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Critter Notices


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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!

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Announcing ReAnimus Press

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Critters is 25!

This November, Critters is 25 years old! Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

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 19-Jan-2022 (Crits due 26-Jan-2022):
 H   Death Mask                         Douglas Kolacki -#30360
 SF  The Time and Place of the Invasion  Larry Hodges -#30361
 H   Deal at the Crossroads             Galen T. Pickett -#30362
 SF  The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 2 of 7  Dan Jolie -#30363
 SF  Twisting The Knife                 N. M. Dudack -#30364
 SF  Who Rules the Dreary Coast         Will Milner -#30365
 F   Wisteria, Protect the Spring       Zen Sugino -#30366
 F   The Troll and the Mage             Nell Norrell -#30367
 H   Skin of the Beast                  Monica Rubio -#30368
 F   Mirrored, Chapter 3 & 4            Rachel Messinger -#30369
 F   Soldier                            Michael Oduah -#30370
 SF  Pseudoscience, Chapters 3-4        Eddie Beeby -#30371

Week of 26-Jan-2022 (Crits due 2-Feb-2022):
 H   The Church                         [mpc] Alex Vinicius Santana Souza
 SF  The Doberman                       [@] Larry Hodges
 SF  Less Than a Heartline Away         [@] Renan Bernardo
 F   Paper and Pencil V3                Andrew Giffin
 F   The Gift of Giving                 Gary Owens
 SF  The Caledonia Hotel Chapters 1-5   Michael Stevens
 SF  Of Fog and Tusk: Section Two       Tina Fox Berry
 F   By Fire Unto the Lord              Jake Townsend
 SF  Simulated Baby                     H. D. Hefner
 SF  The Portal                         James Keane
 F   The Rat King                       Joseph Eno

Week of 2-Feb-2022 (Crits due 9-Feb-2022):
 H   Raging Bull                        E. McGeachie
 SF  The Unexamined Life                John Willems
 SF  SpaceKitty Adventures: Dogged Pursuit!  Marc Fleury
 H   When Darkness Comes Chapt 2-3      Kerry Cathers
 F   The Rabbi, the Cheetah, and the Demon Tamer _part 1 of 2_  Ron Fein
 SF  November Worlds, ch. 12-14         V. R. Craft
 SF  The iBrain Syndicate War, Chapter 1 and Synopsis  Charles Botsford
 F   Five Fantastic Sure-Fire Ways to Get Rich Quick _V2_  Christopher Blake
 F   AllWorlds Anarchy Chapters Eleven - Fourteen  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Ivory The Dark Mistress Chapter 1  Sable Balmes
      (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  Cell Phone                         Jim Keane [2-Feb-2022]
 H   Rough Flight                       Jim Keane [?]
 H   The Elevator                       Jim Keane [?]
 SF  The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 3 of 7  Dan Jolie [26-Jan-2022]
 H   The Camping Trip                   Jim Keane [?]
 SF  The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 4 of 7  Dan Jolie [?]
 F   Peaches and the Recently Dead Miss Adkins  Nell Norrell [26-Jan-2022]
 SF  Pseudoscience, Chapters 5-6        Eddie Beeby [26-Jan-2022]
 SF  The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 5 of 7  Dan Jolie [?]
 SF  The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 6 of 7  Dan Jolie [?]
 SF  Of Fog and Tusk: Section Three     Tina Fox Berry [2-Feb-2022]
 F   Mirrored, Chapter 5 & 6            Rachel Messinger [26-Jan-2022]
 SF  Mining Spacetime                   Galen T. Pickett [26-Jan-2022]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  I Am the Mouth Who Has Lost Our Heart  Jan Turner [05-Jan-2022]
 F   Chrysalette, Chapter 1&2           William Joyce [19-Jan-2022]
 F   CDGD: Concrete Daisies and Gunpowder Dice  Ben Turner [19-Jan-2022]

>> 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.]