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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 who's 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)

Interviewed!

I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

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!

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're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 28-Feb-2024...

Friendly reminder -- and now enforced in the software -- when submitting, the manuscript title should be JUST the title, nothing about version information, like "revised", "version 2", "new version", etc.  Also, the system will now enforce that the only characters allowed in titles are letters, numbers, and ,-_':/.;!#$%&+=. (Other symbols may confuse the system as they look like pattern matching characters it uses. The software has long replaced these with '_' anyway, but this silent modification can cause headaches too, so going forward the system just won't accept those symbols in titles or author names.)  Thanks!

(And if you actually have a title that includes words like "revised" or "version 2", you'll have to contact me to get it manually added.) :)

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Helping the Critters Fund Drive this week...

	TRILOBYTE by Edward Bryant - $2.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1381
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYNUBG4/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in ebook + paperback)

	
A trio of twisted little tales from the master of twistedness.
 With an introduction by Tim Powers.
 Edward Bryant is the multi-Nebula Award winning author of over a hundred short stories, over a thousand essays and reviews, and one novel with Harlan Ellison, PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES. 




[Disclaimer: Ye Olde Critter Captain also runs ReAnimus Press, sales from which help him keep Critters going as a free site.]


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Thanks for the donations, folks!  Thanks especially to

	Lucia Dolan
	Philip Lindeman
	Lin Faloon

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

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


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Brian Sellnow, who sold  (Critter'd) short story,
	"Motorcycles and Moon" to Black Sheep :Unique Tales of Terror
	and Wonder. {Thanks to all who helped me make the story better!}

	- Becky Neher, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Break" is
	now out in the current issue of Stupefying Stories. {(This went
	through the queue as Crits #31096 and #31124)}

	- Douglas Kolacki, who sold his (Critter'd) short story,
	"Berlin Bunker 1 / Bring Me His Head" to Dark Horses magazine.


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 6 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 800 words each, goes to...

	Tim Nall

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 
https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
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Critters Workshop
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This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
                                                 
     Title                      	Author
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Week of 28-Feb-2024 (Crits due 6-Mar-2024):
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 39  Eric Wilson -#31357
 F   Unwelcome Guest                    Pete Koziar -#31358
 SF  The Stupid with the Flare Gun      Russell Weisfield -#31359
 F   Seattle Ghost Story                Laura Mortensen -#31360
 F   A Love Song for the Mockers, Ch. 1  [@]Tim Nall -#31361
 F   The Magic Kit-Part 1               John Edlund -#31362
 F   The Carriage Attack at Novarium Bridge and Carack Lane  S.R. Spieler -#31363
 F   Politea Chapter 3: Into the Grass  Dawson Hollingsworth -#31364
 F   Where the Dragon Shall Lead        Stephen W. Chappell -#31365
 F   Tacos del Soul, part 3             Steve Palmer -#31366
 F   The Hungry lake                    Scott Norris -#31367

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Recommended books on writing:

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

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS By (Critter member) Robert Qualkinbush
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | https://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
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS: THE 'BUG JACK BARRON' PAPERS by Norman Spinrad
	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
 
Because you might enjoy it... THE BEST OF DAMON KNIGHT by DAMON KNIGHT
The best of the best of the best!
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1687
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   Jolie, Effy, & Amorette            Daniel. A. Dunnham -#31322

In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  I *Experience*, Therefore I Am     Robin niCathain -#30061

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Cupidity                           Kathleen C -#31276

In the comics workshop - https://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Magna. logline/ synopsis           Brent Claridge -#28885

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Currently Untitled                 Aleksandr Vincente Hoang -#30472

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   For Her Honor Chapters 1-5         Morgan Stevens -#31119

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

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

In the photo workshop - https://critique.org/photo :
 PH  Tea and Gossip                     Sandy Kulhavy -#30875

In the art workshop - https://critique.org/art :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - https://critique.org/website :
 WW  Franklin's Palindromedary          Ray N. Franklin -#29498

In the critters workshop - https://critique.org/critters :
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 39  Eric Wilson -#31357
 F   Unwelcome Guest                    Pete Koziar -#31358
 SF  The Stupid with the Flare Gun      Russell Weisfield -#31359
 F   Seattle Ghost Story                Laura Mortensen -#31360
 F   A Love Song for the Mockers, Ch. 1  [@]Tim Nall -#31361
 F   The Magic Kit-Part 1               John Edlund -#31362
 F   The Carriage Attack at Novarium Bridge and Carack Lane  S.R. Spieler -#31363
 F   Politea Chapter 3: Into the Grass  Dawson Hollingsworth -#31364
 F   Where the Dragon Shall Lead        Stephen W. Chappell -#31365
 F   Tacos del Soul, part 3             Steve Palmer -#31366
 F   The Hungry lake                    Scott Norris -#31367
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You might also like... THE UNBORN by BRIAN HERBERT
In the summer of 2097, Riggio wakes up with amnesia - and his lover dead in their bed.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1600

Standard notes:

HELP:
If you need help with anything, see https://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
https://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 https://www.critters.org/antispam.ht .)

You may also send your critiques via https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.critters.org/admin.ht .

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

Because you might enjoy it... FRONTIERS OF SPACE, TIME, AND THOUGHT by EDWARD M. LERNER
What's Smaller Than an Atom... And Larger Than a Universe? This book.  
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1731

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