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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!

Free Web Sites

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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.

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

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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Thoughts on Courteous Debating

Thoughts on Courteous Debating

The Critters newsgroup (sff.workshop.critters) has been deemed a No Flame Zone.

To encourage civil discourse on matters of importance, without invectives, a user posted these suggestions, herewith reproduced:

1) Exercise your writing skills by stating your point clearly in order to minimize alternative interpretations. Sarcasm, for example, might seem like an effective way of getting your message across. However, it is intellectually dishonest, and generally aims to score points rather than illustrate them. Be aware of the risk.

2) Check for understanding by asking if a poster really means what you think you are reading. For example: "Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?"

3) Challange a postion, view point, thought process, mode of behavior, or method of expression. Never attack the person. For example: "That argument is based on the logical error of special pleading." Rather than: "I'm sorry you are too close-minded and defensive to agree with me."

4) If you are angry, walk away for a while. (Wait until tomorrow to write your reply, maybe even wait another day before you post it. If it's that relevant to life and the universe, time is NOT of the essence.)

6) Avoid the people you can't stand. (Use kill-files or just ignore them.)

5) Above all, think before you post.

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