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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

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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.

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

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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 26-Aug-2015...


I'm back in town after a bit of R&R, so I'm catching up on emails and such. :)

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New in the ReAnimus Press store...

	KATE WILHELM IN ORBIT, VOLUME 1&2 by Kate Wilhelm
	With an introduction by F&SF's Gordon Van Gelder.

		www.ReAnimus.com/1477

	From 1966 to 1980, Damon Knight created the Orbit anthologies
	series of science fiction, representing the finest writing in
	the genre. Nineteen of Kate Wilhelm's stories were included in
	this series of 21 volumes. Among these are "Where Late the Sweet
	Birds Sang," an exploration of infertility and cloning in the
	aftermath of global environmental collapse. It won the Locus,
	Jupiter, and Hugo Awards for Best Novel in 1977. "The Planners"
	reaches into the moral conflicts of a primate researcher, which
	won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story in 1968. Other stories
	include: a road trip into a woman's psyche; primal fears through
	the eyes of a wise and empathetic alien; an encounter in a bus
	depot during a raging winter storm; the first "interactive"
	reality TV show. Ms. Wilhelm's stories are prophetic, yet as
	recognizable as a story in this morning's paper.


Proceeds helping the Critters Fund Drive, as usual. Happy reading! :)

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This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 9 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 800 words each, goes to...

	Kevin Hallett

And Instant Winner(s) (for 10 MPC-eligible critiques):

	Robert Harpold

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 26-Aug-2015 (Crits due 2-Sep-2015):
 F   The Vampire Hunted part 1 - Primal Skies #12  Kim Smeltzer -#25134
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 7-8  Joel E. Roosa -#25135
 SF  Prayer for a Dead Passenger        Christian Roberts -#25136
 SF  Living in the Past in the Future   Marty Bonus -#25137
 SF  The Uninvited Guest                Larry Rachman -#25138
 F   Devil's Blood Second Draft Chapter 4  Sarah Jane Hodge -#25139
 H   The Blackbird                      Gwyn Case -#25140
 F   SOL Air                            Lori Phillips -#25141
 SF  Called Home                        [*] David John Baker -#25142
 F   Lost Dreamer, Chapter 2: Infuriating Desire  S. Escuadro -#25143
 SF  Mateo and the Minotaur             Todd Honeycutt -#25144
 SF  Seriously                          David Beavers -#25145
 SF  The Last Son of Lir                Patrick Sanders -#25146
 SF  New Century Adoption Clinic, Chapter 1  Eliot Bush -#25147
 H   Through the Eyes of the Werewolf Mask  Sean Whelan -#25148
 SF  Dreamer's Awakening, Chapter 1     Aubrey A. Sorenson -#25149
 SF  A Strange Purgatory                March Rogers -#25150
 SF  Oxymorons                          Arwen Spicer -#25151
 SF  Phenomena                          Daniel Rosen -#25152

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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... BY THE SEA by HENRY GEE
A gothic modern scientific fiction horror mystery...
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1410
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Good Horses, Chapter 5             Amy Spang -#25132
 L   2 Flash Fiction Stories            Mike Walton -#25133

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Mel Girard Takes the Heat _draft 2_  Lisa Nicholas -#25110

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   The Vampire Hunted part 1 - Primal Skies #12  Kim Smeltzer -#25134
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapters 7-8  Joel E. Roosa -#25135
 SF  Prayer for a Dead Passenger        Christian Roberts -#25136
 SF  Living in the Past in the Future   Marty Bonus -#25137
 SF  The Uninvited Guest                Larry Rachman -#25138
 F   Devil's Blood Second Draft Chapter 4  Sarah Jane Hodge -#25139
 H   The Blackbird                      Gwyn Case -#25140
 F   SOL Air                            Lori Phillips -#25141
 SF  Called Home                        [*] David John Baker -#25142
 F   Lost Dreamer, Chapter 2: Infuriating Desire  S. Escuadro -#25143
 SF  Mateo and the Minotaur             Todd Honeycutt -#25144
 SF  Seriously                          David Beavers -#25145
 SF  The Last Son of Lir                Patrick Sanders -#25146
 SF  New Century Adoption Clinic, Chapter 1  Eliot Bush -#25147
 H   Through the Eyes of the Werewolf Mask  Sean Whelan -#25148
 SF  Dreamer's Awakening, Chapter 1     Aubrey A. Sorenson -#25149
 SF  A Strange Purgatory                March Rogers -#25150
 SF  Oxymorons                          Arwen Spicer -#25151
 SF  Phenomena                          Daniel Rosen -#25152
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You might also like... THE BOX: AN ORAL HISTORY OF TELEVISION, 1920-1961 by JEFF KISSELOFF
An oral history of TV from those who were there 'Wondrous' - New York Times Book Review
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1336

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Because you might enjoy it... XENOSTORM: RISING by BRIAN CLEGG
Davy faces near-immortals...who want him dead.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1357