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Critter Notices

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.

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.

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)

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

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 15-Apr-2015...


So, yeah, I've been pretty bad about blogging recently. :) I've got a
plan to do something about that! (This post isn't it.) I'll be having a
guest blogger take some turns, so watch this space. I think you'll find
it quite interesting. Meanwhile, I posted a new analysis y'all Critterfolk
might enjoy.

I saw Neil Clarke post a list of most-common short story titles
submitted to his market. Interesting, I thought. I wonder what the most
common titles have been in Critters. Critters has seen about 25,000
submissions, so it should be a comparable data set to his. Well, they are...

Continued at www.critters.org/c/blog ... :)

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Critters Fund Drive news... I'm checking out Square's "cash.me" as an
alternative to PayPal for contributing to Critters. For those who don't
like PayPal, "cash.me" appears to be very simple to use: You visit
www.cash.me/$AndrewBurt , type in the amount you'd like to donate,
enter your debit card #, and away it goes. (Square is the place that does
the funky little credit card reader for smart phones that a lot of people
use to sell stuff at science fiction conventions and whatnot, so they're
a "square" place to work with.)

So, anyone want to help me test this out? If you've been thinking about
donating to the fund drive, give this a try, and let me know with an email
that you did it so I can verify it was received. Looks pretty slick, but
I want to make sure it's as simple as it looks. Thanks!

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Also helping out the Critters Fund Drive are sales of this book from
ReAnimus Press...

        COSMIC COINCIDENCES by John Gribbin and Martin Rees - $4.99
        WAS THE UNIVERSE MADE FOR MAN?

                ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1453
                Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00S75ILB0/?tag=critters3a-20
		(paperback out soon)

	MARTIN REES is a professor of astronomy and a colleague of
	Stephen Hawking's at Cambridge University. He is one of the
	world's leading theorists in the field of astrophysics.

	JOHN GRIBBIN, science writer and cosmologist, is the author
	of many books, including In Search of the Big Bang, In Search of
	the Double Helix, and Q is for Quantum.

	Is our universe the only one of its kind or are there others? Is
	it just a coincidence that life evolved on Earth or are the
	remarkable and unusual set of circumstances that brought about
	the emergence of humankind part of some deeper mystery that
	reveals an as yet unknown cosmic purpose? A provocative search
	through space and time for a cosmic blueprint--and the source
	of life in the universe

	In this intriguing exploration of our relationship with
	the universe, eminent physicist Martin Rees and acclaimed
	science writer John Gribbin search for the grand design of the
	universe--and the meaning of the so-called coincidences that
	allow life to exist on our planet. Rees and Gribbin present
	the advances in understanding the nature of dark matter (which
	controls the dynamics, structure, and eventual fate of the
	universe), explore mini and massive black holes, brown dwarfs,
	and novel forms of matter such as quark nuggets. Along the way
	they fascinate us with what scientists have already discovered
	about cosmic strings, superstrings, and the elusive TOE (theory
	of everything). They also speculate on the possibility of the
	existence of other universes and of other intelligent life in our
	own. An expert, exhilarating tour of cosmic evolution and human
	destiny. Cosmic Coincidences' investigation sheds new light on
	the monumental questions of why our universe is the way it is
	and why we are here.

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Speaking of the Fund Drive, thanks for the donations, folks! We are 62.1%
of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 105 donors,
leaving about $1700 to go. Thanks especially to

	Robert Joncas
	Juliana Rew

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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This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 7 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 800 words each, goes to...

	Sarah Hodge

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 15-Apr-2015 (Crits due 22-Apr-2015):
 SF  Too Much to Dream                  Richard Zwicker -#24740
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 13-15  Russell Adams -#24741
 SF  Stone Age Vacation                 Michael Andre-Driussi -#24742
 H   Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze  Rayne Hall -#24743
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 1 - Caleros  Joel E. Roosa -#24744
 SF  The Way Home                       Al Williams -#24745
 SF  The Seahorse Fathers               Learned Foote -#24746
 SF  Match of the Day                   Iain Ishbel -#24747
 F   War of the Wizards                 Christopher J. Piatti -#24748
 F   The Black Queen Chapter 1          Chad Willson -#24749
 SF  Messin' With Slavers               C. John Griffin -#24750
 F   The Beginning of the End           Traci Loudin -#24751
 SF  Last Janitor of the Divine         Eric Schwitzgebel -#24752
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 7                 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24753
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple -#24754
 F   Viraetes Island Part 2             Miah Goodreau -#24755
 SF  The Trials                         Katherine Fairbanks -#24756
 SF  The Guests                         Dart Omran -#24757
 F   A Measure of Sin                   Sian Chapman -#24758
 F   Zeltis chapters 1-5                Shanna C. Larsen -#24759

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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... THE EYE IN THE STONE by ALLEN L. WOLD
A quick family visit turns into a magical battle between good and evil
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1391
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Two Easy Pieces                    Charles Hand -#24718

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Mirror Man - Chapter 9-10          Jay Sauls -#24372

In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  Holding Down the Fort Chapter 1    Briana -#20954

In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script :
 SC  Bounty Hunters                     Avant Hall -#23842

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 YA  Ancestor - Chapter 2-4             Heidi Loney -#24600

In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western :
 W   God's Children in the Western Frontier  Mike Ackerman -#24475

In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance :
 R   Settle Down Now                    Leena Naidoo -#24580

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  Extinction by Proxy Cover          Eric Vargas -#24267

In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website :
 WW  Powerscript Website                Ronald Hurst -#22230

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 SF  Too Much to Dream                  Richard Zwicker -#24740
 F   God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 13-15  Russell Adams -#24741
 SF  Stone Age Vacation                 Michael Andre-Driussi -#24742
 H   Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze  Rayne Hall -#24743
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 1 - Caleros  Joel E. Roosa -#24744
 SF  The Way Home                       Al Williams -#24745
 SF  The Seahorse Fathers               Learned Foote -#24746
 SF  Match of the Day                   Iain Ishbel -#24747
 F   War of the Wizards                 Christopher J. Piatti -#24748
 F   The Black Queen Chapter 1          Chad Willson -#24749
 SF  Messin' With Slavers               C. John Griffin -#24750
 F   The Beginning of the End           Traci Loudin -#24751
 SF  Last Janitor of the Divine         Eric Schwitzgebel -#24752
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 7                 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24753
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple -#24754
 F   Viraetes Island Part 2             Miah Goodreau -#24755
 SF  The Trials                         Katherine Fairbanks -#24756
 SF  The Guests                         Dart Omran -#24757
 F   A Measure of Sin                   Sian Chapman -#24758
 F   Zeltis chapters 1-5                Shanna C. Larsen -#24759
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You might also like... THE HAMLET TRAP by KATE WILHELM

http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1438

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 newsgroups, found on the news server news.sff.net.
(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
for your choices.

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 OBSERVERS by DAMON KNIGHT
The alien plague returns, and CV is part of the sinister solution. 
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1458