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How to Write SF

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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 25-Mar-2020 (Crits due 1-Apr-2020):
 SF  Rosie's Friend                     Henry McFarland -#29032
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 15-16  Eric Wilson -#29033
 SF  Premium Resurrection Pack - $99    Renan Bernardo -#29034
 SF  The Pleading Eyes of the Screaming Lettuce  [@] Larry Hodges -#29035
 H   After the First Death              Andrew Giffin -#29036
 SF  Further to Fall, Chapter 7         Garrett Menning -#29037
 F   The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 - Vesper  Heather Gaither -#29038
 F   Shift, Chapters 1-2                Julia Kell -#29039
 H   Commencement                       Amanda Niehaus-Hard -#29040
 H   The Beachcombers                   Rachel Meza -#29041
 SF  The Hostage Protocol               Eli Cepeda -#29042
 F   The Nova Cycle                     Chris de Boer -#29043
 H   Drown Me, Obsidian, Chapter 1      Ryan Ring -#29044
 SF  Bots Don't Lie                     Todd Moody -#29045
 SF  The Reverse Time Capsule           Ben Coppin -#29046
 SF  Cosmobourous                       JC Crochet -#29047

Week of 1-Apr-2020 (Crits due 8-Apr-2020):
 F   Wintermint _expansion of First Contact_  Amy Hammack Turner
 F   Bleeder's Wages                    Lauren Banka
 SF  Bondi Cultural Reserve             Colin Cortie
 SF  Biomechanical Detective Agency     Jeff Cates
 F   Magarac Rhodes and the Dimple of Tombs  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Zaemes, Chapter 2                  Shanna Neumiller
 SF  Chapter 3                          Jeremy Zentner
 SF  Whispers Within                    Matthew J Olson
 F   Ink Adept                          TatiAnna Tibbitts
 SF  Lunar's Doorstep                   Bas Kempen
 H   Olympus Hath no Fury               Christopher Henderson
 SF  Mirror Imager                      Amanda H. Geard
 F   Ethan Chase's Deadhead Ride        Joe Follansbee
 SF  The Sky Helmet: revised prologue   Joel Schroeder
 SF  Us and Now                         Janet Martin

Week of 8-Apr-2020 (Crits due 15-Apr-2020):
 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
 H   The Lure Chapters 1-10 New Revision  Jim Keane
 SF  The Briareus                       Jamie M. Boyd
      (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 17-18  Eric Wilson [1-Apr-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 19-20  Eric Wilson [?]
 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]
 SF  Buy Any Means Necessary            JC Crochet [1-Apr-2020]
 F   The Great Info Dump_and_Of All the Things I've Lost  Joel E. Roosa [8-Apr-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]
 F   Wisp                               SHALONDA L. COTTON [19-Feb-2020]
 F   Eileen StarHawk : Secret of the Last Door, Chapter 1  AD Chowdhury [19-Feb-2020]
 F   More Blood! Prologue Chapter and Chapter 1  Raffy Grullon [19-Feb-2020]
 SF  -Parallels- Volume One The Odyssey of Samantha Williams, Prologue and Chapter 1  Edward LeCore [26-Feb-2020]
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2  Lee Magnus [04-Mar-2020]
 SF  Casey Travels West, Chapter 1      Barry Burnett [11-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.]