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Space Travel for SF Writers

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Weekly Notes

Notes for 22-May-2024...

Proceeds helping the Critters Fund Drive, as usual. Happy reading! :)

	FOOTPRINTS ON SAND by (SFWA Grandmaster) L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1528
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08XBZ8YQD/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in ebook + paperback)

This collection of the de Camps' work, singly and in collaboration with each other, was assembled in honor of their appearance as joint Guests of Honor at X-Con, June 1981 in Milwaukee.
It is a selection of short stories, verse, non-fiction, and excerpts drawn from almost every facet of the de Camps' diverse writings--fantasy, science fiction, children's stories; poems fabulous, romantic, and pragmatic; notes on prehistory, the evolution of weaponry, and the development of imaginative fiction, the origins of engineering; of Atlantis, Conan, and magic.
This literary feast includes several new pieces, such as Catherine's "Should Your Child Read Science Fiction?" Others range from "The Coming of the Engineers" (LSdeC) to "Windfall" (CCdeC) to "Eudoric's Unicorn" (LSdeC).
Also included are extended introductory remarks about Sprague and Catherine de Camp by Robert A. Heinlein, Lin Carter, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Andrew Offutt, Patricia Jackson, and George Scithers. The de Camps have passed on since this book was published, and Advent is proud to have it in print as a memorial to them both.
With a color photograph of the de Camps as frontispiece, and black-and-white illustrations by C. H. Burnett.


And don't forget yer olde Critter Captain has a new SF novel out...

	ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1733  / 	Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B0CHFYBF41/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in ebook + hardcover + paperback)

David Brin & Vernor Vinge praised it, so if you like their books you might like this one... :)


Thanks for the donations, folks!  Thanks especially to

	Rachel Messinger
	Lee Fellows

for their recent donations to help keep Critters going. Much appreciated!

[See https://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 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 800 words each, goes to...

	Ray Franklin

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
Critters Workshop

This week we have... [get from https://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
     Title                      	Author
Week of 22-May-2024 (Crits due 29-May-2024):
 F   The Mentor's Last Battle           Robert Harpold -#31454
 F   Sigyn's Victory Bowl               Richard Zwicker -#31455
 SF  At Home in the Cloud, Chapter Two  John Francis Willems -#31456
 SF  The Masterpiece, Chapter 1, synopsis  Charles Botsford -#31457
 SF  Kate                               Henry Bernard McFarland -#31458
 H   Virobot Slayer                     Becky Neher -#31459
 F   Demons Bargain: Ordeal, Wedding, and Epilogue  Carla Hennes -#31460
 SF  The Faster Than Light Go Cart, Chapter 1  Tom Blackstone -#31461
 SF  Eudoxiang                          Lucia Dolan -#31462

Recommended books on writing:

	ReAnimus Press Store: https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: https://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

	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

	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	https://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | https://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
Because you might enjoy it... THREE NOVELS by DAMON KNIGHT
Three excellent short novels from a SFWA Grandmaster 
Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   The Conqueror's Tongue             Julia nolan -#31453

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  Cupidity                           Kathleen C -#31276

In the kids workshop - https://critique.org/kids :
 YP  Dad's Old Guitar                   Tessa Stahly -#31422

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   For Her Honor Chapters 1-5         Morgan Stevens -#31119

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  Tea and Gossip                     Sandy Kulhavy -#30875

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 :
 F   The Mentor's Last Battle           Robert Harpold -#31454
 F   Sigyn's Victory Bowl               Richard Zwicker -#31455
 SF  At Home in the Cloud, Chapter Two  John Francis Willems -#31456
 SF  The Masterpiece, Chapter 1, synopsis  Charles Botsford -#31457
 SF  Kate                               Henry Bernard McFarland -#31458
 H   Virobot Slayer                     Becky Neher -#31459
 F   Demons Bargain: Ordeal, Wedding, and Epilogue  Carla Hennes -#31460
 SF  The Faster Than Light Go Cart, Chapter 1  Tom Blackstone -#31461
 SF  Eudoxiang                          Lucia Dolan -#31462

You might also like... ALPHA 6 by ROBERT SILVERBERG
The sixth in a series of superb science fiction. 

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Because you might enjoy it... NOBODY RIDES FOREVER by CRAIG STRETE
The most authentic life of Billy the Kid, as Pat Garrett told to Puking Bird

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