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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 2-Sep-2015 (Crits due 9-Sep-2015):
 SF  The Trial                          [mpc] Kevin Hallett -#25154
 F   The Vampire Hunted part 2 - Primal Skies #12  Kim Smeltzer -#25155
 SF  Where's My Teeth                   Fred Obermeyer -#25156
 F   Magic Milkshakes                   Chris Kenworthy -#25157
 F   Reclaiming the Hood                Ryan Anderson -#25158
 SF  Going Green                        Christoph Weber -#25159
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt's 8&9  Christopher J. Piatti -#25160
 F   Henry and the Ghost, Chapter 1     Stefanie Kirschbaum -#25161
 SF  Wind Riderz Part I Chapter 16 B    Christopher Cragwick -#25162
 SF  Life Within Enceladus              Shane Thomas -#25163
 SF  Sweetheart of Sigma Shin           Charles Walbridge -#25164
 SF  The Journey Method                 Will Milner -#25165
 SF  The Second Sphere Chapters 4-6     Peter Banks -#25166
 F   United Realms - The forgotten king - Chap# 1-3  David Grant -#25167
 F   Brittle Skies                      Jim Pivarski -#25168
 F   The Beast                          Millard F. Tanner -#25169
 SF  The God of Europa                  Aaron J. Mitchell -#25170
 H   The Whole Truth                    Annette Hasnas -#25171

Week of 9-Sep-2015 (Crits due 16-Sep-2015):
 F   An End and a Beginning             [mpc] Jackie Batston
 F   The Mushrooms Were the Start of It  Jeremiah Goodreau
 F   The Vampire Hunted part 3 - Primal Skies #12  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  Luminous                           Kris Schnee
 SF  Portal to The Pocket, Chapters 1-3  Dana Berry
 SF  The Changed Man                    Richard Zwicker
 SF  Glory Whales                       Marc A. Criley
 SF  Nothing Lasts Forever              Nicholas Stella
 F   The House in Her Head              Ahasanul Hoque
 SF  Those Who Can                      DJ Cockburn
 SF  The Wave                           Vanessa Fogg
 F   The Death of Rem                   Kerk Phillips
 SF  Perspective Realignment            Dom Dulley
 SF  Switch, Prologue and Chapter 1     Celinda T. Bickner
 F   Transformations and Other Quirks   Beth Goder
 F   Balance                            Gary J. Hurtubise
 SF  Kik Me _Meditations on a Mediated World_  Ian Gillespie
 SF  An Unconventional Birth            Derrick Boden
 SF  Fafnir and Jackie                  Eric Schwitzgebel
 H   The Final Lesson                   Anna Salonen
 SF  Past Lives                         Jeff Cates

Week of 16-Sep-2015 (Crits due 23-Sep-2015):
 H   The Farmer's Tale                  Michael Whitney
 SF  Prescient Savior                   Brad Preslar
 F   The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 1 - By the Pricking of My Thumbs  Tambrey Granneman
 SF  Ladies Have the Ships              Kristopher Horton
 SF  Lens                               R. Leigh Hennig
 H   Come with Me to the Nameless City  Debra Benavidez
 SF  Lost Time - Part 1: Second Skyn. Prologue + Chapters 1 & 2  Damien Boyes
 F   The Vow                            Nelly Micholt
 H   In the Trees, the Shadows          Matthew Weber
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 27_concluded_-29  Russell Adams
 SF  Lost Dreamer, Chapter 3            S. Escuadro
 F   Sea-Beasts                         Sarah Jane Hodge
 SF  As Cold as the Clay                Patrick Sanders
 SF  What Makes Her Tick                Christian Roberts
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 9-10  Joel E. Roosa
 F   The Wizard's Roman Revolution Chpt. #10  Chrsitopher Piatti
 F   The Vampire Mourned part 1 - Primal Skies #13  Kim Smeltzer
 SF  Aliens and Space Pirates           Steve Schaps
 F   My Unbecoming Bones                Aleksandra Pantic
 F   Sunset Street                      Lori Phillips
 SF  Dark Lady on Mars                  Kathy London
 F   Tiger Mountain                     Margaret Moller
      (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  God of Memory, Lords of Iron       [?]
 F   The Vampire's Madman               Kim Smeltzer [23-Sep-2015]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life, Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 YA  Jonah Blackstone: The Ankh of Life - Chapters 1-2  Darrell Johnson [?]
 SF  Cage                               Gary J. Hurtubise [16-Sep-2015]
 SF  Form as Science Fiction            Brad Preslar [23-Sep-2015]
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 30-32_first part_  Russell Adams [23-Sep-2015]
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 32_last part_-35  Russell Adams [?]
 SF  The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 2 - Mommy Dearest  Tambrey Granneman [23-Sep-2015]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  Half Past Never                    Ryan Funk [20-May-2015]
 SF  Book of Zac, Prologue and Chapter 1  Johan H N Floderus [20-May-2015]
 H   It Came For Caroline               Justin C. Key [27-May-2015]
 SF  Storytime at the Bloody Dagger     Beth Wilson [03-Jun-2015]
 F   Never Ride Again                   Ray Sheppard [03-Jun-2015]
 H   Another Beer                       Robert A. Vicens [03-Jun-2015]
 F   The Tide, Chapter 1                Katie Tracy [10-Jun-2015]
 H   Unexpected Detour                  Jason Rhodes [10-Jun-2015]
 H   Landlocked Lighthouse              Marilyn Schanaman [10-Jun-2015]
 SF  Past Futures                       Claudia Corneyea [17-Jun-2015]
 SF  A Sentry's Mission                 Jessica [24-Jun-2015]
 F   A Dragons Tail A War Among Heroes, Chapter 1-5  Jesse Quinones [24-Jun-2015]
 F   Flight of the Damned               Roy Anderson [01-Jul-2015]
 F   GotG                               Robert Shmigelsky [01-Jul-2015]
 F   Secrets of the Mist, Chapters 1-2 and Prelude  Lexi Vigilante [15-Jul-2015]
 H   The Supervillain - Chapters 1 to 6  Goitye Powerhouse [15-Jul-2015]
 F   Stalvorhal, Chapters 1-3           Braedan Hafichuk [22-Jul-2015]
 SF  The Hall of Games - Prologue and Chapters One and Two  Stefanie Saw [22-Jul-2015]
 F   Skyraiders, Chapter One            Ellie Traczyk [29-Jul-2015]
 F   Black Concord, Chapters 1-8        Kame Pan [29-Jul-2015]
 F   The lonely fortress of the young warlords of Kwanghwa  Tara Sreeram [29-Jul-2015]
 SF  The Collector                      Rhett Bruno [05-Aug-2015]
 F   The Secrets of Gobe - Part I: The Rings  Scott M. H. [05-Aug-2015]
 SF  Error/Correction                   Shana Creaney [05-Aug-2015]
 F   Acceptance, Chapter 1              Alyssa J. Flowers [05-Aug-2015]
 F   The Blak Order 1: Origin ch 3-4    Todd Cheney [12-Aug-2015]
 F   The Wolf Trick                     Madison Ballard [19-Aug-2015]
 SF  Can you stop assumptions?          Peter Michael Gray [26-Aug-2015]
 SF  A Killer's Opportunity             Luke Grimsley [26-Aug-2015]
 F   The 200, a Warrior Through the Ages  Robert Shmigelsky [02-Sep-2015]
 F   Out of the Pines                   Ian McCulloch [02-Sep-2015]
 F   Blood and Ashes, Chapters 1 & 2    Mike Ackerman [02-Sep-2015]

>> 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.]