New entry Dec 07
Critters is 23!
Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!
Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]
Books from Critters!
Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.
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)
The Sigil TrilogyIf 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.
P&E Has a New Caretaker!
I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!
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.
is Dying has been Replaced
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]
Notes for 21-Aug-2019... The Critters Fund Drive is sponsored this week by sales of..... SCIENTISTS AND SCOUNDRELS by [SFWA Grandmaster] Robert Silverberg - $3.99 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1618 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B07VF6GV5Q/?tag=critters3a-20 As if history and nature had not provided wonders enough, through the ages humans themselves have contrived more marvels to deceive one another. Sometimes they have concocted evidence when none was available to prove pet theories; sometimes their intention has been to impress or defraud; sometimes they have acted merely for sport. Robert Silverberg tells the stories of a baker's dozen of these scientific hoaxers in a lively, good-humored book that ranges through time and across continents. Here are perpetual-motion machines and space rockets, men on the moon and serpents in the sea. The rogues' gallery is a varied one: Dr. Mesmer, who cast his hypnotic spell on eighteenth-century Paris; Charles Dawson, whose Piltdown Man challenged evolution; Dr. Cook, with his tale of "discovering" the North Pole; and many others. These are fascinating stories and more than just entertainment. The author explains the scientific background against which the hoaxes appeared and the detective work that led to their exposure. The schemers teach us to be alert, to challenge the evidence, and to appreciate the healthy skepticism that characterizes the scientific method. Fantasy & Science Fiction Grandmaster Robert Silverberg brings the personalities, science, and events of these amazing frauds to vivid and relevant life. -+- Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 65.8% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 105 donors, leaving about $1400 to go. (No donations this past week, sad minion face.) :[ [See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.] -+- (No Woohoo!s this week, be sure to report your sales/publications/etc. via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.) -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 4 critiques (at time of judging), averaging almost 900 words each, goes to... Charles Gull 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 Hugo Award Master, Ben Bova: THE CRAFT OF WRITING SCIENCE FICTION THAT SELLS http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Critters Workshop ---------------------------------------------------------------------- This week we have... [get from http://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]... Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 21-Aug-2019 (Crits due 28-Aug-2019): F The Key to Life, Happiness, and All the Secrets of the Universe [mpc] Andre van Eeden -#28639 F The Rift Carl Alves -#28640 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 1-2 Eric Wilson -#28641 SF A Roof Before the Stars Dan Reade -#28642 F Borderlands, Episode 2 [Sample] Charles Gull -#28643 H Pizza Face Russell Dorn -#28644 SF Escape from Old Aris Ethan Smith -#28645 F The Girl With Wings is not an Angel, Ch 2-4 Kathryn Freeland -#28646 SF Ch. 1 A beginning LLW -#28647 F The 10:40 Appointment at the NYC Department of Superhero Registration Chris Hepler -#28648 H The Diatome _adult content_ William Broom -#28649 SF The Awakening Garrett Menning -#28650 SF The Last Song of the Benaboab Tree Connor Hayden -#28651 F Life Everlasting Adrian Brisland -#28652 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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... DEFENSE FOR THE DEVIL by KATE WILHELM https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1435 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit : L In The State We Trust Danny Hollier Jr -#28383 In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery : AC Lost in the Desert of Ziph Courtney Webb -#28433 In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction : NO Chapter 1. A Great man Falls Jim Parry -#28486 In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script : SC Loose Lips Robert Qualkinbush -#28625 In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids : YP Saul T. Unyon: The Short End of a Tall Tale Michelle Henrie -#28566 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 Pack Chapters 1-3 Anastasia Bromberg -#28384 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 : AH Art Man, a portrait Robert J Cleary -#27847 In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website : WW Ax-yZ The Creative Projects Platform Charles Gull -#27088 In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters : F The Key to Life, Happiness, and All the Secrets of the Universe [mpc] Andre van Eeden -#28639 F The Rift Carl Alves -#28640 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 1-2 Eric Wilson -#28641 SF A Roof Before the Stars Dan Reade -#28642 F Borderlands, Episode 2 [Sample] Charles Gull -#28643 H Pizza Face Russell Dorn -#28644 SF Escape from Old Aris Ethan Smith -#28645 F The Girl With Wings is not an Angel, Ch 2-4 Kathryn Freeland -#28646 SF Ch. 1 A beginning LLW -#28647 F The 10:40 Appointment at the NYC Department of Superhero Registration Chris Hepler -#28648 H The Diatome _adult content_ William Broom -#28649 SF The Awakening Garrett Menning -#28650 SF The Last Song of the Benaboab Tree Connor Hayden -#28651 F Life Everlasting Adrian Brisland -#28652 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... OFF ON A DREAM AND OTHER MAGICAL REALITIES by BRUCE TAYLOR Magical Realism from the master thereof https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1601 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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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... THE EYE IN THE STONE by ALLEN L. WOLD A quick family visit turns into a magical battle between good and evil https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1391 -- You received this email message because you signed up for the Critters Writers Workshop. If you want to stop getting these emails, please visit http://www.critters.org/email.ht .