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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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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-Feb-2015 (Crits due 4-Mar-2015):
 F   Calypso                            P.E. Zimmerman -#24581
 SF  Entanglement                       Neal Williams -#24582
 F   Covenant of the Sword, Chapter 1, opening  Carol Wuenschell -#24583
 F   The Wind and the Way Home          Eugenia Triantafyllou -#24584
 F   The Water Cure                     Alexander Leger-Small -#24585
 SF  The Rescue Mission _2nd draft_     Anna Salonen -#24586
 SF  Customer Service                   Justin C. Key -#24587
 SF  The Hob's Friend                   Lance Burri -#24588
 SF  The Last Stand                     Christoph Weber -#24589
 H   Pauly                              Jeffrey Abrams -#24590
 F   Rubbish and Raspberries - a retelling  Aleksandra Pantic -#24591
 SF  Desire                             [@] David John Baker -#24592
 F   Pride and Joy                      Eric Landreneau -#24593
 F   Waste Places Chapter 1-2           Judith Pratt -#24594
 SF  The Baby Snatchers, Chapter 1      Vidal Cid -#24595
 SF  Fine Print                         D.J. Diehl -#24596
 SF  Paolo, Friend Paolo                Kurt Hunt -#24597
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 1                 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24598

Week of 4-Mar-2015 (Crits due 11-Mar-2015):
 H   Merenville Monkeys                 M.B.Vujacic
 F   Of Wandering and Loss              Ryan Anderson
 H   The Balloon game, Chapter 3        Andrew Richardson
 SF  Inconspicuous Absence              Brad Preslar
 F   Gathering of the Gifts, ch 3 part 2  Robert Shmigelsky
 SF  Tendrils Beneath the Skin          Derrick Boden
 SF  The Ant Commandments               Learned Foote
 SF  Smoke and Mirrors                  Guy Riessen
 F   9/10ths                            Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Spear Ch 19                        Kristopher Horton
 F   The Ivory Mask _final revision_    Margaret Moller
 SF  Messages from Home                 Bill Worcester
 F   Bob's No-Kill Monster Shelter      Ian Creasey
 H   Stranded                           Carl Alves
 F   Dialogues of the Ethereal Birdmen  Joshua Orr
 SF  Aka                                Ife Ibitayo
 F   Wounded Dreams, Prologue and Chapter 1  Theresa von Kuegelgen
 SF  Alone Again                        Traci Loudin
 F   The Retrievers, Chapter 5          Mark A Dawson
 F   No Complaints                      Ed Kratz

Week of 11-Mar-2015 (Crits due 18-Mar-2015):
 F   The Vampire Iain                   Kim Smeltzer
 SF  Foreign:147 Days, Act 1, Modern Savages, chapter 1-2  Alitha E. Martinez
 SF  Traveller's Blues - A mystery in space  Andrew J Chamberlain
 SF  An Island Too Lovely, Chapters 1-2  Deborah Kaminski
 H   Another Night in Paradise          Dale W. Glaser
 SF  Melon Chapter one                  Tom Grayhorse
 H   Wolf Moon                          Del Bailey
 SF  Converter                          Russell Nichols
 SF  Catapulting to the Pool of Heaven  Eric Schwitzgebel
 F   The Lilies of Dawn                 Vanessa Fogg
 SF  Tephra Chapter 1 - The Breach      Sean Green
 SF  Project Panacea, Chapters 1-2      Johan H N Floderus
 F   The Bluehaven Manifesto, Prologues 1-4  Trevor J Wallace
 SF  A Mighty Fortress is Our God       Dirck de Lint
 SF  Worthless Gold                     Ronald Hurst
 SF  Changing Times                     Mike Mullen
 SF  Chasidy Pascoe and the Ontario Flyer Alternate Openings  Bill Stiteler
 SF  Where Is Asteroid 2021GB Pt.1      Connor W. Anderson
 SF  Those Possessed                    Gary Goodson
