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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 21-Jun-2017 (Crits due 28-Jun-2017):
 F   Crisis on Finite Earths, Indra     Joel E. Roosa -#26856
 SF  Bellerofonte                       Michael Andre-Driussi -#26857
 F   Ryuu                               Darla Jackson -#26858
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46  Keir Puplett -#26859
 SF  The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 14  Eric Wilson -#26860
 F   The Sailor's Salt, the Gaoler's Rust  Lee P. Melling -#26861
 SF  Heat Death                         Nathan Kolibaba -#26862
 H   You Were Human                     Daria Lebedyeva -#26863
 SF  The Khyber Chronicils Chp 1        BRIAN KISER -#26864
 F   Spoils of War chapters 1 & 2       Trevor L. B. Porter -#26865
 SF  Wings chapters 4 & 5               Robert Plowman -#26866
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 18-21  April Weeks -#26867
 SF  Within the Fences of San Dante     Renan Bernardo -#26868
 SF  back to black                      peter sides -#26869
 SF  The Last Quest, Chapter 1          Brian Palermo -#26870
 F   Dissipation                        Christopher Blake -#26871

Week of 28-Jun-2017 (Crits due 5-Jul-2017):
 SF  The Last Tree                      [mpc] Steve Donnelly
 SF  Pitcher Perfect                    [@] Chet Gottfried
 F   Legacy: The Reunion                Michelle E. Lowe
 SF  From the Inbox of Mike Calon _2nd Draft_  Bret Parent
 SF  Smuggler's Luck                    Nathan Conlon
 SF  2 <= Induction<= E3 <= Orb         Charles Gull
 F   Genesis of the God Hand: Prologue and Chapter 1  Marcelle D Ward
 SF  Dogma                              Larry Olsen
 F   The Girl With the World in Her Hair  Fred Obermeyer
 F   The Dreams of Dragons              Z. Z. Ali
 SF  Age of Sail Query and Synopsis     Robert Beverly
 H   The Wolf of Dorian Gray - Purgatory of the Werewolf _Book 2_  Brian S. Ference
 F   Before the Flying Carpet, Chapter One  Heidi A Miller
 F   The Malign Pharaoh                 Natalie A. Wimmer
 F   The Name of the Beast              William Broom
 F   A Paper Dolls House                Shawn Proctor
 SF  The Nosegay                        Brian Koukol
 SF  Sorry About That                   Dave D'Alessio
 SF  Immortality                        Henry McFarland
 F   After the Escape                   Annaliese Lemmon
 F   The Valley of Gods, Chapter 1      Chris Turner
 H   The House Always Wins              Morgan Broadhead

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
 SF  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
 YL  The Narrator's Apprentice, Chapters 1-3  Jessica Warner
 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
      (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 47 - 48  Keir Puplett [28-Jun-2017]
 SF  Chapter two - War                  Peter Sides [28-Jun-2017]
 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  Please, take your ticket           Renan Bernardo [28-Jun-2017]
 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 [?]
 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 [?]
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 29-33  April Weeks [28-Jun-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]

>> 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.]