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Critter Notices

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!

Interviewed!

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 - www.cpr.org 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 www.nyx.net.

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 pred-ed.com.

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

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Critters is 21!

Yes, 21 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.

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

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
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Week of 15-Feb-2017 (Crits due 22-Feb-2017):
 SF  Seeing the Lights                  Russell Adams -#26567
 SF  Compost Traumatic Stress, part 3/3  Brian Koukol -#26568
 F   A Song to Break Your Heart         [@] Matt Dovey -#26569
 F   A Drum in the Deep, part 2         Adaleen Martin -#26570
 SF  A Titanic and Stellar Pitch        Davis Tyner -#26571
 SF  Our Rights                         Lori Nishimoto -#26572
 SF  Starborn, Chapter 1                Pamela Najar-Simpson -#26573
 SF  Single Family Home In Alternate Dimension. No Pets.  Christopher Mowder -#26574
 SF  The Amazing Mind of Samantha Wake  Janis Zelcans -#26575
 F   Where They Darken the Sky          Tim Mudie -#26576
 SF  The Darkness Within Us             Shannon Brooks -#26577
 SF  Puking Day                         Nick King -#26578

Week of 22-Feb-2017 (Crits due 1-Mar-2017):
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-3          Jeffrey Richardson
 SF  Prototype                          Amanda H. Geard
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 SF  Grit, Chapter 1                    Liam King
 SF  Milk Run                           C. Hotchkiss
 F   The Door                           Kristen Bickerstaff
 SF  Phantom Traveler _1 - 5_           Rekka Jay
 SF  Silent Nightmare                   N Williams
 H   The Lost Playground                Ashleigh Richie
 SF  Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 resub: Y  Matt Peller resub: Y
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 1  Joy Landa
 SF  Blue Skies & Better Days           J.E. Bates

Week of 1-Mar-2017 (Crits due 8-Mar-2017):
 SF  Children of Clay Part 2 Ch 1-3     Ono Ekeh
 F   From the Pages of the Iliad        Wayland B. Jackson
 F   Calumet Monroe and The Best Apocalypse Ever  David Schultz
 F   Tunisa, Chapter 1                  Shanna Moyes
 SF  The No-Go Zones                    Macky Cruz
 F   Biddy                              Jesse Caedington
 SF  The Adventures of Average Man      Madison Culler
 H   From the Bog, Chapters 0-1         Andrew Richardson
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapters 9-10  Eric Wilson
 SF  Eclipse Season, Chapters 1-5       Scott Paxon
 SF  Do Not Resuscitate                 stephanie Fernandez
 SF  Whisper from the Dust, Ch 1-2      Benjamin Shank
 F   The Eyes of Archus, Chapters 1-3   Clay P. Greene
 H   Dark Resurrection, Chapter One: The Reckoning  Frederick Preston
 SF  SF short "On Jupiter Station       Roy Schwartz
 SF  Reshaped                           Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep         Mark Painter
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 36 - 37  Keir Puplett
 H   Of All the Nights                  Matthew Weber
 F   Super-Spectacular Crossover Event, Pts 1&2  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  The Man Who Got Away               Hannah Reinhold
 F   The Tides of Tomorrow, Part 1      Mike Dorman
 SF  Shuttle Service                    Pete Koziar
 F   Globe                              William H. Leonard
 F   First Kiss                         Darla Jackson
======================================================================
      (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.)

Symbols:

[@] - 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  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 38 - 41  Keir Puplett [8-Mar-2017]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 43 - 44  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 45 - 46  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 47 - 48  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   A Drum in the Deep, part 3         Adaleen Martin [22-Feb-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 2  Joy Landa [1-Mar-2017]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 3: Shades of Gray Part 2  Joy Landa [?]
 F   New Wood from Old Trees            Tim Mudie [22-Feb-2017]
 SF  Kagluyag versus Malaya             Macky Cruz [8-Mar-2017]
 F   The Man in Brown                   Jesse Caedington [8-Mar-2017]
 SF  Takhla and the Outworld, Chapters 1-2  Pamela Najar-Simpson [22-Feb-2017]
				-+-

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Holy Remedy                        Jose Martinez [11-Jan-2017]
 SF  Mythos, Chapter 1                  Oliver M. Hughes [11-Jan-2017]
 F   Caught Ablaze, Chapters 1-11       Krisha Seate [18-Jan-2017]
 SF  Eidolons_The Man with Two Souls, Chapters Prologue and 1  Gregory Robinson [25-Jan-2017]
 SF  Sauce, Chapters 1-8                Nicholas Christopher Pickersgill [25-Jan-2017]
 H   Sutter's Junction Chapters 1-5     Carrie Birdsong [01-Feb-2017]
 F   From the Heart of the Iliad        Wayland Jackson [01-Feb-2017]
 SF  Planet NB, chapters 1-11           Leland Smithson [08-Feb-2017]
 F   Dorrone, Chapters 0-2              Issarasiti [15-Feb-2017]
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>> 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.]