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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 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.

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.

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

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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 17-Jul-2019 (Crits due 24-Jul-2019):
 F   Paranormal Investigations          Carl Alves -#28567
 SF  Hidden                             Amanda H. Geard -#28568
 SF  Pitcher Perfect, version 3         [@] Chet Gottfried -#28569
 SF  Four Tests of Being Human          Henry McFarland -#28570
 SF  Thetus                             Chris Turner -#28571
 H   Last Ride                          Madison Estes -#28572
 H   Jars Will Not Keep Them            Russell Dorn -#28573
 SF  chatterbox                         Steve Levandoski -#28574
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii -#28575
 SF  Power and Blood, Chapters 3-5      Javier Sobrado -#28576
 H   Flies in the Honey                 Kyle Walker -#28577
 SF  ReBound                            Jeffery Zavadil -#28578
 F   Vague Hex_chapter 2, book 2_       michelle -#28579
 F   Kill the Witchman                  William Broom -#28580
 F   The Chaperone                      Blake E. Bennett -#28581

Week of 24-Jul-2019 (Crits due 31-Jul-2019):
 F   THE BURNING OF GAWHALDUR           Jeff Stewart
 SF  Google Diagnose                    Raphaelle Race
 F   My Homework Ate My Dog             Eric Wilson
 F   Just a Sprite                      Terry Volkirch
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapter 12  Liam Corley
 SF  Sandstorm in the Hourglass         Richard Zwicker
 SF  Sky Helmet Chapter 1               Joel Schroeder
 F   Night Roses                        Michael Bondies
 SF  Prime                              Daniel Victor Vellekoop
 F   Secrets within Secrets             Catherine Norman
 H   Repossessing Katherine             Jason A. D. MacDonald
 F   Hypearthia: Dawn of Chaos Risen, Chapters 1-4  W. P. Kelley

Week of 31-Jul-2019 (Crits due 7-Aug-2019):
 F   The Yogurt Swimmer                 Richard Leis
 F   Joseph Goebbels / They Saved Hitler's Brain to Command the Frozen Dead beneath the Iron Sky  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  How did it feel to be eaten?       Amit Gupta
 SF  Because It Was Made Bitter         Jay Gabriel
 F   The Girl With Wings is not an Angel  Kathryn Freeland
 H   A Guide to Vanishing               Andrew Giffin
 SF  Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3  Bobbie Falin
 SF  God 2.O                            Steve Patschke
 H   Half-Bedroom                       Rob Steiner
 SF  Mommy's Little Monster             Katherine Jones
 SF  Body of Work                       Eli Cepeda
 SF  Machine Mind of God                Seth Harris
 SF  Reap the Storm                     Jessica Zebuhr
 F   The hole in the whole              Mariam Khodeir

Week of 7-Aug-2019 (Crits due 14-Aug-2019):
 H   Little Mouse                       Karen Beck
 SF  Invasion on Space Station Nexus    Kevin Stadt
 F   Jungle Revelations                 Lonnie McGhee
 F   Prologue: The Dying Sun            Anthony W
      (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  Night Tales                        Lonnie McGhee [14-Aug-2019]
 SF  Night Train to Nogales             Jay Gabriel [7-Aug-2019]
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii [24-Jul-2019]
 F   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo [31-Jul-2019]
 F   Prologue: The Dying Sun "resub: Y  Anthony W [14-Aug-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]
 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 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]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The  DB Gibb [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Semper Fidelis: We are Rome        George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019]
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019]
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019]
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019]
 SF  Lifeboat                           Sean Masters [10-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-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.]