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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!

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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)

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.


I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

Free Web Sites

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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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(Note, this page is for members of the Critters Workshop to tell other members of their successes (and anyone else who sees the page); any serious writer of science fiction, fantasy, or horror may join via the above link, but please only use this form if you're already a member.)

Both members and non-members should also see the to announce and read about more new projects (in writing, tech, or any other field).

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  1. I sold [*] a/an...

    entitled "" (Mixed caps please, as in: Flowers for Algernon)
    to (Name of market, also mixed caps). PAYING MARKETS ONLY, PLEASE! No non-paying sales.

    This piece was

    1. Crittered
    2. Not Crittered

    ( [*]: Please only report sales to paying markets. While non-paying markets may offer a warm feeling, they generally do not get significant viewership or help advance your career. Remember that Critters is for authors who seek professional status, thus alerting other members of "sales" to non-paying markets really does nothing to either help you or motivate them. Thanks.)

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  2. It's published! It's alive!

    My... entitled "" (Mixed caps please, as in: Flowers for Algernon)
    is in the current issue of / has been published by (Name of market, also mixed caps). This piece was

    1. Crittered
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    (Add comments below or...)

  3. I won...

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    (if applicable: for my
    entitled "" (Mixed caps please, as in: Flowers for Algernon)
    This piece was

    1. Crittered
    2. Not Crittered
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  4. Something wonderful happened,
    namely: .

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