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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!

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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.

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

Manuscripts 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 28-Oct-2020 (Crits due 4-Nov-2020):
 F   Into Trees                         [mpc] Ray N. Franklin -#29513
 SF  Hand of Tomorrow                   [mpc] Sylas Seabrook -#29514
 F   Deathsight                         [mpc] Jennifer Scott -#29515
 SF  The Light and the Dark             Richard Zwicker -#29516
 F   The Greatest City Chapters 13-17   Clayton Niehaus -#29517
 H   Praying for Sunrise                Jim Keane -#29518
 F   Riding the Midnight Breeze         Joe Olson -#29519
 SF  Mac The Wife                       John Griffin -#29520
 H   Chimney Sweep                      Jude Matulich-Hall -#29521
 H   A Family Recipe for Spice Cake     Madeline Jacobson -#29522
 SF  The Wayfarer, Ch. 1                Zachary Kekac -#29523
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 4                 Jeff Naylor -#29524
 F   Stolen Blade, Chapters 1-2         Samia Hayes -#29525
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-5          Jeff Richardson -#29526
 SF  Forever Grey Chapters 2-3          Greg Tracii -#29527
 SF  Empire                             Emilio Serrano -#29528

Week of 4-Nov-2020 (Crits due 11-Nov-2020):
 F   Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 5: Part Four: Crossing Shabhaan's Road  William L Hunt
 H   The Bump                           Victor Jimenez
 F   Magic Adrift                       Robin Eliot
 F   Once Upon a Tattered Toll          Hannah Azok
 SF  Too Slow for Surgery               Russell Weisfield
 H   Reality Peel 1 of 6                Dan Jolie
 F   Treewalker, Teaser and Chapter 1   Jay D. Califf
 SF  Red Eye                            Brian Lonberg
 F   Calling Them                       Henry McFarland
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapter 1    John Christopher
 SF  The Way of the Warrior             Boris Layupan
 SF  A Well Calculated Life             Scott Towler
 SF  In the Moment                      Barry Burnett
 F   Rockie's Dream                     Matthew J Olson

Week of 11-Nov-2020 (Crits due 18-Nov-2020):
 F   Unbroken                           Laura Engelhardt
 F   The Winter Bear                    Isabel Heynen
 H   Roy G. Biv                         Elizabeth Montour
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapters 11-12    Garrett Menning
 SF  The Fair                           Jeffrey Abrams
 F   Bridge at Ramageddon Chapm 2 & 3   Wayne M Merritt
 SF  Chasidy Pascoe and the Carnival of Wonders  Bill Stiteler
 SF  Trade You Valentines Day for Halloween  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Swipe Life                         Matt Krizan
 SF  Dreams on a Drifter                Quinault Childs
 SF  Prelude:The Tides of Earth chapters  J. H. Tabbott
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 31-32  Eric Wilson
 SF  In the Country of Endless Daylight  scottt godfrey
 SF  Next                               Charles Botsford

Week of 18-Nov-2020 (Crits due 25-Nov-2020):
 SF  Cyberhomeless                      Alex Vinicius Santana Souza
 SF  When Love Goes Down the Drain      Michael Stevens
 SF  Madness Reigns Supreme - Chapter 3  Joshua Lieblein
 F   A Parting of Ways                  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Blood and Talent                   Jamie M. Boyd
 SF  The Specimen                       Eric Honour
 F   The Boy Who Loved Dragons          Jeff Cates
 F   The Monsters We Call, Chapters 1-2  Julia Cline
 SF  Warrior of the Rock                Pete Koziar
 SF  The Terranauts                     H.D. Grande
 SF  Invitation by a God                Aaron Lester
 H   It's Your Turn                     Linda Gould
 F   Changing Mike, or Hope in the Middle Again  Ed Kratz
 SF  AIdan                              Maria D'Antonio
 SF  The Scimitar and the Eye           Jeff R Stewart
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 3    Charles Gull
 SF  The Engineer's Gamble              Robert Harpold
 F   Eternal Shades in Heat and Frost   Jordan Chase-Young
 SF  The Queen                          Kate Genellie
 SF  Azad, Chapters 3-4                 Pamela Najar
      (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  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 F   Cloud Tracker                      Kaitlyn Mattson [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 4    Charles Gull [25-Nov-2020]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   No Smoking Allowed                 Jude Matulich-Hall [4-Nov-2020]
 F   From Trash to Treasure             Jude Matulich-Hall [?]
 SF  Download                           scottt godfrey [18-Nov-2020]
 SF  Guidepost                          scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Hand                           scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  House                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Her Desher                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Qwulne                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Prey                               scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Mites                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  La'Sann                            scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Invisible Bodies                   Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [25-Nov-2020]
 H   The Midnight Train Murders New Revision  Jim Keane [4-Nov-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 33-35  Eric Wilson [18-Nov-2020]
 H   The Elevator                       Jim Keane [?]
 H   Birdbath                           Jude Matulich-Hall [?]
 SF  Hanover, Chapters 1-4              Jeff Richardson [4-Nov-2020]
 H   The Curse NEW REVISION             Jim Keane [?]
 SF  Roland Darleigh                    Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Worlds of the Black Sun        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Wendigo                        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 5                 Jeff Naylor [4-Nov-2020]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 6                 Jeff Naylor [?]
 H   The Lure New Revision              Jim Keane [?]
 H   Possession Is Ten-tenths of the Law  Richard Zwicker [4-Nov-2020]
 F   The Pursuit of Eternal Love        Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?]
 SF  MONSTER!                           Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?]
 SF  Two Tickets for Purgatory          Richard Zwicker [?]
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapters 7-8  John Christopher [11-Nov-2020]
 SF  A Momentary Switch                 Charles Botsford [18-Nov-2020]
 SF  How To Catch a Finch               Michael Stevens [25-Nov-2020]
 SF  Prelude: The Tides of Earth chapters 35-37  J. H. Tabbott [18-Nov-2020]
 F   Stolen Blade, Query & Synopsis     Samia Hayes [4-Nov-2020]
 SF  Access Granted                     Aaron Lester [25-Nov-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele [26-Aug-2020]
 SF  Of Buggies and Behemoths           Sarah Rebecca Hovorka [26-Aug-2020]
 F   AK Book Excerpt - 1                angela shteynbak [09-Sep-2020]
 SF  Sweet Petals"-excerpt              John Bettinger [09-Sep-2020]
 SF  Towers in the dark. Chapter 1      Roman Rafalson [23-Sep-2020]
 SF  Mae's Mission                      Jed Brinkley [07-Oct-2020]
 SF  All in the Eyes of the Owl Prelude-Ch3  Nathan B. Bair [14-Oct-2020]
 F   Kaileva                            Sara Kilgore [21-Oct-2020]
 F   Maegics Heir: Mind Maege Predator  Guy L Cramb [21-Oct-2020]
 SF  The Fourth Instar                  Kate Kelley [28-Oct-2020]

>> 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.]