New entry Dec 07
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' AliveIf 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.
The Sigil TrilogyIf 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.
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 08-Jul-2020... Helping to keep Critters humming this week are sales of... PAST THE SLEEPING SONS OF GOD by Alfred Coppel ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1599 Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B07P1J2F9S/?tag=critters3a-20 (available in both ebook and paperback - price reduced!) Newly discovered, never-before published novel from a master writer! Flor Ortega has lived many lives. She has been the estranged daughter of an American former CIA agent, a secret sister, a poet, a lover, a passionate revolutionary. She strikes passionate loyalty into the hearts of some, and hatred into the hearts of others, but one one thing is certain: No one who crosses her path is left unchanged. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Alfred Coppel was born in Oakland, and served as a fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. After his discharge, he started his career as a writer. He became one of the most prolific pulp authors of the 1950s and 1960s, adopting the pseudonyms Robert Cham Gilman and A.C. Marin and writing for a variety of pulp magazines and later "slick" publishers. Though writing in a variety of genres, including action thrillers, he is known for his science fiction short stories and novels. -+- Woohoo! Congratulations to... - Richard Zwicker, who sold his short story, "The Bird Whisperer" to Love Letters to Poe. 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 700 words each, goes to... Jude Matulich 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 http://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]... Title Author --------------------------------------------------------------------- Week of 8-Jul-2020 (Crits due 15-Jul-2020): H It's Not a Pandemic [mpc] Adam Pitts -#29272 F Small Demons - Book I of The Eversteam Chronicles [mpc] Jude Matulich -#29273 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 23-24 Eric Wilson -#29274 SF Time in a Bottle Amy Hammack Turner -#29275 F The Greatest City Chapters 3,4, and 5 Clayton Niehaus -#29276 SF Humanity, Start Your Engines [@] Larry Hodges -#29277 F Elfriche LindaAnn LoSchiavo -#29278 SF Coded Parasites K. Raghasudhan -#29279 SF Galaxy Run, Chapter 1 - Date Night James Edmund Dennis -#29280 SF Descent Into Darkness [@] Edward Muller -#29281 SF A Fresh Start Jonathan G. Chew -#29282 F Arrows in the Dark, chapter 1, version 2 Abigail Yates -#29283 F Make America Magical Again C.A. Lewis -#29284 F The Straw Witch Michelle DiPietro -#29285 H Teeth John Henry Whelan -#29286 F Center Hallow Steven Kubrak -#29287 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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... WOMAN WITHOUT A SHADOW by KAREN HABER Kayla the telepath challenges the most powerful psi families on her home planet https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1392 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pieces up for critique in other workshops... In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit : L Reversions Stanton Yeakley -#29271 In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery : M Poi Dog, Chapters 1-2 Darrel Condra -#29242 In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction : NH That Woman Wanda Little Fenimore -#29130 In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script : SC Perspective in Three Parts Sarah Joynt Borger -#29179 In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids : BK Monarchs of Greenwood - Fly With Me, CH. 1-3 Emmanuel Agyei-Boatey -#29197 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 : H It's Not a Pandemic [mpc] Adam Pitts -#29272 F Small Demons - Book I of The Eversteam Chronicles [mpc] Jude Matulich -#29273 F The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 23-24 Eric Wilson -#29274 SF Time in a Bottle Amy Hammack Turner -#29275 F The Greatest City Chapters 3,4, and 5 Clayton Niehaus -#29276 SF Humanity, Start Your Engines [@] Larry Hodges -#29277 F Elfriche LindaAnn LoSchiavo -#29278 SF Coded Parasites K. Raghasudhan -#29279 SF Galaxy Run, Chapter 1 - Date Night James Edmund Dennis -#29280 SF Descent Into Darkness [@] Edward Muller -#29281 SF A Fresh Start Jonathan G. Chew -#29282 F Arrows in the Dark, chapter 1, version 2 Abigail Yates -#29283 F Make America Magical Again C.A. Lewis -#29284 F The Straw Witch Michelle DiPietro -#29285 H Teeth John Henry Whelan -#29286 F Center Hallow Steven Kubrak -#29287 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... THE BOX: AN ORAL HISTORY OF TELEVISION, 1920-1961 by JEFF KISSELOFF An oral history of TV from those who were there 'Wondrous' - New York Times Book Review https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1336 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, email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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... EINAR AND THE CURSED CITY by CHET GOTTFRIED 16-year-old Einar enters Jorghaven for dueling and desserts, must save the city from a curse https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1396 -- You received this email message because you signed up for the Critters Writers Workshop. If you want to stop getting these emails, please visit http://www.critters.org/email.ht .