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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.

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)

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.

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 15-Oct-2014...


Since I see Chet Gottfried has a sale in the Woohoos below, I want to
congratulate him by reminding everyone he has two books out from ReAnimus
Press. :)

THE GILDED BASILISK by Chet Gottfried - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1378
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00HYNCZU4/?tag=critters3a-20

	Add a basilisk, a dragon, and weirdragons to the mix-up of
	a theft going from bad to worse: Friends become enemies and
	enemies friends, wars loom, and the intrigues threaten the fate
	of two kingdoms.

	Chet has also posted two funny videos to get you in the mood (see
	the link on the ReAnimus page).

EINAR AND THE CURSED CITY by Chet Gottfried - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1396
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00JYX9A9Q/?tag=critters3a-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! A young adult fantasy suitable
	for readers of all ages. 

Lots more cool books at www.ReAnimus.com , with proceeds benefiting the
Critters Fund Drive.

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And hey, I could use some volunteers to help out with Preditors & Editors...
Mainly looking over particular publisher websites and poking around for
info on them so P&E can post if they're legit or dodgy. Drop me a line if
you're interested in helping out. Thanks!

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Tom Greene, who sold his short story, "The Narrative of More"
	to Analog. {Thanks to all for comments on other, Crittered stories
	set in this same universe. Your feedback helped me figure out
	what was worth keeping.}

	- Liz Heldmann, who sold her short story, "Inseparable" to
	Escape Pod.

	- Chet Gottfried, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Present Trouble"
	is now out in the current issue of Perihelion SF. {Thanks
	everyone for Critter help, which is very much appreciated in
	making mine a better story (originally in the queue as "Past
	Tense"). Perihelion SF is a free online monthly and has a wide
	selection of stories (i.e., a great resource for writers and
	readers, over at http://www.perihelionsf.com/).}


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 10 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 2100 words each, goes to...

	Levi Jacobs

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 15-Oct-2014 (Crits due 22-Oct-2014):
 F   Jewels and Duels                   [mpc] Dan Koboldt -#24177
 F   In the Sorcerer's Society, Chapter #1  Christopher J. Piatti -#24178
 SF  Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel       DJ Cockburn -#24179
 SF  The Inorganics Return revised      Robert Harpold -#24180
 F   The Witch, Chapters 1-3            Douglas Hufnagel -#24181
 SF  Dead Men Tell Tales                Dave D'Alessio -#24182
 SF  The Forgiver's Visit               Stephanie Boisvert -#24183
 H   The Easy Way                       Matthew Weber -#24184
 F   The Pillar of Shiva                Rati Mehrotra -#24185
 F   The City of God                    Michael W. Cho -#24186
 SF  TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil  Matthew Cegielski -#24187
 F   Books                              Charles Leighton -#24188
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller -#24189
 SF  An arm and an eye and a brain in a box  Stephen Ornes -#24190
 SF  Time and Money                     Julian L. Azorlosa -#24191
 F   Black Lake Island Ch. 1-3          Luke Robinson -#24192
 H   Eastern State Penitentiary-REVISED  Stacey Nilsen -#24193

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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... THE WINDS OF ALTAIR by BEN BOVA
Altair VI isn't making it easy to Terraform! By six-time Hugo Award winner Ben Bova
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1207
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Gun Lust                       Carlos Mano -#24154
 L   Church Word                        Charles Hand -#24155

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Ice Cream Man, Chap 14-15          Charles Puccia -#24156

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  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman -#24157

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   Siren Song, Pg 1-24                Julia Pierce -#24133

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 :
 F   Jewels and Duels                   [mpc] Dan Koboldt -#24177
 F   In the Sorcerer's Society, Chapter #1  Christopher J. Piatti -#24178
 SF  Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel       DJ Cockburn -#24179
 SF  The Inorganics Return revised      Robert Harpold -#24180
 F   The Witch, Chapters 1-3            Douglas Hufnagel -#24181
 SF  Dead Men Tell Tales                Dave D'Alessio -#24182
 SF  The Forgiver's Visit               Stephanie Boisvert -#24183
 H   The Easy Way                       Matthew Weber -#24184
 F   The Pillar of Shiva                Rati Mehrotra -#24185
 F   The City of God                    Michael W. Cho -#24186
 SF  TGWLTE, Book 1 Krudges, CH 3 Earth in Turmoil  Matthew Cegielski -#24187
 F   Books                              Charles Leighton -#24188
 F   Small Packages                     Margaret Moller -#24189
 SF  An arm and an eye and a brain in a box  Stephen Ornes -#24190
 SF  Time and Money                     Julian L. Azorlosa -#24191
 F   Black Lake Island Ch. 1-3          Luke Robinson -#24192
 H   Eastern State Penitentiary-REVISED  Stacey Nilsen -#24193
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You might also like... BLOOM by WIL MCCARTHY
'Tense, dynamic, intelligent... terrifyingly vivid' - David Brin
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1145

Standard notes:

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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
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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.)

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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.

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if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... THE KINSMAN SAGA by BEN BOVA
One of Bova's most beloved characters and stories
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1140