New entry Jul 15
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.
is Dying has been Replaced
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]
Notes for 22-Jul-2015... Just heard that Ben Bova's THE EXILES TRILOGY was highlighted in Discover Magazine as one of the top ten sources that inspired people's interest in science! ReAnimus Press publishes this little feller (and as always, sales benefit the Critters Fund Drive). W00t! ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1122 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B005V54Z1O/?tag=critters3a-20 -+- To avoid confusion, The Glamorous Geek's Guide to Surviving the Real World guest blog has moved to its own site, where I'm helping Roger publish his thoughts through ReAnimus Press. There's a new entry ("Decorating Your Workspace - Sexist calendars say 'fire me'"), at: www.rogerpseudonym.com If you want to get notices about future Glamorous Geek posts, there's an email notification signup on the site. -+- Woohoo! Congratulations to... - Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Clay Soldiers" to Daily Science Fiction. - Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Safe Bet to Appelane" to Perihelion. - Fred Obermeyer, who sold his short story, "Carrying the Apocalypse to Term" to Creepy Campfire Quarterly. Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page. -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 3 critiques (at time of judging), averaging over 1000 words each, goes to... Sara Reller 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.) -+- 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Critters Workshop ---------------------------------------------------------------------- This week we have... [get from http://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]... Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 22-Jul-2015 (Crits due 29-Jul-2015): F On The Surface [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#25033 SF Hunting el Chupacabra [mpc] Christoph Weber -#25034 F The Vampire Joseph part 1 - Primal Skies #10 Kim Smeltzer -#25035 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 22-24_partial_ Russell Adams -#25036 SF The Beaten Path Jennifer Michaud -#25037 H Madness at Midsummer Anna Salonen -#25038 H Krevlich's Dragonflies Kristopher Horton -#25039 H What Doesn't Kill You, Part 1 Debra Crichlow -#25040 SF A Woman Named Jesus J. E. Bates -#25041 F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Christopher J. Piatti -#25042 SF Awaiting Recompense Derrick Boden -#25043 SF Trade Route Ch 3 Curtis Manges -#25044 SF Flesh Gary Hurtubise -#25045 SF Pixel Heart Draft 2 Will Milner -#25046 F Heaven Bird Beth Goder -#25047 SF Catalyst Todd Honeycutt -#25048 H Devil's Playmates Chapter 3 Ronald Hurst -#25049 SF Another Creator chad ricord -#25050 F Black Order 1: Ch1 rvsn. & Ch2 Todd Cheney -#25051 SF The Perfect Die, Chapters 4-5 S S Bishara -#25052 SF The Purloined Perfume of the Pliocene David Beavers -#25053 H Leucosia Louis-Michel LeCompte -#25054 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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... ICE AGE by JOHN AND MARY GRIBBIN The theory that came in from the cold... http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1420 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit : L Good Horses, Chapters 3-4 Amy Spang -#25032 In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery : M H_a_unted Adegoke A. -#24972 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 : YL The Stubbs", entire novel Catherine E. Davis -#24973 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 Midsummer Dreams, Chapters 1-3 Latina Gilyard -#24829 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 : F On The Surface [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#25033 SF Hunting el Chupacabra [mpc] Christoph Weber -#25034 F The Vampire Joseph part 1 - Primal Skies #10 Kim Smeltzer -#25035 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 22-24_partial_ Russell Adams -#25036 SF The Beaten Path Jennifer Michaud -#25037 H Madness at Midsummer Anna Salonen -#25038 H Krevlich's Dragonflies Kristopher Horton -#25039 H What Doesn't Kill You, Part 1 Debra Crichlow -#25040 SF A Woman Named Jesus J. E. Bates -#25041 F The Wizard's Roman Revolution Christopher J. Piatti -#25042 SF Awaiting Recompense Derrick Boden -#25043 SF Trade Route Ch 3 Curtis Manges -#25044 SF Flesh Gary Hurtubise -#25045 SF Pixel Heart Draft 2 Will Milner -#25046 F Heaven Bird Beth Goder -#25047 SF Catalyst Todd Honeycutt -#25048 H Devil's Playmates Chapter 3 Ronald Hurst -#25049 SF Another Creator chad ricord -#25050 F Black Order 1: Ch1 rvsn. & Ch2 Todd Cheney -#25051 SF The Perfect Die, Chapters 4-5 S S Bishara -#25052 SF The Purloined Perfume of the Pliocene David Beavers -#25053 H Leucosia Louis-Michel LeCompte -#25054 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS by BEN BOVA Secrets from the 6-time BEST EDITOR Hugo Award Master! http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1144 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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com). 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 PERSEUS BREED by KEVIN EGAN Every 30 years, beautiful women mysteriously vanish from the Earth http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1414