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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.

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 20-Aug-2014...

Two new releases from ReAnimus Press to help the Critters Fund Drive!

One Fantasy, and one Science Fiction, for your enjoyment...

   THE PERSEUS BREED - a Science Fiction mystery by Kevin Egan - $2.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1414
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00MJTJVKA/?tag=critters3a-20

	Borley Share has found a pattern: Every thirty years, beautiful
	women mysteriously vanish from the Earth... it's now another 30 years. 


   IN HOLLOW LANDS - a Fantasy by Sophie Masson - $2.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1415
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00MT9VPMC/?tag=critters3a-20

	Ti-Korriganed loomed up, the great grey stones rising in the
	dimming light like huge, cowled shadow-figures. The owl was
	sitting by the tallest stone. But there were other creatures,
	all with that strange restlessness, that edgy melancholy
	quick-to-anger of the otherworld.

	Lured into the world of the magical korrigans, the young twins,
	Tiphaine and Gromer, may never break their enchantment. But
	Tiphaine's bright mind sees that not only korrigans may discover
	hidden powers within themselves. In the human world, young
	Bertrand du Guesclin fights in the wars -- until, in a strange
	wood, he senses the dangerous presence that will transform
	his life.

	"Reading one of Sophie Masson's books is like standing on top of
	a lonely mountain at midnight, under a star-filled sky... Her
	work has that same sense of clarity, magic, and mystery..."
	--Garth Nix

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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports " Diabolical Plots has posted
	my interview with Nebula winner Tina Connolly, author of the
	"Ironskin" trilogy, about Toasted Cake, her podcast site for flash
	speculative fiction.  http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8811".

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots
	has published my interview with Connie Willis.
	http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8419".

	- Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has
	published my article "Write for TV, the Time is Now."
	http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8413".

	- Andrew Richardson, who sold his short story, "Eton Mess"
	to Keith Publications.


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 almost 2300 words each, goes to...

	Russell Adams

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 20-Aug-2014 (Crits due 27-Aug-2014):
 SF  Branches of Tech                   [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24004
 F   Blood Bank                         [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose -#24005
 SF  On the Proper Maintenance of a Tremeddian Dominion Garden  Matt Dovey -#24006
 SF  Bloodlines, Chapter 1              Debra Crichlow -#24007
 SF  Remotely out of Control 8-2        Charles Hand -#24008
 SF  Can't Forget                       Colleen S. Myers -#24009
 H   Tribe: Prologue                    Wendy Salmon -#24010
 F   Anima, Chapter 0-4                 Mulyadi Cahyono -#24011
 SF  The Broken Dream                   Louise A. Postlethwaite -#24012
 SF  Square Chickens _submitted 8-5_    Charlene Hansom -#24013
 SF  What Do You Do With An Empty Baby?  Rik Hunik -#24014
 SF  The Link                           R. J. Delacruz -#24015
 SF  Coronation _chapters 1 & 2_        Mark Probert -#24016
 F   Batanzia                           C.J. Piatti -#24017
 F   Hell To Death Row: Fresh Catch     Glo Gray -#24018
 SF  Hands on the Triggers chapter 1-2  Kit Davis -#24019
 F   Fury                               David Kloss -#24020
 SF  Architect of the Abyss             Scott Towler -#24021
 F   A Study In Bronze                  Irene Ying -#24022
 F   Silverdirt, chapter 1              Brenna Raney -#24023

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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 SIGIL TRILOGY (OMNIBUS VOL.1-3) by HENRY GEE
'Great stuff... everything you yearn to find in a very good contemporary SF novel.  Really enjoyed it!'  - SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1260
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Nostalgia is Good Stalgia _submitted 8-6_  Charles Hand -#24001
 L   South Gate _submitted 8-10_        Charlene Hansom -#24002

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Ice Cream Man, Chap 10-11          Charles Puccia -#24003

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  Chapter one Untitled               Bonnie Mercure -#23938

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   Dustriel's Blessing Second Draft, Chapters 26-31  Melanie DeWitt -#23959

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 :
 SF  Branches of Tech                   [mpc] Fred Obermeyer -#24004
 F   Blood Bank                         [mpc] Ralph M. Ambrose -#24005
 SF  On the Proper Maintenance of a Tremeddian Dominion Garden  Matt Dovey -#24006
 SF  Bloodlines, Chapter 1              Debra Crichlow -#24007
 SF  Remotely out of Control 8-2        Charles Hand -#24008
 SF  Can't Forget                       Colleen S. Myers -#24009
 H   Tribe: Prologue                    Wendy Salmon -#24010
 F   Anima, Chapter 0-4                 Mulyadi Cahyono -#24011
 SF  The Broken Dream                   Louise A. Postlethwaite -#24012
 SF  Square Chickens _submitted 8-5_    Charlene Hansom -#24013
 SF  What Do You Do With An Empty Baby?  Rik Hunik -#24014
 SF  The Link                           R. J. Delacruz -#24015
 SF  Coronation _chapters 1 & 2_        Mark Probert -#24016
 F   Batanzia                           C.J. Piatti -#24017
 F   Hell To Death Row: Fresh Catch     Glo Gray -#24018
 SF  Hands on the Triggers chapter 1-2  Kit Davis -#24019
 F   Fury                               David Kloss -#24020
 SF  Architect of the Abyss             Scott Towler -#24021
 F   A Study In Bronze                  Irene Ying -#24022
 F   Silverdirt, chapter 1              Brenna Raney -#24023
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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

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... HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS by ROBERT QUALKINBUSH
The secret that separates the pros from the newbie
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1184