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Critter Notices

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

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.

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 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.

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 22-Oct-2014...

Just FYI, I'm revitalizing the (lightly used) Critters forums, so they'll be
down until I get them ready. This includes their erstwhile domain,
newnewforum.com, which will go away entirely. Stay tuned!

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Also FYI that we've increased the ReAnimus "any reason" ebook return policy to
30 days. No other ebookstore I know of offers that long. We've got lots of
cool books, and want to be sure you're happy.

Such as, THE FUTURIANS from SFWA founder and Grand Master Damon Knight ($3.99).
An amazing history of the early Golden days of SF. With fifty illustrations,
many never before published. www.ReAnimus.com/1423 (and at that Amazon place
at www.amazon.com/dp/B00N2VQRJ2/?tag=critters3a-20 ).

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Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 26.0% of the way to the fund
drive goal with contributions from 64 donors, leaving about $3400 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Terrance Crow
	Peter Elliott

for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated!

[See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.]


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Matthew Weber, whose (Critter'd) book, "A Dark & Winding Road"
	is now out in the current issue of Pint Bottle Press. {"Eleven
	Twisted Tales from the Small Towns of America's Deep South"
	Now available in paperback and Kindle eBook. My Critters group
	was indispensable in the creation of this story collection, and
	Critters.org gets a shout-out in the acknowledgements page. I
	hope you enjoy the book. }

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has published my
	interview with Raksura author Martha Wells, Ace YA trilogist
	Sandy Williams, and SFWA Estate Project Director Bud
	Webster.". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?cat=4}

	- Peter Elliott, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Avatar"
	to The Sehnsucht Project. {I wrote Avatar in 2004 and I think it
	was Crittered that year, so let this be a lesson to everyone to
	keep sending their stories in lol! Thanks to everyone who read
	it and good luck with your writing!}

	- Fred Obermeyer, who sold his short story, "The Canvas of the
	World" to Perihelion SF.


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 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 1000 words each, goes to...

	Susan Kämpfer

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 22-Oct-2014 (Crits due 29-Oct-2014):
 SF  Poutines and Permasys              [mpc] Levi Jacobs -#24194
 F   The Vanquisher                     Carl Alves -#24195
 SF  In Pacem Requiescat                [@] Sean Green -#24196
 SF  Manwork - Revised                  Amanda H. Geard -#24197
 SF  Waking the Giant                   Stephen Shewmake -#24198
 SF  Return to Civilization             Chris Kenworthy -#24199
 SF  This One's For You, Daddy          Fiona Didlick -#24200
 F   The Missing Legion                 Jonathan Byrne -#24201
 SF  Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two     Carlos Mano -#24202
 SF  No S.L.A.M maps for these territories  Will Milner -#24203
 F   The Eaten One                      Vanessa Fogg -#24204
 SF  Isolation                          Joel E. Roosa -#24205
 H   The Mower                          M.B.Vujacic -#24206
 H   The Weed In The Wheat              Justin C. Key -#24207
 SF  The Signal                         Derrick Boden -#24208
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno -#24209
 F   Children of God, Chapter 2         Marescha Muys -#24210
 SF  Recruitment                        Robert Stevenson -#24211
 F   Blood is Thicker                   Daena Red -#24212
 SF  Accursed Land                      Cameron Huntley -#24213
 SF  Pentheus and Bacchus               Jesse Corrigan -#24214
 SF  Twitch                             Andrew Drane -#24215

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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... DEATH SLEEP by JERRY SOHL
The hated Dr. Sheridan was brain dead... except he wasn't! A nightmare from a master Twilight Zone author.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1175
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Gun Lust                       Carlos Mano -#24154
 L   Church Word                        Charles Hand -#24155

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Ice Cream Man, Chap 14-15          Charles Puccia -#24156

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 :
 YL  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman -#24157

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   Siren Song, Pg 1-24                Julia Pierce -#24133

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 :
 SF  Poutines and Permasys              [mpc] Levi Jacobs -#24194
 F   The Vanquisher                     Carl Alves -#24195
 SF  In Pacem Requiescat                [@] Sean Green -#24196
 SF  Manwork - Revised                  Amanda H. Geard -#24197
 SF  Waking the Giant                   Stephen Shewmake -#24198
 SF  Return to Civilization             Chris Kenworthy -#24199
 SF  This One's For You, Daddy          Fiona Didlick -#24200
 F   The Missing Legion                 Jonathan Byrne -#24201
 SF  Abraham the Eskimo -- Part Two     Carlos Mano -#24202
 SF  No S.L.A.M maps for these territories  Will Milner -#24203
 F   The Eaten One                      Vanessa Fogg -#24204
 SF  Isolation                          Joel E. Roosa -#24205
 H   The Mower                          M.B.Vujacic -#24206
 H   The Weed In The Wheat              Justin C. Key -#24207
 SF  The Signal                         Derrick Boden -#24208
 SF  The Citizens of Sol: Titanborn Chapters 5-8  Rhett C Bruno -#24209
 F   Children of God, Chapter 2         Marescha Muys -#24210
 SF  Recruitment                        Robert Stevenson -#24211
 F   Blood is Thicker                   Daena Red -#24212
 SF  Accursed Land                      Cameron Huntley -#24213
 SF  Pentheus and Bacchus               Jesse Corrigan -#24214
 SF  Twitch                             Andrew Drane -#24215
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You might also like... STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by NORMAN SPINRAD
An Indispensable Survival Guide for Writers By a three-time SFWA President
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1179

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 newsgroups, found on the news server news.sff.net.
(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
for your choices.

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... XENOSTORM: RISING by BRIAN CLEGG
Davy faces near-immortals...who want him dead.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1357