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Critter Notices

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!


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 21!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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 19-Jul-2017 (Crits due 26-Jul-2017):
 H   Crave                              [mpc] Ashleigh Richie -#26934
 F   What Lies Beneath the Bandages     Richard Zwicker -#26935
 SF  The Living Circus _Was Lonely Sky_  Amanda H. Geard -#26936
 F   Robots Have Feelings Too           Darla Jackson -#26937
 F   Ashen Wings and Lightless Skies    Mary Makarova -#26938
 F   The Land of Maja, Chapter 2        Chris Turner -#26939
 F   To Protect, Serve, and Save        Shawn Proctor -#26940
 SF  Grains of Sand                     Ray N. Franklin -#26941
 SF  Our Turn                           Bret Parent -#26942
 F   The Sprite Who Caught Fire         Avan Stallard -#26943
 H   Mermaid's Purse                    Tim Mudie -#26944
 F   Wings chapters 6 & 7               Robert Plowman -#26945
 SF  Election 3015 A.D.                 Larry Olsen -#26946
 SF  Untitled Western                   Derek Eklund -#26947
 F   The Last Quest, Chapter 1 _Part 2_  Brian Palermo -#26948
 F   The Scales on Our Eyes             Jessica Kidd -#26949
 SF  The Way Home, Chapters 1-2         Deborah D. Ross -#26950
 SF  3 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull -#26951
 SF  KeyRas                             NM Whitley -#26952
 SF  The Forest of Allund               J Rawelth -#26953
 F   Rise: Birth of a Revolution Forward-2nd Chapter  Mark S. Moore -#26954
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapters 1-2  Luke Aaron Pettis -#26955
 H   My Brother's Reaper                Matthew Weber -#26956

Week of 26-Jul-2017 (Crits due 2-Aug-2017):
 F   Hell On Wheels                     [mpc] Lori Phillips
 SF  Side Effects                       Eli Cepeda
 F   Queensmen, chapter 5               Bethany Rae Salway
 SF  What Man Knoweth                   R N
 SF  Sister Shotgun, second draft       Anna Salonen
 SF  Chicks in Space                    Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  The One Who Gets Away              Christian Roberts
 SF  The Saboteur who Destroyed a Red Dragon: A 4th Millennium Earth Fable  Lee P. Melling
 F   The Devils Will Hunt               AJ Finley
 F   The Legend of Bleu Mayhem: The Martyrs, Chapter 1-3  Devon Browning
 F   The Third Angel Poured             Julie Reeser
 SF  Alien Fireworks Part 2             Cassandra Morphy
 F   Cloud Cats: Chapters 1-3           Dawn Sciabica
 F   Spoils of War                      Trevor L. B. Porter
 F   Serpent's Wing parts 1-3           Ester Agishtein
 F   Argent's Boon                      Michael Stevens
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 4: St. Era's Fire Part 2  Joy Landa
 F   Morals: The Book of Samson         Luke Carroll
 SF  The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4         Shay Cormack
 F   Dragon Runs on Coffee - short story  Reginald Kwok
 SF  Rising Tides                       Kristopher Horton

Week of 2-Aug-2017 (Crits due 9-Aug-2017):
 F   Two Tigers                         Rustin Lovewell
 SF  Death of a Hero                    Ciro Izarra
 SF  The Mimic Horse                    Madison Culler
 SF  Hidden - Part 3                    Troy McLaughlan
 H   Extract                            Jennifer Morris
 F   A mothers love                     Brendan Melia
 SF  It Ain't Hard To Tell              Artemis Theron
 F   Trigger Magic, The Hidden Coven Series, Book 3  Kim McDougall
 SF  Cheers                             Matthew Engh
 F   Much Abides                        Brian Koukol
 SF  Systems Start, Chapters 1-3        Karlie Weeks
 SF  Steer Us True Chapter 1&2          marjorie clodgo
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 49-50  Keir Puplett
 F   Funneling Down to the Past         Renan Bernardo
 H   Smartphone, Chapter 1              C. James Sweeney
 SF  Sagan and Ghost, Synopsis and Chapter 1  Pamela Najar-Simpson
 SF  Project Skylark Chapters 4-6       Jennifer Hart
 F   Book of Warlen                     Odran Young
 SF  What You Won't Remember            Christopher Blake
 F   Arithmomania                       Margaret Moller
      (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  Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 1  Joy Landa [2-Aug-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 6: Era's Secret Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull [26-Jul-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 51-52  Keir Puplett [9-Aug-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Scattered                          Bret Parent [26-Jul-2017]
 F   Lest Ye Become                     Tim Mudie [26-Jul-2017]
 H   Howler, Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2  C. James Sweeney [9-Aug-2017]
 SF  The Mind's Door                    Cassandra Morphy [2-Aug-2017]
 SF  Even Though You're No More         Renan Bernardo [9-Aug-2017]
 F   Wings chapters 8 & 9               Robert Plowman [26-Jul-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Doris vs. the Supersymmetrical Singing Slut  [mpc] Aurora Barranco [14-Jun-2017]
 H   The Pefect Monster                 Timothy Ankney [14-Jun-2017]
 SF  Katabasis                          Joshua Silverman [14-Jun-2017]
 F   The Adventures of Ronnie Macabre   J.M Bingham [21-Jun-2017]
 H   The Cycle, Chapters 0-1            Catherine Kovach [21-Jun-2017]
 F   Fearful Beginnings                 Edward L. Clary [21-Jun-2017]
 F   Legacy: The Reunion                Michelle E. Lowe [28-Jun-2017]
 SF  Smuggler's Luck                    Nathan Conlon [28-Jun-2017]
 F   Before the Flying Carpet, Chapter One  Heidi A Miller [28-Jun-2017]
 F   The Malign Pharaoh                 Natalie A. Wimmer [28-Jun-2017]
 H   Pinehill Murders                   Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-Jul-2017]
 F   Contracts and Cold Cuts: An intro to demonology.  Kevin Sullivan [12-Jul-2017]
 SF  Time And Time Again                Rahul Lakshmanan [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Nathan Chen [12-Jul-2017]
 F   The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2         Shay Cormack [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Young Gods                         Laurynn Lowe [12-Jul-2017]

>> 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.]