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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

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]









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!

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

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The Critters Queue

Submission files 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-Sep-2014 (Crits due 24-Sep-2014):
 F   These Unfleshed Bones. Chapters 1-4  [mpc] Russell Adams -#24085
 SF  Soul Mates                         Carl Alves -#24086
 SF  Geoclasm Chapter 0 -- Divisions    Sean Green -#24087
 F   Ringleader                         Jennifer Michaud -#24088
 SF  Maiden Voyage of the SS Heavenly Dreams  Christian Roberts -#24089
 SF  Nanocaust, Ch 1 _RFDR_             Levi Jacobs -#24090
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 7-9           Conrad Steenkamp -#24091
 H   The Beautiful Light                Filip Wiltgren -#24092
 SF  KL2                                Salvatore Lucido -#24093
 SF  The Mercy Hit                      Natalie Jubb -#24094
 SF  You Again                          Jason Boyd -#24095
 SF  Ronald Muff Climbs the Social Hierarchy  Michael Juby -#24096
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn - Chapters 1-4  Rhett Bruno -#24097
 SF  The Reckoner                       Cameron Huntley -#24098
 F   Reversed                           Lori Phillips -#24099
 F   Swaged - Book 2 - World of Blood Series  Killion Slade -#24100
 SF  Broken Mirror                      Cody Sisco -#24101
 F   A Conspiracy of Ravens", Chapter 1 _Part 1_  Jason Richardson -#24102
 SF  Against All Odds                   A Wisham -#24103

Week of 24-Sep-2014 (Crits due 1-Oct-2014):
 SF  The Mirror Dialogues               Richard Zwicker
 F   The Dragon of the Bailey           Jonathan Byrne
 SF  Where Hestia Stands, Apollo Weeps  Clancy Weeks
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Ch 1+2           Patricia Moussatche
 SF  We Die with Harness on our Back    DJ Cockburn
 F   Miracle Worker                     L Chan
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6     Kaitlyn Boggs
 SF  Optimizing Encounters              Jason Lopez
 F   The Witch                          Douglas Hufnagel
 SF  The Hamsa, 1-6                     Patrick Sanders
 SF  TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space  Matthew Cegielski
 SF  Contiguity                         Mark Rookyard
 H   Incident at the Buttered Biscuit   Matthew Weber
 H   Haunted, The Saga of A Fallen Hero, Chap 8  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Mild tasting, Like Veal            Henry McFarland
 SF  Payback                            Robert Stevenson
 F   Pawn of The Gods                   Andrea Franco-Cook
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon Chap 1 Book 3  Charles Leighton
 H   After Life                         Rashida Asante
 H   She Was the Picture of Remorse.    Patrick Gill

Week of 1-Oct-2014 (Crits due 8-Oct-2014):
 F   The Revenge of the Gray Wizard     Hans Albanese
 SF  Good Housekeeping                  Chris Countryman
 SF  The Ballad of Caleb Henning        Seth Z. Herman
 F   Children of God, Chapter 1         Marescha Muys
 SF  Feed                               Keir Puplett
 F   Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" chapters 2 and 3  Claudia H Gruy
 SF  Prague Winter                      Derrick Boden
 H   Yellowstone Search And Rescue      Michael Alix
 SF  All of the Jobs Belong to Robots   Kristopher Horton
 H   Natural Growth                     M.B.Vujacic
      (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 Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno [24-Sep-2014]
 SF  TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil  Matthew Cegielski [1-Oct-2014]
 SF  The Ordeal Chapters 7-9            Conrad Steenkamp [24-Sep-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 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]
 F   The King and The Sorceress         Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Quantum Clicker                    John Gagan [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Extension Port                     Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1         Cary Nichols [20-Aug-2014]
 SF  Coming Lights                      Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi [27-Aug-2014]
 SF  Emerald                            Dennis V. Hernandez [27-Aug-2014]
 F   Strange Things Happen All the Time  Aleksandra Pantic [27-Aug-2014]
 H   Enigma                             Dipanjan Dutta [27-Aug-2014]
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy [03-Sep-2014]
 SF  Leaving Orbit                      Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014]
 SF  Sprinkles on Top                   James Witherspoon [03-Sep-2014]
 F   The Want - Chap 1-3                KJ Conte [17-Sep-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.]