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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.

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

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (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

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 25-Mar-2015...

Turning out to be one of our hot items at ReAnimus Press is

        IN SEARCH OF THE BIG BANG by John Gribbin - $3.99
	`A remarkably readable guide to the mysteries of cosmic creation'
		--Nature 

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1454
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00S75ILGK/?tag=critters3a-20

For Big Bang Theory fans, don't miss this indispensible guide. :)
(Ahem, the actual historical event, that is, though of course to properly
understand the show it helps to understand the actual historical event.) :)

Proceeds helping the Critters Fund Drive as ever.

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Vanessa Fogg, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Disconnected"
	is now out in the current issue of The Future Fire. { Thanks to
	everyone who critiqued this!}

	- Derrick Boden, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Ghosts
	of Bunker Seven" to Plasma Frequency. {Thanks for all the great
	crits on this one!  If it weren't for all your help, I would
	never have sold it.}

	- Dom Dulley, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Washout" is now
	out in the current issue of The Novel Fox SF Anthology I.


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 14 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 400 words each, goes to...

	Fred Obermeyer

And Instant Winner(s) (for 10 MPC-eligible critiques):

	Mari Mitchell

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 25-Mar-2015 (Crits due 1-Apr-2015):
 SF  Party Performance Optimization Using Numerical Methods revised  [mpc] Robert Harpold -#24669
 SF  Monster                            [mpc] Jon Hurwitz -#24670
 F   Spear: Fire and Brimstone          [mpc] Kristopher Horton -#24671
 F   Small Feathers                     [mpc] Mari Mitchell -#24672
 SF  Slipping Away                      Fred Obermeyer -#24673
 SF  Peace, And Rumors Of Peace         [@] Mary Catelli -#24674
 SF  Polar Choices                      DJ Cockburn -#24675
 F   Defender: Return of the Harkers    Eric J. Juneau -#24676
 SF  Out of Sync                        Chris Kenworthy -#24677
 SF  Lieutenant Chan                    Christian Roberts -#24678
 SF  I Heard a Voice Cry Sleep No More  John Barefield -#24679
 F   Maryam That Was                    Alexander Leger-Small -#24680
 H   Bad Brunch in the Big Easy         Matthew Weber -#24681
 F   The Goose, the Goddess, and the Lost Golden Coin  Lance Burri -#24682
 F   The Alchemist's Box Ch 1-4         Alex Avrio -#24683
 SF  The Chain of Forests, Chapters 1 to 3  Ilias Stroulias -#24684
 H   My Soul, For Mommy's               Justin C. Key -#24685
 SF  Stormtroopers                      Christoph Weber -#24686
 SF  The Baby Snatchers, Prologue       Vidal Cid -#24687
 SF  Subdued Chapter 4                  [@] Mindy Peterman -#24688
 F   Henry and the Ghost, Chapters 1-2  Stefanie Kirschbaum -#24689
 SF  Necessary Illusions                [@] Tom Greene -#24690
 F   The Emergency Situation            Joel Kirk -#24691
 F   The Neighborhood, Chapters 1-2     Holly Godbey -#24692
 SF  Pixel Heart                        Will Milner -#24693
 SF  White King, Chapter 1, Johan       Gustaf Schneiner -#24694
 SF  Electric Raspberries               Josh Harlan -#24695
 SF  The Satellite Office               Jamie Simo -#24696

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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   Before the Last Snow, Chapter 1    (Ms.) Alexis George -#24599

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Mirror Man - Chapter 9-10          Jay Sauls -#24372

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  Ancestor - Chapter 2-4             Heidi Loney -#24600

In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western :
 W   God's Children in the Western Frontier  Mike Ackerman -#24475

In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance :
 R   Settle Down Now                    Leena Naidoo -#24580

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  Extinction by Proxy Cover          Eric Vargas -#24267

In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website :
 WW  Powerscript Website                Ronald Hurst -#22230

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 SF  Party Performance Optimization Using Numerical Methods revised  [mpc] Robert Harpold -#24669
 SF  Monster                            [mpc] Jon Hurwitz -#24670
 F   Spear: Fire and Brimstone          [mpc] Kristopher Horton -#24671
 F   Small Feathers                     [mpc] Mari Mitchell -#24672
 SF  Slipping Away                      Fred Obermeyer -#24673
 SF  Peace, And Rumors Of Peace         [@] Mary Catelli -#24674
 SF  Polar Choices                      DJ Cockburn -#24675
 F   Defender: Return of the Harkers    Eric J. Juneau -#24676
 SF  Out of Sync                        Chris Kenworthy -#24677
 SF  Lieutenant Chan                    Christian Roberts -#24678
 SF  I Heard a Voice Cry Sleep No More  John Barefield -#24679
 F   Maryam That Was                    Alexander Leger-Small -#24680
 H   Bad Brunch in the Big Easy         Matthew Weber -#24681
 F   The Goose, the Goddess, and the Lost Golden Coin  Lance Burri -#24682
 F   The Alchemist's Box Ch 1-4         Alex Avrio -#24683
 SF  The Chain of Forests, Chapters 1 to 3  Ilias Stroulias -#24684
 H   My Soul, For Mommy's               Justin C. Key -#24685
 SF  Stormtroopers                      Christoph Weber -#24686
 SF  The Baby Snatchers, Prologue       Vidal Cid -#24687
 SF  Subdued Chapter 4                  [@] Mindy Peterman -#24688
 F   Henry and the Ghost, Chapters 1-2  Stefanie Kirschbaum -#24689
 SF  Necessary Illusions                [@] Tom Greene -#24690
 F   The Emergency Situation            Joel Kirk -#24691
 F   The Neighborhood, Chapters 1-2     Holly Godbey -#24692
 SF  Pixel Heart                        Will Milner -#24693
 SF  White King, Chapter 1, Johan       Gustaf Schneiner -#24694
 SF  Electric Raspberries               Josh Harlan -#24695
 SF  The Satellite Office               Jamie Simo -#24696
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You might also like... SISTER ANGEL by KATE WILHELM

http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1444

Standard notes:

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Please send only one critique per mail message (makes it easier to
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courteous way.  Try to point out the good and the bad; offer alternatives
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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
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reviewer's "credit" for that story and/or cajole them into something
more insightful.  See http://www.critters.org/diplomacy.ht for more...

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If you want to send a short critique that you know is too short for
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"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.

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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:
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for your choices.

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if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... DEAR AMERICA: LETTERS HOME FROM VIETNAM by Bernard Edelman (ed.)
The bestselling book and basis for the Emmy award winning documentary now available in ebook edition!
http://reanimus.com/1413