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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 24-Sep-2014 (Crits due 1-Oct-2014):
 SF  The Mirror Dialogues               Richard Zwicker -#24107
 SF  We Die with Harness on our Back    DJ Cockburn -#24108
 H   Haunted, The Saga of A Fallen Hero, Chap 8  Naftali Deitsch -#24109
 SF  Mild tasting, Like Veal            Henry McFarland -#24110
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Ch 1+2           Patricia Moussatche -#24111
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy -#24112
 F   Pawn of The Gods                   Andrea Franco-Cook -#24113
 F   Miracle Worker                     L Chan -#24114
 F   The Dragon of the Bailey           Jonathan Byrne -#24115
 SF  Where Hestia Stands, Apollo Weeps  Clancy Weeks -#24116
 H   Incident at the Buttered Biscuit   Matthew Weber -#24117
 SF  Contiguity                         Mark Rookyard -#24118
 F   The Witch                          Douglas Hufnagel -#24119
 H   She Was the Picture of Remorse.    Patrick Gill -#24120
 SF  Emerald                            Dennis V. Hernandez -#24121
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6     Kaitlyn Boggs -#24122
 SF  TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space  Matthew Cegielski -#24123
 H   After Life                         Rashida Asante -#24124
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapters 1-6            Patrick Sanders -#24125
 SF  Payback                            Robert Stevenson -#24126
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon Chap 1 Book 3  Charles Leighton -#24127
 SF  Optimizing Encounters              Jason Lopez -#24128

Week of 1-Oct-2014 (Crits due 8-Oct-2014):
 F   The Revenge of the Gray Wizard     Hans Albanese
 SF  Good Housekeeping                  Chris Countryman
 SF  The Ballad of Caleb Henning        Seth Z. Herman
 F   Children of God, Chapter 1         Marescha Muys
 SF  Feed                               Keir Puplett
 F   Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" chapters 2 and 3  Claudia H Gruy
 SF  Prague Winter                      Derrick Boden
 H   Yellowstone Search And Rescue      Michael Alix
 SF  All of the Jobs Belong to Robots   Kristopher Horton
 H   Natural Growth                     M.B.Vujacic
 SF  The Deviants of the Tardy Ark      Emma Baillie
 F   Salt                               Daena Red
 SF  LifeSport_TM_                      Jason Bates
 SF  Abraham the Eskimo -- Part One     Carlos Mano
 SF  Five Days as Uberman, Part 1       Nikhil Sekher
 H   Andrew, My Friend                  Mary Elizabeth Thompson
 SF  The Orchard                        Christoph Weber
 SF  Humanity                           Joanna Hoyt
 SF  Spliced                            Frank Booker
 SF  Rarefaction                        Liz Heldmann
 SF  Sprinkles on Top                   James Witherspoon

Week of 8-Oct-2014 (Crits due 15-Oct-2014):
 SF  Ripped                             Helen E. Kourous
 H   The Face in the Well               Stephanie Harshman Diaz
 F   Worldstrings                       Fred Obermeyer
 F   Anniversary Promise                Sean Whelan
 SF  Love Machines                      Charles Hand
 SF  Most Certainly                     Brad Preslar
 H   Contractions                       Kevin David Anderson
 SF  Things that Go Bump in the Night   Jeff Cates
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno
 SF  The Ordeal Chapters 7-9            Conrad Steenkamp
 F   Obfuscate - Chapter One            Killion Slade
 SF  At Home with the Ant People        Charlene Hansom
 SF  Faye                               Christian Roberts
 F   Trailer Trash                      Rik Hunik
 SF  Euro-Nuke '79                      Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  Rael                               Colleen S. Myers
 SF  The Rise and Fall of Andromeda Rex  Eric Rosenfield
 SF  Thursday Raids                     Petr Janecka
 F   Holes                              Greta Rehak
 SF  False Idols                        Alex Grove
 SF  Dead Men Tell Tales                Dave D'Alessio
 F   In the Sorcerer's Society, Chapter #1  Christopher J. Piatti
 SF  Taken                              Mel Corbett
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller
 F   Black Lake Island Ch. 1-3          Luke Robinson
      (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  TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil  Matthew Cegielski [1-Oct-2014]
 SF  Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two     Carlos Mano [8-Oct-2014]
 SF  TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth  Matthew Cegielski [?]
 SF  Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel       DJ Cockburn [1-Oct-2014]
 H   The Not, Chapter 36                A. R. Braun [?]
 F   Children of God, Chapter 2         Marescha Muys [8-Oct-2014]
 F   Books                              Charles Leighton [1-Oct-2014]
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapters 1-3            Patrick Sanders [1-Oct-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 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   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]
 SF  Coming Lights                      Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi [27-Aug-2014]
 F   Strange Things Happen All the Time  Aleksandra Pantic [27-Aug-2014]
 H   Enigma                             Dipanjan Dutta [27-Aug-2014]
 SF  Leaving Orbit                      Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014]
 F   The Want - Chap 1-3                KJ Conte [17-Sep-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.]