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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 18-Apr-2018 (Crits due 25-Apr-2018):
 F   Comatose                           Darla Jackson -#27603
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 22-24  Eric Wilson -#27604
 SF  Fire Elementals                    Pete Koziar -#27605
 SF  Upon the Stair                     Amy Hammack Turner -#27606
 F   The Star of Asterion               Kaitlyn Whipple -#27607
 F   Would You Bet On Sand or Stars?    Renan Bernardo -#27608
 F   Flora and the Lost Child: A Glengarry Tale  Matthew Rettino -#27609
 F   Grayland: When Dreams Come True    Terry Volkirch -#27610
 SF  An Interested God, Chapter 3       Janet LayPort -#27611
 F   Marc Thyme P1                      Bernard Davis -#27612
 SF  Miscalculation                     Alex Villepique -#27613
 SF  Gaia Crossing                      Mariam Melikadze -#27614
 H   Elijah and the Abyss               Dave Riser -#27615
 SF  You Can't Even Call It A Rainbow   Jefferson Retallack -#27616

Week of 25-Apr-2018 (Crits due 2-May-2018):
 F   The Godfather of Madagascar, Prologue  [@] George Guthridge
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapters 1          Greg Tracii
 F   Start Again Forever                Juan Hernandez
 SF  The Scholasticate                  Gary Goodson
 SF  War Macines                        Tom Adams
 F   Riven Calyx, Chapter 1.2           Mark Leon Collins
 SF  Password Protection                Dave D'Alessio
 SF  The Dim Zone, Chapter 3            Chris Turner
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.2         Joy Landa
 SF  Mumfawi Dragons, Chapters 1-6      Pamela Najar-Simpson
 SF  Homecoming                         Clark Sodersten
 F   Noblesse Oblige, Chapter 5         Elena Zimmerman
 F   Drowned Lands -- SYNOPSIS          April Weeks
 F   Rockfall                           Sahil Lavingia
 F   Release Day, Chapters 1-2          Fred Obermeyer

Week of 2-May-2018 (Crits due 9-May-2018):
 SF  Different Paths                    Henry McFarland
 F   Bodies of Infection and Wings, Chapter 1  Lyric Gray
 SF  Europa Swings                      Ray N. Franklin
 F   And Neither Drives                 Mary Makarova
 F   The Outsider                       Rebecca Burton
 F   A Study in Cerulean                Joy Pixley
 SF  AXIOM, Chapter 1                   Ceci Vaughan
 SF  BLANK CANVAS                       Amanda H. Geard
 SF  The Fever                          Kevin P. Hallett
 H   Sloppy Joes                        Russell Dorn
 SF  Bibi, Chapters 21-24               Lisa Clark
 H   The Steps                          Christina Wott
 SF  Left-Brained Prologue and Chapter 1-5  Catherine Lynch
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 5      Jeff Naylor
 SF  Homeworld, Chapters 3-4            Stephen Cossgrove

Week of 9-May-2018 (Crits due 16-May-2018):
 SF  The Crown Prince Chapter 2         Scott Bradley
 F   Glimpse: The Broken                Nicholas Martellacci
 F   The Passage to the Ethereal Forest  Owen McNally
 F   The Dependent Clause               Scott Wallace
 SF  The Wrong Apartment                Tamanjit Bindra
 F   The Litigious Elves                Robert Harpold
 SF  The King of Ezram, chapters 1-2    Maurice Humphrey
 F   Rite                               Mari Francis Troshynski
 SF  The Day My Soul was Eaten          Laura Gonzales
 F   Singed, Chapters 1 - 5             Dave Duffey
 SF  War Criminal of the Psychic Wars   Eric Littlefield
 SF  My New House - Version2            Mike Clarke
 SF  He Could Be Right Behind You       Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Crossroads in Shadow, Chapter One  Robert Glenn
 F   As Mysterious as a Cat             Chris Patterson
 SF  The Pros and Cons of Interdimensional Pet Ownership  John Collins
 SF  One Second Chance                  Michelle Jelley
 F   Oizys Chapter 1                    Utku --zyurt
 SF  Do We Have A Dimension for You     Richard Zwicker
 F   We Beauty Call                     T. Andrew Solus
 SF  Untitled                           Joel Schroeder
 SF  The Way Home, Chapters 1-3         Deborah D. Ross
 F   Cry Havoc                          Brian Koukol
 SF  The Divine Glitch, Chapters 1-3    Ron Stieger
      (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 25-26               Lisa Clark [9-May-2018]
 SF  Double standards                   Alex Villepique [25-Apr-2018]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.3         Joy Landa [2-May-2018]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapter 1.4         Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante  Renan Bernardo [25-Apr-2018]
 F   Grayland: When Dreams Come True - Part 2  Terry Volkirch [25-Apr-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 6      Jeff Naylor [9-May-2018]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 7      Jeff Naylor [?]
 SF  All the Gardens I Have Lost        Mary Makarova [2-May-2018]
 F   Stranger Across                    Mary Makarova [?]
 SF  Searching for Numen Ch.1 - Scenes 5-6  Mike Clarke [9-May-2018]
 SF  War Machines                       Tom Adams [2-May-2018]
 SF  Warriors                           Clark Sodersten [2-May-2018]
 SF  Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2      Nicholas Martellacci [9-May-2018]
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii [2-May-2018]
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapter 2           Greg Tracii [?]

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]
 SF  Every New Moon                     Robert Tyler [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]

>> 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.]