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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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!

Free Web Sites

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

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

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)

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]








Critters Newsgroup Message Relocation

Critters Newsgroup Message Relocation

Since the Critters sff.workshop.critters (s.w.c) newsgroup is a direct reflection on the behavior of members of the Critters workshop, guidelines exist for it's proper use, notably that the newsgroup is a No Flame Zone. However, very few guidelines exist for sff.workshop.critters-volcano-bar-and-grill (hence the name).

If you believe that a posting has violated the spirit of the s.w.c guidelines, and you are an active member of the Critters workshop, you may request that a specific newsgroup posting be relocated to s.w.c-v-b-a-g. It takes two such requests ("motion" and "second") for it to be relocated.

When a "second" has been made, the message is moved, and a message posted back to s.w.c stating who did the relocation.

Please enter your critters password and the message-id of the posting you wish to see relocated. The message-id is the gibberish between <> in the "Message-ID: <>" header. If the Message-ID header is not displayed by your newsreader, there is probably an option somewhere to display all headers. In Netscape's news reader, for example, you select "iew" then "ocument source". Cut and paste the stuff between the "<" and ">" (or type VERRRRRY carefully). Do not include the "<" and ">" themselves.

Your password:

Message-ID: < >


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