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Critter Notices

Critters is 21!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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)

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!

Interviewed!

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, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

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

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!

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 11-Jan-2017...

This week's new release helping out the ol' Critters Fund Drive from ReAnimus Press is...

	RECKONING INFINITY by John E. Stith - $7.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1544
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp//?tag=critters3a-20
		(also available in paperback)

		
	A riveting exploration of what it means to be an alien...and what
	it means to be human. Explorers sent deep into the interior of a
	moon-sized alien visitor may wind up dead before they discover
	the visitor's secrets. The team includes a woman who received
	several bionic replacements after an accident and the man she
	blames for the accident. Could be thought of as Rendezvous with
	Rama meets A Journey to the Center of the Earth. On the Science
	Fiction Chronicle best of year list. Chosen by the New York Public
	Library as one of their Best Books for Young Adults. Winner of the
	Colorado Authors' League Top Hand Award. Reached the preliminary
	Nebula Award ballot. Science Fiction Book Club selection.

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Last few days of the P&E / Critters Annual Readers Poll! Vote for your
favorite authors/artists/books/stories/web sites/etc/etc/etc/etc :)
www.critters.org/predpoll

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Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 81.3% of the way to the 2016 fund
drive goal with contributions from 113 donors, leaving about $600 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Kristen Bickerstaff
	Roy Booth
	john griffin

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...

	- Rebecca DeVendra, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "A
	Packhorse For Your Silly Memes" to Outliers of Speculative Fiction
	Vol. 2, Editor L.A. Little. {This story was crittered under the
	title, "And No More Cat Pictures..." Without the helpful crits,
	I couldn't have revised this and hit the home run. Thanks all!}

	- Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Stars Above, Stars Below"
	is now out in the current issue of Unsung Stories.


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 almost 900 words each, goes to...

	Ashleigh Richie

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 11-Jan-2017 (Crits due 18-Jan-2017):
 F   Conceive, Believe, Grieve          [mpc] Shawn Proctor -#26474
 F   Cracked Reflections prologue       Joanna Hoyt -#26475
 SF  The Human Touch                    Leena Naidoo -#26476
 SF  An Island Too Lovely, Chap 1-2     Deborah Kaminski -#26477
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 2  Joy Landa -#26478
 SF  Children of Clay, Chapters 8-10    Ono Ekeh -#26479
 F   Chalice, Chapters 2-3              Stephanie Leland -#26480
 SF  The Form                           Avan Stallard -#26481
 SF  Farewell to Earth and Landing on Gaia  Amy Hammack Turner -#26482
 SF  Welcome to Earth                   Mark Painter -#26483
 F   The End of the Line                Emily Randall -#26484
 SF  Dark Dreams of Red                 Tom Flintoff -#26485
 SF  The Great Curve 0.5 part two       Brad Horner -#26486
 SF  A Strategy of Pure Genius          Madison Culler -#26487
 SF  Hatecars                           William Broom -#26488
 SF  Fitzhugh vs. Fitzhugh, or The Thirteenth Amendment  Douglas Kolacki -#26489
 F   Now Until the End                  Kristen Bickerstaff -#26490
 F   Hip Magicians Know the Way         Eric Rosenfield -#26491
 SF  The Homeless Solution              John Macgregor -#26492

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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... THE FUTURIANS by DAMON KNIGHT
The inside, illustrated history of the brilliant Futurians  - Asimov, Blish, Pohl, et al.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1423
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   His Last Days                      Stephanie Mallen -#26404

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 T   The Parking Ticket                 Art Jeffries -#26472

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 :
 YL  The Maker                          David Anderson -#26353

In the comics workshop - http://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Metropolise, Chapter 1             Carina Mchardy -#26473

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   To Treasure All These Things - RFDF  Christine Lebednik -#26313

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   Conceive, Believe, Grieve          [mpc] Shawn Proctor -#26474
 F   Cracked Reflections prologue       Joanna Hoyt -#26475
 SF  The Human Touch                    Leena Naidoo -#26476
 SF  An Island Too Lovely, Chap 1-2     Deborah Kaminski -#26477
 SF  Astera Vol1 - Ep 2: Love Me Do - Part 2  Joy Landa -#26478
 SF  Children of Clay, Chapters 8-10    Ono Ekeh -#26479
 F   Chalice, Chapters 2-3              Stephanie Leland -#26480
 SF  The Form                           Avan Stallard -#26481
 SF  Farewell to Earth and Landing on Gaia  Amy Hammack Turner -#26482
 SF  Welcome to Earth                   Mark Painter -#26483
 F   The End of the Line                Emily Randall -#26484
 SF  Dark Dreams of Red                 Tom Flintoff -#26485
 SF  The Great Curve 0.5 part two       Brad Horner -#26486
 SF  A Strategy of Pure Genius          Madison Culler -#26487
 SF  Hatecars                           William Broom -#26488
 SF  Fitzhugh vs. Fitzhugh, or The Thirteenth Amendment  Douglas Kolacki -#26489
 F   Now Until the End                  Kristen Bickerstaff -#26490
 F   Hip Magicians Know the Way         Eric Rosenfield -#26491
 SF  The Homeless Solution              John Macgregor -#26492
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You might also like... THE BLEEDING MAN AND OTHER SCIENCE FICTION STORIES by CRAIG STRETE
A great collection of Native American Science Fiction. Yes, you read that right!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1485

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... GUARDIANS OF THE DESERT by LEONA WISOKER
Book 2 of the Children of the Desert series.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1450

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