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Critters is 21!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!

Interviewed!

I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.

ReAnimus Acquires Advent!

ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at pred-ed.com.

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 22-Feb-2017...


Hi, all, Tangent Online, the well known reviewing site, is looking for
more reviewers. Many have come from the Critters ranks, and it's a great
way to do good, make contacts, etc. If you want more info, contact my
friend Dave Truesdale, at tangent.dt1@gmail.com.


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Thanks for the donations, folks!  We are 85.0% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 121 donors, leaving about $500 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Bill Leonard
	Terrance Crow

for their recent donations to help keep Critters going.
Much appreciated!

[See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.]


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), whose short story,
	"In Cygnus and in Hell" is now out in the current issue of
	Nature. {Thanks to everyone who has helped me with my writing!}

	- Eleanor R. Wood, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The
	Convincer" to Galaxy's Edge. {Thanks, as always, for the excellent
	feedback on this story. You guys helped me make it shine. :)}


Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.

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This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 4 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 900 words each, goes to...

	Jennifer Michaud

To redeem an MPC, visit:  www.critters.org/usempc.ht

Congratulations!  To everyone else -- Crit early and often!

(For an explanation of the MPC award, see the www.critters.org/award.ht page.)

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Recommended Reading...
One of the best writing books - Secrets from the 6-time Best Editor
Hugo Award Master, Ben Bova: THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS 
http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
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Critters Workshop
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This week we have... [get from http://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
                                                 
     Title                      	Author
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Week of 22-Feb-2017 (Crits due 1-Mar-2017):
 SF  Prototype                          Amanda H. Geard -#26580
 SF  Milk Run                           C. Hotchkiss -#26581
 SF  Blue Skies & Better Days           J.E. Bates -#26582
 SF  Silent Nightmare                   N Williams -#26583
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#26584
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 1  Joy Landa -#26585
 H   The Lost Playground                Ashleigh Richie -#26586
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-3          Jeffrey Richardson -#26587
 F   The Door                           Kristen Bickerstaff -#26588
 SF  Phantom Traveler _1 - 5_           Rekka Jay -#26589
 SF  Grit, Chapter 1                    Liam King -#26590
 SF  Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 resub: Y  Matt Peller resub: Y -#26591

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Recommended books on writing:

THE CRAFT OF WRITING AND SELLING SCIENCE FICTION by Ben Bova
	ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: http://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS By (Critter member) Robert Qualkinbush
	http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | http://Amazon.com/dp/B007O272ZI

STAYIN' ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad
	How things really work in the art and commerce of publishing
	http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | http://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS: THE 'BUG JACK BARRON' PAPERS by Norman Spinrad
	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | http://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
 
Because you might enjoy it... HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS by ROBERT QUALKINBUSH
The secret that separates the pros from the newbie
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1184
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Feeble Thunder                     Jacob Ginsberg -#26511

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 T   Darkness of a Killer : Murder in Trick City Book One Chaps 9_11  Priscilla Soares-Wilson -#26579

In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NG  Plugged Into God, Preface          Rick Weber -#25313

In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script :
 SC  Bounty Hunters                     Avant Hall -#23842

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 YL  The Red Eyed Rabbit _Chapter 1_    Allison Davis -#26566

In the comics workshop - http://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Metropolise, Chapter 1             Carina Mchardy -#26473

In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western :
 W   A Message to Santa Fe, Chap 1-3    Frank Coombs -#25375

In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance :
 R   To Treasure All These Things - RFDF  Christine Lebednik -#26313

In the video workshop - http://critique.org/video :
 VS  The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp     Jay DeTalente -#21424

In the music workshop - http://critique.org/music :
 MP  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song  Beth Zurkowski -#21675

In the photo workshop - http://critique.org/photo :
 PH  Dry Mud and Cinder Cone            Bill Wight -#19627

In the art workshop - http://critique.org/art :
 AI  The Dark Jester in an Archway      Joy Landa -#25620

In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website :
 WW  Powerscript Website                Ronald Hurst -#22230

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 SF  Prototype                          Amanda H. Geard -#26580
 SF  Milk Run                           C. Hotchkiss -#26581
 SF  Blue Skies & Better Days           J.E. Bates -#26582
 SF  Silent Nightmare                   N Williams -#26583
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#26584
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Episode 2: REVISED Part 1  Joy Landa -#26585
 H   The Lost Playground                Ashleigh Richie -#26586
 SF  The Linking, Chapters 1-3          Jeffrey Richardson -#26587
 F   The Door                           Kristen Bickerstaff -#26588
 SF  Phantom Traveler _1 - 5_           Rekka Jay -#26589
 SF  Grit, Chapter 1                    Liam King -#26590
 SF  Second Blossoming - Chapter 3 resub: Y  Matt Peller resub: Y -#26591
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You might also like... STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by NORMAN SPINRAD
An Indispensable Survival Guide for Writers By a three-time SFWA President
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1179

Standard notes:

HELP:
If you need help with anything, see http://www.critters.org/help -- there
are FAQs and a form to ask questions.

