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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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 24-May-2017 (Crits due 31-May-2017):
 SF  The Engineer's Gamble              [mpc] Robert Harpold -#26783
 F   Crisis on Finite Earths, Pt. 3     Joel E. Roosa -#26784
 F   Counterparts                       Darla Jackson -#26785
 SF  Hidden - Part 1                    Troy McLaughlan -#26786
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44  Keir Puplett -#26787
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#26788
 SF  Purity and Light                   Evelyn Aschenbrenner -#26789
 SF  Beside the Sun Chapter 1           Nathan Kolibaba -#26790
 SF  Wings Chapters 2 & 3               Robert Plowman -#26791
 F   The Purple Ring                    Mitch Mitchell -#26792
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 13-17  April Weeks -#26793
 SF  Radiator                           peter sides -#26794
 SF  Spoils of War                      Trevor L. B. Porter -#26795
 F   Gravefisher                        Renan Bernardo -#26796
 F   Kingdom of Dragons, Chapter 1      Adam Belaire -#26797
 SF  Trial and Error                    Aaron Richard -#26798
 SF  The Breaks, Chapter 1              Nnamdi Anozie -#26799

Week of 31-May-2017 (Crits due 7-Jun-2017):
 SF  Richards DNA Emporium              Fred McLeod
 F   The Silence of Sounds              C. T. Puckett
 H   Grin                               Cody Thomas
 H   In the Shadow of the Black Tower   David A Anthony
 F   Do I have a battery in my back?    Marcelle Ward
 F   Passing Time With a Frog in the Enchanted Forest  Russell Adams
 F   Called                             Rebecca E. Schibler
 F   Feared Fury: A Tale of the Court of Swords - Part 2  Carl Cole
 F   Knotted Minds                      Laura O'Brien
 SF  Resistance                         Sarah Fearn
 SF  Dogtown, Ch 1-5                    Scott Paxon
 SF  Riders of the Acrid Wind           Ray N. Franklin
 SF  The Spanish Game                   Thomas Krug
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii
 F   Farisa's Courage, Ch 1-3           Michael O. Church
 SF  The Permutations of Sorrow         Carleton Chinner
 SF  Alien Fireworks                    Cassandra Morphy
 F   A Rainbow of Possibilities         Emily Randall
 SF  Morning Star                       Larry Olsen

Week of 7-Jun-2017 (Crits due 14-Jun-2017):
 SF  Wipeout                            Steve DuBois
 SF  Everyone Goes to Hell              Ciro Izarra
 F   The Dragon Lords, Chapter 1        Chris Turner
 SF  The Bones of Benedict              Jeff Cates
 SF  One Small Step For Garfield Parker  Gavin C. Turnbull
 F   Fishing For Mermaids               Sarah May
 H   A Mother's Love                    Ed Kratz
 F   Soulmates                          Annaliese Lemmon
 SF  Long Past Gone 2nd draft           Peter Naggi
 F   Obsessive Compulsive               Margaret Moller
 H   Wolf's Bane, Prologue              Kelsey Capoferri
 SF  Borealis                           Maya Bradford
 SF  Kisses from Jupiter                Morgan Broadhead
 F   The Hunt                           Kathryn Keane
 F   The Book of Nevermore, Chapter 2   Andrew Pixton
 F   The Lost Diamond Chapter 1         Emily Taylor
 H   Blue Sneakers                      Amber Randall
 F   The Bow of Tocheles                Vince Bonasso
 F   Her Blood Like Rubies in the Ground  Eugenia Triantafyllou

Week of 14-Jun-2017 (Crits due 21-Jun-2017):
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 0000 to 1059       Charles Gull
 SF  How to Befriend Humans, Ch. 1-3    Derek Eklund
 H   The Pefect Monster                 Timothy Ankney
 F   The Arabel Chronicles: Servant, Chapters 0-2  Jennifer Dorn Ambrose
 F   Untraditional Michael              Ife J. Ibitayo
 F   Enna Chapters 1-3                  Wilber Arron
 SF  Human Ascendancy Ch 9-10           Michael S.Clarke
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2  Joy Landa
 SF  Katabasis                          Joshua Silverman
 SF  Eden Reboot Part II                Christian Roberts
 H   Unfortunate Desserts               Patricia La Barbera
 SF  The Stellar Life of a Superhero Wife  Joy Schultz
 F   Stingcats: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes  Fred Obermeyer
      (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 45 - 46  Keir Puplett [31-May-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  back to black                      peter sides [31-May-2017]
 F   After the Escape                   Annaliese Lemmon [14-Jun-2017]
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 1060 to 1880       Charles Gull [21-Jun-2017]
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 1881 to 3190       Charles Gull [?]
 SF  Orb: E3 - words 4327 to 5308       Charles Gull [?]
 F   The Valley of Gods, Chapter 1      Chris Turner [14-Jun-2017]
 H   The House Always Wins              Morgan Broadhead [14-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]

>> 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.]