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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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)

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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 22-Mar-2017 (Crits due 29-Mar-2017):
 SF  I Have a Crush on You              Amanda H. Geard -#26629
 SF  Perpetuity                         Neal Williams -#26630
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#26631
 F   Gilded Ink and Gryphon's Wings     [@] Megan Hutchins -#26632
 F   Girlworld, Chapter 1: Don't Stand In The Fire  Martha Burns -#26633
 SF  Clean Slate                        Brad Preslar -#26634
 SF  Alternatives                       Emily Randall -#26635
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 2  Joy Landa -#26636
 SF  Last Shuttle Down                  Michael Albers -#26637
 SF  North Base, Titan                  J. Deery Wray -#26638
 SF  Reality's Demise                   Scott Towler -#26639
 SF  Neanderthals in Concert            Chris Keating -#26640

Week of 29-Mar-2017 (Crits due 5-Apr-2017):
 F   A prayer for the damned            Juan Francisco Sanchez Cota
 SF  Beside the Sun                     Nathan Kolibaba
 SF  Telomere                           Larry Olsen
 SF  Tibbo                              Nick King
 H   Two Heads are Better than One      Mark L Robyn
 SF  Vandalizer                         Emma Jin
 F   Vanessa and the Unicorn            Sandy Kulhavy
 SF  The Quietest Cries Are The Loudest  John Aissis
 F   The Man in Brown                   Jesse Caedington
 SF  First Time                         Guy McDonnell
 F   What It Is                         Laura O'Brien
 H   Evil's Daughter, Chapters 0-1      Andrew Richardson
 SF  In Silico                          Dan Reade
 F   The Doorway in the Darkness        Bill Drau
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chapters 1-2  April Weeks

Week of 5-Apr-2017 (Crits due 12-Apr-2017):
 F   The Colors of the Sun              J.E. Bates
 SF  Bellerofonte                       Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  You Are My Mirror                  Nathajak Thang
 SF  Arithmomania                       Margaret Moller
 SF  SHIN Hunter, Chapters 1-2          Matthew Pedone
 H   Of Skin and Bone, of Stone and Vine  Eugenia Triantafyllou
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 38 - 41  Keir Puplett
 F   Super-Spectacular Crossover Event, Pts 3&4  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Involvement                        Fred Obermeyer
 F   Gods of the Mississippi            Jasmine Templet
 F   To Return                          Ciro Izarra
 F   Bloodpaw Odd Jobs                  Camron Salisbury
 SF  The Patriot War                    David M. Lowrey
 F   The Book of Winter                 Caroline Friedel
 F   Storm Watch                        Carole Moleti
 SF  Just Such a Time                   Pete Koziar
 SF  Secrets within Secrets, part 1     Catherine Norman
 H   Doll                               William H. Leonard
 SF  Riders of the Acrid Wind           Ray N. Franklin
 SF  Mic & Jul, Chapter 1               Pamela Najar-Simpson
 SF  Wherever Evil Dare Exist           Tim Mudie
 SF  The Darkness Within Us, Chapter 2  Shannon Brooks
 SF  From the Inbox of Mike Calon       Bret Parent
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 10-11  Eric Wilson
 SF  Streamers of the Loa               Eric Fritz
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple
 SF  Invasion From Mars                 Tom Adams
 F   A Shadow Cast, Chapter 1           Liv Foster
 SF  Murder Eternal, Chapters 2-3       Charles Patton
 F   Dragoness Chapters 1 & 2           Samara Lo
 F   The Greatest Thief                 Kat Day
 SF  Threshold                          Amy Henrie Gillett
 F   Marlon and Jeff Are Real           Ryan Jordan
      (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 41 - 42  Keir Puplett [12-Apr-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44  Keir Puplett [?]
 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 1  Joy Landa [29-Mar-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 3-4   April Weeks [5-Apr-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Holy Remedy                        Jose Martinez [11-Jan-2017]
 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]

>> 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.]