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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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 7-Dec-2016 (Crits due 14-Dec-2016):
 F   With Great Power Comes Not So Great Playlists  [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#26391
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 35-36  Russell Adams -#26392
 SF  Wind-In-Trees                      Arthur M. Doweyko -#26393
 H   Stinky                             Matthew Weber -#26394
 F   Untitled As Yet, 1-2               April Weeks -#26395
 SF  Called Home                        [@] David John Baker -#26396
 F   The Rabbit's Heart                 JM Templet -#26397
 SF  Tobacco Brides, Chapters 3-4       Amy Hammack Turner -#26398
 F   The Monster                        Chris DeSantis -#26399
 SF  Stay                               Amy Gillett -#26400
 F   Child of the House RFDR            Kaitlyn Whipple -#26401
 SF  The End of the Tour                Tim Mudie -#26402
 F   Sweet Sweet Tea                    Jake Frondorf -#26403

Week of 14-Dec-2016 (Crits due 21-Dec-2016):
 SF  Decision Log                       Brian Zayas
 F   Modern Magic                       Madeline Schemel
 F   Death and the Tower                William Broom
 SF  Reality Reflections                Debra Mckenzie
 SF  Second Blossoming, Chapter 2       Matt Peller
 F   Commencement                       Davis Tyner
 SF  Trade Route, Ch 11                 Curtis Manges
 SF  Ephemeris: Chapter 2, First half   Mike Baltar
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 20  Andy Lee
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 F   Little Queen                       Alexander Leger-Small
 F   The Soul Sword Chapter 1           Mark Gregson

Week of 21-Dec-2016 (Crits due 28-Dec-2016):
 SF  Untitled Dystopian Fiction Chapters 1-2  Tesha Miller
 H   Outside Her Heart                  Lee P. Melling
 SF  The Great Curve 0.5 part one       Brad Horner
 H   Denial                             Chris Dean
 SF  The Thousand Years War             Avan Judd Stallard
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 1  Joy Landa
 SF  Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story REVISED  Priscilla Soares-Wilson
 SF  The Zombie Reservation             Tom Adams
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 3  Eric Wilson
 F   Children of Clay, Chapters 4-7     Ono Ekeh
 F   Shattered Hand                     Marc A Criley
 F   Lonely Road                        Carl Alves
 SF  The Writer's Plight                Tom Flintoff
 SF  Silent Judgment                    Madison Culler
 F   Who's Calling?                     Joanna Hoyt
 F   Calamity                           NM Whitley
 F   Summer Lawns                       Steven Lambert
 SF  A Shadow in Space                  Bryan Reilly
 SF  Fragile Kiyomi                     Ife J. Ibitayo
 F   Chalice, Chapter 1                 Stephanie Leland

Week of 28-Dec-2016 (Crits due 4-Jan-2017):
 F   In the Under                       Joy Pixley
 SF  Little Orphans                     Kevin P. Hallett
 H   Reunion                            Sandor Kovacs
 F   The Oracle                         Caroline Friedel
 F   Unnamed City Story Prologue        Lord English SSBM
 SF  The Rise Against, Chapters 1-2     Steven B Keith
 SF  Life Imitates Art                  Jeff Cates
 SF  Saturn Is In Taurus, and There's a Quiz In History  Brian Ring
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 28 & 29  Keir Puplett
 F   The Vampire Hunter, conclusion     Kim Smeltzer
 H   The Middendorf: Part Six _of six_  Don Sabo
 F   Battle Break                       Darla Jackson
 F   All Things Fade                    Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Augments                           C. K. Saline
 H   All Hope Lost                      Samantha Dorrell
 F   This War That Isn't Ours           Eugenia Triantafyllou
 SF  What it is Like to be Benedict     Christian Roberts
      (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   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32  Keir Puplett [4-Jan-2017]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 33 - 35  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Ephemeris: Chapter 2, Second half  Mike Baltar [21-Dec-2016]
 SF  The Great Curve 0.5 part two       Brad Horner [28-Dec-2016]
 SF  The Elephants' Crematorium         Tim Mudie [14-Dec-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8      Magnus D. Jorgensen [02-Nov-2016]
 F   Orientation                        Robert Kazmierczak [16-Nov-2016]
 F   The Prism System: Chapter 2        Emma Markle [30-Nov-2016]
 SF  The Glorious Misadventures of John Altamont  AJ Hannigan [07-Dec-2016]

>> 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.]