 F   The Girl and the Poltergeist       Suzanna Linton
 F   Red Queen, Chapters 1-2            Jo Jaquinta
 SF  Someone Might Win                  Marty Bonus
 SF  The Last Master of the Mantis Shrimp  Coleman Gailloreto
 H   After Yule                         Rayne Hall
 F   The Wizard King                    Christopher J. Piatti
 SF  Time On The Side                   C. John Griffin
 H   Count Your Limbs                   Miah Goodreau
 SF  Feeding the Silence                Richard Zwicker
 SF  Paradise Axis                      Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   Viraetes Island Part #             Miah Goodreau
 F   The Vampire Storm - Primal Skies #4  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  The Battle Outside the Dome        Keir Puplett
 H   Breakfast with Mr Honeydew         Nicholas Stella
 F   Dead Times, Chapter 1              Martha Burns
 SF  The Fitting                        Bryan Perkins
 H   179 Degrees                        Bob Barwell
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 10-12  Russell Adams
 SF  Jimmy's Magic Set                  Iain Ishbel
 SF  Lemonade for the Dead revised      Robert Harpold
 SF  Attachment                         Tania Robinson
 SF  Pixel Heart                        Will Milner
 F   Free Radicals , Chapters 1 - 4     Amanda Acton
 H   Bad Brunch in the Big Easy         Matthew Weber
      (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 [?]
 H   Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze  Rayne Hall [18-Mar-2015]
 H   My Soul, For Mommy's               Justin C. Key [4-Mar-2015]
 H   Virgins Of The Sea                 Justin C. Key [?]
 F   The Beginning of the End           Traci Loudin [11-Mar-2015]
 F   Viraetes Island Part 2             Miah Goodreau [18-Mar-2015]
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 2                 Mindy Peterman [4-Mar-2015]
 SF  Messin' With Slavers               C. John Griffin [18-Mar-2015]
 F   The Retrievers Chapter 6           Mark A Dawson [11-Mar-2015]
 F   Waste Places Chapter 3-4           Judith Pratt [4-Mar-2015]
 F   The Vampire's Daughter             Kim Smeltzer [18-Mar-2015]
 SF  Blood on the Horizon               Derrick Boden [11-Mar-2015]
 F   Viraetes Island Part 4             Miah Goodreau [?]
 F   The Goose, the Goddess, and the Lost Golden Coin  Lance Burri [4-Mar-2015]
 F   Maryam That Was                    Alexander Leger-Small [4-Mar-2015]
 H   Old 237                            Dirck de Lint [18-Mar-2015]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Among the Orangutans               Joseph E. Lerner [07-Jan-2015]
 F   Innocenza, Chapter 1               Joshua Ward [07-Jan-2015]
 F   Answer                             Hugo Xiong [14-Jan-2015]
 F   Night of Vlad                      Amal singh [21-Jan-2015]
 H   The Phantom Queen                  Stephen Lewis [21-Jan-2015]
 F   Once Upon a Midnight Moon: Feral   Kaitlin R. Niblock [28-Jan-2015]
 SF  The Time Stone                     Jeffrey J. Estrella [11-Feb-2015]
 H   The Thing                          Robert Graph [11-Feb-2015]
 SF  Jay's Investigation _Part One_     Joe Camera [11-Feb-2015]
 SF  Lisa Rains, The Progeny, Chapters 0-5  Terry D. Pleasant [11-Feb-2015]
 H   Paradise Cemetery                  David A. Forrester [18-Feb-2015]
 H   The Smile in the Window", Prologue  Graham Payton [18-Feb-2015]
 SF  Circus at Twilight                 Daniel C. Haracz [25-Feb-2015]
 SF  To Dream a White Dove              peter sides [25-Feb-2015]
 F   Past the Horizon                   Jacob Rennick [25-Feb-2015]
 F   The Eternal, Chapter 1             Faisal Shamas [25-Feb-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.]