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Critter Notices

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.

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

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)


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]








Weekly Notes

Notes for 20-Jan-2021...

The Critters Fund Drive is proud to benefit from this previously very rare book, now back in print and in ebook edition for the first time, from ReAnimus Press and SFWA Grandmaster James Gunn!--

	TIGER! TIGER! by James Gunn - $3.99

		ReAnimus Press Store: www.ReAnimus.com/1655
		Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B08LQXXDZN/?tag=critters3a-20
		 (available in both ebook and paperback)

	An object that shouldn't be there passed within a hundred yards of the space station.
	No one deduced from the waving of the tall grass and the frightened chatter of birds the shape of the tiger moving silently through the jungle clearing.
	You passed silently through the night, and we blundered upon you. You were fear, awe, hatred, and opportunity. You were knowledge; you were the shape of the unknown. We stopped; we reacted. And our awareness of your existence changed our lives.
	It began at 2141 on June 14...


Thanks for the donations, folks!  Thanks especially to

	Bill Leonard
	Laura Engelhardt

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

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

Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Laura Engelhardt, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Mages Unbound"
	is now out from Amazon. {Just a thought ... I checked my ratio
	today & noticed I'd just submitted my 100th critique. I don't
	know how much work it would be for you to do "woo hoos" for
	people submitting say their 10th, 25th, 100th, 200th ... well,
	you get the point. But it is a kind of cool thing to see &
	might encourage new joiners, as well as the old guard.

	You could also do it for submissions - so like Joe Schmo just
	submitted his 50th piece to critters -- stuff like that is kind
	of cool :)

	Final thought ... there are A LOT of bios for critters -- what do
	you think about creating maybe a separate "active" and "inactive"
	list for them?}

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


This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 4 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging almost 700 words each, goes to...

	Carole Dunn

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 20-Jan-2021 (Crits due 27-Jan-2021):
 SF  Something In The Blood             [mpc] Nicholas G. Marconi -#29693
 F   Sturm und Drang                    Joel E. Roosa -#29694
 F   Capturing Dreams                   Ed Kratz -#29695
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 5    Charles Gull -#29696
 SF  The First Time                     Amit Gupta -#29697
 SF  Warrior Peace                      Sean Masters -#29698
 F   Cageborn                           Jamie M. Boyd -#29699
 H   A Family Recipe for Spice Cake     Madeline Jacobson -#29700
 SF  King of the Space Monkeys          John Edward Uth -#29701
 F   Bridge at Ramageddon Chap 4 and 5  Wayne M Merritt -#29702
 SF  The General, the Monster, and a Girl  Lawrence Lanum -#29703
 F   Demon Playthings                   Maria D'Antonio -#29704
 H   Handy Longlegs                     John Brownlee -#29705
 SF  Return                             Alex Villepique -#29706
 SF  Voter of No Confidence             Sam Rubin -#29707

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... VENGEANCE OF ORION by BEN BOVA
Orion must change history, or lose the only woman he has ever loved.
Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - https://critique.org/lit :
 L   Asshole                            Mark Herrera -#29578

In the mystery workshop - https://critique.org/mystery :
 M   The Missing, Chapters 1-2          Leanna Zimmerman -#29559

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

In the script workshop - https://critique.org/script :
 SC  Emergency                          Joe Latessa -#29381

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

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

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

In the romance workshop - https://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 - 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  Hawk                               Sandy Kulhavy -#29426

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  Something In The Blood             [mpc] Nicholas G. Marconi -#29693
 F   Sturm und Drang                    Joel E. Roosa -#29694
 F   Capturing Dreams                   Ed Kratz -#29695
 F   Chaoticum : Prelude - Chapter 5    Charles Gull -#29696
 SF  The First Time                     Amit Gupta -#29697
 SF  Warrior Peace                      Sean Masters -#29698
 F   Cageborn                           Jamie M. Boyd -#29699
 H   A Family Recipe for Spice Cake     Madeline Jacobson -#29700
 SF  King of the Space Monkeys          John Edward Uth -#29701
 F   Bridge at Ramageddon Chap 4 and 5  Wayne M Merritt -#29702
 SF  The General, the Monster, and a Girl  Lawrence Lanum -#29703
 F   Demon Playthings                   Maria D'Antonio -#29704
 H   Handy Longlegs                     John Brownlee -#29705
 SF  Return                             Alex Villepique -#29706
 SF  Voter of No Confidence             Sam Rubin -#29707

You might also like... GOD'S NOSE by DAMON KNIGHT
SFWA Grandmaster Damon Knight selects some of his favorite stories 

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Because you might enjoy it... THE KINSMAN SAGA by BEN BOVA
One of Bova's most beloved characters and stories

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