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Preditors & Editors Changeover

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Book Recommendation

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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 29-Jun-2016 (Crits due 6-Jul-2016):
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 17-20  Russell Adams -#25978
 F   Land of Many Ages                  Fred Obermeyer -#25979
 F   The Reborn Identity, Chapters IX-X  Joel E. Roosa -#25980
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 11-12  Keir Puplett -#25981
 F   Situation No Win                   Leena Naidoo -#25982
 H   Burt's Top Secret Spice Mix        Matthew Weber -#25983
 F   Emile - an Interlude - Primal Skies series  Kim Smeltzer -#25984
 SF  How to Sync Spouse                 Russell Nichols -#25985
 F   Two Dead Men and a Truck           Marc A Criley -#25986
 SF  One Past, One Future               [@] David John Baker -#25987
 F   Aide-De-Camp                       Shawn Proctor -#25988
 F   The Old Salt                       Matthew Duerst -#25989
 SF  The Loud Lights                    Jeff Richardson -#25990
 SF  Upon a Darkside Rising             Wilber Arron -#25991
 SF  The Ghost Loop: Please Let Me In!  Mark Rawlings -#25992
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Prologue-Chapter 3  Michelle Johnson -#25993
 F   Nocturne, Chapters 1-2             Robert Richard -#25994
 F   A Piece of the True Cross          Jan Stephens -#25995
 F   Abandoned                          G.A.Miller -#25996
 SF  White Rabbit in Red Space, Chapter 1  Justin Sturm -#25997
 H   Roosevelt Is For Lovers            Jason J. Nugent -#25998
 SF  Vera, Chapters 1-3                 Alasdair Clark -#25999

Week of 6-Jul-2016 (Crits due 13-Jul-2016):
 SF  Little /^^^&-                      [@] Eric Schwitzgebel
 SF  Lynden                             Amelia Tumlin
 SF  Love, Lies, & Clones, Chapters 1-2  Joy Schultz
 F   Living Color                       Alec E. B.
 SF  The 4748 Days of His Life          Dan Reade
 F   Chronicles of Tellus Chapter One - A Name  Scott Heckler
 SF  The Face of Jes Viscosie           Ray Franklin
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 1  Joy Landa
 SF  B.E.T.A. _section 1, Intro - Chapter 4_  Sam Bullers
 SF  The Harvest                        Julie Reeser
 F   The Journey of Bey Bear            Chris Kenworthy
 F   Calypso                            P.E. Zimmerman
 SF  Jovian Wolf                        Kristopher Horton
 SF  The Travelers Quest Chapters 1-4   Dottie Blackshear
 SF  Rusted and Alone                   Brad Preslar
 H   The Well by Moonlight, ch 1        Kevin Emmons
 SF  Lost Goddess: Forgotten            Kimberly Pickering
 F   Girl of Flame and Smoke            Olivia J Martelli
 F   The Demon's Playground-Ch 1 through 4  Jim Phillips
 H   Blinky                             M.B.Vujacic

Week of 13-Jul-2016 (Crits due 20-Jul-2016):
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapters 3-4        Greg Tracii
 F   The Golden Touch Chapter 7         April Hicks
 F   Free Fall                          Sandor Kovacs
 F   Red Echoes of Vengeance            Lee P. Melling
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 16-17  April Weeks
 F   Ivory Bill                         Felicia Lee
 SF  Your Only Hope                     Christian Roberts
 H   Through the Mind of a Seer, _Chapters 1-3_  Melissa Malo
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 SF  The Worth of Failure               Richard Aaron
 F   A Sorcerer's Life For Me           Ryan Brown
 SF  Esther's Early Years               kyle rogstad
 SF  Fates Paradox                      Stephen Shewmake
 SF  Stargazing From the Shifting Sands  Laura-Marie Steele
      (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 Reborn Identity, Chapters XI-XII  Joel E. Roosa [6-Jul-2016]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 1          Kim Smeltzer [6-Jul-2016]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 2          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 3          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 13-14  Keir Puplett [6-Jul-2016]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 15-16  Keir Puplett [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 2  Joy Landa [13-Jul-2016]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1: A New Era Part 3  Joy Landa [?]
 F   The Vampire Ribald - Memory Vignettes I  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 SF  B.E.T.A section 2 _Chap 5-10_      Sam Bullers [13-Jul-2016]
 SF  B.E.T.A. section 3 _chapters 11 -15_  Sam Bullers [?]
 H   The Neighbor at the Curb           Matthew Weber [6-Jul-2016]
 SF  Forever Grey - Chapters 5-6        Greg Tracii [20-Jul-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Wednesday                          Arina Pricop [11-May-2016]
 SF  Skyward Descent, Summary & Chapter 1  Graceann Barrett [11-May-2016]
 H   The Way Out                        Gary Buller [11-May-2016]
 SF  Becoming the Dragon                Patrick Sanders [18-May-2016]
 SF  The Apartment Complex outline      Adrian J. Brabo [18-May-2016]
 F   The Dreamscape Aquarium            David Serra [18-May-2016]
 SF  The Age of Psiber Knights: Tail of the Lion: Chapter One  Thomas John Moscato [25-May-2016]
 F   The Silent Tear, Prologue          Elizabeth Azurra [25-May-2016]
 SF  The Mothership - Prologue, Chap 1  Jonathan Bergeron [25-May-2016]
 F   Work In Progress, Chapter 1        Margaret Brier [01-Jun-2016]
 F   The Beer Dilemma                   Eric Weaver [08-Jun-2016]
 SF  Through the Backdoor: Part 1       Alexandra [08-Jun-2016]
 H   A Light in Hell                    Cedric Kulacz [08-Jun-2016]
 F   One Word                           Brian Kemper [08-Jun-2016]
 F   Callowfield Ch. 1                  Christopher Smith [15-Jun-2016]
 H   One of a Kind                      Debra Crichlow [22-Jun-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.]