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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

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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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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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!

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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

How to Write SF

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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 25-Nov-2015 (Crits due 2-Dec-2015):
 F   Wordwatchers                       Fred Obermeyer -#25377
 SF  Alien Message _Was Riding the Dinosaur_  Amanda H. Geard -#25378
 SF  Psi Prison                         Michael Andre-Driussi -#25379
 F   The Lady of Ironstone              P.E. Zimmerman -#25380
 SF  I, Parasite                        Christian Roberts -#25381
 SF  Prey                               John Barefield -#25382
 H   Beware the Whammy                  Matthew Weber -#25383
 F   Beguiling Moon                     Lori Phillips -#25384
 SF  Just Drive                         [@] Will McIntosh -#25385
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 1 - Mommy Dearest  Tambrey Granneman -#25386
 SF  Despair: The Emerald Collection    Matt Dovey -#25387
 F   The Forgotten King - chapters 2&3  David Grant -#25388
 H   Crown of Stars                     Tomi MĂn~kinen -#25389
 SF  Friends in Small Places            Pete Koziar -#25390
 H   De-arrangement                     Lee P. Melling -#25391
 SF  Squared                            Corey J. White -#25392

Week of 2-Dec-2015 (Crits due 9-Dec-2015):
 F   The Vampire's Madman               Kim Smeltzer
 F   Vanessa and the Unicorn            Sandy Kulhavy
 H   The Road Cain Walks                Matt Kilby
 H   La Bete                            Carl Alves
 SF  The Convincer                      Eleanor R. Wood
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 15  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Methuselah                         Kevin Hallett
 SF  Watching the Starship              Robert Harpold
 SF  Vector X                           Angela Rose
 SF  The End                            Alyssa R. Buhrman
 SF  Infamous                           Troy McLaughlan
 F   A Paleolithic Fable                Shane Thomas
 SF  Dryad of the Apple Orchard         Eric J. Juneau
 SF  Phobovore                          J.E. Bates
 F   The Memory of Rain                 Beth Goder
 SF  Humanity is the Safest Place to Hide  Paul R. Hardy
 F   In the Sorcerer's Society          Christopher Piatti
 SF  Oh, Yeah?                          John Griffin
 F   For Serious Singers Only           Asia Nichols
 SF  Deus Ex Machina                    Maurice McBride

Week of 9-Dec-2015 (Crits due 16-Dec-2015):
 F   The Sun Shall Rise                 Jon Stephens
 F   The Way Home                       Anna Salonen
 SF  Trade Route, Ch. 7                 Curtis Manges
 SF  Redemption, Chapter 1              Juan Maldonado
 SF  29X                                Gregory Payne
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 2 - The Light   Joy Landa
 F   Tales of Maple Threestep: Spirits and Cinnamon Trees Part 2  Jeremiah Goodreau
 SF  Boundary Issues                    G.A.Miller
 H   Scrimshaw                          George Cotronis
      (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 [?]
 SF  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 F   The Vampire Mourned part 2 - Primal Skies #13  Kim Smeltzer [9-Dec-2015]
 F   The Vampire Groom part 3 - Primal Skies #14  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 2 - Mother Knows Best  Tambrey Granneman [2-Dec-2015]
 F   The Price of Betrayal Chapter 3 - Family Portrait  Tambrey Granneman [?]
 F   The Price of Betrayal Chapter 4 - Come With Me  Tambrey Granneman [?]
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 5 - Psycho Killer  Tambrey Granneman [?]
 H   American Gryphons part 1           Kim Smeltzer [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 3 - Decisions   Joy Landa [16-Dec-2015]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 4 - Heart       Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 5 - The Future  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 6 - Martin      Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 7 - Martin's Misstep  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 8 - Motives     Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans       Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 10 - Partners   Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 11 - Carpe Diem  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Questionnaire                      Corey J. White [2-Dec-2015]
 F   Prey - Into the depths             John Barefield [2-Dec-2015]
 F   Open the Door                      Lori Phillips [2-Dec-2015]
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 16  Joel E. Roosa [9-Dec-2015]
 H   Bad Brunch in the Big Easy         Matthew Weber [2-Dec-2015]
 F   Nyira and the Invisible Boy        K.M. Harrell [?]
 H   The Wake                           George Cotronis [16-Dec-2015]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   The Whisper                        Derek Sands [14-Oct-2015]
 H   A Stroke of Genius                 Ryan Baker [14-Oct-2015]
 F   Rise of the Merial Chapter 1-5     Maxwell T Honour [28-Oct-2015]
 SF  Last Call at the Electric          Aaron J. Mitchell [28-Oct-2015]
 H   Demonic Apocalypse                 Stew Adams [04-Nov-2015]
 SF  The Universe Between Us, Chapters 1-2  Diana De Brito [11-Nov-2015]
 F   Murder City Ch.1                   Angel Murray [18-Nov-2015]
 F   2084                               Donavin K Schlosser [25-Nov-2015]
 F   'Neath, Chapter 1                  Robert Deskoski [25-Nov-2015]
 F   The City of Tomorrow, Chapter 1    BR Kelly [25-Nov-2015]
 SF  The Chills Of Irwyn Town           James Kingston [25-Nov-2015]
 F   The Black Between                  Connor Ruebusch [25-Nov-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.]