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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

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

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]









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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

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 20-Nov-2019 (Crits due 27-Nov-2019):
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 6-8  Eric Wilson -#28816
 SF  The Patterns Between               Francine Taylor -#28817
 SF  Slingstar Myth, Chapter 1 - Revised  Donna Dion McElroy -#28818
 F   The Key to the City                Steve Levandoski -#28819
 SF  Wings of Dreams                    Mike Whittle -#28820
 SF  Blood & Power: Calm, Chapter 5     Javier Sobrado -#28821
 F   Cap Guns, Lures, and Superheroes   Kyle Walker -#28822
 F   Storm in the Brutalist Woods       William Broom -#28823
 F   The Gryffoniers Chapters 4-6       Beth Carlock -#28824
 F   Quiet Days                         John R Fino -#28825
 SF  Machine Song, Chapter 1 Part 2     Will Milner -#28826
 F   The Schrodinger's Cats Fight Back  [@] Larry Hodges -#28827

Week of 27-Nov-2019 (Crits due 4-Dec-2019):
 SF  Madam Hitler                       [@] Larry Hodges
 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

Week of 4-Dec-2019 (Crits due 11-Dec-2019):
 SF  Untitled SF story                  Gabe Grimes
 F   Cinderella's Kitchen               Amy Hammack Turner
 F   What I Know                        Haneen J Babbitt
 F   The Edgelord's Son                 Nick Thompson
 SF  Notes on Vocal Mimicry in Aviformes on Delta Pavonis V  Steve Denney
 SF  The Sight of Distant Shores V3     Andrew Giffin
 F   Curse of the Gargoyle Abbot        Kevin Lane
 SF  The Scars We Bear                  Henry McFarland
 SF  H2LiftShips, a tech manual for a future  Bob Freeman
      (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]
 SF  H2LiftShips, the story             Bob Freeman [11-Dec-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 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.]