New entry Jun 21
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.
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.
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
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.
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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 20-Aug-2014... Two new releases from ReAnimus Press to help the Critters Fund Drive! One Fantasy, and one Science Fiction, for your enjoyment... THE PERSEUS BREED - a Science Fiction mystery by Kevin Egan - $2.99 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1414 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00MJTJVKA/?tag=critters3a-20 Borley Share has found a pattern: Every thirty years, beautiful women mysteriously vanish from the Earth... it's now another 30 years. IN HOLLOW LANDS - a Fantasy by Sophie Masson - $2.99 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1415 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00MT9VPMC/?tag=critters3a-20 Ti-Korriganed loomed up, the great grey stones rising in the dimming light like huge, cowled shadow-figures. The owl was sitting by the tallest stone. But there were other creatures, all with that strange restlessness, that edgy melancholy quick-to-anger of the otherworld. Lured into the world of the magical korrigans, the young twins, Tiphaine and Gromer, may never break their enchantment. But Tiphaine's bright mind sees that not only korrigans may discover hidden powers within themselves. In the human world, young Bertrand du Guesclin fights in the wars -- until, in a strange wood, he senses the dangerous presence that will transform his life. "Reading one of Sophie Masson's books is like standing on top of a lonely mountain at midnight, under a star-filled sky... Her work has that same sense of clarity, magic, and mystery..." --Garth Nix -+- Woohoo! Congratulations to... - Carl Slaughter, who reports " Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Nebula winner Tina Connolly, author of the "Ironskin" trilogy, about Toasted Cake, her podcast site for flash speculative fiction. http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8811". - Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has published my interview with Connie Willis. http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8419". - Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has published my article "Write for TV, the Time is Now." http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8413". - Andrew Richardson, who sold his short story, "Eton Mess" to Keith Publications. Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page. -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 5 critiques (at time of judging), averaging almost 2300 words each, goes to... Russell Adams 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 20-Aug-2014 (Crits due 27-Aug-2014): SF Branches of Tech [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24004 F Blood Bank [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose -#24005 SF On the Proper Maintenance of a Tremeddian Dominion Garden Matt Dovey -#24006 SF Bloodlines, Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow -#24007 SF Remotely out of Control 8-2 Charles Hand -#24008 SF Can't Forget Colleen S. Myers -#24009 H Tribe: Prologue Wendy Salmon -#24010 F Anima, Chapter 0-4 Mulyadi Cahyono -#24011 SF The Broken Dream Louise A. Postlethwaite -#24012 SF Square Chickens _submitted 8-5_ Charlene Hansom -#24013 SF What Do You Do With An Empty Baby? Rik Hunik -#24014 SF The Link R. J. Delacruz -#24015 SF Coronation _chapters 1 & 2_ Mark Probert -#24016 F Batanzia C.J. Piatti -#24017 F Hell To Death Row: Fresh Catch Glo Gray -#24018 SF Hands on the Triggers chapter 1-2 Kit Davis -#24019 F Fury David Kloss -#24020 SF Architect of the Abyss Scott Towler -#24021 F A Study In Bronze Irene Ying -#24022 F Silverdirt, chapter 1 Brenna Raney -#24023 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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... THE SIGIL TRILOGY (OMNIBUS VOL.1-3) by HENRY GEE 'Great stuff... everything you yearn to find in a very good contemporary SF novel. Really enjoyed it!' - SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1260 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit : L Nostalgia is Good Stalgia _submitted 8-6_ Charles Hand -#24001 L South Gate _submitted 8-10_ Charlene Hansom -#24002 In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery : M Ice Cream Man, Chap 10-11 Charles Puccia -#24003 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 : YA Chapter one Untitled Bonnie Mercure -#23938 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 Dustriel's Blessing Second Draft, Chapters 26-31 Melanie DeWitt -#23959 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 Branches of Tech [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24004 F Blood Bank [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose -#24005 SF On the Proper Maintenance of a Tremeddian Dominion Garden Matt Dovey -#24006 SF Bloodlines, Chapter 1 Debra Crichlow -#24007 SF Remotely out of Control 8-2 Charles Hand -#24008 SF Can't Forget Colleen S. Myers -#24009 H Tribe: Prologue Wendy Salmon -#24010 F Anima, Chapter 0-4 Mulyadi Cahyono -#24011 SF The Broken Dream Louise A. Postlethwaite -#24012 SF Square Chickens _submitted 8-5_ Charlene Hansom -#24013 SF What Do You Do With An Empty Baby? Rik Hunik -#24014 SF The Link R. J. Delacruz -#24015 SF Coronation _chapters 1 & 2_ Mark Probert -#24016 F Batanzia C.J. Piatti -#24017 F Hell To Death Row: Fresh Catch Glo Gray -#24018 SF Hands on the Triggers chapter 1-2 Kit Davis -#24019 F Fury David Kloss -#24020 SF Architect of the Abyss Scott Towler -#24021 F A Study In Bronze Irene Ying -#24022 F Silverdirt, chapter 1 Brenna Raney -#24023 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... BAD KARMA: A TRUE STORY OF OBSESSION AND MURDER by DEBORAH BLUM The bestselling true story of a famous murder and Supreme Court case http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1327 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. 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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... HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS by ROBERT QUALKINBUSH The secret that separates the pros from the newbie http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1184