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Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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 who's 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

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.


I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

Free Web Sites

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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!

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're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Weekly Notes

Notes for 27-Sep-2023...

The Critters Fund Drive is being supported this week by sales of yer ol' Critter Captain's new SF novel, about AI, biotech, and lots more!


		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1733
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B0CHFYBF41/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (pre-order now - available Oct.15 in ebook + hardcover + paperback)

Not too far in the future, terrorists who hate modern civilization hope to wreak unrelenting destruction when they get their hands on powerful military AI software -- ultimately forcing life altering decisions in a race to save the very existence of humanity. Against this backdrop, Weston Foard must juggle a championship chess match while falling in love with Jasmina Simonis, the soulmate who would upend his life; Chris Giordano is writing a book about the best people on Earth while being stalked by a terrorist; and software genius Martin Sandoval is recruited to work with a mysterious woman to disarm the terrorists' software while trying to prevent his prosthetic arm from going amok. It's about the future of AIs, biotech, immortality, the perils of technology--so, the future of humanity--plus a bit of chess, a bit of humor, a bit of romance, a bit of philosophy on how society would deal with such threats and opportunities, and much more. Termination of Species is very timely with the rise of generative AI and other recent advances in technology.
"In Termination of Species, Andrew Burt puts so many pieces into play--ideas and warnings and opportunities that may lie just ahead--that 'The Future' will never be the same." 
--David Brin.
"A very intriguing, multiway view on the future of AI. It's not just the humans who have something to worry about."
--Vernor Vinge


Thanks for the donations, folks!  We are 85.6% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 138 donors, leaving about $700 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Philip Lindeman
	Lin Faloon

for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated!

[See https://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.]

Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Renan Bernardo, who sold his short story, "A Lifeline of Silk"
	to Robotic Ambitions (by Apex).

	- Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The
	Light and the Dark" to On the Premises.

	- David Lee Zweifler, who sold his (Critter'd) short story,
	"Getting Better" to Dragon Gems.

	- David Lee Zweifler, who sold his short story, "Stuck In The
	Middle" to Nature Futures.

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 almost 1300 words each, goes to...

	Frances Sterne

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
Critters Workshop

This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
     Title                      	Author
Week of 27-Sep-2023 (Crits due 4-Oct-2023):
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 31  Eric Wilson -#31181
 F   Enchantress-Book-1-ch-07-08        Lawrence A. Clough -#31182
 SF  Uzduk, pt. 1                       Becky Neher -#31183
 F   People of Glass p3 of 3 Novella    James Brian Ross -#31184
 SF  Pixel Density                      Shannon Dindia -#31185
 H   The One-Armed Bandit               Matthew Olson -#31186
 SF  Starlet's Thoughts                 Joel Stanley -#31187

Recommended books on writing:

	ReAnimus Press Store: https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: https://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | https://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
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8

	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
Because you might enjoy it... FITZROY by JOHN AND MARY GRIBBIN
The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast
Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   My Tutor is an Alien, Ch. 1        Anastasia Haueter -#31060

In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  I *Experience*, Therefore I Am     Robin niCathain -#30061

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Should I Stay                      Ellis Clay -#30600

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YA  How A Teenage Witch Finds a Soul for Dummies, Chapter 1  Ronda Tuschhoff -#31180

In the comics workshop - https://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Magna. logline/ synopsis           Brent Claridge -#28885

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Currently Untitled                 Aleksandr Vincente Hoang -#30472

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   For Her Honor Chapters 1-5         Morgan Stevens -#31119

In the video workshop - https://critique.org/video :
 VS  The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp     Jay DeTalente -#21424

In the music workshop - https://critique.org/music :
 MP  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song  Beth Zurkowski -#21675

In the photo workshop - https://critique.org/photo :
 PH  Tea and Gossip                     Sandy Kulhavy -#30875

In the art workshop - https://critique.org/art :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - https://critique.org/website :
 WW  Franklin's Palindromedary          Ray N. Franklin -#29498

In the critters workshop - https://critique.org/critters :
 F   The Wizards from Beyond: Chapter 31  Eric Wilson -#31181
 F   Enchantress-Book-1-ch-07-08        Lawrence A. Clough -#31182
 SF  Uzduk, pt. 1                       Becky Neher -#31183
 F   People of Glass p3 of 3 Novella    James Brian Ross -#31184
 SF  Pixel Density                      Shannon Dindia -#31185
 H   The One-Armed Bandit               Matthew Olson -#31186
 SF  Starlet's Thoughts                 Joel Stanley -#31187

You might also like... THE STAR CONQUERORS by BEN BOVA
Bova's most sought-after book is now an ebook!

Standard notes:

If you need help with anything, see https://www.critters.org/help -- there
are FAQs and a form to ask questions.

Critters is donation funded & volunteer run, so if you'd like to
help out with our current fund drive or otherwise, please visit
https://www.critters.org/donate.php -- Thanks!!

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 https://www.critters.org/antispam.ht .)

You may also send your critiques via https://www.critters.org/webcrit.ht .

Note that all critiques will be available to everyone to read the next Saturday.

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 https://www.critters.org/diplomacy.ht for more...

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.)

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 https://www.critters.org/newsgroups.ht
web page for full info, guidelines, etc.)  Don't post stories or critiques
(mail those to critters@critique.org).

Please pare the ms. down if critiquing in-line (don't quote the whole ms.!).
Other format rules are at https://www.critters.org/format.ht .

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 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.

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 https://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.)

If you're unable to reach www.critters.org to get manuscripts, I've set up
an emergency backup site at https://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!

If you want to quit or go inactive, drop by https://www.critters.org/admin.ht .

Critters is funded by donations, so visit https://www.critters.org/donate.php
if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... TERMINATION OF SPECIES by ANDREW BURT
 Terrorists who hate modern civilization threaten humanity with military AI software 

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