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Critter Notices

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

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Announcing ReAnimus Press

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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 22-Apr-2015 (Crits due 29-Apr-2015):
 SF  Into the Brainlight                [mpc] Learned Foote -#24760
 F   The Vampire Helen pt 1 - Primal Skies #7  Kim Smeltzer -#24761
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapter 2           [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge -#24762
 SF  The Duchess' Chocolate             John Nickerson -#24763
 SF  Ship of Cards                      Malcolm Dent -#24764
 H   Daddy's on the Way                 Matthew Weber -#24765
 F   The Fireman                        Christoph Weber -#24766
 SF  Tunguska's Other Chlidren: Undercover, Chapters 1-5  Laura F. Sanchez -#24767
 H   Virgins Of The Sea                 Justin C. Key -#24768
 F   The Half-hidden Face               Dale W. Glaser -#24769
 F   One Last Wayang                    L Chan -#24770
 SF  Subdued, Chapters 8-9              [@] Mindy Peterman -#24771
 SF  Philanthro-Flu                     D.J. Diehl -#24772
 F   A Short Introduction to Court Life  Melanie Hopkins -#24773
 F   Endeavor to Dream on Broken Wings  AJ Finley -#24774
 SF  Hard Loving A Hermaphrodite        Rud Merriam -#24775
 SF  No SLAM Maps for these Territories, 2nd Draft  Will Milner -#24776
 SF  Initiation                         Charles T, Walbridge -#24777
 SF  Upon the All-Walker                Jeffrey Hall -#24778
 SF  A God Among Men                    Eitan Moses -#24779
 F   The Lion at the End of the World   Alex Bradshaw -#24780
 F   Assassin's Mistake, Prologue-Chapter 0  Katherine Howard -#24781
 F   Twenty Mattresses                  Mike Alix -#24782

Week of 29-Apr-2015 (Crits due 6-May-2015):
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapter 3           [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge
 F   The Galleon of Brushy Creek        Robert Harpold
 F   The Storm Mirror                   Chris Kenworthy
 H   Haunted House of Creek Mills, Chapters 1-3  Stefanie Kirschbaum
 F   The Neighborhood, Chapters 3-4     Holly Godbey
 SF  Zeitgeber                          Mark Alan Schultz
 SF  Room for Improvement               Josh Harlan
 SF  Lieutenant Sanchez                 Christian Roberts
 F   The Retrievers, Chapter 7          A.K. Karam
 SF  Two Easy Pieces                    Charles Hand
 SF  Apocalyptic Hangover Chapter 2     Chris DeSantis
 F   Never moon a werewolf or poke a Pooka, Chapter two, Running, One year earlier  Dabney Farmer
 F   The Vampire Helen pt 2 - Primal Skies #7  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  The Rain Dancers of Solis Planum   Derrick Boden
 F   Waste Places Chapters 5-7          Judith Pratt
 H   Weighed                            Amanda Hard
 F   Yaga, Too                          Aleksandra Pantic
 SF  Wind-Riderz Part I Chapter 2       Christopher Cragwick
 SF  Solace for the Souless             Gary J. Hurtubise

Week of 6-May-2015 (Crits due 13-May-2015):
 SF  True-blue Blood                    Haneen Babbitt
 H   Drea                               M.B.Vujacic
 SF  Don't Look Back, Chapter 1         Jeff Joseph
 F   Bird of Paradise                   Nelly Micholt
 SF  All Dead                           Steve Donnelly
 SF  Abducted Chapt 1                   Ryan Anderson
 SF  Through Another's Eyes             Amanda H. Geard
 F   The Djinn of Thawra                Jim Kane
 F   Deep In The Crowded Trees          Edwin C.Y. Hung
 F   Into the Teeth of the Wind         Eric Landreneau
 SF  Fashion Emergency                  Brian Koukol
 SF  King Me                            David Erickson
 SF  Secession Campaign Chapter 2 and 3  Mike Mullen
 F   All That Glitters                  Margaret Moller
 F   The Dutch Walk                     Dirck de Lint
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt#2  Christopher J. Piatti
 SF  The Storm, Part 1                  Patrick Sanders
 SF  Saturn Rising                      Rosanne Trask
 SF  The Promethean Possession Chapters 2-4  Christopher Ross
 F   All that Remains                   Carleton Chinner

