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Critters is almost 25!

In November, Critters will be 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.

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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)

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 12-Aug-2020...

Helping out the Critters Fund Drive this week is an amazing release from ReAnimus Press--
Three legends of SF, edited by a fourth--

	THE NEW ATLANTIS by Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree, Jr., Gene Wolfe - $4.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1626
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08FGJ9879/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in both ebook and paperback)
	
Three short novels by three of science fiction's greatest writers -- Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree, Jr., and Gene Wolfe, edited by Robert Silverberg.

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Thanks for the donations, folks!  Thanks especially to

	Michael Benjamin
	Larry Hodges
	Richard Zwicker
	Daniel Villani

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

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


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Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Roger
	and Hester - the Early Years" to Page & Spine.

	- LindaAnn LoSchiavo, who reports "New Interview & Sneak Peak of
	My Video". {AUTHOR INTERVIEW: LindaAnn LoSchiavo (Poetry Author)
	+ a bonus video-poem sneak peak!

	Interviewer: Althea Bernardo, The Moon Who Listens!
	https://themoonwholistens.wixsite.com/mysite/post/author-interview-lindaann-loschiavo-poetry-author-bonus-poem-video-sneak-peak
	}


Please report your Woohoo!s via the www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht web page.


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This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 2 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 4100 words each, goes to...

	Donald Jodon

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 http://www.critters.org/private/mss.php ]...
                                                 
     Title                      	Author
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Week of 12-Aug-2020 (Crits due 19-Aug-2020):
 F   The Bread Pirate Roberts           [mpc] Adam Pitts [?] -#29348
 SF  The Sum of Its Parts _part 1 of 2_  Richard Zwicker -#29349
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 25  Eric Wilson -#29350
 F   Of Wind and Lightning _Selah_      Ella Walker Henderson -#29351
 SF  Snikabah                           John Griffin -#29352
 SF  The Celebrity Scenario             Jamie M. Boyd -#29353
 F   Shadow's Birth                     Holden Lee -#29354
 SF  Engines of Immortality             Raghasudhan K -#29355
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapters 2 and 3       James Edmund Dennis -#29356
 H   Changeling, Chapters 1-3           H. D. Grande -#29357
 SF  3 Billion Heartbeats               Jonathan G. Chew -#29358
 SF  Death Arbiter                      Franz Pattison (as H.M. Friendly) -#29359
 SF  accidental rider                   Ross Middleton -#29360
 F   Guilds of Aevalei, Prologue-Chapter 1  Adam Martin -#29361

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Recommended books on writing:

THE CRAFT OF WRITING AND SELLING SCIENCE FICTION by Ben Bova
	ReAnimus Press Store: http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1144
	Amazon: http://Amazon.com/dp/B006MAZPEI

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS By (Critter member) Robert Qualkinbush
	http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1184 | http://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
	http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1179 | http://Amazon.com/dp/B007SIC4I8

EXPERIMENT PERILOUS: THE 'BUG JACK BARRON' PAPERS by Norman Spinrad
	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing)
	http://ReAnimus.com/store?item=1180 | http://Amazon.com/dp/B007MF3MS8
 
Because you might enjoy it... IN SEARCH OF THE BIG BANG by JOHN GRIBBIN
`A remarkably readable guide to the mysteries of cosmic creation' -  Nature 
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1454
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Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - http://critique.org/lit :
 L   Dreamer                            Joe Vance -#29318

In the mystery workshop - http://critique.org/mystery :
 M   Snakes and Leaders, Chapters 1-8   Michael Benjamin -#29362

In the nonfiction workshop - http://critique.org/nonfiction :
 NH  That Woman                         Wanda Little Fenimore -#29130

In the script workshop - http://critique.org/script :
 SC  Perspective in Three Parts         Sarah Joynt Borger -#29179

In the kids workshop - http://critique.org/kids :
 BK  Monarchs of Greenwood - Fly With Me, CH. 1-3  Emmanuel Agyei-Boatey -#29197

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

In the western workshop - http://critique.org/western :
 W   A Message to Santa Fe, Chap 1-3    Frank Coombs -#25375

In the romance workshop - http://critique.org/romance :
 R   Love and Other Experiments: First 3 Chapters  Tabitha Hapeman -#29363
 R   First 10 pages-- The Last Prince   Brandi Cote -#29364

In the video workshop - http://critique.org/video :
 VS  The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp     Jay DeTalente -#21424

In the music workshop - http://critique.org/music :
 MP  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song  Beth Zurkowski -#21675

In the photo workshop - http://critique.org/photo :
 PH  Dry Mud and Cinder Cone            Bill Wight -#19627

In the art workshop - http://critique.org/art :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - http://critique.org/website :
 WW  ReAnimus Press                     Andrew Burt -#29320

In the critters workshop - http://critique.org/critters :
 F   The Bread Pirate Roberts           [mpc] Adam Pitts [?] -#29348
 SF  The Sum of Its Parts _part 1 of 2_  Richard Zwicker -#29349
 F   The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapter 25  Eric Wilson -#29350
 F   Of Wind and Lightning _Selah_      Ella Walker Henderson -#29351
 SF  Snikabah                           John Griffin -#29352
 SF  The Celebrity Scenario             Jamie M. Boyd -#29353
 F   Shadow's Birth                     Holden Lee -#29354
 SF  Engines of Immortality             Raghasudhan K -#29355
 SF  Galaxy Run, Chapters 2 and 3       James Edmund Dennis -#29356
 H   Changeling, Chapters 1-3           H. D. Grande -#29357
 SF  3 Billion Heartbeats               Jonathan G. Chew -#29358
 SF  Death Arbiter                      Franz Pattison (as H.M. Friendly) -#29359
 SF  accidental rider                   Ross Middleton -#29360
 F   Guilds of Aevalei, Prologue-Chapter 1  Adam Martin -#29361
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You might also like... A KNIFE IN THE MIND by CRAIG STRETE
The Tragedy Of MAKONA, Shaman Of Kawdor.
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1492

Standard notes:

HELP:
If you need help with anything, see http://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
http://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 http://www.critters.org/antispam.ht .)

You may also send your critiques via http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://www.critters.org/admin.ht .

DONATIONS:
Critters is funded by donations, so visit http://www.critters.org/donate.php
if you'd like to help out.

Because you might enjoy it... THE NEW ATLANTIS by ROBERT SILVERBERG, URSULA K. LE GUIN, JAMES TIPTREE, JR., GENE WOLFE
Three short novels by some of science fiction's greatest writers
https://reanimus.com/store/?item=1626

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