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Critter Notices

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 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)

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 16-Jul-2014...


Looking for beta-testers... We're developing a mobile site for
ReAnimus Press, and could use folks with different smartphones to take
a look. (Other than iPhone 4S and 5, which we have here.) Free ebook in
it for your time. :) Just drop me a note, and let me know what kind of
phone you have. Thanks!
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A couple YA novels suitable for readers of all ages: 

Fantasy-- EINAR AND THE CURSED CITY by SFWA pro and Critter member Chet Gottfried

        ReAnimus Press store: http://ReAnimus.com/1396 
        Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JYX9A9Q/?tag=reanimus-20

		Sixteen-year-old Einar enters Jorghaven for dueling
		and desserts, but a curse has changed everyone except
		Barbara Bloodbath, who needs his help to free the city...

SF-- XENOSTORM: RISING by (pro author) Brian Clegg

        ReAnimus Press store: http://ReAnimus.com/1357 
        Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GU3GXRK/?tag=reanimus-20

		Fourteen-year-old Davy finds himself facing a powerful
		underground group who have lived for hundreds of
		years--and want to see him dead. The future of human
		existence is in the balance...

If you know any young adults, I hope you'll pass this along. ReAnimus Press
books make great gifts, too. :) Paperbacks also available, and a portion
of sales help the Critters Fund Drive.

(Coming soon: The autobiography of astronaut Bill Pogue, long-time world
record holder for most days in space.)

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I think I've finally got the bug found & fixed where the post-critique,
per-manuscript discussion forums weren't working in some cases. If you spot
any cases where the forums aren't working right, do let me know.

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Carole Ann Moleti, who sold his (Critter'd) short story,
	"The Ultimate Test" to Mocha Memoirs Press. {Thanks to the
	many critters who made this sale possible, especially Andrew
	Richardson.

	http://mochamemoirspress.com/toil-trouble-and-temptation-the-ultimate-test/}

	- James Beamon, who sold his short story, "The Two Kingdoms Woman"
	to Intergalactic Medicine Show. {My first foray into historical
	specfic, which should be live in September.  It wasn't crittered
	but it wouldn't be published without you guys.}


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 900 words each, goes to...

	Harlen Bayha

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 16-Jul-2014 (Crits due 23-Jul-2014):
 SF  The Farthest City                  [mpc] Daniel P. Swenson -#23891
 SF  The Pro, Chapter 1                 [mpc] Richard Edwards -#23892
 F   Dwarves Don't Climb Trees          Eric Juneau -#23893
 SF  Hidden Color                       [@] Gio Clairval -#23894
 H   The Not, Chapter 34                A. R. Braun -#23895
 SF  A Mother's Place                   Christina Usher -#23896
 SF  Approaching the Well of Still Time _tentative_  Stacy Elko -#23897
 SF  Robot Rights, chapter One          tom Grayhorse -#23898
 SF  The Build-A-Dragon Company         Dan Koboldt -#23899
 SF  Stubborn Moon                      Joseph Camera -#23900
 H   Soulweaver Chapters 6,7,8          Alex Maher -#23901
 SF  Repeaters                          Filip Wiltgren -#23902
 SF  The Errigannie - Prologue/Chapter 1  Jay Sauls -#23903
 SF  Worlds of Pyramis: Chapter 9       Will Barnes -#23904
 F   The Trouble With Dwarf Stones at Cattail Pond  Victoria Kalb -#23905
 SF  Mountain Man                       Andrew Jacquier -#23906
 F   Spear, Chapters 1-3                Kristopher Horton -#23907
 F   Down the Spiral                    Jamie Simo -#23908
 SF  I've Found The Cure For Cancer     Justin Key -#23909
 SF  Suspended                          Rebecca Shiles -#23910
 SF  Desire                             [@] David John Baker -#23911
 F   Stag Night                         Aleksandra Pantic -#23912

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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... BUG JACK BARRON by NORMAN SPINRAD
Bug Jack Barron was banned in the UK- Read a Banned Book today!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1002
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Metaphors be with You              Carlos Mano -#23888
 L   Gun Lust 6-3                       Charlene Hansom -#23889

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Ice Cream Man, Chapters 1-3 v1     Charles Puccia -#23867

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  Stubby                             Diane Weber -#23868

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   First Kiss                         Laura Apple -#23890

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  The Farthest City                  [mpc] Daniel P. Swenson -#23891
 SF  The Pro, Chapter 1                 [mpc] Richard Edwards -#23892
 F   Dwarves Don't Climb Trees          Eric Juneau -#23893
 SF  Hidden Color                       [@] Gio Clairval -#23894
 H   The Not, Chapter 34                A. R. Braun -#23895
 SF  A Mother's Place                   Christina Usher -#23896
 SF  Approaching the Well of Still Time _tentative_  Stacy Elko -#23897
 SF  Robot Rights, chapter One          tom Grayhorse -#23898
 SF  The Build-A-Dragon Company         Dan Koboldt -#23899
 SF  Stubborn Moon                      Joseph Camera -#23900
 H   Soulweaver Chapters 6,7,8          Alex Maher -#23901
 SF  Repeaters                          Filip Wiltgren -#23902
 SF  The Errigannie - Prologue/Chapter 1  Jay Sauls -#23903
 SF  Worlds of Pyramis: Chapter 9       Will Barnes -#23904
 F   The Trouble With Dwarf Stones at Cattail Pond  Victoria Kalb -#23905
 SF  Mountain Man                       Andrew Jacquier -#23906
 F   Spear, Chapters 1-3                Kristopher Horton -#23907
 F   Down the Spiral                    Jamie Simo -#23908
 SF  I've Found The Cure For Cancer     Justin Key -#23909
 SF  Suspended                          Rebecca Shiles -#23910
 SF  Desire                             [@] David John Baker -#23911
 F   Stag Night                         Aleksandra Pantic -#23912
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You might also like... THE GILDED BASILISK by CHET GOTTFRIED
A basilisk, a dragon, weirdragons, and a theft gone bad...
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1378

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... AGENT OF CHAOS by NORMAN SPINRAD
Too radical to be true...but it was...
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1314