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Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

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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 15-Oct-2014 (Crits due 22-Oct-2014):
 F   Jewels and Duels                   [mpc] Dan Koboldt -#24177
 F   In the Sorcerer's Society, Chapter #1  Christopher J. Piatti -#24178
 SF  Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel       DJ Cockburn -#24179
 SF  The Inorganics Return revised      Robert Harpold -#24180
 F   The Witch, Chapters 1-3            Douglas Hufnagel -#24181
 SF  Dead Men Tell Tales                Dave D'Alessio -#24182
 SF  The Forgiver's Visit               Stephanie Boisvert -#24183
 H   The Easy Way                       Matthew Weber -#24184
 F   The Pillar of Shiva                Rati Mehrotra -#24185
 F   The City of God                    Michael W. Cho -#24186
 SF  TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil  Matthew Cegielski -#24187
 F   Books                              Charles Leighton -#24188
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller -#24189
 SF  An arm and an eye and a brain in a box  Stephen Ornes -#24190
 SF  Time and Money                     Julian L. Azorlosa -#24191
 F   Black Lake Island Ch. 1-3          Luke Robinson -#24192
 H   Eastern State Penitentiary-REVISED  Stacey Nilsen -#24193

Week of 22-Oct-2014 (Crits due 29-Oct-2014):
 SF  Poutines and Permasys              [mpc] Levi Jacobs
 SF  In Pacem Requiescat                [@] Sean Green
 H   The Not, Chapter 36                A. R. Braun
 SF  Twitch                             Andrew Drane
 SF  This One's For You, Daddy          Fiona Didlick
 F   The Missing Legion                 Jonathan Byrne
 SF  Accursed Land                      Cameron Huntley
 H   The Weed In The Wheat              Justin C. Key
 SF  Recruitment                        Robert Stevenson
 F   Along the River                    Blake Fassero
 SF  Pentheus and Bacchus               Jesse Corrigan
 F   The Eaten One                      Vanessa Fogg
 SF  Fusers                             Will McIntosh
 SF  Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two     Carlos Mano
 F   Children of God, Chapter 2         Marescha Muys
 F   Blood is Thicker                   Daena Red
 SF  The Signal                         Derrick Boden
 H   The Mower                          M.B.Vujacic
 F   The Vanquisher                     Carl Alves
 SF  Isolation                          Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Manwork - Revised                  Amanda H. Geard
 SF  Waking the Giant                   Stephen Shewmake
 SF  Return to Civilization             Chris Kenworthy
 SF  No S.L.A.M maps for these territories  Will Milner

Week of 29-Oct-2014 (Crits due 5-Nov-2014):
 F   The Silver Tree - Chapter 1        A. Cobb
 F   The Voice                          Traci Loudin
 SF  The Escape                         Joe Walker
 F   Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue  Steven Craig Hickman
 SF  The Stag                           Kristopher Horton
 SF  Ants on a Trestle                  Elliotte Rusty Harold
 SF  Wannabee                           Liz Heldmann
 SF  Nested Dolls                       Jason Lopez
 F   The Taste of Rain                  Kelsey Snyder
 SF  Titan - Chapter 1                  Samara Lo
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8      Kaitlyn Boggs
 H   Immram                             Patrick Sanders
 SF  The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One  Adrian Prabowo
 SF  Extraordinary                      Jeffrey Steven Abrams
 SF  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman
 SF  They Don't Always Mean What They Say  Anir Raj
 SF  Global Village Idiots              Charles Hand
 F   Obfuscate - Chapter Two            Killion Slade
 SF  Raspberry                          Christian Roberts
 H   The Molt                           Drew Krull
 H   The Rovin' Jewel                   Alexander Leger-Small
 SF  Ahora                              Charlene Hansom
 SF  Snow's Theorem                     Patricia Moussatche
 SF  The Last Universe                  Steve Donnelly
 F   Beyond the Bridge                  Justin R. Lawfer
 SF  Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter  Melanie DeWitt
 F   Mark of the Raven, Chapter One     Alexis George
 SF  Vitamin Double-D                   Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  The Anti-Agonists                  Fred Obermeyer
      (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  TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth  Matthew Cegielski [22-Oct-2014]
 H   The Not, Chapter 37                A. R. Braun [?]
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapter 1               Patrick Sanders [5-Nov-2014]
 SF  TM Blues                           Charles Hand [5-Nov-2014]
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 2-3  Charles Leighton [22-Oct-2014]
 SF  Mycelium _second draft_            Will Milner [5-Nov-2014]
 F   The Ivory Mask                     Margaret Moller [22-Oct-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Leaving Orbit                      Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014]
 F   The Want - Chap 1-3                KJ Conte [17-Sep-2014]
 SF  The Ballad of Caleb Henning        Seth Z. Herman [01-Oct-2014]
 SF  Horse Years                        [@] Will McIntosh [08-Oct-2014]
 H   Contractions                       Kevin David Anderson [08-Oct-2014]
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno [08-Oct-2014]
 SF  Taken                              Mel Corbett [15-Oct-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.]