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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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 14-Feb-2018 (Crits due 21-Feb-2018):
 F   By Many Names, Chapter 1, no Prologue included  [mpc] Michelle Jelley -#27437
 F   Come Join the Dance!               Russell Adams -#27438
 F   Rescue                             Darla Jackson -#27439
 F   Monster                            Mark Suplinskas -#27440
 SF  Apocalypse Betty                   Trevor L B Porter -#27441
 F   The Way of the One God             Sandor Kovacs -#27442
 H   The Bridge _Version 3_             Matthew Duerst -#27443
 F   Drunk and Disorderly               Clark Sodersten -#27444
 SF  Owen Morey                         Amit Gupta -#27445
 SF  The 4th Planet Problem             Mike Mullen -#27446
 F   A Girl Of Steel                    Ronald Charles Kienzle -#27447
 SF  Elizabeth, Chapter 1               Chelsea McKenna -#27448
 F   The Elf and the Amulet - Description + Chapter 1  Chris Africa -#27449
 SF  Seven Seconds of Sunlight          Brian Palermo -#27450
 SF  Blue Walls                         Adela Laczynski -#27451
 SF  Harry's Numbers                    John Michael Trent -#27452
 SF  Jane of the Spiders                [@] Edward Muller -#27453

Week of 21-Feb-2018 (Crits due 28-Feb-2018):
 SF  Bliss                              [@] Chet Gottfried
 F   Do you bet on sand or stars?       Renan Bernardo
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 19 & 20  Eric Wilson
 F   Mark O'Malley and the Little Ball of Anxiety  Emily Randall
 SF  Olympus                            Neal Williams
 H   The Interview                      Mark Keane
 SF  The Sixth World                    Larry Rachman
 H   Tea for Two                        Blazej Szpakowicz
 SF  The Brain Mechanic v3.1            Robert Harpold
 SF  Ascendancy - Renegade              Troy McLaughlan
 F   Fur & Feathers, Chapters 1-2       Joy Schultz
 SF  Speculative Envoy                  Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   Sky Piercer, Chapter 3             Jorge Rodriguez
 F   Ghosts of Our Fire                 Jesse Caedington
 SF  I Got Dem Ol' Apocalypse Blues Again  Jon Adcock
 F   Adlaid Dunlop Ran to the Cornmill  Jay Gabriel

Week of 28-Feb-2018 (Crits due 7-Mar-2018):
 SF  A Breakthrough                     Elena Zimmerman
 SF  Truth, Lies and Testimony, Chapters 3-5  Pamela Najar-Simpson
 SF  Cozy Inn                           Ray N. Franklin
 H   Return to Methuselah               Matthew Rettino
 SF  Second Mind Incorporated, Chapters 1-2  Susan Meyer
 SF  Twilight of the God                Forden
 F   The Unpromised, the Unkissed       Mary Makarova
 SF  The Same River Twice               Peter T. Donahue
 SF  The Gray Out                       Christopher Allen-Poole
 F   The Lay of the Origin of Swords    Carl R. Cole III
 SF  Sanctuary's Seed- Chapter 1- How it Makes You a Weapon  Stephen Brown
 F   Kill the King                      Carl Alves
 SF  The Dim Zone                       Chris Turner
 F   Forsaken: Chapters 1 and 2         Erin Rodriguez
 F   Women Made of Flowers              April Weeks

Week of 7-Mar-2018 (Crits due 14-Mar-2018):
 SF  Dawn of Benatron                   Paul Bentham
 F   Rebirth of the Elven Empire: Dawn of prophecy  Robert Niemczak
 H   The Spider                         Keir Puplett
 H   Skinner, Prologue-Chapter 3        Juandré Fourie
 F   Morning Glory, Chapter 1           Sandra Saylor Seaman
 F   Sirith Chapters 1-4                RIcky Nix
 SF  To Sleep, To Dream                 Carolyn Hoffert
 F   In Dreams We Hunt                  Ciro Izarra
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 14-17               Lisa Clark
 H   Whoever Hunts Monsters             EDWARD G. KRATZ
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 2      Jeff Naylor
 SF  Breaking In The New Grad Student   N. R. M. Roshak
 SF  The New Century Adoption Clinic    Eliot Bush
 F   Basco, Chapter 1                   Haneen Babbitt
 SF  Poor Memories                      Lee P. Melling
 F   A Kingdom Comes                    James Fields IV
 F   The Longest Game _v02_             Juan Hernandez
 F   Working Title Aries & Araiya Chapters 1-5  T.M. Stewart
 F   Abby Normal, Chapter 3             Sam Fraser
 F   Healer's Sacrifice                 Janell Robisch

Week of 14-Mar-2018 (Crits due 21-Mar-2018):
 F   The Waning Road                    Pierce Skinner
 SF  Atlas of the Confederacy           Douglas Kolacki
 H   Welcome                            Dave Nilsson
 H   Wax                                Joel Schroeder
 SF  My New House                       Mike Clarke
 F   Huitzilopochtli _Aztec deity_      Amy Hammack Turner
 F   MAGK                               Christopher Blake
 SF  A Brief History of Peanut Butter on Mars  Seth M. Baker
 SF  At The Appointed Hour              Thomas Cameron Everett
      (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, Chapter 18                   Lisa Clark [14-Mar-2018]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 21-24               Lisa Clark [?]
 F   Overlord                           MARK L SUPLINSKAS [21-Feb-2018]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 25-26               Lisa Clark [?]
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3      Jeff Naylor [14-Mar-2018]
 SF  We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante  Renan Bernardo [28-Feb-2018]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 21  Eric Wilson [28-Feb-2018]
 F   The Hag's Riddle                   April Weeks [7-Mar-2018]
 F   Sirith Chapter 1-4                 Ricky Nix [14-Mar-2018]
 F   The Skillful Hand v2               April Weeks [?]
 SF  Go Get It                          Adela Laczynski [21-Feb-2018]
 F   The Cockroach at the End of the World  Blazej Szpakowicz [28-Feb-2018]
 F   Morning Glory, Chapters 2 and 3    Sandra Seaman [14-Mar-2018]
 SF  Life as We Know it.                Mark Suplinskas [?]
 SF  Beyond the Grave                   Clark Sodersten [21-Feb-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]

>> 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.]