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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.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

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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 5-Dec-2018 (Crits due 12-Dec-2018):
 F   The Guardian's Spear, Chapter 1    [mpc] David Felix -#28160
 SF  Rhubarb Queen                      Kevin P. Hallett -#28161
 SF  The Sixth World _V3_               Larry Rachman -#28162
 SF  Right to Be Forgotten              Emily Randall -#28163
 SF  The Way home - Chapter 1 v.2       Deborah Ross -#28164
 SF  IX Creation                        Steven Fritz -#28165
 F   A Darks Hunger for the Soul        Eric D Littlefield -#28166
 H   The Waves of Dark Second Version   Hernan -#28167
 SF  The Planet of the Dead             [@] Edward Muller -#28168
 F   Soulmates                          Annaliese Lemmon -#28169
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6  D.B. Gibb -#28170

Week of 12-Dec-2018 (Crits due 19-Dec-2018):
 F   Exorcists on Call                  John Berks
 F   Sirens Unbound: Book One of the Fifth Mage War, Chapters 1-3  Laura Engelhardt
 F   Invisible Dragon                   Mary Makarova
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae chapter 4  Douglass Calmes
 F   The Wizard of Llandwellyn: Chapters 44-46  Eric Wilson
 SF  Starrunner, Chapter 8-9            Chris Turner
 SF  Anticipation of Hollowness         Renan Bernardo
 SF  Iterations                         Keir Puplett
 SF  AXIOM, Chapter 1 Rewrite#2         Ceci Vaughan
 SF  Be One Of the Hive                 Joe Belarge
 SF  Every Soldier's Right              Henry McFarland
 F   Chronicles of Mayhem: Genesis, Prologue, "Terror and Grandeur  Leo Charles M.

Week of 19-Dec-2018 (Crits due 26-Dec-2018):
 H   The Gypsy Curse                    Carl Alves
 H   Danse Macabre                      Russell Dorn
 F   Princess and The Pearl             Katie R. Campbell
 SF  Recall Machines                    Andy Lilley
 F   Pickup Man                         William H. Leonard
 F   The DIcers, Chapters 1-2           Mitko Grgiorov
 SF  In the Shelter of the Aftermath    David Rossiaky
 F   The Fenghuang, Chapter 1           Elena Zimmerman
 SF  Fear Regulation Chip               Kevin Stadt
 SF  Off of Sunset                      Dan Reade
 H   Blood Activism Version 2           Matthew Duerst
 F   The Founder's Seed Chapter 1 _RFDR_  Drema DeĆ"raich

Week of 26-Dec-2018 (Crits due 2-Jan-2019):
 F   The Worst Story Ever               Eli Landes
 F   The Coward                         Gene K. Boyd
 F   Albright's Extraordinary Artefacts and the Lost Fountain Pen of Barnabus Eagledon  Daniel Taylor
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 16     Jeff Naylor
 SF  Cypress cove ch1-4                 Tellie Strange
 SF  Luminal Boom                       Nic Barkdull
 H   The Monster Always Returns         Nadav Ornoy
 SF  Empty Vessels, Chapter 1           Keith Cork
 SF  To Call 911                        Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  ALIEN Bloodmoon                    Christopher Smith
 SF  Parting Gift                       CS Perry
 SF  Ramjet Warriors of the High Command  Patrick Tibbits, Ph.D.

Week of 2-Jan-2019 (Crits due 9-Jan-2019):
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-5          Jeffrey Richardson
 F   Last Thing You See                 Jesse Caedington
 SF  Chasidy Pascoe and the Ontario Flyer, Chapter 1  William Stiteler
 F   Going Bad, Chapter 4 _continued_   Jenny Hale
 F   Daughter of the Dragon Guild       Eli Cepeda
 H   The hands                          Brett Lovell
 SF  The Revisionist                    Tim Stevens
 SF  Fleet of the Faithless - Chapter One  Nicolas Quattromani
 F   The Mercenary's Debt               Hannah Azok
 F   The Last Rhyme                     Corinne Schmidt
      (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]"):
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 17     Jeff Naylor [2-Jan-2019]
 SF  The Invitiation                    Keir Puplett [19-Dec-2018]
 SF  The Sixth World V3 _RFDR_          Larry Rachman [12-Dec-2018]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb  D.B. Gibb [12-Dec-2018]
 SF  Chicken Little's Triumph           Eric D Littlefield [12-Dec-2018]
 H   Snot                               William H. Leonard [26-Dec-2018]
 F   Why I Can't Enforce the Laws Against Magic  Annaliese Lemmon [12-Dec-2018]
 SF  SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6  D.B. Gibb [?]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 7-11  D.B. Gibb [?]
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae Chapter 5  Douglass Calmes [19-Dec-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Book One Elk Pack Series, "Bonded" Chapter 1  Shonda Sweeris [26-Sep-2018]
 H   StageFright, Chapter               Andrea L.S. Parkinson [03-Oct-2018]
 F   One day, Prologue.                 Punpun Onodera [10-Oct-2018]
 F   The War of Ages Saga: Age of Darkness  James Eyler [24-Oct-2018]
 SF  Murder at 48.6 million miles, Chapters 1-2  Peter Gimm [07-Nov-2018]
 SF  Eleven Sentences                   Christopher Blake [28-Nov-2018]
 F   Son of Nobody, Chapters 1 & 2      Patrick W. OMalley III [05-Dec-2018]
 F   Cynders, Chapters 1-2              Grace Nehls [05-Dec-2018]
 SF  The Fix                            Cooper Powers [05-Dec-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.]