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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.

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

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.

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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-Mar-2019 (Crits due 20-Mar-2019):
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eleven and Twelve  [mpc] Joel E. Roosa -#28333
 SF  Harbor on the Storm-Wrecked Theodora  [mpc] Jennifer Scott -#28334
 SF  Babelfish                          Amy Hammack Turner -#28335
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 18     Jeff Naylor -#28336
 SF  The Founder's Seed Chapter 3 _RFDR_  Drema Deoraich -#28337
 H   A Worm Went In                     Russell Dorn -#28338
 F   Lorem Ipsum                        William H. Leonard -#28339
 F   The Dicers, Chapters 3-4           Mitko Grgiorov -#28340
 SF  The Lay of Percy Wallace           Kyle Smith -#28341
 H   The Science of Garbology           Jodie Cowan -#28342
 SF  The Parts of Us that Remember      Andrew Giffin -#28343
 SF  Mustang Bettie, Chapters 1 - 9     Paul Werner -#28344

Week of 20-Mar-2019 (Crits due 27-Mar-2019):
 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
 SF  Honesty                            Alex Villepique
 F   It's Spelled Chocolate - round 2   Michelle Henrie
 F   Undying, Chapters 2 - 3            Jonathan Seales
 F   Chickens                           Jesse Caedington
 H   Household Gods                     Frank Oreto

Week of 27-Mar-2019 (Crits due 3-Apr-2019):
 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
 F   Ye Olde Tale of Dragon and Knight  Samantha Graves
 SF  The Savage Way, Chapters 1-3       Rebecca L. Wilcox
 SF  Eleanor Rigby                      Mary Makarova
 SF  FUTURITY / a Novel Chapter 1: Selfie 2030 _1st 1/2_  Jonathan Brandeis
 H   Chthonic Cleaning Solution         Austin Gragg
 SF  No One Wants to Live a Season revision 2.1  Robert Harpold
 F   The Breaking of Magic, Chapter 2   Kerry Cathers
 SF  Starborn Saiwa song & Chapter 1    Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   Daughter of the Dragon Guild       Eli Cepeda

Week of 3-Apr-2019 (Crits due 10-Apr-2019):
 F   In the Castle of the Hell Duke _By Appointment Only_  Blazej Szpakowicz
 F   What Better Serves the Dead? Version 2  Russ Gartz
 SF  Master and Commander: The Far Side of the Moon  Geoffrey Weyrick
 H   Lottery Winner                     Chris Williams
 F   Trials and Consolations of a Moon Maid  Russell Adams
 F   Writhin Skies, Prologue            Jefferson Retallack
 F   The Skullhole Panic                NM Whitley
 F   Thwortle, Chapters 1-2             Donna Walker
 H   The Nature of Body                 Amy Sather
 SF  Extrasolar, Chapters 1-4           Dina Folgia
 SF  Earth and Wisdom: An Allegory for Eden  Joshua Nardi
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 2          Lyric Gray
 F   The Relic Retriever                Chris Turner
 H   Unfinished Story                   Madison Estes

Week of 10-Apr-2019 (Crits due 17-Apr-2019):
 F   The Last Tree                      Tom Foster
 SF  The Last Days of Mr Buttfluff      SL Tan
 F   On Call                            Richard Zwicker
 F   How to Believe                     Jim Marino
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 1-4  Liam Corley
 SF  This Earthly Tent                  Jamie M. Boyd
 F   The Bottom of the Funnel           Renan Bernardo
 SF  Three Flash Fiction                Steve Patschke
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Chapter 52  Eric Wilson
 F   Send in the Library                Robin Eliot
 SF  Companions                         Henry McFarland
 SF  Hiraeth                            Natalie Wood
 F   The Knight-Captain's Choice        Hannah Azok
 SF  E12 fusion chapter 1               Corey Roberts

Week of 17-Apr-2019 (Crits due 24-Apr-2019):
 SF  Green                              Wayne Martin
 SF  Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1   Angela Rose
 SF  The Z Team, Part 1                 Chris DeSantis
 H   Black Earth                        Mark Forrest Murphy
 F   Preface to Dream Encounters        Kellen Geneva
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Professor Skinner's Tape Recorder  Joe Belarge
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 1, Chap 3-4  DB Gibb
 SF  Reunion, Chapters 1-8              Seth M. Baker
 SF  Who I'll Send In My Place          Dan Reade
 H   Dying Moon, Chapters 1-11          Toni Stauffer
 H   Ayahuasca Experience               M.B.Vujacic
 F   The Talus Miracle - Chapters 1-3   David W Rips
 H   Mutant Ninja Offspring of L.A.     R.N. Krantz
 F   Cats with Swords, Chapter 1 & 2    Zachary (Drew) Nardolillo
 F   Just a Sprite                      Terry Volkirch
      (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 Fifteen - Seventeen  Joel E. Roosa [17-Apr-2019]
 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 [?]
 F   Hidden Beauty - Chapter 3          Michelle Henrie [27-Mar-2019]
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo [17-Apr-2019]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 19     Jeff Naylor [20-Mar-2019]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 20     Jeff Naylor [?]
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 3          Lyric Gray [17-Apr-2019]
 SF  Mustang Bettie Chapters 10-16      Paul W Werner [20-Mar-2019]
 F   A Breaking of Magic - Chapter Two  Kerry Cathers [10-Apr-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6  DB Gibb [17-Apr-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The  DB Gibb [?]
 F   Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 1-2  Michael Bondies [27-Mar-2019]
 F   Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4  Michael Bondies [?]
 F   Furrowed Feather Fruitful Fishing  Jodie Cowan [20-Mar-2019]
 H   Animal Apocalypse                  Jodie Cowan [?]
 SF  The Sight of Distant Shores        Andrew Giffin [20-Mar-2019]
 F   Footsteps                          Russell Adams [10-Apr-2019]
 F   Madeleine                          Adele Blackler [27-Mar-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  The Art of Dying 1-5               Kyle McKeon [13-Feb-2019]
 SF  Not Pablo's City                   Jorge Villamizar [13-Feb-2019]
 SF  Orange Alex and the Glorious Gale  Austin Gragg [20-Feb-2019]
 H   Night Walk                         Faust Zenthoefer [27-Feb-2019]
 F   Loki and Gri Gri                   Jack Murphy [27-Feb-2019]
 SF  Pinocchio Dog                      Kai Calo [06-Mar-2019]
 F   Four Heartbeats                    Ido Richardson [06-Mar-2019]
 F   The Alley Clock                    P.I. [13-Mar-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.]