New entry Dec 13
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 BarsoomThe 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.
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 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 -+- 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. -+- 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.) -+- 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 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com). 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