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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!

Free Web Sites

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

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)

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)

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

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 29-Oct-2014...


W00t! Major new release from ReAnimus Press!-- DEAR AMERICA: LETTERS
HOME FROM VIETNAM, edited by Bernard Edelman for The New York Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Commission 

	Available at: www.ReAnimus.com/1413

***ADVANCE READER COPY*** This is a pre-release, advance reader copy. When
released it will be exclusively available on Amazon, so this is your
chance to get it now, in both Kindle (.mobi) and iPad/Nook/Android
(.epub) formats. A ReAnimus Press store exclusive!

The bestselling book and basis for the Emmy award-winning documentary
(Robert DeNiro, Robert Downey Jr., Robin Williams...) -- is now available
in ebook edition!

Decades after the end of the Vietnam War, Dear America allows
us to witness the war firsthand through the eyes of the men and women
who served in Vietnam. In this collection of more than 200 letters,
they share their first impressions of the rigors of life in the bush,
their longing for home and family, their emotions over the conduct of
the war, and their ache at the loss of a friend in battle.

"What makes this book special is its honesty. The letters are real;
there is no embellishment. You keep turning pages because you're finding
out—for the first time—who our Vietnam soldiers were and
are. They are the many voices of America."
--Sydney Schanberg, author of The Death and Life of Dith Pran, basis of
the award-winning film The Killing Fields

"Here is the sad and beautiful countermelody of truth, audible at last,
now that we have trashed the drums and cymbals of yet another senseless war."
--Kurt Vonnegut

(Proceeds benefiting the Critters fund drive as always.)

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I'm closer to having the forums moved over -- they're now at
www.critique.org/forums . I'm sure various forumy things aren't working right
yet, but in general they "should work."

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Speaking of the fund drive, it's been lagging this year. The Google ads are
down from normal as well. All told, we're at about 25% of funds needed to keep
Critters operating for the year, and it's, ah, let's see, just about
November...

I try to keep things low-key on the fund drive front, none of that
Public TV/Radio concept of "we're holding your programming hostage
until you call" type stuff :) and not even the wikipedia-like Giganticus
Webpageus hostage screen calling for donations. I suspect the ReAnimus
announcements are a bit irksome to some, but unfortunately if it weren't for
those we'd be even farther behind. (Plus the books are pretty good IMHO.) :)

So if anyone has thoughts on not-in-your-face ways to raise the funds needed,
I'd love to hear your ideas.

Until then, I'll just use the usual tag line, 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!

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Irene Ying (publishing as Kara Lee), who sold her (Critter'd)
	short story, "A Study in Bronze" to Mirror Dance. {This was
	Crittered twice and improved massively both times! Thanks to
	everyone who offered feedback and encouragement.}

	- Dom Dulley, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Washout"
	to The Novel Fox.

	- Rati Mehrotra, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Anjali" is now
	out in the current issue of Inscription Magazine. {Thanks to
	everyone who critiqued 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 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 6800 words each, goes to...

	Marie Ming

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 29-Oct-2014 (Crits due 5-Nov-2014):
 SF  The Escape                         Joe Walker -#24220
 SF  Raspberry                          Christian Roberts -#24221
 SF  Global Village Idiots              Charles Hand -#24222
 SF  Ants on a Trestle                  Elliotte Rusty Harold -#24223
 SF  The Stag                           Kristopher Horton -#24224
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8      Kaitlyn Boggs -#24225
 SF  Wannabee                           Liz Heldmann -#24226
 SF  Titan - Chapter 1                  Samara Lo -#24227
 F   Obfuscate - Chapter Two            Killion Slade -#24228
 H   Immram                             Patrick Sanders -#24229
 SF  Nested Dolls                       Jason Lopez -#24230
 SF  The Years Ahead                    [@] David John Baker -#24231
 H   The Molt                           Drew Krull -#24232
 F   The Voice                          Traci Loudin -#24233
 SF  Fusers                             [@] Will McIntosh -#24234
 F   Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue  Steven Craig Hickman -#24235
 SF  Extraordinary                      Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#24236
 SF  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman -#24237
 SF  The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One  Adrian Prabowo -#24238
 F   The Taste of Rain                  Kelsey Snyder -#24239

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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... CROWN OF THE SERPENT by ALLEN L. WOLD
Rikard Braeth - think Indiana Jones in space
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1389
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Key to Mediocrity                  Charlene Hansom -#24216

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Ice Cream Man, Chap 14-15          Charles Puccia -#24156

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  Timecrash Wildlife - Chapter 1     Sarah Little -#24217
 YA  Heartywired Chapters 1-2           Tlotlo Tsamaase -#24218

In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western :
 W   The Things a Puncher Does For Money  Frank Coombs -#22499

In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance :
 R   Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter  Melanie DeWitt -#24219

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 :
 AO  Wild White Horse                   Fran Eisemann -#21370

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

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 SF  The Escape                         Joe Walker -#24220
 SF  Raspberry                          Christian Roberts -#24221
 SF  Global Village Idiots              Charles Hand -#24222
 SF  Ants on a Trestle                  Elliotte Rusty Harold -#24223
 SF  The Stag                           Kristopher Horton -#24224
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8      Kaitlyn Boggs -#24225
 SF  Wannabee                           Liz Heldmann -#24226
 SF  Titan - Chapter 1                  Samara Lo -#24227
 F   Obfuscate - Chapter Two            Killion Slade -#24228
 H   Immram                             Patrick Sanders -#24229
 SF  Nested Dolls                       Jason Lopez -#24230
 SF  The Years Ahead                    [@] David John Baker -#24231
 H   The Molt                           Drew Krull -#24232
 F   The Voice                          Traci Loudin -#24233
 SF  Fusers                             [@] Will McIntosh -#24234
 F   Wynterhaven _The Mystruins Saga: Book One_ Prologue  Steven Craig Hickman -#24235
 SF  Extraordinary                      Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#24236
 SF  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman -#24237
 SF  The Silent Assassin, Act One, Book One, Chapter One  Adrian Prabowo -#24238
 F   The Taste of Rain                  Kelsey Snyder -#24239
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You might also like... 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

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... PHOENIX WITHOUT ASHES by HARLAN ELLISON and ED BRYANT
Harlan Ellison! What more needs be said?!? The novel of his award-winning script
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1266