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)
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 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.] -+- Thanks for the donations, folks! (No donations this past week, sad minion face.) :[ [See http://www.critters.org/donate.php for more information.] -+- (No Woohoo!s this week, be sure to report your sales/publications/etc. via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.) -+- 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.) -+- 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 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You might also like... THE MILLENNIUM BLUES by JAMES GUNN The End of the World is nigh... https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1643 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, 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 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 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 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... CHARLES FORT: PROPHET OF THE UNEXPLAINED by DAMON KNIGHT The biography of the supernatural Charles Fort https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1695 -- 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 .