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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.

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)

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.

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

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 28-Jan-2015...


The results are in in the P&E/Critters Annual Readers' Poll -- and
congratulations are in order for Critter member Chet Gottfried for his
first place win in the Young Adult Novel category for Einar and the
Cursed City! Chet also scored a 3rd place finish in the SF&F category
for The Gilded Basilisk. ( www.reanimus.com/authors/chetgottfried )

And for the first time in 17 years, Critters actually won in the
Workshops category! Thanks, everyone! (And no, I didn't do any particular
campaigning other than announce the vote in the weekly notes here,
as always.)

You can see the standings for all 36 categories at: www.critters.org/predpoll

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New from ReAnimus Press -- the sequel to (SFWA founder and Grand Master)
Damon Knight's novel "CV":

	THE OBSERVERS by Damon Knight - $3.99
	The alien plague returns... and CV is part of the sinister solution. 

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1458
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00SU8XWXQ/?tag=critters3a-20

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Abra SW, who reports "My post-apocalyptic steampunk novel is
	out!". {A Circus of Brass and Bone is available in print through
	Amazon and as an ebook at all major online retailers.}

	- Carl Alves, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Hail Mary"
	to AnotheRealm.

	- Carl Alves, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Ghost Tour" is
	now out in the current issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly.

	- Carl Alves, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Last Man Standing"
	is now out in the current issue of Best of Dark Eclipse.

	- Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story,
	"No-Brainer" to Perihelion Science Fiction.


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 11 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 500 words each, goes to...

	Robert Shmigelsky

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 28-Jan-2015 (Crits due 4-Feb-2015):
 F   Gathering of the Gifts, ch 2 Memory within a Memory  [mpc] Robert Shmigelsky -#24495
 F   Immortalis                         Carl Alves -#24496
 SF  Her Glimmering Facade              Eleanor R. Wood -#24497
 H   The Tear Collector                 Justin C. Key -#24498
 SF  Pathifier                          Jim Adam -#24499
 SF  Future Awakenings                  Anna Salonen -#24500
 H   Paranormal Romance                 M.B.Vujacic -#24501
 H   A Glimpse of Green                 Filip Wiltgren -#24502
 SF  A Time Traveler's Guide to Messing Up Your Life, ch. 1  Brian Wightman -#24503
 F   Abacot                             R. Leigh Hennig -#24504
 F   Civil Blood, Chapters 0-1          Chris Hepler -#24505
 SF  Killer Features                    Janis Zelcans -#24506
 SF  Shift                              Tania Robinson -#24507
 F   The Fixer                          Walter J. Wiese -#24508
 SF  Just Another Day in America        Amandeep Singh -#24509
 SF  See you soon, Mr. Travers          Yaroslav Barsukov -#24510
 F   A Good Friend                      Sarah Morgan -#24511
 H   Daisy Loved Dafodils               Race A. Dauer -#24512
 SF  Mission: Honeymoon                 Nessma A. Elsawy -#24513

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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... COSMIC COINCIDENCES by JOHN GRIBBIN AND MARTIN REES
A provocative search through space and time for a cosmic blueprint -  and the source of life in the universe.  
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1453
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Phosphorus Nation              Nessma A. Elsawy -#24396

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 :
 YL  The Inka Argus, Outline            Brian Wightman -#24494

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   The Truth in Harmony: What's Wrong with Harry?  Molly Layton -#24373

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   Gathering of the Gifts, ch 2 Memory within a Memory  [mpc] Robert Shmigelsky -#24495
 F   Immortalis                         Carl Alves -#24496
 SF  Her Glimmering Facade              Eleanor R. Wood -#24497
 H   The Tear Collector                 Justin C. Key -#24498
 SF  Pathifier                          Jim Adam -#24499
 SF  Future Awakenings                  Anna Salonen -#24500
 H   Paranormal Romance                 M.B.Vujacic -#24501
 H   A Glimpse of Green                 Filip Wiltgren -#24502
 SF  A Time Traveler's Guide to Messing Up Your Life, ch. 1  Brian Wightman -#24503
 F   Abacot                             R. Leigh Hennig -#24504
 F   Civil Blood, Chapters 0-1          Chris Hepler -#24505
 SF  Killer Features                    Janis Zelcans -#24506
 SF  Shift                              Tania Robinson -#24507
 F   The Fixer                          Walter J. Wiese -#24508
 SF  Just Another Day in America        Amandeep Singh -#24509
 SF  See you soon, Mr. Travers          Yaroslav Barsukov -#24510
 F   A Good Friend                      Sarah Morgan -#24511
 H   Daisy Loved Dafodils               Race A. Dauer -#24512
 SF  Mission: Honeymoon                 Nessma A. Elsawy -#24513
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You might also like... THE ALTERED EGO by JERRY SOHL
Why would anyone murder a man marked for full body and brain restoration?
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1360

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 SOLDIER'S DAUGHTER by ROBY JAMES
Sir William Wallace, the Scots hero, left his daughter three things...
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1342