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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)

A Guide to Barsoom

The ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.

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-Feb-2015...


Seems like a good day for a dose of humor! (All sales benefitting the Critters
Fund Drive, which has more or less stalled out.)

        SIDE EFFECTS by Harvey Jacobs - $3.99
        A great satire, a la Vonnegut meets Catch-22. In the last hours of his
        hectic life, Simon Apple faces up to the hard truth that his very
        survival represents a prescription for disaster on an epic scale.
        From award-winning author Harvey Jacobs.

                ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1087
                Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B005F0VJI2/?tag=critters3a-20

	UNDERHANDED CHESS by Jerry Sohl - $4.99
	A hilarious handbook of devious diversions and stratagems for
	winning at chess. 

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1244
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B0098DZHLM/?tag=critters3a-20

	UNDERHANDED BRIDGE by Jerry Sohl - $7.99
	A hilarious handbook of devious diversions and stratagems for
	winning at bridge. 

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1364
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZ6QGAQ/?tag=critters3a-20

	STEEP, DEEP & DYSLEXIC by Biff America - $3.99
	A wonderfully funny mix of Andy Rooney and Garrison Keillor.

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1135
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B006H9HU5Q/?tag=critters3a-20


	EINAR AND THE CURSED CITY by (Critter member extraordinaire and SFWA pro author) Chet Gottfried - $3.99
	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! 

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1396
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00JYX9A9Q/?tag=critters3a-20



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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Stacey Nilsen, whose (Critter'd) short story, "That Murderous
	Thieving Bastard and His Wretched Beanstalk" is now out in the
	current issue of Fringeworks Publishers, Grimm and Grimmer Vol 3.


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

	Joel Roosa

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-Feb-2015 (Crits due 4-Mar-2015):
 F   Calypso                            P.E. Zimmerman -#24581
 SF  Entanglement                       Neal Williams -#24582
 F   Covenant of the Sword, Chapter 1, opening  Carol Wuenschell -#24583
 F   The Wind and the Way Home          Eugenia Triantafyllou -#24584
 F   The Water Cure                     Alexander Leger-Small -#24585
 SF  The Rescue Mission _2nd draft_     Anna Salonen -#24586
 SF  Customer Service                   Justin C. Key -#24587
 SF  The Hob's Friend                   Lance Burri -#24588
 SF  The Last Stand                     Christoph Weber -#24589
 H   Pauly                              Jeffrey Abrams -#24590
 F   Rubbish and Raspberries - a retelling  Aleksandra Pantic -#24591
 SF  Desire                             [@] David John Baker -#24592
 F   Pride and Joy                      Eric Landreneau -#24593
 F   Waste Places Chapter 1-2           Judith Pratt -#24594
 SF  The Baby Snatchers, Chapter 1      Vidal Cid -#24595
 SF  Fine Print                         D.J. Diehl -#24596
 SF  Paolo, Friend Paolo                Kurt Hunt -#24597
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 1                 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24598

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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... AMONG THE DEAD AND OTHER EVENTS LEADING TO THE APOCALYPSE by EDWARD BRYANT
Two-time Nebula Award winner
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1267
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Phosphorus Nation              Nessma A. Elsawy -#24396

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  Against All Odds Chapter 7,8       A Wisham -#24514

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 :
 F   Calypso                            P.E. Zimmerman -#24581
 SF  Entanglement                       Neal Williams -#24582
 F   Covenant of the Sword, Chapter 1, opening  Carol Wuenschell -#24583
 F   The Wind and the Way Home          Eugenia Triantafyllou -#24584
 F   The Water Cure                     Alexander Leger-Small -#24585
 SF  The Rescue Mission _2nd draft_     Anna Salonen -#24586
 SF  Customer Service                   Justin C. Key -#24587
 SF  The Hob's Friend                   Lance Burri -#24588
 SF  The Last Stand                     Christoph Weber -#24589
 H   Pauly                              Jeffrey Abrams -#24590
 F   Rubbish and Raspberries - a retelling  Aleksandra Pantic -#24591
 SF  Desire                             [@] David John Baker -#24592
 F   Pride and Joy                      Eric Landreneau -#24593
 F   Waste Places Chapter 1-2           Judith Pratt -#24594
 SF  The Baby Snatchers, Chapter 1      Vidal Cid -#24595
 SF  Fine Print                         D.J. Diehl -#24596
 SF  Paolo, Friend Paolo                Kurt Hunt -#24597
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 1                 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24598
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You might also like... The Life and Tails of Herman the Worm by Charlene Oliver
A delightful children's book from the Motown No.1 hit singer
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1003

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... SPACE TRAVEL - A SCIENCE FICTION WRITER'S GUIDE by BEN BOVA
An indispensible guide for science fiction writers
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1231