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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.

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 22-Apr-2015...


New from ReAnimus Press, helping the Critters Fund Drive...

	IN SEARCH OF THE DOUBLE HELIX by John Gribbin - $3.99
	UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF LIFE ON EARTH

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1461
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00VGJ9ECO/?tag=critters3a-20

	The search began with Darwin's historic voyage on the Beagle and
	it continues today in the laboratories of the genetic engineers. How
	did life on earth begin? What is the key to evolution that insures
	only the fittest survive? How do we differ from other species? And how
	might tomorrow's scientists read--and alter--the biological blueprint
	to eliminate disease, birth defects, and even create new life forms?

	Acclaimed science writer John Gribbin draws on his expertise
	in quantum physics to tell the story of one of the greatest
	and most dramatic of scientific discoveries. His search for
	the elusive double helix takes us through the twists and turns
	of disappointment and discovery on a fascinating quest to the
	source of life itself. In clear, straightforward language,
	he presents the lives and thoughts of the men and women whose
	pioneering work in physics, biology, genetics, and chemistry
	combined to provide a basic understanding of how life evolved--and
	continues to evolve--on earth. He follows the trail of discovery
	from X-rays, mutations, quantum mechanics, the molecular clock,
	and sexual reproduction--all the way to the innermost workings of
	the human cell. And he shows how modern science first learned to
	"crack" the genetic code of life and the profound consequences
	this new knowledge will have on our future.

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Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 63.4% of the way to the fund
drive goal with contributions from 107 donors, leaving about $1700 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Carl Slaughter
	Eric Schwitzgebel
	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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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Suzanna Linton, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Fear and Memory"
	is now out in the current issue of Channillo. {The short story
	was originally named "The Girl and the Poltergeist".}

	- Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The
	Walking, Weeping Prototypes" is now out in the current issue of
	Black Denim Lit. {This story received many crits--70 in three
	passes. Thank you to the crowd who gave their labor! May your
	own efforts be rewarded. }

	- Leena Naidoo, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Settle Down Now" is now
	out from self-published with Learning To Surf Publishing. {The
	first chapter was crittered with lots of helpful suggestions
	as to readability of style. It's available at Smashwords
	and iTunes http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/373390 and
	https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/settle-down-now/id979315878?mt=11
	Thanks to all the critters who helped make this a better
	novel :-D}


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 9 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 600 words each, goes to...

	Sarah Hodge

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 22-Apr-2015 (Crits due 29-Apr-2015):
 SF  Into the Brainlight                [mpc] Learned Foote -#24760
 F   The Vampire Helen pt 1 - Primal Skies #7  Kim Smeltzer -#24761
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapter 2           [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge -#24762
 SF  The Duchess' Chocolate             John Nickerson -#24763
 SF  Ship of Cards                      Malcolm Dent -#24764
 H   Daddy's on the Way                 Matthew Weber -#24765
 F   The Fireman                        Christoph Weber -#24766
 SF  Tunguska's Other Chlidren: Undercover, Chapters 1-5  Laura F. Sanchez -#24767
 H   Virgins Of The Sea                 Justin C. Key -#24768
 F   The Half-hidden Face               Dale W. Glaser -#24769
 F   One Last Wayang                    L Chan -#24770
 SF  Subdued, Chapters 8-9              [@] Mindy Peterman -#24771
 SF  Philanthro-Flu                     D.J. Diehl -#24772
 F   A Short Introduction to Court Life  Melanie Hopkins -#24773
 F   Endeavor to Dream on Broken Wings  AJ Finley -#24774
 SF  Hard Loving A Hermaphrodite        Rud Merriam -#24775
 SF  No SLAM Maps for these Territories, 2nd Draft  Will Milner -#24776
 SF  Initiation                         Charles T, Walbridge -#24777
 SF  Upon the All-Walker                Jeffrey Hall -#24778
 SF  A God Among Men                    Eitan Moses -#24779
 F   The Lion at the End of the World   Alex Bradshaw -#24780
 F   Assassin's Mistake, Prologue-Chapter 0  Katherine Howard -#24781
 F   Twenty Mattresses                  Mike Alix -#24782

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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... ORION AND THE CONQUEROR by BEN BOVA
Orion meets Alexander the Great, battling to save the future of mankind
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1418
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Two Easy Pieces                    Charles Hand -#24718

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  Into the Brainlight                [mpc] Learned Foote -#24760
 F   The Vampire Helen pt 1 - Primal Skies #7  Kim Smeltzer -#24761
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapter 2           [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge -#24762
 SF  The Duchess' Chocolate             John Nickerson -#24763
 SF  Ship of Cards                      Malcolm Dent -#24764
 H   Daddy's on the Way                 Matthew Weber -#24765
 F   The Fireman                        Christoph Weber -#24766
 SF  Tunguska's Other Chlidren: Undercover, Chapters 1-5  Laura F. Sanchez -#24767
 H   Virgins Of The Sea                 Justin C. Key -#24768
 F   The Half-hidden Face               Dale W. Glaser -#24769
 F   One Last Wayang                    L Chan -#24770
 SF  Subdued, Chapters 8-9              [@] Mindy Peterman -#24771
 SF  Philanthro-Flu                     D.J. Diehl -#24772
 F   A Short Introduction to Court Life  Melanie Hopkins -#24773
 F   Endeavor to Dream on Broken Wings  AJ Finley -#24774
 SF  Hard Loving A Hermaphrodite        Rud Merriam -#24775
 SF  No SLAM Maps for these Territories, 2nd Draft  Will Milner -#24776
 SF  Initiation                         Charles T, Walbridge -#24777
 SF  Upon the All-Walker                Jeffrey Hall -#24778
 SF  A God Among Men                    Eitan Moses -#24779
 F   The Lion at the End of the World   Alex Bradshaw -#24780
 F   Assassin's Mistake, Prologue-Chapter 0  Katherine Howard -#24781
 F   Twenty Mattresses                  Mike Alix -#24782
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You might also like... BAD KARMA: A TRUE STORY OF OBSESSION AND MURDER by DEBORAH BLUM
The bestselling true story of a famous murder and Supreme Court case
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1327

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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
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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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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:
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me (as they come in) within a couple days -- ask me and we can verify
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BACKUP SITE:
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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!

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for your choices.

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if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... I, ALEPPO by JERRY SOHL - For only 99 cents!
They brought people from dreams into reality... But the dream people didn't like that idea!
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1170