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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.

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)

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

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

2008 Official Results

[Category list]

Standings for category: Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels

1. Slowtrain to Arcturus, Dave Freer & Eric Flint, Baen,
2. Exit, Pursued by a Bee, Geoff Nelder, Double Dragon Publishing,
3. Paraworld Zero, Matthew Peterson, Windstorm Creative,
4. Rysykk's Rise, J C Natal, Dark Roast Press,
5. Seven Archangels: Annihilation, Jane Lebak, Double-Edged Publishing,
6. The Gift of Redemption, Celina Summers, Aspen Mountain Press,
7. Dead of Winter, Sean Harris, L & L Dreamspell,
8. Blood of the Dark Moon, Adrianne Brennan, Freya's Bower,
9. JEMMA7729, Phoebe Wray, EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing,
10. Heart of a Warlock, Lyn Armstrong, Resplendence Publishing,

11. FireDrake, Bianca D'Arc, Samhain Publishing,
12. Alliance in Blood, Ariel Tachna, Dreamspinner Press,
13. Snow, Val Griswold-Ford, Lilley Press,
13. Acheron, Sherrilyn Kenyon, St. Martin's Press,
13. The Chosen One, D. L Mains, LspDigital, http://
13. The Englor Affair, J.L. Langley, Samhain,
14. Lachlei, M.H. Bonham, Dragon Moon Press,
15. Shadow Queen, Christine McKay, Cerridwen Press,
16. Heroes Die Young, T.M.Hunter, Champagne Books,
16. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman, Harper Collins
16. Cry Wolf, Patricia Briggs, Ace,
17. Eyes of Darkness #5: White Ice, Christy Poff, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid,
17. Blue & Silver, Sue Perkins, Whiskey Creek Press,
17. Quid Pro Quo, Manna Francis, Casperian Books,
17. Rise of the Wolf, Kat Duarte, Eternal Press,
18. Bloodlines, Skyla Dawn Cameron, Mundania Press,
19. Sins of Adaven, Ruth D. Kerce, Ellora's Cave,
19. League of Superheroes, Stephen Leon Rice, The Writers Cafe Press,
20. Street: Empathy, Ryan A. Span, Gryphonwoodpress,
21. Seabird, Sherry Thompson, Gryphonwood Press,
21. Shades of Dark, Linnea Sinclair, Bantam Books,
21. Starquest, Hywela Lyn, The Wild Rose Press,
22. Tomorrow's Memories, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mundania Press,
22. Shadow Walk: The Gathering, Erin Collins, LSP Digital, LLC,
22. Heroes' Day, Jesse Gordon, Vertigo Alley,
23. Huntress, Trinity Knight/Jim Richards, Mystic Moon Press,
23. Sword Masters, Selina Rosen, Dragon Moon Press,
23. Identical Deception, Lynda Hales, Stonehedge Publishing,
23. The Infinite Instant, Danielle Parker, Lachesis,
23. Knight's Fork, Rowena Cherry, Dorchester,
24. Children of the Triad: Sex Me II, Tianna Xander and Bonnie Rose Leigh, Extasy Books,
24. Starsight, Minnette Meador, Stonegarden,
24. Call of Chaos, Carol Hightshoe, Double Dragon,
24. Sherwood Charade, Mimi Riser, Amber Quill Press,
24. Black Planet: Little Dragon, Belinda McBride, Changeling Press,
24. Nikolai, Angelia Sparrow, Dark Roast Press,
24. Starsight II, Minnette Meador, Stonegarden,
24. First Duty, Marva Dasef, Sam's Dot Publishing,
24. The Red Storm, Zinnia Hope, Freyas Bower,
25. Magic Burns, Ilona Andrews, ACE,
25. Surviving Serendipity, Jacquelyn Sylvan, Quake
25. Alien Abduction Handbook, Peggy Lee Johnson, AudioBookMan,
25. King of Sword and Sky, C.L. Wilson, Dorchester/Leisure Books,
25. Second Chance: God Killer, R. Richard, fictionwise,
25. The Song of Avallon, Christine Davidson, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
25. Dark Harvest, Lynda Hilburn, Medallion Press,
25. Games & Players, Manna Francis, Casperian Books,
26. Wizard's Bane:Book One of the Sojourn Chronicles, Crystalwizard, Ancient Tomes Press, Crystalwizard Productions, http://
