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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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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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New Book from a Critter Member

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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.

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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 19-Nov-2014 (Crits due 26-Nov-2014):
 F   Troubled Minds                     [mpc] Christopher Knighton -#24288
 F   Tribute, Chapters 0-1              Andrew Richardson -#24289
 F   Misson                             Stephanie Pace -#24290
 F   Tongues of Clay                    [@] Megan Hutchins -#24291
 SF  Those Possessed                    Gary Goodson -#24292
 SF  Jury Duty                          Jonathan Byrne -#24293
 F   9/10ths                            Joel E. Roosa -#24294
 F   White Mountain                     James Witherspoon -#24295
 F   Robert Fairweather and the Wrong Ticket  Mark Rookyard -#24296
 SF  Taken                              Mel Corbett -#24297
 F   The Song of the Destroyer of Zin   Alex Avrio -#24298
 H   Last Supper                        M.B.Vujacic -#24299
 F   The Dragon's Destiny               Christopher J. Piatti -#24300
 SF  Dermis                             Michael Reid -#24301
 SF  Soulshifter                        Christoph Weber -#24302
 SF  Heartburn                          Mertcan Hekimoglu -#24303
 SF  Against All Odds                   A Wisham -#24304
 F   The Contest                        Charles Femia -#24305
 SF  Mnemecide                          Irene Ying -#24306
 H   The Pizza Mystery                  Nicholaus Patnaude -#24307
 SF  Recoded                            Ryan K Alford -#24308

Week of 26-Nov-2014 (Crits due 3-Dec-2014):
 SF  The Man _Book One_ Invaders of the Parallel Soul, Chapters 1-4  Julius Robinson
 SF  TM Blues                           Charles Hand
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapter 1               Patrick Sanders
 SF  The Cloning of Bethany Tillman     S.C. Hickman
 SF  The Last Word                      Christian Roberts
 F   The Guild of Carters               Noeleen Kavanagh
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple
 SF  Print Addict                       Samara Lo
 F   Calypso                            P.E. Zimmerman
 SF  Trouble with Debutantes            Katherine J Fairbanks
 SF  Timecrash Wildlife - Chapter 1     Sarah Little
 SF  Good Housekeeping                  Chris Countryman
 F   Blood Storm, Chapters 1-6          Charlie Tupman
 F   Heroes Rising, Chapter 1           Gia M. Snyder
 H   Monsters of Pittsburgh 5: Humans   Kate Whitaker
 F   Virtual Boy                        Martha Burns
 F   Children of God, Chapter 3         Marescha Muys
 SF  The Astrotheometrist               Dom Dulley
 SF  The Talosian redemption, chapter 2  Mick Dunn
 F   The Cross, The Mother              Alexander Leger-Small

Week of 3-Dec-2014 (Crits due 10-Dec-2014):
 H   The Thing by the Marsh             Carl Alves
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 4-5  Charles Leighton
 SF  Chasing Gazelles                   Michael Dorken
 F   Altars                             Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 F   Undying Restiveness                EishaAhmed
 F   The Retrievers Chapter 1           Mark Dawson
 F   Mage Dot Com                       Rob Gilliam
 SF  Stay for Dinner                    Brad Preslar
 SF  Downstairs, Chapter 1              Stephen Ornes
 F   The End At The Park                Sean Whelan
 SF  Cuban Missile Strike               Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   The Witch of the Witherwoods       Anna Salonen
 H   The Not, Chapter 37                A. R. Braun
 SF  Henry The Last, Chapters 1 and 2   Arthur M. Doweyko
 H   The Face in the Well               Stephanie Harshman Diaz
 F   Boy God                            Hernan Garcia
 SF  A Fire Beneath                     Derrick Boden
 H   The Spoiler                        Matthew Weber
 SF  Burn the Land and Boil the Sea     Kristopher Horton
 F   Mating Material                    Amanda Niehaus-Hard
 F   No titles.                         Brianna O'Gorman
 SF  The Thousand Century Burn          Louis J. West
 SF  Alone at Last                      Adrian Brisland
 H   Saga of a fallen hero ch 11, part 1  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Defender: Return of the Harkers    Eric Juneau
      (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   Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2  Ben Knox [?]
 SF  Search the Stars                   Mark Rookyard [26-Nov-2014]
 SF  Death Panel                        Christoph Weber [26-Nov-2014]
 SF  The Ant People                     Charles Hand [3-Dec-2014]
 SF  The Wells Experience               Mark Rookyard [?]
 F   Darkest night                      Mick Dunn [3-Dec-2014]
 F   The Birds of Avacine               Alexander Leger-Small [10-Dec-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Along the River                    Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014]
 F   The Silver Tree - Chapter 1        A. Cobb [29-Oct-2014]
 SF  They Don't Always Mean What They Say  Anir Raj [29-Oct-2014]
 F   The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2  Sean Morge [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4  Brian Hansen [12-Nov-2014]
 H   Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles  Junior Sixx [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Kanda in Venus                     Jesse Corrigan [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Superhero Pioneer Dies             John Siebelink [19-Nov-2014]
 SF  Wilma's War                        Tobias G [19-Nov-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.]