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Preditors & Editors Changeover

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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 29-Oct-2014 (Crits due 5-Nov-2014):
 SF  The Escape                         Joe Walker -#24220
 SF  Raspberry                          Christian Roberts -#24221
 SF  Global Village Idiots              Charles Hand -#24222
 SF  Ants on a Trestle                  Elliotte Rusty Harold -#24223
 SF  The Stag                           Kristopher Horton -#24224
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8      Kaitlyn Boggs -#24225
 SF  Wannabee                           Liz Heldmann -#24226
 SF  Titan - Chapter 1                  Samara Lo -#24227
 F   Obfuscate - Chapter Two            Killion Slade -#24228
 H   Immram                             Patrick Sanders -#24229
 SF  Nested Dolls                       Jason Lopez -#24230
 SF  The Years Ahead                    [@] David John Baker -#24231
 H   The Molt                           Drew Krull -#24232
 F   The Voice                          Traci Loudin -#24233
 SF  Fusers                             [@] Will McIntosh -#24234
 F   Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue  Steven Craig Hickman -#24235
 SF  Extraordinary                      Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#24236
 SF  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman -#24237
 SF  The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One  Adrian Prabowo -#24238
 F   The Taste of Rain                  Kelsey Snyder -#24239

Week of 5-Nov-2014 (Crits due 12-Nov-2014):
 H   The Rovin' Jewel                   Alexander Leger-Small
 SF  Ahora                              Charlene Hansom
 SF  Snow's Theorem                     Patricia Moussatche
 SF  The Last Universe                  Steve Donnelly
 F   Beyond the Bridge                  Justin R. Lawfer
 SF  Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter  Melanie DeWitt
 F   Mark of the Raven, Chapter One     Alexis George
 SF  Vitamin Double-D                   Michael Andre-Driussi
 SF  The Anti-Agonists                  Fred Obermeyer
 SF  The Bite                           Anna Salonen
 F   The Sweetest Memory                Hege Nabo
 SF  People of the Air                  Benjamin Schulz
 H   Food Run                           Sean Whelan
 F   North to Neverland Chapters 1-3    Caitlin Andrew
 SF  TTGWLTE B1 Krudges, CH 1 Contact on Earth  Matthew Cegielski
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon: Book 3 Ch 2-3  Charles Leighton
 F   The Ivory Mask                     Margaret Moller
 H   Maternal Restoration               Marlan Smith
 SF  Firelight                          Mick Dunn
 SF  What About the Children?           Michael Dorken

Week of 12-Nov-2014 (Crits due 19-Nov-2014):
 F   The End of the Line                Michael W. Cho
 F   The Farwinst Revolt Chapters 1 and 2  Sean Morge
 F   Five Days as Uberman, Part 2       Nikhil Sekher
 SF  Taking It Back                     Joanna Hoyt
 SF  Stargate SG-1 Domain of Evil, Chapters 1-4  Brian Hansen
 H   You Are Expected                   Kim Smeltzer
 SF  The Whales of Venus                Joseph Krippel
 H   Gas Pedal                          Matthew Weber
 SF  A Right to the Cerebellum          Richard Zwicker
 SF  Real Women Are Dangerous           Rati Mehrotra
 H   Girls Gone Dead: The Adam Chronicles  Junior Sixx
 F   The Goblin's Son                   Christopher Mowder
 SF  Mycelium _second draft_            Will Milner
 SF  Kanda in Venus                     Jesse Corrigan
 SF  The Long Sleep                     Rhett C Bruno
 SF  To a sunless sea                   Carlos Mano
 SF  Radiance Through a Dark Lens       Derrick Boden
 F   Never Found, chapter 1             Chris Kenworthy
 SF  The Payback                        Stephen Shewmake
 H   Cherished of God                   Carolin Dithrich
 SF  Superhero Pioneer Dies             John Siebelink
 SF  Soulshifter                        Christoph Weber
 F   Robert Fairweather and the Wrong Ticket  Mark Rookyard
 SF  Mnemecide                          Irene Ying
 H   Last Supper                        M.B.Vujacic
 F   9/10ths                            Joel E. Roosa
 F   Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2  Ben Knox
 SF  White Mountain                     James Witherspoon
 F   The Contest                        Charles Femia
 F   Tribute, Chapters 0-1              Andrew Richardson
 SF  Jury Duty                          Jonathan Byrne
      (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  TM Blues                           Charles Hand [5-Nov-2014]
 SF  The Talosian redemption, chapter 2  Mick Dunn [12-Nov-2014]
 F   The Cross, The Mother              Alexander Leger-Small [12-Nov-2014]
 H   The Pure People                    Patrick Sanders [5-Nov-2014]
 SF  The Cloning of Bethany Tillman     S.C. Hickman [5-Nov-2014]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 SF  The Ballad of Caleb Henning        Seth Z. Herman [01-Oct-2014]
 SF  Horse Years                        [@] Will McIntosh [08-Oct-2014]
 H   Contractions                       Kevin David Anderson [08-Oct-2014]
 SF  Taken                              Mel Corbett [15-Oct-2014]
 F   Along the River                    Blake Fassero [22-Oct-2014]
 F   The Silver Tree - Chapter 1        A. Cobb [29-Oct-2014]
 SF  They Don't Always Mean What They Say  Anir Raj [29-Oct-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.]