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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

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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 22-Oct-2014 (Crits due 29-Oct-2014):
 SF  Poutines and Permasys              [mpc] Levi Jacobs -#24194
 F   The Vanquisher                     Carl Alves -#24195
 SF  In Pacem Requiescat                [@] Sean Green -#24196
 SF  Manwork - Revised                  Amanda H. Geard -#24197
 SF  Waking the Giant                   Stephen Shewmake -#24198
 SF  Return to Civilization             Chris Kenworthy -#24199
 SF  This One's For You, Daddy          Fiona Didlick -#24200
 F   The Missing Legion                 Jonathan Byrne -#24201
 SF  Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two     Carlos Mano -#24202
 SF  No S.L.A.M maps for these territories  Will Milner -#24203
 F   The Eaten One                      Vanessa Fogg -#24204
 SF  Isolation                          Joel E. Roosa -#24205
 H   The Mower                          M.B.Vujacic -#24206
 H   The Weed In The Wheat              Justin C. Key -#24207
 SF  The Signal                         Derrick Boden -#24208
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno -#24209
 F   Children of God, Chapter 2         Marescha Muys -#24210
 SF  Recruitment                        Robert Stevenson -#24211
 F   Blood is Thicker                   Daena Red -#24212
 SF  Accursed Land                      Cameron Huntley -#24213
 SF  Pentheus and Bacchus               Jesse Corrigan -#24214
 SF  Twitch                             Andrew Drane -#24215

Week of 29-Oct-2014 (Crits due 5-Nov-2014):
 SF  Fusers                             [@] Will McIntosh
 F   The Silver Tree - Chapter 1        A. Cobb
 F   The Voice                          Traci Loudin
 SF  The Escape                         Joe Walker
 F   Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue  Steven Craig Hickman
 SF  The Stag                           Kristopher Horton
 SF  Ants on a Trestle                  Elliotte Rusty Harold
 SF  Wannabee                           Liz Heldmann
 SF  Nested Dolls                       Jason Lopez
 F   The Taste of Rain                  Kelsey Snyder
 SF  Titan - Chapter 1                  Samara Lo
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8      Kaitlyn Boggs
 H   Immram                             Patrick Sanders
 SF  The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One  Adrian Prabowo
 SF  Extraordinary                      Jeffrey Steven Abrams
 SF  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman
 SF  They Don't Always Mean What They Say  Anir Raj
 SF  Global Village Idiots              Charles Hand
 F   Obfuscate - Chapter Two            Killion Slade
 SF  Raspberry                          Christian Roberts
 H   The Molt                           Drew Krull

Week of 5-Nov-2014 (Crits due 12-Nov-2014):
 H   The Rovin' Jewel                   Alexander Leger-Small
 SF  Ahora                              Charlene Hansom
 SF  Snow's Theorem                     Patricia Moussatche
 SF  The Last Universe                  Steve Donnelly
 F   Beyond the Bridge                  Justin R. Lawfer
 SF  Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter  Melanie DeWitt
 F   Mark of the Raven, Chapter One     Alexis George
 SF  Vitamin Double-D                   Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  The Anti-Agonists                  Fred Obermeyer
 SF  The Bite                           Anna Salonen
 F   The Sweetest Memory                Hege Nabo
 SF  People of the Air                  Benjamin Schulz
 H   Food Run                           Sean Whelan
 F   North to Neverland Chapters 1-3    Caitlin Andrew
 SF  TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth  Matthew Cegielski
 H   The Not, Chapter 37                A. R. Braun
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 2-3  Charles Leighton
 F   The Ivory Mask                     Margaret Moller
 H   Maternal Restoration               Marlan Smith
 SF  Firelight                          Mick Dunn
 SF  What About the Children?           Michael Dorken
 F   The End of the Line                Michael W. Cho
 F   The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2  Sean Morge
      (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  The Hamsa, Chapter 1               Patrick Sanders [5-Nov-2014]
 SF  TM Blues                           Charles Hand [5-Nov-2014]
 SF  Mycelium _second draft_            Will Milner [29-Oct-2014]
 SF  Kanda in Venus                     Jesse Corrigan [29-Oct-2014]
 SF  The Long Sleep                     Rhett C Bruno [29-Oct-2014]
 SF  To a sunless sea                   Carlos Mano [29-Oct-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Leaving Orbit                      Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014]
 F   The Want - Chap 1-3                KJ Conte [17-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Ballad of Caleb Henning        Seth Z. Herman [01-Oct-2014]
 SF  Horse Years                        [@] Will McIntosh [08-Oct-2014]
 H   Contractions                       Kevin David Anderson [08-Oct-2014]
 SF  Taken                              Mel Corbett [15-Oct-2014]
 F   Along the River                    Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014]
!!No_entry!!  H   The Not, Chapter 36                A. R. Braun

>> 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.]