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Critters is 25!

This November, Critters is 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 20-Oct-2021...


	REANIMUS PRESS HALLOWEEN 50% OFF SALE!
	
50% off all ReAnimus Press ebooks in the ReAnimus store! Now through Halloween at: www.reanimus.com - Use code HWEEN50 in the coupon code box (_before_ adding to cart). Lots of books from SFWA Grandmasters, books on writing, all sorts of good stuff. (ReAnimus Press is run by yer olde Critter Captain, primarily to bring old books back to life, but also new releases, such as the one below.)

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Critters Fund Drive is getting a hand this week from the new release of...

	THE DINOSAUR PROJECT by Craig Strete with Terry Izumi - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1707
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B09JKT9L82/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in ebook + hardcover + paperback)


They're back! And bigger than ever! In this spectacular sequel to The Mammoth Project, the military didn't think mammoths and cyber mammoths were enough--so they brought back--dinosaurs! Including, of course, a cyber-dinosaur... What could go wrong? And who could they turn to for help...

Craig Kee Strete is a three time Nebula Award finalist and Native American science fiction writer, noted for his use of American Indian themes.

And in other cool news, THE MAMMOTH PROJECT has been optioned for a major motion picture from VMI Worldwide!

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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 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 700 words each, goes to...

	Joel Roosa

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 20-Oct-2021 (Crits due 27-Oct-2021):
 H   The Critter                        Adam Pitts -#30205
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull -#30206
 H   Praying for Sunrise 2nd Revision   Jim Keane -#30207
 F   Laddie                             Sean Masters -#30208
 H   Unknown Depths                     N. M. Dudack -#30209
 SF  Submission Tracking                Ron Fein -#30210
 SF  Mission and Submission             Will Milner -#30211
 SF  Guardian Angel, Chapters 31-35     Eric H. Bowen -#30212
 F   The Piper                          Michelle Felmlee -#30213
 F   By Land and Sea, Chapter 2-3       Zen Sugino -#30214
 F   Chaos and the Salt Sea             Sue Franklin -#30215
 SF  Manywhere, Manyone, Manything      NM Whitley -#30216

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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... THE WORLD IN GRANDFATHER'S HANDS by CRAIG KEE STRETE
Jimmy is angry, lonely and homesick since Mother moved them from the pueblo to Grandfather Whitefeather's house in the city.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1571
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   They Sang of Green Pastures Chapters 1-3  Stephen Secor -#29841

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Obsession                          Heidi Hunter -#30194

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  Emergency                          Joe Latessa -#29381

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YL  The Most Unremarkable Dragon       Jillian LeNoble -#30062

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

In the western workshop - https://critique.org/western :
 W   Black Dust Trails, Chapters 0-2    Michael ANDRE -#29724

In the romance workshop - https://critique.org/romance :
 R   Romance-WIP                        Roxanne (Roxi) Rowan -#29876

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 :
 H   The Critter                        Adam Pitts -#30205
 F   Chaoticum : Act 2 - Chapter 3      Charles Gull -#30206
 H   Praying for Sunrise 2nd Revision   Jim Keane -#30207
 F   Laddie                             Sean Masters -#30208
 H   Unknown Depths                     N. M. Dudack -#30209
 SF  Submission Tracking                Ron Fein -#30210
 SF  Mission and Submission             Will Milner -#30211
 SF  Guardian Angel, Chapters 31-35     Eric H. Bowen -#30212
 F   The Piper                          Michelle Felmlee -#30213
 F   By Land and Sea, Chapter 2-3       Zen Sugino -#30214
 F   Chaos and the Salt Sea             Sue Franklin -#30215
 SF  Manywhere, Manyone, Manything      NM Whitley -#30216
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You might also like... FUTURE IMPERFECT by JAMES GUNN
Infinite possibilities of unknown worlds from a Grand Master of SF 
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1649

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, 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 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 critters@critique.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... ONE SIDE LAUGHING: STORIES UNLIKE OTHER STORIES by DAMON KNIGHT
17 visions of the infinite to perceptions of the pedestrian... 
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1692

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