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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 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.

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

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 15-May-2019 (Crits due 22-May-2019):
 F   The Blasphemer's Cypher Ch. 1      [mpc] London Crockett -#28448
 F   Footsteps                          Russell Adams -#28449
 SF  Star Crusader                      Chris Turner -#28450
 H   Pestilence                         Madison Estes -#28451
 SF  Mutiful First chapter              Christopher Joseph Maloney -#28452
 SF  Welcome to the Machine             Hayley Dietrich -#28453
 H   Kill Your Darlings                 Charles A. Metzner -#28454
 F   The Tale of the Vintner's Daughter  LindaAnn LoSchiavo -#28455
 H   Seven Visions of Our Lady of Sorrows  Amanda Hard -#28456
 F   M1 - The Black Key                 Staci R Morrison -#28457
 F   The Symmetrist's Hand, Chapter 1   Stephen Taylor -#28458
 F   Springheart: Book one              Annamaria K. DeLallo -#28459

Week of 22-May-2019 (Crits due 29-May-2019):
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Three to Twenty-Five  [mpc] Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Tree Hugger                        Joel Schroeder
 SF  Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6  Jonathan Robbins
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 5-8  Liam Corley
 F   The Devil Ships Up to Boston       Jim Marino
 F   Last of Kin, Chapters 1-2          Jamie M. Boyd
 F   That's Not Kosher                  Jeff Cates
 F   The Thing Next Door                Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Yin Yang Ch.1-3                    Flavio Avila
 SF  The Little Bang Theory             Steve Patschke
 F   Into the Forest Into the Sea, Prologue and Chapters 1-3  Christina Atkins
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6  DB Gibb
 SF  Justice For All                    Joe Belarge

Week of 29-May-2019 (Crits due 5-Jun-2019):
 SF  The Z Team - The Package           Chris DeSantis
 SF  Rust _Chapters 1-2_                Mark DeVries
 H   The Roofer                         Dustin
 SF  Inflammatory Robot                 Pete Koziar
 F   Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2   Heather McDonald
 SF  Mission to Clarity                 Richard Zwicker
 SF  Fabrication                        David Rossiaky
 SF  Throwback part 1 of 2              Joe Feehan
 SF  Third Law                          Rick Moyer
 SF  Alone in the Cold                  Tim Stevens
 SF  The Silicon Lawyer                 Eric D Littlefield
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 20     Jeff Naylor
 H   Animal Apocalypse                  Jodie Cowan
 SF  MUSTANG BETTIE                     Paul Werner

Week of 5-Jun-2019 (Crits due 12-Jun-2019):
 SF  The Adventures of Asterbuggy       John Griffin
 SF  Wolfwitch, chapter 1               Zackary H. Gentry
 SF  Babelfish and Time in a Bottle _two revisions_  Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  First Day                          Adriana Gomes
 H   Life in a Chair                    Maurice Humphrey
 F   High School Reunion                Carl Alves
 SF  Escape from Old Aris               Ethan Smith
 SF  Dog Years                          Andrew Giffin
 F   Outremer, Chapter 1                Rob Palmer
 F   A Captain's Fate                   Anthony Gibbs
 SF  Stellar Cruises, Chapter 1, Draft 3  Elena Zimmerman
 F   Maiden in the Moonlight, Chapters 3-4  Michael Bondies
 F   Hidden Beauty Ch 1-5               Michelle Henrie

Week of 12-Jun-2019 (Crits due 19-Jun-2019):
 SF  Barnstar's Day Off                 Ife J. Ibitayo
 F   The Sun of the North, Chapter 1    Tristan T. Chynoweth
 F   A Breaking of Magic, Chapter 3     Kerry Cathers
 SF  The Boy Who Wanted to Go to the Moon  Steve Donnelly
 F   The Rysing Dying Sun, Sydney Chapter 1  Anthony White
 H   Redcoats                           Russell Dorn
 F   The Bykownik Rift, Chapter 1       Jessica Zebuhr
 F   Woven In Time                      Shirley Forrest Nomakeo
 SF  Splash of Color                    Henry McFarland
 SF  The Universal Directory of Dangerous Places  Elise Kim
 SF  By the Will of the Gods            Charles Q. Choi
 SF  The Nexus Effect                   Kyle Walker
 H   My Mother, In the Dark             Kate Genellie
 F   Hidden Knight: A Novel of a Bear   Leanna Zimmerman
      (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   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Six to Twenty-Eight  Joel E. Roosa [12-Jun-2019]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The  DB Gibb [29-May-2019]
 H   The Science of Garbolgy            Jodie Cowan [5-Jun-2019]
 F   Into the Forest Into the Sea, Chapters 4-6  Christina Atkins [29-May-2019]
 H   Take the Mic                       Amanda Hard [22-May-2019]
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapters 9-11  Liam Corley [29-May-2019]
 H   Scan For Threats                   Madison Estes [22-May-2019]
 SF  Xaromar                            Chris Turner [22-May-2019]
 SF  Crack in the Sky                   Eric D Littlefield [5-Jun-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1   Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019]
 SF  End Man                            Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019]
 SF  Life After Maggie, Chapter One     Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019]
 F   Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2    Maya Vanderpool [01-May-2019]
 F   Hypearthia-Tales of Hyperia and Earth: "Dawn of Chaos Book One" Chapter One  W. P. Kelley [08-May-2019]
 SF  Datapocalypse                      Chris Keast [08-May-2019]
 F   Death of a Hero, Chapter 1         Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019]
 F   Cup of CLues                       Mari Mitchell [15-May-2019]

>> 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.]