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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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 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

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 25-May-2016...


Thanks for the donations, folks!  We are 51.1% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 67 donors, leaving about $1700 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Janice Clark
	Ethan Jennings
	Troy McLaughlan
	sam cassidy

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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Benefitting the Critters Fund Drive, as usual, are sales of books like...

        TIMESHARE by Joshua Dann - $3.99 -- and sequels:
	TIMESHARE: SECOND TIME AROUND
	TIMESHARE: A TIME FOR WAR

                ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1512
                ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1518
                ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1519
                Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01FNJ5AIY/?tag=critters3a-20
                Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01FNJ5AHA/?tag=critters3a-20
                Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01FNJ5AR0/?tag=critters3a-20
                All also available in paperback
        
        Have you ever wished you could go back to the good old days?
        At Timeshare Unlimited, you can. It's a very special travel agency...


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my profile of
	E. Lily Yu". {http://file770.com/?p=29048}

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with
	Patrick Hemstreet". {http://file770.com/?p=29012}

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my humorous
	profile of Auston Habershaw". {http://file770.com/?p=28983}

	- Leena Naidoo, who reports "I got to interview Alan
	Dean Foster for my scifi-fantasy blog feature!". {It
	really was a wish come true! Find the interview here:
	https://leennanaidoo.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/interview-with-alan-dean-foster-writer-educator-adventurer/
	You'll also find interviews with our very own
	Christoph Weber, Sci Phi Journal editor Jason
	Rennie, and Mad Scientist Journal illustrator
	Shannon Legler. You can use this link to navigate to all:
	https://leennanaidoo.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/take-notescifi-fantasy-feature-may-2016/
	Enjoy!}

	- Leena Naidoo, whose short story, "Unalienable Right" is now out
	in the current issue of Sci Phi Journal. {You can read it here:
	http://www.sciphijournal.com/unalienable-rightby-leenna-naidoo/
	Warning: Kangaroos!}


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 10 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 500 words each, goes to...

	Joel Schroeder

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 25-May-2016 (Crits due 1-Jun-2016):
 SF  Love, Lust, and Loss in Wartime    [mpc] Robert Harpold -#25879
 SF  Repeat as Necessary                Richard Zwicker -#25880
 SF  All the Time in the World          Anna Salonen -#25881
 SF  Aquarius Rising 3: The Price of Eden  Brian Burt -#25882
 SF  Such Stuff as Stars are Made of    Christoph Weber -#25883
 SF  The Punishment Machine             Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#25884
 F   Hamlet of Horrors                  Christopher J. Piatti -#25885
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller -#25886
 F   The Fairy Flu                      Joy Schultz -#25887
 SF  The Intended                       [@] David John Baker -#25888
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans       Joy Landa -#25889
 H   Fairy Love                         Ed Kratz -#25890
 SF  The 3 Skulls of Jonafyn Kreuw Ch. 1  George O'Gorman -#25891
 SF  The Regenerates Trilogy Book One: Project Phoenix Chapters 7-  Anna Muckenfuss -#25892
 F   White Eyes, Chapters 0-1           Helen Petrovic -#25893
 SF  Long Past Gone                     Peter Naggi -#25894
 F   No Fun                             Sayan Maitra -#25895

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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 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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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Mustafa & The Heroes Chapter 2     Gayatri Chitale -#25701

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Good Baseball Man, Chapter 1       Charles PucciaB -#25452

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 :
 YS  Bear with Bear                     Hagit R Oron -#25789

In the comics workshop - http://critique.org/comics :
 CO  Bureau of Beasties                 Charlie Boatner -#25820

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   A Grand Spectacle, Chapter 1       Kylie Gil -#25746

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 :
 SF  Love, Lust, and Loss in Wartime    [mpc] Robert Harpold -#25879
 SF  Repeat as Necessary                Richard Zwicker -#25880
 SF  All the Time in the World          Anna Salonen -#25881
 SF  Aquarius Rising 3: The Price of Eden  Brian Burt -#25882
 SF  Such Stuff as Stars are Made of    Christoph Weber -#25883
 SF  The Punishment Machine             Jeffrey Steven Abrams -#25884
 F   Hamlet of Horrors                  Christopher J. Piatti -#25885
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller -#25886
 F   The Fairy Flu                      Joy Schultz -#25887
 SF  The Intended                       [@] David John Baker -#25888
 SF  Unearthed: Episode 9 - Plans       Joy Landa -#25889
 H   Fairy Love                         Ed Kratz -#25890
 SF  The 3 Skulls of Jonafyn Kreuw Ch. 1  George O'Gorman -#25891
 SF  The Regenerates Trilogy Book One: Project Phoenix Chapters 7-  Anna Muckenfuss -#25892
 F   White Eyes, Chapters 0-1           Helen Petrovic -#25893
 SF  Long Past Gone                     Peter Naggi -#25894
 F   No Fun                             Sayan Maitra -#25895
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You might also like... BEYOND THE HEDGE by ROBY JAMES
A executive woman who has never had time for love stumbles into a land of magic, 200 years in the past.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1343

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... DEAR AMERICA: LETTERS HOME FROM VIETNAM by Bernard Edelman (ed.)
The bestselling book and basis for the Emmy award winning documentary now available in ebook edition!
http://reanimus.com/1413

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