lonnie McGhee
 F   Scars and Solace: A Numenthrall Chronicle  Kevin Stadt
 SF  Alien Alliance, part 2             Chris Turner

Week of 4-Sep-2019 (Crits due 11-Sep-2019):
 SF  Life Revisited                     Joel E. Roosa
 F   Land of the Enslaved               R.A. Carter
 F   The Dying Sun: The Cemetery Game   Anthony W
 F   Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion   Rweena Samara
 F   The Prince Bride                   Thomas Beck
 F   A Branch of Rowan _yet another try_  April Weeks
 F   Old Fairy, New Tricks              Jamie M. Boyd
 F   Dragonforce FanFic, Prologue       Phil Lindeman
 F   Freedom                            Tyler Sheley
 F   Cursus Imperium, Chapter 1         Chris Barrieau
 SF  Death Coaster                      Waverly Garner
 F   Wish You Were Here                 Renan Bernardo
 H   Crossroads                         Madison Estes
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm, Chapters 1&2  Javier Sobrado
 F   The Dance of the Handsome Man and the Beautiful Woman v2  Russell Adams
 SF  i love øctopus!                   Brian Lonberg
 F   The Mermaid's Voice                Annaliese Lemmon
 F   Going Bad, Chapters 1-2            Jenny Hale
 SF  Language Acquisiton                Amy Hammack Turner
 F   These Healing Hands                Haneen Babbitt
 F   Penumbra, Prologue & Ch. 1-2       Nick Johnson
      (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   Age of Stone, Age of Iron          JF Gabriel [4-Sep-2019]
 SF  Life is a carousel in 6 Acts + Finis  Bob Freeman [4-Sep-2019]
 F   Infection in Everything            Chris Hepler [28-Aug-2019]
 F   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo [11-Sep-2019]
 H   New Teacher                        Kevin Stadt [4-Sep-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 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]
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019]
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019]
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019]
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  Google Diagnose                    Raphaelle Race [24-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019]
 SF  Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3  Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019]
 H   Half-Bedroom                       Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019]
 F   The hole in the whole              Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall        Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019]
 SF  Am I Doing This Right?             Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019]
 H   The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1  Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-2019]
 F   Southern Fried                     Calvin Gregg [21-Aug-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.]