New entry May 06
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.
New Book from a Critter Member**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member who's unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM
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)
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!
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]
Thoughts on Courteous Debating
The Critters newsgroup (sff.workshop.critters) has been deemed a No Flame Zone.
To encourage civil discourse on matters of importance, without invectives, a user posted these suggestions, herewith reproduced:
1) Exercise your writing skills by stating your point clearly in order to minimize alternative interpretations. Sarcasm, for example, might seem like an effective way of getting your message across. However, it is intellectually dishonest, and generally aims to score points rather than illustrate them. Be aware of the risk.
2) Check for understanding by asking if a poster really means what you think you are reading. For example: "Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?"
3) Challange a postion, view point, thought process, mode of behavior, or method of expression. Never attack the person. For example: "That argument is based on the logical error of special pleading." Rather than: "I'm sorry you are too close-minded and defensive to agree with me."
4) If you are angry, walk away for a while. (Wait until tomorrow to write your reply, maybe even wait another day before you post it. If it's that relevant to life and the universe, time is NOT of the essence.)
6) Avoid the people you can't stand. (Use kill-files or just ignore them.)
5) Above all, think before you post.