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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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

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

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)

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

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 21-Sep-2016...

Help the Critters Fund Drive and help yourself too...

I've just bumped things up to a whopping *30%* referral fee on all the
great ReAnimus Press ebooks. It was 12%, but we're going to try what
I believe is the highest referral reward rate there is. (Same percent
Amazon takes when they sell an ebook, so it seems like a fair thing to
try.) Obviously you'd only refer folks to books you like, but there are
some really great books at ReAnimus Press.

Since sales help the Critters Fund Drive, your referrals would be very
much appreciated. You can check it out and sign up at

	www.ReAnimus.com/refer

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Margaret Moller, who has won the Honorable Mention award
	for her (Critter'd) short story, "The Ivory Mask". {I won an
	Honorable Mention in the 2nd Quarter 2016 Writers of the Future
	contest! Which I am told is good, since it means the story made
	it through the first round of judging. Thank you to all the
	critters who critiqued and gave feedback.}

	- Marc A. Criley, who has won the Writers Of The Future (Q3
	2016) Honorable Mention award for his (Critter'd) short story,
	"Impending Karma Strike".


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 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 1100 words each, goes to...

	Keir Puplett

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 21-Sep-2016 (Crits due 28-Sep-2016):
 SF  The Girl That Never Was            [mpc] Jack Calverley -#26185
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 26-28  Russell Adams -#26186
 H   Who I Am                           Carl Alves -#26187
 F   Conflict Calories                  Fred Obermeyer -#26188
 SF  The Wind, My Chariot               [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#26189
 F   Lilith's Story                     Sandy Kulhavy -#26190
 SF  Tipping Point                      [@] Holly Schofield -#26191
 SF  B.E.T.A : An Epic History Of The Orion Arm. Teaser  Sam Bullers -#26192
 SF  Eddie Went                         Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#26193
 SF  Twilight of the Electric Shadows   Paul R. Hardy -#26194
 SF  Waves                              Evelyn Aschenbrenner -#26195
 SF  Why, Chromosome?                   Brian Koukol -#26196
 SF  Analog Signals                     Shawn Proctor -#26197
 SF  Anonymous Comment                  [@] David J Baker -#26198
 F   Arriving Dawn                      Courtney Hines -#26199
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 18-21  Michelle Johnson -#26200
 SF  Minor Traders Chapter 1            J. Lael Freeman -#26201
 SF  Fid's Crusade                      David Reiss -#26202
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 6-9  Andy Lee -#26203
 SF  Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story   Priscilla Soares-Wilson -#26204
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 5-6    Magnus D. Jorgensen -#26205
 F   The Boy Who Didn't Know How to Recognize a King  Mark Painter -#26206
 SF  After an Accident                  Zach Lindsey -#26207

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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... SPACE TRAVEL - A SCIENCE FICTION WRITER'S GUIDE by BEN BOVA
An indispensible guide for science fiction writers
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1231
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Descent                            Magnus D. Jorgensen -#26183

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   An Apprentice's Luck               Bill Kenney -#26031

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, Introduction and Chapter 1  Allison Davis -#26017

In the comics workshop - http://critique.org/comics :
 CO  Bureau of Beasties                 Charlie Boatner -#25820

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   Treasure Seeker                    Leena Naidoo -#26184

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  The Girl That Never Was            [mpc] Jack Calverley -#26185
 F   Games of the Grey Gods, Draft 3, Chapters 26-28  Russell Adams -#26186
 H   Who I Am                           Carl Alves -#26187
 F   Conflict Calories                  Fred Obermeyer -#26188
 SF  The Wind, My Chariot               [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#26189
 F   Lilith's Story                     Sandy Kulhavy -#26190
 SF  Tipping Point                      [@] Holly Schofield -#26191
 SF  B.E.T.A : An Epic History Of The Orion Arm. Teaser  Sam Bullers -#26192
 SF  Eddie Went                         Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#26193
 SF  Twilight of the Electric Shadows   Paul R. Hardy -#26194
 SF  Waves                              Evelyn Aschenbrenner -#26195
 SF  Why, Chromosome?                   Brian Koukol -#26196
 SF  Analog Signals                     Shawn Proctor -#26197
 SF  Anonymous Comment                  [@] David J Baker -#26198
 F   Arriving Dawn                      Courtney Hines -#26199
 F   The Quicksilver Conspiracy, Chapters 18-21  Michelle Johnson -#26200
 SF  Minor Traders Chapter 1            J. Lael Freeman -#26201
 SF  Fid's Crusade                      David Reiss -#26202
 F   Holly the Great: The Iron Maiden Chapter 6-9  Andy Lee -#26203
 SF  Star Nation ~ Flash SCI-FI Story   Priscilla Soares-Wilson -#26204
 F   The Ertensea Chronicles, Ch 5-6    Magnus D. Jorgensen -#26205
 F   The Boy Who Didn't Know How to Recognize a King  Mark Painter -#26206
 SF  After an Accident                  Zach Lindsey -#26207
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You might also like... CONQUERING THE FILM AND TELEVISION AUDITION by KEVIN SCOTT ALLEN
The ultimate guide to giving a great Film and Television Audition!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1508

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 WINDS OF ALTAIR by BEN BOVA
Altair VI isn't making it easy to Terraform! By six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1207

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