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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 22!

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.

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-Mar-2018 (Crits due 28-Mar-2018):
 SF  With Criminal Contempt             Jeff Cates -#27533
 SF  The Iron Woman of the Southern Ocean  [@] DJ Cockburn -#27534
 SF  The Seventy-Light-Year Tour        Robert Harpold -#27535
 SF  Vortex of Power                    Amanda H. Geard -#27536
 F   Buildings Roman" by W. Dean        Michael Andre-Driussi -#27537
 F   Escape                             Darla Jackson -#27538
 F   Blue Lady                          Kevin P. Hallett -#27539
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 21  Eric Wilson -#27540
 F   Second Chances                     Emily Randall -#27541
 SF  Family Affairs: Chapter 1 of Agent of the State  Geoff Houghton -#27542
 SF  We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante  Renan Bernardo -#27543
 SF  Siderea Systems Incorporated       Jennifer Scott -#27544
 F   The Cockroach at the End of the World  Blazej Szpakowicz -#27545
 H   The Other Side of the Mirror       Maurice Humphrey -#27546
 H   Cassandra                          Ron Stieger -#27547
 F   Swallow's Flight                   Rebecca Burton -#27548
 SF  Little Eyes                        Amy Henrie Gillett -#27549
 SF  Second Chance                      Alex Villepique -#27550
 SF  Borealis, Chapters 1-2             Maya Bradford -#27551
 SF  Jesus Cursed                       Russ N. -#27552

Week of 28-Mar-2018 (Crits due 4-Apr-2018):
 SF  38 Years a Fortnight               John H. D. Dewey
 SF  Free to Go                         Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Riftwalkers, Chapters 1-5          Christopher Pedersen
 SF  Well and a Wall                    Sahil Lavingia
 SF  The Grand Xenoterre _a brochure_   Brian Zayas
 SF  Vectors, Chapters 1-3              Tunmike Ogedengbe
 F   The Rightful King                  Madison Estes
 F   Tessi                              Margaret Moller
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.1         Joy Landa
 F   Sirith Chapter 1-4                 Ricky Nix
 F   Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 1_?_ or 4_?_  Elena Zimmerman
 SF  The Dim Zone, Chapter 2            Chris Turner
 F   Danume: The children Chapter 2     Philip Hays
 SF  Dealing Coke                       Clark Sodersten
 F   The Floating Throne                April Weeks
 SF  Truth, Lies & Testimony, Chapters 6-9  Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   The Fires of Autumn, Chapter 1     Curt Krebbs
 SF  The Show Chapters 1-6              Snyder Ervin
 H   Blackcrest                         Steven Hunt
 SF  Present is Past                    Alex Clark-McGlenn

Week of 4-Apr-2018 (Crits due 11-Apr-2018):
 SF  Time Travel Hotel                  Christina Wott
 F   Esseria, Chapters 1-4              Sabrina Chapados
 SF  The Crown Prince Chapter One       Scott Bradley
 SF  Immigrant                          Dan Bergin-Holly
 F   Eagle Island Version 3             Matthew Duerst
 SF  Bibi, Chapter 18                   Lisa Clark
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3      Jeff Naylor
 F   Morning Glory, Chapters 2 and 3    Sandra Seaman
 SF  Emulation Dome                     Carolyn Hoffert
 SF  Rust 'n' Solder                    Lee P. Melling
 H   The Choice                         Russ Gartz
 SF  Every New Moon                     Robert Tyler
 SF  A Plastic Minefield                Allen Saslaw
 SF  Precious Junk and Swift Riches     Ife J. Ibitayo
 SF  Homeworld, Chapters 1-2            Stephen Cossgrove
 SF  In the Forests of the Night        Joanna Hoyt
 SF  Glory on Mars                      Kathy London
 SF  Convergence                        David Whitmarsh
 F   Gwydion and the Three Curses of Aranrhod  Shirley Rawlins
 F   The After, Chapter 1               William R. Hunt

