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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

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]

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 24-Sep-2014...

Hi there! I'm just back in town, snuck out for a wee bit of R&R, and left
the site on autopilot. My apologies that I'm behind on replies to email
requests. I'll catch up soon as I can!

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Thanks for the donations, folks! We are 25.1% of the way to the fund
drive goal with contributions from 61 donors, leaving about $3400 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Terrance Crow
	Daniel Swenson

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...

	- Ethan James Clarke, whose novel, "The Birth of Chaos" is now
	out from Amazon.

	- Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story,
	"Wherefore Art Thou, Werewolf" to T. Gene Davis's Speculative
	Blog.


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 700 words each, goes to...

	Dan Koboldt

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 24-Sep-2014 (Crits due 1-Oct-2014):
 SF  The Mirror Dialogues               Richard Zwicker -#24107
 SF  We Die with Harness on our Back    DJ Cockburn -#24108
 H   Haunted, The Saga of A Fallen Hero, Chap 8  Naftali Deitsch -#24109
 SF  Mild tasting, Like Veal            Henry McFarland -#24110
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Ch 1+2           Patricia Moussatche -#24111
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy -#24112
 F   Pawn of The Gods                   Andrea Franco-Cook -#24113
 F   Miracle Worker                     L Chan -#24114
 F   The Dragon of the Bailey           Jonathan Byrne -#24115
 SF  Where Hestia Stands, Apollo Weeps  Clancy Weeks -#24116
 H   Incident at the Buttered Biscuit   Matthew Weber -#24117
 SF  Contiguity                         Mark Rookyard -#24118
 F   The Witch                          Douglas Hufnagel -#24119
 H   She Was the Picture of Remorse.    Patrick Gill -#24120
 SF  Emerald                            Dennis V. Hernandez -#24121
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6     Kaitlyn Boggs -#24122
 SF  TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space  Matthew Cegielski -#24123
 H   After Life                         Rashida Asante -#24124
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapters 1-6            Patrick Sanders -#24125
 SF  Payback                            Robert Stevenson -#24126
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon Chap 1 Book 3  Charles Leighton -#24127
 SF  Optimizing Encounters              Jason Lopez -#24128

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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... NEON TWILIGHT by EDWARD BRYANT
Two-time Nebula Award winner
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1271
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Zen of Grammar                 Charles Hand -#24104
 L   Metaphors                          Carlos Mano -#24105

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Ice Cream Man, Chap 12-13          Charles Puccia -#24063

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  Siren Song, Pg 1-24                Julia Pierce -#24106

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  The Mirror Dialogues               Richard Zwicker -#24107
 SF  We Die with Harness on our Back    DJ Cockburn -#24108
 H   Haunted, The Saga of A Fallen Hero, Chap 8  Naftali Deitsch -#24109
 SF  Mild tasting, Like Veal            Henry McFarland -#24110
 F   Shrouded Goddess, Ch 1+2           Patricia Moussatche -#24111
 SF  Gotta Have That Look               Chris Kenworthy -#24112
 F   Pawn of The Gods                   Andrea Franco-Cook -#24113
 F   Miracle Worker                     L Chan -#24114
 F   The Dragon of the Bailey           Jonathan Byrne -#24115
 SF  Where Hestia Stands, Apollo Weeps  Clancy Weeks -#24116
 H   Incident at the Buttered Biscuit   Matthew Weber -#24117
 SF  Contiguity                         Mark Rookyard -#24118
 F   The Witch                          Douglas Hufnagel -#24119
 H   She Was the Picture of Remorse.    Patrick Gill -#24120
 SF  Emerald                            Dennis V. Hernandez -#24121
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6     Kaitlyn Boggs -#24122
 SF  TGWLTE Book 1 Krudges Chapter 2 Contact in Space  Matthew Cegielski -#24123
 H   After Life                         Rashida Asante -#24124
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapters 1-6            Patrick Sanders -#24125
 SF  Payback                            Robert Stevenson -#24126
 F   Tales of the Black Dragon Chap 1 Book 3  Charles Leighton -#24127
 SF  Optimizing Encounters              Jason Lopez -#24128
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Remember that some reviewers may lack tact.  Try to be understanding,
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Because you might enjoy it... THE SOLDIER'S DAUGHTER by ROBY JAMES
Sir William Wallace, the Scots hero, left his daughter three things...
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1342