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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

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)

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

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!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

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 need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Weekly Notes

Notes for 05-Dec-2018...

New Release! Supporting the Critters Fund Drive! New Release! Supporting...--


		ReAnimus Press Store:
		 (available in both ebook and paperback [$12.99, 184 pages])

For over forty years, Bruce Taylor has been writing stories that defy categorization. Since Bruce had a job working on an in-patient, locked psychiatric floor, he did not have to be concerned about writing to make a living. Indeed how he made his living gave him a wealth of fascinating psychological theory and concepts that literally fed his creativity. Writing for the sheer joy and exuberance of creative expression, his work explored, examined, exhumed the proverbial "human condition" in a broad array of styles until finally realizing what he was doing was not only writing in a style later known as Magic Realism but blending it with Science Fiction and discovering how well the two modes of expression complimented each other. These stories, coming from a particular creative time also reflect the themes of the nature of love, how we become the person we were meant to be, and always the journey into the midnight--of the soul.
"Remarkable clarity and insight." 
--Brian Herbert, co-author, the Dune series.
"A very gifted, short fiction writer." 
--Jeff VanderMeer, author, The Southern Reach Trilogy
"As rich and poetic as Bradbury at his finest." 
--William F. Nolan, author, Logan's Run
"The Transformational figure for science fiction." 
--Elton Elliott, former editor of Science Fiction Review


Thanks for the donations, folks!  Thanks especially to

	Airlie Rose
	Jason Rawlins
	Bret Lynn

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

[See for more information.]

Woohoo!  Congratulations to...

	- Amanda H. Geard, who reports "My short story, Detections of
	a Cyborg, got a Silver Honorable Mention in the 4th Quarter of
	the Writers of the Future Contest. I would like to thank all
	those Critters who took the time to critique it, and those who
	continue to critique my work, especially Jeff Cates, for their
	help in improving my writing".

Please report your Woohoo!s via the web page.


This week's Most Productive Critter award, for 3 critiques (at time
of judging), averaging over 1800 words each, goes to...

	Nadav Ornoy

To redeem an MPC, visit:

Congratulations!  To everyone else -- Crit early and often!

(For an explanation of the MPC award, see the page.)


Recommended Reading...
One of the best writing books - Secrets from the 6-time Best Editor
Critters Workshop

This week we have... [get from ]...
     Title                      	Author
Week of 5-Dec-2018 (Crits due 12-Dec-2018):
 F   The Guardian's Spear, Chapter 1    [mpc] David Felix -#28160
 SF  Rhubarb Queen                      Kevin P. Hallett -#28161
 SF  The Sixth World _V3_               Larry Rachman -#28162
 SF  Right to Be Forgotten              Emily Randall -#28163
 SF  The Way home - Chapter 1 v.2       Deborah Ross -#28164
 SF  IX Creation                        Steven Fritz -#28165
 F   A Darks Hunger for the Soul        Eric D Littlefield -#28166
 H   The Waves of Dark Second Version   Hernan -#28167
 SF  The Planet of the Dead             [@] Edward Muller -#28168
 F   Soulmates                          Annaliese Lemmon -#28169
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6  D.B. Gibb -#28170

Recommended books on writing:

	ReAnimus Press Store:


STAYIN' ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad
	How things really work in the art and commerce of publishing |

	(A 99cent essay on SF and writing) |
Because you might enjoy it... THE EXILES TRILOGY by BEN BOVA
The best scientists on Earth are exiled to a space station... but they have other plans
Pieces up for critique in other workshops...

In the lit workshop - :
 L   Love and Electronics               Larry Rempel -#28127

In the mystery workshop - :
 T   The Man Next Door Chapter 3 and part of 4  Michelle Richer -#27632

In the nonfiction workshop - :
 NH  Hume and Hutton Ch. 2 This Terrestrial System  Jim Parry -#27970

In the script workshop - :
 SC  Johnny Lucid Gets a New Muse       Jerry Sexton -#27889

In the kids workshop - :
 YL  The Edge of Id, Chapters 1-2       D. Warren -#28143
 YP  Beard Wanted                       Michelle Henrie -#28144

In the comics workshop - :
 CG  Metropolise, Chapter 1             Carina Mchardy -#26473

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

In the romance workshop - :
 R   Blurred Lines Part Two             Michelle Richer -#27476

In the video workshop - :
 VS  The Gallery of Henri Beauchamp     Jay DeTalente -#21424

In the music workshop - :
 MP  The Shade Riders and Nocturnal Ned song  Beth Zurkowski -#21675

In the photo workshop - :
 PH  Dry Mud and Cinder Cone            Bill Wight -#19627

In the art workshop - :
 AH  Art Man, a portrait                Robert J Cleary -#27847

In the website workshop - :
 WW  Ax-yZ The Creative Projects Platform  Charles Gull -#27088

In the critters workshop - :
 F   The Guardian's Spear, Chapter 1    [mpc] David Felix -#28160
 SF  Rhubarb Queen                      Kevin P. Hallett -#28161
 SF  The Sixth World _V3_               Larry Rachman -#28162
 SF  Right to Be Forgotten              Emily Randall -#28163
 SF  The Way home - Chapter 1 v.2       Deborah Ross -#28164
 SF  IX Creation                        Steven Fritz -#28165
 F   A Darks Hunger for the Soul        Eric D Littlefield -#28166
 H   The Waves of Dark Second Version   Hernan -#28167
 SF  The Planet of the Dead             [@] Edward Muller -#28168
 F   Soulmates                          Annaliese Lemmon -#28169
 SF  The Abduction Chronicals: Blue Lake Event, Chapters 1-6  D.B. Gibb -#28170

From the NYTimes Bestselling author of the DUNE series comes a spectacular science fiction novel.

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Because you might enjoy it... THE EYE IN THE STONE by ALLEN L. WOLD
A quick family visit turns into a magical battle between good and evil

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