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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-Apr-2020 (Crits due 15-Apr-2020):
 F   Cattleya                           Sandra Skalski -#29067
 SF  Rufus                              Jeff Abrams -#29068
 F   Binge Worthy                       Adam Pitts -#29069
 F   The Fat, Old Tortoise and the Hard-Working Hare  [@] Larry Hodges -#29070
 SF  Diplomatic Immunity                T. M. Heckman -#29071
 SF  Feifei Zhang Autobiography Part I with Forward  Stephen Secor -#29072
 F   Best Served Cold                   Matt Krizan -#29073
 F   Gold Eagle: The opening            Nicholas E. Lehde -#29074
 SF  The Tulip Station                  Aaron Fried -#29075
 SF  Casey Travels West, Chapter 1      Barry Burnett -#29076
 SF  Palderyn: Apocalypse, Chapters 1 -5  Michael R. Hartman -#29077
 F   Siren's Lament                     Franchesca Guzman -#29078
 H   Undead absolution                  Philip Hays -#29079
 F   The Ravens                         Gautam Upadhya -#29080
 SF  Safe Travels                       Maria Ma -#29081
 F   The Bronsolinite Maslem            NM Whitley -#29082

Week of 15-Apr-2020 (Crits due 22-Apr-2020):
 F   A Brother's Keeper                 [mpc] Adam Pitts
 H   The Lure Chapters 1-10 New Revision  Jim Keane
 SF  The Briareus                       Jamie M. Boyd
 H   You Don't Know what a Life Sentence Means  Douglas Kolacki
 SF  Ten Percent, Chapter 2             Caroline Poirier
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 1             Greg Tracii
 SF  Two-Way Communication              Robert Harpold
 H   The Tragedy of Phantasms           Nathan Cavaliere
 SF  Begininngs                         George Tom
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 17-18  Eric Wilson
 SF  Buy Any Means Necessary            JC Crochet
 F   Wish You Were Here                 Renan Bernardo
 F   The Rabbit Maker                   Lance Burri
 F   Champion of the People             Henry McFarland
 F   The Customer is Always Right, No Wait, Everyone's a Critic  Andrew Giffin
 SF  Shadows of Lesser Men              Nicholas G. Marconi

Week of 22-Apr-2020 (Crits due 29-Apr-2020):
 SF  The Frivolous Prince               Brad Bolin
 SF  Bots Don't Lie                     Todd Moody
 SF  Field Density Analysis of Laybonn Propulsion Systems  Vince Bonasso
 SF  Life on Herschel                   Ben Coppin
 F   Saint Ligeia's Rites               Ellen McCammon
 SF  Collision, Chapter 1               Jack Wolflink
 F   The Immortal Son, Chapter 1        Dakota Smith
 SF  The Father Lode chap 1 - 3         Deborah Kaminski
 F   Synchronicity - Chapter Summaries  Megen Nelson
 SF  Social Medium Chapter 1            Owen McNaughton
 H   Keep away from People              Kevin Stadt
 SF  Murder Eternal, Chapter 1          Charles Patton
 F   The Beacon Keeper                  Ethan Smith
 F   A Love Song for the Mockers        Timothy M. Nall

Week of 29-Apr-2020 (Crits due 6-May-2020):
 F   Zaemes, Chapter 3                  Shanna Neumiller
 F   How the Devil Got Its Envy         Christopher Henderson
 F   The Great Info Dump_and_Of All the Things I've Lost  Joel E. Roosa
 SF  Emma Lee's Smartmind Addiction Saves the World  Janet Jing Martin
 SF  Lon Mopani                         Kevin P. Hallett
 SF  Third Law                          Rick Moyer
 SF  19231                              Raghasudhan K
 SF  Gaia's Gift                        Amy Hammack Turner
      (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 19-20  Eric Wilson [22-Apr-2020]
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 21-22  Eric Wilson [?]
 H   Dunglo 17 - Chapter 1              Adam Pitts [?]
 H   Willie Pete - Chapter 1            Adam Pitts [?]
 F   The Broken Ring - Prologue         Adam Pitts [?]
 SF  Cosmoboros _V2_                    JC Crochet [22-Apr-2020]
 SF  Forever Grey Chapter 2, 3          Greg Tracii [22-Apr-2020]
 SF  The Great Race                     Adam Pitts [?]

Held until participation ratio improves (then out that week):
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 3 of book 2  Lee Magnus [04-Mar-2020]
 F   Trey Roberts and the Ancestor's Wish, Chapter 4 of book 2  Lee Magnus [18-Mar-2020]
 SF  Blood & Power: The Calm -- Chapter 9  Javier Sobrado [08-Apr-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.]