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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.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

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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 10-Oct-2018 (Crits due 17-Oct-2018):
 F   It Comes at Twilight               [mpc] Creag Munroe -#28045
 SF  Opposition Research                Henry McFarland -#28046
 SF  Ascendancy - Renegade R2           Troy Mclaughlan -#28047
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 38 - 40  Eric Wilson -#28048
 F   Corridor                           Joel Schroeder -#28049
 SF  The Conscript - Chapter Three      Scott Bradley -#28050
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 13     Jeff Naylor -#28051
 SF  Cosmic Moving Day                  Terry Voklirch -#28052
 F   The Mermaid Clock of a Curious Collection  Michelle Henrie -#28053
 SF  Followed From Death                Brian Palermo -#28054
 F   The Weather Channel Prophecies     Neil Wesley Flinchbaugh -#28055
 SF  Jungle Chase                       Andrew Knoll -#28056
 SF  From the Field                     James Johnson -#28057
 H   Sex on the Beach                   M.B.Vujacic -#28058
 SF  Justice For All                    crit34932 -#28059
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 2             Greg Tracii -#28060
 F   Captain Of Her Own Destiny         Nicholas Kaelber -#28061
 F   RFDR The City of Dragons, _YA_ Query and Chapters 1-2  Melanie DeWitt -#28062
 H   White sacrifice                    Charles G Chettiar -#28063

Week of 17-Oct-2018 (Crits due 24-Oct-2018):
 SF  LACUNA                             Allison Estry
 SF  Dreams Die Hard                    Thomas Beck
 SF  Ashes to Ashes                     Amy Hammack Turner
 F   Athena's Demand                    Sheena Dawn Byas
 F   The Daughter of Allegheny          David W. Wooddell
 H   Sea Level Rise                     Christopher Blake
 SF  The Goblin Twin's First Great Mistake  Joshua Nardi
 F   Dead Girl Working                  Elena Zimmerman
 SF  Reflections of an Obsolete Man     Paul Crawford
 SF  Outpost on Targus VII              Keir Puplett
 F   Poppin with the Devil              Mary Makarova
 SF  Throwaway Soldiers - Chapter 1     Colin Cortie
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 2  Douglass Calmes
 SF  Starrunner                         Chris Turner
 SF  The Throat of San Dante            Renan Bernardo
 SF  The Dome Project chapter 1         Elizabeth Dunbar
 SF  Descent Into the Cave of Dreams    Alex Halimou
 F   The Deadliest of Poisons           Hannah Azok
 H   Hit-and-Miss                       Madison Estes
 H   Blood Activism                     Matthew Duerst
 F   They Didn't Save Hitler's Brain    Douglas Kolacki
 H   The Last Zombie                    Christina Wott
 SF  Pirates _Incomplete_               Tom Adams
 SF  This Olde House                    Steven Fritz
 H   A Change in the Quality of Light _opening_  Jesse Caedington
 F   Dragon Marked _chapters 1-5_       Marta Lozinski
      (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 14     Jeff Naylor [17-Oct-2018]
 F   Sticks and Stones                  Keir Puplett [24-Oct-2018]
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 3  Douglass Calmes [24-Oct-2018]
 H   A House Divided                    M.B.Vujacic [17-Oct-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5  Tomas Lapas [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Magic Studies                      Soren Berg [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Through the Shadows' Edge          Judith F. Abraham [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Betrayal, Prologue                 Jonathan Curtis [01-Aug-2018]
 F   To Wake a Dreamer                  Joshua F. Potter [01-Aug-2018]
 H   The Vape Shop                      D.W. Jones [08-Aug-2018]
 H   Not in This Economy                Jessica Orr [15-Aug-2018]
 F   Warlord, Chapters 1-2              Keith McArdle [22-Aug-2018]
 F   Demanding Knoledge                 Brad Davis [22-Aug-2018]
 H   The Devil Took My Last Cigarette   Jessica Orr [29-Aug-2018]
 F   Unhinged, Chapters 1-8             Mihika Biswas [05-Sep-2018]
 SF  Know When to Run                   Nic Barkdull [12-Sep-2018]
 H   A Limbo Wrapped in Plastic         Austin Gragg [19-Sep-2018]
 F   The Feckless Toad                  Alfred Abrao [19-Sep-2018]
 SF  Nectar                             Giacomo Hatanaka [19-Sep-2018]
 F   Book One Elk Pack Series, "Bonded" Chapter 1  Shonda Sweeris [26-Sep-2018]
 H   StageFright, Chapter               Andrea L.S. Parkinson [03-Oct-2018]
 F   One day, Prologue.                 Punpun Onodera [10-Oct-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.]