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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 25-Nov-2020 (Crits due 2-Dec-2020):
 SF  The Engineer's Gamble              Robert Harpold -#29579
 SF  The Scimitar and the Eye           Jeff R Stewart -#29580
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 3    Charles Gull -#29581
 SF  Azad, Chapters 3-4                 Pamela Najar -#29582
 F   They Shall Hear Our Silence, Chapter 1  Lyric Gray -#29583
 F   Hallowed Beasts, Chapter 4         Katelyn Sullivan -#29584
 F   To Bleed as the Lamb               Russ Gartz -#29585
 F   Flight of the Pirate Witch, Chapter 2 standalone chapter  David Ugarte -#29586
 SF  The Queen                          Kate Genellie -#29587
 F   Eternal Shades in Heat and Frost   Jordan Chase-Young -#29588
 F   A Matter of Principle              Chris Owens -#29589
 SF  The Heroine Kokofe                 Ife J. Ibitayo -#29590
 H   Limbs From Limbs                   Matt Blairstone -#29591

Week of 2-Dec-2020 (Crits due 9-Dec-2020):
 H   HEL                                [mpc] R. L. Meza
 F   No Smoking Allowed                 Jude Matulich-Hall
 H   The Midnight Train Murders New Revision  Jim Keane
 SF  Hanover, Chapters 1-4              Jeff Richardson
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 5                 Jeff Naylor
 H   Possession Is Ten-tenths of the Law  Richard Zwicker
 H   Doll Black Eyes                    John Brownlee
 F   The Unfortunate Prince             Carl R. Cole III
 F   The Greatest City Chapters 13-17   Clayton Niehaus
 SF  Search                             Alex Villepique
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapters 7-8  John Christopher
 SF  The Story Thus Far                 Victor Jimenez
 H   Spiked Leomonade                   Matthew J Olson
 F   The Hermit Guru's Riddle           Hannah Azok
 SF  Entangled                          Barry Burnett

Week of 9-Dec-2020 (Crits due 16-Dec-2020):
 SF  Ra-Gho-Zu                          Boris Layupan
 F   Immolation                         Vincent Francica
 SF  The Unbound Cut                    Daniel Chao
 F   Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 6 FIN  William L Hunt
 F   Watcher and Wanders, Chapters 1-3  Joseph Freer
 F   Stitches and Memories, Chapter 1 and 2  Stephanie S. Bittner
 SF  Life After Life After Life         Christopher Blake
 F   Adventures with the Goddess Pallas Athena  LindaAnn LoSchiavo
 H   Reality Peel 2 of 6                Dan Jolie
 F   The Pattern's Web, Chap 1          Helen Sanders
 SF  Download                           scottt godfrey
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 33-35  Eric Wilson
 SF  A Momentary Switch                 Charles Botsford
 SF  Prelude: The Tides of Earth chapters 35-37  J. H. Tabbott

Week of 16-Dec-2020 (Crits due 23-Dec-2020):
 SF  Market Wars                        Wayne M Merritt
 SF  One Last Day                       Henry McFarland
 SF  Outside of Outside                 Yacine GACI
 SF  Mick & Luci                        Tommy Mac Bird
 F   On the top of Mt. Parbata, Chapter 1  Lillian C. MacArthur
 SF  The Proctor of Denar               Joe Follansbee
 F   Mind Out of Time                   Matt Krizan
 H   Fetch, Chapters 1-2 and Query Letter  Conor McBrien
 H   For Love of the 'Gram              Michelle Ng
 F   The Seeker Chronicles              Timothy Brown
 SF  Invisible Bodies                   Alex Vinicius Santana Souza
 SF  How To Catch a Finch               Michael Stevens
 SF  Access Granted                     Aaron Lester
 F   One Lucky Pig                      Pete Koziar
 SF  Epigenetics and the Gay Gene       Eric Honour
 SF  Saturday Night at St. Brigid's     Chris Hepler
 SF  Butterfly Caught                   John Lawless
 SF  Ivo Santos Versus the Insane Space Monsters, Chapters 1-3  Scott Malabarba
      (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]"):
 SF  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 F   Cloud Tracker                      Kaitlyn Mattson [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 4    Charles Gull [2-Dec-2020]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 5    Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 6    Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 7    Charles Gull [?]
 F   From Trash to Treasure             Jude Matulich-Hall [9-Dec-2020]
 SF  Guidepost                          scottt godfrey [16-Dec-2020]
 SF  The Hand                           scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  House                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Her Desher                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  The Qwulne                         scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Prey                               scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  Mites                              scottt godfrey [?]
 SF  La'Sann                            scott Godfrey [?]
 H   The Elevator                       Jim Keane [9-Dec-2020]
 H   Birdbath                           Jude Matulich-Hall [?]
 H   The Curse NEW REVISION             Jim Keane [?]
 SF  Roland Darleigh                    Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Worlds of the Black Sun        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  The Wendigo                        Scott Godfrey [?]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 6                 Jeff Naylor [9-Dec-2020]
 H   The Lure New Revision              Jim Keane [?]
 F   The Pursuit of Eternal Love        Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [23-Dec-2020]
 SF  MONSTER!                           Alex Vinicius Santana Souza [?]
 SF  Two Tickets for Purgatory          Richard Zwicker [9-Dec-2020]
 SF  Abbot's Race, Chapter 1 and Synopsis  Charles Botsford [16-Dec-2020]
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapters 2-3  John Christopher [9-Dec-2020]
 F   The Birthright Stone, Chapters 4-5  John Christopher [?]
 SF  The Birthright Stone, Chapter 6    John Christopher [?]
 H   Praying for Sunrise NEW VERSION    Jim Keane [?]
 H   The Portal                         Jim Keane [?]
 SF  Cell Phone                         James Keane [?]
 SF  Essex, Chapter 1 and Synopsis      Charles Botsford [?]
 SF  Mr. Jacobi's Day Out               Michael Stevens [23-Dec-2020]
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 8    Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 1 & 2  Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 4      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 1 - Chapter 8      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 1      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 2      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 4      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 5      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 6      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 7      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 8      Charles Gull [?]
 F   Arc Jones                          Tommy Mac Bird [23-Dec-2020]
 SF  The Way of the Warrior             Boris Layupan [16-Dec-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele [26-Aug-2020]
 F   AK Book Excerpt - 1                angela shteynbak [09-Sep-2020]
 SF  Sweet Petals"-excerpt              John Bettinger [09-Sep-2020]
 SF  Towers in the dark. Chapter 1      Roman Rafalson [23-Sep-2020]
 SF  Mae's Mission                      Jed Brinkley [07-Oct-2020]
 SF  All in the Eyes of the Owl Prelude-Ch3  Nathan B. Bair [14-Oct-2020]
 F   Maegics Heir: Mind Maege Predator  Guy L Cramb [21-Oct-2020]
 SF  God's Switchblade, Chapter 1       Joe Mullich [25-Nov-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.]