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Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. 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)

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.

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 08-Apr-2020...


I'm suspending the Critters Fund Drive for now, since most folks no doubt have needs far more pressing than Critters (which is in no danger). ReAnimus Press still has lots of new releases coming out, however, so I hope you don't mind me mentioning them. Such as this new one:

	MOONSTRUCK by Edward M. Lerner - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1668
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B085Q135Z3/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in both ebook and paperback)

	Will our first contact with aliens be the dawn of a new tomorrow--or the last act in human history? The moon has suddenly acquired its own satellite: a two-mile-across starship that represents a hitherto unsuspected Galactic Commonwealth. The F'thk, a vaguely centaur-like member species for whom Earth's ecology is hospitable, have been sent to evaluate humanity for prospective membership. The F'thk are overtly friendly but very private: "Information is a trade good."
	As Earth's scientists struggle to understand their secretive appraisers, odd inconsistencies emerge. As troubling as those anomalies is the re-emergence of a bit of insanity humanity thought it had outgrown: Cold War and nuclear saber-rattling. The Galactics' arrival may signify the start of a glorious new era, or it may presage the cataclysmic end of human civilization. Which outcome do the aliens really desire ...
	And what will they do if humanity refuses to play its assigned role?

Author of fifteen SF novels (five of them collaborations with Larry Niven) and dozens of shorter works, Edward M. Lerner won the inaugural Canopus Award for fiction "honoring excellence in interstellar writing." His stories have also been nominated for Locus, Prometheus, and Hugo awards.

"Edward M. Lerner is the quintessential Analog writer, combining well-researched scientific and technological speculation with compelling characters and thought-provoking plots."
--Analog Science Fiction and Fact

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Thanks for the donations, folks! With everything going on out there, the fund drive should be the least of anyone's worries. So, since it's well over 90%, I'm calling it successfully concluded for now! Thank you all! Thanks especially to

	Rebecca Lyons
	Bret Lynn
	Juliana Rew

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...

	- Patricia Moussatche, who sold her (Critter'd) short story,
	"Carayeeba" to Aurelia Leo Originals. {Thank you to all the
	Critters who critiqued this story!}

	- Patricia Moussatche, who sold her (Critter'd) short story,
	"Snow's Theorem" to Hybrid Fiction. {Thanks to all the Critters
	who critiqued this story! }

	- LindaAnn LoSchiavo, whose poem, "The Ash Maiden / La
	Cenerentola" is now out in the current issue of Songs of
	Eretz. {Songs of Eretz - themed issue - "Fantasy and Fairytales"}


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 6 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 500 words each, goes to...


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 8-Apr-2020 (Crits due 15-Apr-2020):
 F   Cattleya                           Sandra Skalski -#29067
 SF  Rufus                              Jeff Abrams -#29068
 F   Binge Worthy                       Adam Pitts -#29069
 F   The Fat, Old Tortoise and the Hard-Working Hare  [@] Larry Hodges -#29070
 SF  Diplomatic Immunity                T. M. Heckman -#29071
 SF  Feifei Zhang Autobiography Part I with Forward  Stephen Secor -#29072
 F   Best Served Cold                   Matt Krizan -#29073
 F   Gold Eagle: The opening            Nicholas E. Lehde -#29074
 SF  The Tulip Station                  Aaron Fried -#29075
 SF  Casey Travels West, Chapter 1      Barry Burnett -#29076
 SF  Palderyn: Apocalypse, Chapters 1 -5  Michael R. Hartman -#29077
 F   Siren's Lament                     Franchesca Guzman -#29078
 H   Undead absolution                  Philip Hays -#29079
 F   The Ravens                         Gautam Upadhya -#29080
 SF  Safe Travels                       Maria Ma -#29081
 F   The Bronsolinite Maslem            NM Whitley -#29082

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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... HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS by ROBERT QUALKINBUSH
The secret that separates the pros from the newbie
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1184
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   I'm Too Sexy                       Mad Morrow -#29065

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Blood Relatives                    Jay Path -#29048

In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NO  Belief in Proportion to the Evidence, Cha. 7 Without any Loss or Dishonour  Jim Parry -#28884

In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script :
 SC  Blake at the End of the World, scenes 1 and 2  Hayley Dietrich -#29066

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 YP  Saul T. Unyon: The Short End of a Tall Tale  Michelle Henrie -#28566

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

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   Pack Chapters 1-3                  Anastasia Bromberg -#28384

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 :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website :
 WW  Ax-yZ The Creative Projects Platform  Charles Gull -#27088

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 F   Cattleya                           Sandra Skalski -#29067
 SF  Rufus                              Jeff Abrams -#29068
 F   Binge Worthy                       Adam Pitts -#29069
 F   The Fat, Old Tortoise and the Hard-Working Hare  [@] Larry Hodges -#29070
 SF  Diplomatic Immunity                T. M. Heckman -#29071
 SF  Feifei Zhang Autobiography Part I with Forward  Stephen Secor -#29072
 F   Best Served Cold                   Matt Krizan -#29073
 F   Gold Eagle: The opening            Nicholas E. Lehde -#29074
 SF  The Tulip Station                  Aaron Fried -#29075
 SF  Casey Travels West, Chapter 1      Barry Burnett -#29076
 SF  Palderyn: Apocalypse, Chapters 1 -5  Michael R. Hartman -#29077
 F   Siren's Lament                     Franchesca Guzman -#29078
 H   Undead absolution                  Philip Hays -#29079
 F   The Ravens                         Gautam Upadhya -#29080
 SF  Safe Travels                       Maria Ma -#29081
 F   The Bronsolinite Maslem            NM Whitley -#29082
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You might also like... TIMESHARE: SECOND TIME AROUND by JOSHUA DANN
Timeshare series #2 - John Surrey has to drag a customer back from the Roaring '20s.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1518

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 ALTERED EGO by JERRY SOHL
Why would anyone murder a man marked for full body and brain restoration?
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1360

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