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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]









[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]

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 19-Sep-2018 (Crits due 26-Sep-2018):
 SF  Wizards Don't Fly                  Kevin P. Hallett -#27990
 H   Against the Wall                   Adam Knight -#27991
 SF  4 Futures                          Mary Makarova -#27992
 F   Dragon Mage, Uprising, Chapter 5-7  Chris Turner -#27993
 SF  What Am I But What You Say I Am    Dan Reade -#27994
 F   Shadow and Anima 2                 Joel Schroeder -#27995
 F   The Wide Road Home, Chapters 1-3   Morgan Beard -#27996
 SF  Anticipation of Hollowness         Renan Bernardo -#27997
 F   The Alphabetician                  Jesse Caedington -#27998
 SF  The Dryad Project                  Terry Volkirch -#27999
 F   A Tangle Of Strings                Francisco Velasquez -#28000
 SF  The Pioneers of Mars               Gary Goodson -#28001
 SF  The Old Block and Chain            Steven Fritz -#28002
 SF  From Two Sides of a Looking Glass  Alex Halimou -#28003
 F   Impatient Patient                  Andres Fonseca -#28004
 F   Tightrope, Sample, RFDR            Allison Estry -#28005
 F   The Dicers _Chapter 1_             Mitko Grgiorov -#28006

Week of 26-Sep-2018 (Crits due 3-Oct-2018):
 SF  Still Life with Yellow Saucer and Assorted Nuts  Paul Crawford
 SF  Oh Most Cursed Addition Engine - Pitch Letter  Steve Donnelly
 F   Exploring This Blast of a New World  Russell Adams
 SF  The Conscript - Chapter Two        Scott Bradley
 F   City of Peace, v2                  April Weeks
 SF  A Farmer's Time with the Potters   Amy Hammack Turner
 F   The Last Light                     Madison Estes
 F   Naive                              Darla Jackson
 SF  Showdown at Diego's Diner          Phil Lindeman
 H   A Head for Haunting                Russell Dorn
 SF  Lovebot, Autonomous Car, Junkie    Christian Roberts
 F   Con-Jure Man                       Amanda Hard
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 36-37  Eric Wilson
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 12     Jeff Naylor
 F   Book One Elk Pack Series, "Bonded" Chapter 1  Shonda Sweeris
 SF  It's Spelled Chocolate             Michelle Henrie
 SF  Soul Mates                         David Williams
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapter 1           Greg Tracii
      (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 [?]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 13     Jeff Naylor [3-Oct-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 14     Jeff Naylor [?]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 38 - 40  Eric Wilson [3-Oct-2018]
 SF  San Dante                          Renan Bernardo [26-Sep-2018]
 SF  Star Named Sun                     Mary Makarova [26-Sep-2018]
 F   Poppin with the Devil              Mary Makarova [?]
 SF  Dust Bunnies                       Steven Fritz [26-Sep-2018]
 SF  A/B Testing                        Alex Halimou [26-Sep-2018]
 F   Dragon Mage, Uprising, Chapter 8-9  Chris Turner [26-Sep-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5  Tomas Lapas [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Magic Studies                      Soren Berg [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Through the Shadows' Edge          Judith F. Abraham [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Betrayal, Prologue                 Jonathan Curtis [01-Aug-2018]
 F   To Wake a Dreamer                  Joshua F. Potter [01-Aug-2018]
 H   The Vape Shop                      D.W. Jones [08-Aug-2018]
 H   Not in This Economy                Jessica Orr [15-Aug-2018]
 F   Warlord, Chapters 1-2              Keith McArdle [22-Aug-2018]
 F   Demanding Knoledge                 Brad Davis [22-Aug-2018]
 H   The Devil Took My Last Cigarette   Jessica Orr [29-Aug-2018]
 F   Unhinged, Chapters 1-8             Mihika Biswas [05-Sep-2018]
 SF  Know When to Run                   Nic Barkdull [12-Sep-2018]
 H   A Limbo Wrapped in Plastic         Austin Gragg [19-Sep-2018]
 F   The Feckless Toad                  Alfred Abrao [19-Sep-2018]
 SF  Nectar                             Giacomo Hatanaka [19-Sep-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.]