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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)

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.

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

Official Results

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Standings for Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories

1. Eli: Warriors for the Light, Karen Michelle Nutt, Rebecca J. Vickery, [link][comments]

2. Testament, Michael C. Lea, ResAliens Press, [link][comments]
3. Captain Quasar and the 'If Only' Elixir of Opsanus Tau Prime, Milo James Fowler, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]
4. Humanity Series - Raven Flames, Corrine Shroud, Bluewood Publishing, [link][comments]
4. Valley of the Gods, Nancy Smith Gibson, TTM, [link][comments]
5. Tip Line, Robert C. Eccles, Sonar4 Publications, [link]
6. World of Ash, Kevin Hopson, MuseItUp Publishing, [link][comments]
7. Weathermaker, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Dark Quest Books, [link][comments]
7. Of Swords and Sorcery, Teel James Glenn, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link][comments]
8. A Rip Through Time, Chris F. Holm, BEAT to a PULP, [link][comments]
9. Hybrid: Savannah, Ruth D. Kerce, Changeling Press, [link]
10. Eva's Judgement, Tamara Eaton, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, [link][comments]
10. Patrick's Day, J.C. Towler, Every Day Fiction, [link][comments]

11. Eyes in the Vastness of Forever, Gustavo Bondoni, Innsmouth Free Press, [link][comments]
12. The Oak King's Daughter, Emily Pikkasso, MuseItHOT! Publishing, [link]
12. Scars That Let The Light Shine In, Victorya, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, [link]
12. Leech Run, Scott W. Baker, Pill Hill Press, [link][comments]
13. Salvage Sputnik, Sam Kepfield, Electric Spec, [link]
14. Poor Little Rich Girl, Marva Dasef, Lorelei Signal, [link]
14. Burn, Baby, Burn, Ash Krafton, Expanded Horizons, [link]
15. The Issuance of One Hundred and Thirty-Six, Mark Harding, The Future Fire 21, [link]
15. Fairy Gothic, Tracie McBride, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, [link]
15. Unproductive, T.W. Ambrose, Digital Dragon Magazine, [link][comments]
15. Steampunk Santa, Marc Vun Kannon, Echelon Press, [link]
16. A Rip through Time: The Dame, the Doctor, and the Device, Chris F. Holm
16. An Infinity of Moments, S. A. Bolich, On Spec, [link][comments]
16. Salvage, David B. Riley, Flying Pen, [link]
16. Mrs. Bright's Tea Room, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Tease Publishing LLC, [link]
16. Lonnie, Me and the Hound of Hell, Marian Allen, Marian Allen, [link][comments]
17. Legends Unleashed Series, Heather Beck, Diamond Dust Books, [link]
17. The Father of the Riverborn, Megan Arkenberg, Port Iris Magazine, [link]
17. The God King, Scott M. Sandridge, Pill Hill Press, [link]
17. Withered Souls, Jason Rolfe, Silver Blade Fantasy & Science Fiction, [link]
17. Inescapable, M. Lori Motley, TTM, [link]
17. The Dhampir, Angela Knight, Changeling Press LLC, [link]
18. Deadline Zombies, Teel James Glenn, Booksforabuck, [link]
18. Michelangelo's Chisel, Christopher Miller, Redstone Science Fiction, [link]
18. Alpha One - The Jump Pilot, Chris Burton, Eternal Press, [link]
18. Halloween In The Catacombs, R. Ann Siracusa, Sapphire Blue Publishing, [link]
18. What a Way to Start the Day, Ella Grey, Echelon Press, [link][comments]
18. You're Almost Here, Melinda Thielbar, Bull Spec, [link]
18. Always and Forever, Jay Faulkner, AbsoluteXPress, [link]
18. Raven Flames, Corrine Shroud, [link]
18. Endless Summer, Jude-Marie Green, Electric Spec, [link]
18. Thus The Trap, Bernie Mojzes, Dark Quest Books, [link]
18. Stranded, Stephen D. Rogers, Flashshot 2011, [link]
18. The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara, Christopher Kastensmidt, Realms of Fantasy, [link]
18. Pest Control, Robert E Waters, Padwolf, [link]
18. Witness, Vylar Kaftan, Redstone Science Fiction, [link]
18. The Black Sheep of Vaerlosi, Desmond Warzel, Abyss & Apex, [link]

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