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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.

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

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

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 20-May-2015...

New from ReAnimus Press (in support of the Critters Fund Drive)...

	TO SAVE THE SUN by Ben Bova and A. J. Austin - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1464
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp//?tag=critters3a-20

	ANCIENT EARTH IS DOOMED...
	Earth's Sun will explode, not millions of years hence but in mere
	lifetimes--violently enough to scour Earth clean and leave the Empire
	of the Hundred Worlds adrift. The Empire's scientists deem that nothing
	can be done. The age of heroism is past: this is the long, stagnant
	afternoon of the human race. Until--over massive opposition--a single
	young woman makes her way to the Emperor with that rarity, a new
	scientific insight... and a plan, flowing from its implications, to
	mobilize humanity's slumbering energies toward a thousand year effort
	of applied astrophysics. Of engineering carried out on the hearts of
	stars. A plan to save the Earth. To save the Sun.

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

W00t w00t! We have an AnLab winner!--

	- Tom Greene, who has won the Analog AnLab award for his short
	story, "Another Man's Treasue". {Tied for first place in the short
	story category with Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Snapshots." Thank
	you for your support, Analog readers.}

	- Tom Greene, whose short story, "The Narrative of More" is now
	out in the current issue of Analog.

	- Eric Schwitzgebel, who sold his (Critter'd) short story,
	"The Dauphin's Metaphysics" to Unlikely Story.


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 7 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 600 words each, goes to...

	Chris Lord

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 20-May-2015 (Crits due 27-May-2015):
 F   Killer Pics                        [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24849
 F   In Squalor, Salvation              [mpc] Matt Dovey -#24850
 F   The Girl in the Tower, Chapter 1   [mpc] Aaron Murray -#24851
 SF  Crutchkicker Chapter One           [mpc] Stephen Ornes -#24852
 F   title: God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 16-18  Russell Adams -#24853
 SF  Hold Your Breath                   DJ Cockburn -#24854
 SF  After the Atrocity                 Ian Creasey -#24855
 F   Through A Glass Darkly             Joanna Hoyt -#24856
 F   The Ocean Fae                      Naftali Deitsch -#24857
 F   Spear: Fire and Brimstone          Kristopher Horton -#24858
 H   The Final Lesson                   Anna Salonen -#24859
 F   Good Intentions, Prologue-Chapter 2  Hannah Gorman -#24860
 SF  Do No Evil, Chapter 1              Alex Grove -#24861
 SF  Glory on Mars, Chapter 1           Kathy London -#24862
 SF  Skin Walkers                       Debra -#24863
 F   The Hob's Friend                   Lance Burri -#24864
 F   Variations of George               Eric Schwitzgebel -#24865
 F   Leaping Away                       Melanie Hopkins -#24866
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 16                [@] Mindy Peterman -#24867
 SF  Displaced                          Stephen Drake -#24868
 F   Viraetes Island Part 4             Miah Goodreau -#24869
 SF  Relocation                         Anthony Natale -#24870
 SF  Dust                               Kade Moore -#24871
 F   Zeltis chapters 6-8                Shanna C. Larsen -#24872
 SF  Kadmon, Chapter 1, Scenes 1 - 3, Angel Fish  Melody Curtiss -#24873

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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   The heat of the night              Craig McEwan -#24848

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Untitled- CH.1                     Luke Robinson -#24805

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   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   Killer Pics                        [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24849
 F   In Squalor, Salvation              [mpc] Matt Dovey -#24850
 F   The Girl in the Tower, Chapter 1   [mpc] Aaron Murray -#24851
 SF  Crutchkicker Chapter One           [mpc] Stephen Ornes -#24852
 F   title: God's Gumshoe Draft 2 Chapters 16-18  Russell Adams -#24853
 SF  Hold Your Breath                   DJ Cockburn -#24854
 SF  After the Atrocity                 Ian Creasey -#24855
 F   Through A Glass Darkly             Joanna Hoyt -#24856
 F   The Ocean Fae                      Naftali Deitsch -#24857
 F   Spear: Fire and Brimstone          Kristopher Horton -#24858
 H   The Final Lesson                   Anna Salonen -#24859
 F   Good Intentions, Prologue-Chapter 2  Hannah Gorman -#24860
 SF  Do No Evil, Chapter 1              Alex Grove -#24861
 SF  Glory on Mars, Chapter 1           Kathy London -#24862
 SF  Skin Walkers                       Debra -#24863
 F   The Hob's Friend                   Lance Burri -#24864
 F   Variations of George               Eric Schwitzgebel -#24865
 F   Leaping Away                       Melanie Hopkins -#24866
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 16                [@] Mindy Peterman -#24867
 SF  Displaced                          Stephen Drake -#24868
 F   Viraetes Island Part 4             Miah Goodreau -#24869
 SF  Relocation                         Anthony Natale -#24870
 SF  Dust                               Kade Moore -#24871
 F   Zeltis chapters 6-8                Shanna C. Larsen -#24872
 SF  Kadmon, Chapter 1, Scenes 1 - 3, Angel Fish  Melody Curtiss -#24873
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You might also like... IN SEARCH OF THE BIG BANG by JOHN GRIBBIN
`A remarkably readable guide to the mysteries of cosmic creation' -  Nature 
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1454

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Because you might enjoy it... The Life and Tails of Herman the Worm by Charlene Oliver
A delightful children's book from the Motown No.1 hit singer
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1003