26. Frozen, Morgan Q. O'Reilly, Lyrical Press,
26. Lupine, Candy Nicks, Alinar Publishing,
26. Undercover, Lauren Dane, Berkley Heat,
26. The Purple Book, Matthew Haldeman-Time, Lulu Marketplace,
27. Adolf in Wonderland, Carlton Mellick III, Eraserhead Press,
27. BRIGHT STAR, Grayson Reyes-Cole, Lyrical Press,Inc,
27. Zerostrata, Andersen Prunty, Eraserhead Press,
27. Blade Dancer, K. M. Tolan, Champagne Books,
27. The Even, T. A. Moore, Morrigan Books,
27. Brave Men Run - A Novel of the Sovereign Era, Matthew Wayne Selznick, Swarm Press,
27. Alien Memoirs, Peggy L. Johnson, Steelmoon publishing,
27. Carpathian Shadows II, Booksforabuck, Rob Preece,
27. Rites of Mating, Brenna Lyons, Phaze Books,
27. Tangled Webs, Anne Bishop, Roc
27. Dreaming Creek, Edmund Schubert, LBF Books,
27. Angel Venom, Kim McDougall, Double Dragon,
28. Calypso's Revenge: A Traitor's Heart, Dehanna Bailee, Blue Leaf Publications,
28. Love's Winsome Warrior, Angela Verdenius, Wings ePress,'sWinsomeWarrior.htm
28. Deuces Wild: Beginners Luck, L.S. King, Double-Edged Publishing,
28. Dragon's Angel, Donica Covey, Champagne Books,
28. Shadow Walk, The Gathering, Erin Collins, LSPDigital,
28. The Shape of Things, Mychael Black, Phaze, http://
28. AEthereal's Children, Christopher W. Wilcox Sr, Whiskey Creek Press,
28. Dragonborn, Jade Lee, Love Spell/Dorchester,
28. For Love of Kumikos, Joe Vadalma, Renaissance E-Books,
28. Twisted Brand, Clare London, Dreamspinner Press,
28. Portrait of A Kiss, TD McKinney & Terry Wylis, Amber quill allure,
29. Bitten to Death, Jennifer Rardin, Orbit,
29. Madman's Dance, Jana G. Oliver, Dragon Moon Press,
29. Lost Gods, Kim Knox, Liquid Silver Books,
29. The Key, Pauline Baird Jones, L&L Dreamspell,
29. Eye of the Beholder, Stacey Klemstein, Echelon Press,
29. Ending an Ending, Danny Birt, Ancient Tomes Press,
29. Redoubt of Ghosts, JE Bruce, BooksForABuck,
29. Ancient Whispers from Tomorrow, J. Richard Jacobs, Double Dragon Publishing,
29. Dax Rigby, War Correspondent, John B. Rosenman, Lyrical Press,
29. The Eagle at Midnight, Ava James, Freya's Bower,
29. Escape From Hell, Hal Duncan, MonkeyBrain Books,
29. Seven Archangels: Annilihation, Jane Lebak, Double-Edged Publishing,
29. Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch, Simon Haynes, Fremantle Press,
30. Undercover Alien, Barbara Romo, Cescent Moon Press,
30. The Coven, JennaKay Francis, Writers Exchange,
30. Magic to the Bone, Devon Monk, Roc,
30. Blue Moon, Cindy Lynn Speer, Zumaya,
30. Anathem, Neal Stephenson, HarperCollins,
30. Blood Sacrifice, JennaKay Francis, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
30. Queen of Dragons, Shana Abe, Bantam, http:/
30. The Saint and The Demon, teri santitoro and Ron Sparks, Sam's Dot Publishing,
30. The Gatekeeper's Realm, Elena Dorothy Bowman, Write Words, Inc.,
30. Russet and Gold, Sue Perkins, Whiskey Creek Press,
30. Unseelie, Meredith Holmes, Drollerie,
30. The Night Bird, Catherine Asaro, Luna,
30. Duality, Renee Wildes, Samhain Publishing,
30. Sex Me the Triad Series, Tianna Xander and Bonnie Rose Leigh, Extasy Books,
30. Staked, J.F. Lewis, Pocket Books,
30. Questor, Alastair J. Archibald, Whiskey Creek Press
30. Beyond the Fifth Gate, Donna Sundblad, ePress-online, Inc.,
30. The King's Shield, Sherwood Smith, Daw,
30. The Inferior, Peadar Ó Guilín, Corgi,
30. Boy in Reverse, C. Lee Makenzie, Stories for Children Magazine,
30. Heart Fate, Robin D. Ownes, Berkley Trade,
30. Of Dragons, Melody Knight, Red Rose Publishing,
30. Principles of Angels, Jaine Fenn, Gollancz,
30. The Host, Stephenie Meyer, Little Brown Book Group,
30. Full Moon, Jennifer St. Clair, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
