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.
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 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
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]
Log in to work on the BabelStory
Something I've wanted to do for a while in Critters was get some kind of collaborative group fiction writing web page set up. Finally did it.
The BabelStory page lets anyone add to the story (well, any Critters member, since your password is checked at the door). Rules are pretty simple -- since I know who did what, y'all have to play fairly nice :-) -- namely:
- Add a bit to the end (100 words or so max).
- You can edit the whole thing, but please only use this to fix typos, etc.; don't substantially alter the tone or direction of the story (since few folks will notice such edits; assume folks will only read from where they last left off).
There are multiple stories, one each Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Mystery. (Contact me to add other genres you might want.)
Feel free to chat & brainstorm the newsgroup, but don't expect that everyone participating will read news. Remember that any critter can add to the end, whether they read the newsgroup or not, so grandiose schemes may get disrupted. :-)
This is supposed to be fun, so just... have fun!