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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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.

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)

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 22-Jun-2016...


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Thanks for the donations, folks!  We are 56.9% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 76 donors, leaving about $1500 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Paul Hardy
	Jacob Brauner
	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...

	- Brian Koukol, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Fish in
	a Barrel" to The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
	Vol II.

	- Matt Dovey, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Squalor and
	Sympathy" to Podcastle. {My first ever reprint sale, and my first
	ever podcast sale! I love audio fiction, so I'm unreasonably
	excited about this. Thank you again to everyone who helped on
	this one last year--it's gone so much further than I ever dreamt
	it could.}


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 8 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 500 words each, goes to...

	Julie Reeser

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-Jun-2016 (Crits due 29-Jun-2016):
 SF  Crypt of the Chronolith            [mpc] Tim Adams -#25957
 SF  Words of Wisdom                    Dave D'Alessio -#25958
 F   The Golden Touch Chapters 5 & 6    April Hicks -#25959
 SF  Hermit on Mars Prologue and Chap 1  Kathy London -#25960
 SF  The Administration of Disability Benefits in a Simulated Universe  Paul R. Hardy -#25961
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#25962
 SF  The Orb Weaver's Gifts             Lee P. Melling -#25963
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 14-15  April Weeks -#25964
 SF  Muphrid, Chapters 0-2              John Waterman -#25965
 H   A New Beginning                    Sandor Kovacs -#25966
 SF  I Am Ur Dog                        Jen C.A. Morris -#25967
 F   Once Again: A Modern Fairy Tale - Ch. 3  M. Kari Barr -#25968
 SF  Skyclimber, Chapter 1              Tom Greene -#25969
 SF  Making the Cut                     J. D. Kalmanson -#25970
 F   Rebirth of Myrddin V.2             Erik Robinson -#25971
 F   Night's Country                    Jeffrey Hall -#25972
 F   Darkness Falling                   George Sartiano -#25973
 F   Star of Wildfire and Ash           Z. Z. Ali -#25974
 SF  Eye of the Timegate                Russell Forden -#25975
 SF  Forever Grey Chapters 1-2          Greg Tracii -#25976
 F   The Far Scribe: Prologue and Chapter 1  Coinneach Hutchinson -#25977

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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... FETISH by EDWARD BRYANT
Two-time Nebula Award winner
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1379
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   A & P and the Forever Sky          laura redding -#25954

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Good Baseball Man, Chapter 1       Charles PucciaB -#25452

In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NG  Plugged Into God, Preface          Rick Weber -#25313

In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script :
 SC  Bounty Hunters                     Avant Hall -#23842

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 YS  A Thistle Bedtime                  Maria Qualkinbush -#25955
 YA  Johnny Apocalypse Chapter 1        Mark L Robyn -#25956

In the comics workshop - http://critique.org/comics :
 CO  Bureau of Beasties                 Charlie Boatner -#25820

In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western :
 W   A Message to Santa Fe, Chap 1-3    Frank Coombs -#25375

In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance :
 R   A Grand Spectacle, Chapter 1       Kylie Gil -#25746

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  The Dark Jester in an Archway      Joy Landa -#25620

In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website :
 WW  Powerscript Website                Ronald Hurst -#22230

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 SF  Crypt of the Chronolith            [mpc] Tim Adams -#25957
 SF  Words of Wisdom                    Dave D'Alessio -#25958
 F   The Golden Touch Chapters 5 & 6    April Hicks -#25959
 SF  Hermit on Mars Prologue and Chap 1  Kathy London -#25960
 SF  The Administration of Disability Benefits in a Simulated Universe  Paul R. Hardy -#25961
 SF  The Soft Clock                     Joel Schroeder -#25962
 SF  The Orb Weaver's Gifts             Lee P. Melling -#25963
 F   A Branch of Rowan, Chapters 14-15  April Weeks -#25964
 SF  Muphrid, Chapters 0-2              John Waterman -#25965
 H   A New Beginning                    Sandor Kovacs -#25966
 SF  I Am Ur Dog                        Jen C.A. Morris -#25967
 F   Once Again: A Modern Fairy Tale - Ch. 3  M. Kari Barr -#25968
 SF  Skyclimber, Chapter 1              Tom Greene -#25969
 SF  Making the Cut                     J. D. Kalmanson -#25970
 F   Rebirth of Myrddin V.2             Erik Robinson -#25971
 F   Night's Country                    Jeffrey Hall -#25972
 F   Darkness Falling                   George Sartiano -#25973
 F   Star of Wildfire and Ash           Z. Z. Ali -#25974
 SF  Eye of the Timegate                Russell Forden -#25975
 SF  Forever Grey Chapters 1-2          Greg Tracii -#25976
 F   The Far Scribe: Prologue and Chapter 1  Coinneach Hutchinson -#25977
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You might also like... THE ALTERED EGO by JERRY SOHL
Why would anyone murder a man marked for full body and brain restoration?
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1360

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 discussion forums (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 .

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... THE TALE THAT WAGS THE GOD by JAMES BLISH
A collection of James Blish's excellent essays on science fiction and fantasy
http://reanimus.com/store/?item=1510

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