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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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 17-May-2017 (Crits due 24-May-2017):
 H   The Boot                           [mpc] Jennifer Michaud -#26760
 H   The Smog of Verista                [mpc] Patricia La Barbera -#26761
 SF  GTC12.3                            [mpc] Guy McDonnell -#26762
 SF  Bellerofonte                       Michael Andre-Driussi -#26763
 SF  Eden Reboot                        Christian Roberts -#26764
 SF  A Forgotten legacy - Prologue      Larry Rachman -#26765
 SF  Human Ascendancy - Ch 3-7          Michael S. Clarke -#26766
 F   Tenders of the Golden Tree         [@] Megan Hutchins -#26767
 SF  The In-Between Place               Kat Day -#26768
 H   The Beastly Echoes of Necropedia   Lee P. Melling -#26769
 F   Visiting Erebus                    Dan Reade -#26770
 SF  Martin the Gray - Revised          Joy Landa -#26771
 SF  Subject 23                         Joy Schultz -#26772
 F   Children's Watch                   Sandor Kovacs -#26773
 SF  Sagan and the Ghost, Chapters 1-3  Pamela Najar-Simpson -#26774
 F   My Human Twin                      Mary Makarova -#26775
 SF  Murder Eternal, Chapters 4-5       Charles Patton -#26776
 SF  Secrets within Secrets, part 2     Catherine Norman -#26777
 SF  The Endless Camps Of Mars          Col Cort -#26778
 F   Cascading Stones                   Amy Henrie Gillett -#26779
 F   Forces of Magic, Chapter 0         Shawn Robert Smith -#26780
 SF  reading the instructions before mirroring your universe.  Juan Hernandez -#26781

Week of 24-May-2017 (Crits due 31-May-2017):
 SF  The Engineer's Gamble              [mpc] Robert Harpold
 F   The Purple Ring                    Mitch Mitchell
 SF  Trial and Error                    Aaron Richard
 F   Wishes Fulfilled Chapter 1         Joshua Silverman
 F   Adventures in Pyjamas: The Nameless Apocalypse, First 5500 words  Nyamweya Maxwell
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44  Keir Puplett
 SF  Radiator                           peter sides
 SF  Wings Chapters 2 & 3               Robert Plowman
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 13-17  April Weeks
 F   Counterparts                       Darla Jackson
 F   Crisis on Finite Earths, Pt. 3     Joel E. Roosa
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 SF  Purity and Light                   Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 SF  Spoils of War                      Trevor L. B. Porter
 SF  Hidden - Part 1                    Troy McLaughlan
 F   Gravefisher                        Renan Bernardo
 F   Kingdom of Dragons, Chapter 1      Adam Belaire
 SF  Beside the Sun Chapter 1           Nathan Kolibaba
 SF  Richards DNA Emporium              Fred McLeod
 F   The Silence of Sounds              C. T. Puckett
 H   Grin                               Cody Thomas

Week of 31-May-2017 (Crits due 7-Jun-2017):
 H   In the Shadow of the Black Tower   David A Anthony
 F   Do I have a battery in my back?    Marcelle Ward
 F   Passing Time With a Frog in the Enchanted Forest  Russell Adams
 F   Called                             Rebecca E. Schibler
 F   Feared Fury: A Tale of the Court of Swords - Part 2  Carl Cole
 F   Knotted Minds                      Laura O'Brien
 SF  Resistance                         Sarah Fearn
 SF  Dogtown, Ch 1-5                    Scott Paxon
 SF  Riders of the Acrid Wind           Ray N. Franklin
 SF  The Spanish Game                   Thomas Krug
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii
 F   Farisa's Courage, Ch 1-3           Michael O. Church
 SF  The Permutations of Sorrow         Carleton Chinner
 SF  Alien Fireworks                    Cassandra Morphy
 F   A Rainbow of Possibilities         Emily Randall
 SF  Morning Star                       Larry Olsen
 SF  Wipeout                            Steve DuBois
 SF  Everyone Goes to Hell              Ciro Izarra
 F   The Dragon Lords, Chapter 1        Chris Turner
 SF  The Bones of Benedict              Jeff Cates

Week of 7-Jun-2017 (Crits due 14-Jun-2017):
 SF  One Small Step For Garfield Parker  Gavin C. Turnbull
 F   Fishing For Mermaids               Sarah May
 H   A Mother's Love                    Ed Kratz
 F   Soulmates                          Annaliese Lemmon
 SF  Long Past Gone 2nd draft           Peter Naggi
 F   Obsessive Compulsive               Margaret Moller
 H   Wolf's Bane, Prologue              Kelsey Capoferri
 SF  Borealis                           Maya Bradford
 SF  Kisses from Jupiter                Morgan Broadhead
 F   The Hunt                           Kathryn Keane
 F   The Book of Nevermore, Chapter 2   Andrew Pixton
 F   The Lost Diamond Chapter 1         Emily Taylor
 H   Blue Sneakers                      Amber Randall
 F   The Bow of Tocheles                Vince Bonasso
 F   Her Blood Like Rubies in the Ground  Eugenia Triantafyllou
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 0000 to 1059       Charles Gull
 SF  How to Befriend Humans, Ch. 1-3    Derek Eklund
 H   The Pefect Monster                 Timothy Ankney
      (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 45 - 46  Keir Puplett [31-May-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Human Ascendancy Ch 9-10           Michael S.Clarke [24-May-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2  Joy Landa [24-May-2017]
 SF  back to black                      peter sides [31-May-2017]
 F   After the Escape                   Annaliese Lemmon [14-Jun-2017]
 SF  Katabasis                          Joshua Silverman [31-May-2017]
 SF  Eden Reboot Part II                Christian Roberts [24-May-2017]
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 1060 to 1880       Charles Gull [14-Jun-2017]
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 1881 to 3190       Charles Gull [?]
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 4327 to 5308       Charles Gull [?]
 F   The Valley of Gods, Chapter 1      Chris Turner [7-Jun-2017]
 H   Unfortunate Desserts               Patricia La Barbera [24-May-2017]
 SF  The Stellar Life of a Superhero Wife  Joy Schultz [24-May-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 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]
 F   From the Pages of the Iliad        Wayland B. Jackson [01-Mar-2017]
 SF  The No-Go Zones                    Macky Cruz [01-Mar-2017]
 F   The Tides of Tomorrow, Part 1      Mike Dorman [08-Mar-2017]
 SF  Terra: Prologue                    Kelsey Rowe [15-Mar-2017]
 SF  Kagluyag versus Malaya             Macky Cruz [22-Mar-2017]
 H   Deceived: Day Of The Dead          Silver Coltac [22-Mar-2017]
 F   Immunity Chapters 1-3              Elizabeth Strickland [22-Mar-2017]
 F   A prayer for the damned            Juan Francisco Sanchez Cota [29-Mar-2017]
 H   Two Heads are Better than One      Mark L Robyn [29-Mar-2017]
 F   A Shadow Cast, Chapter 1           Liv Foster [12-Apr-2017]
 F   River Demon - Chapter One _Bambi_ WT  Hilarie Hope [19-Apr-2017]
 SF  A Druid's Tale, Chapters 1-3       Chris B. Langley [26-Apr-2017]
 F   War                                Zachary Clark [26-Apr-2017]
 SF  Shock                              Craig LaRose [03-May-2017]
 F   Escape From Maui, Chapter 1        John Marks [17-May-2017]
 SF  The Breaks, Chapter 1              Nnamdi Anozie [17-May-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.]