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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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New Book from a Critter Member

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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 16-Jul-2014 (Crits due 23-Jul-2014):
 SF  The Farthest City                  [mpc] Daniel P. Swenson -#23891
 SF  The Pro, Chapter 1                 [mpc] Richard Edwards -#23892
 F   Dwarves Don't Climb Trees          Eric Juneau -#23893
 SF  Hidden Color                       [@] Gio Clairval -#23894
 H   The Not, Chapter 34                A. R. Braun -#23895
 SF  A Mother's Place                   Christina Usher -#23896
 SF  Approaching the Well of Still Time _tentative_  Stacy Elko -#23897
 SF  Robot Rights, chapter One          tom Grayhorse -#23898
 SF  The Build-A-Dragon Company         Dan Koboldt -#23899
 SF  Stubborn Moon                      Joseph Camera -#23900
 H   Soulweaver Chapters 6,7,8          Alex Maher -#23901
 SF  Repeaters                          Filip Wiltgren -#23902
 SF  The Errigannie - Prologue/Chapter 1  Jay Sauls -#23903
 SF  Worlds of Pyramis: Chapter 9       Will Barnes -#23904
 F   The Trouble With Dwarf Stones at Cattail Pond  Victoria Kalb -#23905
 SF  Mountain Man                       Andrew Jacquier -#23906
 F   Spear, Chapters 1-3                Kristopher Horton -#23907
 F   Down the Spiral                    Jamie Simo -#23908
 SF  I've Found The Cure For Cancer     Justin Key -#23909
 SF  Suspended                          Rebecca Shiles -#23910
 SF  Desire                             [@] David John Baker -#23911
 F   Stag Night                         Aleksandra Pantic -#23912

Week of 23-Jul-2014 (Crits due 30-Jul-2014):
 SF  Whitefall                          [mpc] Harlen Bayha
 SF  Black Tie Grady                    Annette Bowman
 SF  The Girl from Beyond the Wall - Part 2  Rati Mehrotra
 F   The Act of Faith Hotel, Chapter 1  Emily Schoerning
 F   Better The Devil You Know          Dom Dulley
 SF  It's Always Summer In Our Memory   Amanda Niehaus-Hard
 F   Myth Origins                       Jon Wiggins
 F   Things Worth Dying For             Kaitlyn Boggs
 F   Seeks the Light                    Michael Dorken
 SF  Incineration, Chapters 1-6         Amanda L. Culton
 SF  Two-Hundred Forty-One Centuries    Benjamin Schulz
 F   Seeking the Light of Justice       Dr. Barry Nadel
 F   Goddess _RFDR_                     Kristin Whitman
 F   For Those Who Deserve It           Alexander Leger-Small
 SF  This Is The Sound Of The End Of The World  Matt Dovey
 SF  Cuban Missile Strike               Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  Diamond Folds                      Andrea Cross
 F   Werewear                           Fred Obermeyer
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapter 1              Conrad Steenkamp
 H   Before the Beginning               Richard Zwicker
 F   The Bottom                         Luke Robinson

Week of 30-Jul-2014 (Crits due 6-Aug-2014):
 F   The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5    Patrick Crowe
 F   Heaven's Waiting Room has Lousy Magazines  Elena Hayes
 SF  The Automatic Writing Machine of UCBT  James Brittain
 SF  Colony 411, Chapter 1              Luke Larsen
 SF  Glass Carnival, chapter 2          Gail Marsella
 H   The Book                           Clinton L. Reed
 SF  The SkinWalkers, Chapter 1         Debra Crichlow
 SF  Revenge Begins with Death revised  Robert Harpold
 F   Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2       Iona Baird
 F   Keeper of the Crimson Blade, Prologue-Chapter 1  Erin Fitzgerald
 SF  The Part They Stole                Chris Countryman
 F   A Dragon's Treasure                Louise A. Postlethwaite
 H   The Turning of the Key - Chapter 3 and 4  Wendy Salmon
 SF  Soul Peddling Down the Texas Byways  Gary Goodson
 SF  Only Who is Left                   Julia Nolan
 H   Outpost                            Ricardo Delacruz
 SF  The Fourth Law of Robotics 7-15    Charles Hand
 SF  Planar Ghosts                      Krystal Claxton
 SF  The Twelve o'clock Boys            Amanda H. Geard
 SF  The Pro, Chapter 2                 Richard Edwards
 H   Haunted: The Saga of a fallen hero chap 6  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Five Days as Uberman, Prologue-Chapter 4  Nikhil Sekher
 F   All the Souls Like Candle Flames   Vanessa Fogg
 F   The Moving Mountains : A Chilongua Tale  Jeffrey Hall
 SF  The Geographer                     Liam King
 H   Melanie Explains It All            Mary Elizabeth Thompson
 F   Price of Passage                   Russell de Grove
 SF  Act Natural                        Jeremy Draghi
 SF  John's Holiday                     Arol Bosut
 F   Breath of the Titans, part 1       Riley Amos Westbrook
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Ch 15+16         Patricia Moussatche
      (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  Freedom                            Annette Bowman [30-Jul-2014]
 F   My Lover's Skin                    Aleksandra Pantic [23-Jul-2014]
 H   The Invisible People               Alex Maher [23-Jul-2014]
 SF  Bloodlines, Chapter 1              Debra Crichlow [6-Aug-2014]
 F   Smalto                             Victoria Kalb [23-Jul-2014]
 F   Strange Things Happen All the Time  Aleksandra Pantic [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Radiant, Chapter One               Ashley Gonzales [18-Jun-2014]
 F   Cercie                             Leah Ashton [25-Jun-2014]
 SF  The End                            Joseph Brinkman [25-Jun-2014]
 H   Laughter                           Matt Burkholder [25-Jun-2014]
 F   The Chronicles of Astroban The Gathering Book 1 Chapters 1 & 2 s  Anne Graham [02-Jul-2014]
 F   Radiant, Chapter 1                 Ashley Gonzales [09-Jul-2014]
 H   The Reaper's Tavern                Pearce Clancy [09-Jul-2014]
 F   Formula                            Alec [16-Jul-2014]
 SF  Season of Blood and Banditos, Chp 4-5  Robert Cummings [16-Jul-2014]
 F   Fluttera                           Jessica Barnhart [16-Jul-2014]
 SF  Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1  Randy R. Henke [16-Jul-2014]

>> 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.]