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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 11-Oct-2017 (Crits due 18-Oct-2017):
 SF  The Rules of Scavenging v7.1       Robert Harpold -#27165
 H   The Final Solution                 Carl Alves -#27166
 F   Tempus Cessat                      Emily Randall -#27167
 SF  To William Evans, Chief Engineer and Systems Lead  Dan Reade -#27168
 SF  Poor Memories                      Lee Paul Melling -#27169
 SF  Something To Celebrate             Ray N. Franklin -#27170
 SF  We Are All Human Here              Rebecca DeVendra -#27171
 SF  The Raw And The Cooked             Tom Greene -#27172
 F   Purple Dunes                       Reggie Kwok -#27173
 SF  The Legend of Bleu Mayhem: The Martyrs  Devon Browning -#27174
 F   Warden's Path, Chapters 9 - 12     Mike Haycock -#27175
 SF  Full Code                          Christopher Blake -#27176
 F   Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 3  Jennifer S Hane -#27177
 SF  Demon of the Sword                 Justin Powell -#27178
 SF  The Auditors, Chapter 1 of Many Shades of Honour  Geoff Houghton -#27179
 F   Moments Intertwined                Caitlin Levine -#27180
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 4      Jeff Naylor -#27181
 SF  Memory Wood                        Madison Culler -#27182
 SF  Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1  Randy R. Henke -#27183
 SF  Beyond Undead                      Charles Patton -#27184
 SF  Skymaster, Chapter 1               CJ Batlle -#27185
 F   Deadwastes, Chapter 1              Christian R. Zink -#27186

Week of 18-Oct-2017 (Crits due 25-Oct-2017):
 SF  Outbound Access                    Jack Miller
 SF  RISE: A Tale of Eledor Chapters    Dan Willis
 SF  Coddled                            James Yu
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 2  Joy Landa
 F   The Star-Songs of the Deep         Mary Makarova
 SF  Audra, Chapter 3                   Chris Turner
 F   Abduction                          Darla Jackson
 F   Rivers of Time                     Mark ODonnell
 SF  Mobile Hack                        Brian Zayas
 F   Forever & Always                   Kristen Bickerstaff
 F   Dragon Bones                       Kathy London
 SF  Playing the Market                 Kristopher Horton
 SF  A Handful of Pencils               Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  Property Room                      Henry McFarland
 F   Conversations With My Muse         Russell Adams
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii
 F   The Bridge                         Matthew Duerst
 SF  Avram Kayv on the Jarwa King Doguln  Bennett Clark
 SF  The Spanish Game, Chapters 0-1     Thomas Krug
 F   The Drowned Lands                  April Weeks

Week of 25-Oct-2017 (Crits due 1-Nov-2017):
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 58-59  Keir Puplett
 F   The Bottom of the Funnel           Renan Bernardo
 F   It's Not The End Of The World      tanya grout
 SF  Prickly Heat                       MARK L SUPLINSKAS
 F   Heal Thyself                       Elena Zimmerman
 H   Quid Pro Quo                       Mark Keane
 SF  Do You Remember                    Carolyn Hoffert
 H   Probability                        Sandor Kovacs
 F   The Kings Tomb, Chapter One        Stephen White
 SF  The Semi-violent, Voyeuristic, Hyperreal Thriller, Chapters 1-5  Douglas Goodman
 SF  Countdown                          Alex Villepique
 SF  Searching for God Head" chapters 1-4  Mike Clarke
 F   Tiger of the Wastes                Christopher McManamon
      (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  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 1  Joy Landa [25-Oct-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61  Keir Puplett [1-Nov-2017]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   The Unexpected Return of the Night Sky Clan, Chapters 1-2  Morgan Beard [?]
 SF  The Brain Mechanic                 Robert Harpold [18-Oct-2017]
 SF  Is Your Conscience Bothering You? v5.1  Robert Harpold [?]
 SF  End Conditions                     Russell Adams [25-Oct-2017]
 SF  Faster Than Light Can Carry You    Renan Bernardo [1-Nov-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   Pinehill Murders                   Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-Jul-2017]
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Nathan Chen [12-Jul-2017]
 F   The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2         Shay Cormack [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Cloud Cats: Chapters 1-3           Dawn Sciabica [26-Jul-2017]
 F   Serpent's Wing parts 1-3           Ester Agishtein [26-Jul-2017]
 SF  The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4         Shay Cormack [26-Jul-2017]
 F   A mothers love                     Brendan Melia [02-Aug-2017]
 SF  The Fallout Kingdom                Brandon J. Mills [16-Aug-2017]
 F   The Academy Chapters 1-3           Sangeun Lee [23-Aug-2017]
 H   A Meal On Me                       Stephanie Musarra [23-Aug-2017]
 F   Sirith Unedited Chapters 1-3       Ricky Nix [30-Aug-2017]
 F   book of warlen chapters 1-4        O.J. young [30-Aug-2017]
 F   The Broken King- A Hero's Journey, Chapters 1-17  Joseph A. Alexander [06-Sep-2017]
 H   Bicorne Blues                      Stephanie Musarra [06-Sep-2017]
 F   Life and Death on the Rocks        Alexandria Baisden [20-Sep-2017]
 H   Death's Design                     Stephanie Musarra [20-Sep-2017]
 F   Ablator: Darkening Skies, Chapters Prologue, 3-4  Andrew Rowley [04-Oct-2017]
 SF  Deceptocracy: Knowing What Comes Next  Gregory Scott Callen [11-Oct-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.]