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THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

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Weekly Notes

Notes for 19-Jan-2022...

The Critters Fund Drive presents another new release...

	ENTER A SOLDIER. LATER: ANOTHER by (SFWA Grandmaster) Robert Silverberg

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1613
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/1097345645/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in paperback)

	 Hugo Award Winner, from an iconic writer!

Conquering warrior Francisco Pizarro found himself... somewhere. Somewhere strange. He didn't know where, but he was sure it wasn't where he should be. After some time, another warrior appeared...
 About this story Robert Silverberg writes:
I wrote this one in October, 1987 for an anthology I was editing myself, the basic idea of which involved using computer-generated simulacra of actual historical figures set in conflict against one another. The ones I chose were Socrates and Francisco Pizarro, and the story very quickly became an exciting thing to write as these two powerful personalities began to clash. I think it's one of the major achievements of my career.
 It was published in ASIMOV'S SCIENCE FICTION and then in TIME GATE, my anthology, and it was picked for Gardner Dozois' 1989 YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION anthology. And at the World Science Fiction Convention in Holland in August, 1990, it brought me the Hugo award for Best Novelet.
 Robert Silverberg is a SFWA Grandmaster and winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards.

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


Thanks for the donations, folks!  Thanks especially to

	Jon Bodenshot
	Roderick Macdonald
	Bill Leonard
	John Goodwin

for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated!

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

Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- David Lee Zweifler, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The
	Inevitablist" is now out in the current issue of Little Blue
	Marble. {Thanks for all the valuable feedback on this story,
	my first pro sale.}

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Soul
	Testing in Major League Baseball" to Daily Science Fiction.

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Global
	Warming is a Hoax Said the Alien in the Spare Bedroom " to
	Galaxy's Edge.

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Prototype
	Solar System with Strings Attached" to Galaxy's Edge.

	- Larry Hodges, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Madam
	Hitler" to New Myths.

	- Larry Hodges, whose (Critter'd) short story, "99 Sextillion
	Souls in a Ball" is now out in the current issue of Dark Matter.

	- Michael Stevens, whose (Critter'd) short story, "When
	Love Goes Down the Drain" is now out in the current issue of
	HyphenPunk. {Thanks to everyone on Critters who helped make this
	story come to life. }

Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.


This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 6 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 1700 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.)


Recommended Reading...
One of the best writing books - Secrets from the 6-time Best Editor
Critters Workshop

This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
     Title                      	Author
Week of 19-Jan-2022 (Crits due 26-Jan-2022):
 H   Death Mask                         Douglas Kolacki -#30360
 SF  The Time and Place of the Invasion  Larry Hodges -#30361
 H   Deal at the Crossroads             Galen T. Pickett -#30362
 SF  The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 2 of 7  Dan Jolie -#30363
 SF  Twisting The Knife                 N. M. Dudack -#30364
 SF  Who Rules the Dreary Coast         Will Milner -#30365
 F   Wisteria, Protect the Spring       Zen Sugino -#30366
 F   The Troll and the Mage             Nell Norrell -#30367
 H   Skin of the Beast                  Monica Rubio -#30368
 F   Mirrored, Chapter 3 & 4            Rachel Messinger -#30369
 F   Soldier                            Michael Oduah -#30370
 SF  Pseudoscience, Chapters 3-4        Eddie Beeby -#30371

Recommended books on writing:

	ReAnimus Press Store: https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: https://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

	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

	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
Because you might enjoy it... THE MAGICIANS by JAMES GUNN
Can a band of social rejects save humanity from the Black Magician?
Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Scepter and the Distaff        Julia Nolan -#30372

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 T   The Godfather of Madagascar chps 5-6  @George Guthridge -#30300

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  Emergency                          Joe Latessa -#29381

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YS  Easter Escapees pilot              Allison Davis -#30373

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

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Black Dust Trails, Chapters 0-2    Michael ANDRE -#29724

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   Faith Love and Obsession 1st 3 chapters  Angie Mitchell -#30359

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 :
 H   Death Mask                         Douglas Kolacki -#30360
 SF  The Time and Place of the Invasion  Larry Hodges -#30361
 H   Deal at the Crossroads             Galen T. Pickett -#30362
 SF  The Desert Meditator's Last Stand - part 2 of 7  Dan Jolie -#30363
 SF  Twisting The Knife                 N. M. Dudack -#30364
 SF  Who Rules the Dreary Coast         Will Milner -#30365
 F   Wisteria, Protect the Spring       Zen Sugino -#30366
 F   The Troll and the Mage             Nell Norrell -#30367
 H   Skin of the Beast                  Monica Rubio -#30368
 F   Mirrored, Chapter 3 & 4            Rachel Messinger -#30369
 F   Soldier                            Michael Oduah -#30370
 SF  Pseudoscience, Chapters 3-4        Eddie Beeby -#30371

You might also like... FITZROY by JOHN AND MARY GRIBBIN
The Remarkable Story of Darwin's Captain and the Invention of the Weather Forecast

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Remember that some reviewers may lack tact.  Try to be understanding,
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Other format rules are at https://www.critters.org/format.ht .

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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 for this week -- if you aren't getting email'd critiques from
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don't forget to back up your own manuscripts so you don't lose them!

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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... VENGEANCE OF ORION by BEN BOVA
Orion must change history, or lose the only woman he has ever loved.

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