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New entry Dec 07

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 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.

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 15-Aug-2018 (Crits due 22-Aug-2018):
 SF  The Price of Guilt                 [mpc] Brian Zayas -#27891
 SF  Global Decision System             Richard Zwicker -#27892
 F   The Galleon of Brushy Creek revision 5.2  Robert Harpold -#27893
 F   Sea Mage, Chapter 11-13            Chris Turner -#27894
 SF  The Collector Revised              Joel Schroeder -#27895
 SF  Junkers                            Eric J. Francis -#27896
 SF  The Deception of Revelation        Matthew Duerst -#27897
 H   Deadwood                           Madison Estes -#27898
 H   Johanna of Patmos                  Jesse Caedington -#27899
 F   A Myth of Black and White          Terry Volkirch -#27900
 F   Built on Bones, Chapter 1          Lyric Gray -#27901
 SF  The R Aftermath, Chapter 2 & 3     Laura Scroggins -#27902
 F   Janiella                           Kerry Cathers -#27903
 SF  Imperfect Mirror                   Alex Halimou -#27904
 F   The Reluctant Magician             Margaret Moller -#27905
 SF  The Last Living Indian             Logan Giese -#27906

Week of 22-Aug-2018 (Crits due 29-Aug-2018):
 F   Incursion                          Pete Koziar
 SF  Flowers from Across the Universe   Sahil Lavingia
 SF  The Void                           Nic Barkdull
 F   Contract On A Dead Man             Andrew Knoll
 SF  Artificial Hope                    Brian Palermo
 SF  The Reconstructed Man              Maurice Humphrey
 F   Sparrow, Robin, and The Angel      Russell Adams
 YL  Two of a Kind, Prologue - Chapter Two  Sam Wotten
 F   Warlord, Chapters 1-2              Keith McArdle
 F   The Fall                           Reina Cruz
 H   Family Stories                     Ed Kratz
 F   The Tilted Shield, Ch 1-3          Michelle Henrie
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 10     Jeff Naylor
 F   Wicked Paths to Power: A Tale of the Court of Swords  Carl R. Cole III
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 32-33  Eric Wilson
 SF  Cali-Forward!                      Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  Start Again Forever                Juan Hernandez
 F   Demanding Knoledge                 Brad Davis
 H   My promise                         Charles G Chettiar
 SF  Rather Close to Nancy              Adam Knight

Week of 29-Aug-2018 (Crits due 5-Sep-2018):
 F   Biting                             Darla Jackson
 SF  Lay Down Your Arms, Oh Weary Soldier  Brian Hickman
 F   Ink in My Bones                    Mary Makarova
 F   The Queen of Terrible Fire: Coronation, Chapter 0-1  Scott Green
 F   Piecemeal                          James Milton
 F   Sidequest                          Francisco Velasquez
 SF  Nostalgia for Coffee               Gary Goodson
 SF  Astera Vol 2 - Chapters 1.5 and 1.6  Joy Landa
 SF  Air Freshener T3000                Robert J Cleary
 SF  The Wrecking Heart And The Hand That Make Me Whole  Renan Bernardo
 H   The Devil Took My Last Cigarette   Jessica Orr
 F   S'ra's Climb                       Christopher McManamon
 F   Sunrise                            Christopher Blake
 F   Tightrope, Sample Chapter, RFDR    Allison Estry
 F   Apprentices Can't Fly              Kevin P. Hallett
 F   The Half Finished Map              Robin Eliot
      (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 [?]
 F   Rescuing the Enemy, Chapter 11     Jeff Naylor [29-Aug-2018]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 34-35  Eric Wilson [29-Aug-2018]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 36-37  Eric Wilson [?]
 F   A Crowning of Discontent - Chapter 2  Kerry Cathers [22-Aug-2018]
 SF  Tempest and the Cyclops            Alex Halimou [22-Aug-2018]
 SF  A Life-shifting Experience         Terry Volkirch [22-Aug-2018]
 H   Arcane Stardom                     Charles G Chettiar [29-Aug-2018]
 F   A Tangle Of Strings                Francisco Velasquez [5-Sep-2018]
 F   Pandora's Locker                   Michelle Henrie [29-Aug-2018]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vectors, Chapters 4-6              Tunmike Ogedengbe [16-May-2018]
 F   The Shell                          Brian Williams [23-May-2018]
 SF  Glimpse: The Broken Chapter 2      Nicholas Martellacci [30-May-2018]
 SF  Dissecting the Muse                Tasha S. [05-Jul-2018]
 SF  The Privateers, Chapter 1          Kevin Sullivan [05-Jul-2018]
 F   Chapterhouse Eternity              Shaiyon Merkel [11-Jul-2018]
 F   The Luxian Child, Chapter 1        Shanon D Huston-Willis [18-Jul-2018]
 SF  The Scheherazade Dilemma           Kevin J. Miller [18-Jul-2018]
 SF  The Teacher's Assistant Chapters 1-5  Tomas Lapas [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Magic Studies                      Soren Berg [25-Jul-2018]
 SF  Through the Shadows' Edge          Judith F. Abraham [25-Jul-2018]
 F   Betrayal, Prologue                 Jonathan Curtis [01-Aug-2018]
 F   To Wake a Dreamer                  Joshua F. Potter [01-Aug-2018]
 H   The Vape Shop                      D.W. Jones [08-Aug-2018]
 SF  Best Behavior                      [mpc] Thomas N Beck [15-Aug-2018]
 H   Not in This Economy                Jessica Orr [15-Aug-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.]