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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 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.

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.

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 11-Sep-2019 (Crits due 18-Sep-2019):
 F   The Dance of the Handsome Man and the Beautiful Woman v3  Russell Adams -#28683
 SF  Language Acquisiton                Amy Hammack Turner -#28684
 SF  i love øctopus!                   Brian Lonberg -#28685
 SF  The Gold Digger Version 2          Steve Levandoski -#28686
 SF  Slingstar Recruitment              Donna Dion McElroy -#28687
 SF  The Theft of A Love Robot          Kate Genellie -#28689
 F   These Healing Hands                Haneen Babbitt -#28690
 SF  Deep Play                          Andrew Dibble -#28691
 F   The Mermaid's Voice                Annaliese Lemmon -#28692
 H   Unwanted,                          Aydan Hasanli -#28693
 SF  Djoyuna: The Girl From the Temple, Chapters 1-2  Leonardo Maniscalco -#28694

Week of 18-Sep-2019 (Crits due 25-Sep-2019):
 H   America, America this is You       Korie Conyers
 F   The Island at the Bottom of the World  Matthew Duerst
 F   Infection in Everything            Chris Hepler
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 1         Garrett Menning
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 3  Eric Wilson
 H   Decontamination                    Daniel Ensalaco
 SF  Titan Insurgents, Prologue and Chap 1  Kathy London
 SF  Goddess of No Surrender            William Broom
 F   The Two, Chapters 0-2              Catherine Ford
 F   Evetia Chapters 1-5                Sean Angelo
 F   Age of Stone, Age of Iron          JF Gabriel
 SF  Life is a carousel in 6 Acts + Finis  Bob Freeman
 H   New Teacher                        Kevin Stadt
 SF  Alien Alliance, part 3             Chris Turner
 F   Reptilian Barbarian and the Templum Solarium  Andrew Giffin

Week of 25-Sep-2019 (Crits due 2-Oct-2019):
 F   Always Room for One More           Carl Alves
 F   Just a Sprite, Chapters 3, 4       Terry Volkirch
 SF  The Search for Intelligence        Tommy Blanchard
 SF  Draken                             Rick Moyer
 H   Flies in the Honey, 3rd Draft      Kyle Walker
 SF  The Great Rift Between Us          JC Crochet
 F   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo
 H   Hollowback Girl                    Joel E. Roosa
 F   The Time Loop Loophole             Madison Estes
 F   The Dead Sun: Watcher              Anthony W
 SF  Free China                         Ife J. Ibitayo
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm, Chapters 3&4  Javier Sobrado
 F   The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 1-3   Jason Newman
 SF  For What Its Worth                 Gabe Grimes
 F   Let Cry the Heathens, Chapter 1    Lyric Gray
 SF  Commission's End, Chapters 1-2     Liam Corley
      (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  Hin2LiftShipRevision01             Bob Freeman [25-Sep-2019]
 SF  The Space Between Bodies           JF Gabriel [25-Sep-2019]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 4  Eric Wilson [25-Sep-2019]
 SF  Pro-Vote                           Andrew Dibble [18-Sep-2019]
 SF  A Father's Gifts v3                Russell Adams [18-Sep-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 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  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]
 SF  Bottled Emotions                   Yacine GACI [28-Aug-2019]
 F   Land of the Enslaved               R.A. Carter [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion   Rweena Samara [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Freedom                            Tyler Sheley [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Penumbra, Prologue & Ch. 1-2       Nick Johnson [11-Sep-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.]