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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 16-Oct-2019 (Crits due 23-Oct-2019):
 F   Gangland, Chapter 1                Carl Alves -#28753
 SF  Perfectly Rational Gamblers        Henry McFarland -#28754
 H   Trading It In                      Madison Estes -#28755
 SF  The Poor Man's Vacation            Steve Levandoski -#28756
 SF  Escape from an Infinite Regress    T M Heckman -#28757
 SF  Changelings excerpts revised       Liam Corley -#28758
 SF  A Fire Born-The First Dead Sun     Anthony W -#28759
 H   Bad Reflection                     Rick Moyer -#28760
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapters 2-3      Garrett Menning -#28761
 H   The Orthogonal Tunnel - Part 1     Joseph Mennuti -#28762
 F   The Wizard's Tower, Chapters 4-5   Jason Newman -#28763
 SF  Sleeper Cell                       Jen Glowaski -#28764
 H   My Nephew Will Bury Us in Trash    Ted Carmichael -#28765

Week of 23-Oct-2019 (Crits due 30-Oct-2019):
 F   Bang the Drum                      Andrew Dibble
 F   Machine Song Chapter 1 Part 1      Will Milner
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm Chapters 4&5  Javier Sobrado
 F   Daughter of Medusa                 Francine Taylor
 SF  A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 5-8  Clayton Niehaus
 F   Bird Brings in a Threat Part One   ed kratz
 F   Dealing with Wyrms                 Holden Lee
 SF  Punishing Gravity                  Yogesh Mohla
 SF  The Road to Trnovo                 John R. Fino
 SF  Fleet of the Faithless, Chapter I _New_  Nicolas Quattromani
 SF  Free China Part 1                  Ife J. Ibitayo
 SF  Chapter 1                          Campbell S. Crum
 F   The Maiden Resplendent             Connor Hayden
 SF  Ten Percent, Chapter 1             Caroline Poirier
 F   The Gryffoniers Chapters 1-3       Beth Carlock
 SF  LiftShip Design                    Bob Freeman
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 5  Eric Wilson
 H   Face Paint                         Geovani Zambrana
 F   Immortal Judgment                  Annaliese Lemmon
 H   The Night Manager of a Chicken Franchise in Vinland  Brian Lonberg
 F   The Traveling Soul                 April Weeks
 F   Within the Eye of God              Lauren Banka
 SF  AI Books revision 4.1              Robert Harpold
 F   Lest We Forget                     Charles A. Metzner
 SF  The Sight of Distant Shores V2     Andrew Giffin
 SF  Conclusion                         Ryan Smith
 F   Transplanter X                     Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Flash Trio                         Amy Hammack Turner
 SF  How to eat a cricket               Yacine GACI
 F   Witchfire                          Raphaelle Race
      (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 Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 6-8  Eric Wilson [30-Oct-2019]
 SF  Changelings: Commission's End, Chapters 3-4  Liam Corley [23-Oct-2019]
 F   A Fire Born-The First Sead Sun     Anthony W [23-Oct-2019]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Semper Fidelis: We are Rome        George Nakashidze [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  A Love Letter From Space           Gavin Parmar [19-Jun-2019]
 SF  Lost Tomorrows                     Seain Dunne [26-Jun-2019]
 F   Escaping Rondella                  William Nalley [26-Jun-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1-You Live You Die  Stacey .S. Rivers [03-Jul-2019]
 F   Destiny 101                        Erwin Chege [03-Jul-2019]
 H   Midnight Spook                     Jnoh Doer [03-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir                   Damil Nathanael N.R [10-Jul-2019]
 SF  The Final Judgement-Chapter 1      Stacey .S. Rivers [24-Jul-2019]
 SF  Shouting at the Universe Chapters 1-3  Bobbie Falin [31-Jul-2019]
 H   Half-Bedroom                       Rob Steiner [31-Jul-2019]
 F   The hole in the whole              Mariam Khodeir [31-Jul-2019]
 F   A Tale of Hastir: Frostfall        Damil N.R [07-Aug-2019]
 SF  Am I Doing This Right?             Adelle K Housker [14-Aug-2019]
 H   The Diary of a Hated person,Chapter 1  Adi Mukherjee [14-Aug-2019]
 F   Southern Fried                     Calvin Gregg [21-Aug-2019]
 F   Land of the Enslaved               R.A. Carter [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Virgo, Serpentine, and Rebellion   Rweena Samara [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Freedom                            Tyler Sheley [04-Sep-2019]
 F   Penumbra, Prologue & Ch. 1-2       Nick Johnson [11-Sep-2019]
 H   America, America this is You       Korie Conyers [18-Sep-2019]
 H   Decontamination                    Daniel Ensalaco [18-Sep-2019]
 SF  THRESHOLD - Sci-Fi Techno-Thriller  Scott Falcon [02-Oct-2019]
 F   Pathology                          Michael DeDominicis [09-Oct-2019]
 F   The Wolf King Chapters 1-5         Mitch Lankert [09-Oct-2019]
 H   Sometimes I smile                  Geovani Zambrana [16-Oct-2019]

>> 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.]