30. Snow Shadows, Caitlyn Hunter, L&L Dreamspell,
30. A Whisper from Shadow, Stefan Vucak, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
31. Hero, Second Class, Mitchell Bonds, Marcher Lord Press,
31. Borne on Wings of Steel, Tony Chandler, Hard Shell Word Factory,
31. Interspex, Clark Nida, Undead Tree Publications,
31. Sperm Count, Kev Henley, eXcessica publishing,
31. Inquest, Lisa Ann McLean, Double Dragon Publishing,
31. Smoke Gets om Your Eyes, Ozment, Every Day Poets, http://
31. The Rise and Falling Out of St. Leslie of Security, Andrew Tisbert, Lachesis Publishing,
31. NIGHTLIFE, Laura Shinn, Writer's Exchange E-Publishing,
31. We. They., Dave Hoing, Hub,
31. A Worm In Eden, W. Richard St. James, Club Lighthgouse Publishing,
31. MageSign, Alan Baxter, Blade Red Press,
31. Digital Magic, Philippa Ballantine, DragonMoon Press,
31. Nation, Terry Pratchett, Random House Children's Books,
31. Moonstruck, Susan Grant, HQN,
31. The Caves of Challenge, JennaKay Francis, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
31. The Seventh Secret, Jennifer St. Clair, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
31. Farrow and Blackstorm:The Suneater and Darkwood Adventures, Gary Petras, Trytium Publishing,
31. Fire Study, Maria Snyder, Mira,
31. Space Lords: Frost Maiden, Michelle m Pillow, New Concepts,
31. Traitor, Trinity Knight/Jim Richards, Mystic Moon Press,
31. kingmaker, alexei bragine, light sword publications, http://
31. After, Varian Krylov, eXcessica publishing,
31. Armed & Magical, Lisa Shearin, Penguin, http://
31. The Case of the Pitcher’s Pendant: A Billibub Baddings Mystery, Tee Morris, Dragon Moon Press,
31. Vision Quest Factor, Teel James Glenn,,
31. The Shimmering Flame, Jeanne Barrack, Liquid Silver Books,
31. Mary Lamb Enters the World of Maze, F. T. Botham, Publish America,
31. RealmShift, Alan Baxter, Blade Red Press,
31. Tangerine Carnal Dreams, Savanna Kougar, Aspen Mountain Press,
31. Last Vhalgenn, The, Kayelle Allen, Shadowfire Press,
31. Black Ship, The, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Roc,
31. The Two Pearls of Wisdom (published in the US as Eon:Dragoneye Reborn) and in UK as Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye), Alison Goodman, HarperCollins,
31. The Sweet Scent of Blood, Suzanne McLeod, Gollancz,
31. Planet Of The Veils, Sultry Summers, Whiskey Creek Press,
31. The Telepaths of Theon, Elena Dorothy Bowman, Write Words, Inc.,
31. Crown Conspiracy, Michael J. Sullivan, Aspirations Media Inc,
31. Children of the Desert Moon: Lady's Daughter, Glenda Woodrum, Shadowfire Press,
31. Closing Arguments, Sarah Avery, Drollerie Press,
31. The MPire: In Search of the Lost, TL James, Books4U Publishing, LLC,
31. Her Will His Way, Terri Molina, Cobbleston Press,
31. Someone To Watch Over Me, Laura Shinn, Writer's Exchange E-Publishing,
31. Through the Shimmering, Cheryl Scott Norman, Writers Exchange E-Publishing ,
31. Redheart, Jackie Gamber, Meadowhawk Press,
31. Dark Elves V: Discovery, Jet Mykles, Loose ID,
31. Craving's Chinook, Charlotte Boyett~Compo, Ellora's Cave,
31. The Children of Tamal, Karen Fainges, Writers Exchange E-Publishing,
31. Blood of the Innocents, Jennifer St Claire, Writers Exchange,
31. He of the Fiery Swoard, Skhye Moncrief, The Wild Rose Press,
31. Crypt of the Moaning Diamond, Rosemary Jones, Wizards of the Coast,
31. Undercurrents, Cynthia Harris, Uncial Press,
31. Atwater Castle: Gateway to Hell, Tiva Wallon, iUniverse,
31. Harbinger of Doom, Glenn G. Thater, CreateSpace,
31. Terminal Mind, David Walton, Meadowhawk Press,
31. Christmas Rescue, Sultry Summers, Whiskey Creek Press,


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