HELPING CRITTERS:
Critters is donation funded & volunteer run, so if you'd like to
help out with our current fund drive or otherwise, please visit
http://www.critters.org/donate.php -- Thanks!!

HOW TO SEND CRITIQUES:
Remember to send the critiques directly to me, critters@critique.org, so
I can forward them to the authors _and_ give you credit for your effort.
Please send only one critique per mail message (makes it easier to
archive).  Please make sure the "#" symbol and manuscript number are in
the email Subject: line, like Subject: #1234.  (Conversely, if you want
ol' Aburt to personally read the message, i.e., it's _not_ a critique,
don't put a "#" in the subject or I won't see it.  Also -- put my current
anti-spam code word in there: see http://www.critters.org/antispam.ht .)

You may also send your critiques via http://www.critters.org/webcrit.ht .

Note that all critiques will be available to everyone to read the next Saturday.

DIPLOMACY:
Remember, authors and critiquers, we're all friends here.  Be polite.  Be
considerate.  Be tactful.  You can say you thought a story was drivel in a
courteous way.  Try to point out the good and the bad; offer alternatives
if you can.  Never, ever, attack the author -- only the story.  Authors:
Remember that some reviewers may lack tact.  Try to be understanding,
but if you get any that you feel are just plain mean-spirited, too short
to be of any use, or too "feel good," let me know and I'll withhold the
reviewer's "credit" for that story and/or cajole them into something
more insightful.  See http://www.critters.org/diplomacy.ht for more...

CRITIQUE LENGTH:
If you want to send a short critique that you know is too short for
credit (200 words or less of your own meaningful content) please put
"NC#" in the Subject (NC=No Credit, like Subject: NC#1234) -and- say
something like "not for credit" inside your critique.  (Remember also that
for MPC purposes, a critique must be 300 words or more.)

CHATTING:
Comments -other- than critiques (such as discussion of the critiques,
or Woohoo! announcements, or chit chat) should be posted to one of the
official Critters discussion forums (See the http://www.critters.org/newsgroups.ht
web page for full info, guidelines, etc.)  Don't post stories or critiques
(mail those to critters@critique.org).

QUOTING:
Please pare the ms. down if critiquing in-line (don't quote the whole ms.!).
Other format rules are at http://www.critters.org/format.ht .

EVERYTHING'S ON THE WEB:
Past reviews are on the web page.  The current week's manuscripts are
also there, as are prior mss. and even some rewrites.  There's a Master
Page Index (site map) with tons of links to common items.

AUTHORS:
Authors for this week -- if you aren't getting email'd critiques from
me (as they come in) within a couple days -- ask me and we can verify
I'm sending them to the correct address.  (Send me a phone# in case I
can't get email to you.)  Check the format of your story ASAP to make sure
it's all there and readable.

EMAIL ISSUES:
If you want to change your email address or preferences (# mss. emailed,
SF/F/H type, or whether you get the huge critique batches at week's end),
point your browser to http://www.critters.org/admin.ht .  Please don't
ask me to do this by hand, it's quite a chore!  (E.g., if you're going
on vacation and want to suspend mail from me -- do this before/after
your trip.)

BACKUP SITE:
If you're unable to reach www.critters.org to get manuscripts, I've set up
an emergency backup site at http://backup.critters.org where you can get the
week's manuscripts (but not much of anything else :-).  Speaking of backups --
don't forget to back up your own manuscripts so you don't lose them!

QUITTING:
If you want to quit or go inactive, drop by http://www.critters.org/admin.ht .

DONATIONS:
Critters is funded by donations, so visit http://www.critters.org/donate.php
if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... WORLD-BUILDING by STEPHEN L. GILLETT
The blueprint for SF writers to create amazing, realistic fictional worlds.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1482

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