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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 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)

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 13-Jun-2018 (Crits due 20-Jun-2018):
 F   Dead End                           Richard Zwicker -#27730
 SF  Digger's Daughter, Tiny            Michael Andre-Driussi -#27731
 SF  Tranquility Base                   Neal Williams -#27732
 SF  Useless Eaters                     Brian Koukol -#27733
 SF  Jacob                              David Schultz -#27734
 SF  The Church of Ehmet                Matthew Duerst -#27735
 SF  We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante  Renan Bernardo -#27736
 F   A Myth of Black and White          Terry Volkirch -#27737
 H   The Revival                        Madison Estes -#27738
 SF  The Vaulting Vandals of Termina Celeste  Jordan A. Chase -#27739
 F   Gwydion and the Three Curses of Aranrhod  Shirley Rawlins -#27740
 F   Tattered Flower                    Annaliese Lemmon -#27741
 F   The Luxian Child, Prologue         Shanon D. Huston-Willis -#27742
 F   How to Stay Gone                   Samuel Chapman -#27743
 H   On the Set of Openers              Erica Tasch -#27744

Week of 20-Jun-2018 (Crits due 27-Jun-2018):
 F   Just Breathe                       [mpc] Emily Randall
 F   Asaric Lies, Chapters 1-3          Crispina Kemp
 SF  Mutiful Chapter 1-2                Christopher J. L. Maloney
 H   Mr. Hailey's Magic Candy           Nicole Woods
 H   The Gift                           Christopher McManamon
 SF  Circus Planetaria Ch1              Rob Tyler
 SF  Touch                              Henry McFarland
 F   The Accidentals _Ch. 1-10_         Nic Lipitz
 F   The Chaos                          Art Blegen
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapter 2           Greg Tracii
 SF  Flobix to the Yolba                Francisco Velasquez
 F   Dissolutions                       Aleksandra Pantic
 SF  Plato Crater - Chapter 2           Carleton Chinner
 F   Stellar Cruises                    Elena Zimmerman
 F   Bone Stories                       Joanna Michal Hoyt
 H   Fatherless Child                   Ed Kratz
 F   Sea Mage, Chapter 5-7              Chris Turner
 SF  Tele-Strike: Kill Active Shooters  Bruce Considine
 SF  Uncle Phid's Closet                Maurice Humphrey
 SF  Companions                         Wayne Martin
 F   Danume: The children Chapter 4     Philip Hays

Week of 27-Jun-2018 (Crits due 4-Jul-2018):
 F   By Wing or Fang?                   Kane Anderson
 F   Brade's Barn                       Bethany Rae Salway
 SF  Not Your First Question            Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Died Alone, Returned Otherwise     Brian Palermo
 SF  The R Aftermath Chapter 1          Laura Scroggins
 SF  The Way Home, Chapters 4-6         Deborah D. Ross
 SF  Ike                                Soren Berg
 F   RynRaven                           Vicki Glass
 F   The Science Jinx                   David Coffey
 H   GradeRite                          Alec Lownes
 F   I Found It In My Letterbox         Aaron Dick
 F   Cup of Blues                       Mari Mitchell
 SF  The Last Living Indian             Logan Giese
 SF  Lost, Loss                         Steve Donnelly
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 7      Jeff Naylor
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 27-29  Eric Wilson
 F   Sky Piercer, Chapter 6             Jorge Rodriguez
 H   The Wraith of Halsey Neck          Russell Dorn
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer - Emily's Introduction  Keir Puplett
 H   Hunger                             Jefferson Retallack

Week of 4-Jul-2018 (Crits due 11-Jul-2018):
 SF  Dissecting the Muse                Tasha S.
 SF  The Prisoner, Chapter 1            Sara Allyn
 F   Born of Soot and Bone              Stephanie Wexler
 SF  Bed and Breakfast                  Juan Hernandez
 SF  The Twinkling, Chapters 0-36.      John C. Christiansen
 SF  Untapped                           Fred Obermeyer
 SF  The Credit Score                   Nathaniel Murray
 SF  The Privateers, Chapter 1          Kevin Sullivan
 H   Piggy                              John DiNicola
 F   Attack Dog of the Court of Swords  Carl R. Cole III
 SF  Sirens: The Beginning              Guy McDonnell
 H   Blue Island - first part           Brett Lovell
 SF  The Lense                          Samantha Caskey
 SF  Balthusean Feather Pillow          Ray N. Franklin
 F   The End of All Things              Caroline Friedel
 SF  Incrimination of the Body Snatchers  Russ N.
 F   DragonMarked.Prologue              Marta Lozinski
 SF  Fallen Gods, Chapters 1-4          Michael J. Wyant Jr
 SF  Martian Mines, Chapter 2           Adriana T. Gomes
 SF  The Crown Prince                   Scott Bradley
 SF  The Violet Band                    Geoff Bahlman
 SF  Ghost Station Gamma                Jeff Cates
 F   Confessions of a Dungeon Boss      Jace Wilkins
 SF  Call Me by Summer                  Remeres Jacobs
 SF  Outpost                            David Williams
 F   Chapterhouse Eternity              Shaiyon Merkel
 F   Melissa's Garden _A Impressionistic Reverie_  Russell Adams
 SF  Stickshift Stardrive               Eric J. Francis
 SF  The Crane                          Joel Schroeder
 F   Fields of Red                      Christina Barrow
      (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  Stellar Jazz                       Zachary Arnold [?]
 SF  Plato Crater - Chapter 3           Carleton Chinner [27-Jun-2018]
 F   The Luxian Child, Chapter 1        Shanon D Huston-Willis [20-Jun-2018]
 SF  The Wrecking Heart And The Hand That Make Me Whole  Renan Bernardo [20-Jun-2018]
 SF  Mermaid Tears                      Rob Tyler [27-Jun-2018]
 F   Erkitie: Prologue and Chapter 1    Carl R. Cole III [11-Jul-2018]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 30  Eric Wilson [4-Jul-2018]
 SF  For the Children                   Guy McDonnell [11-Jul-2018]
 H   Into the Sea                       Brett Lovell [11-Jul-2018]
 SF  The Best of Oblivions              Jordan A. Chase [20-Jun-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 9      Jeff Naylor [4-Jul-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 10     Jeff Naylor [?]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11     Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  The Average of Joes                Juan Hernandez [11-Jul-2018]
 SF  Just Another Planetary Survey      Ray N. Franklin [11-Jul-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vectors, Chapters 4-6              Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018]
 F   The Shell                          Brian Williams [23-May-2018]
 SF  Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2      Nicholas Martellacci [30-May-2018]
 F   Origin of Swords: A Tale of the Court of Swords  Carl R. Cole III [06-Jun-2018]
 F   The Intelligence by Baumann Powers  RAUL GONZALES [06-Jun-2018]
 F   Origin of Swords: A Tale of the Court of Swords  Carl R. Cole III [13-Jun-2018]
 F   The Intelligence by Baumann Powers  RAUL GONZALES [13-Jun-2018]

>> 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.]