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New entry Dec 07

Critter Notices

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


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 no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

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 18-Jul-2018 (Crits due 25-Jul-2018):
 F   Melissa's Garden _An Impressionistic Reverie_  Russell Adams -#27815
 H   Set Your Moral Compass to Fear     Richard Zwicker -#27816
 SF  The Collector                      Joel Schroeder -#27817
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.3         Joy Landa -#27818
 F   The Farmer and the Fisherman       C. Q. March -#27819
 SF  The Wrecking Heart And The Hand That Make Me Whole  Renan Bernardo -#27820
 SF  A Life Shifting Experience         Terry Volkirch -#27821
 SF  The New Century Adoption Clinic    Eliot Bush -#27822
 SF  Stickshift Stardrive               Eric J. Francis -#27823
 SF  The Best of Oblivions              Jordan A. Chase -#27824
 SF  Circus Planetaria Ch1              Rob Tyler -#27825
 SF  Mermaid Tears                      Rob Tyler -#27826
 F   A Crowning of Discontent - Chapter 1  Kerry Cathers -#27827
 F   Fields of Red                      Christina Barrow -#27828

Week of 25-Jul-2018 (Crits due 1-Aug-2018):
 F   The Last Ardomancer                [mpc] Chris Mowder
 SF  You Look Good Enough to Eat        [mpc] Eric J. Francis [25-Jul-2018] [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Empire of Infection, Chapter 1     Lyric Gray
 SF  Plato Crater - Chapter 3           Carleton Chinner
 F   Sea Mage, Chapter 8-10             Chris Turner
 SF  Until the Heat Death of the Universe  Gary Goodson
 SF  Dirt and Oil                       Sahil Lavingia
 F   4 Stories About Choice             Mary Makarova
 SF  Mutiful On the Bountiful _Book 2_ Chapters 1-2  Christopher Joseph Maloney
 F   The Forgotten Stories              Emily Randall
 SF  The Ghost of Kettle Road           Pete Koziar
 SF  The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5  Tomas Lapas
 H   Not Even a Whisker                 Ron Stieger
 SF  Ashes to Ashes                     Brian Palermo
 SF  Magic Studies                      Soren Berg
 SF  Welcome to the Known Universe      Alex Clark-McGlenn
 F   Destination: Infinity              Maurice Humphrey
 SF  Through the Shadows' Edge          Judith F. Abraham

Week of 1-Aug-2018 (Crits due 8-Aug-2018):
 SF  The keepers                        Philip Hays
 F   Necessary Evil                     Neil Flinchbaugh
 SF  Digger's Daughter, Tiny            Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   A Brief Stop on the Way to Boroxis  Matthew Corradi
 F   Tara                               Darla Jackson
 F   The Void War - Part 1              Thomas Chalmers
 F   Erkitie: Prologue and Chapter 1    Carl R. Cole III
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 30  Eric Wilson
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 9      Jeff Naylor
 SF  The Average of Joes                Juan Hernandez
 H   Survival                           John DiNicola
 SF  Asteroids                          Nathaniel Murray
 F   Betrayal, Prologue                 Jonathan Curtis
 SF  Pretty As a Picture                Peter P. Lewicke
 SF  Medically Snacked                  Amit Gupta
 SF  For Love or Revenge                Russ Gartz
 SF  Einstein's Dice                    Geoffrey Owen
 SF  Detections of a Cyborg             Amanda H. Geard
 F   To Wake a Dreamer                  Joshua F. Potter
 SF  Paradox Lost                       Scott Nash

Week of 8-Aug-2018 (Crits due 15-Aug-2018):
 SF  The Way Home - Chapters 7-9        Deborah Ross
 H   Reruns                             Russell Dorn
 SF  Dionysus' Sellout                  Jeffrey Steven Abrams
 F   The Runaways                       Christopher McManamon
 SF  For the Children                   Guy McDonnell
 H   Into the Sea                       Brett Lovell
 SF  Sentience                          Jace Wilkins
 F   Hidden Knight, Chapters 1-3        Leanna Zimmerman
 SF  Untitled                           Ife J. Ibitayo
 SF  The Crown Prince                   Scott Bradley
 H   Sea Level Rise                     Christopher Blake
 H   The Vape Shop                      D.W. Jones
 SF  Underground Railroad               Douglas Kolacki
 F   The Murderer from Jerusalem        Ela Shu
 H   Lab Grown                          Samantha Caskey
 SF  Space Trash                        Zachary Gwynn
 SF  The Girl with a Face               Robert J Cleary
      (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 [?]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 10     Jeff Naylor [8-Aug-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11     Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.4         Joy Landa [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante  Renan Bernardo [25-Jul-2018]
 F   A Myth of Black and White          Terry Volkirch [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Janiella                           Kerry Cathers [25-Jul-2018]
 H   Johanna of Patmos                  Jesse Caedington [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Wicked Paths to Power: A Tale of the Court of Swords  Carl R. Cole III [8-Aug-2018]
 SF  Empty                              Guy McDonnell [15-Aug-2018]
 F   Sea Mage, Chapter 11-13            Chris Turner [1-Aug-2018]
 SF  Junkers                            Eric J. Francis [25-Jul-2018]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 32-33  Eric Wilson [8-Aug-2018]
 F   Empire of Infection, Chapter 2     Lyric Gray [1-Aug-2018]
 SF  Air Freshener T3000                Robert J Cleary [15-Aug-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vectors, Chapters 4-6              Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018]
 F   The Shell                          Brian Williams [23-May-2018]
 SF  Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2      Nicholas Martellacci [30-May-2018]
 SF  The Last Living Indian             Logan Giese [27-Jun-2018]
 SF  Dissecting the Muse                Tasha S. [05-Jul-2018]
 SF  The Privateers, Chapter 1          Kevin Sullivan [05-Jul-2018]
 F   Chapterhouse Eternity              Shaiyon Merkel [11-Jul-2018]
 F   The Luxian Child, Chapter 1        Shanon D Huston-Willis [18-Jul-2018]
 SF  The Scheherazade Dilemma           Kevin J. Miller [18-Jul-2018]
 H   The Train to Dolno Orehovo         Christine Hall [18-Jul-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.]