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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.

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 14-Aug-2019 (Crits due 21-Aug-2019):
 SF  Pieces of Me                       [mpc] Joel E. Roosa -#28626
 SF  Bang!                              Russell Adams -#28627
 F   Point Taken                        Richard Zwicker -#28628
 F   Healer and Seeker                  Michelle Henrie -#28629
 F   Inconclusive Bets                  Renan Bernardo -#28630
 H   The Ice Cream Man ch 1 & 2         Madison Estes -#28631
 F   Lucid Dreams, Chapters 4-7         Shirley F. Nomakeo -#28632
 SF  the diary of a former gramarian    Steve Levandoski -#28633
 SF  Changelings Ch. 1-2 Revised        Liam Corley -#28634
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm, Prologue  Javier Sobrado -#28635
 F   Northman's Exile                   Kevin Dodge -#28636
 F   Live Puppet Show _Ch1 and Ch2_     Blake E. Bennett -#28637
 SF  Simulated                          Paul Thompson -#28638

Week of 21-Aug-2019 (Crits due 28-Aug-2019):
 F   The Rift                           Carl Alves
 F   The 10:40 Appointment at the NYC Department of Superhero Registration  Chris Hepler
 F   Life Everlasting                   Adrian Brisland
 F   Borderlands, Episode 2 [Sample]    Charles Gull
 SF  Escape from Old Aris               Ethan Smith
 SF  The Last Song of the Benaboab Tree  Connor Hayden
 H   The Diatome _adult content_        William Broom
 H   Pizza Face                         Russell Dorn
 SF  The Awakening                      Garrett Menning
 F   Southern Fried                     Calvin Gregg
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 1-2  Eric Wilson
 SF  A Roof Before the Stars            Dan Reade
 SF  Ch. 1 A beginning                  LLW
 F   The Girl With Wings is not an Angel, Ch 2-4  Kathryn Freeland

Week of 28-Aug-2019 (Crits due 4-Sep-2019):
 SF  The Space Between Two Bodies       JF Gabriel
 F   Shoemaker's Row                    Steven F. Lott
 SF  The Wizard's Tower Chapter 1       Jason Newman
 F   Bird Gets a Partner                Ed Kratz
 SF  The Hard Problem of Consciousness  Andrew Giffin
 F   Avanelle, a ballad                 Carol Baxter
 SF  Lift Ships, a short story of possibilities  Bob Freeman
 SF  The Keihl Institute                Tommy Blanchard
 SF  Bottled Emotions                   Yacine GACI
 H   Unwanted,                          Aydan Hasanli
 F   The Weathercaster                  Cameron Bright
 SF  Night Tales                        Lonnie McGhee
 F   Scars and Solace: A Numenthrall Chronicle  Kevin Stadt
 SF  Alien Alliance, part 2             Chris Turner
 SF  Life Revisited                     Joel E. Roosa
 F   Land of the Enslaved               R.A. Carter
 F   The Dying Sun: The Cemetery Game   Anthony W
 F   Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion   Rweena Samara
 F   The Prince Bride                   Thomas Beck
 F   A Branch of Rowan _yet another try_  April Weeks
 F   Old Fairy, New Tricks              Jamie M. Boyd
 F   Dragonforce FanFic, Prologue       Phil Lindeman
 F   Freedom                            Tyler Sheley
 F   The Key to Life, Happiness, and All the Secrets of the Universe  Andre van Eeden
      (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   Age of Stone, Age of Iron          JF Gabriel [4-Sep-2019]
 F   Wish You Were Here                 Renan Bernardo [21-Aug-2019]
 SF  Life is a carousel in 6 Acts + Finis  Bob Freeman [4-Sep-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]
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  Google Diagnose                    Raphaelle Race [24-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019]
 SF  Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3  Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019]
 H   Half-Bedroom                       Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019]
 F   The hole in the whole              Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall        Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019]
 SF  Am I Doing This Right?             Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019]
 H   The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1  Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-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.]