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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.

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)

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]








Preditors & Editors Poll results

Preditors & Editors Poll results

2000 Official Results

[Category list]

Standings for category: Novels

1. Sex, Dead Dogs, and Me-The Paperback!, Ed Williams, Southern Charm Press,
2. A Private Little Corner of the Universe, Sean Taylor, Tom Waltz, Bill Purcell, Cyber Age Imprints,
3. Picking Up Cowboys, Lori Soard, Timeless,
4. The Last God, Jim Farris, Cloudy Mountain Books,
5. Crystal Treasure, Atk. Butterfly, Silver Lake Publishing,
6. DARKERS, Lisa DuMond, Hard Shell Word Factory,
7. Lake Braxton, Linda Opdyke, Hard Shell Word Factory,
8. The Plant, Stephen King, Stephen King,
9. Alaric Swifthand, Steve Lazarowitz, CrossroadsPub,
10. Sun Woman, David K. Smith, Writer's Hood,

11. Riding The Bullet, Stephen King, Scribner,
11. Prophecy, D.Lee & Kammy Bonias,,
12. Chilled Run, Joan Bramsch, empowered parenting ezine
13. Gossip Column : a Hollywood novel, Patricia Turner, DLSIJ Press,
14. Jezebel and the Egghead, Daisy Dexter Dobbs, Wordbeams,
15. Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), Jeff Strand, Wordbeams,
16. On the Edge, Mary E. Tyler, Private Ice,
16. Sword of God, R.A. Cox, Electric Bookworm,
16. 35 Rosemount, Mary E. Trimble, CrossroadsPub,
17. Enchanted Cottage, Linda Bleser, Starlight Writer Publications,
18. FREEDOM TO FREELANCE, Rusty Fischer, Athina Publishing,
19. Mask of the Stranger, Joyce and Jim Lavene, Awe-Struck E-books
20. Children of Rhatlan, Jonathan Fesmire, CrossroadsPub,
20. A Circle of Arcs, Kate Saundby, CrossroadsPub,
21. The Fragile Egg, A.J. Russo, Word Wrangler Publishers,
22. SHAMELESS, J.C. Wilder, Dreams Unlimited,
23. Incubus, Charlotte Dobson, Hard Shell Word Factory,
23. Butterfly House, Terry Sheils, LTDBooks,
24. Ily's Dream, Edward F. Stack, Electric Umbrella,
24. Wintertide, Megan Sybil Baker, LTDBooks,
25. 19 Diary of a Curtain Twitcher, Andy J W Davie, Electric Bookworm,
25. Shadows of the Eclipse, Bonnie Napoli, Starlight Writer Publications,
26. Grimm, Howard Hopkins, Dancing Willow Publications,
26. The Licking Valley Coon Hunters Club, Brian A. Hopkins, Yard Dog Press,
27. A Storm of Swords, George R. R Martin, Bantam Doubleday Dell
27. Vows & the Vagabond, Karen Wiesner, Hard Shell Word Factory,
27. The WIngs of Love, Karen L. Williams, Domhan Books,
28. P.S. I've Taken a Lover, Patricia Lucas White, LionHearted Publishing,
29. Shadows in the Mist, Maureen McMahon, Avid Press,
29. Forest Child, Sharon L Reddy, CrossroadsPub.Com,
29. BLUE MOON, C. D. Ledbetter, DLSIJ Press,
30. Creiton's Sword, Steven G. Baird, iUniverse,
30. Call Home the Heart, Sorcha MacMurrough, Domhanbooks,
31. The Obsidian Quest, Laraine Anne Barker, CrossroadsPub,
31. Destiny's Children, Thomas Kemmett, Electric Bookworm,
31. Sins of the Father, Trace Edward Zaber, Pulsar Books,
31. Greed Gold & Turtle Grass, J Hal Forbes, Cloudy Mountain Books,
31. sweet music, linda suzin, hard shell word factory,
31. Burn, Jonathan Lyons, Domhan Books,
31. The Butterfly Garden, Denise Gasta, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
31. Blood of My Blood, Karen E. Taylor, Pinnacle Books
32. 11 Shadows are Deadly, Jude Morris,,
32. Highlord of Darkness, Christine Murphy, The Hard Shell Word Factory,
32. Vintage, Steve Berman, Gay Goth Netword,
32. 11 Love Lies, MaryJanice Davidson, Starlight Writer Publications,
32. Hoodwinks on a Crumbling Fence, L. Joseph Shosty, Abby the Troll Publications, LLC,
33. THE PLANT, Stephen King, NONE,
33. Necropolis, Xina Marie Uhl, XC Publishing,
34. Westchester Station, Patrick Welch, Crossroads Publishing,
34. LAPP, Harry Gersteneker,,
35. Goatherds& Gods, Lincoln Bruce, ProMart Writing Lab,
35. Basement Insanities Part Two, Danielle Naibert, IUniverse,
