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Critter Notices

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

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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 17-Dec-2014 (Crits due 24-Dec-2014):
 SF  On the Spectrum                    [mpc] Justin C. Key -#24374
 SF  Officer Snowflake and the Poofy Elf--A Christmas Burlesque  Russell Adams -#24375
 H   The Balloon Game, Chapter 1        Andrew Richardson -#24376
 F   Einar 2, Chapter 1                 [@] Chet Gottfried -#24377
 H   Guilt                              Ed Kratz -#24378
 SF  In the Shadow of Greatness         Robert Harpold -#24379
 SF  Negendank                          Christian Roberts -#24380
 SF  The Ant People                     Charles Hand -#24381
 H   The Party Bus                      Hannah Gorman -#24382
 F   The Birds of Avacine               Alexander Leger-Small -#24383
 H   The Pick                           M.B.Vujacic -#24384
 F   Elusive Game                       David McKay -#24385
 F   Lazifica's Creature Revolt         Christopher J. Piatti -#24386
 F   Darkest night                      Mick Dunn -#24387
 F   The Artist's Meow                  Iqra Asad -#24388
 F   Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2  Ben Knox -#24389
 H   A Name Worth Dying For             Katherine Fairbanks -#24390
 SF  Labyrinth                          Alex Saltman -#24391
 SF  Stasis                             Scott Reed -#24392
 SF  The Corpsman's tale                Fraser Hannah -#24393
 SF  The Nigerian Prince                Janis Zelcans -#24394
 F   Shinigami                          Shawn Muller -#24395

Week of 24-Dec-2014 (Crits due 31-Dec-2014):
 SF  Culture War                        Ralph M. Ambrose
 F   Rusalka Counts the Stars           Aleksandra Pantic
 SF  Spencer v Spencer                  Tim Conder
 SF  Hypermappers _synopsis_            Chris Kenworthy
 F   The Retrievers Chapter 2           Mark Dawson
 H   The Not, Chapter 38                A. R. Braun
 H   To Kill a Guy Twice                Matthew Weber
 SF  Ghosts of Bunker Seven             Derrick Boden
 F   Not Today                          Michael Dorken
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 6-7  Charles Leighton
 SF  Burn the Land and Boil the Sea     Kristopher Horton
 SF  The Lesser Horror _Alt History_ Part 1  Thomas Adams
 SF  The Rescue Mission                 Anna Salonen
 SF  Liar's Moon                        Chris Benson
 SF  Children Of Sadness Ch. 1          Fertessa Scott
 SF  Task Error 13C                     Ian Mark
 SF  The Wells Experience               Mark Rookyard
 SF  The Binding of Abraham             Christoph Weber
 SF  Working Man                        Joel E. Roosa
 F   Liar's Retreat part1               Adrian Brisland
 F   Cleaning the Cottage Naked         Michael Bondies
 SF  Tunguska: The Stealers chapters 1-3  Laura F. Sanchez
 SF  Lady Vindicta                      Ife Ibitayo
 F   Call Waiting                       Irene Ying
 SF  Artifice                           Frank Chambers
      (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  Word From Home                     Mark Rookyard [31-Dec-2014]
 SF  THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL       Eric Schwitzgebel [?]
 F   Mission in Mesopatamia             C.J. Piatti [24-Dec-2014]
 SF  ROOC                               Charles Hand [24-Dec-2014]
 SF  Galloway's Discovery               Christian Roberts [24-Dec-2014]
 SF  Team                               Fraser Hannah [24-Dec-2014]
 F   God's Gumshoe, Draft 2 Chapters 1-2  Russell Adams [24-Dec-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Along the River                    Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014]
 F   The Silver Tree - Chapter 1        A. Cobb [29-Oct-2014]
 SF  They Don't Always Mean What They Say  Anir Raj [29-Oct-2014]
 F   The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2  Sean Morge [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4  Brian Hansen [12-Nov-2014]
 H   Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles  Junior Sixx [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Kanda in Venus                     Jesse Corrigan [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Superhero Pioneer Dies             John Siebelink [19-Nov-2014]
 SF  Wilma's War                        Tobias G [19-Nov-2014]
 F   Blood Storm, Chapters 1-6          Charlie Tupman [26-Nov-2014]
 F   Heroes Rising, Chapter 1           Gia M. Snyder [26-Nov-2014]
 F   Undying Restiveness                EishaAhmed [03-Dec-2014]
 F   No titles.                         Brianna O'Gorman [10-Dec-2014]
 SF  Five Plus One, Prologue-Chapter    C. K. Magtira [10-Dec-2014]

>> 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.]