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Critters is 25!

Last November, Critters turned 25 years old! Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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)

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

Interviewed!

I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.

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!

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're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 22-Jun-2022...

Don't forget you can also help the Critters Fund Drive by reading books such as: 

	THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, VOL 3 by Donald H. Tuck - $24.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1538
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08KPZB51C/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in ebook + paperback)

	 
This massively comprehensive, Hugo-award-winning work in three volumes of science fiction and fantasy bibliography through 1968 is already a library standard. Large 8.5 x 11 inch pages in two columns of small print.
 Note that the ebook editions are digital replica editions--PDFs--not ordinary epub/mobi type books, because of the difficulty of getting accurate scanned text from this complex layout and small print. Thus you can read the books by seeing an actual image replica of each hardback page, however the invisible underlying text used for searching or copying will contain typos.
 The Encyclopedia is comprised of:
 
Volume 1, Who's Who and Works, A-L. [298 pp., 1974]
 
Volume 2, Who's Who and Works, M-Z. [252 pp., 1978]
 
Volume 3, Paperbacks and Miscellaneous. [398 pp., 1982]
 
Volumes 1 and 2 consist of an alphabetical listing of hundreds of authors, anthologists, editors, artists, etc., with biographical sketches where available, and compilations of their science fiction and fantasy works. The contents of most collections and anthologies are listed. In most cases the entries include bibliographic data for all known English-language editions and forms, as well as some foreign translations. Each author's entry also includes listings of books and short stories which form connected series, such as Robert Heinlein's famous Future History.
 
Volume 3 includes checklists of magazines with history, reviews, and notable fiction; paperbacks listed by author, publisher, and title; pseudonyms; series and connected stories; and general entries such as lists of Hugo winners, Dr. Who programs, book club selections, Star Trek programs, noteworthy films, and certain fanzines. This volume took the Hugo award for Best Non-Fiction at the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention (we like to think that the Hugo was really earned by the three-volume set as a whole).
 
Save ten dollars by ordering all three volumes together.




[Disclaimer: Ye Olde Critter Captain also runs ReAnimus Press, sales from which help him keep Critters going as a free site.]


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Thanks for the donations, folks!  
	(No donations this past week, sad minion face.)  :[

[See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.]


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Alex Souza, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Lorelei"
	to Swords & Sorcery Magazine.


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 300 words each, goes to...

	Alex Souza

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 https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
                                                 
     Title                      	Author
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Week of 22-Jun-2022 (Crits due 29-Jun-2022):
 F   Dragons and Deficits               Julia Nolan -#30601
 F   A Devil Gloats                     Sandra Keisling -#30602
 SF  The Uncertain Flight of The Butterfly, chapter1  Viterbo Guedez -#30603
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 1                 Jeff Naylor -#30604
 SF  The Death of Nine Lives            Christopher Blake -#30605
 SF  The Neuron of Kakulangan           Chase P. Davies -#30606
 H   Blood of the Rose                  Monica Rubio -#30607
 SF  Untitled scifi, chapter 1, Pink Floyd  Yash Agnihotri -#30608

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Recommended books on writing:

THE CRAFT OF WRITING AND SELLING SCIENCE FICTION by Ben Bova
	ReAnimus Press Store: https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: https://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS By (Critter member) Robert Qualkinbush
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | https://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
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS: THE 'BUG JACK BARRON' PAPERS by Norman Spinrad
	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
 
Because you might enjoy it... THE SORCERESS OF QAR by TED WHITE
A sequel to PHOENIX PRIME, a return to magical Qanar where danger lurks...
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1606
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Muckrakers Son                 Ellis Clay -#30599

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 M   The Ecology Club Chapters 3-4      Don Oestreicher -#30575

In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  I *Experience*, Therefore I Am     Robin niCathain -#30061

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Should I Stay                      Ellis Clay -#30600

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YP  Trying A Sport From A to Z         Delano Brown -#30507

In the comics workshop - https://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Magna. logline/ synopsis           Brent Claridge -#28885

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Currently Untitled                 Aleksandr Vincente Hoang -#30472

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   Faith Love and Obsession Chapters 4-5  Angie Mitchell -#30484

In the video workshop - https://critique.org/video :
 VS  The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp     Jay DeTalente -#21424

In the music workshop - https://critique.org/music :
 MP  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song  Beth Zurkowski -#21675

In the photo workshop - https://critique.org/photo :
 PH  Tree Reflection                    Jen Forte -#30097

In the art workshop - https://critique.org/art :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - https://critique.org/website :
 WW  Franklin's Palindromedary          Ray N. Franklin -#29498

In the critters workshop - https://critique.org/critters :
 F   Dragons and Deficits               Julia Nolan -#30601
 F   A Devil Gloats                     Sandra Keisling -#30602
 SF  The Uncertain Flight of The Butterfly, chapter1  Viterbo Guedez -#30603
 SF  Emotive, Chapter 1                 Jeff Naylor -#30604
 SF  The Death of Nine Lives            Christopher Blake -#30605
 SF  The Neuron of Kakulangan           Chase P. Davies -#30606
 H   Blood of the Rose                  Monica Rubio -#30607
 SF  Untitled scifi, chapter 1, Pink Floyd  Yash Agnihotri -#30608
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You might also like... CREATING SHORT FICTION by DAMON KNIGHT
The classic guide to writing short fiction - Revised & Expanded 3rd ed.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1548

Standard notes:

HELP:
If you need help with anything, see https://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
https://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 https://www.critters.org/antispam.ht .)

You may also send your critiques via https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.critters.org/admin.ht .

DONATIONS:
Critters is funded by donations, so visit https://www.critters.org/donate.php
if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... CHALLENGE FOR A THRONE by ROBERT SILVERBERG
The real life Game of Thrones & basis George R.R. Martin used for the GoT series.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1615

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