New entry Sep 16
Critters is almost 25!
In November, Critters will be 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)
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 whose 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
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]
Notes for 23-Sep-2020... Helping out the Critters Fund Drive this week is the new re-release of SFWA Grandmaster James Gunn's... KAMPUS by James Gunn - $3.99 ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1640 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08HX73NDM/?tag=critters3a-20 (available in both ebook and paperback) In the near future, on America's campuses, professors hawk their courses, dozens of political groups compete in violence and computer-dating means having sex with a computer. It may not be all grind, but isn't it fun and games - as one senior finds out when he kidnaps his favorite professor - and kills him for his knowledge. You are looking at the college of tomorrow where yesterday's radicals are the Establishment. And tomorrow's students invent the ultimate revolution. -+- Thanks for the donations, folks! Thanks especially to Bill Leonard Philip Lindeman for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated! [See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.] -+- Woohoo! Congratulations to... - Russell Adams, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Good Neighbor" to Patchwork Neurodiversity Anthology. Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page. -+- This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 10 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.) -+- 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Critters Workshop ---------------------------------------------------------------------- This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]... Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 23-Sep-2020 (Crits due 30-Sep-2020): F Equal Measure Sandra Skalski -#29443 SF Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 1 Charles Gull -#29444 SF Beijing Galactic Table Tennis Championships [@] Larry Hodges -#29445 SF The Architecture of Longing Jamie M. Boyd -#29446 F The Souls of Imagined Things Raghasudhan K -#29447 H The Torrid Captaincy of Henry Armistead, Chapter 3 Robert Beverly -#29448 SF The Old Woman and the Puffins John Edward Uth -#29449 SF The Toqard Vince Bonasso -#29450 F The Homeless Stars Kelly Parrish -#29451 F Holy Knight Michelle Ng -#29452 F The Dragon's Garden K.C. Ahia -#29453 F The Judge Conor McBrien -#29454 F Exit, Pursued by a Cucumber Katelyn Sullivan -#29455 F The Ghost at 1 Silversmith Lane Kate Genellie -#29456 SF Something Rich and Strange Jordan Allan Chase-Young -#29457 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 NEW SPRINGTIME by ROBERT SILVERBERG Humans emerge to reclaim Earth after the Long Winter, but never anticipated what awaits... https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1616 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit : L An Account between a Landlord and a Tenant Annie Bashaw -#29412 In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery : M Snakes and Leaders, Chapters 1-8 Michael Benjamin -#29362 In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction : NH That Woman Wanda Little Fenimore -#29130 In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script : SC Emergency Joe Latessa -#29381 In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids : BK Monarchs of Greenwood - Fly With Me, CH. 1-3 Emmanuel Agyei-Boatey -#29197 In the comics workshop - https://critique.org/comics : CG Magna. logline/ synopsis Brent Claridge -#28885 In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western : W A Message to Santa Fe, Chap 1-3 Frank Coombs -#25375 In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance : R Love and Other Experiments: First 3 Chapters Tabitha Hapeman -#29363 R First 10 pages-- The Last Prince Brandi Cote -#29364 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 Hawk Sandy Kulhavy -#29426 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 ReAnimus Press Andrew Burt -#29320 In the critters workshop - https://critique.org/critters : F Equal Measure Sandra Skalski -#29443 SF Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 1 Charles Gull -#29444 SF Beijing Galactic Table Tennis Championships [@] Larry Hodges -#29445 SF The Architecture of Longing Jamie M. Boyd -#29446 F The Souls of Imagined Things Raghasudhan K -#29447 H The Torrid Captaincy of Henry Armistead, Chapter 3 Robert Beverly -#29448 SF The Old Woman and the Puffins John Edward Uth -#29449 SF The Toqard Vince Bonasso -#29450 F The Homeless Stars Kelly Parrish -#29451 F Holy Knight Michelle Ng -#29452 F The Dragon's Garden K.C. Ahia -#29453 F The Judge Conor McBrien -#29454 F Exit, Pursued by a Cucumber Katelyn Sullivan -#29455 F The Ghost at 1 Silversmith Lane Kate Genellie -#29456 SF Something Rich and Strange Jordan Allan Chase-Young -#29457 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... ORION AMONG THE STARS by BEN BOVA Orion leads interstellar warriors in a galactic war among the gods themselves https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1419 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, firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com). 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... SOULS AND HALLOWS by S. R. ALGERNON A menagerie of souls in search of purpose in futuristic landscapes. Will they find it, and at what cost? https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1595 -- You received this email message because you signed up for the Critters Writers Workshop. If you want to stop getting these emails, please visit https://www.critters.org/email.ht .