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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

Interviewed!

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 - www.cpr.org 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 www.nyx.net.

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 pred-ed.com.

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

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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.

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.

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)

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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 28-Jun-2017 (Crits due 5-Jul-2017):
 SF  The Last Tree                      [mpc] Steve Donnelly -#26873
 F   The Girl With the World in Her Hair  Fred Obermeyer -#26874
 SF  Pitcher Perfect                    [@] Chet Gottfried -#26875
 SF  Sorry About That                   Dave D'Alessio -#26876
 SF  Immortality                        Henry McFarland -#26877
 SF  The Nosegay                        Brian Koukol -#26878
 F   A Paper Dolls House                Shawn Proctor -#26879
 SF  From the Inbox of Mike Calon _2nd Draft_  Bret Parent -#26880
 F   Genesis of the God Hand: Prologue and Chapter 1  Marcelle D Ward -#26881
 F   The Valley of Gods, Chapter 1      Chris Turner -#26882
 F   The Name of the Beast              William Broom -#26883
 SF  Dogma                              Larry Olsen -#26884
 F   After the Escape                   Annaliese Lemmon -#26885
 H   The House Always Wins              Morgan Broadhead -#26886
 SF  2 <= Induction<= E3 <= Orb         Charles Gull -#26887
 F   The Dreams of Dragons              Z. Z. Ali -#26888
 SF  Age of Sail Query and Synopsis     Robert Beverly -#26889
 H   The Wolf of Dorian Gray - Purgatory of the Werewolf _Book 2_  Brian S. Ference -#26890

Week of 5-Jul-2017 (Crits due 12-Jul-2017):
 F   The Editor - Chapters 1-10         Luke Carroll
 F   The Veiled Grey, Chapters 1-2      Amber Randall
 SF  After the Storm                    Wayne Martin
 F   Janus Chapters 1-3                 Christian Herold
 SF  Hidden - Part 2                    Troy McLaughlan
 SF  Benign Black Hole                  Kristopher Horton
 H   Leaving Old Grounds                Don Edwards
 H   Pinehill Murders                   Kyra Johnatone-Adrain
 F   The Frog Princess                  Marina Zubakhina
 F   Elegua 1.2.03                      Vincent Stacy Henry
 SF  My Eliza                           Emily Palmieri
 F   Rise: Birth of a Revolution Forward-2nd Chapter  Mark S. Moore
 SF  You Are My Mirror                  Nathajak Thang
 F   Baptism at Cryer Creek             Caleb March
 F   The Arabel Chronicles: Servant, Chapters 4-7  Jennifer Dorn Ambrose
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 4: St. Era's Fire Part 1  Joy Landa
 F   The Supernatural Life of a Superhero Wife  Joy Schultz
 SF  Death Anxiety                      Mike Veilleux
 F   A Career as Dragon                 Reggie Kwok

Week of 12-Jul-2017 (Crits due 19-Jul-2017):
 H   O.K. Lane                          David Williams
 F   Fury, Prologue and first scene     Jade Scard
 F   Indifference or The Phlegmatic Man  Russell Adams
 F   Aubri Coppersea and the Eyes of the Goddess of Time  Bonnie Loshbaugh
 F   Contracts and Cold Cuts: An intro to demonology.  Kevin Sullivan
 SF  Human Ascendancy Ch 11-12          Mike Clarke
 SF  Time And Time Again                Rahul Lakshmanan
 H   Cling                              C. James Sweeney
 F   The Wakening of Armen Boyden       Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   King Klutz                         Kevin P. Hallett
 SF  Forever Young                      Col Cort
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Nathan Chen
 SF  An Island Too Lovely, Chap 1-2     Deborah Kaminski
 F   The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2         Shay Cormack
 H   The Flight Goblin                  Sandor Kovacs
 F   Young Gods                         Laurynn Lowe
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48  Keir Puplett
 SF  Chapter two - War                  Peter Sides
 SF  Please, take your ticket           Renan Bernardo
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 29-33  April Weeks
 F   Wings chapters 6 & 7               Robert Plowman
 F   Ashen Wings and Lightless Skies    Mary Makarova
======================================================================
      (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.)

Symbols:

[@] - 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 4: St. Era's Fire Part 2  Joy Landa [12-Jul-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 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 [?]
 SF  3 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull [5-Jul-2017]
 SF  4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull [?]
 F   Morals: The Book of Samson         Luke Carroll [12-Jul-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 49-50  Keir Puplett [19-Jul-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 51-52  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Our Turn                           Bret Parent [5-Jul-2017]
 SF  Scattered                          Bret Parent [?]
 SF  The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4         Shay Cormack [19-Jul-2017]
 YL  The Narrator's Apprentice, Chapters 1-3  Jessica Warner [?]
 F   Funneling Down to the Past         Renan Bernardo [19-Jul-2017]
				-+-

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 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]
 F   Wishes Fulfilled Chapter 1         Joshua Silverman [24-May-2017]
 F   Adventures in Pyjamas: The Nameless Apocalypse, First 5500 words  Nyamweya Maxwell [24-May-2017]
 F   The Silence of Sounds              C. T. Puckett [31-May-2017]
 H   Grin                               Cody Thomas [31-May-2017]
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii [31-May-2017]
 F   Fishing For Mermaids               Sarah May [07-Jun-2017]
 H   Wolf's Bane, Prologue              Kelsey Capoferri [07-Jun-2017]
 F   The Lost Diamond Chapter 1         Emily Taylor [07-Jun-2017]
 SF  Doris vs. the Supersymmetrical Singing Slut  [mpc] Aurora Barranco [14-Jun-2017]
 H   The Pefect Monster                 Timothy Ankney [14-Jun-2017]
 SF  Katabasis                          Joshua Silverman [14-Jun-2017]
 F   The Adventures of Ronnie Macabre   J.M Bingham [21-Jun-2017]
 H   The Cycle, Chapters 0-1            Catherine Kovach [21-Jun-2017]
 F   Fearful Beginnings                 Edward L. Clary [21-Jun-2017]
 SF  Project Skylark Chapters 1-3       Jennifer Hart [21-Jun-2017]
 F   Legacy: The Reunion                Michelle E. Lowe [28-Jun-2017]
 SF  Smuggler's Luck                    Nathan Conlon [28-Jun-2017]
 F   Before the Flying Carpet, Chapter One  Heidi A Miller [28-Jun-2017]
 F   The Malign Pharaoh                 Natalie A. Wimmer [28-Jun-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.]