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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 30-Sep-2015 (Crits due 7-Oct-2015):
 SF  For Whom the Belle Trolls _a steampunk tale_  Jeff Cates -#25238
 SF  Stories to the Future              Michael Andre-Driussi -#25239
 SF  The Lighthouse at the Edge of the Universe  Anna Salonen -#25240
 SF  Razorhands                         Derrick Boden -#25241
 SF  Ni                                 Evelyn Aschenbrenner -#25242
 SF  Cage                               Gary J. Hurtubise -#25243
 F   Free Birds Fly - Chapter 2         Jackie Batston -#25244
 SF  Murder or Duck                     Beth Goder -#25245
 SF  All of Them Were Me                Todd Honeycutt -#25246
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapter 1               Patrick Sanders -#25247
 F   Cage of clay                       James Neale -#25248
 H   Kate Stanford's Dream House        Steve Duffy -#25249
 H   How Beautiful the Bleeding Sky     Nathan Prewett -#25250
 SF  Almost                             Amanda Dana -#25251
 F   The Search is Over                 Dave Rogers -#25252
 SF  Terminus                           Margaret N. Oliver -#25253
 F   My Unbecoming Bones                Aleksandra Pantic -#25254
 SF  Water for the masses               Tyler Alexander -#25255

Week of 7-Oct-2015 (Crits due 14-Oct-2015):
 SF  The Things We Leave Behind         [@] Nancy Fulda [30-Sep-2015]
 F   The Forgotten King - Prologue + Chapter 1  David Grant
 SF  Fireman                            Christoph Weber
 SF  Impending Karma Strike             Marc A. Criley
 F   The Vampire Groom part 1 - Primal Skies #14  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  Form as Science Fiction            Brad Preslar
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 30-32_first part_  Russell Adams
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 11-12  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Lynn's Escape                      Jeff Sullins
 SF  Fragment - Kaylen on the beach     Ryan Anderson

Week of 14-Oct-2015 (Crits due 21-Oct-2015):
 SF  Deus Ex Machina                    Maurice McBride
 F   In Plain Sight                     Dom Dulley
 SF  Hell's Garden                      Charles Walbridge
 H   Black Cactus                       Christopher Mowder
 H   The Whisper                        Derek Sands
 H   A Stroke of Genius                 Ryan Baker
 F   Half-Blood Highland Holdout        Christopher Piatti
 SF  Entanglement                       Neal Williams
 SF  Echtari Ascension, Chapters 1-4    Doug Pruden
 SF  Living on Mars                     Kathy London
 SF  The Inevitable Apocalyptic Consequence of Time Travel  Paul R. Hardy
 F   The Tower of Fire, Chapters 4-5    Jennifer Neal
 F   Eliot Ashfield_'s_ Lives - First 10,000 words.  Thomas E Mayo
 F   Meddling Gods                      Annaliese Lemmon
 SF  I Know Who I Am                    Charles Hand
 SF  What Doesn't Die                   Carl Alves
 SF  The Last Barber                    Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Patcher vol2 - chapters 1 and 2    Marlan Smith
 F   Like Stars in the Night            Emma Jin
      (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  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       [?]
 F   The Vampire Groom part 2 - Primal Skies #14  Kim Smeltzer [14-Oct-2015]
 F   The Vampire's Madman               Kim Smeltzer [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 32_last part_-35  Russell Adams [14-Oct-2015]
 SF  As Cold As the Clay                Patrick Sanders [7-Oct-2015]
 SF  Nicotine Dreams                    Evelyn Aschenbrenner [7-Oct-2015]
 F   The Vampire Mourned part 2 - Primal Skies #13  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Midnight in the Casbah             Charles Hand [21-Oct-2015]
 F   Fractures in a Dream               Emma Jin [21-Oct-2015]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Wolf Trick                     Madison Ballard [19-Aug-2015]
 SF  A Killer's Opportunity             Luke Grimsley [26-Aug-2015]
 F   The 200, a Warrior Through the Ages  Robert Shmigelsky [02-Sep-2015]
 F   Out of the Pines                   Ian McCulloch [02-Sep-2015]
 F   Blood and Ashes, Chapters 1 & 2    Mike Ackerman [02-Sep-2015]
 F   Higher, My Gallows                 Aleksandra Pantic [16-Sep-2015]
 SF  Guardians                          Charlotte Curry [23-Sep-2015]
 SF  The Universe Between Us, Chapters 1-3  Diana De Brito [30-Sep-2015]
 SF  New Horizons [Chapter 1 - A Pirate's Life for Him]  Greg Pyle [30-Sep-2015]

>> 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.]