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Critter Notices


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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!

Book Recommendation

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Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]









Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

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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 13-Nov-2019 (Crits due 20-Nov-2019):
 H   Hit-and-Miss Chapters 1-3          [mpc] Madison Estes -#28804
 F   The Presidential Visit             Carl Alves -#28805
 SF  What Humans Want                   [@] Chet Gottfried -#28806
 F   Bird Brings in a Threat, Part 2    Ed Kratz -#28807
 F   A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 9-12  Clayton Niehaus -#28808
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 4         Garrett Menning -#28809
 SF  Free China Part 2                  Ife J. Ibitayo -#28810
 SF  Trial in Consensus                 Andrew Dibble -#28811
 SF  Death and the Professor            Leila Martin -#28812
 SF  Extras                             Christopher Blake -#28813
 F   Gift or Grave                      Kevin Lane -#28814

Week of 20-Nov-2019 (Crits due 27-Nov-2019):
 F   The Schrodinger's Cats Fight Back  [@] Larry Hodges
 SF  Machine Song, Chapter 1 Part 2     Will Milner
 SF  The Patterns Between               Francine Taylor
 SF  Blood & Power: Calm, Chapter 5     Javier Sobrado
 SF  Wings of Dreams                    Mike Whittle
 F   Storm in the Brutalist Woods       William Broom
 SF  Slingstar Myth, Chapter 1 - Revised  Donna Dion McElroy
 F   Quiet Days                         John R Fino
 F   Cap Guns, Lures, and Superheroes   Kyle Walker
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 6-8  Eric Wilson
 F   The Gryffoniers Chapters 4-6       Beth Carlock
 F   The Key to the City                Steve Levandoski

Week of 27-Nov-2019 (Crits due 4-Dec-2019):
 SF  The Only One, Prologue             Juno Kwon
 SF  The Sky Helmet                     Joel Schroeder
 SF  Escape from an Infinite Regress, Version 2  T. M. Heckman
 SF  Changelings: Rebirth Ch 5-6        Liam Corley
 H   Isolation                          Ryan Smith
 SF  Die Ewige Flamme _Eternal Flame_   Douglas Kolacki
 F   Bolotniks _Mages Unbound_          Laura Engelhardt
 F   Of Thieves and Dragons             Andy Mashaw
 SF  Every Hunk of Metal Launched Into Space  Russell Weisfield
 SF  Untitled SF story                  Gabe Grimes
 F   Cinderella's Kitchen               Amy Hammack Turner
 F   What I Know                        Haneen J Babbitt
      (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]"):
 F   Boston Attack _Mages Unbound_      Laura Engelhardt [4-Dec-2019]
 F   What Remains                       Francine Taylor [27-Nov-2019]
 H   Monster Waxup                      Douglas Kolacki [4-Dec-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   America, America this is You       Korie Conyers [18-Sep-2019]
 H   Decontamination                    Daniel Ensalaco [18-Sep-2019]
 SF  THRESHOLD - Sci-Fi Techno-Thriller  Scott Falcon [02-Oct-2019]
 F   Pathology                          Michael DeDominicis [09-Oct-2019]
 F   The Wolf King Chapters 1-5         Mitch Lankert [09-Oct-2019]
 H   Sometimes I smile                  Geovani Zambrana [16-Oct-2019]
 SF  Chapter 1                          Campbell S. Crum [23-Oct-2019]
 H   Face Paint                         Geovani Zambrana [30-Oct-2019]

>> 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.]