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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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Critters is 23!

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New Book from a Critter Member

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The Sigil Trilogy

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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 9-Oct-2019 (Crits due 16-Oct-2019):
 H   Found Dog at the Drive-In          [mpc] Ashleigh Richie -#28739
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 4  Eric Wilson -#28740
 F   Analy Stray                        Kevin P. Hallett -#28741
 SF  Frontier                           Chris Turner -#28742
 SF  The Road to Sanctuary              Dan Reade -#28743
 SF  Nyota's Birds                      Amy Hammack Turner -#28744
 SF  The Sweeter Rest                   Jamie M. Boyd -#28745
 F   Age of Stone, Age of Iron          JF Gabriel -#28746
 SF  Hin2LiftShipRevision01             Bob Freeman -#28747
 SF  Punk's Not Dead                    Andrew Giffin -#28748
 SF  The Churchill War Crimes Tribunal  Clem Freedom -#28749
 F   The Hero's Successor               Annaliese Lemmon -#28750
 F   Well of Solitude                   Lori Phillips -#28751

Week of 16-Oct-2019 (Crits due 23-Oct-2019):
 SF  Perfectly Rational Gamblers        Henry McFarland
 SF  Sleeper Cell                       Jen Glowaski
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapters 2-3      Garrett Menning
 F   The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 4-5   Jason Newman
 F   Gangland, Chapter 1                Carl Alves
 H   Bad Reflection                     Rick Moyer
 SF  A Fire Born-The First Dead Sun     Anthony W
 H   Sometimes I smile                  Geovani Zambrana
 H   Trading It In                      Madison Estes
 SF  The Poor Man's Vacation            Steve Levandoski
 SF  Escape from an Infinite Regress    T M Heckman
 H   My Nephew Will Bury Us in Trash    Ted Carmichael
 H   The Orthogonal Tunnel - Part 1     Joseph Mennuti
 SF  Changelings excerpts revised       Liam Corley
 F   Bang the Drum                      Andrew Dibble
 F   Machine Song Chapter 1 Part 1      Will Milner
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm Chapters 4&5  Javier Sobrado
 F   Daughter of Medusa                 Francine Taylor
 SF  A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 5-8  Clayton Niehaus
 F   Bird Brings in a Threat Part One   ed kratz
 F   Dealing with Wyrms                 Holden Lee
 SF  Punishing Gravity                  Yogesh Mohla
 SF  The Road to Trnovo                 John R. Fino
 SF  Fleet of the Faithless, Chapter I _New_  Nicolas Quattromani
 SF  Free China Part 1                  Ife J. Ibitayo
      (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  LiftShip Design                    Bob Freeman [16-Oct-2019]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 5  Eric Wilson [16-Oct-2019]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 6-8  Eric Wilson [?]
 H   Face Paint                         Geovani Zambrana [23-Oct-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Semper Fidelis: We are Rome        George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019]
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019]
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019]
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019]
 SF  Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3  Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019]
 H   Half-Bedroom                       Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019]
 F   The hole in the whole              Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall        Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019]
 SF  Am I Doing This Right?             Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019]
 H   The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1  Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-2019]
 F   Southern Fried                     Calvin Gregg [21-Aug-2019]
 F   Land of the Enslaved               R.A. Carter [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion   Rweena Samara [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Freedom                            Tyler Sheley [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Penumbra, Prologue & Ch. 1-2       Nick Johnson [11-Sep-2019]
 H   America, America this is You       Korie Conyers [18-Sep-2019]
 H   Decontamination                    Daniel Ensalaco [18-Sep-2019]
 SF  THRESHOLD - Sci-Fi Techno-Thriller  Scott Falcon [02-Oct-2019]
 F   Pathology                          Michael DeDominicis [09-Oct-2019]
 F   The Wolf King Chapters 1-5         Mitch Lankert [09-Oct-2019]

>> 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.]