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Preditors & Editors Changeover

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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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Critters is 20!

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The Critters Queue

Submission files 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-May-2016 (Crits due 1-Jun-2016):
 SF  Love, Lust, and Loss in Wartime    [mpc] Robert Harpold -#25879
 SF  Repeat as Necessary                Richard Zwicker -#25880
 SF  All the Time in the World          Anna Salonen -#25881
 SF  Aquarius Rising 3: The Price of Eden  Brian Burt -#25882
 SF  Such Stuff as Stars are Made of    Christoph Weber -#25883
 SF  The Punishment Machine             Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#25884
 F   Hamlet of Horrors                  Christopher J. Piatti -#25885
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller -#25886
 F   The Fairy Flu                      Joy Schultz -#25887
 SF  The Intended                       [@] David John Baker -#25888
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans       Joy Landa -#25889
 H   Fairy Love                         Ed Kratz -#25890
 SF  The 3 Skulls of Jonafyn Kreuw Ch. 1  George O'Gorman -#25891
 SF  The Regenerates Trilogy Book One: Project Phoenix Chapters 7-  Anna Muckenfuss -#25892
 F   White Eyes, Chapters 0-1           Helen Petrovic -#25893
 SF  Long Past Gone                     Peter Naggi -#25894
 F   No Fun                             Sayan Maitra -#25895

Week of 1-Jun-2016 (Crits due 8-Jun-2016):
 SF  The Final Experience               Rebecca DeVendra
 F   Darkness Falling Book 1 Maximum Midnight, Prelude  George Sartiano
 SF  Suicide Girl                       Jasmine Templet
 F   A is for Alphabet, Z is for Nothing  Jeffrey Hall
 SF  Magnificent Chibi Ascendance Visits the Vet  Paul R. Hardy
 SF  So You Won't Have to Kill Anyone for Food  Christian Roberts
 SF  The Tail of the DIstribution       Henry McFarland
 H   Cookies                            Matthew Weber
 SF  Mercury Rev                        Neal Williams
 SF  Reenactment                        Marc A Criley
 F   No Shoes, No Shirt, No Solace      Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Convergence                        Troy McLaughlan
 F   The Iris of Morgance               Noelle A. Fox
 F   Work In Progress, Chapter 1        Margaret Brier
 F   The Far Scribe: Prologue and Chapter 1  Coinneach Hutchinson
 F   The Interview                      Ryan Brown
 SF  Pirates of the Belt                Kristopher Horton
 F   Once Again: A Modern Fairy Tale - Foreword - Ch. 2  M. Kari Barr
 H   The House at Half-Hill             Sandor Kovacs
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 9 - Dancing On Your Grave  Tambrey Granneman

Week of 8-Jun-2016 (Crits due 15-Jun-2016):
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters VII-VIII  Joel E. Roosa
 F   The Beer Dilemma                   Eric Weaver
 F   Throwing the Switch                Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 F   A Paleolithic Fable Chapters 29-51  Shane Thomas
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 17-20  Russell Adams
 SF  The Blue Skies of Freehelm         Aaron Moskalik
 F   Curse, Chapters 1-2                Andrew Richardson
 F   A Last Request                     Bret Parent
 F   The Vow                            Joy Pixley
 F   The Bone Lands                     Vanessa Fogg
 H   Prisoner of Honor, Chapters 1-2    Matthew Duerst
 SF  Through the Backdoor: Part 1       Alexandra
 SF  The Slaying of Fear                Mark Rawlings
 F   A Dog, a Rat, and a Hundred Thousand Snakes: How I Escaped Certain Death by the Hair of Someone Else's Chin, Leaving Something Like Peace _and Most of My Daggers_ Behind Me  Matt Dovey & Stewart C Baker
 H   A Light in Hell                    Cedric Kulacz
 F   If Stan Lee Wrote Bambi            Wilber Arron
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 F   The Vampire Queen part 3 - Primal Skies #15  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  Lonely Sky                         Amanda H. Geard
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 8-10  Keir Puplett
 F   One Word                           Brian Kemper
 SF  Tremors                            Jason Arquin
 SF  The Third Day                      Wayne Martin
 SF  IN THE NAME OF ______              Serah Welborn
 F   Winter's Past Haunted              Emily Kate Posson
 SF  It Becomes You                     Laura-Marie Steele
 H   Roosevelt Is For Lovers            Jason J. Nugent
      (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 [?]
 SF  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episodes 10-11 _Finale_  Joy Landa [1-Jun-2016]
 F   Nyira and the Invisible Boy        K.M. Harrell [?]
 F   Nyira and the Invisible Boy *RFDR*  K.M. Harrell [?]
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters IX-X  Joel E. Roosa [15-Jun-2016]
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   Emile - an Interlude - Primal Skies series  Kim Smeltzer [15-Jun-2016]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 1          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 2          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 3          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 11-12  Keir Puplett [15-Jun-2016]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 13-14  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   The Far Scribe: Chapter 2          Coinneach Hutchinson [8-Jun-2016]
 F   None So Blind as Those Unseen      Richard Zwicker [1-Jun-2016]
 F   Darkness Falling                   George Sartiano [8-Jun-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   20th In Line, Chapters 1-2         Fatimata B. Jalloh [27-Apr-2016]
 SF  Imperium Chap 1 Part 1             Cassandra Friend [27-Apr-2016]
 H   The Apartment Complex              Adrian J. Brabo [27-Apr-2016]
 F   Penumbra, Chapters 2-3             Nicolas Johnson [27-Apr-2016]
 F   Wednesday                          Arina Pricop [11-May-2016]
 SF  Skyward Descent, Summary & Chapter 1  Graceann Barrett [11-May-2016]
 H   The Way Out                        Gary Buller [11-May-2016]
 SF  Becoming the Dragon                Patrick Sanders [18-May-2016]
 SF  The Apartment Complex outline      Adrian J. Brabo [18-May-2016]
 F   The Dreamscape Aquarium            David Serra [18-May-2016]
 SF  The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One  Thomas John Moscato [25-May-2016]
 F   The Silent Tear, Prologue          Elizabeth Azurra [25-May-2016]
 SF  The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1  Jonathan Bergeron [25-May-2016]

>> 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.]