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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 22-Jul-2015 (Crits due 29-Jul-2015):
 F   On The Surface                     [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#25033
 SF  Hunting el Chupacabra              [mpc] Christoph Weber -#25034
 F   The Vampire Joseph part 1 - Primal Skies #10  Kim Smeltzer -#25035
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 22-24_partial_  Russell Adams -#25036
 SF  The Beaten Path                    Jennifer Michaud -#25037
 H   Madness at Midsummer               Anna Salonen -#25038
 H   Krevlich's Dragonflies             Kristopher Horton -#25039
 H   What Doesn't Kill You, Part 1      Debra Crichlow -#25040
 SF  A Woman Named Jesus                J. E. Bates -#25041
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution      Christopher J. Piatti -#25042
 SF  Awaiting Recompense                Derrick Boden -#25043
 SF  Trade Route Ch 3                   Curtis Manges -#25044
 SF  Flesh                              Gary Hurtubise -#25045
 SF  Pixel Heart Draft 2                Will Milner -#25046
 F   Heaven Bird                        Beth Goder -#25047
 SF  Catalyst                           Todd Honeycutt -#25048
 H   Devil's Playmates Chapter 3        Ronald Hurst -#25049
 SF  Another Creator                    chad ricord -#25050
 F   Black Order 1: Ch1 rvsn. & Ch2     Todd Cheney -#25051
 SF  The Perfect Die, Chapters 4-5      S S Bishara -#25052
 SF  The Purloined Perfume of the Pliocene  David Beavers -#25053
 H   Leucosia                           Louis-Michel LeCompte -#25054

Week of 29-Jul-2015 (Crits due 5-Aug-2015):
 F   Whispers from the Sea              Ryan Anderson
 F   Skyraiders, Chapter One            Ellie Traczyk
 F   Tiger Mountain _formerly All That Glitters_  Margaret Moller
 F   Last of the Oathbinders, Chapter 1  Bernie Anes
 SF  Being Optioned                     Arwen Spicer
 SF  Secret Trees                       Christoph Weber
 F   King of the Butterflies            Christopher Mowder
 SF  Plan B                             Christian Roberts
 SF  This Made World, Chapters 1-3 Second Draft  Marlan Smith
 H   Let 'Em Have It                    Matthew Weber
 F   Aruego - The Cadents, Chapter 1    Cristen Saline
 F   Black Concord, Chapters 1-8        Kame Pan
 F   The lonely fortress of the young warlords of Kwanghwa  Tara Sreeram
 F   The Outsider                       David Kloss
 F   The Emergency Situation            Joel B. Kirk
 F   Hell Hath No Fury                  Lori Phillips
 H   The Corpse That Breathed Alive     Sean Whelan
 SF  Tales of Midbar: Religious Intolerance, Chapter 3  Richard Pearman
 SF  Warlords of Okeanos                Patrick Sanders
 F   Devil's Blood _Second Draft_ Chapter 2 and 3  Sarah Jane Hodge

Week of 5-Aug-2015 (Crits due 12-Aug-2015):
 F   Strange Things of Clay             Eugenia Triantafyllou
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 6   Joel E. Roosa
 SF  The Collector                      Rhett Bruno
 F   The Vampire Joseph part 2 - Primal Skies #10  Kim Smeltzer
 H   Beyond the Shadow, Chapter 1       Carl Alves
 F   The Secrets of Gobe - Part I: The Rings  Scott M. H.
