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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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The Sigil Trilogy

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How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

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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 21-Oct-2020 (Crits due 28-Oct-2020):
 SF  The Pole Star                      [mpc] Quinault Childs -#29499
 SF  The Ambassador Attends the Final Fair revision 4.2  Robert Harpold -#29500
 H   The Beautiful Creatures            Carl Alves -#29501
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 2    Charles Gull -#29502
 SF  Azad Chapters 1-2                  Pamela Najar -#29503
 H   Spiders Under the Skin             [@] Larry Hodges -#29504
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapters 9-11          James Edmund Dennis -#29505
 F   Faster Than the Dead               Michelle Ng -#29506
 SF  Little Bear, Chapters 1-2          Christopher Ross -#29507
 F   The Last Dameryx                   Kelly Parrish -#29508
 F   Hallowed Beasts Chapters 1-3       Katelyn Sullivan -#29509
 SF  The Barrier Between                Kate Genellie -#29510
 F   Worms of Flesh, Worms of Faith     Jordan Chase-Young -#29511
 SF  The Strange Case of Theda Vermaak  Sonja Myers -#29512

Week of 28-Oct-2020 (Crits due 4-Nov-2020):
 F   Into Trees                         [mpc] Ray N. Franklin
 SF  The Light and the Dark             Richard Zwicker
 F   Stolen Blade, Chapters 1-2         Samia Hayes
 SF  Empire                             Emilio Serrano
 SF  The Wayfarer, Ch. 1                Zachary Kekac
 SF  The Fourth Instar                  Kate Kelley
 SF  Mac The Wife                       John Griffin
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 4                 Jeff Naylor
 H   Praying for Sunrise                Jim Keane
 H   Chimney Sweep                      Jude Matulich-Hall
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-5          Jeff Richardson
 F   Riding the Midnight Breeze         Joe Olson
 H   A Family Recipe for Spice Cake     Madeline Jacobson
 SF  Forever Grey Chapters 2-3          Greg Tracii
 F   The Greatest City Chapters 13-17   Clayton Niehaus

Week of 4-Nov-2020 (Crits due 11-Nov-2020):
 F   Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 5: Part Four: Crossing Shabhaan's Road  William L Hunt
 H   The Bump                           Victor Jimenez
 F   Magic Adrift                       Robin Eliot
 F   Once Upon a Tattered Toll          Hannah Azok
 SF  Too Slow for Surgery               Russell Weisfield
 H   Reality Peel 1 of 6                Dan Jolie
 F   Treewalker, Teaser and Chapter 1   Jay D. Califf
 SF  Red Eye                            Brian Lonberg
 F   Calling Them                       Henry McFarland
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapter 1    John Christopher
 SF  The Way of the Warrior             Boris Layupan
 SF  A Well Calculated Life             Scott Towler
 SF  In the Moment                      Barry Burnett
 F   Rockie's Dream                     Matthew J Olson

Week of 11-Nov-2020 (Crits due 18-Nov-2020):
 F   Unbroken                           Laura Engelhardt
 F   The Winter Bear                    Isabel Heynen
 H   Roy G. Biv                         Elizabeth Montour
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapters 11-12    Garrett Menning
 SF  The Fair                           Jeffrey Abrams
 F   Bridge at Ramageddon Chapm 2 & 3   Wayne M Merritt
 SF  Chasidy Pascoe and the Carnival of Wonders  Bill Stiteler
 SF  Trade You Valentines Day for Halloween  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Swipe Life                         Matt Krizan
 SF  Dreams on a Drifter                Quinault Childs
 SF  Prelude:The Tides of Earth chapters  J. H. Tabbott
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 31-32  Eric Wilson
 SF  In the Country of Endless Daylight  scottt godfrey
 SF  Next                               Charles Botsford
 SF  Cyberhomeless                      Alex Vinicius Santana Souza
 SF  When Love Goes Down the Drain      Michael Stevens
 SF  Madness Reigns Supreme - Chapter 3  Joshua Lieblein
 F   A Parting of Ways                  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Blood and Talent                   Jamie M. Boyd
 SF  The Specimen                       Eric Honour
      (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]"):
 SF  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 F   Cloud Tracker                      Kaitlyn Mattson [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 3    Charles Gull [28-Oct-2020]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 4    Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   No Smoking Allowed                 Jude Matulich-Hall [4-Nov-2020]
 F   From Trash to Treasure             Jude Matulich-Hall [?]
 SF  Download                           scottt godfrey [18-Nov-2020]
 SF  Guidepost                          scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Hand                           scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  House                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Her Desher                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Qwulne                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Prey                               scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Mites                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  La'Sann                            scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Invisible Bodies                   Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [18-Nov-2020]
 H   The Midnight Train Murders New Revision  Jim Keane [4-Nov-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 33-35  Eric Wilson [18-Nov-2020]
 H   The Elevator                       Jim Keane [?]
 H   Birdbath                           Jude Matulich-Hall [?]
 SF  The Engineer's Gamble              Robert Harpold [28-Oct-2020]
 SF  Hanover, Chapters 1-4              Jeff Richardson [4-Nov-2020]
 H   The Curse NEW REVISION             Jim Keane [?]
 SF  Roland Darleigh                    Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Worlds of the Black Sun        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Wendigo                        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 5                 Jeff Naylor [4-Nov-2020]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 6                 Jeff Naylor [?]
 H   The Lure New Revision              Jim Keane [?]
 F   Eternal Shades in Heat and Frost   Jordan Chase-Young [28-Oct-2020]
 H   Possession Is Ten-tenths of the Law  Richard Zwicker [4-Nov-2020]
 F   The Pursuit of Eternal Love        Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?]
 SF  MONSTER!                           Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?]
 SF  Two Tickets for Purgatory          Richard Zwicker [?]
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapters 7-8  John Christopher [11-Nov-2020]
 SF  A Momentary Switch                 Charles Botsford [18-Nov-2020]
 SF  How To Catch a Finch               Michael Stevens [18-Nov-2020]
 SF  Prelude: The Tides of Earth chapters 35-37  J. H. Tabbott [18-Nov-2020]
 SF  The Queen                          Kate Genellie [28-Oct-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele [26-Aug-2020]
 SF  Of Buggies and Behemoths           Sarah Rebecca Hovorka [26-Aug-2020]
 F   AK Book Excerpt - 1                angela shteynbak [09-Sep-2020]
 SF  Sweet Petals"-excerpt              John Bettinger [09-Sep-2020]
 SF  Towers in the dark. Chapter 1      Roman Rafalson [23-Sep-2020]
 SF  Mae's Mission                      Jed Brinkley [07-Oct-2020]
 SF  All in the Eyes of the Owl Prelude-Ch3  Nathan B. Bair [14-Oct-2020]
 F   Kaileva                            Sara Kilgore [21-Oct-2020]
 F   Maegics Heir: Mind Maege Predator  Guy L Cramb [21-Oct-2020]

>> 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.]