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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 pred-ed.com.

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.)

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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 - www.cpr.org 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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The Sigil Trilogy

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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 18-May-2016 (Crits due 25-May-2016):
 F   The Vampire Queen part 2 - Primal Skies #15  Kim Smeltzer -#25860
 SF  I Will Destroy Your World in Two Hours. Ask Me Anything!  [mpc] Paul R. Hardy -#25861
 F   Box of Truth                       Amanda H. Geard -#25862
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 6-7  Keir Puplett -#25863
 F   And the matter of the library fine  L Chan -#25864
 F   Osmosis                            R. Nichols -#25865
 SF  Today, Tomorrow, Next Time         Jodie Cowan -#25866
 SF  Middle _East_ of Nowhere           Corey J. White -#25867
 SF  Planetwide                         Robert Leishman -#25868
 SF  Falling Wear                       Ray Franklin -#25869
 SF  Monster                            Scott Nash -#25870
 F   The Witchhunter                    Caroline Friedel -#25871
 H   Cold Spot                          James Milton -#25872
 SF  The Linking," Chapters 1-2         Jeff Richardson -#25873
 SF  Bermuda Triangle Brain Suckers     Kathleen Molyneaux -#25874
 F   Tears of a Phoenix                 Z. Z. Ali -#25875
 SF  Cryoneer, Chatper 1                Nicole Frens -#25876
 H   Killing Marjorie                   Ellen Hodge -#25877
 F   Beyond the Women's House           Jennifer Flippance -#25878

Week of 25-May-2016 (Crits due 1-Jun-2016):
 SF  Love, Lust, and Loss in Wartime    [mpc] Robert Harpold
 SF  The Intended                       [@] David John Baker
 SF  The 3 Skulls of Jonafyn Kreuw Ch. 1  George O'Gorman
 SF  The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One  Thomas John Moscato
 F   White Eyes, Chapters 0-1           Helen Petrovic
 F   The Fairy Flu                      Joy Schultz
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans       Joy Landa
 SF  Such Stuff as Stars are Made of    Christoph Weber
 F   Hamlet of Horrors                  Christopher J. Piatti
 F   The Silent Tear, Prologue          Elizabeth Azurra
 SF  The Punishment Machine             Jeffrey Steven Abrams
 H   Fairy Love                         Ed Kratz
 SF  Aquarius Rising 3: The Price of Eden  Brian Burt
 SF  Repeat as Necessary                Richard Zwicker
 SF  Long Past Gone                     Peter Naggi
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller
 SF  All the Time in the World          Anna Salonen
 SF  The Regenerates Trilogy Book One: Project Phoenix Chapters 7-  Anna Muckenfuss
 F   No Fun                             Sayan Maitra
 SF  The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1  Jonathan Bergeron

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
 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 Stand Lee Wrote Bambi           Wilber Arron
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
======================================================================
      (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.)

Symbols:

[@] - 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
 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 [8-Jun-2016]
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   The Vampire Queen part 3 - Primal Skies #15  Kim Smeltzer [25-May-2016]
 SF  Lonely Sky                         Amanda H. Geard [25-May-2016]
 F   Emile - an Interlude - Primal Skies series  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 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 8-10  Keir Puplett [25-May-2016]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 11-12  Keir Puplett [?]
 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   If Stan Lee Wrote Bambi            Wilber Arron [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]
                                :::


>> 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.]