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Preditors & Editors Changeover

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Book Recommendation

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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 24-Jun-2015 (Crits due 1-Jul-2015):
 F   Escher's Siren                     DJ Cockburn -#24951
 SF  Arctic Marauder                    Jennifer Michaud -#24952
 SF  Two shorts: The Customer is Always Right and Bad Apples  Anna Salonen -#24953
 SF  Daddy If You Please [revision 30-05-2015]  David William McKay -#24954
 SF  Laughing at Kessler                Brad Preslar -#24955
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution - Chpt.#4  Christopher J. Piatti -#24956
 F   Wizard's of the Watchtower         Christopher J. Piatti -#24957
 F   The Alchemist's Box                Alex Avrio -#24958
 SF  The Lost Colony of Sang-Tek        Derrick Boden -#24959
 SF  Operation: E-Race                  Russell Nichols -#24960
 SF  Secession Campaign Prologue        Mike Mullen -#24961
 SF  A Dream of Gears                   Will Milner -#24962
 SF  Fine Print                         D.J. Diehl -#24963
 F   The Kailorkin Demon                Tracy Henderson -#24964
 SF  Littlefoot                         Charles T, Walbridge -#24965
 H   Devil's Playmates                  Ronald Hurst -#24966
 F   The Confession of the Would-Be Knight  Todd Honeycutt -#24967
 F   The Black Order Book I: Origin--Chapter 1 Pt. 1  Todd Cheney -#24968
 SF  Kadmon, Chapter 2 Exposition Eastside  Melody Curtiss -#24969
 SF  Make Pretty                        Rati Mehrotra -#24970

Week of 1-Jul-2015 (Crits due 8-Jul-2015):
 SF  This Made World, Chapters 1-3      [mpc] Marlan Smith
 SF  The Cat Who Came Back as a Cyborg  Adam Knight
 SF  The A-B Test                       Christopher Mowder
 SF  UN Special Session on Extraterrestrial Communication  Christoph Weber
 H   Six Gun Mojo chapters 1-5          Neil Ruttenberg
 SF  The Fabric                         Ilias Stroulias
 F   The Impossible Victory Part 1      Cameron Huntley
 H   Funeral Day                        Edwin Hung
 SF  Another Creator                    chad ricord
 F   Flight of the Damned               Roy Anderson
 F   GotG                               Robert Shmigelsky
 F   Spidertoes                         Emma Harrington
 F   Devil's Paradise                   Naftali Deitsch
 F   Emerens Escape                     Darcien Balog
 SF  Venivi DiVici and Amoama Samat. In Love Again  C. John Griffin
 SF  Jefferson Adjacent                 Parker Crutchfield
 H   Artist's Eye Chapter 2             Wendy Turner
 F   Deciever                           M L Sawyer
 SF  The Vampire's Brother part 1 - Primal Skies #9  Kim Smeltzer
 F   The Vampire's Brother part 2 - Primal Skies #9  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  A Eulogy for Supper                Christian Roberts

Week of 8-Jul-2015 (Crits due 15-Jul-2015):
 SF  Questions                          Sara Reller
 SF  Wind Riderz Part I: Chapters 4 and 5  Christopher Cragwick
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kelworth
 SF  Born on Mars Chap 1: Tharsis Plain  Kathy London
 H   Lacey and Thurmon Together at Last  Heather Elmore
 F   Teatime Revelations                L Chan
 SF  Tick                               Kathleen Molyneaux
 H   The Storm, Part 1                  Patrick Sanders
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 5 - On the Road Again  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  My Dad's a Tardigrade              Shane Thomas
 SF  Lessons Learned                    Dave D'Alessio
 SF  Stories to the Future              Michael Andre-Driussi
 F   It Was Waiting In My Letterbox     Aaron Dick
 SF  Interview for the End of the World  Rhett Bruno
 SF  The Necessity of Bad               Martha Burns
 SF  The New Century Adoption Clinic    Eliot Bush
 F   Devil's Blood _Second Draft_       Sarah Jane Hodge
 SF  Marilyn                            Chris Kerr
 SF  The Memory Keeper                  Carleton Chinner
 H   Seven Selfies for the Apocalypse   Eugenia Triantafyllou

