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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 is 22!

Yes, 22 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.

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

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

Submission files 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-May-2018 (Crits due 23-May-2018):
 SF  Do We Have A Dimension for You     Richard Zwicker -#27664
 F   Cry Havoc                          Brian Koukol -#27665
 SF  Untitled                           Joel Schroeder -#27666
 SF  The Way Home, Chapters 1-3         Deborah D. Ross -#27667
 SF  One Second Chance                  Michelle Jelley -#27668
 F   The Deadliest of Poisons           Hannah Azok -#27669
 SF  The Disgraced Return of the Kap's Needle  Renan Bernardo -#27670
 F   Grayland: When Dreams Come True - Part 2  Terry Volkirch -#27671
 F   The Exhibit                        Mark Keane -#27672
 F   Soul Harvest                       Madison Estes -#27673
 SF  The Divine Glitch, Chapters 1-3    Ron Stieger -#27674
 F   Oizys Chapter 1                    Utku --zyurt -#27675
 SF  Recompense                         Philip Behringer -#27676
 F   Refusing the Call                  Annaliese Lemmon -#27677
 F   The Passage to the Ethereal Forest  Owen McNally -#27678

Week of 23-May-2018 (Crits due 30-May-2018):
 SF  Gaze of Robot, Gaze of Bird        [@] Eric Schwitzgebel
 F   Queensmen, Chapter 7               Bethany Rae Salway
 SF  Plato Crater - Chapter 1           Carleton Chinner
 F   The Shell                          Brian Williams
 F   Mrs Barnaby Finds a Leak           Aleksandra Pantic
 F   Danume: The children Chapter 3     Philip Hays
 SF  Four Calls                         Jefferson Retallack
 H   We'll Show Them                    EDWARD G. KRATZ
 F   Battle Cry                         Darla Jackson
 F   T.B.D. Chapter 1                   Christy Wicks
 F   Sidequest                          Francisco Velasquez
 SF  The Scholasticate                  Gary Goodson
 F   Blue Skies                         Joy Landa
 SF  War Machines                       Tom Adams
 SF  Warriors                           Clark Sodersten
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii
 F   Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 6         Elena Zimmerman
 F   Sea Kraken                         Chris Turner
 SF  As An Absence                      Joanna Michal Hoyt
 F   A Brand of Justice                 Fred Obermeyer

Week of 30-May-2018 (Crits due 6-Jun-2018):
 SF  The New Century Adoption Clinic, chapter 1, v3  Eliot Bush
 SF  Merge Conflict                     Seth M. Baker
 F   Brand New Night, Chapter 1         Nathan Spain
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 25-26  Eric Wilson
 F   Huitzilopochtli _Aztec deity_--version 2  Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  Cephala Dreams                     Jared Simpson
 SF  Eve's Story                        Breeanne Fryers
 F   Sky Piercer, Chapter 5             Jorge Rodriguez
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 25-26               Lisa Clark
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 6      Jeff Naylor
 SF  All the Gardens I Have Lost        Mary Makarova
 SF  Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2      Nicholas Martellacci
 SF  The Hero                           Kevin P. Hallett
 SF  The Allosi, Chapter 1 & 2          Bry Blodgett
 H   Beneath the Salt                   Russell Dorn
 F   Ghel-Dwyr: The Sorceress and her Soul, Chapters 1-2  Erin Cushing
 F   Marc Thyme Prt2                    Bernard Davis
 SF  Mercury's Child                    Ludo Stellingwerff
 F   The Demon's Secret                 Danielle Lambert
 SF  An Island Too Lovely, Chap 1-2     Deborah Kaminski

Week of 6-Jun-2018 (Crits due 13-Jun-2018):
 SF  Lense                              Samantha Caskey
 F   Origin of Swords: A Tale of the Court of Swords  Carl R. Cole III
 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, Synopsis and Chapter 1  Adriana T. Gomes
 F   The Intelligence by Baumann Powers  RAUL GONZALES
 SF  The Crown Prince                   Scott Bradley
 SF  For the Children                   Guy McDonnell
 SF  The Violet Band                    Geoff Bahlman
 H   Into the Sea                       Brett Lovell
 SF  Adagio for Lost Parts in A minor   Lee P. Melling
 SF  Ghost Station Gamma                Jeff Cates
 F   Confessions of a Dungeon Boss      Jace Wilkins
 F   How to Stay Gone                   Samuel Chapman
 F   The Luxian Child, Prologue         Shanon D. Huston-Willis
 SF  The Vaulting Vandals of Termina Celeste  Jordan A. Chase
      (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 7      Jeff Naylor [6-Jun-2018]
 F   Stranger Across                    Mary Makarova [6-Jun-2018]
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapter 2           Greg Tracii [30-May-2018]
 F   A Myth of Black and White          Terry Volkirch [23-May-2018]
 SF  We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante  Renan Bernardo [23-May-2018]
 SF  Flobix to the Yolba                Francisco Velasquez [30-May-2018]
 F   Dissolutions                       Aleksandra Pantic [30-May-2018]
 F   Dead End                           Richard Zwicker [23-May-2018]
 SF  Plato Crater - Chapter 2           Carleton Chinner [30-May-2018]
 SF  Plato Crater - Chapter 3           Carleton Chinner [?]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 27-29  Eric Wilson [6-Jun-2018]
 SF  Useless Eaters                     Brian Koukol [23-May-2018]
 F   Sky Piercer, Chapter 6             Jorge Rodriguez [6-Jun-2018]
 F   The Luxian Child, Chapter 1        Shanon D Huston-Willis [13-Jun-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Riftwalkers, Chapters 1-5          Christopher Pedersen [28-Mar-2018]
 F   Sirith Chapter 1-4                 Ricky Nix [28-Mar-2018]
 F   The Fires of Autumn, Chapter 1     Curt Krebbs [28-Mar-2018]
 SF  The Show Chapters 1-6              Snyder Ervin [28-Mar-2018]
 SF  Emulation Dome                     Carolyn Hoffert [04-Apr-2018]
 F   Gwydion and the Three Curses of Aranrhod  Shirley Rawlins [11-Apr-2018]
 F   The Eternal, Chapters 1-5          Catherine Lynch [11-Apr-2018]
 SF  The Privateers, Chapter 1          Kevin Sullivan [18-Apr-2018]
 SF  Left-Brained Prologue and Chapter 1-5  Catherine Lynch [02-May-2018]
 F   Glimpse: The Broken                Nicholas Martellacci [09-May-2018]
 F   The Dependent Clause               Scott Wallace [09-May-2018]
 SF  The Wrong Apartment                Tamanjit Bindra [09-May-2018]
 SF  Vectors, Chapters 4-6              Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018]
 SF  Interview with Methuselah          Geoffrey Owen [16-May-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.]