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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 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.

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)

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 14-Nov-2018 (Crits due 21-Nov-2018):
 SF  The One-Book Library               Robert Harpold -#28114
 SF  Of Oak and Leaf: Sam & Delila      Maurice Humphrey -#28115
 SF  Zero's Story                       Alex Halimou -#28116
 F   Sweet Water                        Elena Zimmerman -#28117
 F   Dobie's Game                       William H. Leonard -#28118
 F   Millennium Oth: A Numenthrall Chronicle  Kevin Stadt -#28119
 F   The Interview, Chapter 1           Mitko Grgiorov -#28120
 SF  Gifts From the Remembory           David Rossiaky -#28121
 H   Gereborn                           Gary Hurtubise -#28122
 SF  Elysium Cube                       Joshua Nardi -#28123
 F   Going Bad, Chapters 1-3            [@] Jenny Hale -#28124
 SF  Duogenesis                         [@] Ben Earl Miller -#28125
 H   No Promises                        Dustin -#28126

Week of 21-Nov-2018 (Crits due 28-Nov-2018):
 F   Branch of Rowan, opener            April Weeks
 F   Of Fire and Ashes - Part 1         Breeanne Fryers
 F   Finnegan's Fractal Books           Jefferson Retallack
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 15     Jeff Naylor
 SF  Ashes to Ashes--revised and expanded  Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  The Shields Will Hold              Steve Chatterton
 F   The Apocryphal Man                 Paul Crawford
 H   Desert Highway                     Leanna Zimmerman
 H   Good Medicine                      Madison Estes
 SF  The End of Forever                 Colin Cortie
 F   Avaliah                            Trevor L B Porter
 SF  The Devil in the Archives          Nic Quattromani

Week of 28-Nov-2018 (Crits due 5-Dec-2018):
 H   Just a Fairy Tale                  Zack Kennedy
 SF  Eleven Sentences                   Christopher Blake
 F   A Scribe In The Fae Court" Chapter 1  Lizzie Wester
 SF  Husbandry and Wife                 Eli Cepeda
 SF  Time Travel Hotel                  Christina Wott
 F   Chronicles of Mayhem: Genesis, Prologue, "Terror and Grandeur  Leo Charles M.
 SF  A Serious Matter                   Joel E. Roosa
 F   Embedded                           Chris Hepler
 SF  The Simple Art of Being Helen      Jim Marino
 H   Wild Hunt                          M.B.Vujacic
 H   All Things Being Equal             Michelle Henrie
 SF  The Assassin's Girlfriend          Sarah Bailey

Week of 5-Dec-2018 (Crits due 12-Dec-2018):
 H   The Waves of Dark Second Version   Hernan
 F   A Darks Hunger for the Soul        Eric D Littlefield
 SF  Rhubarb Queen                      Kevin P. Hallett
 SF  The Way home - Chapter 1 v.2       Deborah Ross
 F   Son of Nobody, Chapters 1 & 2      Patrick W. OMalley III
 SF  Right to Be Forgotten              Emily Randall
 F   Cynders, Chapters 1-2              Grace Nehls
 F   Soulmates                          Annaliese Lemmon
 SF  IX Creation                        Steven Fritz
 SF  The Fix                            Cooper Powers
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6  D.B. Gibb
 SF  The Sixth World _V3_               Larry Rachman

Week of 12-Dec-2018 (Crits due 19-Dec-2018):
 F   Exorcists on Call                  John Berks
 F   Sirens Unbound: Book One of the Fifth Mage War, Chapters 1-3  Laura Engelhardt
 F   Invisible Dragon                   Mary Makarova
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 4  Douglass Calmes
 F   The Wizard of Llandwellyn: Chapters 44-46  Eric Wilson
 SF  Starrunner, Chapter 8-9            Chris Turner
 SF  The farmer, the egg, the cube, the tree, and Frank Sinatra  Renan Bernardo
 SF  Iterations                         Keir Puplett
 SF  AXIOM, Chapter 1 Rewrite#2         Ceci Vaughan
 F   The Boy Who Wanted To Be Hitler    Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Be One Of the Hive                 Joe Belarge
 SF  Every Soldier's Right              Henry McFarland
 H   The Gypsy Curse                    Carl Alves
 H   Danse Macabre                      Russell Dorn
      (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   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 16     Jeff Naylor [28-Nov-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 17     Jeff Naylor [?]
 F   Pickup Man                         William H. Leonard [21-Nov-2018]
 F   The DIcers, Chapters 1-2           Mitko Grgiorov [21-Nov-2018]
 SF  In the Shelter of the Aftermath    David Rossiaky [21-Nov-2018]
 SF  The Invitiation                    Keir Puplett [19-Dec-2018]
 SF  The Sixth World V3 _RFDR_          Larry Rachman [12-Dec-2018]
 F   The Fenghuang, Chapter 1           Elena Zimmerman [21-Nov-2018]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb  D.B. Gibb [12-Dec-2018]
 SF  Chicken Little's Triumph           Eric D Littlefield [12-Dec-2018]
 H   Snot                               William H. Leonard [?]
 SF  No One Wants to Live a Season      Robert Harpold [21-Nov-2018]
 SF  The Brain Mechanic                 Robert Harpold [?]
 SF  Fear Regulation Chip               Kevin Stadt [21-Nov-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Book One Elk Pack Series, "Bonded" Chapter 1  Shonda Sweeris [26-Sep-2018]
 H   StageFright, Chapter               Andrea L.S. Parkinson [03-Oct-2018]
 F   One day, Prologue.                 Punpun Onodera [10-Oct-2018]
 F   The Daughter of Allegheny          David W. Wooddell [17-Oct-2018]
 F   The War of Ages Saga: Age of Darkness  James Eyler [24-Oct-2018]
 SF  Murder at 48.6 million miles, Chapters 1-2  Peter Gimm [07-Nov-2018]
 F   Fallen                             Stewart Adams [07-Nov-2018]
 SF  Ven                                David R Polsdorfer [14-Nov-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.]