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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 26-Nov-2014 (Crits due 3-Dec-2014):
 F   Calypso                            P.E. Zimmerman -#24311
 SF  The Last Word                      Christian Roberts -#24312
 F   Virtual Boy                        Martha Burns -#24313
 SF  TM Blues                           Charles Hand -#24314
 F   The Cross, The Mother              Alexander Leger-Small -#24315
 F   The Guild of Carters               Noeleen Kavanagh -#24316
 SF  Timecrash Wildlife - Chapter 1     Sarah Little -#24317
 SF  Good Housekeeping                  Chris Countryman -#24318
 SF  Print Addict                       Samara Lo -#24319
 F   Children of God, Chapter 3         Marescha Muys -#24320
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapter 1               Patrick Sanders -#24321
 SF  The Talosian redemption, chapter 2  Mick Dunn -#24322
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple -#24323
 SF  The Man _Book One_ Invaders of the Parallel Soul, Chapters 1-4  Julius Robinson -#24324
 SF  The Cloning of Bethany Tillman     S.C. Hickman -#24325
 SF  Trouble with Debutantes            Katherine J Fairbanks -#24326
 H   Monsters of Pittsburgh 5: Humans   Kate Whitaker -#24327
 SF  The Astrotheometrist               Dom Dulley -#24328

Week of 3-Dec-2014 (Crits due 10-Dec-2014):
 H   Contractions                       [@] Kevin David Anderson
 F   The Lion and the Library           [@] Mary Catelli
 H   The Thing by the Marsh             Carl Alves
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 4-5  Charles Leighton
 SF  Chasing Gazelles                   Michael Dorken
 F   Altars                             Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 F   Undying Restiveness                EishaAhmed
 F   The Retrievers Chapter 1           Mark Dawson
 F   Mage Dot Com                       Rob Gilliam
 SF  Stay for Dinner                    Brad Preslar
 SF  Downstairs, Chapter 1              Stephen Ornes
 F   The End At The Park                Sean Whelan
 SF  Cuban Missile Strike               Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   The Witch of the Witherwoods       Anna Salonen
 H   The Not, Chapter 37                A. R. Braun
 SF  Henry The Last, Chapters 1 and 2   Arthur M. Doweyko
 H   The Face in the Well               Stephanie Harshman Diaz
 F   Boy God                            Hernan Garcia
 SF  A Fire Beneath                     Derrick Boden
 H   The Spoiler                        Matthew Weber
 SF  Burn the Land and Boil the Sea     Kristopher Horton
 F   Mating Material                    Amanda Niehaus-Hard

Week of 10-Dec-2014 (Crits due 17-Dec-2014):
 F   No titles.                         Brianna O'Gorman
 SF  The Thousand Century Burn          Louis J. West
 SF  Alone at Last                      Adrian Brisland
 H   Saga of a fallen hero ch 11, part 1  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Defender: Return of the Harkers    Eric Juneau
 F   Sticks and Stones                  Keir Puplett
 SF  Titanium Man                       Steve Donnelly
 SF  The Archivist's Book               Jeffrey Steven Abrams
 F   The Marker: The Song of the Shadow-Walkers  Christopher Mowder
 SF  Search the Stars                   Mark Rookyard
 SF  Death Panel                        Christoph Weber
 SF  Lights                             Michael Reid
 SF  Time Yet Again                     Joel E. Roosa
 SF  A New Beginning                    Jeff Cates
 F   Mama Two Boots Goes Back to New Orleans  Elliotte Rusty Harold
 F   Any Other Name                     Lisa Hayward
 SF  A Remedy for Memory                Irene Ying
      (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 [?]
 F   Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2  Ben Knox [?]
 SF  The Ant People                     Charles Hand [3-Dec-2014]
 SF  The Wells Experience               Mark Rookyard [17-Dec-2014]
 F   Darkest night                      Mick Dunn [3-Dec-2014]
 F   The Birds of Avacine               Alexander Leger-Small [3-Dec-2014]
 SF  Negendank                          Christian Roberts [3-Dec-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Along the River                    Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014]
 F   The Silver Tree - Chapter 1        A. Cobb [29-Oct-2014]
 SF  They Don't Always Mean What They Say  Anir Raj [29-Oct-2014]
 F   The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2  Sean Morge [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4  Brian Hansen [12-Nov-2014]
 H   Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles  Junior Sixx [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Kanda in Venus                     Jesse Corrigan [12-Nov-2014]
 SF  Superhero Pioneer Dies             John Siebelink [19-Nov-2014]
 SF  Wilma's War                        Tobias G [19-Nov-2014]
 SF  Northern Cross                     [@] David John Baker [26-Nov-2014]
 F   Blood Storm, Chapters 1-6          Charlie Tupman [26-Nov-2014]
 F   Heroes Rising, Chapter 1           Gia M. Snyder [26-Nov-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.]