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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

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 17-Oct-2018 (Crits due 24-Oct-2018):
 SF  Outpost on Targus VII              Keir Puplett -#28065
 F   Poppin with the Devil              Mary Makarova -#28066
 SF  Starrunner                         Chris Turner -#28067
 SF  Ashes to Ashes                     Amy Hammack Turner -#28068
 SF  Dreams Die Hard                    Thomas Beck -#28069
 H   Blood Activism                     Matthew Duerst -#28070
 H   Hit-and-Miss                       Madison Estes -#28071
 SF  The Throat of San Dante            Renan Bernardo -#28072
 F   The Deadliest of Poisons           Hannah Azok -#28073
 SF  Reflections of an Obsolete Man     Paul Crawford -#28074
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 2  Douglass Calmes -#28075
 SF  Descent Into the Cave of Dreams    Alex Halimou -#28076
 H   Sea Level Rise                     Christopher Blake -#28077
 F   Dead Girl Working                  Elena Zimmerman -#28078
 SF  LACUNA                             Allison Estry -#28079
 SF  Throwaway Soldiers - Chapter 1     Colin Cortie -#28080
 F   Athena's Demand                    Sheena Dawn Byas -#28081
 SF  The Dome Project chapter 1         Elizabeth Dunbar -#28082
 SF  The Goblin Twin's First Great Mistake  Joshua Nardi -#28083

Week of 24-Oct-2018 (Crits due 31-Oct-2018):
 F   They Didn't Save Hitler's Brain    Douglas Kolacki
 H   The Last Zombie                    Christina Wott
 SF  Pirates _Incomplete_               Tom Adams
 SF  This Olde House                    Steven Fritz
 H   A Change in the Quality of Light _opening_  Jesse Caedington
 F   Dragon Marked _chapters 1-5_       Marta Lozinski
 H   The Waves of Dark                  Hernan
 F   The War of Ages Saga: Age of Darkness  James Eyler
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 14     Jeff Naylor
 H   A House Divided                    M.B.Vujacic
 SF  Artificial Hope _Version 2_        Brian Palermo
 F   Imprisonment                       Michelle Henrie
 F   What Better Serves the Dead?       Russ Gartz
 SF  Pandora's Shadow - Prologue, C1 - RFDR  Katherine R. Miller
 F   The Slow-Change Artist             Jim Marino
 SF  What Are We ?                      Ed Kratz
      (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  Stellar Jazz                       Zachary Arnold [?]
 F   Sticks and Stones                  Keir Puplett [24-Oct-2018]
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 3  Douglass Calmes [24-Oct-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5  Tomas Lapas [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Magic Studies                      Soren Berg [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Through the Shadows' Edge          Judith F. Abraham [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Betrayal, Prologue                 Jonathan Curtis [01-Aug-2018]
 F   To Wake a Dreamer                  Joshua F. Potter [01-Aug-2018]
 H   The Vape Shop                      D.W. Jones [08-Aug-2018]
 H   Not in This Economy                Jessica Orr [15-Aug-2018]
 F   Warlord, Chapters 1-2              Keith McArdle [22-Aug-2018]
 F   Demanding Knoledge                 Brad Davis [22-Aug-2018]
 H   The Devil Took My Last Cigarette   Jessica Orr [29-Aug-2018]
 F   Unhinged, Chapters 1-8             Mihika Biswas [05-Sep-2018]
 SF  Know When to Run                   Nic Barkdull [12-Sep-2018]
 H   A Limbo Wrapped in Plastic         Austin Gragg [19-Sep-2018]
 F   The Feckless Toad                  Alfred Abrao [19-Sep-2018]
 SF  Nectar                             Giacomo Hatanaka [19-Sep-2018]
 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]

>> 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.]