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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]









[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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.

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)

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 24-Apr-2019 (Crits due 1-May-2019):
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eighteen to Twenty  [mpc] Joel E. Roosa -#28410
 F   Procession, City of Peace          April Weeks -#28411
 SF  Three Flash Stories                Amy Hammack Turner -#28412
 F   Just a Sprite                      Terry Volkirch -#28413
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 19     Jeff Naylor -#28414
 H   The Gyre                           Brett Lovell -#28415
 F   Cats with Swords, Chapter 1 & 2    Zachary (Drew) Nardolillo -#28416
 SF  To Moor-Ocean Green, synopsis and chapter 1  Jonathan Lee -#28417
 F   Furrowed Feather Fruitful Fishing  Jodie Cowan -#28418
 F   The Angels                         Kieran Morgan -#28419
 SF  The Sight of Distant Shores        Andrew Giffin -#28420
 SF  Mustang Bettie Chapters 10-16      Paul W Werner -#28421
 SF  The Lost Letters _Letter 1 out of 8_  Haneen -#28422

Week of 1-May-2019 (Crits due 8-May-2019):
 SF  Moon Junk                          Neal Williams
 SF  Chapter 1 The Troubled Dwarf       John Sumpter
 SF  Dystopian Flash Fiction collection  Robert Tyler
 F   Hidden Beauty - Chapter 3          Michelle Henrie
 F   Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 1-2  Michael Bondies
 F   Madeleine                          Adele Blackler
 F   Sirens Unbound Prologue            Laura Engelhardt
 SF  Inhale                             Jeff Richardson
 SF  The Early Adventures of the Legendary Lemonade League  ed kratz
 F   The Symmetrist's Hand, Chapter 1   Stephen Taylor
 H   The Passenger                      David Williams
 SF  Wasted on the Young                T. M. Heckman
 F   Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2    Maya Vanderpool

Week of 8-May-2019 (Crits due 15-May-2019):
 SF  'c'                                Steve Donnelly
 F   Realm Quest, Prologue and Chapter 1  Emil Vægter
 F   A Breaking of Magic - Chapter Two  Kerry Cathers
 F   Hypearthia-Tales of Hyperia and Earth: "Dawn of Chaos Book One" Chapter One  W. P. Kelley
 SF  Glamour, Gossip, Gore, and Gimmick  Russell Dorn
 SF  History of the Conflict: Lost, Chapter 1  Stephen Secor
 SF  Interstellar Womb                  Guy McDonnell
 H   Blood Activism Version 3           Matthew Duerst
 SF  Old Gods                           Daniel Bizzell
 SF  Luv2U                              Jacob Corvidae
 F   Gifts for the Winter Wasps         Laura-Marie Steele
 SF  Unfree World Chapter One           Linn Browning
 H   Darkness Lies                      Kyle Walker
 SF  Datapocalypse                      Chris Keast

Week of 15-May-2019 (Crits due 22-May-2019):
 H   Kill Your Darlings                 Charles A. Metzner
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 3          Lyric Gray
 F   Footsteps                          Russell Adams
 SF  Star Crusader                      Chris Turner
 H   Pestilence                         Madison Estes
 F   The Tale of the Vintner's Daughter  LindaAnn LoSchiavo
 SF  Welcome to the Machine             Hayley Dietrich
 F   Springheart: Book one              Annamaria K. DeLallo
 F   Death of a Hero, Chapter 1         Alex Geffner-Mihlsten
 F   Cup of CLues                       Mari Mitchell
 F   M1 - The Black Key                 Staci R Morrison
 H   Seven Visions of Our Lady of Sorrows  Amanda Hard
 SF  Mutiful First chapter              Christopher Joseph Maloney

Week of 22-May-2019 (Crits due 29-May-2019):
 SF  The Sky Helmet: Prologue           Joel Schroeder
 SF  Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6  Jonathan Robbins
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 5-8  Liam Corley
 F   The Devil Ships Up to Boston       Jim Marino
 F   Last of Kin, Chapters 1-2          Jamie M. Boyd
 F   That's Not Kosher                  Jeff Cates
 F   The Thing Next Door                Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Yin Yang Ch.1-3                    Flavio Avila
 SF  The Little Bang Theory             Steve Patschke
 F   Into the Forest Into the Sea, Prologue and Chapters 1-3  Christina Atkins
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-One and Twenty-Two  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6  DB Gibb
 SF  Justice For All                    Joe Belarge
 SF  The Z Team - The Package           Chris DeSantis
      (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]"):
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Three to Twenty-Five  Joel E. Roosa [29-May-2019]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Six to Twenty-Eight  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 20     Jeff Naylor [1-May-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The  DB Gibb [29-May-2019]
 F   Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4  Michael Bondies [8-May-2019]
 H   Animal Apocalypse                  Jodie Cowan [1-May-2019]
 H   The Science of Garbolgy            Jodie Cowan [?]
 SF  MUSTANG BETTIE                     Paul Werner [1-May-2019]
 F   A Breaking of Magic, Chapter 3     Kerry Cathers [15-May-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Pinocchio Dog                      Kai Calo [06-Mar-2019]
 F   The Alley Clock                    P.I. [13-Mar-2019]
 H   Masks                              Renee Rose [20-Mar-2019]
 SF  Nemo's Graveyard                   Joshua Boyd [27-Mar-2019]
 F   Remember My Name, Chapters 1-4     Tristan K. Nolan [27-Mar-2019]
 SF  A Guided Evolution                 Nicole Pavelka [27-Mar-2019]
 H   Chthonic Cleaning Solution         Austin Gragg [27-Mar-2019]
 H   Lottery Winner                     Chris Williams [03-Apr-2019]
 SF  Extrasolar, Chapters 1-4           Dina Folgia [03-Apr-2019]
 F   The Last Tree                      Tom Foster [10-Apr-2019]
 SF  Three Flash Fiction                Steve Patschke [10-Apr-2019]
 SF  Hiraeth                            Natalie Wood [10-Apr-2019]
 SF  E12 fusion chapter 1               Corey Roberts [10-Apr-2019]
 SF  Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1   Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019]
 F   The Talus Miracle - Chapters 1-3   David W Rips [17-Apr-2019]
 SF  End Man                            Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019]
 SF  Life After Maggie, Chapter One     Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019]

>> 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.]