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The Critters Queue

Manuscripts 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 7-Oct-2015 (Crits due 14-Oct-2015):
 F   The Vampire Groom part 1 - Primal Skies #14  Kim Smeltzer -#25256
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 30-32_first part_  Russell Adams -#25257
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 11-12  Joel E. Roosa -#25258
 F   Lynn's Escape                      Jeff Sullins -#25259
 SF  Fragment - Kaylen on the beach     Ryan Anderson -#25260
 SF  Fireman                            Christoph Weber -#25261
 SF  Form as Science Fiction            Brad Preslar -#25262
 SF  The Things We Leave Behind         [@] Nancy Fulda -#25263
 SF  Impending Karma Strike             Marc A. Criley -#25264
 F   The Forgotten King - Prologue + Chapter 1  David Grant -#25265
 F   Higher, My Gallows                 Aleksandra Pantic -#25266

Week of 14-Oct-2015 (Crits due 21-Oct-2015):
 SF  Cold Blue                          [mpc] J.E. Bates
 SF  The Edge of Twilight               [@] Rati Mehrotra
 SF  Deus Ex Machina                    Maurice McBride
 F   In Plain Sight                     Dom Dulley
 SF  Hell's Garden                      Charles Walbridge
 H   Black Cactus                       Christopher Mowder
 H   The Whisper                        Derek Sands
 H   A Stroke of Genius                 Ryan Baker
 F   Half-Blood Highland Holdout        Christopher Piatti
 SF  Entanglement                       Neal Williams
 SF  Echtari Ascension, Chapters 1-4    Doug Pruden
 SF  Living on Mars                     Kathy London
 SF  The Inevitable Apocalyptic Consequence of Time Travel  Paul R. Hardy
 F   The Tower of Fire, Chapters 4-5    Jennifer Neal

Week of 21-Oct-2015 (Crits due 28-Oct-2015):
 F   Eliot Ashfield_'s_ Lives - First 10,000 words.  Thomas E Mayo
 F   Meddling Gods                      Annaliese Lemmon
 SF  I Know Who I Am                    Charles Hand
 SF  What Doesn't Die                   Carl Alves
 SF  The Last Barber                    Fred Obermeyer
 SF  Patcher vol2 - chapters 1 and 2    Marlan Smith
 F   Like Stars in the Night            Emma Jin
 SF  Where Do They Go                   Lisa Pais
 SF  Into the Brainlight                Learned Foote
 F   The Winning Strategy               Justin R. Lawfer
 F   Marlina's Reign                    Terry Pleasant
 SF  My Most Terrible Poverty           John Aissis

Week of 28-Oct-2015 (Crits due 4-Nov-2015):
 F   How We Met, Chapter 1              Cindy Yeh
 F   Rise of the Merial Chapter 1-5     Maxwell T Honour
 SF  Infinite Corridor                  Emma Harrington
 F   Only Who Is Left                   Julia Nolan
 F   Carayeeba                          Patricia Moussatche
 F   The Brazen Winds Chapter 1         Melanie Hopkins
 SF  As Cold As the Clay                Patrick Sanders
 SF  Nicotine Dreams                    Evelyn Aschenbrenner
 SF  Genre Purge 3                      Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  Minus One Degree                   Christian Roberts
 F   Old Lamps and New Lamps            Jackie Batston
 SF  Lost in the Past, ch 1-2           Ted Cox
 SF  Moondust                           Annette Hasnas
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Prologue - Harbinger  Tambrey Granneman
 SF  Last Call at the Electric          Aaron J. Mitchell
 SF  Trade Route, Ch. 6                 Curtis Manges
 F   A New Career                       Bianca B. R. de Loryn
 F   Wielder of Light                   Brian S. Gardner
      (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  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       [?]
 F   The Vampire Groom part 2 - Primal Skies #14  Kim Smeltzer [14-Oct-2015]
 F   The Vampire's Madman               Kim Smeltzer [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 32_last part_-35  Russell Adams [14-Oct-2015]
 F   The Vampire Mourned part 2 - Primal Skies #13  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Midnight in the Casbah             Charles Hand [28-Oct-2015]
 F   Fractures in a Dream               Emma Jin [28-Oct-2015]
 SF  Sky, Heaven, Niebo                 Evelyn Aschenbrenner [4-Nov-2015]
 F   The Vampire Groom part 3 - Primal Skies #14  Kim Smeltzer [?]
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 13-14  Joel E. Roosa [14-Oct-2015]
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 1 - Mommy Dearest  Tambrey Granneman [4-Nov-2015]
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 2 - Mother Knows Best  Tambrey Granneman
 F   The Price of Betrayal Chapter 3 - Family Portrait  Tambrey Granneman [?]
 F   The Price of Betrayal Chapter 4 - Come With Me  Tambrey Granneman [?]
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 5 - Psycho Killer  Tambrey Granneman [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Wolf Trick                     Madison Ballard [19-Aug-2015]
 SF  A Killer's Opportunity             Luke Grimsley [26-Aug-2015]
 F   The 200, a Warrior Through the Ages  Robert Shmigelsky [02-Sep-2015]
 F   Out of the Pines                   Ian McCulloch [02-Sep-2015]
 F   Blood and Ashes, Chapters 1 & 2    Mike Ackerman [02-Sep-2015]
 SF  Guardians                          Charlotte Curry [23-Sep-2015]
 SF  The Universe Between Us, Chapters 1-3  Diana De Brito [30-Sep-2015]
 SF  New Horizons [Chapter 1 - A Pirate's Life for Him]  Greg Pyle [30-Sep-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.]