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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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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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.

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)

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

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 17-Jan-2018 (Crits due 24-Jan-2018):
 SF  A Last Deathblow for Doktor Blade  [mpc] Pedro Silva -#27380
 SF  Into Thin Air                      [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#27381
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 64-Epilogue  Keir Puplett -#27382
 SF  Audra, Chapter 6                   Chris Turner -#27383
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 17-18  Eric Wilson -#27384
 SF  Escape                             MARK L SUPLINSKAS -#27385
 SF  Sacrifice Throw                    Emily Randall -#27386
 F   Wizard Fustian and the Prankster   Chris Baker -#27387
 F   Gravefisher                        Renan Bernardo -#27388
 SF  Adventures of the Golden Dawn: Swamp of Perilous Danger  Eric Littlefield -#27389
 SF  The Longest Game                   Juan Hernandez -#27390
 F   Sky Piercer, Chapter - 2           Jorge Rodriguez -#27391
 SF  Guinea Vitae                       Ryan Harris -#27392
 SF  The King of the Beasts             Gregory Efs -#27393

Week of 24-Jan-2018 (Crits due 31-Jan-2018):
 SF  Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 3         Elena Zimmerman
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Jack Thang
 SF  The Identity of Jonathon Blank     Shawn Pendley
 F   The Changeling and the Cold Star   Jay Gabriel
 SF  Little Lost Brain                  Pete Koziar
 SF  Truth, Lies & Testimony Synopsis & Chapters 1-2  Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   The Flower in the Rain, Chapters 1-2  Sanober Shamim
 SF  Shrouded Goddess _water temple scene_  Patricia Moussatche
 SF  Are We Dead Yet?                   Vince Bonasso
 H   Palmyra and the City Under the Sands  Matthew Rettino
 SF  The Z Team                         Chris DeSantis
 SF  Kilroy Was Here                    Edward L. Clary
 SF  The Taste of Ashes - part 2        Jon Adcock
 F   Burying the Father                 Jesse Caedington
 F   Knighting of a Sacred Sword        Davis Collins
 F   Me Against The Fall                Mary Makarova

Week of 31-Jan-2018 (Crits due 7-Feb-2018):
 F   Borderlands, Chapter 1             Charles Gull
 SF  The Cretaceous Crusade             Andrew Vetten
 F   The Little Holly with Gender Dysphoria  Amy Hammack Turner
 F   Esseria Duo, Chapters 1-2          Sabrina Chapados
 F   Abby Normal, Chapters 1 & 2        Sam Fraser
 SF  What Makes Someone An American, And Other Essays By Jamie Ellis  Natalka Roshak
 F   The Battle of the Plains Chapter One  Michelle Godard-Richer
 F   The Accupuncher                    James Beach
 SF  In a 10 Count, We're Done          Dan Reade
 SF  Bibi Chapters 8-13                 Lisa Clark
 SF  Star Witness                       Nadia Afifi
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 1      Jeff Naylor
 SF  Everyone Like You                  Lora Kilpatrick
 SF  Elizabeth, Chapter 1               Chelsea McKenna
 SF  One Steady Gun                     Nick King
 H   We'll Have Them at Last            Ed Kratz

Week of 7-Feb-2018 (Crits due 14-Feb-2018):
 SF  In Liquidium                       Ray N. Franklin
 SF  Characterizer                      Anil Erol
 F   Blue Hair                          Joel Schroeder
 SF  Home                               Christopher Blake
 F   A Dark Design, Chapter 2           Jake Townsend
 F   The God Platform, Prologue         Eric Rosenfield
 SF  The Extraction                     Grace Madison
 SF  Dear Diary                         Garrett Menning
 F   Mond                               Kiarah Griffiths
 F   The Bitter Root of Power, Chapts 2&3  Pennell Paugh
 F   Emmet, The Lame Chapters 1-2       Shannon Yukumi
 SF  Come to the Dance!                 Russell Adams
 SF  Seven Seconds of Sunlight          Brian Palermo
 SF  Owen Morey                         Amit Gupta
 SF  The 4th Planet Problem             Mike Mullen
 SF  Apocalypse Betty                   Trevor L B Porter
 H   The Intelligence by Baumann Powers  Baumann Powers
      (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 [?]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 14-17               Lisa Clark [7-Feb-2018]
 SF  Bibi, Chapter 18                   Lisa Clark [?]
 F   Ghosts of Our Fire                 Jesse Caedington [31-Jan-2018]
 F   Monster                            Mark Suplinskas [24-Jan-2018]
 F   Do you bet on sand or stars?       Renan Bernardo [24-Jan-2018]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 21-24               Lisa Clark [?]
 F   Overlord                           MARK L SUPLINSKAS [?]
 SF  I Got Dem Ol' Apocalypse Blues Again  Jon Adcock [31-Jan-2018]
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 25-26               Lisa Clark [?]
 H   Whoever Hunts Monsters             EDWARD G. KRATZ [7-Feb-2018]
 F   Adlaid Dunlop Ran to the Cornmill  Jay Gabriel [31-Jan-2018]
 SF  A Breakthrough                     Elena Zimmerman [31-Jan-2018]
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 2      Jeff Naylor [7-Feb-2018]
 SF  Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 3      Jeff Naylor [?]

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]
 F   Haunting Screams                   Evan L Westland [06-Dec-2017]
 H   The Swing                          Vicki Glass [13-Dec-2017]
 SF  Clementine and the Golden Dragon Chapters 1-12  Benjamin Swenson [13-Dec-2017]
 F   Kyteline: First 14,000 Words       Emily Ann Teitsworth [27-Dec-2017]
 SF  Falling                            Peter Joyce [03-Jan-2018]
 SF  At The Appointed Hour              Tom Everett [03-Jan-2018]
 SF  Mind recreated                     Dore [10-Jan-2018]
 F   The Parallel                       Andrea Franco Cook [10-Jan-2018]
 F   Enid and Ondu, Chapters 1-2        Ali Saleh [17-Jan-2018]
 SF  Empty, Chapter 1                   Riley Lebowicz [17-Jan-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.]