Week of 13-May-2015 (Crits due 20-May-2015):
 SF  Past Perfect                       Brad Preslar
 F   The Bluehaven Manifesto, Chapter 2, Rosenkreutz and Gelbehauser  Trevor J Wallace
 SF  The God Battle, Part 1             Terry Traub
 F   One Foot In                        Brenna Silbory
 SF  Mary in the Tower's Shadow         Elliotte Rusty Harold
 F   Knife and Sea                      Vanessa Fogg
 F   Sentinel's Call                    Darrell Johnson
 H   Gears of Iron, Gears of Bone, revised, chapter 1  Bill Stiteler
 H   Untitiled- Ch.1                    Luke Robinson
 SF  Arms                               Dan Malakin
 H   Flying Brian Air                   Peter Sides
 F   Viraetes Island Part 4             Miah Goodreau
 F   The Black Queen Chapter 2          Chad Willson
 F   Zeltis chapters 6-8                Shanna C. Larsen
 SF  The Skin is the Hard Part          Iain Ishbel
 SF  The Anomalies, Chapters 1 - 2      Dart Omran
 SF  The Gods of Jizma                  Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 2 - Traveling to Smithville  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  The Vampire Helen pt 3 - Primal Skies #7  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  Misapplication                     Cameron Huntley
 SF  Dust                               Kade Moore
 F   Variations of George               Eric Schwitzgebel
 F   Spear: Fire and Brimstone          Kristopher Horton
 SF  Skin Walkers                       Debra
 H   The Final Lesson                   Anna Salonen
 SF  Relocation                         Anthony Natale
 SF  Do No Evil, Chapter 1              Alex Grove
 SF  Displaced                          Stephen Drake
 F   Good Intentions, Prologue-Chapter 2  Hannah Gorman
 SF  Broken Shells                      David John Baker
      (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]"):
 YA  Enchanter RFDR                     E. B. Pike [?]
 M   The Shot                           Zimbalist L. Odhams [?]
 M   The Shot                           Zimbalist L. Odhams [?]
 L   The Six Samurai Chapters 1-3       John Endris [?]
 F   Our Father, Chapter 1              Brandon Byes [?]
 SF  Terra Prime: Fall of a Federation [?]
 SF  Rats in Space [?]
 F   Dollhouse of the He, Chart [?]
 L   Violin Playing Robot               Chrissie Wranja [?]
 F   The Vampire's Daughter             Kim Smeltzer [20-May-2015]
 F   Wizard's of the Watchtower         Christopher J. Piatti [13-May-2015]
 SF  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       [?]
 F   The Vampire's Madman               Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Black Queen Chapter 3          Chad Willson [20-May-2015]
 F   Leaping Away                       Melanie Hopkins [29-Apr-2015]
 H   Feed Me                            Mark Alan Schultz [6-May-2015]
 F   Spun Gold                          Melanie Hopkins [?]
 F   Zeltis chapters 9-12               Shanna C. Larsen [20-May-2015]
 SF  Ah, Love!                          Charles T. Walbridge [29-Apr-2015]
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapters 4 and 5    Sarah Jane Hodge [20-May-2015]
 SF  Littlefoot                         Charles T, Walbridge [?]
 SF  A Dream of Gears                   Will Milner [29-Apr-2015]
 SF  Pixel Heart Draft 2                Will Milner [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   179 Degrees                        Bob Barwell [18-Mar-2015]
 F   Free Radicals , Chapters 1 - 4     Amanda Acton [25-Mar-2015]
 SF  The Road to Babel                  Yaroslav Barsukov [25-Mar-2015]
 SF  Dragon Tears                       Robin L. Martinez [25-Mar-2015]
 SF  Animal Problems In The Gators Loving Hands  Luke Hally [25-Mar-2015]
 SF  Martian Still                      Kelsey Sweatt [01-Apr-2015]
 F   The Sharklings of Anchor Valley    Kurt Hunt [01-Apr-2015]
 F   Phoebus Chapter One                Bas Geelen [01-Apr-2015]
 H   GSD                                Chester Lee [01-Apr-2015]
 F   Shadowbound, Chapters 1-29         Lisa Stout [01-Apr-2015]
 F   The Timeless                       James Robertson [22-Apr-2015]
 F   Guardians of the Dream, chapter 1  Amit M. Halberthal [22-Apr-2015]

>> 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.]