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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

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

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Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 27-Aug-2014...

New releases!! Two from SFWA founder and Grand Master Damon Knight:

 THE FUTURIANS by Damon Knight - $3.99
        _With fifty illustrations, many never before published._

                ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1423
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00N2VQRJ2/?tag=critters3a-20

	The Futurian Society was founded in 1938 by thirteen science
	fiction fans; it never numbered more than twenty, including wives,
	girl friends and hangers-on; yet out of this small group came
	seven of the most famous names in science fiction: Isaac Asimov,
	James Blish, Damon Knight, Cyril Kornbluth, Judith Merril,
	Frederik Pohl and Donald A. Wollheim. Brilliant, eccentric and
	poor, the Futurians invented their own subculture, with its
	communal dwellings, its folklore, songs and games, even its own
	mock religion. In later years many of them became influential
	novelists, editors, anthologists, literary agents and publishers.

	A Futurian himself, Knight interviewed ten of the surviving
	Futurians and traced down the widow of one member whose
	tragic fate was previously unknown. Drawing on correspondence,
	unpublished manuscripts, and amateur publications (including
	a collection of Futurian wall newspapers which had wound up in
	Australia), he has written a fascinating narrative of the early
	days of the Futurians, the feuds and lawsuits that divided them,
	and their later careers.

	"The demon imp of science fiction gossip is back stoking his
	furnace... Oh, Damon, you have done it again."
	--Harlan Ellison

	"It will be a must for anybody interested in the history and the
	nature of science fiction."
	--Jack Williamson

 CV by Damon Knight - $3.99

                ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1421
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00N2GD8S0/?tag=critters3a-20

        Sea Venture, CV for short, is the largest ocean-going vessel ever
        built by man. It is not a ship but a huge sea habitat housing
        a scientific research station, an entire city of two thousand
        permanent residents and a thousand passengers. For some, CV is
        the vacation dream of a lifetime; for others, a vision of man's
        conquest of the seas; for two men it becomes the arena for a
        deadly game of cat and mouse. But for one, CV is something else:
        a place to stalk its next victim. It is not human, it is not
        even of Earthly origin. To be touched by it is deadly. What
        importance are the hopes and dreams, fears and schemes of the
        people of Sea Venture when they are threatened by a force that
        could destroy all of human civilization. Step on board CV now! 


And one of my own, in ebook format:

 HAVING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHARACTERS ON THE ROAD TO GREAT FICTION
 (Shhh! A Secret of Great Writing)
 by Andrew Burt - $2.99

		http://www.ReAnimus.com/1422
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00N22ADNM/?tag=critters3a-20

	An article originally published in the SFWA Bulletin on
	fascinating statistical correlations found between the amount of
	interpersonal relationships in "well regarded" vs. "orindary" SF/F
	stories. In addition to the article are supplemental materials,
	including much that wasn't published because of space limitations.

	This has huge implications for your writing (at least in terms of
	what sells better) and also offers a possibly useful tool for you
	to find books you want to read while browsing in the bookstore.
	Vital information for both writers and readers! :)

All benefiting the Critters fund drive as usual.

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Trial
	by Fire" to SQ Mag. {Thanks to everyone who supports Critters. }

	- Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The
	Robot of Dorian Graham" to Perihelion Science Fiction.

	- Emily Schoerning, who sold her (Critter'd) short story,
	"Climbers" to Perihelion.


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 600 words each, goes to...

	Justin Key
	Justin Key

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 27-Aug-2014 (Crits due 3-Sep-2014):
 H   Metro84, Chapter 1 and Query Letter  [mpc] Justin C. Key -#24025
 F   Behind the Reflection              Justin R. Lawfer -#24026
 SF  A Demon Haunted Future             Gary Goodson -#24027
 SF  Whitefall                          Harlen Bayha -#24028
 F   Her Face                           Marian D Moore -#24029
 SF  Humans live in space               Tom Lin -#24030
 SF  Mimanga                            Jeffrey Hall -#24031
 F   Thus Fell the Chancellor           Alex Harrison -#24032
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 4-6           Conrad Steenkamp -#24033
 F   Champion of Justice                Filip Wiltgren -#24034
 F   Things Worth Dying For             Kaitlyn Boggs -#24035
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 1-4  Rhett C Bruno -#24036
 F   The Sixteen Burdens of Dusty Studebaker, Chapters 1-2  David Khalaf -#24037
 SF  How to Market Your Baby for Less   Jason Boyd -#24038
 F   A Wordsmith in Javvoth Hair        Cameron Huntley -#24039
 F   North to Neverland                 Caitlin Andrew -#24040
 SF  His Final Four                     William Hill -#24041
 SF  The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_  Peter Galalis -#24042

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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 CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS by BEN BOVA
Secrets from the 6-time BEST EDITOR Hugo Award Master!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1144
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Majorca                            Carlos Mano -#24024

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Ice Cream Man, Chap 10-11          Charles Puccia -#24003

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  Chapter one Untitled               Bonnie Mercure -#23938

In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western :
 W   The Things a Puncher Does For Money  Frank Coombs -#22499

In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance :
 R   Dustriel's Blessing Second Draft, Chapters 26-31  Melanie DeWitt -#23959

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 :
 AO  Wild White Horse                   Fran Eisemann -#21370

In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website :
 WW  Powerscript Website                Ronald Hurst -#22230

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 H   Metro84, Chapter 1 and Query Letter  [mpc] Justin C. Key -#24025
 F   Behind the Reflection              Justin R. Lawfer -#24026
 SF  A Demon Haunted Future             Gary Goodson -#24027
 SF  Whitefall                          Harlen Bayha -#24028
 F   Her Face                           Marian D Moore -#24029
 SF  Humans live in space               Tom Lin -#24030
 SF  Mimanga                            Jeffrey Hall -#24031
 F   Thus Fell the Chancellor           Alex Harrison -#24032
 SF  The Ordeal, Chapters 4-6           Conrad Steenkamp -#24033
 F   Champion of Justice                Filip Wiltgren -#24034
 F   Things Worth Dying For             Kaitlyn Boggs -#24035
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 1-4  Rhett C Bruno -#24036
 F   The Sixteen Burdens of Dusty Studebaker, Chapters 1-2  David Khalaf -#24037
 SF  How to Market Your Baby for Less   Jason Boyd -#24038
 F   A Wordsmith in Javvoth Hair        Cameron Huntley -#24039
 F   North to Neverland                 Caitlin Andrew -#24040
 SF  His Final Four                     William Hill -#24041
 SF  The Calling of Maria Teresa Varghese _Or, Origins of a Time-Traveling Nun_  Peter Galalis -#24042
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You might also like... WOMAN WITHOUT A SHADOW by KAREN HABER
Kayla the telepath challenges the most powerful psi families on her home planet
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1392

Standard notes:

HELP:
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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
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(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:
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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:
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for your choices.

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Because you might enjoy it... NEON TWILIGHT by EDWARD BRYANT
Two-time Nebula Award winner
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1271