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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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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.

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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 19-Apr-2017 (Crits due 26-Apr-2017):
 F   The Song of the Wineskin           Russell Adams -#26693
 SF  A Fool and an Engineer             Robert Harpold -#26694
 F   Up to Misty Heights ch2            Naftali Deitsch -#26695
 F   The Greatest Thief                 Kat Day -#26696
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 1  Joy Landa -#26697
 SF  Human Ascendancy - Ch 1 - 2 V2     Mike Clarke -#26698
 F   The Portrait Painter               Rebecca DeVendra -#26699
 F   Marlon and Jeff Are Real           Ryan Jordan -#26700
 F   Grayland: Lucky in Love            Terry Volkirch -#26701
 F   Star-Sisters                       Kristen Bickerstaff -#26702
 SF  Whisper from the Dust, Ch 3-4      Benjamin Shank -#26703
 F   The Forgotten Girl                 Blazej Szpakowicz -#26704
 F   Miaphox                            Richard Leis -#26705
 F   Ninety-Nine Orphans                Col H Aalberry -#26706
 SF  Five Modern Fables                 Fred mcLeod -#26707
 SF  Threshold                          Amy Henrie Gillett -#26708
 F   Outed-New Egypt Hunts              Brighid Willey -#26709

Week of 26-Apr-2017 (Crits due 3-May-2017):
 F   The Weaponmaster                   Rustin Lovewell
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 3-4   April Weeks
 F   Deception                          Darla Jackson
 SF  A Druid's Tale, Chapters 1-3       Chris B. Langley
 H   Blood Cells                        Brian Koukol
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 F   Tal's First Travel                 Jeanette Darrouzet-Nardi
 F   Burning Questions                  Joy Pixley
 SF  First Time                         Guy McDonnell
 H   The Science of Garbology           Jodie Cowan
 SF  Revelation, Chapter 1              Cody Faile
 SF  The Lost Dimension                 Larry Olsen
 F   The Bankrupt Dragon                Krista Kloppenburg
 F   Wings                              Robert Plowman
 F   War                                Zachary Clark
 F   Gravefisher                        Renan Bernardo
 SF  Play team combat                   peter sides
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42  Keir Puplett
 F   Crisis on Finite Earths, Pts. 1&2  Joel E. Roosa

Week of 3-May-2017 (Crits due 10-May-2017):
 F   The Faithful                       Ciro Izarra
 SF  Shock                              Craig LaRose
 SF  The Patriot War, Part 2            David M. Lowrey
 SF  The Right Way to Change the World  Emily Randall
 F   Feared Fury: A Tale of the Court of Swords - Part 1  Carl Cole
 SF  Heaven to Hell                     Kevin P. Hallett
 F   Red Snow on the Borders of Nevaldas: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes  Fred Obermeyer
 F   The Valley of Gods, Chapter 4      Chris Turner
 SF  An Enigma                          Caroline Friedel
 SF  Hoping for Red                     Adam Knight
 F   Death for a Paladin, Prologue and Chapters 1 - 3  Michael Haycock
 SF  And Perchance to Dream of Purple   Jon Stonecash
 F   Alchemist's Fear Chapters 1-2      Patrick Doyle
 F   The Book That Turned Me Gay        Steve DuBois
 SF  Have a Nice Jump                   Kristopher Horton
 SF  Blood Lines                        Carl Alves
 SF  Rifters                            Morgan Broadhead
 F   A Murder at the Aviary             J. Deery Wray
 SF  Trade Route, Ch. 14                Curtis Manges
 SF  When They Buried Me                Bret Parent
 F   Blood in the River, Tears on the Sand  Tim Mudie
 SF  The Darkness Within Us, Chapter 3  Shannon Brooks
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 12-13  Eric Wilson
 F   Soothed by Magic, Book 2 of the Hidden Coven Series  Kim McDougall
 SF  Collision Conflict _formerly "Decision Log"_  Brian Zayas
 F   The Beast and the Blind            Kathryn Keane
 F   The Book of Nevermore, Prologue & Chapter 1  Andrew Pixton
 H   Requiem for a Cold Night           Jerry Tabbott
 SF  Release                            Richard Zwicker
 SF  Your Raid Team Is Your Dysfunctional Family  Martha Burns
 F   Children's Watch                   Sandor Kovacs
 SF  I Beg You, My Dearest Friend _or Documents Stored on a Memory Chip After the Great Overthrow_  Eleanor R. Wood
 SF  Murder Eternal, Chapters 4-5       Charles Patton
 SF  Secrets within Secrets, part 2     Catherine Norman
 F   My Human Twin                      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.)


[@] - 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 43 - 44  Keir Puplett [3-May-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2  Joy Landa [26-Apr-2017]
 SF  The In-Between Place               Kat Day [26-Apr-2017]
 SF  Radiator                           peter sides [3-May-2017]
 F   Cascading Stones                   Amy Henrie Gillett [26-Apr-2017]
 F   Feared Fury: A Tale of the Court of Swords - Part 2  Carl Cole [10-May-2017]
 F   Out Splintering Bodies             Renan Bernardo [3-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]

>> 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.]