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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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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.

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)

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.

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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 16-Aug-2017 (Crits due 23-Aug-2017):
 F   Cursed                             Jeff Cates -#27009
 F   Love Hurts                         Darla Jackson -#27010
 F   My Human Twin                      Mary Makarova -#27011
 F   The Land of Maja, Chapter 3        Chris Turner -#27012
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 5: Stand Up Part 1  Joy Landa -#27013
 SF  Scattered                          Bret Parent -#27014
 SF  Bread Crumbs                       Brian Zayas -#27015
 F   Lest Ye Become                     Tim Mudie -#27016
 F   Wings chapters 8 & 9               Robert Plowman -#27017
 SF  Quantum Transporter                Fred McLeod -#27018
 SF  National Identity                  Morgan Broadhead -#27019
 SF  4 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull -#27020
 F   The Contractor, Chapters 1-5       Mike Graulich -#27021
 SF  The Mind's Door                    Cassandra Morphy -#27022
 F   Blabbermouth                       NM Whitley -#27023
 F   Implements and Elements: A Very Peculiar Tale  Sylva Florence -#27024
 F   Queensmen, prologue                Bethany Rae Salway -#27025
 F   An Inward Spirit                   Aaron Wilson -#27026

Week of 23-Aug-2017 (Crits due 30-Aug-2017):
 SF  Language Acquisition               Amy Hammack Turner
 F   StarHeart, Chapter 1               Rebecca E. Schibler
 SF  Grandpa's Comet                    Steven Young
 SF  At the Trough                      Adam Knight
 F   Another Day, Another Death         Spencer Luster
 F   Lessons From My Mother             Emily Randall
 F   Diary of a Stripper                Kaija Andrews
 SF  Beyond Comprehension               Russell Nichols
 SF  The Missionaries                   Kevin P. Hallett
 F   The Academy Chapters 1-3           Sangeun Lee
 H   A Meal On Me                       Stephanie Musarra
 F   Though the Trees Try to Warn Us, Chapter 1  Jennifer S. Hane
 F   The Price for Drinking Tea         Reginald Kwok
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 51-52  Keir Puplett
 H   Howler, Preface, Chapter 1, Chapter 2  C. James Sweeney
 SF  Even Though You're No More         Renan Bernardo
 SF  The Blue-Eyed Ape                  Nick King
 F   Jia                                Jason Rawlins
 F   Silks of Avalih                    Trevor L. B. Porter
 F   Finding Sanity                     Devon Browning

Week of 30-Aug-2017 (Crits due 6-Sep-2017):
 F   The Legendary Scepter of Akatala   Joy Pixley
 F   Sirith Unedited Chapters 1-3       Ricky Nix
 H   The Path Turns Inward, Chapters 1-6  Marcelle D Ward
 SF  Lake of Last Stands                Christian Quaresma
 SF  The Vector's Angst, v.2            Madison Culler
 SF  Southern Pawn and Title            Jim Anderson
 H   Scars                              Ella Turner
 SF  Please Don't Feed the Humans       Devin Moberg
 F   Death Warden, Prologue             Mark DeVries
 F   How the Unicorn Survived Noah's Ark  Sandy Kulhavy
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapters 1-2   Jeff Naylor
 F   Warden's Path Chapters 1-4         Mike Haycock
 SF  Quebec of the Night                John Aissis
 F   The Last Quest, Prologue           Brian Palermo
 F   Stolen Vengeance: Quest for the Key, Chapter 1  Ann Walper
 F   The Sensehunters, Chapter 1        Avan Stallard
 H   Belligerent Madness                JD Buffington
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 4  Luke Pettis
 F   So You've Gained a Super Power, Now What?  Christopher Blake
 F   A Good Year For Frogs -- QUERY     April Weeks
 F   book of warlen chapters 1-4        O.J. young
 F   Bronze by Moonlight                Caitlin Levine
 F   The Wakening of Armen Boyden       Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   The Broken King- A Hero's Journey, Chapters 1-17  Joseph A. Alexander
      (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 2  Joy Landa [23-Aug-2017]
 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  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 53-55  Keir Puplett [30-Aug-2017]
 H   With It, He Goes On All Fours      C. James Sweeney [30-Aug-2017]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 56-57  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 58-59  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 60-61  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Faster Than Light Can Carry You    Renan Bernardo [30-Aug-2017]
 H   Bicorne Blues                      Stephanie Musarra [30-Aug-2017]
 H   Death's Design                     Stephanie Musarra [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   Pinehill Murders                   Kyra Johnatone-Adrain [05-Jul-2017]
 F   Contracts and Cold Cuts: An intro to demonology.  Kevin Sullivan [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Nathan Chen [12-Jul-2017]
 F   The Circle, Chapters 1 & 2         Shay Cormack [12-Jul-2017]
 F   Cloud Cats: Chapters 1-3           Dawn Sciabica [26-Jul-2017]
 F   Serpent's Wing parts 1-3           Ester Agishtein [26-Jul-2017]
 SF  The Circle, Chapters 3 & 4         Shay Cormack [26-Jul-2017]
 F   A mothers love                     Brendan Melia [02-Aug-2017]
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapter 3  Luke Pettis [16-Aug-2017]
 SF  The Fallout Kingdom                Brandon J. Mills [16-Aug-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.]