New entry Dec 07
Critters is 22!
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)
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.
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 21-Mar-2018... Fun future thriller, supporting the Critters Fund Drive this week... VANISHING LIGHT by Robert N. Stephenson - $3.99 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1590 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B07B6RG7Q3/?tag=critters3a-20 (available in both ebook and paperback) "One of the hottest new talents to come out of Australia" --Robert J Sawyer, author of Flash Forward From award winning science fiction author Robert N Stephenson, Vanishing Light takes you into a world where DigiCorp is all you need. With the world on the brink of collapse, DigiCorp's genius founder fought the odds and naysayers and saved the world. There are more rules, but people are content and accept there had to be a price to avoid calamity. One man, Mikolev, seems to think things may not be as perfect as they seem. Or is he crazy? His assigned therapist is concerned and vigilant. Are the rumors true that people vanish from the system while teleporting? Or that people's organs are moving around? Mikolev thinks he's stumbled onto a secret. Is it nothing, or has he just opened Pandora's box and put all of utopia at risk? -+- Heads up that Cosmic Roots & Eldritch Shores -- now a SFWA qualified pro market, and founded by a Critter member! -- is having their next submission round March 21st-28th. They also passed along that if any Critterfolk would like to subscribe, the subscription is now one for one year from time of signing on which people seemed to prefer to the calendar year subscription, and that they're adding more extras besides the illustrated stories (four of which were on Tangent's 2017 Recommended Reading List). :) https://cosmicrootsandeldritchshores.com -+- Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 80.7% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 95 donors, leaving about $800 to go. Thanks especially to Peter Donahue Jacob Brauner Bill Leonard Terrance Crow for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated! [See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.] -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 10 critiques (at time of judging), averaging over 700 words each, goes to... Jennifer Scott 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 21-Mar-2018 (Crits due 28-Mar-2018): SF With Criminal Contempt Jeff Cates -#27533 SF The Iron Woman of the Southern Ocean [@] DJ Cockburn -#27534 SF The Seventy-Light-Year Tour Robert Harpold -#27535 SF Vortex of Power Amanda H. Geard -#27536 F Buildings Roman" by W. Dean Michael Andre-Driussi -#27537 F Escape Darla Jackson -#27538 F Blue Lady Kevin P. Hallett -#27539 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 21 Eric Wilson -#27540 F Second Chances Emily Randall -#27541 SF Family Affairs: Chapter 1 of Agent of the State Geoff Houghton -#27542 SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo -#27543 SF Siderea Systems Incorporated Jennifer Scott -#27544 F The Cockroach at the End of the World Blazej Szpakowicz -#27545 H The Other Side of the Mirror Maurice Humphrey -#27546 H Cassandra Ron Stieger -#27547 F Swallow's Flight Rebecca Burton -#27548 SF Little Eyes Amy Henrie Gillett -#27549 SF Second Chance Alex Villepique -#27550 SF Borealis, Chapters 1-2 Maya Bradford -#27551 SF Jesus Cursed Russ N. -#27552 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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... LOCAL KNOWLEDGE (A KIERAN LENAHAN MYSTERY) by CONOR DALY 'A fast-paced mystery' - THE NEW YORK TIMES http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1277 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery : T The Man Next Door, Chapters 3 and half of 4 Michelle Godard-Richer -#27492 In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction : NT The Significance of the Fronting of the Prepositional Phrase in the Text of Genesis 01 01 Rebecca Miller -#26818 In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script : SC The Happiness of Chez Feliz Jerry Sexton -#27163 In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids : YA Vectors, Chapters 1-3 Tunmike Ogedengbe -#27532 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 Blurred Lines Part Two Michelle Richer -#27476 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 Ax-yZ The Creative Projects Platform Charles Gull -#27088 In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters : SF With Criminal Contempt Jeff Cates -#27533 SF The Iron Woman of the Southern Ocean [@] DJ Cockburn -#27534 SF The Seventy-Light-Year Tour Robert Harpold -#27535 SF Vortex of Power Amanda H. Geard -#27536 F Buildings Roman" by W. Dean Michael Andre-Driussi -#27537 F Escape Darla Jackson -#27538 F Blue Lady Kevin P. Hallett -#27539 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn, Chapter 21 Eric Wilson -#27540 F Second Chances Emily Randall -#27541 SF Family Affairs: Chapter 1 of Agent of the State Geoff Houghton -#27542 SF We're All Going to Slip Into the Throat of San Dante Renan Bernardo -#27543 SF Siderea Systems Incorporated Jennifer Scott -#27544 F The Cockroach at the End of the World Blazej Szpakowicz -#27545 H The Other Side of the Mirror Maurice Humphrey -#27546 H Cassandra Ron Stieger -#27547 F Swallow's Flight Rebecca Burton -#27548 SF Little Eyes Amy Henrie Gillett -#27549 SF Second Chance Alex Villepique -#27550 SF Borealis, Chapters 1-2 Maya Bradford -#27551 SF Jesus Cursed Russ N. -#27552 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... THE JUROR by HARVEY JACOBS If you've ever served on a jury, you'll enjoy The Juror; if not, you'll insist on a summons! http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1569 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 THE DOUBLE HELIX by JOHN GRIBBIN Unraveling the mystery of life on earth... http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1461 -- 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 .