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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 20-Aug-2014 (Crits due 27-Aug-2014):
 SF  Branches of Tech                   [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24004
 F   Blood Bank                         [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose -#24005
 SF  On the Proper Maintenance of a Tremeddian Dominion Garden  Matt Dovey -#24006
 SF  Bloodlines, Chapter 1              Debra Crichlow -#24007
 SF  Remotely out of Control 8-2        Charles Hand -#24008
 SF  Can't Forget                       Colleen S. Myers -#24009
 H   Tribe: Prologue                    Wendy Salmon -#24010
 F   Anima, Chapter 0-4                 Mulyadi Cahyono -#24011
 SF  The Broken Dream                   Louise A. Postlethwaite -#24012
 SF  Square Chickens _submitted 8-5_    Charlene Hansom -#24013
 SF  What Do You Do With An Empty Baby?  Rik Hunik -#24014
 SF  The Link                           R. J. Delacruz -#24015
 SF  Coronation _chapters 1 & 2_        Mark Probert -#24016
 F   Batanzia                           C.J. Piatti -#24017
 F   Hell To Death Row: Fresh Catch     Glo Gray -#24018
 SF  Hands on the Triggers chapter 1-2  Kit Davis -#24019
 F   Fury                               David Kloss -#24020
 SF  Architect of the Abyss             Scott Towler -#24021
 F   A Study In Bronze                  Irene Ying -#24022
 F   Silverdirt, chapter 1              Brenna Raney -#24023

Week of 27-Aug-2014 (Crits due 3-Sep-2014):
 SF  Whitefall                          Harlen Bayha
 F   Things Worth Dying For             Kaitlyn Boggs
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 4-6           Conrad Steenkamp
 F   A Wordsmith in Javvoth Hair        Cameron Huntley
 SF  His Final Four                     William Hill
 SF  The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_  Peter Galalis
 SF  How to Market Your Baby for Less   Jason Boyd
 SF  Humans live in space               Tom Lin
 F   Champion of Justice                Filip Wiltgren
 SF  Coming Lights                      Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi
 SF  Emerald                            Dennis V. Hernandez
 F   North to Neverland                 Caitlin Andrew
 F   Strange Things Happen All the Time  Aleksandra Pantic
 F   Thus Fell the Chancellor           Alex Harrison
 SF  Mimanga                            Jeffrey Hall
 H   Enigma                             Dipanjan Dutta
 F   The Sixteen Burdens of Dusty Studebaker, Chapters 1-2  David Khalaf
 SF  A Demon Haunted Future             Gary Goodson
 F   Behind the Reflection              Justin R. Lawfer
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 1-4  Rhett C Bruno

Week of 3-Sep-2014 (Crits due 10-Sep-2014):
 H   Haunted: The Saga of a fallen Hero ch 7  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy
 SF  Leaving Orbit                      Matt Thomas
 F   The Pale Lands                     Alexander Leger-Small
 F   Changestone                        Annaliese Lemmon
 SF  The Limen Project                  Mark Rookyard
 SF  Sprinkles on Top                   James Witherspoon
 SF  Leadville Follies                  Tom Grayhorse
 SF  Life Thrusts Forth                 Dr. Barry Nadel
 SF  Forgettable What's His Name        Jeff Cates
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno
 SF  White Hat in Space                 Michael Dorken
 H   Dammit, Mavis                      Matthew Weber
 SF  The Girl Who Lost the Earth Book 1: Krudges Chapter One Contact on Earth  Matthew Cegielski
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple
 SF  The Rise of the Hybrid Chapter 1   Michael Arnold
 H   Eastern State Penitentiary         Stacey Nilsen
 SF  Red Queen's Race                   S P Wilcock
 F   A Tale of Sorcery and Steel, Chapters 1-4  Marcus See
 F   PAWN OF THE GODS                   Andrea Franco-Cook
 F   Sunbright                          Lydia Kautz
 H   Matilde                            Michael Alix
 F   Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" Overture & chapter 1  Claudia H Gruy
 SF  Manwork                            Amanda H. Geard
 SF  The Frontier's End                 Derrick Boden
 H   Lapot                              M. B. Vujacic
 F   The Roe Deer's Sister              Jonathan Schwiebert
 H   Metro84, Chapter 1 and Query Letter  Justin C. Key
 H   Chef and the Maiden                Amanda Niehaus-Hard
 SF  Caisson                            Karl Bunker
 F   The Idiot Prince, Chapters 0-2     Carol Wuenschell
 F   Spear, Chapters 4-7                Kristopher Horton
 SF  Fear Not                           Stephen Shewmake
      (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  The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Trave‚Äčling Nun_  Peter Galalis [3-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Reckoner                       Cameron Huntley [3-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn - Chapters 1-4  Rhett Bruno [10-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 7-9           Conrad Steenkamp [3-Sep-2014]
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chapter #1  C.J. Piatti [27-Aug-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Chronicles of Astroban The Gathering Book 1 Chapters 1 & 2 s  Anne Graham [02-Jul-2014]
 F   Radiant, Chapter 1                 Ashley Gonzales [09-Jul-2014]
 H   The Reaper's Tavern                Pearce Clancy [09-Jul-2014]
 F   Formula                            Alec [16-Jul-2014]
 SF  Season of Blood and Banditos, Chp 4-5  Robert Cummings [16-Jul-2014]
 F   Fluttera                           Jessica Barnhart [16-Jul-2014]
 SF  Storm Strike, Prologue and Chapter 1  Randy R. Henke [16-Jul-2014]
 F   Myth Origins                       Jon Wiggins [23-Jul-2014]
 SF  Incineration, Chapters 1-6         Amanda L. Culton [23-Jul-2014]
 F   The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5    Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014]
 SF  Colony 411, Chapter 1              Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014]
 H   The Book                           Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014]
 F   Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2       Iona Baird [30-Jul-2014]
 F   Her Face                           Marian D Moore [06-Aug-2014]
 F   The King and The Sorceress         Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Quantum Clicker                    John Gagan [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Extension Port                     Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1         Cary Nichols [20-Aug-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.]