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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 28-Jan-2015 (Crits due 4-Feb-2015):
 F   Gathering of the Gifts, ch 2 Memory within a Memory  [mpc] Robert Shmigelsky -#24495
 F   Immortalis                         Carl Alves -#24496
 SF  Her Glimmering Facade              Eleanor R. Wood -#24497
 H   The Tear Collector                 Justin C. Key -#24498
 SF  Pathifier                          Jim Adam -#24499
 SF  Future Awakenings                  Anna Salonen -#24500
 H   Paranormal Romance                 M.B.Vujacic -#24501
 H   A Glimpse of Green                 Filip Wiltgren -#24502
 SF  A Time Traveler's Guide to Messing Up Your Life, ch. 1  Brian Wightman -#24503
 F   Abacot                             R. Leigh Hennig -#24504
 F   Civil Blood, Chapters 0-1          Chris Hepler -#24505
 SF  Killer Features                    Janis Zelcans -#24506
 SF  Shift                              Tania Robinson -#24507
 F   The Fixer                          Walter J. Wiese -#24508
 SF  Just Another Day in America        Amandeep Singh -#24509
 SF  See you soon, Mr. Travers          Yaroslav Barsukov -#24510
 F   A Good Friend                      Sarah Morgan -#24511
 H   Daisy Loved Dafodils               Race A. Dauer -#24512
 SF  Mission: Honeymoon                 Nessma A. Elsawy -#24513

Week of 4-Feb-2015 (Crits due 11-Feb-2015):
 H   A Name Worth Dying For             Katherine Fairbanks\
 SF  Redemption                         Mark Rookyard
 F   Gathering of the Gifts, Ch 3       Robert Shmigelsky
 SF  Deluge                             Derrick Boden
 H   Brain Power                        Ralph M. Ambrose
 F   Spear Ch 10-11                     Kristopher Horton
 SF  Form Letter                        Joel E. Roosa
 H   Orlov's Tears                      Richard Alison
 F   Daughter's Duel                    Chris Kenworthy
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 10-11  Charles Leighton
 F   Woe, Djinn                         Brad Preslar
 H   Toys to Play With                  Eric J. Juneau
 F   The Burning Heart                  Margie E. Prindle
 SF  Where Is Asteroid 2021gb           Connor W. Anderson
 SF  Second Chances                     Joe Walker
 F   Boy God II                         Hernan Garcia
 SF  The Lady of Shalott, Chapters 1 & 2 _RFDR_  Learned Foote
 SF  Trade Route, Chapters 0-1          Curtis Manges
 F   Three Intersections, Two Lives     Jason Parker
 SF  The Incident at Wolfe Creek, Chapters1-5  Leena Naidoo

Week of 11-Feb-2015 (Crits due 18-Feb-2015):
 SF  Avram                              Ed Kratz
 SF  Beyond Comprehension               Russell Nichols
 SF  The Time Stone                     Jeffrey J. Estrella
 F   The Dauphin's Metaphysics          Eric Schwitzgebel
 F   The Retrievers, Chapter 4          Mark A Dawson
 F   The Vampire Will                   Kim Smeltzer
 F   A Bad Day                          Traci Loudin
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 1-3  Keir Puplett
 SF  Crock                              Tom Grayhorse
 H   The Thing                          Robert Graph
 SF  The Maiden Voyage of the Ariona    Dale W. Glaser
 SF  The Chain of Forests, Chapter 23   Ilias Stroulias
 SF  Jay's Investigation _Part One_     Joe Camera
 SF  Against All Odds                   A Wisham
 F   Rainfall                           Marko Cibej
 H   Gears of Iron, Gears of Bone, Chapter 1  Bill Stiteler
 SF  Spirit of the Polar Bear           David William McKay
 SF  Lisa Rains, The Progeny, Chapters 0-5  Terry D. Pleasant
 H   Eastern State Penitentiary-REVISED  Stacey Nilsen
 SF  Riding the Dinosaur                Amanda H. Geard
 SF  Modified, Chapter 2: Maksym        Chaz Josephs
 H   Paradise Cemetery                  David A. Forrester
 H   The Fawn                           Gwyn Case
 SF  Days of Past Futured               Richard Zwicker
 SF  Tales of Midbar: Religious Intolerance, Chapter 1  Richard Pearman
 H   Forecast                           Rayne Hall
 SF  The Mind Cloud                     C. John Griffin
 F   The Scheming Sorcerer              Christopher J. Piatti
 F   title: God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 4-6 _RFDR_  Russell Adams
 F   Post-Modem Alchemy                 Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  Missing Pieces                     Craig McEwan
 SF  News from the Future               Fraser Hannah
      (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 [?]
 H   After Yule                         Rayne Hall [18-Feb-2015]
 H   Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze  Rayne Hall [?]
 SF  Customer Service                   Justin C. Key [4-Feb-2015]
 H   My Soul, For Mommy's               Justin C. Key [?]
 H   Virgins Of The Sea                 Justin C. Key [?]
 SF  Alone Again                        Traci Loudin [18-Feb-2015]
 F   The Beginning of the End           Traci Loudin [?]
 SF  Inconspicuous Absence              Brad Preslar [11-Feb-2015]
 F   The Retrievers, Chapter 5          Mark A Dawson [18-Feb-2015]
 F   Gathering of the Gifts, ch 3 part 2  Robert Shmigelsky [11-Feb-2015]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Among the Orangutans               Joseph E. Lerner [07-Jan-2015]
 F   Innocenza, Chapter 1               Joshua Ward [07-Jan-2015]
 F   Answer                             Hugo Xiong [14-Jan-2015]
 F   Night of Vlad                      Amal singh [21-Jan-2015]
 H   The Phantom Queen                  Stephen Lewis [21-Jan-2015]
 F   Once Upon a Midnight Moon: Feral   Kaitlin R. Niblock [28-Jan-2015]
 F   The King's Blacksmith              Cameron Huntley [28-Jan-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.]