 SF  Chip Off the Old Block             Shane Thomas
 SF  Andromeda Rose, Chapter 1          Lora Kilpatrick
 SF  Wind Riderz Part I Chapter 16A     Christopher Cragwick
 F   Familiar, Prologue & Chapters 1-2  Kat Day
 SF  Error/Correction                   Shana Creaney
 F   Lunantishee                        Emmy Wade
 F   Only Just Becoming                 Rachael Stein
 F   Acceptance, Chapter 1              Alyssa J. Flowers
 F   The Hiccup Potion                  Chris Kenworthy
 SF  Delivery                           Charles Walbridge
 SF  Lucky Numbers                      Alex Bottle
 SF  Genre Purge 3                      Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  The Second Sphere, Chapters 1-5    Peter Banks
 F   Lost Dreamer, Chapter 1: Sparks Fly and Burns  S. Escuadro
 F   Viraetes Island: The Adventures of Chris, Matt, and Alice Part 2  Miah Goodreau
 SF  Hornantula                         Dale W. Glaser
 F   Seven Ways to Catch a Memory       Aleksandra Pantic
 SF  Anagenesis                         Robert Harpold
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt# 6&7  Christopher J. Piatti
 SF  Ultrablue Marine                   Jeff Cates
 SF  We Learn About Love                Ed Kratz
 F   Little Queen                       Alexander Leger-Small
 SF  No More Murderers                  Millard F. Tanner
 SF  If We Share This Road              Learned Foote
 F   The Sorcerer Within, opening chapters  Will Rice
 SF  The Reckoner Episode I             Cameron Huntley
 F   The Land Lady                      Laurie N Meynig
 F   The Color of Hope                  Mandy Torres
 SF  Morning in Three Dimensions        Emma Harrington
      (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's Madman               Kim Smeltzer [12-Aug-2015]
 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   The Blak Order 1: Origin ch 3-4    Todd Cheney [29-Jul-2015]
 SF  As Cold as the Clay                Patrick Sanders [5-Aug-2015]
 F   Lost Dreamer, Chapter 2: Infuriating Desire  S. Escuadro [12-Aug-2015]
 SF  Oxymorons                          Arwen Spicer [5-Aug-2015]
 F   Devil's Blood Second Draft Chapter 4  Sarah Jane Hodge [5-Aug-2015]
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 7-8  Joel E. Roosa [12-Aug-2015]
 F   The Beast                          Millard F. Tanner [12-Aug-2015]
 F   A Tale of Two Eorldoms _prologue, ch1_  Gary Hurtubise [29-Jul-2015]
 SF  Lost Dreamer, Chapter 3            S. Escuadro [?]
 SF  A Guide to Serious Parenting       Derrick Boden [29-Jul-2015]
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt's 8&9  Christopher J. Piatti [12-Aug-2015]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Half Past Never                    Ryan Funk [20-May-2015]
 SF  Book of Zac, Prologue and Chapter 1  Johan H N Floderus [20-May-2015]
 H   It Came For Caroline               Justin C. Key [27-May-2015]
 SF  Storytime at the Bloody Dagger     Beth Wilson [03-Jun-2015]
 F   Never Ride Again                   Ray Sheppard [03-Jun-2015]
 H   Another Beer                       Robert A. Vicens [03-Jun-2015]
 F   The Tide, Chapter 1                Katie Tracy [10-Jun-2015]
 H   Unexpected Detour                  Jason Rhodes [10-Jun-2015]
 H   Landlocked Lighthouse              Marilyn Schanaman [10-Jun-2015]
 SF  Past Futures                       Claudia Corneyea [17-Jun-2015]
 SF  A Sentry's Mission                 Jessica [24-Jun-2015]
 F   A Dragons Tail A War Among Heroes, Chapter 1-5  Jesse Quinones [24-Jun-2015]
 F   Flight of the Damned               Roy Anderson [01-Jul-2015]
 F   GotG                               Robert Shmigelsky [01-Jul-2015]
 F   Secrets of the Mist, Chapters 1-2 and Prelude  Lexi Vigilante [15-Jul-2015]
 H   The Supervillain - Chapters 1 to 6  Goitye Powerhouse [15-Jul-2015]
 F   Stalvorhal, Chapters 1-3           Braedan Hafichuk [22-Jul-2015]
 SF  The Hall of Games - Prologue and Chapters One and Two  Stefanie Saw [22-Jul-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.]