New entry Apr 10
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.
The Sigil TrilogyIf 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.
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)
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.
is Dying has been Replaced
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]
Notes for 15-Apr-2015... So, yeah, I've been pretty bad about blogging recently. :) I've got a plan to do something about that! (This post isn't it.) I'll be having a guest blogger take some turns, so watch this space. I think you'll find it quite interesting. Meanwhile, I posted a new analysis y'all Critterfolk might enjoy. I saw Neil Clarke post a list of most-common short story titles submitted to his market. Interesting, I thought. I wonder what the most common titles have been in Critters. Critters has seen about 25,000 submissions, so it should be a comparable data set to his. Well, they are... Continued at www.critters.org/c/blog ... :) -+- Critters Fund Drive news... I'm checking out Square's "cash.me" as an alternative to PayPal for contributing to Critters. For those who don't like PayPal, "cash.me" appears to be very simple to use: You visit www.cash.me/$AndrewBurt , type in the amount you'd like to donate, enter your debit card #, and away it goes. (Square is the place that does the funky little credit card reader for smart phones that a lot of people use to sell stuff at science fiction conventions and whatnot, so they're a "square" place to work with.) So, anyone want to help me test this out? If you've been thinking about donating to the fund drive, give this a try, and let me know with an email that you did it so I can verify it was received. Looks pretty slick, but I want to make sure it's as simple as it looks. Thanks! -+- Also helping out the Critters Fund Drive are sales of this book from ReAnimus Press... COSMIC COINCIDENCES by John Gribbin and Martin Rees - $4.99 WAS THE UNIVERSE MADE FOR MAN? ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1453 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00S75ILB0/?tag=critters3a-20 (paperback out soon) MARTIN REES is a professor of astronomy and a colleague of Stephen Hawking's at Cambridge University. He is one of the world's leading theorists in the field of astrophysics. JOHN GRIBBIN, science writer and cosmologist, is the author of many books, including In Search of the Big Bang, In Search of the Double Helix, and Q is for Quantum. Is our universe the only one of its kind or are there others? Is it just a coincidence that life evolved on Earth or are the remarkable and unusual set of circumstances that brought about the emergence of humankind part of some deeper mystery that reveals an as yet unknown cosmic purpose? A provocative search through space and time for a cosmic blueprint--and the source of life in the universe In this intriguing exploration of our relationship with the universe, eminent physicist Martin Rees and acclaimed science writer John Gribbin search for the grand design of the universe--and the meaning of the so-called coincidences that allow life to exist on our planet. Rees and Gribbin present the advances in understanding the nature of dark matter (which controls the dynamics, structure, and eventual fate of the universe), explore mini and massive black holes, brown dwarfs, and novel forms of matter such as quark nuggets. Along the way they fascinate us with what scientists have already discovered about cosmic strings, superstrings, and the elusive TOE (theory of everything). They also speculate on the possibility of the existence of other universes and of other intelligent life in our own. An expert, exhilarating tour of cosmic evolution and human destiny. Cosmic Coincidences' investigation sheds new light on the monumental questions of why our universe is the way it is and why we are here. -+- Speaking of the Fund Drive, thanks for the donations, folks! We are 62.1% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 105 donors, leaving about $1700 to go. Thanks especially to Robert Joncas Juliana Rew for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated! [See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.] -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 7 critiques (at time of judging), averaging over 800 words each, goes to... Sarah Hodge 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 Hugo Award Master, Ben Bova: THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Critters Workshop ---------------------------------------------------------------------- This week we have... [get from http://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]... Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 15-Apr-2015 (Crits due 22-Apr-2015): SF Too Much to Dream Richard Zwicker -#24740 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 13-15 Russell Adams -#24741 SF Stone Age Vacation Michael Andre-Driussi -#24742 H Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze Rayne Hall -#24743 F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 1 - Caleros Joel E. Roosa -#24744 SF The Way Home Al Williams -#24745 SF The Seahorse Fathers Learned Foote -#24746 SF Match of the Day Iain Ishbel -#24747 F War of the Wizards Christopher J. Piatti -#24748 F The Black Queen Chapter 1 Chad Willson -#24749 SF Messin' With Slavers C. John Griffin -#24750 F The Beginning of the End Traci Loudin -#24751 SF Last Janitor of the Divine Eric Schwitzgebel -#24752 SF Subdued, Chapter 7 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24753 F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple -#24754 F Viraetes Island Part 2 Miah Goodreau -#24755 SF The Trials Katherine Fairbanks -#24756 SF The Guests Dart Omran -#24757 F A Measure of Sin Sian Chapman -#24758 F Zeltis chapters 1-5 Shanna C. Larsen -#24759 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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... 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit : L Two Easy Pieces Charles Hand -#24718 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 : YA Ancestor - Chapter 2-4 Heidi Loney -#24600 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 Settle Down Now Leena Naidoo -#24580 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 : SF Too Much to Dream Richard Zwicker -#24740 F God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 13-15 Russell Adams -#24741 SF Stone Age Vacation Michael Andre-Driussi -#24742 H Nine Rings of Silver, One of Bronze Rayne Hall -#24743 F Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 1 - Caleros Joel E. Roosa -#24744 SF The Way Home Al Williams -#24745 SF The Seahorse Fathers Learned Foote -#24746 SF Match of the Day Iain Ishbel -#24747 F War of the Wizards Christopher J. Piatti -#24748 F The Black Queen Chapter 1 Chad Willson -#24749 SF Messin' With Slavers C. John Griffin -#24750 F The Beginning of the End Traci Loudin -#24751 SF Last Janitor of the Divine Eric Schwitzgebel -#24752 SF Subdued, Chapter 7 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24753 F Child of the House Kaitlyn Whipple -#24754 F Viraetes Island Part 2 Miah Goodreau -#24755 SF The Trials Katherine Fairbanks -#24756 SF The Guests Dart Omran -#24757 F A Measure of Sin Sian Chapman -#24758 F Zeltis chapters 1-5 Shanna C. Larsen -#24759 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... THE HAMLET TRAP by KATE WILHELM http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1438 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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 OBSERVERS by DAMON KNIGHT The alien plague returns, and CV is part of the sinister solution. http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1458