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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)

The Sigil Trilogy

If 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.

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

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]

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Weekly Notes


Notes for 21-Sep-2022...

Supporting the Critters Fund Drive this week, we have a new release:

	SF IN DIMENSION by Alexei and Cory Panshin - $5.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1533
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08X7BQH17/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in ebook + paperback)

	
This collection of essays displays the talent and insight that make the Panshins the obvious and worthy successors to Damon Knight and James Blish in the field of science fiction and fantasy criticism. The Panshins document the evolution of a new and fruitful paradigm and offer a challenge to all conventional opinion about science fiction. They demonstrate that the conception of science fiction as fiction about science was fatally compromised from the outset. They trace the continuity of science fiction with man's most ancient and meaningful stories, the great fantasy of the past, and find this continuity in symbols of transcendent mystery.
 
Nearly half of this book is devoted to studying the works of Robert Heinlein, extending and reconsidering the analysis begun in Heinlein in Dimension, and concluding with a long discussion of The Number of the Beast.
 
The Panshin team applies theories of human psychological development to show the deeper meanings of the stories of Heinlein and other authors. They say: "In the mirror of a science fiction story may be seen a reflection of the author. In the mirror of science fiction stories may be seen a reflection of an era. And in our reading of science fiction--he stories we choose and what we make of them--ay be seen a reflection of ourselves. We read science fiction to know ourselves better."
Contents
 
    Preface: SF in Dimension
    Part 1: The Nature of SF
        The Magic of Their Singing
        The Elizabethan Theatre in 1590
        The Short History of Science Fiction
        Searching for the Heartland
        The World Beyond the Hill
    Part 2: SF in the Seventies
        Fragmentation
        Science Fiction: New Trends and Old
        The Special Nature of Fantasy
        Reflections and Commentaries
    Heinlein Reread
        Reading Heinlein Subjectively
        Time Enough for Love
        "Found in Space," by R. Monroe Weems
    Part 4: The Renewal of SF
        Retrospection
        Fiction and Human Development
        The Unicorn and the Mirror
        Farwell to Yesterday's Tomorrow
        Intuition and Mystery
        A New Worldview
    Part 5: A Season of Change
        The Past and the Future of SF
        The End of the Ghetto?
        Dealing with Higher Realities
        The Death of Science Fiction: A Dream
    References





[Disclaimer: Ye Olde Critter Captain also runs ReAnimus Press, sales from which help him keep Critters going as a free site.]


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Thanks for the donations, folks!  
	(No donations this past week, sad minion face.)  :[

[See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.]


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(No Woohoo!s this week, be sure to report your sales/publications/etc. via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.)


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This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 6 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 700 words each, goes to...

	Russell Weisfield

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 https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
                                                 
     Title                      	Author
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Week of 21-Sep-2022 (Crits due 28-Sep-2022):
 SF  Human Ivory                        [mpc] Russell Weisfield -#30731
 F   Living Fossils                     [mpc] Christopher Blake -#30732
 F   A Walk to Freedom, Prologue v2     [mpc] Dan Battey -#30733
 F   Departed Chapters 4-6              Laura Mortensen -#30734
 F   The Returned                       C.K. Butcher -#30735
 F   Girl on the Other Side             Ron Fein -#30736
 F   Demon's Bargain, Chapter 1         Carla Hennes -#30737
 SF  The Quorg _new version_            Becky Neher -#30738
 F   Wilbur the Wide-Eyed Reindeer      Patrick Tibbits -#30739
 F   Hand of the Thief                  Ash Kingery -#30740

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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... STAR BRIDGE by JAMES GUNN AND JACK WILLIAMSON
James Gunn and Jack Williamson's celebrated classic space opera
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1635
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   Little Bird, Chapter 1: Rain       Marissa Zurba -#30729

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Place Holder                       No Man

In the nonfiction workshop - https://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NP  I *Experience*, Therefore I Am     Robin niCathain -#30061

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Should I Stay                      Ellis Clay -#30600

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YP  Trying A Sport From A to Z         Delano Brown -#30507

In the comics workshop - https://critique.org/comics :
 CG  Magna. logline/ synopsis           Brent Claridge -#28885

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Currently Untitled                 Aleksandr Vincente Hoang -#30472

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   Faith, Love, and Obsession Chapters 8-9  Angie Mitchell -#30730

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  Tree Reflection                    Jen Forte -#30097

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  Franklin's Palindromedary          Ray N. Franklin -#29498

In the critters workshop - https://critique.org/critters :
 SF  Human Ivory                        [mpc] Russell Weisfield -#30731
 F   Living Fossils                     [mpc] Christopher Blake -#30732
 F   A Walk to Freedom, Prologue v2     [mpc] Dan Battey -#30733
 F   Departed Chapters 4-6              Laura Mortensen -#30734
 F   The Returned                       C.K. Butcher -#30735
 F   Girl on the Other Side             Ron Fein -#30736
 F   Demon's Bargain, Chapter 1         Carla Hennes -#30737
 SF  The Quorg _new version_            Becky Neher -#30738
 F   Wilbur the Wide-Eyed Reindeer      Patrick Tibbits -#30739
 F   Hand of the Thief                  Ash Kingery -#30740
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You might also like... THE MILLENNIUM BLUES by JAMES GUNN
The End of the World is nigh... 
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1643

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Because you might enjoy it... CHARLES FORT: PROPHET OF THE UNEXPLAINED by DAMON KNIGHT
The biography of the supernatural Charles Fort 
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1695

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