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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

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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 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.

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

A Guide to Barsoom

The ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.

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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 10-Jul-2019 (Crits due 17-Jul-2019):
 SF  SlingStar Myth, Chapters 2,4,6     [mpc] Donna Dion -#28552
 SF  The Father Lode Chap 1-5           Deborah Kaminski -#28553
 F   Misspelled Chocolate ch. 1-2       Michelle Henrie -#28554
 SF  A Small Radius of Anomalies        Catherine J. Cole -#28555
 F   The Society of the Lost Thumbs     Cameron Bright -#28556
 SF  Harrow's Academy for the Gifted, Chapter 1  Hayley Dietrich -#28557
 F   Sylvia                             Lonnie McGhee -#28558
 F   Lucid Dreams Chapters 1-3          Shirley F. Nomakeo -#28559
 F   Cats with Swords Redux + More Chapters  Zachary Nardolillo -#28560
 H   God's Monsters                     Autumn Mumford -#28561
 SF  The Dying Sun: Chapter 2 Noah      AnthonyW -#28562
 SF  A Time of Useful Consciousness     Steve Green -#28563
 F   The Finest Trick of the Devil      Emma Mann -#28564
 F   Forest of Dragons, Chapters 1-2    Maya Vanderpool -#28565

Week of 17-Jul-2019 (Crits due 24-Jul-2019):
 SF  Pitcher Perfect, version 3         [@] Chet Gottfried
 F   Paranormal Investigations          Carl Alves
 F   Kill the Witchman                  William Broom
 F   The Chaperone                      Blake E. Bennett
 SF  Forever Grey query                 Greg Tracii
 SF  Power and Blood, Chapters 3-5      Javier Sobrado
 SF  Thetus                             Chris Turner
 F   Vague Hex_chapter 2, book 2_       michelle
 H   Jars Will Not Keep Them            Russell Dorn
 SF  Hidden                             Amanda H. Geard
 H   Flies in the Honey                 Kyle Walker
 H   Last Ride                          Madison Estes
 SF  chatterbox                         Steve Levandoski
 SF  Four Tests of Being Human          Henry McFarland
 SF  ReBound                            Jeffery Zavadil

Week of 24-Jul-2019 (Crits due 31-Jul-2019):
 F   THE BURNING OF GAWHALDUR           Jeff Stewart
 SF  Google Diagnose                    Raphaelle Race
 F   My Homework Ate My Dog             Eric Wilson
 F   Just a Sprite                      Terry Volkirch
 F   Curselifter                        Renan Bernardo
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers
 SF  Changelings: Insurrection, Chapter 12  Liam Corley
 SF  Sandstorm in the Hourglass         Richard Zwicker
 SF  Sky Helmet Chapter 1               Joel Schroeder
 F   Night Roses                        Michael Bondies
 SF  Prime                              Daniel Victor Vellekoop
 F   Secrets within Secrets             Catherine Norman
 H   Repossessing Katherine             Jason A. D. MacDonald
 F   Hypearthia: Dawn of Chaos Risen, Chapters 1-4  W. P. Kelley

Week of 31-Jul-2019 (Crits due 7-Aug-2019):
 F   The Yogurt Swimmer                 Richard Leis
 F   Joseph Goebbels / They Saved Hitler's Brain to Command the Frozen Dead beneath the Iron Sky  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  How did it feel to be eaten?       Amit Gupta
 SF  Because It Was Made Bitter         Jay Gabriel
 F   The Girl With Wings is not an Angel  Kathryn Freeland
 H   A Guide to Vanishing               Andrew Giffin
 SF  Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3  Bobbie Falin
 SF  God 2.O                            Steve Patschke
 H   Half-Bedroom                       Rob Steiner
 SF  Mommy's Little Monster             Katherine Jones
 SF  Body of Work                       Eli Cepeda
 SF  Machine Mind of God                Seth Harris
 SF  Reap the Storm                     Jessica Zebuhr
 F   The hole in the whole              Mariam Khodeir
      (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   Jungle Revelations                 Lonnie McGhee [17-Jul-2019]
 SF  Night Tales                        Lonnie McGhee [?]
 SF  Night Train to Nogales             Jay Gabriel [7-Aug-2019]
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii [24-Jul-2019]
 F   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo [31-Jul-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Vector X, Prologue and Chapter 1   Angela Rose [17-Apr-2019]
 SF  End Man                            Alex Austin [24-Apr-2019]
 SF  Life After Maggie, Chapter One     Andrew Colwell [24-Apr-2019]
 SF  Datapocalypse                      Chris Keast [08-May-2019]
 F   Death of a Hero, Chapter 1         Alex Geffner-Mihlsten [15-May-2019]
 F   Cup of CLues                       Mari Mitchell [15-May-2019]
 SF  Rehab for the Paranormally Disturbed, Chapters 1-6  Jonathan Robbins [22-May-2019]
 SF  Yin Yang Ch.1-3                    Flavio Avila [22-May-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part 2, Chap 5-6  DB Gibb [22-May-2019]
 F   Obsidian Vengeance, Chapters 1-2   Heather McDonald [29-May-2019]
 SF  MUSTANG BETTIE                     Paul Werner [29-May-2019]
 SF  Wolfwitch, chapter 1               Zackary H. Gentry [05-Jun-2019]
 F   A Captain's Fate                   Anthony Gibbs [05-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Abduction Chronicles: Blue Lake Event Part Two, Chapters 7-10The  DB Gibb [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Semper Fidelis: We are Rome        George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019]
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019]
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019]
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019]
 SF  Lifeboat                           Sean Masters [10-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-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.]