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Critters is 22!

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.

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 14-Feb-2018...


Thanks for the donations, everyone! Getting there! We are 67.8% of the
way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 73 donors, leaving
about $1300 to go. Thanks especially to

	Michelle Jelley
	Paul Ruggeri
	Jannik Andersen
	Renan Valadão
	Vincent Bonasso
	Ray Franklin
	Eric Rosenfield
	David Erwin
	Russell Forden

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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I'm hearing good things about this new release from a Critter member...
remember that sales help the Critters Fund Drive...

	WALLS AND WONDERS by S. R. Algernon - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1583
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B078GQ39KV/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in both ebook and paperback [$14.99, 323 pages])

	If Hemingway wrote science fiction short stories... Including
	the Hugo award finalist "Asymmetrical Warfare."
	S. R. Algernon's science fiction evokes Hemingway's spare style
	and Philip K. Dick's plots, with stories collected from SF's
	top markets.
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This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 10 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 1200 words each, goes to...

	Michelle Jelley

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 14-Feb-2018 (Crits due 21-Feb-2018):
 F   By Many Names, Chapter 1, no Prologue included  [mpc] Michelle Jelley -#27437
 F   Come Join the Dance!               Russell Adams -#27438
 F   Rescue                             Darla Jackson -#27439
 F   Monster                            Mark Suplinskas -#27440
 SF  Apocalypse Betty                   Trevor L B Porter -#27441
 F   The Way of the One God             Sandor Kovacs -#27442
 H   The Bridge _Version 3_             Matthew Duerst -#27443
 F   Drunk and Disorderly               Clark Sodersten -#27444
 SF  Owen Morey                         Amit Gupta -#27445
 SF  The 4th Planet Problem             Mike Mullen -#27446
 F   A Girl Of Steel                    Ronald Charles Kienzle -#27447
 SF  Elizabeth, Chapter 1               Chelsea McKenna -#27448
 F   The Elf and the Amulet - Description + Chapter 1  Chris Africa -#27449
 SF  Seven Seconds of Sunlight          Brian Palermo -#27450
 SF  Blue Walls                         Adela Laczynski -#27451
 SF  Harry's Numbers                    John Michael Trent -#27452
 SF  Jane of the Spiders                [@] Edward Muller -#27453

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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... VENGEANCE OF ORION by BEN BOVA
Orion must change history, or lose the only woman he has ever loved.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1416
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Femme Fatale                       Dave Schultz -#27144

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 T   The Man Next Door Chapter 2        Michelle Godard-Richer -#27350

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  The Happiness of Chez Feliz        Jerry Sexton -#27163

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 YL  Sara and the Fallen Kingdom        Dawn Smith-Hill -#27425

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   Blurred Lines _An Excerpt_         Michelle Richer -#27409

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  Ax-yZ The Creative Projects Platform  Charles Gull -#27088

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 F   By Many Names, Chapter 1, no Prologue included  [mpc] Michelle Jelley -#27437
 F   Come Join the Dance!               Russell Adams -#27438
 F   Rescue                             Darla Jackson -#27439
 F   Monster                            Mark Suplinskas -#27440
 SF  Apocalypse Betty                   Trevor L B Porter -#27441
 F   The Way of the One God             Sandor Kovacs -#27442
 H   The Bridge _Version 3_             Matthew Duerst -#27443
 F   Drunk and Disorderly               Clark Sodersten -#27444
 SF  Owen Morey                         Amit Gupta -#27445
 SF  The 4th Planet Problem             Mike Mullen -#27446
 F   A Girl Of Steel                    Ronald Charles Kienzle -#27447
 SF  Elizabeth, Chapter 1               Chelsea McKenna -#27448
 F   The Elf and the Amulet - Description + Chapter 1  Chris Africa -#27449
 SF  Seven Seconds of Sunlight          Brian Palermo -#27450
 SF  Blue Walls                         Adela Laczynski -#27451
 SF  Harry's Numbers                    John Michael Trent -#27452
 SF  Jane of the Spiders                [@] Edward Muller -#27453
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You might also like... THE LIVING LABYRINTH by IAN STEWART AND TIM POSTON
Elzabet sticks her hand into an alien flower - and you won't believe what happens next!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1517

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... THE STAR KILLER by SOVEREIGN FALCONER
The script sounds too real: 'A homicidal director who kills the actors'
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1577

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