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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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Announcing ReAnimus Press

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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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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How to Write SF

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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 10-Feb-2016 (Crits due 17-Feb-2016):
 F   When the Gods Are Away, Chapter 09 - 10  [mpc] Robert Harpold -#25582
 F   Our Lady of the Dragons            Eugenia Triantafyllou -#25583
 SF  An Undiplomatic Incident           Paul R. Hardy -#25584
 SF  A Last Day                         Jim Anderson -#25585
 SF  Lost in the Past, ch. 11-15        Ted Cox -#25586
 SF  Bob the Alien                      Ryan Brown -#25587
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 6-8    April Weeks -#25588
 SF  Time Enough for Everything         Joe Williams -#25589
 SF  To Accept What We Cannot           Dan Reade -#25590
 H   The Fall                           Sandor Kovacs -#25591
 H   Thunk                              Lucia Livak -#25592
 F   Soul Keeper, CH. 1                 D. Dyksterhouse -#25593
 SF  Collusion, Chapters 1-3            Alec Saracen -#25594
 SF  The Thrall                         Evangelos Mylonas -#25595

Week of 17-Feb-2016 (Crits due 24-Feb-2016):
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 1&2  Keir Puplett
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 5 - Psycho Killer  Tambrey Granneman
 H   American Gryphons part 2           Kim Smeltzer
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 6-7  Russell Adams
 F   The prince and the witch           Kat Day
 F   Soul Bound, Chapters 1-3           Christina Fritts
 F   The Golden Touch Chapters 1 & 2    April Hicks
 SF  The Lottery Ticket                 April Coan
 H   Unseen                             Kristopher Horton
 SF  Trade Route, Ch. 8--9              Curtis Manges
 SF  Code Red                           Christopher Johnson
 F   Triple Threat, Chapter 1           Darron Wilson
 H   Monsters All                       Richard Zwicker
 F   On Fire                            Mariah Avix
 SF  The Shadow of Armageddon Chapters 3 & 4  Jim LeMay
 F   Werewolf Bite                      Joy Schultz

Week of 24-Feb-2016 (Crits due 2-Mar-2016):
 SF  Fish in a Barrel                   Brian Koukol
 SF  And No More Cat Pictures           Rebecca DeVendra
 F   Mastermind                         Ryan Anderson
 H   Home Invasion                      Stacey Nilsen
 SF  After the Inferno                  Dale W. Glaser
 SF  The Artist Withers Within          Chris Behrsin
 SF  Starter Home                       Adrian J. Brabo
 F   The J'yoti                         Lee Nicol
 F   Unstop the Wind                    Annaliese Lemmon
 F   Jonah and the Raven Girl, Chapters 8-14  Edwin Fu
 H   The Knight Wench                   Jae Blakney
 H   Throat of the Eye                  Jodie Cowan
 SF  Present Loss                       Doug Hamerski
 F   Between Heaven & Hell: A New Beginning - Chapter 2: Save You _Emy_  Arielle Irvine
 F   The Lady of Ironstone              P.E. Zimmerman
 H   I Know the Day You Die             Christian L. Campbell

Week of 2-Mar-2016 (Crits due 9-Mar-2016):
 SF  Better Living through Stochastic Modelling  Marty Bonus
 H   Buckets                            Sarah Kanning
 SF  The Dunschemin Retirement Home for Repentant Supervillains  Ian Creasey
 F   Crows nest.                        James Neale
 H   Slice of Heaven                    Matthew Weber
 SF  Reduce, Reuse, Digest              Shawn Proctor
 F   Tax Purposes                       Carleton Chinner
 SF  Planetwide                         Robert Leishman
 SF  Rich and Perpetual Life            NM Whitley
 F   Thundersong                        Nora Bailey
 SF  The Dark Gray Matter of Celestial Spacetime  Lee P. Melling
 SF  Zero by Zero                       Dave Beavers
 SF  Mira, the Loyal Corgi, Chapters 1-3  Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Hero Valley                        John Barefield
 F   Eagle Claw Serpent Wrap Girl Run   Scott Malabarba
 F   Lure: Chapter 1-2                  Jodi Ralston
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 6 - Martin      Joy Landa
 F   Tales of Maple Threestep: Spirits and Cinnamon Trees Part 5  Jeremiah Goodreau
 F   Waves                              Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 SF  Planet XEE, Chapters 5-8           H. M. Joseph
 F   A Paleolithic Fable chapters 17-20  Shane Thomas
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 23-24  Joel E. Roosa
 F   When the Gods Are Away, Chapter 11  Robert Harpold
 SF  The Sanctuary                      Troy McLaughlan
      (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: Episode 7 - Martin's Misstep  Joy Landa [9-Mar-2016]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 8 - Motives     Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans       Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 10 - Partners   Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 11 - Carpe Diem  Joy Landa [?]
 F   Nyira and the Invisible Boy        K.M. Harrell [?]
 F   Nyira and the Invisible Boy *RFDR*  K.M. Harrell [?]
 F   Jonah and the Raven Girl, Chapters 15-22  Edwin Fu [2-Mar-2016]
 F   Jonah and the Raven Girl, Chapters 23-30  Edwin Fu [?]
 SF  Planet XEE, Chapters 9-12          H. M. Joseph [9-Mar-2016]
 H   Hollow                             Jodie Cowan [2-Mar-2016]
 H   Odd Job                            Adrian J. Brabo [2-Mar-2016]
 F   Nimble Winds at Midnight           Adrian J. Brabo [?]
 H   The Apartment Complex              Adrian J. Brabo [?]
 SF  The Apartment Complex outline      Adrian J. Brabo [?]
 SF  Fantasy Land                       April Coan [24-Feb-2016]
 H   Food and Other Pleasures           Dale W. Glaser [2-Mar-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   SuperNatural: Eternity Chapter 1   Jaclyn Krymowski [06-Jan-2016]
 SF  The Missing Piece                  Nicole K. Westcott [06-Jan-2016]
 F   The Chosen of Yaki: Dragon Slayers, Prologue  Tayler D. Mole [13-Jan-2016]
 H   When a Mind Loses Its Graft        Jeremy Gomito [13-Jan-2016]
 H   Sin No More                        Stefan Lear [20-Jan-2016]
 SF  Baby                               Ed Kratz [03-Feb-2016]
 SF  Planet XEE, Chapters 1-4           H. M. Joseph [10-Feb-2016]
 F   Prophecy Unfolds, Chapters 1 - 5   Brandon Serrano [10-Feb-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.]