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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 8-Jul-2020 (Crits due 15-Jul-2020):
 H   It's Not a Pandemic                [mpc] Adam Pitts -#29272
 F   Small Demons - Book I of The Eversteam Chronicles  [mpc] Jude Matulich -#29273
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 23-24  Eric Wilson -#29274
 SF  Time in a Bottle                   Amy Hammack Turner -#29275
 F   The Greatest City Chapters 3,4, and 5  Clayton Niehaus -#29276
 SF  Humanity, Start Your Engines       [@] Larry Hodges -#29277
 F   Elfriche                           LindaAnn LoSchiavo -#29278
 SF  Coded Parasites                    K. Raghasudhan -#29279
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapter 1 - Date Night  James Edmund Dennis -#29280
 SF  Descent Into Darkness              [@] Edward Muller -#29281
 SF  A Fresh Start                      Jonathan G. Chew -#29282
 F   Arrows in the Dark, chapter 1, version 2  Abigail Yates -#29283
 F   Make America Magical Again         C.A. Lewis -#29284
 F   The Straw Witch                    Michelle DiPietro -#29285
 H   Teeth                              John Henry Whelan -#29286
 F   Center Hallow                      Steven Kubrak -#29287

Week of 15-Jul-2020 (Crits due 22-Jul-2020):
 SF  Solomon 37                         Eli Cepeda
 SF  The Great Rift Between Us          JC Crochet
 F   From the Deep                      Adam Pitts
 SF  Human Eclipse                      Craig Lipman
 SF  Behind the Veil                    Martin Heckman
 SF  The Blue - Ch 1 Irony, Ch 2 Letters from the Dead  Marc Dupré
 F   Omeron _Chapter 1_                 Alexander R Davis
 SF  Last Moments                       Alia Atwell
 SF  That day all cattle hope for       Yacine GACI
 SF  Unexpected Grace                   Ife J. Ibitayo
 H   Hair of the Dog                    Amanda Hard
 F   Francis My Son                     Ed Kratz
 F   The Whittler                       Renan Bernardo
 F   Goat Island                        Michael Stevens

Week of 22-Jul-2020 (Crits due 29-Jul-2020):
 SF  The Needs of the Client            Chris Hepler
 H   The Serenity to Accept the Things I Cannot Change  Preston Chase
 F   Querencia, Prologue-Chapter 1      Maye Villaflores
 F   The Wayfarer                       Zachary M. Kekac
 F   Walking the Darkmaker's Way, Part 3  William L Hunt
 SF  The Way of the Warrior             Boris Layupan
 SF  In Place of Deceit, Chapters 1-2   Michael R. Hartman
 SF  The Tulip Station, Chapters 0-2    Aaron Fried
 SF  Bloody Mary                        Leila Martin
 SF  Roadkill                           Joe Olson
 SF  Transitions                        Russell Adams
 F   Against the Wind, Chapters 1-5     Darren Askins
 F   The Way of the Sky, Chapters 1-3   Chris Byess

Week of 29-Jul-2020 (Crits due 5-Aug-2020):
 F   Sun, Swords, and Secrets _Chapters 1-3_  Alex Scout Lead
 F   The Little Demon Master, Chapters 1-2  Doris Zhou
 H   The Lure Chapters 1 to 10 REV A    Jim Keane
 F   Midday in the Gardens of Good and Evil _and_ Of All the Doors in All the Worlds. . .  Joel E. Roosa
 F   Maid Knight                        Matthew J Olson
 SF  The Man Under the Bathroom Sink    Jesse Cunningham
 SF  Level Ground                       Amit Gupta
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 1                 Jeff Naylor
 SF  Away from the Brilliance of Life   Clancy Weeks
 SF  The Trash Artisan Problem          Jeff Weitzel
 F   Till Death Do Us Part              Adeline J. Schultz
 H   Flowers on the Wall                Douglas Ryan
 H   The Suicide Forest                 Linda Gould
 SF  Unable to see the truth            charlie Fischer

Week of 5-Aug-2020 (Crits due 12-Aug-2020):
 SF  Repopulation                       Gary S. Opas
 F   Small Demons - Part One            Jude Matulich
 F   Drought                            Mani Nezami
 H   Deathly Denial                     Kelly Parrish
 F   A Tribute of Bulls, Chapter Two    Kerry Cathers
 SF  Mathew                             Charles Gull
 H   A Maze, Heartless and Cold         Glen Noble
 SF  The Found Ship                     Joe Belarge
      (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   Of the Dragon Guild                Eli Cepeda [22-Jul-2020]
 SF  Harmonic Insurgence                JC Crochet [22-Jul-2020]
 SF  Role of Law                        Wayne Martin [?]
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapters 2 and 3       James Edmund Dennis [15-Jul-2020]
 SF  3 Billion Heartbeats               Jonathan G. Chew [15-Jul-2020]
 SF  Waiting Around To Die v2           Michael Stevens [22-Jul-2020]
 H   LOADED                             Jonathan G. Chew [?]
 SF  Engines of Immortality             Raghasudhan K [15-Jul-2020]
 H   The Midnight Train Murders         Jim Keane [5-Aug-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 25  Eric Wilson [15-Jul-2020]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Smoke & Dagger Query Letter        Dennis Blake [17-Jun-2020]
 H   Caine Diaries, Chapters 1-5        Natalee M. Bowen [17-Jun-2020]
 SF  Glancing Blow                      Ray Erickson [17-Jun-2020]
 F   Adela Smith, Exorcist              Megan Quinn [24-Jun-2020]
 F   Shadow Walker Chapter 1-6          Ian Johnson [24-Jun-2020]
 H   Darkness Lies, Prologue-Chapter 1  Kyle Walker [01-Jul-2020]
 F   The Future History of the Grail -- Prologue  Joe Follansbee [01-Jul-2020]
 SF  Marvin's Diary                     J.C. Gagan [01-Jul-2020]
 SF  The Far Traveler                   Franco Alvarado [08-Jul-2020]
 H   Cow Tipping                        Thomas Brumskill [08-Jul-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.]