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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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 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 22-Feb-2017 (Crits due 1-Mar-2017):
 SF  Prototype                          Amanda H. Geard -#26580
 SF  Milk Run                           C. Hotchkiss -#26581
 SF  Blue Skies & Better Days           J.E. Bates -#26582
 SF  Silent Nightmare                   N Williams -#26583
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#26584
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 1  Joy Landa -#26585
 H   The Lost Playground                Ashleigh Richie -#26586
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-3          Jeffrey Richardson -#26587
 F   The Door                           Kristen Bickerstaff -#26588
 SF  Phantom Traveler _1 - 5_           Rekka Jay -#26589
 SF  Grit, Chapter 1                    Liam King -#26590
 SF  Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 resub: Y  Matt Peller resub: Y -#26591

Week of 1-Mar-2017 (Crits due 8-Mar-2017):
 SF  Children of Clay Part 2 Ch 1-3     Ono Ekeh
 F   From the Pages of the Iliad        Wayland B. Jackson
 F   Calumet Monroe and The Best Apocalypse Ever  David Schultz
 F   Tunisa, Chapter 1                  Shanna Moyes
 SF  The No-Go Zones                    Macky Cruz
 F   Biddy                              Jesse Caedington
 SF  The Adventures of Average Man      Madison Culler
 H   From the Bog, Chapters 0-1         Andrew Richardson
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 9-10  Eric Wilson
 SF  Eclipse Season, Chapters 1-5       Scott Paxon
 SF  Do Not Resuscitate                 stephanie Fernandez
 SF  Whisper from the Dust, Ch 1-2      Benjamin Shank
 F   The Eyes of Archus, Chapters 1-3   Clay P. Greene
 H   Dark Resurrection, Chapter One: The Reckoning  Frederick Preston
 SF  SF short "On Jupiter Station       Roy Schwartz
 SF  Reshaped                           Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep         Mark Painter
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 36 - 37  Keir Puplett
 H   Of All the Nights                  Matthew Weber
 F   Super-Spectacular Crossover Event, Pts 1&2  Joel E. Roosa

Week of 8-Mar-2017 (Crits due 15-Mar-2017):
 SF  The Man Who Got Away               Hannah Reinhold
 F   The Tides of Tomorrow, Part 1      Mike Dorman
 SF  Shuttle Service                    Pete Koziar
 F   Globe                              William H. Leonard
 F   First Kiss                         Darla Jackson
 SF  Human Ascendancy - Ch1.            Michael S. Clarke
 SF  The Khyber Chronicles, Chapters 1-2  Brian Kiser
 F   A Drum in the Deep, part 3         Adaleen Martin
 F   New Wood from Old Trees            Tim Mudie
 SF  M'isha, Chapters 1-2               Pamela Najar-Simpson
      (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  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 38 - 41  Keir Puplett [8-Mar-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 2  Joy Landa [1-Mar-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Kagluyag versus Malaya             Macky Cruz [8-Mar-2017]
 F   The Man in Brown                   Jesse Caedington [8-Mar-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Holy Remedy                        Jose Martinez [11-Jan-2017]
 SF  Mythos, Chapter 1                  Oliver M. Hughes [11-Jan-2017]
 F   Caught Ablaze, Chapters 1-11       Krisha Seate [18-Jan-2017]
 SF  Eidolons_The Man with Two Souls, Chapters Prologue and 1  Gregory Robinson [25-Jan-2017]
 SF  Sauce, Chapters 1-8                Nicholas Christopher Pickersgill [25-Jan-2017]
 H   Sutter's Junction Chapters 1-5     Carrie Birdsong [01-Feb-2017]
 F   From the Heart of the Iliad        Wayland Jackson [01-Feb-2017]
 SF  Planet NB, chapters 1-11           Leland Smithson [08-Feb-2017]
 F   Dorrone, Chapters 0-2              Issarasiti [15-Feb-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.]