35. Dreams of Darkness: Book 1 of The Everdark Wars, Elizabeth Burton, Pulsar Books,
35. Redemption, J.C. Wilder, Dreams Unlimited,
35. Timerider, Susan C. Yarina, Hard Shell Word Factory,
35. Search for the Sun, Ellen Anthony, Wordbeams,
35. LOVE FROM THE ASHES, Denise A. Agnew, Star Publications,
36. Whose Sword Is It, Anyway?, Ralph Benedetto, Jr., Aphelion,
36. The Guardians of Glede, JennaKay Francis, Starlight Writer Publications,
36. THE QUEEN OF CHERRY VALE, Judith B. Glad, Awe-Struck-E-Books,
36. Wilson, Eric Heise, Unestone,
36. Duet for the Devil, t. winter-damon and Randy Chandler, Necro Publications
36. Queen of Cerry Vale, Judith b Glad, Awe Struck Books,
36. STAR-CROSSED, Marilynn Byerly, Hard Shell Word Factory,
36. The Duels, Jonathan Fesmire,
36. 7 L.A. Caveman, Christina Crooks, Wordbeams,
36. Chaser, Jon Guenther, Mystic-Ink Publishing,
36. A Woman of Valor, Janelle Benham, Wordbeams,
36. Cyber Age Adventures, Frank Fradella, Jade Walker and Dave Flores, iUniverse,
37. The Heretic, Jason K. Chapman, FirstPublish, Inc.,
37. Pray for Reign, Thea Atkinson, Electric Umbrella,
37. A Dangerous Woman, Debra Lee, Word Wrangler Publishing,
37. The Bronze God, Sheryl Ellis,,
37. The Devil is in the Details, Ariana Overton, Clocktower Books,
37. Buried Dreams, Carole Howey, Daylight Dreams / Dreams Unlimited,
37. The Big Angle, Jack Burns, Renaissance E Books,
37. Death in Malta, Rosanne Dingli,,
37. Angry Young Spaceman, Jim Munroe, No Media Kings
38. Thorns of Two Roses, Kathy Williams, Southern Charm Press,
38. Byte Me, Pauline Baird Jones, Hard Shell Word Factory,
38. Fake Liar Cheat, Tod Goldberg, MTV,
38. Partners In Crime, Diana Hart, Hard Shell Word Factory,
38. Gaelic Girls, Leta Nolan Childers, DiskUs Publishing,
38. Lost Hunters, Deanne Devine, ebooks-for-sale,
38. Facade, Patricia A. Rasey, Dark Star Publications,
38. Gabriella's Voice, Michael Vaughn, Dead End Street,
38. By An Eldritch Sea, Carolee Joy, Authorlink Press,
38. Sammy, Chuck Kelly, Word Wrangler,
38. From Renata With Love, Douglas C. Smyth,,
39. Space Rescue One, Atk. Butterfly, Boson Books,
39. GabrieleDeparting America, Steven Sills, Word Wrangler,
39. Educated Murder, Charles A. King, The Writer's Hood,
39. Dare to Dream, Tracy Jones, Wordbeams,
39. Cimarron Surrender, Marion Marshall, New Concepts Publishing,
39. Slapstick, Laura Mazzuca Toops, LTDBooks,
39. In Every Clime and Place, Michael Gallant, Quantum Muse,
39. Blood of Winterhold, Stephen Almekinder, Hard Shell Word Factory,
39. Throgh the Necromanteum: Project FAR-REACH, Laurance Pearsongreer, CrossroadsPub,
39. A Tale of Two Cities, David Halliday, dnovels,
39. Exterminance Cometh, Robert Segarra, iuniverse,
39. Guardian of the Continuum, Joey Hill, DarkStar,
40. A Rip in Time, Dave Foreman, LoveWords,
40. One Dark and Stormy Night... the Search for the Sunrise Killer, Linda and Don Pendleton, Mystic-Ink Publishing,
40. Diana by the Moon, Tracy Cooper-Posey, Hard Shell Word Factory,
40. Faith of the Fallen, Terry Goodkind, Tor
40. Joys of Home, Bonnie Hamre, Daylight Dreams/Dreams Unlimited,
40. Blue Haze, Tricia McGill, Jacobyte Books,
40. Unbridled, Delores Fossen, LionHearted,
40. WILD NATURE, Christine Janssen, Starlight Writer Publications,
40. Galia, M.J. Cartlidge, Dead End Street,
40. Murderous Greed, Calley Moore,,
40. Long Valley Road, Ross Richdale, Atlantic Bridge Publishing,
40. I'll Take My Stand, Lawrence Barker, Abby The Troll Publications,
40. The Trouble With Mother, Darcy Carson, Hard Shell Word Factory,
40. The Windkeeper, Charlotte Boyett-Compo, Dark Star Publications,
40. Cuckoo, Richard Wright, Hard Shell Word Factory,
40. Force of Fire, Rosa Turner Knapp, Pulsar Books,
40. Mary's Child, Celia Ann Leaman, Awestruck,
40. Stack to the Moon, David Breeden, CrossroadsPub.Com,
40. An Eye for an Eye, Jason Hodges, Athina Publishing,
40. Dancing In The Dark, Gracie McKeever, Awe-Struck E-Books,
