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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

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 19-Jul-2017...

Randomly selected book to help the Critters Fund Drive this week is...

	A KNIFE IN THE MIND by Craig Strete - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1492
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5GXN4R/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in both ebook and paperback [$14.99, 329 pages])
	
	The Tragedy Of MAKONA, Shaman Of Kawdor.

	Craig Kee Strete is a Native American science fiction writer,
	noted for his use of American Indian themes. Beginning in the
	early 1970s, while working in the Film and Television industry,
	Strete began writing emotional Native American themed, and
	science fiction short stories and novellas. He is a three-time
	Nebula Award finalist, for Time Deer, A Sunday Visit with
	Great-grandfather, and The Bleeding Man. In 1974 Strete published
	a magazine dedicated to Native American science fiction, Red
	Planet Earth. His play Paint Your Face On A Drowning In The
	River was the 1984 Dramatists Guild/CBS New Plays Program first
	place winner.

	More books from Craig Strete are available at: http://ReAnimus.com/store/?author=Craig+Strete
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Remember there are a couple free ebooks too that are worth checking out...

	SIEGE OF STARS: BOOK ONE OF THE SIGIL TRILOGY by Henry Gee
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B0093O81NM/?tag=critters3a-20
		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1230

	EINAR AND THE CURSED CITY by (by esteemed Critter member and SFWA pro author) Chet Gottfried
		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1396
	
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Thanks for the donations, folks!  Thanks especially to

	Robert Qualkinbush
	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...

	- Dave D'Alessio, whose short story, "One Grand Day" is now
	out in the current issue of Phobos Magazine. {In paper now;
	eBook to follow!}

	- Patricia Moussatche, who has won the Writers of the Future
	Contest 2nd quarter Honorable Mention award for her (Critter'd)
	short story, "Carayeeba". {Thanks for all the feedback, Critters!}

	- Eric Schwitzgebel, whose (Critter'd) short story, "THE TURING
	MACHINES OF BABEL" is now out in the current issue of Apex
	Magazine. {ALL-CAPS title is intentional}


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 2 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 5600 words each, goes to...

	Garvin Nunes

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 19-Jul-2017 (Crits due 26-Jul-2017):
 H   Crave                              [mpc] Ashleigh Richie -#26934
 F   What Lies Beneath the Bandages     Richard Zwicker -#26935
 SF  The Living Circus _Was Lonely Sky_  Amanda H. Geard -#26936
 F   Robots Have Feelings Too           Darla Jackson -#26937
 F   Ashen Wings and Lightless Skies    Mary Makarova -#26938
 F   The Land of Maja, Chapter 2        Chris Turner -#26939
 F   To Protect, Serve, and Save        Shawn Proctor -#26940
 SF  Grains of Sand                     Ray N. Franklin -#26941
 SF  Our Turn                           Bret Parent -#26942
 F   The Sprite Who Caught Fire         Avan Stallard -#26943
 H   Mermaid's Purse                    Tim Mudie -#26944
 F   Wings chapters 6 & 7               Robert Plowman -#26945
 SF  Election 3015 A.D.                 Larry Olsen -#26946
 SF  Untitled Western                   Derek Eklund -#26947
 F   The Last Quest, Chapter 1 _Part 2_  Brian Palermo -#26948
 F   The Scales on Our Eyes             Jessica Kidd -#26949
 SF  The Way Home, Chapters 1-2         Deborah D. Ross -#26950
 SF  3 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull -#26951
 SF  KeyRas                             NM Whitley -#26952
 SF  The Forest of Allund               J Rawelth -#26953
 F   Rise: Birth of a Revolution Forward-2nd Chapter  Mark S. Moore -#26954
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapters 1-2  Luke Aaron Pettis -#26955
 H   My Brother's Reaper                Matthew Weber -#26956

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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... BLOOM by WIL MCCARTHY
'Tense, dynamic, intelligent... terrifyingly vivid' - David Brin
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1145
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Goat Herder                    Eli Cepeda -#26891

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   THe Clive Monroe Mysteries, The Cold Case  Donya Ture -#26931

In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NT  The Significance of the Fronting of the Prepositional Phrase in the Text of Genesis 01 01  Rebecca Miller -#26818

In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script :
 SC  Sarah and Thomas                   Fred McLeod -#26932

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 YL  The Narrator's Apprentice, Chapters 4-11  Jessica Warner -#26933

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   Beauty and the Werebeast           Charmaine Seifts -#26692

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 :
 H   Crave                              [mpc] Ashleigh Richie -#26934
 F   What Lies Beneath the Bandages     Richard Zwicker -#26935
 SF  The Living Circus _Was Lonely Sky_  Amanda H. Geard -#26936
 F   Robots Have Feelings Too           Darla Jackson -#26937
 F   Ashen Wings and Lightless Skies    Mary Makarova -#26938
 F   The Land of Maja, Chapter 2        Chris Turner -#26939
 F   To Protect, Serve, and Save        Shawn Proctor -#26940
 SF  Grains of Sand                     Ray N. Franklin -#26941
 SF  Our Turn                           Bret Parent -#26942
 F   The Sprite Who Caught Fire         Avan Stallard -#26943
 H   Mermaid's Purse                    Tim Mudie -#26944
 F   Wings chapters 6 & 7               Robert Plowman -#26945
 SF  Election 3015 A.D.                 Larry Olsen -#26946
 SF  Untitled Western                   Derek Eklund -#26947
 F   The Last Quest, Chapter 1 _Part 2_  Brian Palermo -#26948
 F   The Scales on Our Eyes             Jessica Kidd -#26949
 SF  The Way Home, Chapters 1-2         Deborah D. Ross -#26950
 SF  3 <= Induction <= E3 <= Orb        Charles Gull -#26951
 SF  KeyRas                             NM Whitley -#26952
 SF  The Forest of Allund               J Rawelth -#26953
 F   Rise: Birth of a Revolution Forward-2nd Chapter  Mark S. Moore -#26954
 F   The World after Raxelleon Fell, Chapters 1-2  Luke Aaron Pettis -#26955
 H   My Brother's Reaper                Matthew Weber -#26956
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You might also like... CV by DAMON KNIGHT
The largest sea vessel ever built  - and a deadly arena!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1421

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... DEAR AMERICA: LETTERS HOME FROM VIETNAM by Bernard Edelman (ed.)
The bestselling book and basis for the Emmy award winning documentary now available in ebook edition!
http://reanimus.com/1413

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