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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 27-Aug-2014 (Crits due 3-Sep-2014):
 H   Metro84, Chapter 1 and Query Letter  [mpc] Justin C. Key -#24025
 F   Behind the Reflection              Justin R. Lawfer -#24026
 SF  A Demon Haunted Future             Gary Goodson -#24027
 SF  Whitefall                          Harlen Bayha -#24028
 F   Her Face                           Marian D Moore -#24029
 SF  Humans live in space               Tom Lin -#24030
 SF  Mimanga                            Jeffrey Hall -#24031
 F   Thus Fell the Chancellor           Alex Harrison -#24032
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 4-6           Conrad Steenkamp -#24033
 F   Champion of Justice                Filip Wiltgren -#24034
 F   Things Worth Dying For             Kaitlyn Boggs -#24035
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 1-4  Rhett C Bruno -#24036
 F   The Sixteen Burdens of Dusty Studebaker, Chapters 1-2  David Khalaf -#24037
 SF  How to Market Your Baby for Less   Jason Boyd -#24038
 F   A Wordsmith in Javvoth Hair        Cameron Huntley -#24039
 F   North to Neverland                 Caitlin Andrew -#24040
 SF  His Final Four                     William Hill -#24041
 SF  The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_  Peter Galalis -#24042

Week of 3-Sep-2014 (Crits due 10-Sep-2014):
 F   Blood Bank _v. 2014-08-29_         [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose
 H   Haunted: The Saga of a fallen Hero ch 7  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy
 SF  Leaving Orbit                      Matt Thomas
 F   The Pale Lands                     Alexander Leger-Small
 F   Changestone                        Annaliese Lemmon
 SF  The Limen Project                  Mark Rookyard
 SF  Sprinkles on Top                   James Witherspoon
 SF  Leadville Follies                  Tom Grayhorse
 SF  Life Thrusts Forth                 Dr. Barry Nadel
 SF  Forgettable What's His Name        Jeff Cates
 SF  White Hat in Space                 Michael Dorken
 H   Dammit, Mavis                      Matthew Weber
 SF  The Girl Who Lost the Earth Book 1: Krudges Chapter One Contact on Earth  Matthew Cegielski
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple
 SF  The Rise of the Hybrid Chapter 1   Michael Arnold
 H   Eastern State Penitentiary         Stacey Nilsen
 SF  Red Queen's Race                   S P Wilcock
 F   A Tale of Sorcery and Steel, Chapters 1-4  Marcus See
 F   PAWN OF THE GODS                   Andrea Franco-Cook

Week of 10-Sep-2014 (Crits due 17-Sep-2014):
 F   Sunbright                          Lydia Kautz
 H   Matilde                            Michael Alix
 F   Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" Overture & chapter 1  Claudia H Gruy
 SF  Manwork                            Amanda H. Geard
 SF  The Frontier's End                 Derrick Boden
 H   Lapot                              M. B. Vujacic
 F   The Roe Deer's Sister              Jonathan Schwiebert
 H   Chef and the Maiden                Amanda Niehaus-Hard
 SF  Caisson                            Karl Bunker
 F   The Idiot Prince, Chapters 0-2     Carol Wuenschell
 F   Spear, Chapters 4-7                Kristopher Horton
 SF  Fear Not                           Stephen Shewmake
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chapter #1  C.J. Piatti
 F   The Paladin and a Sentient         Ricardo Delacruz
 SF  Gravy Tea and Jellies              Emma Baillie
 SF  The Cabal, Chapter 2               Debra Crichlow
      (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  The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Trave‚Äčling Nun_  Peter Galalis [3-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Reckoner                       Cameron Huntley [3-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn - Chapters 1-4  Rhett Bruno [3-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 7-9           Conrad Steenkamp [3-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno [?]
 SF  TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space  Matthew Cegielski [10-Sep-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5    Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014]
 SF  Colony 411, Chapter 1              Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014]
 H   The Book                           Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014]
 F   Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2       Iona Baird [30-Jul-2014]
 F   The King and The Sorceress         Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Quantum Clicker                    John Gagan [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Extension Port                     Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1         Cary Nichols [20-Aug-2014]
 SF  Coming Lights                      Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi [27-Aug-2014]
 SF  Emerald                            Dennis V. Hernandez [27-Aug-2014]
 F   Strange Things Happen All the Time  Aleksandra Pantic [27-Aug-2014]
 H   Enigma                             Dipanjan Dutta [27-Aug-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.]