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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 12-Aug-2020 (Crits due 19-Aug-2020):
 F   The Bread Pirate Roberts           [mpc] Adam Pitts [?] -#29348
 SF  The Sum of Its Parts _part 1 of 2_  Richard Zwicker -#29349
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 25  Eric Wilson -#29350
 F   Of Wind and Lightning _Selah_      Ella Walker Henderson -#29351
 SF  Snikabah                           John Griffin -#29352
 SF  The Celebrity Scenario             Jamie M. Boyd -#29353
 F   Shadow's Birth                     Holden Lee -#29354
 SF  Engines of Immortality             Raghasudhan K -#29355
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapters 2 and 3       James Edmund Dennis -#29356
 H   Changeling, Chapters 1-3           H. D. Grande -#29357
 SF  3 Billion Heartbeats               Jonathan G. Chew -#29358
 SF  Death Arbiter                      Franz Pattison (as H.M. Friendly) -#29359
 SF  accidental rider                   Ross Middleton -#29360
 F   Guilds of Aevalei, Prologue-Chapter 1  Adam Martin -#29361

Week of 19-Aug-2020 (Crits due 26-Aug-2020):
 F   Temporalis [extract from mid story]  [mpc] Charles Gull
 SF  Quanlee's Quest                    S A Shears
 F   Arrows in the Dark, chapter 2      Abigail Yates
 F   The Evening Star                   Rachel Faith
 SF  A, B, B, A                         Russ N.
 F   Grendel & Me                       Vince Bonasso
 F   Magic Adrift                       Robin Eliot
 F   The Sculptor                       Joe Vance
 F   Of the Dragon Guild                Eli Cepeda
 SF  Waiting Around To Die v2           Michael Stevens
 SF  Less Than a Heartline Away         Renan Bernardo
 F   A Man's Cup                        Adam Pitts
 H   The Torrid Captaincy of Henry Armistead, Chapters 1-2  Robert Beverly
 F   Shift Chapter 2                    Julia Kell
 F   Dancing in The Treetops            Sandra Skalski

Week of 26-Aug-2020 (Crits due 2-Sep-2020):
 SF  Public Thrill                      K.C. Ahia
 F   Storms Past                        Laura-Marie Steele
 SF  Casey Travels West, Ch.4 _+ Prologue_  Barry Burnett
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 9         Garrett Menning
 SF  The Superspreader                  Clem Freedom
 H   What Waits in the Shadows          Michelle Ng
 SF  Einstein 2.0                       John E Uth
 SF  Little Bear, Chapters 1-2          Christopher Ross
 SF  Rock Opera                         Donald Jodon
 F   A Light In Darkness, Chapter 1     Matt Krizan
 SF  DeathScene                         Hannah Azok
 SF  The Greatest City Chapters 6,7,8,9  Clayton Niehaus
 SF  Of Buggies and Behemoths           Sarah Rebecca Hovorka
 F   Black Woods Barbary                Jeff Cates

Week of 2-Sep-2020 (Crits due 9-Sep-2020):
 H   The Midnight Train Murders         Jim Keane
 F   The Lonely Road                    Linda Gould
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 2                 Jeff Naylor
 F   Captain Long Beard                 Matthew J Olson
 F   While You Were Away _and_ In Search Of  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  The Last Truck Driver              Amit Gupta
 SF  The Silver Age                     John Lawless
 SF  The Blue, Chapter 3 - Shit Sandwich  Marc Dupre
 H   Francis My Son                     Ed Kratz
 SF  Revival and Reunification          Joe Belarge
 H   Body on the Bumper                 Jude Matulich Hall
 H   The Fancy Dress Party              Glen Noble
 SF  Mae's Mission                      Jed Brinkley
 SF  The Ambassador Attends the Final Fair  Robert Harpold
 F   Cloud Tracker                      Kaitlyn Mattson
 F   AK Book Excerpt - 1                angela shteynbak
 SF  That's Only in Holocaust Stories   Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Sweet Petals"-excerpt              John Bettinger
 SF  The 1939 World Chess Championship  Thomas N Beck
 SF  The Apple Covey                    Quinault Childs
======================================================================
      (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.)

Symbols:

[@] - 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  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 H   LOADED                             Jonathan G. Chew [19-Aug-2020]
 F   Memoir of a Broken Leg             Adam Pitts [26-Aug-2020]
 H   The Curse                          Jim Keane [9-Sep-2020]
 SF  Mr. Jacobi's Day Out               Michael Stevens [26-Aug-2020]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 3                 Jeff Naylor [9-Sep-2020]
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 4                 Jeff Naylor [?]
 H   The Red Void                       Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Electric Memories Don't Fade in the Evening Sun  Michael Stevens [?]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 26  Eric Wilson [19-Aug-2020]
 H   The Countdown                      Adam Pitts [?]
 F   Death Dust                         Jude Matulich Hall [9-Sep-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 27-30  Eric Wilson [?]
 H   Praying for Sunrise                Jim Keane [?]
 F   Dead to the World                  Donald Jodon [2-Sep-2020]
 F   The Dragon's Garden                K.C. Ahia [2-Sep-2020]
 SF  The Sum of Its Parts _part 2 of 2_  Richard Zwicker [19-Aug-2020]
				-+-

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  The Far Traveler                   Franco Alvarado [08-Jul-2020]
 H   Cow Tipping                        Thomas Brumskill [08-Jul-2020]
 SF  Human Eclipse                      Craig Lipman [15-Jul-2020]
 F   Omeron _Chapter 1_                 Alexander R Davis [15-Jul-2020]
 SF  That day all cattle hope for       Yacine GACI [15-Jul-2020]
 H   The Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change  Preston Chase [22-Jul-2020]
 F   Sun, Swords, and Secrets _Chapters 1-3_  Alex Scout Lead [29-Jul-2020]
 SF  Unable to see the truth            charlie Fischer [29-Jul-2020]
 SF  Repopulation                       Gary S. Opas [05-Aug-2020]
 F   Co:ExisT _The Calm Before the storm_  Md. Naimur Rahman [05-Aug-2020]
 SF  Wormy                              Nikhil Guleria [12-Aug-2020]
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>> 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.]