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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.

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.

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 11-Dec-2019...

The not-quite-there-yet Critters Fund Drive is supported this week by (paperback) sales of...

	THE STOCHASTIC MAN by Robert Silverberg

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1623
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/108743405X/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in paperback [$14.99, 298 pages])
		
	Captivating and thought-provoking, THE STOCHASTIC MAN is another outstanding novel by award-winning Robert Silverberg. Lew Nichols is been in the business of stochastic prediction--surveys and high-powered guesswork. Nichols has also been the administrative assistant to the mayor of New York City, the contented husband of Sundara Shastri, and a disciple of Martin Carvajal--an odd little man who is capable of seeing the future. But Nichols' life is changing. While under the influence of Carvajal, Nichols seeks the secrets of developing second sight, so he can manipulate the future. With unrivaled skill, Silverberg has created characters with great complexity, whose dilemmas have a strange air of future reality.

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Thanks for the donations, folks!  We are 77.9% of the way to the fund drive goal with contributions from 131 donors, leaving about $900 to go.
Thanks especially to

	Neal Williams
	Heather Gaither
	Larry Hodges

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...

	- LindaAnn LoSchiavo, who sold her book, "A Route Obscure and
	Lonely" to Wapshott Press. {My formal verse collection "A Route
	Obscure and Lonely" contains one long narrative in blank verse
	that was "crittered" -- a Count Dracula poem titled "The Tale
	of the Vintner's Daughter."  My book tour begins in New York
	City on March 21, 2020. Autographed copies will be available at
	the Reception.	GHOST wine is one of the sponsors.  }


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 almost 700 words each, goes to...

	Mike Whittle

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 11-Dec-2019 (Crits due 18-Dec-2019):
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 9  Eric Wilson -#28849
 SF  Lessons of Earth                   [@] Christoph Weber -#28850
 H   My Grandmother, Big Bill, and the Little Men and Me  Ed Kratz -#28851
 F   What Remains                       Francine Taylor -#28852
 F   The Manager of a Chicken Franchise in Vinland -v2-  Brian Lonberg -#28853
 SF  A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 13-15  Clayton Niehaus -#28854
 SF  Two Variations on Default Salvation  Andrew Dibble -#28855
 F   Prototype Solar System with Strings Attached  [@] Larry Hodges -#28856
 SF  How to eat a cricket - V2          Yacine GACI -#28857

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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... BOBBY'S GIRL by J. D. AUSTIN
Brilliant Hollywood director Bobby meets the woman of his dreams - an undercover alien on the run
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1520
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   What We Talk About When We Talk About Enlightenment  Michael Gruver -#28815

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Katrina Cut                        Jim Steele -#28848

In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script :
 SC  Loose Lips                         Robert Qualkinbush -#28625

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  Metropolise, Chapter 1             Carina Mchardy -#26473

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   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 9  Eric Wilson -#28849
 SF  Lessons of Earth                   [@] Christoph Weber -#28850
 H   My Grandmother, Big Bill, and the Little Men and Me  Ed Kratz -#28851
 F   What Remains                       Francine Taylor -#28852
 F   The Manager of a Chicken Franchise in Vinland -v2-  Brian Lonberg -#28853
 SF  A Job Seekers Guide to Necromancy Chapter 13-15  Clayton Niehaus -#28854
 SF  Two Variations on Default Salvation  Andrew Dibble -#28855
 F   Prototype Solar System with Strings Attached  [@] Larry Hodges -#28856
 SF  How to eat a cricket - V2          Yacine GACI -#28857
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You might also like... DARKER PASSIONS by EDWARD BRYANT
Two-time Nebula Award winner
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1272

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... HAVING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CHARACTERS ON THE ROAD TO GREAT FICTION by ANDREW BURT
(Shhh! A Secret of Great Writing)
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1422

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