New entry Nov 01
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.
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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!
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 18-Jan-2017... For the benefit of the Critters Fund Drive, this week we have... BUT WAIT.... THERE'S MORE! #1 by Harvey Jacobs - FREE BUT WAIT.... THERE'S MORE! #2 by Harvey Jacobs - $2.99 BUT WAIT.... THERE'S MORE! #3 by Harvey Jacobs - $FREE ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1565 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1566 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1567 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01MS67PN1/?tag=critters3a-20 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZ8K8GJ/?tag=critters3a-20 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZ8KEHA/?tag=critters3a-20 (available in both ebook and paperback) A trio of free stories from the genius of humorous, fantastical, surreal stories. But Wait #1 and #3 are free ebooks! Free! Yes, free, blatantly to get you hooked on Harvey's work. :) But Wait #2 has 8 more stories, which cost just a little bit, which, deliberately being in the middle of two free collections to tickle your OCD need for completeness to get you to spring for, you'll be glad you did. :) Harvey Jacobs' novels have been called "A masterpiece...arguably this year's best novel" by Kirkus Reviews and "inspired" by TIME Magazine. His beloved short fiction has appeared in a wide spectrum of magazines in the USA and abroad including Esquire, The Paris Review, Playboy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, New Worlds, and many anthologies. He received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a New York Arts Council CAPS award for drama, a Playboy Fiction Award, and a Writers Guild of America script award. -+- Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 83.7% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 116 donors, leaving about $600 to go. Thanks especially to John Carr-Shanahan Bryan Reilly Terrance Crow for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated! [See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.] -+- Woohoo! Congratulations to... - Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Peripheral Hope" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion. - Kathleen Molyneaux, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Tick" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion. - Rebecca Lyons, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Plight of the Living Dead" to Dark Fuse. Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page. -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 4 critiques (at time of judging), averaging over 400 words each, goes to... Lori Phillips 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 18-Jan-2017 (Crits due 25-Jan-2017): F RogueKnight Joel E. Roosa -#26494 F The Bridge that Spanned Eternity: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes Fred Obermeyer -#26495 SF Secret Master of Jizma Michael Andre-Driussi -#26496 F The Magic di Amore Dave D'Alessio -#26497 SF There is Always the Present Christian Roberts -#26498 SF Rhubarb Queen Kevin P. Hallett -#26499 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32 Keir Puplett -#26500 F Edge of Sorrow Lori Phillips -#26501 SF Terminus Lee P. Melling -#26502 F The Tom Plutarch Interview Sandor Kovacs -#26503 F The Anthropomorphic Personification Support Group Caroline Friedel -#26504 SF Scarlet Haze Scornful Earth _chapters 1 & 2_ M.B.Vujacic -#26505 F The Mercy Scale, Prologue-Ch1Sc1 Jennifer Wise -#26506 F Glass Borders Brittany Ingalsbe -#26507 SF From Football Pads to Spandex Joseph Belcher -#26508 SF The Last Actuary Mel Windham -#26509 F Neither on Earth, Nor in the Sky Aleksandra Pantic -#26510 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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... 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit : L His Last Days Stephanie Mallen -#26404 In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery : T Darkness of a Killer : Murder in Trick City Book One - Chaps 3-5 Priscilla Soares-Wilson -#26493 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 Bounty Hunters Avant Hall -#23842 In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids : YL The Maker David Anderson -#26353 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 To Treasure All These Things - RFDF Christine Lebednik -#26313 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 RogueKnight Joel E. Roosa -#26494 F The Bridge that Spanned Eternity: The Tales of Talia Silvereyes Fred Obermeyer -#26495 SF Secret Master of Jizma Michael Andre-Driussi -#26496 F The Magic di Amore Dave D'Alessio -#26497 SF There is Always the Present Christian Roberts -#26498 SF Rhubarb Queen Kevin P. Hallett -#26499 F Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 30 - 32 Keir Puplett -#26500 F Edge of Sorrow Lori Phillips -#26501 SF Terminus Lee P. Melling -#26502 F The Tom Plutarch Interview Sandor Kovacs -#26503 F The Anthropomorphic Personification Support Group Caroline Friedel -#26504 SF Scarlet Haze Scornful Earth _chapters 1 & 2_ M.B.Vujacic -#26505 F The Mercy Scale, Prologue-Ch1Sc1 Jennifer Wise -#26506 F Glass Borders Brittany Ingalsbe -#26507 SF From Football Pads to Spandex Joseph Belcher -#26508 SF The Last Actuary Mel Windham -#26509 F Neither on Earth, Nor in the Sky Aleksandra Pantic -#26510 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... ORION IN THE DYING TIME by BEN BOVA Orion squares off against the dinosaurs to save the very fabric of spacetime http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1417 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... IN SEARCH OF WONDER by DAMON KNIGHT The premier book of SF insight for all SF readers and writers. http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1412 -- 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 .