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]
CritStyle is a simple web app that lets you format and print manuscripts from www.critters.org.
It gives you basic control over type size and line spacing (double or single), and will also apply bolds and italics specified with the *asterisk* and _underline_ conventions. You can also minimize the header info.
How to Use
To use CritStyle, simply copy a manuscript from the critters website and paste it into the yellow box. Click the Preview checkbox to switch between paste box and preview mode. In most browers you can also double-click in the preview box or paste box to switch views (this does not work in Internet Explorer).
In Internet Explorer you will be prompted to allow direct pasteboard access - if you click 'Allow Access', the contents of the pasteboard will be automatically inserted and CritStyle will go straight into preview mode. Explorer will prompt you on first loading the webpage, and each time you click 'New'.
The Autofit button will set a font size optimised for the maximum line width.
To store your preferred default settings, click 'New', then save the current browser address as your bookmark/shortcut. The font size, line spacing and header minimization settings are stored in the address, and will be applied each time the page loads.
CritStyle has been tested in Firefox 3.x (PC), Internet Explorer 7/8 (PC), Safari 3.x (Mac) and Google Chrome (PC). Results on other browsers are not guaranteed.
Runs very slowly with Firefox RealPlayer Browser Record Plugin enabled.
I hope you enjoy using CritStyle
Mike Alexander, 2009