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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
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Week of 16-Apr-2014 (Crits due 23-Apr-2014):
 F   The Clandestine Chapter 10         [mpc] Darla Jackson -#23564
 F   Lottchen                           P.E. Zimmerman -#23565
 F   Beast Coast Chapter 1              Rob Gilliam -#23566
 F   Warlock Chronicles: Lady Silver, Ch. 1-2  Bobbie Felder -#23567
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Chapter 10       Patricia Moussatche -#23568
 SF  Oldskin                            [@] Megan Hutchins -#23569
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy -#23570
 SF  The Boarding                       Donna Burt -#23571
 SF  Antwerp                            Clem Taylor -#23572
 SF  Aquarius Rising: Blood Tide        Brian Burt -#23573
 SF  Long Live the Future Brigade       Madison Culler -#23574
 SF  The Telomere Blues                 Carlos Mano -#23575
 SF  The Dark Fissure, Chapters 1-2     Clancy Weeks -#23576
 SF  Remember                           Colleen Laughlin -#23577
 F   Salome's Hair                      Kati Ayers -#23578
 SF  Aurora and Tithonus                Reed Corrigan -#23579
 SF  Dreamthief                         Paul Thompson -#23580
 F   The Climb                          Steven Saunders -#23581

Week of 23-Apr-2014 (Crits due 30-Apr-2014):
 SF  Tom's Folly                        Adrian Deasley
 SF  Waking Up Is Hard to Do            Steven Thomas Howell
 F   A Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing  Elke Blackstone
 F   Where the Magic Lives              Jeffrey Hall
 SF  Dahkshina di Moher's Possibility Array  Fiona Howland-Rose
 SF  The Higgs Power Plant              Juan Hernandez
 SF  Wrong Cat                          Christian Roberts
 F   Sarimanok Feather                  Annaliese Lemmon
 F   Charade                            Kamaria S. Vaught
 SF  What She Remembered, Chap. 1-2     Deborah Kaminski
 F   Veil of Shadows, Prologue          Bethany M. Cusick
 SF  Homeland                           Alisa Williams
 SF  Lucky                              Kyle Kenyon
 F   Aquarius chapter 1-11              Maya
 SF  The Ink Android                    Jen Finelli
 SF  On the mutated Island of Britain, Sybil Butterfield met an Undead Biker Gang and Vice-Versa  Peter Huston
 F   By the Lake of Swans               Connor Moran
 SF  First Clones---a working title---chapters 3-4  Bobbie Falin
 F   The Empress Brow, Chapter 6        Meaghan Nichols

Week of 30-Apr-2014 (Crits due 7-May-2014):
 F   Anima, Chapters 0-3                Mulyadi Cahyono
 SF  Spark Into Fire                    Matt Dovey
 H   The Not, Chapter 32                A. R. Braun
 SF  From Frying Pan to Freezer         Brian Cady
 SF  3039                               Tom Lin
 SF  Red Mountain, Chapter 1            William Webb
 SF  Testing the Equalisers             Ian Creasey
 F   Avenging Nicholas                  Robert Harpold
 SF  A Pinch in the Fabric              Larry Rachman
 H   The Clootie Tree, Chapter 1        Andrew Richardson
 F   East of the Sun and West of the Moon  Eugenia Triantafyllou
 SF  Service                            Alex Bottle
 SF  To Watch the Storms                Jonathan Byrne
 F   The Complete Handbook of Royal Etiquette: Dragons, Kidnapping and Consumption By  Aoife Farley
 SF  Nail Salons Will Kill You          Kristin Pothast
 SF  Space Station Venture: Chapter 23  Kathy London
 SF  Gorgeous Orange                    Marie Ming
 SF  Remotely Out of Control            Charles Hand
 SF  The Mechanoid Cries Within v3      Brock T.I. Penner
 H   Beautiful Bloody Duckling, Chapter 1  Kelly Calabrese

Week of 7-May-2014 (Crits due 14-May-2014):
 SF  Nothing to See Here                Arthur M. Doweyko
 H   A Life on the Rocks                Nicholas Stella
 SF  Touching Flames                    Adria Lysay
 SF  The Garden and the Little Eaters   L Chan
 F   Ogres at Alcatraz Isle             Judith Boyer
 SF  Phantom Limb                       Billy H. Peery
 SF  Into the Blue                      Marty Bonus
 SF  Mayhem at Manville                 Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  A Dangerous Philosophy             David G. Turner
 F   Euphoria Milk seeks advice         keith Gell
 SF  Tsi of God                         Martin
 SF  Resurrection Day                   Jaroslav Makarov
 SF  Children Of Sadness Ch. 2          Fertessa Scott
 F   Faith                              Lise Dubeau
 SF  The Last Song Champion - 11        Tony Farnden
 H   Endurance                          CJ Friend
 SF  Procreation Through Productivity   Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Square Chickens                    Charlene Hansom
 SF  The Boy Who Would Fly              Adam vanLangenberg
 SF  Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 4  Eric J. Juneau
 H   Guard the Park                     Matthew Weber
 SF  The Refuse Hunter's Daughter       Will Milner
 SF  Whatever Happened to Dr. Swerdlow?  Mike Flinchum
 SF  The Rust Bucket                    Jennifer Mitchell
 SF  Immunity                           Aaron Gallagher
 SF  The Scunthorpe Redemption          Emma Baillie
 F   Wild Skins                         Heather Cale
 SF  The Shadowed Forest                Rati Mehrotra
 F   Beyond Ragnarok, Chapter 2         Carl Alves
======================================================================
      (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.)

Symbols:

[@] - 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  Defender: Return of the Harkers - Chapter 5  Eric J. Juneau [14-May-2014]
 SF  Bob, Michah, and Alice: Untested Love  Peter Huston [30-Apr-2014]
 SF  And Miles to Go                    Clancy Weeks [23-Apr-2014]
				-+-

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Do-Over                        Daniel A. Willis [12-Feb-2014]
 F   Striking Chains, Ch.2-3            Kris Schnee [26-Feb-2014]
 SF  Insignificance At A Distance       Philip Stetson [26-Feb-2014]
 H   Small Treasures                    Neil Murrell [05-Mar-2014]
 F   The Black Tail, Chapters 2-3       Bee-Lee See [05-Mar-2014]
 F   Elmjack The Legend, Chapters 1-6   Daryl Gray [05-Mar-2014]
 SF  Five                               Z.M. Quynh [12-Mar-2014]
 F   The Diocese of the Dog             Alyssa A. Motylinski [12-Mar-2014]
 SF  Subway Hero 2.0                    Theo Gerken [12-Mar-2014]
 H   Hand of Satan                      Gabrial Soh [19-Mar-2014]
 F   Outrun The Competion               Ed Bang [19-Mar-2014]
 F   Werewolf Investigations: Capital Kidnap  Mel Corbett [26-Mar-2014]
 F   HighRunner, Chapters 1-4           Joy L. Gibson [26-Mar-2014]
 F   The Absolute Chapter One The Game of Life  Steve Crews [09-Apr-2014]
 F   Connor, Savior of Damsels in Distress  Rebecca Sivils [16-Apr-2014]
 H   Catgut                             Alex Harrison [16-Apr-2014]
 F   How to make them scream            Hugo Guérin [16-Apr-2014]
 SF  The Gods That Punish - Chapter 1   Edward Paul [16-Apr-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.]