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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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.

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

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 18-May-2016...


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Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 49.3% of the way to the fund
drive goal with contributions from 63 donors, leaving about $1700 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Nicole Frens
	Edward Moore
	harry makings
	Mark Peter Rawlings
	Justin Grudzien
	Charlotte Babb
	Terrance Crow

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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Benefitting the Critters Fund Drive, as usual, are sales of books like...

	TIMESHARE by Joshua Dann - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1512
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B01FNJ5AIY/?tag=critters3a-20
		Also available in paperback
	
	Have you ever wished you could go back to the good old days?

	At Timeshare Unlimited, you can.

	It's a very special travel agency where--if you make it through
	a careful screening process--you can arrange an extended voyage
	to the past, no passport required. You can go the tourist route
	and see the sights--or you can settle in and live like the
	natives. In a time when the traffic moved a little more slowly,
	the neighbors greeted you with a smile, and the air was full of
	hope and promise instead of smog.

	It's not so surprising that some of Timeshare's clients don't
	want to return. It's John Surrey's job to bring them back. He's
	a pro, an ex-LAPD cop who does what needs to be done, without
	getting involved.

	Until, at a Hollywood party in 1940, he meets a woman named
	Althea. And now, for John Surrey, the past, the present, and
	the future will never be the same...

	(Followed by fun sequels TIMESHARE: SECOND TIME AROUND and
	TIMESHARE: A TIME FOR WAR.)

	PRAISE FOR TIMESHARE...
	"A lot of fun." --Locus
	"Engaging from the first page" --Mysterious Galaxy
	"A clever concept...well crafted...highly enjoyable" --Starlog


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Paul R. Hardy, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Customer
	Service Hobgoblin" to Unidentified Funny Objects 5. {Many thanks
	to all you wonderful people for your help! This could not possibly
	have happened without your kind suggestions, thoughtful critiques,
	and considerable encouragement. In celebration, I shall now sup
	on the finest wines available to humanity! Or at least those
	sections of humanity that sup from the local corner shop's
	extensive selection of a white, a red and a dubious looking
	purple. Ah, what bliss it is to be alive...}

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770, a multiple Hugo winning
	fanzine, will be posting my author interviews and book features
	now that SF Signal has folded.".

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with
	"Fated Blades" author Steve Bein". {http://file770.com/?p=28871

	Bein lived in Japan and is an expert on ancient and modern
	Japanese history and culture.  He also did extensive research
	for the police procedural aspect of his trilogy.}

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted
	my profile of Kathleen Baldwin's "Stranje House"
	series". {http://file770.com/?p=28915}

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my profile of
	Linda Grimes' Fix series". {http://file770.com/?p=28931}


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 5 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 800 words each, goes to...

	Michele Wilson

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 18-May-2016 (Crits due 25-May-2016):
 F   The Vampire Queen part 2 - Primal Skies #15  Kim Smeltzer -#25860
 SF  I Will Destroy Your World in Two Hours. Ask Me Anything!  [mpc] Paul R. Hardy -#25861
 F   Box of Truth                       Amanda H. Geard -#25862
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 6-7  Keir Puplett -#25863
 F   And the matter of the library fine  L Chan -#25864
 F   Osmosis                            R. Nichols -#25865
 SF  Today, Tomorrow, Next Time         Jodie Cowan -#25866
 SF  Middle _East_ of Nowhere           Corey J. White -#25867
 SF  Planetwide                         Robert Leishman -#25868
 SF  Falling Wear                       Ray Franklin -#25869
 SF  Monster                            Scott Nash -#25870
 F   The Witchhunter                    Caroline Friedel -#25871
 H   Cold Spot                          James Milton -#25872
 SF  The Linking," Chapters 1-2         Jeff Richardson -#25873
 SF  Bermuda Triangle Brain Suckers     Kathleen Molyneaux -#25874
 F   Tears of a Phoenix                 Z. Z. Ali -#25875
 SF  Cryoneer, Chatper 1                Nicole Frens -#25876
 H   Killing Marjorie                   Ellen Hodge -#25877
 F   Beyond the Women's House           Jennifer Flippance -#25878

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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... SMART HOUSE by KATE WILHELM

http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1440
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Mustafa & The Heroes Chapter 2     Gayatri Chitale -#25701

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Good Baseball Man, Chapter 1       Charles PucciaB -#25452

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 :
 YS  Bear with Bear                     Hagit R Oron -#25789

In the comics workshop - http://critique.org/comics :
 CO  Bureau of Beasties                 Charlie Boatner -#25820

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   A Grand Spectacle, Chapter 1       Kylie Gil -#25746

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   The Vampire Queen part 2 - Primal Skies #15  Kim Smeltzer -#25860
 SF  I Will Destroy Your World in Two Hours. Ask Me Anything!  [mpc] Paul R. Hardy -#25861
 F   Box of Truth                       Amanda H. Geard -#25862
 F   Rise of the Cryptbringer Chapter 6-7  Keir Puplett -#25863
 F   And the matter of the library fine  L Chan -#25864
 F   Osmosis                            R. Nichols -#25865
 SF  Today, Tomorrow, Next Time         Jodie Cowan -#25866
 SF  Middle _East_ of Nowhere           Corey J. White -#25867
 SF  Planetwide                         Robert Leishman -#25868
 SF  Falling Wear                       Ray Franklin -#25869
 SF  Monster                            Scott Nash -#25870
 F   The Witchhunter                    Caroline Friedel -#25871
 H   Cold Spot                          James Milton -#25872
 SF  The Linking," Chapters 1-2         Jeff Richardson -#25873
 SF  Bermuda Triangle Brain Suckers     Kathleen Molyneaux -#25874
 F   Tears of a Phoenix                 Z. Z. Ali -#25875
 SF  Cryoneer, Chatper 1                Nicole Frens -#25876
 H   Killing Marjorie                   Ellen Hodge -#25877
 F   Beyond the Women's House           Jennifer Flippance -#25878
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You might also like... THE STARCROSSED by BEN BOVA
A stinging SFnal, futuristic satire on the TV industry, based a bit on reality.
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1466

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... COLONY by BEN BOVA
'At the forefront of hard SF' - Orson Scott Card
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1156

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