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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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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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New Book from a Critter Member

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The Sigil Trilogy

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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 17-Aug-2016 (Crits due 24-Aug-2016):
 F   Keeping Low-Key                    Joel E. Roosa -#26089
 SF  Frozen                             Steve Donnelly -#26090
 SF  Benedict                           Christian Roberts -#26091
 F   The Golden Touch Chapter 8         April Hicks -#26092
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16  Keir Puplett -#26093
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 2          Kim Smeltzer -#26094
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapter 18      April Weeks -#26095
 SF  Waking the Giant                   Stephen Shewmake -#26096
 SF  Under the Pin                      Laura-Marie Steele -#26097
 SF  Diversity Is a Muth                Jason J. Nugent -#26098
 SF  Martians!!                         Tom Adams -#26099
 SF  Paradox, Chapters 1-5              Mark Dugdale -#26100
 SF  The Glass Sarcophagus, Chapter 22  Ron Stevenson -#26101
 F   Renewing Eden                      Michelle Pressma -#26102
 SF  The Northern Star                  Steve Ayers -#26103
 F   The Sacrifice                      Adrianne Lloyd -#26104

Week of 24-Aug-2016 (Crits due 31-Aug-2016):
 F   Low-Key Dealings                   [mpc] Joel E. Roosa
 F   The Coal Remembers What It Was     Paul R. Hardy
 SF  Scarecrow                          Russ N.
 SF  Jack and Blue, Chapters 1-2        Andrew Burleson
 F   The Lovely Mousetrap               Learned Foote
 SF  The Galactic Twins                 Dottie Blackshear
 SF  Courtship Run                      Scott Nash
 SF  Trial and Error                    Richard Aaron
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 1-5  AndyLee
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 23-25  Russell Adams
 F   Ruffio                             Ashleigh Richie
 SF  Bliss                              Fred Obermeyer
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 11-17  Michelle Johnson
 SF  TransNormal                        Debra Mckenzie
 H   The Day the Sun Shone Still Chaps 1-3  Kyle Guerin
 F   Fade Away                          Carl Alves
 H   Gas Pedal                          Matthew Weber
 H   The Butcher                        Trudy White
 F   Children of Clay, Chapters 1-3     Ono Ekeh
 F   Solum: A Queen Has Risen Book 2 Chapters 1 - 3  Tracey Bond-Heird
 F   Escapism                           Ryan Jordan

Week of 31-Aug-2016 (Crits due 7-Sep-2016):
 SF  Sister Shotgun                     Anna Salonen
 H   The Fragrance of Chantilly         Annette Hamilton
 SF  Man, Dog, Robot                    Dave Beavers
 F   A Very Grinka Christmas            Lori Phillips
 F   Blood City                         Scott Towler
 F   Voice Stewards, Part 1, Chapters 1-3  Robyn Detterline
 SF  Oscars on the Rue Jules Verne      L Chan
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3  Joy Landa
 SF  B.E.T.A. section 3 _chapters 11 -15_  Sam Bullers
 F   Cup of Blue                        Mari Mitchell
 H   Wake Up                            Eric Anderson
 F   Walkers of Ertensea, Ch 1 - 4      Magnus D. Jorgensen
 F   Encounter at Durheim Crossroads    Chet Gottfried
 SF  Starcrossed Journey _Starcrossed book 2_  Ryan Anderson
 SF  The Box of Reeducation             Man-Chung Fung
 SF  The Dolphins of New Orleans        Rebecca DeVendra
 F   Two Dead Men and a Trunk           Marc A Criley
 F   Arugula                            Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  The Small Bang                     Matthew Duerst
 F   Trapped Prey                       Jeffrey Hall

Week of 7-Sep-2016 (Crits due 14-Sep-2016):
 SF  Sex Sells                          Christoph Weber
 SF  The Orb Weaver's Gift 1.0          Lee P. Melling
 F   The Idol                           Gene K. Boyd
 SF  Skin Chapters 1 - 2                Kate Krake
 F   Tawdry Business - Chapter 1        Jacob Roche
 SF  Forever Grey, Chapters 7 & 8       Greg Tracii
 F   The Goblin King's Skull _prologue, chapters 1-2_  Mark DeVries
 F   SYNOPSIS _for fantasy novel_       Rebecca Lyons
 SF  Martian Lives Matter               Ian Gillespie
 SF  No Matter the Cost                 Alex Robinson
 SF  Character Flaw                     Henry McGarland
 SF  Allegra Complex Chapters 1-2       Michael Winer
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 H   The Eyes of Abyss                  Sandor Kovacs
 F   The Iris of Morgance, Chapter 1-2  Noelle A. Fox
 SF  Medicine Books                     Cheryl Baker
 SF  The Memory Trees                   Lora Kilpatrick
 SF  Ephemeris 01                       Mike Baltar
 H   Freshmint                          Mijat Vujačić
 F   Adventures of Althalos             Connor Harris
 SF  Surveillance State                 Keith Peck
 H   The Middendorf: Part One           Don Sabo
 F   The Tower of Fire, Chapters 3-4    Jennifer Neal
 SF  Jovian Wolf                        Kristopher Horton
 SF  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       David John Baker
      (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]"):
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 3          Kim Smeltzer [24-Aug-2016]
 F   The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Round Two                          Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 16-17  Keir Puplett [24-Aug-2016]
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 18-19  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 6-9  Andy Lee [31-Aug-2016]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 10-12  Andy Lee [?]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 13-16  Andy Lee [?]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 17-19  Andy Lee [?]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 20  Andy Lee [?]
 SF  The Vampire Hunter part 4          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 26-28  Russell Adams [31-Aug-2016]
 SF  Oscars on the Rue Jules Verne‏   L Chan [7-Sep-2016]
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapters 9-10       Greg Tracii [14-Sep-2016]
 SF  The Thaw                           Man-Chung Fung [7-Sep-2016]
 SF  Keys to Happiness                  Stephen Shewmake [24-Aug-2016]
 H   Who I Am                           Carl Alves [31-Aug-2016]
 SF  The Rabbit and the Apple           Christian Roberts [24-Aug-2016]
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 5-6    Magnus D. Jorgensen [7-Sep-2016]
 F   If You Could Fly                   Sandor Kovacs [14-Sep-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   One of a Kind                      Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-2016]
 F   Living Color                       Alec E. B. [06-Jul-2016]
 F   Girl of Flame and Smoke            Olivia J Martelli [06-Jul-2016]
 H   Through the Mind of a Seer, _Chapters 1-3_  Melissa Malo [13-Jul-2016]
 H   The Clock Ticks Into Madness       Ashley Bennett [20-Jul-2016]
 F   Currently No Title                 Zach Landon [27-Jul-2016]
 H   A Light in Hell _draft 5_          Cedric Kulacz [03-Aug-2016]
 SF  And Cold as the Clay               Richard P. Sanders [03-Aug-2016]
 H   The Keepers of the Stars, Prologue  Jeff Roberts [03-Aug-2016]
 F   A Musician Enthroned, Chapters 1-6  Amisha Kirti Gupta [10-Aug-2016]
 F   Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4       Tarvo Langeberg [17-Aug-2016]
 SF  Where the Heart Is                 Arthur M. Doweyko [17-Aug-2016]
 F   The Labyrinthine Ways              Jacob Rennick [17-Aug-2016]
 SF  Territory: Part One _Working Title_ _Prologue Only_  Justin Petermann [17-Aug-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.]