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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 10-Sep-2014 (Crits due 17-Sep-2014):
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chapter #1  C.J. Piatti -#24065
 SF  Manwork                            Amanda H. Geard -#24066
 SF  Caisson                            Karl Bunker -#24067
 SF  Children Of Sadness Ch. 1          Fertessa Scott -#24068
 SF  ...Is Believing                    Joanna Hoyt -#24069
 SF  Fear Not                           Stephen Shewmake -#24070
 F   Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" Overture & chapter 1  Claudia H Gruy -#24071
 H   Chef and the Maiden                Amanda Niehaus-Hard -#24072
 SF  The Cabal, Chapter 2               Debra Crichlow -#24073
 F   The Bridge of Dangerous Longings   Rati Mehrotra -#24074
 SF  Gravy Tea and Jellies              Emma Baillie -#24075
 H   Lapot                              M. B. Vujacic -#24076
 F   Spear, Chapters 4-7                Kristopher Horton -#24077
 F   The Paladin and a Sentient         Ricardo Delacruz -#24078
 SF  The Gamble _YA_ - RFDR             Kathryn Jacques -#24079
 F   Sunbright                          Lydia Kautz -#24080
 F   The Roe Deer's Sister              Jonathan Schwiebert -#24081
 SF  The Frontier's End                 Derrick Boden -#24082
 F   The Idiot Prince, Chapters 0-2     Carol Wuenschell -#24083
 H   Matilde                            Michael Alix -#24084

Week of 17-Sep-2014 (Crits due 24-Sep-2014):
 F   These Unfleshed Bones. Chapters 1-4  [mpc] Russell Adams
 SF  The Mercy Hit                      Natalie Jubb
 SF  Nanocaust, Ch 1 _RFDR_             Levi Jacobs
 SF  KL2                                Salvatore Lucido
 F   The Want - Chap 1-3                KJ Conte
 SF  Against All Odds                   A Wisham
 F   A Conspiracy of Ravens", Chapter 1 _Part 1_  Jason Richardson
 F   Ringleader                         Jennifer Michaud
 SF  Maiden Voyage of the SS Heavenly Dreams  Christian Roberts
 SF  The Reckoner                       Cameron Huntley
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn - Chapters 1-4  Rhett Bruno
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 7-9           Conrad Steenkamp
 SF  You Again                          Jason Boyd
 H   The Beautiful Light                Filip Wiltgren
 SF  Soul Mates                         Carl Alves
 F   Swaged - Book 2 - World of Blood Series  Killion Slade
 SF  Broken Mirror                      Cody Sisco
 SF  Ronald Muff Climbs the Social Hierarchy  Michael Juby
 F   Reversed                           Lori Phillips
 SF  Geoclasm Chapter 0 -- Divisions    Sean Green

Week of 24-Sep-2014 (Crits due 1-Oct-2014):
 SF  The Mirror Dialogues               Richard Zwicker
 F   The Dragon of the Bailey           Jonathan Byrne
 SF  Where Hestia Stands, Apollo Weeps  Clancy Weeks
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Ch 1+2           Patricia Moussatche
 SF  We Die with Harness on our Back    DJ Cockburn
 F   Miracle Worker                     L Chan
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6     Kaitlyn Boggs
 SF  Optimizing Encounters              Jason Lopez
 F   The Witch                          Douglas Hufnagel
 SF  The Hamsa, 1-6                     Patrick Sanders
 SF  TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space  Matthew Cegielski
 SF  Contiguity                         Mark Rookyard
 H   Incident at the Buttered Biscuit   Matthew Weber
 H   Haunted, The Saga of A Fallen Hero, Chap 8  Naftali Deitsch
 SF  Mild tasting, Like Veal            Henry McFarland
 SF  Payback                            Robert Stevenson
 F   Pawn of The Gods                   Andrea Franco-Cook
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon Chap 1 Book 3  Charles Leighton
 H   After Life                         Rashida Asante
 H   She Was the Picture of Remorse.    Patrick Gill
      (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  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno [24-Sep-2014]
 F   Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" chapters 2 and 3  Claudia H Gruy [17-Sep-2014]
 SF  TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil  Matthew Cegielski [1-Oct-2014]
 SF  The Ordeal Chapters 7-9            Conrad Steenkamp [24-Sep-2014]
 SF  Prague Winter                      Derrick Boden [17-Sep-2014]
 H   Yellowstone Search And Rescue      Michael Alix [24-Sep-2014]
 SF  All of the Jobs Belong to Robots   Kristopher Horton [17-Sep-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   The Witch's Craft, Chapters 3-5    Patrick Crowe [30-Jul-2014]
 SF  Colony 411, Chapter 1              Luke Larsen [30-Jul-2014]
 H   The Book                           Clinton L. Reed [30-Jul-2014]
 F   Willow's Legend, Chapter 1-2       Iona Baird [30-Jul-2014]
 F   The King and The Sorceress         Mike Olivson [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Quantum Clicker                    John Gagan [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Extension Port                     Stas Yakovlev [13-Aug-2014]
 SF  Remnants, 1st half of Ch.1         Cary Nichols [20-Aug-2014]
 SF  Coming Lights                      Kolawole Heyward-Rotimi [27-Aug-2014]
 SF  Emerald                            Dennis V. Hernandez [27-Aug-2014]
 F   Strange Things Happen All the Time  Aleksandra Pantic [27-Aug-2014]
 H   Enigma                             Dipanjan Dutta [27-Aug-2014]
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy [03-Sep-2014]
 SF  Leaving Orbit                      Matt Thomas [03-Sep-2014]
 SF  Sprinkles on Top                   James Witherspoon [03-Sep-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.]