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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 21-Sep-2016 (Crits due 28-Sep-2016):
 SF  The Girl That Never Was            [mpc] Jack Calverley -#26185
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 26-28  Russell Adams -#26186
 H   Who I Am                           Carl Alves -#26187
 F   Conflict Calories                  Fred Obermeyer -#26188
 SF  The Wind, My Chariot               [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#26189
 F   Lilith's Story                     Sandy Kulhavy -#26190
 SF  Tipping Point                      [@] Holly Schofield -#26191
 SF  B.E.T.A : An Epic History Of The Orion Arm. Teaser  Sam Bullers -#26192
 SF  Eddie Went                         Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#26193
 SF  Twilight of the Electric Shadows   Paul R. Hardy -#26194
 SF  Waves                              Evelyn Aschenbrenner -#26195
 SF  Why, Chromosome?                   Brian Koukol -#26196
 SF  Analog Signals                     Shawn Proctor -#26197
 SF  Anonymous Comment                  [@] David J Baker -#26198
 F   Arriving Dawn                      Courtney Hines -#26199
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 18-21  Michelle Johnson -#26200
 SF  Minor Traders Chapter 1            J. Lael Freeman -#26201
 SF  Fid's Crusade                      David Reiss -#26202
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 6-9  Andy Lee -#26203
 SF  Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story   Priscilla Soares-Wilson -#26204
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 5-6    Magnus D. Jorgensen -#26205
 F   The Boy Who Didn't Know How to Recognize a King  Mark Painter -#26206
 SF  After an Accident                  Zach Lindsey -#26207

Week of 28-Sep-2016 (Crits due 5-Oct-2016):
 F   Why I Did Not Walk the Dog         [@] Eric Schwitzgebel
 SF  Trust Us: We're Aliens             [@] Chet Gottfried
 F   Solen                              Stephanie Leland
 F   What The Wind Whispered            Ramyani Gayen
 SF  Bringing Down The House            A P Thompson
 SF  Ascendancy - Chapters 1 - 2        Troy McLaughlan
 F   Shadowpainting                     Anna Salonen
 F   Etamin Drag, Prologue+Chapters 1   Nathajak Thang
 H   Bloodbath in First Grade           Matthew Weber
 SF  Eden, Prologue and Chapter 1       Yamilex Bustamante
 SF  The Monster                        Chris D
 SF  In Space You Can Sleep Forever     Mark L Robyn
 F   Dust of the Earth, Wound of the Sky  Benjamin Schulz
 F   Unhidden, Unbroken                 Jeffrey Hall
 F   Solum: A Queen Has Risen Book 2 Chapters 4 - 6  Tracey Bond-Heird
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapters 9-10       Greg Tracii
 F   If You Could Fly                   Sandor Kovacs
 H   Midnight Show                      M.B.Vujacic
 SF  The Hills of Mare Imbrium Chapters 1-2  Carleton Chinner
 SF  Alexander Little RFDR and Chapters 1-2  Ben Baxter
 SF  The Jeffersons                     Kenny Brooks
 SF  Connor                             Scott Paxon

Week of 5-Oct-2016 (Crits due 12-Oct-2016):
 F   Miriam's Journey                   Jeff Sullins
 SF  Calypso                            Scott Nash
 F   The Exegesis of Edward Lytton      Ryan Jordan
 F   Of Milk and Blood                  Vanessa Fogg
 SF  Blank Slate                        Shawn Moses
 SF  Tobacco Brides                     Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 F   Engines of Sephione, Chapters 1-3  Joseph Anthony
 SF  Ugly Glass Chapters 1-4            Adam Oulton
 SF  Ideal Overhaul                     Brad Preslar
 F   Volkrag                            Martin Van Nostrand
 SF  Ephemeris: Chapter 1, Section 2    Mike Baltar
 SF  E-vict                             Lee P. Melling
 SF  The Traveler's Quest, Blurb and Chapters 1-4  Dee Blackshear
 F   The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I  Kim Smeltzer
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 18-19  Keir Puplett
 H   The Middendorf: Part Two           Don Sabo
 F   Sunchosen                          Joel E. Roosa
 SF  A Friend's Test Flight             Ralph Fung
 SF  Iron Bear                          Kevin P. Hallett
 F   The Maid of Jordavellir            Margaret Moller
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 1  Joy Landa
 F   The Iris of Morgance, Chapter 3    Noelle A. Fox
      (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 Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21  Keir Puplett [12-Oct-2016]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 10-12  Andy Lee [28-Sep-2016]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 13-16  Andy Lee [?]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 17-19  Andy Lee [?]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 20  Andy Lee [?]
 SF  The Vampire Hunter part 4          Kim Smeltzer [12-Oct-2016]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 5          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 7      Magnus Jorgensen [28-Sep-2016]
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8      Magnus D. Jorgensen [?]
 H   The Middendorf: Part Three         Don Sabo [12-Oct-2016]
 SF  Kitty and the Green Hand - Intro - 2  Priscilla Soares-Wilson [28-Sep-2016]
 SF  Kitty and the Green Hand , SF,S = Chapters 3-4  Priscilla Soares-wilson [?]
 SF  Bright Light - Flash Short story   Priscilla Soares-wilson [?]
 H   The Middendorf: Part Four          Don Sabo [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 22-24  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 25-27  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 28 & 29  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 33 - 35  Keir Puplett [?]
 F   Wilde Born Part 1                  Stephanie Leland [5-Oct-2016]
 SF  Mak The Knifer                     Sam Bullers [28-Sep-2016]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 2  Joy Landa [12-Oct-2016]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 3  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 4  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Star nation SF Flash Short Story   Priscilla Soares-Wilson [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4       Tarvo Langeberg [17-Aug-2016]
 SF  Where the Heart Is                 Arthur M. Doweyko [17-Aug-2016]
 F   The Labyrinthine Ways              Jacob Rennick [17-Aug-2016]
 SF  Territory: Part One _Working Title_ _Prologue Only_  Justin Petermann [17-Aug-2016]
 H   The Fragrance of Chantilly         Annette Hamilton [31-Aug-2016]
 SF  Skin Chapters 1 - 2                Kate Krake [07-Sep-2016]
 SF  No Matter the Cost                 Alex Robinson [07-Sep-2016]
 SF  Allegra Complex Chapters 1-2       Michael Winer [07-Sep-2016]
 F   Adventures of Althalos             Connor Harris [07-Sep-2016]
 F   Conquist, Chapters 1-4             [@] Dirk Strasser [14-Sep-2016]
 SF  Lotus, Chapters 1-5                Oliver M. Hughes [14-Sep-2016]
 SF  A Lover's Look                     Roderick D. Mitchell Jr [14-Sep-2016]
 SF  The Thaw                           Man-Chung Fung [21-Sep-2016]

>> 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.]