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Critter Notices

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!


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

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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 21!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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

Submission files 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-Sep-2017 (Crits due 20-Sep-2017):
 SF  Bring the Revolution               Steve Donnelly -#27089
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55  Keir Puplett -#27090
 SF  Hidden : A Dystopian Science Fiction Adventure  Troy McLaughlan -#27091
 F   Paint the Void                     Emily Randall -#27092
 SF  Cloud Racer                        Carleton Chinner -#27093
 SF  Rebirth_V2_                        Guy McDonnell -#27094
 F   Biscuits and a Pot of Tea          Emma Jin -#27095
 H   The Horror of Bologorsk            Sandor Kovacs -#27096
 SF  Impractical, Breakable             Jasmine Kelley -#27097
 SF  Paradise, New Texas                Mark Suplinskas -#27098
 SF  The End Of Forever                 Colin Cortie -#27099
 SF  Faster Than Light Can Carry You    Renan Bernardo -#27100
 SF  The Analog Thief                   Andrew Gill -#27101
 H   The Chair                          Genivieve Duda -#27102
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 4  Luke Pettis -#27103
 H   I Am A Monster, Chapters 1-2       Kevin C. Norris -#27104
 SF  Ablator: Darkening Skies, Chapters Prologue, 1-2  Andrew Rowley -#27105
 SF  Rocket Fuel Pee                    Oliver Franks -#27106
 H   With It, He Goes On All Fours      C. James Sweeney -#27107

Week of 20-Sep-2017 (Crits due 27-Sep-2017):
 SF  In A 10-Count, We're Done          Dan Reade
 SF  The Legend of Terrence Smith and Life on Europa v6.1  Robert Harpold
 F   Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 2  Jennifer S Hane
 SF  The Sum of Memories                Daniel L. Johnson
 F   The Valley of Fiends, Chapter 1    Matthew Rettino
 SF  Demon of the Sword                 Justin Powell
 F   Life and Death on the Rocks        Alexandria Baisden
 SF  Outpost                            David Williams
 F   A World Apart                      Randy R. Henke
 F   Wingtip Oxfords                    Rebekah Moore
 H   Death's Design                     Stephanie Musarra
 F   Warden's Path, Chapters 5 - 8      Mike Haycock
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3      Jeff Naylor
 SF  Entanglement                       Christopher Blake
 SF  A Neutral Affair                   Rebecca DeVendra
 F   Finding Sanity                     Devon Browning
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple
 SF  The New Ascetic, Chapters 2-5      Kevin Le Gall
 SF  The Hall of Life                   James Yu
 SF  Fatherhood _selection from Gaia_   Amy Hammack Turner

Week of 27-Sep-2017 (Crits due 4-Oct-2017):
 SF  Shadow Kid                         Melissa Olinde
 SF  The Persistence of Memory          Joel Schroeder
 F   One Gold Piece                     Dave D'Alessio
 F   The Cleanup                        Marina Zubakhina
 F   Deadwastes, Chapter 1              Christian R. Zink
 F   The God and the Body Smith         Nick King
 SF  Fruits of Kindness                 Wayne Martin
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 1  Joy Landa
 SF  Observing the development of new high-sentient corporeal life from inception to separation  Pamela Najar-Simpson
 SF  Source Errors                      Julian Azorlosa
 SF  The Other Blues                    Mary Makarova
 SF  Audra, Chapter 2                   Chris Turner
 F   Cutting                            Darla Jackson
 F   The Death of Major Laterre         Aaron Wilson
 F   Ember Sparks Bombs History, Chapter 1  Charity June
 SF  Asphodel                           Kristen Bickerstaff
 H   The Twelfth Hour Chapter 1         Emily Palmieri
 F   The Broken Veil Chapters 1-58      Karen Baer
 F   Arithmomania                       Margaret Moller
 H   Star Spangled Snow                 Darryl Segich
 F   Queensmen, chapter 6               Bethany Rae Salway
      (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  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 2  Joy Landa [4-Oct-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 56-57  Keir Puplett [20-Sep-2017]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 58-59  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Even Though You're No More         Renan Bernardo [20-Sep-2017]
 F   Warden's Path, Chapters 9 - 12     Mike Haycock [27-Sep-2017]
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Lina's Arc Ch. 1  Luke Pettis [20-Sep-2017]
 SF  To William Evans, Chief Engineer and Systems Lead  Dan Reade [27-Sep-2017]
 SF  We Are All Human Here              Rebecca DeVendra [27-Sep-2017]
 F   Ablator: Darkening Skies, Chapters Prologue, 3-4  Andrew Rowley [20-Sep-2017]
 F   The Bottom of the Funnel           Renan Bernardo [?]
 SF  The Rules of Scavenging v7.1       Robert Harpold [27-Sep-2017]
 SF  Nanny                              MARK L SUPLINSKAS [20-Sep-2017]
 F   The Unbelievable Death of Joseph Goldberg  Oliver Franks [20-Sep-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   Pinehill Murders                   Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-Jul-2017]
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Nathan Chen [12-Jul-2017]
 F   The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2         Shay Cormack [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Cloud Cats: Chapters 1-3           Dawn Sciabica [26-Jul-2017]
 F   Serpent's Wing parts 1-3           Ester Agishtein [26-Jul-2017]
 SF  The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4         Shay Cormack [26-Jul-2017]
 F   A mothers love                     Brendan Melia [02-Aug-2017]
 SF  The Fallout Kingdom                Brandon J. Mills [16-Aug-2017]
 F   The Academy Chapters 1-3           Sangeun Lee [23-Aug-2017]
 H   A Meal On Me                       Stephanie Musarra [23-Aug-2017]
 F   Sirith Unedited Chapters 1-3       Ricky Nix [30-Aug-2017]
 F   book of warlen chapters 1-4        O.J. young [30-Aug-2017]
 F   The Broken King- A Hero's Journey, Chapters 1-17  Joseph A. Alexander [06-Sep-2017]
 H   Bicorne Blues                      Stephanie Musarra [06-Sep-2017]
 SF  Beyond Undead                      Charles Patton [13-Sep-2017]

>> 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.]