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Critters is 25!

This November, Critters is 25 years old! 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.

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)


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Free Web Sites

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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!

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're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Weekly Notes

Notes for 13-Oct-2021...

Helping the Critters Fund Drive this week we have another new release!--

	BREAKING POINT by (SFWA Grandmaster) James Gunn - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1651
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08LF1CFXN/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in both ebook and paperback)

	These are stories about character--about beings--in unusual circumstances, facing difficult choices, pushed to the point where they must bend or break.

 James Gunn has the credentials: author of over 40 books and a SFWA Grandmaster, with a television series and a movie adapted from a novel--and a former president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. BREAKING POINT is a kind of retrospective--eight stories through which "interested readers may note the evolution of a writer."
Gunn notes that the latest generation of science fiction writers "had grown up reading science fiction, but they also knew literature and the humanities and they wanted to write stories and novels which met the critical standards of the mainstream."
A case in point being, of course, James Gunn.
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Russell Adams, who sold his (Critter'd) stageplay, "Psychelysis
	(The Play)" to	Samjoko Magazine. {Psychelysis (The Play) is a
	one act adaptation of my original short story Psychelsis which
	went through the critters queue quite a while age. [And thanks
	to everyone who critiqued it.]	Samjoko Magazine is based in the
	Republic of Korea, about as far from where I live as it's possible
	to get without becoming an emigré from earth.	The inaugural
	issue is scheduled to be published in mid-January '22.}

	- Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "None
	So Blind as Those Unseen" to Best Indie Speculative Fiction.

Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.


This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 1800 words each, goes to...

	David Murphy

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
Critters Workshop

This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
     Title                      	Author
Week of 13-Oct-2021 (Crits due 20-Oct-2021):
 SF  Interstellar Womb                  Guy McDonnell -#30195
 SF  Dear Editor                        Sandra Keisling -#30196
 F   The Departed Chapters 3-4          Laura Mortensen -#30197
 F   Gold Is All But Guaranteed         Madeline Jacobson -#30198
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 18                Jeff Naylor -#30199
 F   Lilith's Story                     Sandy Kulhavy -#30200
 F   Dancing Lady Golden Figurine       Robert Young -#30201
 SF  Possumsaurus Amicus                [@] Marc A. Criley -#30202
 SF  Dead to the World                  Carla Hennes -#30203
 SF  Aegan and the Sea Monster          David Murphy -#30204

Recommended books on writing:

	ReAnimus Press Store: https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: https://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | https://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
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8

	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://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
Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   They Sang of Green Pastures Chapters 1-3  Stephen Secor -#29841

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Obsession                          Heidi Hunter -#30194

In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  I *Experience*, Therefore I Am     Robin niCathain -#30061

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Emergency                          Joe Latessa -#29381

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YL  The Most Unremarkable Dragon       Jillian LeNoble -#30062

In the comics workshop - https://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Magna. logline/ synopsis           Brent Claridge -#28885

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Black Dust Trails, Chapters 0-2    Michael ANDRE -#29724

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   Romance-WIP                        Roxanne (Roxi) Rowan -#29876

In the video workshop - https://critique.org/video :
 VS  The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp     Jay DeTalente -#21424

In the music workshop - https://critique.org/music :
 MP  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song  Beth Zurkowski -#21675

In the photo workshop - https://critique.org/photo :
 PH  Tree Reflection                    Jen Forte -#30097

In the art workshop - https://critique.org/art :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - https://critique.org/website :
 WW  Franklin's Palindromedary          Ray N. Franklin -#29498

In the critters workshop - https://critique.org/critters :
 SF  Interstellar Womb                  Guy McDonnell -#30195
 SF  Dear Editor                        Sandra Keisling -#30196
 F   The Departed Chapters 3-4          Laura Mortensen -#30197
 F   Gold Is All But Guaranteed         Madeline Jacobson -#30198
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 18                Jeff Naylor -#30199
 F   Lilith's Story                     Sandy Kulhavy -#30200
 F   Dancing Lady Golden Figurine       Robert Young -#30201
 SF  Possumsaurus Amicus                [@] Marc A. Criley -#30202
 SF  Dead to the World                  Carla Hennes -#30203
 SF  Aegan and the Sea Monster          David Murphy -#30204

You might also like... THE STEEL EYE by CHET GOTTFRIED
The robot private eye is on the case! 

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Because you might enjoy it... VANISHING LIGHT by ROBERT N. STEPHENSON
Mikolev thinks he's stumbled onto a secret... has he just opened Pandora's box and put all of utopia at risk?

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