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[It's Freebie Friday in the Critters Store...]

Critters is 21!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. 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)

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!

Interviewed!

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.

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 26-Apr-2017...

Looking for a rewarding gig as caretaker of Preditors & Editors?

After the untimely death in 2013 of P&E's founder, Dave Kuzminski, his family had no ability to keep the site going, and I ended up being the new caretaker. (I'd worked with Dave running the annual P&E/Critters readers poll awards for 20 years.) For those who don't know about P&E, it's purpose is to help writers avoid scams, by providing a comprehensive, vetted list of recommended/not-recommended publishers, agents, editors, PR people (and so on for every aspect of publishing); informative articles; and, to the extent possible, to help authors mediate disputes when they arise. It's been a Writers Digest "101 best web sites" winner most every year for decades. Dave put his heart & soul into the site, but unfortunately the Internet changes faster than even he could ever have kept up with. I've tried to keep it afloat, but my time allotment to keep working on the site has evaporated. Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site and maintain it. I've sent out feelers to those I thought were the obvious choices, but haven't found anyone as yet.

So, if you're interested in taking the reins of P&E, solo or putting together a team that has what's needed please get in touch. What's needed: At least 20hrs/week to volunteer (could be spread among a team), excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability.

Note that this is not a money-making opportunity. P&E is currently established as a Colorado non-profit org (though that can be transferred to another state/structure as needed), and it doesn't generate revenue. (Nor likely to. Fund drives might bring in enough to cover hosting costs.) This is a labor-of-love opportunity to help the overall writing community, you'll meet a lot of good people (and some not so good), and you'll be helping a lot of people get published without getting taken.

If you're interested please let me know!

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- J.E. Bates, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Beetle-Cleaned
	Skulls" is now out in the current issue of Escape Pod. {This
	is my first pro sale and includes a 30m audio version read by
	a professional narrator: bit.ly/2ouvy20

	Many thanks to all the critiques and critters that made this
	one possible.}


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

	Oren Ashkenazi

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 26-Apr-2017 (Crits due 3-May-2017):
 F   Crisis on Finite Earths, Pts. 1&2  Joel E. Roosa -#26710
 SF  I Beg You, My Dearest Friend _or Documents Stored on a Memory Chip After the Great Overthrow_  [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#26711
 F   Deception                          Darla Jackson -#26712
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42  Keir Puplett -#26713
 H   Blood Cells                        Brian Koukol -#26714
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#26715
 F   Burning Questions                  Joy Pixley -#26716
 H   The Science of Garbology           Jodie Cowan -#26717
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 3-4   April Weeks -#26718
 SF  The Lost Dimension                 Larry Olsen -#26719
 SF  First Time                         Guy McDonnell -#26720
 F   Gravefisher                        Renan Bernardo -#26721
 F   The Weaponmaster                   Rustin Lovewell -#26722
 SF  Revelation, Chapter 1              Cody Faile -#26723
 F   Tal's First Travel                 Jeanette Darrouzet-Nardi -#26724
 F   Wings                              Robert Plowman -#26725
 SF  Play team combat                   peter sides -#26726
 F   The Bankrupt Dragon                Krista Kloppenburg -#26727

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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... 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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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Garage Sale                    Dennis Crewse -#26675

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   The Clive Monroe Mysteries; The Markos Case  Donya Ture -#26656

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  Charmaine and the Man from the Long Before  Jerry Sexton -#26691

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 YP  The Girl On The Moon               Robert Francian -#26617

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   Beauty and the Werebeast           Charmaine Seifts -#26692

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 :
 F   Crisis on Finite Earths, Pts. 1&2  Joel E. Roosa -#26710
 SF  I Beg You, My Dearest Friend _or Documents Stored on a Memory Chip After the Great Overthrow_  [@] Eleanor R. Wood -#26711
 F   Deception                          Darla Jackson -#26712
 SF  Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 41 - 42  Keir Puplett -#26713
 H   Blood Cells                        Brian Koukol -#26714
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#26715
 F   Burning Questions                  Joy Pixley -#26716
 H   The Science of Garbology           Jodie Cowan -#26717
 F   A Good Year For Frogs, Chaps 3-4   April Weeks -#26718
 SF  The Lost Dimension                 Larry Olsen -#26719
 SF  First Time                         Guy McDonnell -#26720
 F   Gravefisher                        Renan Bernardo -#26721
 F   The Weaponmaster                   Rustin Lovewell -#26722
 SF  Revelation, Chapter 1              Cody Faile -#26723
 F   Tal's First Travel                 Jeanette Darrouzet-Nardi -#26724
 F   Wings                              Robert Plowman -#26725
 SF  Play team combat                   peter sides -#26726
 F   The Bankrupt Dragon                Krista Kloppenburg -#26727
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You might also like... THE STAR CONQUERORS by BEN BOVA
Bova's most sought-after book is now an ebook!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1128

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... BEAUTIFUL SOUP by HARVEY JACOBS
The cult hit, set in the not-too-distant barcoded future
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1540

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