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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-May-2020 (Crits due 27-May-2020):
 H   The Mercy Seat                     [mpc] Adam Pitts [?] -#29164
 SF  The Zoo Hypothesis                 [mpc] Nicholas G. Marconi -#29165
 F   Selah, New Chapters 1-2            Ella Walker Henderson -#29166
 SF  Cemetery World                     [@] Larry Hodges -#29167
 SF  A Language Older than Words V2     Andrew Giffin -#29168
 H   The Lure Chapters 11 to 20         Jim Keane -#29169
 SF  The Response Variable              Vince Bonasso -#29170
 SF  Requiem for Memory Prologue and 1st Two Chapters  Todd Moody -#29171
 SF  Wow!                               Hershel-Mars Auberon -#29172
 SF  Casey Travels West, Chapter 2      Barry Burnett -#29173
 H   Camping in Yorkshire               Glen Noble -#29174
 SF  Collision, Chapter 4               Jack Wolflink -#29175
 SF  Undertows                          Brian Hickman -#29176
 F   Under the Starry Sky, Chapters 1-2  David Gowey -#29177
 SF  The Uncertainty Woman              Mandy Wallace -#29178

Week of 27-May-2020 (Crits due 3-Jun-2020):
 SF  Apotheosis                         [mpc] Nicholas G. Marconi
 SF  Tomorrow's a New Day               [mpc] Adam Pitts
 SF  The visible ghost                  Yacine GACI
 SF  Jailbroken Limbs - Version 2       Russell Weisfield
 SF  Super Shedder                      Henry McFarland
 SF  Crate Training                     Brian Childs
 F   The Demon of Shigitzu              Joe Olson
 F   Hunters on The Dawn Prologue       Daniel Chovil
 F   We Want You _and_ The Lost of the Land  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Zaemes, Chapters 1-2               Shanna Neumiller
 H   380                                Matthew J Olson
 SF  Home is Where the Heart is         Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  The Elemental Scepters : The Journey of Beltor  Mark Krepps
 H   Depraved Lands                     Brayden D.P. Gray
 SF  Death on Titan                     Ben Coppin
 F   A Love Song for the Mockers _Prologue_  Timothy M. Nall

Week of 3-Jun-2020 (Crits due 10-Jun-2020):
 SF  Inflammatory Robot                 Pete Koziar
 SF  Shadow of a Genius                 Rachel Tham
 F   Confidence Man                     Russ N.
 F   Arrows in the Dark, chapter 1      Abigail Yates
 SF  A Questionnaire For Non-Humans Desiring to Enter the United States  Dan Reade
 F   Monarchs of Greenwood - Fly With Me  Emmanuel Agyei-Boatey
 SF  The Ambassador                     William Das
 F   Perfect Genorosity                 Andrew Dibble
 SF  HOF22 - Prologue Part I            DB Gibb
 SF  A.I.E. _Asteroid Impact Event_     James Edmund Dennis
 F   The Library                        Mani Nezami
 SF  A Heaven of Your Own Making        Ben Wilinofsky
 F   The Greatest City Chapter 1 and 2  Clayton Niehaus
 SF  The Found Ship                     Joe Belarge

Week of 10-Jun-2020 (Crits due 17-Jun-2020):
 F   After Life, Chapters 1-3           KD Glass
 F   The Broken Ring - Prologue         Adam Pitts
 H   The Feyborne - A Tragedy and Horror  Nathan Cavaliere
 F   Gift of the Swampy Thing           Eli Cepeda
 SF  Say What?                          T. M. Heckman
 H   Finger Trap                        Dan Jolie
 F   Corduroy                           Alia Atwell
 F   Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 2  William L Hunt
 H   Good Company                       Madeline Jacobson
 SF  All Others Pay Cash - Draft 1      Geoffrey D. Wessel
 SF  The Gestalt                        Jason M Kreth
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 21-22  Eric Wilson
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 4             Greg Tracii
 SF  Welcome to The Revolution          JC Crochet
 SF  The Throat of San Dante            Renan Bernardo
 SF  Electric Memories                  Michael Stevens
 SF  A Reawakening                      Adeline J. Schultz
 F   A Shift in Perspective, Short Story  Jeffrey Sims
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 8 _Section 2_  Garrett Menning
 SF  Junk Science                       Eddie Beeby
 F   Smoke & Dagger Query Letter        Dennis Blake
 F   Shift Chapter 1                    Julia Kell
 SF  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin
 SF  The Planet of the Dead - V2        Edward Muller
      (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 23-24  Eric Wilson [17-Jun-2020]
 F   The Outerworld Key                 Mark Krepps [3-Jun-2020]
 H   The Attic                          Jim Keane [27-May-2020]
 F   A Tale As Old As Time, Parts I-III, Complete  Joel E. Roosa [3-Jun-2020]
 SF  Solomon 37                         Eli Cepeda [17-Jun-2020]
 F   Of the Dragon Guild                Eli Cepeda [?]
 SF  The Great Rift Between Us          JC Crochet [17-Jun-2020]
 H   An Argument for Always Locking Your Doors  Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Please Stand By                    Pete Koziar [10-Jun-2020]
 F   The Whittler                       Renan Bernardo [17-Jun-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 9  Javier Sobrado [08-Apr-2020]
 SF  Begininngs                         George Tom [15-Apr-2020]
 SF  The Frivolous Prince               Brad Bolin [22-Apr-2020]
 SF  Social Medium Chapter 1            Owen McNaughton [22-Apr-2020]
 SF  The Trials and Tribulations of Door Mice: Chapter One  Helena Threlkeld [06-May-2020]
 H   The House in the Hill              Shelby J. Williams [20-May-2020]
 F   Millennials Killed the Grimoire, Chapters 1-5  Isa Mardel [20-May-2020]

>> 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.]