40. Till I Come Marching Home, Elsan H. Stafford,,
40. The Midnight Robber, Nalo Hopkinson, Warner Aspect
41. Prince of Shadows, C. Anne Williams, LTDBooks,
41. Rebel Sutra, Shariann Lewitt, Tor,
41. Valkyrie, Lindsay McKenna, Hard Shell Word Factory,
41. The Metaphysics of the Novel: The Inner Workings of a Novel and a Novelist, Don Pendleton with Linda Pendleton, Mystic-Ink Publishing,
41. A Fine Impersonation, K.G. McAbee, Abbey The Troll Publications, LLC,
41. Funds for Writers, C.Hope Clark, 1st Books,
41. Home is Never Far Away, Shari Gerson, Athina Publishing,
41. Tripping the Light Fantastic, Jamon Walker, Mystic-Ink Publishing,
41. Tell Me No Lies, Gail Kennedy, LTDBooks,
41. Glass House, Ariana Overton, Clocktower Fiction,
41. Courting the Seventh Sister, Michael Vaughn, Online Originals,
41. SHORT WORKS OF ABSURDITY BY ORPHEOUS ROY, Shane Mayer, Athina Publishing,
41. BOWMAN, Melvin C. Duncan, Electric Book Worm PUblishing,
41. Starkissed, Lanette Curington, Dancing Willow Publications,
41. Unraveled, Pandora Dash, Wordbeams,
41. Peppermint Creek Inn, Jan Springer, Ebooks On The Net,
41. Heir of Faxinor, Michelle Levigne, MountainView Publishing,
41. Peyote Road, Michael Caron, Charm Write Publishing,
41. The Digital Dream, Michael J Cale, Boson Books,
41. Jackie's Week, D.G. LaGraff, Wordbeams,
41. Sterling Promises, Deanna Padilla, Starlight Writer Publications,
41. TWIST OF TERROR, Judith R. Parker, Dark Star, http:/
41. Shadow of a Doubt, Karen McCullough, Daylight Dreams/Dreams Unlimited,
41. Dance of the Double Axe, Jay R. Kohut, Word Wrangler,
41. GYPSY PIE, Andre West, Word Wrangler Inc.,
41. The Secret Ingredient, Sherri Jilek, DLSIJ Press,
41. The Courtship of Maria Rivera Pena, Daniel A. Olivas, Silver Lake Publishing,
42. COMING TO TERMS, Jackie Kramer, Hard Shell Word Factory,
42. Shadows are deadly, Jude Morris, http://
42. Omega Seed, Wayne South, Atlantic Bridge,
42. DOUBLETAKE, Sutton Miller, Clocktower Books,
42. My Right Foot, Thomas J. Miller, 3 A.M. Entertainment,
42. Lords Of Iregan, Sean Brown, Regent Books,
42. Senta, Chosen One, Rickey Mallory, New Concepts,
42. One Dark and Stormy Night... the Search for the Sunrise Killer , Linda and Don Pendleton, Mystic-Ink Publishing,
42. Traveling Bug, Edna Curry, Disk Us Publishing,
42. Willing Captive, Leah Marie Brown, XLibris,
42. Fiery Dunes, Jennifer Sinclair, Lorelei Publications,
42. UNORTHODOX PROPOSAL, Martine Jardin, ClockTower Books,
42. Tempered Hearts, Pamela S. Thibodeaux, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
42. The Choosing, PhyllisAnn Welsh, Starlight Writer Publications,
42. Reluctant Angel, Cassandra Bella, Awe-Struck,
42. The Summerland, T.L. Schaefer, Atlantic Bridge Publishing,
42. Survivors Benefits , B.Colin Cubbage, CloudyMountainBooks,
42. 1 Risky Alliance, N.C. Anderson, The Fiction Works,
42. Journey's End, Patricia Crossley, New Concepts Publishing,
42. Hunter's Song, Natalie J. Damschroder, Avid Press, LLC,
42. Hold Back Time , Allene Frances, Hardshell,
42. Hold Back Time, Allene Frances, Hardshell,
42. Plowing the Dark, Richard Powers, FS&G, http://
42. The Pracktl Affair, Mel Savoie,,
42. LIBERTY, a seafaring yarn , D. Paul MacIntsoain,,
42. PassionVision., Mary Adair, awe-struck, http:/www./
42. Mine, Dee Lloyd, LTDBooks,
42. Smile, Scott A. Gloger II,,
42. Light Play, N. D. Hansen-Hill, Clocktower Books,
42. Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem, Harcourt, http://
42. 1 Crazy in Chicago, Norah-Jean Perkin, The Fiction Works,
42. Transformations, Nora M. Mulligan, Sirius Publications,
42. Bloodlover, Nancy Kilpatrick, Baskerville Books,
42. The King's Peace, Jo Walton, Tor Books,
42. Hawke's Haven, Cherie Singer, Hard Shell Word Factory,
42. Jack Frost, Darren Franz, iuniverse,
42. Real Magic, Lissa Michaels, Hard Shell Word Factory,


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