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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

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 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!

Free Web Sites

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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.

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 27-Jul-2016 (Crits due 3-Aug-2016):
 H   As One                             [mpc] Ashleigh Richie -#26043
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 21-22  Russell Adams -#26044
 F   Paint the Past                     Fred Obermeyer -#26045
 F   Curse Chapters 1 and 2             Andrew Richardson -#26046
 H   The Neighbor at the Curb           Matthew Weber -#26047
 SF  Change of Plans                    Wayne Martin -#26048
 SF  Pale Gardens                       Carleton Chinner -#26049
 SF  Amira stared at the computer model,  Matt Dovey -#26050
 SF  Cleanout Day                       Wilber Arron -#26051
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 4-10  Michelle Johnson -#26052
 H   Hunger                             Don Sabo -#26053
 F   Conflux, Prologue                  Tyamo Okosun -#26054
 SF  Where the Dead go to Die           G.A.Miller -#26055
 SF  Lynden                             Amelia Tumlin -#26056

Week of 3-Aug-2016 (Crits due 10-Aug-2016):
 SF  Shark Mafia Soap Opera             Ife J. Ibitayo
 SF  Muphrid, Chapters 3-4              John Waterman
 H   A Light in Hell _draft 5_          Cedric Kulacz
 F   The Tower of Fire, Chapters 1-2    Jennifer Neal
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 2  Joy Landa
 SF  B.E.T.A section 2 _Chap 5-10_      Sam Bullers
 SF  Love, Lies, & Clones, Chapters 3-5  Joy Schultz
 SF  Jovian Wolf PT2                    Kristopher Horton
 F   Green Regrets                      Karen Colburn
 F   Living in Darkness                 Amanda H. Geard
 SF  And Cold as the Clay               Richard P. Sanders
 F   Out of Luck                        Jeffrey Hall
 H   Gears of Bone                      Bill Stiteler
 F   Cherry Fizz                        Alex Robinson
 H   The Keepers of the Stars, Prologue  Jeff Roberts

Week of 10-Aug-2016 (Crits due 17-Aug-2016):
 F   Wolfskin                           Caroline Friedel
 SF  Minor Traders, Chapters 1-2        Joshua Freeman
 F   The Matriculation of Calico Dragovic and Fellow Freaks of Nature, chap. 1 & 2  Brian Wightman
 H   Legion                             M.B.Vujacic
 SF  Surrogates                         Mark DeVries
 H   Easy Does It                       Corey J. White
 F   Vanessa and the Unicorn            Sandy Kulhavy
 SF  Duty, Guilt and Promises           Peter Michael Gray
 SF  A Singular Choice                  Ian Gillespie
 F   Bears Tears                        Leena Naidoo
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapters 5-6        Greg Tracii
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 F   The New God Chapters 1-4           Michael Winer
 SF  Superhero, Chapters 1-2            Amandeep Singh
 F   A Musician Enthroned, Chapters 1-6  Amisha Kirti Gupta

Week of 17-Aug-2016 (Crits due 24-Aug-2016):
 F   Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4       Tarvo Langeberg
 SF  Where the Heart Is                 Arthur M. Doweyko
 F   The Labyrinthine Ways              Jacob Rennick
 F   The Golden Touch Chapter 8         April Hicks
 SF  Martians!!                         Tom Adams
 SF  The Glass Sarcophagus, Chapter 22  Ron Stevenson
 SF  Diversity Is a Muth                Jason J. Nugent
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapter 18      April Weeks
 SF  Paradox, Chapters 1-5              Mark Dugdale
 F   The Sacrifice                      Adrianne Lloyd
 SF  Territory: Part One _Working Title_ _Prologue Only_  Justin Petermann
 F   Renewing Eden                      Michelle Pressma
 SF  The Northern Star                  Steve Ayers
 SF  Benedict                           Christian Roberts
 SF  Frozen                             Steve Donnelly
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 2          Kim Smeltzer
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16  Keir Puplett
 F   Keeping Low-Key                    Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Under the Pin                      Laura-Marie Steele
 SF  Waking the Giant                   Stephen Shewmake
 F   The Coal Remembers What It Was     Paul R. Hardy
 SF  Scarecrow                          Russ N.
 SF  Jack and Blue, Chapters 1-2        Andrew Burleson
 F   The Lovely Mousetrap               Learned Foote
 SF  The Galactic Twins                 Dottie Blackshear
      (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]"):
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 3          Kim Smeltzer [24-Aug-2016]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3  Joy Landa [10-Aug-2016]
 F   The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 SF  B.E.T.A. section 3 _chapters 11 -15_  Sam Bullers [10-Aug-2016]
 F   Low-Key Dealings                   Joel E. Roosa [24-Aug-2016]
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 23-25  Russell Adams [3-Aug-2016]
 F   Round Two                          Joel E. Roosa [?]
 SF  Forever Grey, Chapters 7 & 8       Greg Tracii [17-Aug-2016]
 F   The Goblin King's Skull _prologue, chapters 1-2_  Mark DeVries [17-Aug-2016]
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 16-17  Keir Puplett [24-Aug-2016]
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 18-19  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Ruffio                             Ashleigh Richie [3-Aug-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   One of a Kind                      Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-2016]
 F   Living Color                       Alec E. B. [06-Jul-2016]
 F   Girl of Flame and Smoke            Olivia J Martelli [06-Jul-2016]
 H   Through the Mind of a Seer, _Chapters 1-3_  Melissa Malo [13-Jul-2016]
 H   The Clock Ticks Into Madness       Ashley Bennett [20-Jul-2016]
 F   Elim Kingfisher, Chapter 1         William R. Weaver [27-Jul-2016]
 F   Currently No Title                 Zach Landon [27-Jul-2016]

>> 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.]