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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!

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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!

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Space Travel for SF Writers

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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

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 11-Dec-2019 (Crits due 18-Dec-2019):
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 9  Eric Wilson -#28849
 SF  Lessons of Earth                   [@] Christoph Weber -#28850
 H   My Grandmother, Big Bill, and the Little Men and Me  Ed Kratz -#28851
 F   What Remains                       Francine Taylor -#28852
 F   The Manager of a Chicken Franchise in Vinland -v2-  Brian Lonberg -#28853
 SF  A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 13-15  Clayton Niehaus -#28854
 SF  Two Variations on Default Salvation  Andrew Dibble -#28855
 F   Prototype Solar System with Strings Attached  [@] Larry Hodges -#28856
 SF  How to eat a cricket - V2          Yacine GACI -#28857

Week of 18-Dec-2019 (Crits due 25-Dec-2019):
 SF  Quarterbot                         Pete Koziar
 SF  Strange Guests Chapter 1           Mike Whittle
 F   The Crumbs of My Body              Renan Bernardo
 F   A Textbook Case of Madness         Madison Estes
 F   The Sheenseeker - Prologue         Heather Gaither
 F   West of the Sunset                 William Broom
 F   The Numismatist                    Jeff Sullins
 SF  Blood & Power: Calm, Chapter 6     Javier Sobrado
 F   Boston Attack _Mages Unbound_      Laura Engelhardt
 H   Monster Waxup                      Douglas Kolacki

Week of 25-Dec-2019 (Crits due 1-Jan-2020):
 SF  Changelings: Rebirth Ch 7-8        Liam Corley
 SF  Black Rain                         Gregory Tanis
 SF  First Contact                      Thomas Beck
 F   Clay Men, Part 1                   Caroline Poirier
 F   Mirror, Mirror                     Russell Adams
 H   Stilettos and Lace                 E.V. Zukowski
 F   The Gods of Dragons _Vol 1_; Chapter 1: Behind Blue Eyes  Shawn Cameron
 F   Let Cry the Heathens, Chapter 1    Lyric Gray
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 5 _Section 1_  Garrett Menning
 F   Pickup Man                         William H Leonard
 H   Isolation                          Ryan Smith
 SF  H2LiftShips, the story             Bob Freeman
 F   Solstice Eggs                      Amy Hammack Turner
      (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   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 10-11  Eric Wilson [18-Dec-2019]
 SF  Less Than a Heartline Away         Renan Bernardo [25-Dec-2019]
 F   The Sheenseeker - Chapter 1 _Lindys_  Heather Gaither (Jonni Cling) [25-Dec-2019]
 SF  Philosopher Rex                    Larry Hodges [18-Dec-2019]
 F   The Sheenseeker - Chapter 2 *Talon*  Heather Gaither [?]

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]
 F   The Edgelord's Son                 Nick Thompson [04-Dec-2019]
 F   Run!, full story                   Samuel Simons [11-Dec-2019]
 H   Deep Splinter                      Dustin [11-Dec-2019]
 H   The Great Rift Between Us _V2_     JC Crochet [11-Dec-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.]