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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.

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

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-Jan-2019 (Crits due 23-Jan-2019):
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Three and Four  [mpc] Joel E. Roosa -#28234
 F   Branch of Rowan, RFDR & sample     April Weeks -#28235
 SF  Oh Most Cursed Addition Engine - Pitch Letter  Steve Donnelly -#28236
 SF  The Invitiation                    Keir Puplett -#28237
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Chapters 47-49  Eric Wilson -#28238
 F   Icarus                             Chris Turner -#28239
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo -#28240
 SF  The Ghosts of Asteraceae Chapter 5  Douglass Calmes -#28241
 SF  You Are Hold Number 24360          Gary Goodson -#28242
 F   Never Fight a Rip Current          John Berks -#28243
 F   The Bride of the Turquoise Champion  Jonathan Lee -#28244

Week of 23-Jan-2019 (Crits due 30-Jan-2019):
 F   A Judicar Born                     [@] Kary English
 F   Lines in the Sand                  Ido Richardson
 H   Snot                               William H. Leonard
 F   The Founder's Seed Chapter 2 _RFDR_  Drema De"raich
 H   Wax                                Joel Schroeder
 SF  The Depths of Europa               Paul Crawford
 F   The Forest of Dragons              Maya Vanderpool
 SF  Robot Standup                      Richard Zwicker
 H   Biology of a Soul                  Russell Dorn
 SF  And...Action!                      Dave D'Alessio
 F   Cats with Swords, chapters 1-5     Drew Nardolillo
 SF  Lichtdom                           Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Under the Skin                     Amanda H. Geard

Week of 30-Jan-2019 (Crits due 6-Feb-2019):
 SF  Empty_V3_                          Guy McDonnell
 H   Twelve's Design                    Emily Palmieri
 SF  Not Human                          Ryan Beck
 F   What Binds Us Together, Chapter 1  Anton Gonopolskiy
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 17     Jeff Naylor
 SF  The Other Side                     Eli Landes
 F   The Interview, Chapter 2           Mitko Grgiorov
 SF  To Want Something You Already Have  Jefferson Retallack
 SF  First Contact                      Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  Cynetic, Chapters 1-11             Matt Ward
 F   Thomas Likes Me                    Russell Adams

Week of 6-Feb-2019 (Crits due 13-Feb-2019):
 F   Fall of the Empire                 Sarah Marie Bailey
 F   The Dying Fire: Chapter 1          Anthony White
 F   Undying, Chapters 1-2              Jonathan Seales
 SF  Wake up Call                       Alex Villepique
 SF  Re-Turned                          Brianna Sue A. Sorriento
 SF  Tears in the Rain                  Brian Koukol
 SF  November Skies                     Steven Fritz
 F   Children of Chronos Prologue-Chapter 2  Sarimer L. Valedon-Morciglio
 SF  SF The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6  D.B. Gibb
 F   Beanth                             Jesse Caedington
 F   Fire and Beads                     Michelle Henrie
 H   Nowhere House                      Mijat Vujačić

Week of 13-Feb-2019 (Crits due 20-Feb-2019):
 SF  Unfiltered                         Tim Stevens
 SF  The Art of Dying 1-5               Kyle McKeon
 SF  Mumfawi Dragons Prologue & Ch 1-2  Pamela Najar-Simpson
 F   Incorruptible Souls                Hannah Azok
 SF  Stage Zero                         Eli Cepeda
 SF  The Brain Mechanic - revision 6.2  Robert Harpold
 F   Shadrack McCabe Makes Enemies, Chapters 1-2  N. M. Sheldon
 SF  4 Stories About Love               Mary Makarova
 F   The Last Corner of the Map, Chapters 1-2  Ryan Kunz
 F   The Breaking of Magic              Kerry Cathers
 SF  Not Pablo's City                   Jorge Villamizar
 SF  FUTURITY / a Novel. Chapter 1: Selfie / 2030 _1st 1/2_  Jonathan Brandeis
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 1          Lyric Gray
 SF  A Branch in Time                   Darrell J.
 SF  Orange Alex and the Glorious Gale  Austin Gragg
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Five and Six  Joel E. Roosa
 H   A Real Haunting                    Madison Estes
      (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  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 7-11  D.B. Gibb [13-Feb-2019]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Seven and Eight  Joel E. Roosa [20-Feb-2019]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Nine and Ten  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eleven and Twelve  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Thirteen and Fourteen  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Fifteen - Seventeen  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 SF  Honesty                            Alex Villepique [13-Feb-2019]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Eighteen to Twenty  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-One and Twenty-Two  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Three to Twenty-Five  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   It's Spelled Chocolate - round 2   Michelle Henrie [13-Feb-2019]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Six to Twenty-Eight  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   AllWorlds Asunder, Chapters Twenty-Nine to Thirty-Two  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 SF  Eleanor Rigby                      Mary Makarova [20-Feb-2019]
 SF  FUTURITY / a Novel Chapter 1: Selfie 2030 _1st 1/2_  Jonathan Brandeis [20-Feb-2019]
 H   Chthonic Cleaning Solution         Austin Gragg [20-Feb-2019]
 F   Icarus, Chapter 4-5                Chris Turner [23-Jan-2019]
 SF  Anticipation of Hollowness         Renan Bernardo [23-Jan-2019]
 F   Undying, Chapters 2 - 3            Jonathan Seales [13-Feb-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Princess and The Pearl             Katie R. Campbell [19-Dec-2018]
 F   Albright's Extraordinary Artefacts and the Lost Fountain Pen of Barnabus Eagledon  Daniel Taylor [26-Dec-2018]
 SF  Cypress cove ch1-4                 Tellie Strange [26-Dec-2018]
 SF  ALIEN Bloodmoon                    Christopher Smith [26-Dec-2018]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6 D.B. Gibb  D.B. Gibb [09-Jan-2019]
 SF  Sirith                             Ricky Nix JR [16-Jan-2019]
 H   Attention Please                   Aydan Hasanli [16-Jan-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.]