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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

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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 30-Jul-2014 (Crits due 6-Aug-2014):
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 1-3           [mpc] Conrad Steenkamp -#23940
 SF  The Twelve o'clock Boys            Amanda H. Geard -#23941
 SF  Only Who is Left                   Julia Nolan -#23942
 SF  Hidden Color                       [@] Gio Clairval -#23943
 SF  Revenge Begins with Death revised  Robert Harpold -#23944
 SF  Soul Peddling Down the Texas Byways  Gary Goodson -#23945
 F   Heaven's Waiting Room has Lousy Magazines  Elena Hayes -#23946
 SF  The Pro, Chapter 2                 Richard Edwards -#23947
 SF  The SkinWalkers, Chapter 1         Debra Crichlow -#23948
 SF  The Fourth Law of Robotics 7-15    Charles Hand -#23949
 H   The Turning of the Key - Chapter 3 and 4  Wendy Salmon -#23950
 F   Keeper of the Crimson Blade, Prologue-Chapter 1  Erin Fitzgerald -#23951
 SF  Planar Ghosts                      Krystal Claxton -#23952
 SF  Glass Carnival, chapter 2          Gail Marsella -#23953
 F   A Dragon's Treasure                Louise A. Postlethwaite -#23954
 SF  The Part They Stole                Chris Countryman -#23955
 SF  The Automatic Writing Machine of UCBT  James Brittain -#23956
 H   Outpost                            Ricardo Delacruz -#23957

Week of 6-Aug-2014 (Crits due 13-Aug-2014):
 H   Haunted: The Saga of a fallen hero chap 6  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Five Days as Uberman, Prologue-Chapter 4  Nikhil Sekher
 F   All the Souls Like Candle Flames   Vanessa Fogg
 F   The Moving Mountains : A Chilongua Tale  Jeffrey Hall
 SF  The Geographer                     Liam King
 H   Melanie Explains It All            Mary Elizabeth Thompson
 F   Price of Passage                   Russell de Grove
 SF  Act Natural                        Jeremy Draghi
 SF  John's Holiday                     Arol Bosut
 F   Breath of the Titans, part 1       Riley Amos Westbrook
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Ch 15+16         Patricia Moussatche
 F   My Lover's Skin                    Aleksandra Pantic
 H   The Invisible People               Alex Maher
 F   Smalto                             Victoria Kalb
 SF  The Broken Sun                     Alex Harrison
 SF  Song of the Storm Frog             Derrick Boden
 F   Reign of Fear, Chapter 1           Tiffany T. Allen
 SF  Bar and gril                       Tom Grayhorse
 F   Her Face                           Marian D Moore
 SF  Surrogate _Chapters 1-3_           Jeanne G'Fellers

Week of 13-Aug-2014 (Crits due 20-Aug-2014):
 F   Breaking the Spell                 Ed Kratz
 F   The King and The Sorceress         Mike Olivson
 SF  The Time Skipper                   Jonathan Schwiebert
 SF  Six Gun Sunset                     Kristopher Horton
 H   Faceless                           M. B. Vujacic
 H   Never Trust a Hippie               Matthew Weber
 F   Miss Silk and the Tomb of Menkare, Chapter 1  Alex Avrio
 SF  Quantum Clicker                    John Gagan
 SF  The Farthest City                  Daniel P. Swenson
 SF  Freedom                            Annette Bowman
 SF  The Search For Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence  Justin Key
 SF  Euro-Nuke '79                      Michael Andre-Driussi
      (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  Bloodlines, Chapter 1              Debra Crichlow [6-Aug-2014]
 F   Strange Things Happen All the Time  Aleksandra Pantic [13-Aug-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Chronicles of Astroban The Gathering Book 1 Chapters 1 & 2 s  Anne Graham [02-Jul-2014]
 F   Radiant, Chapter 1                 Ashley Gonzales [09-Jul-2014]
 H   The Reaper's Tavern                Pearce Clancy [09-Jul-2014]
 F   Formula                            Alec [16-Jul-2014]
 SF  Season of Blood and Banditos, Chp 4-5  Robert Cummings [16-Jul-2014]
 F   Fluttera                           Jessica Barnhart [16-Jul-2014]
 SF  Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1  Randy R. Henke [16-Jul-2014]
 F   Myth Origins                       Jon Wiggins [23-Jul-2014]
 SF  Incineration, Chapters 1-6         Amanda L. Culton [23-Jul-2014]
 F   The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5    Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014]
 SF  Colony 411, Chapter 1              Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014]
 H   The Book                           Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014]
 F   Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2       Iona Baird [30-Jul-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.]