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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 1-Apr-2020 (Crits due 8-Apr-2020):
 SF  Biomechanical Detective Agency     Jeff Cates -#29049
 F   Magarac Rhodes and the Dimple of Tombs  Joel E. Roosa -#29050
 SF  Mirror Imager                      Amanda H. Geard -#29051
 F   Wintermint _expansion of First Contact_  Amy Hammack Turner -#29052
 SF  The Sky Helmet: revised prologue   Joel Schroeder -#29053
 F   God in His Cubicle                 [@] Larry Hodges -#29054
 SF  Us and Now                         Janet Martin -#29055
 H   Olympus Hath no Fury               Christopher Henderson -#29056
 F   Bleeder's Wages                    Lauren Banka -#29057
 SF  Chapter 3                          Jeremy Zentner -#29058
 F   Ethan Chase's Deadhead Ride        Joe Follansbee -#29059
 SF  Whispers Within                    Matthew J Olson -#29060
 F   Zaemes, Chapter 2                  Shanna Neumiller -#29061
 SF  Bondi Cultural Reserve             Colin Cortie -#29062
 F   Ink Adept                          TatiAnna Tibbitts -#29063
 SF  Lunar's Doorstep                   Bas Kempen -#29064

Week of 8-Apr-2020 (Crits due 15-Apr-2020):
 F   The Fat, Old Tortoise and the Hard-Working Hare  [@] Larry Hodges
 F   The Bronsolinite Maslem            NM Whitley
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 9  Javier Sobrado
 SF  Rufus                              Jeff Abrams
 F   Siren's Lament                     Franchesca Guzman
 SF  Safe Travels                       Maria Ma
 SF  Palderyn: Apocalypse, Chapters 1 -5  Michael R. Hartman
 F   Gold Eagle: The opening            Nicholas E. Lehde
 F   Binge Worthy                       Adam Pitts
 F   The Ravens                         Gautam Upadhya
 SF  The Tulip Station                  Aaron Fried
 H   Undead absolution                  Philip Hays
 SF  Diplomatic Immunity                T. M. Heckman
 SF  Feifei Zhang Autobiography Part I with Forward  Stephen Secor
 F   Cattleya                           Sandra Skalski
 F   Best Served Cold                   Matt Krizan
 SF  Casey Travels West, Chapter 1      Barry Burnett

Week of 15-Apr-2020 (Crits due 22-Apr-2020):
 H   The Lure Chapters 1-10 New Revision  Jim Keane
 SF  The Briareus                       Jamie M. Boyd
 H   You Don't Know what a Life Sentence Means  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Ten Percent, Chapter 2             Caroline Poirier
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii
 SF  Two-Way Communication              Robert Harpold
 H   The Tragedy of Phantasms           Nathan Cavaliere
 SF  Begininngs                         George Tom
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 17-18  Eric Wilson
 SF  Buy Any Means Necessary            JC Crochet
 F   Wish You Were Here                 Renan Bernardo
 F   The Rabbit Maker                   Lance Burri
 F   Champion of the People             Henry McFarland
 F   The Customer is Always Right, No Wait, Everyone's a Critic  Andrew Giffin
 SF  Shadows of Lesser Men              Nicholas G. Marconi

Week of 22-Apr-2020 (Crits due 29-Apr-2020):
 SF  The Frivolous Prince               Brad Bolin
 SF  Bots Don't Lie                     Todd Moody
 SF  Field Density Analysis of Laybonn Propulsion Systems  Vince Bonasso
 SF  Life on Herschel                   Ben Coppin
 F   Saint Ligeia's Rites               Ellen McCammon
 SF  Collision, Chapter 1               Jack Wolflink
 F   The Immortal Son, Chapter 1        Dakota Smith
      (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   The Gold Eagle, Chapter 1          Nicholas E. Lehde [15-Apr-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 19-20  Eric Wilson [22-Apr-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 21-22  Eric Wilson [?]
 F   Zaemes, Chapter 3                  Shanna Neumiller [8-Apr-2020]
 F   How the Devil Got Its Envy         Christopher Henderson [8-Apr-2020]
 F   The Great Info Dump_and_Of All the Things I've Lost  Joel E. Roosa [8-Apr-2020]
 F   A Brother's Keeper                 Adam Pitts [15-Apr-2020]
 H   Dunglo 17 - Chapter 1              Adam Pitts [?]
 H   Willie Pete - Chapter 1            Adam Pitts [?]
 F   The Broken Ring - Prologue         Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Cosmoboros _V2_                    JC Crochet [22-Apr-2020]
 SF  Emma Lee's Smartmind Addiction Saves the World  Janet Jing Martin [8-Apr-2020]
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 2, 3          Greg Tracii [22-Apr-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2  Lee Magnus [04-Mar-2020]
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 4 of book 2  Lee Magnus [18-Mar-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.]