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Book Recommendation

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Announcing ReAnimus Press

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Critters is 20!

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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 4-May-2016 (Crits due 11-May-2016):
 F   Chocolate Change                   [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#25821
 F   TItle                              [mpc] Learned Foote -#25822
 SF  The Shadow Master                  Jeff Cates -#25823
 F   Just Like Pulling Fangs            Dave D'Alessio -#25824
 SF  4 U                                Christian Roberts -#25825
 SF  Millennium Cup                     Neal Williams -#25826
 SF  Too Many Historians on the Western Front  Paul R. Hardy -#25827
 F   The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship  Marc Criley -#25828
 SF  The Malfunctioning Heart           Lee P. Melling -#25829
 F   Tales of Maple Threestep: Spirits and Cinnamon Trees Part 2  Jeremiah Goodreau -#25830
 F   The Dragon's Artifice: Chapters1-2  Tom Tolman -#25831
 SF  Indigo Sunrise _Part I_            Sergey Shpaner -#25832
 H   Reincarnation                      Jen C.A. Morris -#25833
 F   The Stranger of the Lake           Chris Behrsin -#25834
 H   Tenants, Chapters 3-4              Kevin McClintock -#25835
 H   The Voices                         Elizabeth Darnall -#25836
 F   Vermin                             Jeffrey Hall -#25837
 SF  Ilavaw Chapter 1                   Helena Reilly -#25838
 F   The Resurrection, Intro and Chapter 1  Anne Beaulen -#25839
 F   Rebirth of Myrddin                 Erik Robinson -#25840
 SF  Tipping Point                      Iskandar Rakhimov -#25841

Week of 11-May-2016 (Crits due 18-May-2016):
 SF  Us and Them                        Laura-Marie Steele
 F   Clockwork Irony                    Douglas Hamerski
 SF  Starship Reluctant                 Wilber Arron
 F   A Paleolithic Fable ch 25-28       Shane Thomas
 F   Eight Tempests                     Eric Weaver
 H   Cosmos                             Felicia Lee
 F   Wednesday                          Arina Pricop
 F   The Little Mermaid's Voice         Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 F   An Act of Will, Chapter 2: The Trouble with Will  Mary Rose Kreger
 SF  Manifest Destiny                   Aaron Moskalik
 SF  Skyward Descent, Summary & Chapter 1  Graceann Barrett
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 8 - Déj Vu  Tambrey Granneman
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters IV-VI  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  The Soft Clock: Description, Prologue and 3 chapters.  Joel Schroeder
 H   The Way Out                        Gary Buller
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 14-16  Russell Adams
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapter 13      April Weeks
 SF  Coming Around Again                Kat Day
 SF  The Beast Within                   Brendan Wilder
 H   Tattoo                             Russell Forden

Week of 18-May-2016 (Crits due 25-May-2016):
 F   Beyond the Women's House           Jennifer Flippance
 F   The Witchhunter                    Caroline Friedel
 SF  Middle _East_ of Nowhere           Corey J. White
 F   Box of Truth                       Amanda H. Geard
 SF  Planetwide                         Robert Leishman
 SF  Becoming the Dragon                Patrick Sanders
 SF  The Apartment Complex outline      Adrian J. Brabo
 SF  Today, Tomorrow, Next Time         Jodie Cowan
 F   The Vampire Queen part 2 - Primal Skies #15  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  Monster                            Scott Nash
 F   Tears of a Phoenix                 Z. Z. Ali
 H   Cold Spot                          James Milton
 SF  Bermuda Triangle Brain Suckers     Kathleen Molyneaux
 SF  Cryoneer, Chatper 1                Nicole Frens
 SF  Falling Wear                       Ray Franklin
 F   And the matter of the library fine  L Chan
 SF  The Linking," Chapters 1-2         Jeff Richardson
 F   Osmosis                            R. Nichols
 F   The Dreamscape Aquarium            David Serra
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 6-7  Keir Puplett

Week of 25-May-2016 (Crits due 1-Jun-2016):
 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
 F   The Black Fawn                     Carol March
 SF  Such Stuff as Stars are Made of    Christoph Weber
      (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 10 - Partners   Joy Landa [1-Jun-2016]
 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   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 9 - Dancing On Your Grave  Tambrey Granneman [18-May-2016]
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters VII-VIII  Joel E. Roosa [18-May-2016]
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters IX-X  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII  Joel E. Roosa [?]
 F   The Beer Dilemma                   Eric Weaver [18-May-2016]
 F   The Vampire Queen part 3 - Primal Skies #15  Kim Smeltzer [25-May-2016]
 F   Throwing the Switch                Evelyn Aschenbrenner [18-May-2016]
 F   A is for Alphabet, Z is for Nothing  Jeffrey Hall [11-May-2016]
 SF  Magnificent Chibi Ascendance Visits the Vet  Paul R. Hardy [11-May-2016]
 F   A Paleolithic Fable Chapters 29-51  Shane Thomas [18-May-2016]
 SF  Lonely Sky                         Amanda H. Geard [25-May-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   Odd Job                            Adrian J. Brabo [16-Mar-2016]
 SF  Fantasy Land                       April Coan [16-Mar-2016]
 SF  Planet XEE, Chapters 9-12          H. M. Joseph [23-Mar-2016]
 F   Arsyra                             Nathan Secombe [23-Mar-2016]
 SF  Radiator                           Peter Sides [30-Mar-2016]
 H   The Shadow                         KC Goodrich [06-Apr-2016]
 F   Nimble Winds at Midnight           Adrian J. Brabo [06-Apr-2016]
 F   The Royal Curse                    Cecilia Mar [13-Apr-2016]
 F   The Schinderlings                  Mykee Steen [13-Apr-2016]
 SF  The Ghosts of Hadrian              Xavier Galindo [13-Apr-2016]
 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]
 H   Killing Marjorie                   Ellen Hodge [04-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.]