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Critter Notices

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!


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, 21 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

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 6-Dec-2017 (Crits due 13-Dec-2017):
 H   The Bridge                         [mpc] Matthew Duerst -#27288
 SF  One Message, Many Bottles          Russell Adams -#27289
 F   The Fire Linguist                  Fred Obermeyer -#27290
 F   Solutions                          Darla Jackson -#27291
 F   Healer's Trial                     Emily Randall -#27292
 F   Spoils of War                      Trevor L. B. Porter -#27293
 F   The Honor of Giants                April Weeks -#27294
 H   What Crawls Beneath                Sandor Kovacs -#27295
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 7: Justin's New Era _Finale_ Part 2  Joy Landa -#27296
 F   The Unexpected Return of the Night Sky Clan, Chapters 1-2  Morgan Beard -#27297
 SF  Bibi                               Lisa Clark -#27298
 F   Cataclysm Gorge Assisted Living Facility  Kendra Lusty -#27299
 F   The Valley of Fiends, Chapter 16   Matthew Rettino -#27300
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-3          Jeff Richardson -#27301

Week of 13-Dec-2017 (Crits due 20-Dec-2017):
 SF  The Last Luddite                   [mpc] Jeffrey Abrams
 F   A Light in the Forest              [@] Chet Gottfried
 F   Sky Piercer Chapter - 1            Jorge Rodriguez Soto
 H   The Doctor and his Patients        Mark Keane
 SF  An Overdose of Honesty             Ulrich Minnaar
 H   I Know the Day You Die             Christian L. Campbell
 F   Where Authors Really Get Their Ideas  Chris Baker
 H   The Swing                          Vicki Glass
 SF  Audra, Chapter 5                   Chris Turner
 SF  Clementine and the Golden Dragon Chapters 1-12  Benjamin Swenson
 SF  VRO                                Dave Leack
 SF  The Frederick Douglass Guy         Douglas Kolacki
 F   Grayland: Lucky in Love            Terry Volkirch
 F   The Bitter Root of Power           Pennell Paugh
 SF  The Sentinels                      Katherine R. Miller
 SF  Rentals                            Kevin P. Hallett
 F   Roger and Hester - The Early Years  Richard Zwicker

Week of 20-Dec-2017 (Crits due 27-Dec-2017):
 F   A Dark Design, Chapter 1           Jake Townsend
 SF  Beyond the Dome of Heaven          Julia Nolan
 F   Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Raid on the Kowloon Jade  Eric Littlefield
 SF  Scum of the Universe, Chapters 1-3  Grant J Everett
 SF  Renegades of Orion                 Steve Anderson
 F   The Graduates                      Patricia Tavormina
 F   Language of the Spirit Chapter 1   Julie Reeser
 H   The Kelpie                         John Lapsley
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 62-63  Keir Puplett
 F   The Bottom of the Funnel           Renan Bernardo
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 16  Eric Wilson
 F   Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 2         Elena Zimmerman
 F   In the Beginning                   MARK L SUPLINSKAS
 SF  You Are My Persona                 Jack Thang
 SF  Cassidy Decides                    Ed Kratz

Week of 25-Dec-2017 (Crits due 1-Jan-2018):
 F   Flash Quartet                      Mary Makarova
 SF  Deco                               Andrew L. Johnson
 F   Kyteline: First 14,000 Words       Emily Ann Teitsworth
 SF  The Taste of Ashes, Part 1         Jon Adcock
 SF  Hot Stuff                          Jeff Cates
 SF  Pax Diktat, Chapters 1-8           Andy McKell
 F   Home Front                         Jesse Caedington
 F   Fangs & Fairy Dust, Ch 1-2 of 12   Joy Schultz
 SF  The Persistence of Memory, Chapter 1 _Experimental reboot_  Joel Schroeder
 F   The Inn at the End of the World    Ciro Izarra
 SF  GTC12.3 Wotf Version - Part 1      Guy McDonnell
 SF  Eternity                           Bogdan Alexandru
 SF  The Seventy-Light-Year Tour        Robert Harpold
 H   The 1001st Night                   Mark P. Rawlings
 SF  Drought of Dreams                  Carolyn Hoffert
 SF  Cetus                              Scott Bradley
 F   Dalne of the Birches, Chapter 1    Danielle Ste. Just
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3      Jeff Naylor
 F   The Veiled Grey, Chapter 1-2       Amber Randall
 SF  Falling                            Peter Joyce
 SF  Searching for God Head Chapters 3-5  Michael S Clarke
 SF  New Trick for an Old Dog           Tim Leopold
 SF  A Wedding at the End of the World  Pedro Silva
 SF  Exhibit K                          Nadia Afifi
      (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   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue  Keir Puplett [27-Dec-2017]
 SF  Stellar Jazz                       Zachary Arnold [?]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 17-18  Eric Wilson [27-Dec-2017]
 SF  Bibi, chapters 3-7                 Lisa Clark [13-Dec-2017]
 F   Gravefisher                        Renan Bernardo [27-Dec-2017]
 F   The Bitter Root of Power, Chapt 1  Pennell Paugh [20-Dec-2017]
 F   Wizard Fustian and the Prankster   Chris Baker [20-Dec-2017]
 SF  Bibi Chapters 8-13                 Lisa Clark [?]
 SF  Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Swamp of Perilous Danger  Eric Littlefield [27-Dec-2017]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 14-17               Lisa Clark [?]
 SF  The Taste of Ashes - part 2        Jon Adcock [1-Jan-2018]
 SF  Apocalypse Man                     Trevor L B Porter [13-Dec-2017]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Kings Tomb, Chapter One        Stephen White [25-Oct-2017]
 F   WHAT AM I?: Nephilim's Fall Chapter 1  Damen DeMarcus [01-Nov-2017]
 SF  The Intermediate Man               Soham Guha [08-Nov-2017]
 F   Planes Walker: Remembrance         Gabriel E. Connell [08-Nov-2017]
 H   Last Day                           Dawn Crowley [08-Nov-2017]
 F   Blue Stone, Chapter 1              David Harkus [08-Nov-2017]
 F   The Dispute                        James S Furr [15-Nov-2017]
 SF  The Piper is Calling You to Join Him  Chris E. Casey [15-Nov-2017]
 F   The Four Empires, Chapter 1        Emily Atkins [22-Nov-2017]
 SF  Outcast, Chapters 1-5              Kelsen Chau [29-Nov-2017]
 F   Haunting Screams                   Evan L Westland [06-Dec-2017]

>> 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.]