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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 12-Feb-2020 (Crits due 19-Feb-2020):
 SF  I Don't Love You Anymore           Dan Reade -#28955
 F   Silver City                        Douglas Kolacki -#28956
 SF  India World                        Amit Gupta -#28957
 SF  Premium Resurrection Pack - $99    Renan Bernardo -#28958
 SF  Journey to Perfection              [@] Larry Hodges -#28959
 F   The Black Powder Monarch, Part 1   Caroline Poirier -#28960
 SF  The Kuiper Anomaly                 Clem Freedom -#28961
 SF  The Beggar, the Wolf, and the Bandit  Ben Kutina -#28962
 F   The Sheenseeker - Chapter 2 *Talon*  Heather Gaither -#28963
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 2 of book 2  Lee Magnus -#28964
 SF  Finders, Keepers                   Adeline J. Schultz -#28965

Week of 19-Feb-2020 (Crits due 26-Feb-2020):
 F   Hidden Knight                      Leanna Zimmerman
 SF  Coveted Relics Chapter Prologue and Chapter 1  Jeremy Zentner
 H   An Elegy for Thomas W. Gronach or Shaking the Cat's Paw.  Joel Schroeder
 SF  Titan, novel thru 1st Plot Point   Kathy London
 F   Wisp                               SHALONDA L. COTTON
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 8  Javier Sobrado
 F   An Unexpected Side-Quest           Rich Perkins
 F   Selah Chapters 1-2                 Ella Walker Henderson
 SF  False Continuum: Prologue & Chapt 1  Sean Masters
 F   Such a Bright, Bright Day          Russell Adams
 SF  Cosmobourous                       JC Crochet
 F   Eileen StarHawk : Secret of the Last Door, Chapter 1  AD Chowdhury
 SF  H2LiftShips, a tech manual for a future Chapter 1-2  Bob Freeman
 F   More Blood! Prologue Chapter and Chapter 1  Raffy Grullon

Week of 26-Feb-2020 (Crits due 4-Mar-2020):
 SF  Project Random                     Glenn Ferri
 SF  -Parallels- Volume One The Odyssey of Samantha Williams, Prologue and Chapter 1  Edward LeCore
 SF  The Games at the Edge of Town      Robert Leishman
 SF  The Gold Eagle, Chapter 2          Nicholas E. Lehde
 SF  An Elegy for Thomas W. Gronach or Shaking the Cat's Paw  Steve Levandoski and Joel Schroder
 F   The Land of the Lily Pads          E.V. Zukowski
 SF  Domestic                           Daniel Villani
 SF  Inhale                             Jeffrey Richardson
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 6         Garrett Menning
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii
 SF  Topographic                        Tim Stevens
 H   The Poison Tree                    Preston Chase
 H   How to Eat a Cricket - V3          Yacine GACI
 F   Who Moved My Wand: A Fairy Godmother's Guide to Change in the 21st Century  Jamie M. Boyd

Week of 4-Mar-2020 (Crits due 11-Mar-2020):
 SF  Swallowed Earth                    Emerson R.C. Andrews
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 14  Eric Wilson
 F   The Horseman                       Soteris Phoraris
 SF  A Language Older Than Words        Andrew Giffin
 SF  Take My Heart                      Martin Heckman
 SF  Changelings: Rebirth Ch 11         Liam Corley
 F   Bent's Repairs                     Joe Follansbee
      (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   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2  Lee Magnus [19-Feb-2020]
 SF  The Gold Eagle, Chapter 3          Nicholas E. Lehde [4-Mar-2020]
 F   The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1         Heather Gaither [19-Feb-2020]
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 4 of book 2  Lee Magnus [?]
 F   The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 - Vesper  Heather Gaither [?]
 F   Gold Eagle: The opening            Nicholas E. Lehde [?]
 F   The Gold Eagle, Chapter 1          Nicholas E. Lehde [?]
 SF  Nuclear Semiotics                  Dan Reade [19-Feb-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 15-16  Eric Wilson [11-Mar-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 H   Little Grey                        Megan Maddox [08-Jan-2020]
 SF  The Collapse Series: Keeper Foundation  Alexander A. Batalou [08-Jan-2020]
 F   Winter's Promise Chapters 1-4      Angelica K Ramirez [08-Jan-2020]
 F   Hades' Cycle                       D.Y. Foster [08-Jan-2020]
 F   Biting the Apple, Chapter One      Nisaa A. [15-Jan-2020]
 SF  Snikabah                           John Griffin [22-Jan-2020]
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele [05-Feb-2020]
 SF  Mars II                            Emmery Chrisco [12-Feb-2020]
 F   Cold Light                         Jennifer Oberlander [12-Feb-2020]

>> 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.]