Week of 11-Apr-2018 (Crits due 18-Apr-2018):
 F   Sky Piercer, Chapter 4             Jorge Rodriguez
 SF  The New Century Adoption Clinic, Chapter 2  Eliot Bush
 F   The Eternal, Chapters 1-5          Catherine Lynch
 F   The Draw                           Michelle Jelley
 SF  Flower of the Deep                 Alexei M Zoubine
 SF  Life as We Know it.                Mark Suplinskas
 H   Human Wreckage                     Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Searching for Numen - Chapter 1, scenes 1-4  Mike Clarke
 H   Wax                                Joel Schroeder
 F   Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Horror of Dexter House  Eric Littlefield
 H   Elijah and the Abyss               Dave Riser
 F   The Star of Asterion               Kaitlyn Whipple
 SF  The Privateers, Chapter 1          Kevin Sullivan
 SF  You Can't Even Call It A Rainbow   Jefferson Retallack
      (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  Stellar Jazz                       Zachary Arnold [?]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 21-24               Lisa Clark [11-Apr-2018]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 25-26               Lisa Clark [?]
 F   Morning Glory Chapter 4            Sandra Seaman [11-Apr-2018]
 SF  Miscalculation                     Alex Villepique [28-Mar-2018]
 SF  Double standards                   Alex Villepique [?]
 F   Would You Bet On Sand or Stars?    Renan Bernardo [28-Mar-2018]
 SF  The Dim Zone, Chapter 3            Chris Turner [4-Apr-2018]
 SF  Morning Glory Chapters 5 and 6     Sandra Seaman [?]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 22-24  Eric Wilson [28-Mar-2018]
 F   Morning Glory Chapter 1            Sandra Seaman [?]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.2         Joy Landa [4-Apr-2018]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.3         Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.4         Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Mumfawi Dragons, Chapters 1-6      Pamela Najar-Simpson [4-Apr-2018]
 SF  War Criminal of the Psychic Wars   Eric Littlefield [18-Apr-2018]
 H   The Steps                          Christina Wott [11-Apr-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Mind recreated                     Dore [10-Jan-2018]
 F   The Parallel                       Andrea Franco Cook [10-Jan-2018]
 F   Enid and Ondu, Chapters 1-2        Ali Saleh [17-Jan-2018]
 SF  Empty, Chapter 1                   Riley Lebowicz [17-Jan-2018]
 SF  The Identity of Jonathon Blank     Shawn Pendley [24-Jan-2018]
 F   The Flower in the Rain, Chapters 1-2  Sanober Shamim [24-Jan-2018]
 SF  Kilroy Was Here                    Edward L. Clary [24-Jan-2018]
 SF  Characterizer                      Anil Erol [07-Feb-2018]
 SF  The Extraction                     Grace Madison [07-Feb-2018]
 SF  Dear Diary                         Garrett Menning [07-Feb-2018]
 F   Mond                               Kiarah Griffiths [07-Feb-2018]
 H   The Intelligence by Baumann Powers  Baumann Powers [14-Feb-2018]
 F   The Lay of the Origin of Swords    Carl R. Cole III [28-Feb-2018]
 SF  Sanctuary's Seed- Chapter 1- How it Makes You a Weapon  Stephen Brown [28-Feb-2018]
 SF  Dawn of Benatron                   Paul Bentham [07-Mar-2018]
 F   Rebirth of the Elven Empire: Dawn of prophecy  Robert Niemczak [07-Mar-2018]
 F   Sirith Chapters 1-4                RIcky Nix [07-Mar-2018]
 F   Working Title Aries & Araiya Chapters 1-5  T.M. Stewart [07-Mar-2018]
 F   The Waning Road                    Pierce Skinner [14-Mar-2018]
 H   Welcome                            Dave Nilsson [14-Mar-2018]
 SF  The Solar Infantry, Chapters 1-3   Colin Cortie [21-Mar-2018]

>> 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.]