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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 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.

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

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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 12-Jun-2019 (Crits due 19-Jun-2019):
 SF  Special Breakfast, Chapters 1-2    [mpc] Cameron Bright -#28499
 SF  The Boy Who Wanted to Go to the Moon  Steve Donnelly -#28500
 SF  Splash of Color                    Henry McFarland -#28501
 F   A Breaking of Magic, Chapter 3     Kerry Cathers -#28502
 F   Hidden Knight: A Novel of a Bear   Leanna Zimmerman -#28503
 F   The Bykownik Rift, Chapter 1       Jessica Zebuhr -#28504
 F   The Rysing Dying Sun, Sydney Chapter 1  Anthony White -#28505
 F   The Sun of the North, Chapter 1    Tristan T. Chynoweth -#28506
 H   My Mother, In the Dark             Kate Genellie -#28507
 H   Redcoats                           Russell Dorn -#28508
 SF  Barnstar's Day Off                 Ife J. Ibitayo -#28509
 SF  By the Will of the Gods            Charles Q. Choi -#28510
 SF  The Nexus Effect                   Kyle Walker -#28511
 SF  The Universal Directory of Dangerous Places  Elise Kim -#28512

Week of 19-Jun-2019 (Crits due 26-Jun-2019):
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The  DB Gibb
 H   Take the Mic                       Amanda Hard
 H   Scan For Threats                   Madison Estes
 SF  Xaromar                            Chris Turner
 H   The Gold Digger                    Steve Levandoski
 SF  Simple Machines                    T.M. Heckman
 F   Sigurd                             Jeff Stewart
 SF  SlingStar Myth, Chapter 1          Donna Dion
 SF  Semper Fidelis: We are Rome        George Nakashidze
 F   Sparks and Matches Ch 1-4          Kate Zimmerman
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar
 SF  Power and Blood                    Javier Sobrado
 F   Vague Hex_chapter one, book 2_     michelle
 F   Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4  Michael Bondies

Week of 26-Jun-2019 (Crits due 3-Jul-2019):
 SF  Poison Chapter 1 _RFDR_            Stephen Secor
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 9-11  Liam Corley
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo
 F   Paper Hero                         Jim Marino
 F   Day of the Inventions, 1 April 1933  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Tree Hugger                        Joel Schroeder
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne
 F   The Tale of the Witch Sisters      Mariko Duknic
 SF  AI Books                           Robert Harpold
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley
 F   Boy Meets El Camino                C. Q. March
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two  Joel E. Roosa
 H   The Science of Garbolgy            Jodie Cowan

Week of 3-Jul-2019 (Crits due 10-Jul-2019):
 SF  Crack in the Sky                   Eric D Littlefield
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 22     Jeff Naylor
 SF  Rollback                           Amit Gupta
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers
 F   Adlaid Dunlop Ran to the Mill      Jay Gabriel
 H   The Moon is a Friend for the Lonesome  Andrew Giffin
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege
 SF  Merka, Part 1, Chapter 1           Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   The Maiden Voyage of Tiberius Maximilian  Kathryn Freeland
 SF  The Strange Case of Hollywood Crop Circles  Jeff Cates
 SF  Insect Apocalypse                  April Weeks
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer
 SF  The Killridge Karnals of Sigma-7   Ethan Smith
 F   Path-ology                         Mike DeDominicis
 F   The Finest Trick of the Devil      Emma Mann
 F   Cats with Swords Redux + More Chapters  Zachary Nardolillo
 SF  The Father Lode Chap 1-5           Deborah Kaminski
 SF  A Small Radius of Anomalies        Catherine J. Cole
 SF  Harrow's Academy for the Gifted, Chapter 1  Hayley Dietrich
 F   Sylvia                             Lonnie McGhee
      (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   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo [3-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  Night Train to Nogales             Jay Gabriel [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Dying Sun: Chapter 2 Noah      AnthonyW [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  How did it feel to be eaten?       Amit Gupta [10-Jul-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1   Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019]
 SF  End Man                            Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019]
 SF  Life After Maggie, Chapter One     Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019]
 F   Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2    Maya Vanderpool [01-May-2019]
 F   Hypearthia-Tales of Hyperia and Earth: "Dawn of Chaos Book One" Chapter One  W. P. Kelley [08-May-2019]
 SF  Datapocalypse                      Chris Keast [08-May-2019]
 F   Death of a Hero, Chapter 1         Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019]
 F   Cup of CLues                       Mari Mitchell [15-May-2019]
 SF  Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6  Jonathan Robbins [22-May-2019]
 SF  Yin Yang Ch.1-3                    Flavio Avila [22-May-2019]
 SF  The Little Bang Theory             Steve Patschke [22-May-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6  DB Gibb [22-May-2019]
 F   Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2   Heather McDonald [29-May-2019]
 SF  MUSTANG BETTIE                     Paul Werner [29-May-2019]
 SF  Wolfwitch, chapter 1               Zackary H. Gentry [05-Jun-2019]
 F   A Captain's Fate                   Anthony Gibbs [05-Jun-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.]