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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 19-Oct-2016 (Crits due 26-Oct-2016):
 SF  A Job You Can't Refuse             Jeff Cates -#26278
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 29-31  Russell Adams -#26279
 SF  Retrievers                         Fred Obermeyer -#26280
 SF  Two Shorts: The Star-Spinners and Headaches  Anna Salonen -#26281
 SF  You're Learning Our Ways           Christian Roberts -#26282
 F   The Desired                        Darla Jackson -#26283
 F   Truth of Ronan                     Nathajak Thang -#26284
 F   The Chosen One                     Oren Ashkenazi -#26285
 F   Edna Goes to the Pond _twice!_     Ed Kratz -#26286
 H   Dream Girl                         M.B.Vujacic -#26287
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 22-27  Michelle Johnson -#26288
 SF  Double Blind _Ch 1-3_ revised      Scott Paxon -#26289
 SF  Integrated                         Mark Painter -#26290
 F   Test of Fortitude                  Ben Sherman -#26291
 SF  Phantom Traveler - Vignette 1      Rekka Jay -#26292
 F   The Feral Prince Ch. 1             Zackary Gentry -#26293
 F   Relics of Saint Scythus            Jennifer Wise -#26294
 H   Walrus in a Brothel / Salamander Springs  David B. Harrington -#26295

Week of 26-Oct-2016 (Crits due 2-Nov-2016):
 F   The Gold Ball                      [@] Chet Gottfried
 SF  Ascendancy - Chapters 3 - 5        Troy McLaughlan
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 11            Greg Tracii
 F   The Prism System, Chapter 1        Emma Markle
 F   Shades of Guile: Denial, Chapters 1-5  Kathleen and Adam Martin
 F   The Rise of the Cryptbringer, Chapters 20-21  Keir Puplett
 SF  The Vampire Hunter part 4          Kim Smeltzer
 H   The Middendorf: Part Three         Don Sabo
 F   The Sand Gnome                     Jeff Sullins
 SF  Infinit I                          Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Navigating the Stars               Ryan Anderson
 SF  Crossed Paws                       Marc A Criley
 F   Volkrag: The Stone Destroyer, Ch 1-3  Martin Van Nostrand
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder
 H   Donut: A Love Story                Avan Stallard
 F   The Soul Key                       Hailey Maurer

Week of 2-Nov-2016 (Crits due 9-Nov-2016):
 SF  To Be a Mountain                   Madison Culler
 F   The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword  Billy Vincent
 F   Army of gods, part 1, chapters 1 and 2  Sam Cassidy
 H   Jacob Mosley's Raw Deal            Matthew Weber
 F   The Young God                      Vanessa Fogg
 H   The Hospice Worker                 Julie Reeser
 SF  Ephemeris: Chapter 1, Section 3    Mike Baltar
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 13-16  Andy Lee
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 8      Magnus D. Jorgensen
 SF  Kitty and the Green Hand , SF,S = Chapters 3-4  Priscilla Soares-wilson
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 2  Joy Landa
 SF  Second Blossoming, Forward and Chapter 1  Matt Peller
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 1  Eric Wilson
 SF  Koabas                             Kevin P. Hallett
 SF  Auraligh's Hope                    Kristy Spencer
 F   Throwing the Switch                Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 F   Engines of Sephione, Chapter 4     Joseph Anthony
 SF  Opiate of the People               Keith Peck
 SF  The Triumvirate, Chapter 1         Brayden D. Roberts
      (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   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapters 17-19  Andy Lee [9-Nov-2016]
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 20  Andy Lee [?]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 5          Kim Smeltzer [2-Nov-2016]
 SF  Bright Light - Flash Short story   Priscilla Soares-wilson [9-Nov-2016]
 H   The Middendorf: Part Four          Don Sabo [2-Nov-2016]
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 22-24  Keir Puplett [2-Nov-2016]
 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 [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 3  Joy Landa [9-Nov-2016]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 1 REVISED: Part 4  Joy Landa [?]
 SF  Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story REVISED  Priscilla Soares-Wilson [?]
 H   The Middendorf: Part Five          Don Sabo [?]
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 1  Joy Landa [?]
 F   The Prism System, Chapter 2        Emma Markle [2-Nov-2016]
 F   The Prism System, Chapter 3        Emma Markle [?]
 F   The Vampire Hunter part 6          Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   The Vampire Hunter, conclusion     Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Encounter                          Darla Jackson [26-Oct-2016]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Unknown title Chapters 0 - 4       Tarvo Langeberg [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]
 SF  A Lover's Look                     Roderick D. Mitchell Jr [14-Sep-2016]
 F   What The Wind Whispered            Ramyani Gayen [28-Sep-2016]
 SF  Bringing Down The House            A P Thompson [28-Sep-2016]
 SF  Eden, Prologue and Chapter 1       Yamilex Bustamante [28-Sep-2016]
 SF  Brood Mother Murphy                Brayden Roberts [12-Oct-2016]
 F   Little Queen                       [mpc] Alexander Leger-Small [19-Oct-2016]
 SF  A Friend's Test Flight             Ralph Fung [19-Oct-2016]
!!No_entry!!  Cursed Stars, Chapters 1-2         Alexandra Overy

>> 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.]