Week of 15-Jul-2015 (Crits due 22-Jul-2015):
 SF  It's Dark in Hell and It's Hot     Jacob T. Oakley
 SF  An Accountant Walks Into a Bar     Filip Wiltgren
 H   Bottom Feeder                      Dale W. Glaser
 F   Secrets of the Mist, Chapters 1-2 and Prelude  Lexi Vigilante
 H   The Supervillain - Chapters 1 to 6  Goitye Powerhouse
 F   Fishboy                            March Rogers
 F   Viraetes Island-Following the Adeventures of Alice, Chris, and Matt  Miah Goodreau
 SF  Conversion                         Catherine Steding
 F   Halva for Bricks, Lokum for Glass  Aleksandra Pantic
 F   The Lost Dreamer, Query letter     S. Escuadro
 SF  The Perfect Die, Chapters 4-5      S S Bishara
 F   The Galleon of Brushy Creek v4.1   Robert Harpold
 F   The War of Succession              Noeleen Kavanagh
 H   Silhouette Man                     Jessica Cashman
 SF  The End of the Zombie Apocalypse   Amanda H. Geard
 SF  Razor Blade - Hello Cruel World    Thomas Chalmers
 SF  Walpole Were                       Leena Naidoo
 SF  Turandot _a short scene_           Gustaf Schneiner
 SF  The Happiness Clinic               Erin May
 SF  The Viper's Gambit, Chapter 1      Brandon Watson
 H   Krevlich's Dragonflies             Kristopher Horton
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 22-24_partial_  Russell Adams
 SF  A Woman Named Jesus                J. E. Bates
      (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]"):
 SF  Pixel Heart Draft 2                Will Milner [1-Jul-2015]
 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's Madman               Kim Smeltzer [8-Jul-2015]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 SF  The Beaten Path                    Jennifer Michaud [1-Jul-2015]
 F   Lost Dreamer, Chapter 1: Sparks Fly and Burns  S. Escuadro [22-Jul-2015]
 F   Viraetes Island: The Adventures of Chris, Matt, and Alice Part 2  Miah Goodreau [22-Jul-2015]
 SF  The Last Son of Lir                Patrick Sanders [15-Jul-2015]
 SF  Wondermaker's Apprentice           Darcien Balog [8-Jul-2015]
 F   Devil's Blood _Second Draft_ Chapter 2 and 3  Sarah Jane Hodge [15-Jul-2015]
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution      Christopher J. Piatti [1-Jul-2015]
 SF  Hornantula                         Dale W. Glaser [22-Jul-2015]
 F   Seven Ways to Catch a Memory       Aleksandra Pantic [22-Jul-2015]
 SF  Anagenesis                         Robert Harpold [22-Jul-2015]
 F   Strange Things of Clay             Eugenia Triantafyllou [22-Jul-2015]
 F   Black Order 1: Ch1 rvsn. & Ch2     Todd Cheney [1-Jul-2015]
 F   The Blak Order 1: Origin ch 3-4    Todd Cheney [?]
 SF  Awaiting Recompense                Derrick Boden [1-Jul-2015]
 SF  Catalyst                           Todd Honeycutt [1-Jul-2015]
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 6   Joel E. Roosa [15-Jul-2015]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Half Past Never                    Ryan Funk [20-May-2015]
 SF  Book of Zac, Prologue and Chapter 1  Johan H N Floderus [20-May-2015]
 H   It Came For Caroline               Justin C. Key [27-May-2015]
 SF  Storytime at the Bloody Dagger     Beth Wilson [03-Jun-2015]
 F   Never Ride Again                   Ray Sheppard [03-Jun-2015]
 H   Another Beer                       Robert A. Vicens [03-Jun-2015]
 F   The Tide, Chapter 1                Katie Tracy [10-Jun-2015]
 H   Unexpected Detour                  Jason Rhodes [10-Jun-2015]
 H   Landlocked Lighthouse              Marilyn Schanaman [10-Jun-2015]
 SF  Past Futures                       Claudia Corneyea [17-Jun-2015]
 F   Zeltis chapters 9-12               Shanna C. Larsen [17-Jun-2015]
 SF  A Sentry's Mission                 Jessica [24-Jun-2015]
 F   A Dragons Tail A War Among Heroes, Chapter 1-5  Jesse Quinones [24-Jun-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.]