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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)

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

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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Weekly Notes


Notes for 04-May-2016...


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Thanks for the donations, folks!  We are 37.6% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 53 donors, leaving about $2100 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Russell Forden
	Richard Bamberg

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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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Mariah Avix, whose (Critter'd) podcast, "Relics: A Land
	Destroyed beta v.8.14" is now out in the current issue of 600
	Second Saga. {Thanks to some fantastic help from Critters
	(and their spouses!) my flash fiction piece was greatly
	transformed. It will be out on my 600 Second Saga podcast
	on Friday, May 6th. Listen at insani-x.com or on iTunes
	https://itun.es/us/l5MOab.c }

	- Brian Burt, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Lianhan Shee"
	to Otherworld Hearts anthology.

	- Gary Buller, who sold his short story,
	"The Way Out" to Deadman's Tome.
	{https://deadmanstome.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/the-way-out-by-gary-buller/}

	- Gary Buller, who sold his short story,
	"The Way Out" to Deadman's Tome.
	{https://deadmanstome.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/the-way-out-by-gary-buller/}

	- Gary Buller, who sold his short
	story, "Escape" to Deadman's Tome.
	{https://deadmanstome.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/escape-by-gary-buller-2/}

	- Karl Bunker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "They Have
	All One Breath" to Asimov's Science Fiction. {Thanks to all who
	crittered this!}


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 6 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 700 words each, goes to...

	Lora Gallman

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 4-May-2016 (Crits due 11-May-2016):
 F   Chocolate Change                   [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#25821
 F   TItle                              [mpc] Learned Foote -#25822
 SF  The Shadow Master                  Jeff Cates -#25823
 F   Just Like Pulling Fangs            Dave D'Alessio -#25824
 SF  4 U                                Christian Roberts -#25825
 SF  Millennium Cup                     Neal Williams -#25826
 SF  Too Many Historians on the Western Front  Paul R. Hardy -#25827
 F   The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship  Marc Criley -#25828
 SF  The Malfunctioning Heart           Lee P. Melling -#25829
 F   Tales of Maple Threestep: Spirits and Cinnamon Trees Part 2  Jeremiah Goodreau -#25830
 F   The Dragon's Artifice: Chapters1-2  Tom Tolman -#25831
 SF  Indigo Sunrise _Part I_            Sergey Shpaner -#25832
 H   Reincarnation                      Jen C.A. Morris -#25833
 F   The Stranger of the Lake           Chris Behrsin -#25834
 H   Tenants, Chapters 3-4              Kevin McClintock -#25835
 H   The Voices                         Elizabeth Darnall -#25836
 F   Vermin                             Jeffrey Hall -#25837
 SF  Ilavaw Chapter 1                   Helena Reilly -#25838
 F   The Resurrection, Intro and Chapter 1  Anne Beaulen -#25839
 F   Rebirth of Myrddin                 Erik Robinson -#25840
 SF  Tipping Point                      Iskandar Rakhimov -#25841

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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... BEYOND THE HEDGE by ROBY JAMES
A executive woman who has never had time for love stumbles into a land of magic, 200 years in the past.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1343
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Mustafa & The Heroes Chapter 2     Gayatri Chitale -#25701

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Good Baseball Man, Chapter 1       Charles PucciaB -#25452

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 :
 YS  Bear with Bear                     Hagit R Oron -#25789

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   A Grand Spectacle, Chapter 1       Kylie Gil -#25746

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 :
 F   Chocolate Change                   [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#25821
 F   TItle                              [mpc] Learned Foote -#25822
 SF  The Shadow Master                  Jeff Cates -#25823
 F   Just Like Pulling Fangs            Dave D'Alessio -#25824
 SF  4 U                                Christian Roberts -#25825
 SF  Millennium Cup                     Neal Williams -#25826
 SF  Too Many Historians on the Western Front  Paul R. Hardy -#25827
 F   The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship  Marc Criley -#25828
 SF  The Malfunctioning Heart           Lee P. Melling -#25829
 F   Tales of Maple Threestep: Spirits and Cinnamon Trees Part 2  Jeremiah Goodreau -#25830
 F   The Dragon's Artifice: Chapters1-2  Tom Tolman -#25831
 SF  Indigo Sunrise _Part I_            Sergey Shpaner -#25832
 H   Reincarnation                      Jen C.A. Morris -#25833
 F   The Stranger of the Lake           Chris Behrsin -#25834
 H   Tenants, Chapters 3-4              Kevin McClintock -#25835
 H   The Voices                         Elizabeth Darnall -#25836
 F   Vermin                             Jeffrey Hall -#25837
 SF  Ilavaw Chapter 1                   Helena Reilly -#25838
 F   The Resurrection, Intro and Chapter 1  Anne Beaulen -#25839
 F   Rebirth of Myrddin                 Erik Robinson -#25840
 SF  Tipping Point                      Iskandar Rakhimov -#25841
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You might also like... GHOSTS OF ENGINES PAST by SEAN MCMULLEN
Award winning Steampunk from a master!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1353

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... GHOSTS OF ENGINES PAST by SEAN MCMULLEN
Award winning Steampunk from a master!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1353

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