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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 who's 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


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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]








Preditors & Editors Poll results

Preditors & Editors Poll results

(New votes may not appear immediately; database updates run at least once an hour)

New!New category this year: 'Promotional Firms, Sites, and Resources', for companies that do promotional work for authors, are sites where authors can promote their work, or offer resources for same.

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New!See also the Best-Ever Voters Poll for the best works ever written (not just in the last year)

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(Note these results are not official until after the poll closes, reported errors have been attended to, and ballot-stuffing, anti-fraud software has been run)

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Standings for category: shortstory

1. Snowman, Shaun Simon, Every Day Fiction, [link] [comments]
2. The Music of the Night, Amanda Ashley, Publishing by Rebecca J.Vickery, [link] [comments]
3. Whose Dollar, Whose Dream, Cindy Rosmus, A Twist of Noir, [link]
4. To Love A Thief, Cherie De Sues, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
5. Taste of Passion, Savannah Chase, Dare Empire, [link] [comments]
6. Temptations: Three's Company, MC Scout, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, [link]
6. Corruption, Jack Greene, Phaze, [link]
7. The Miracle of St. John, Deborah Winter-Blook, Every Day Fiction, [link] [comments]
8. Brazen Moon, Ruth D. Kerce, Ellora's Cave, [link]
9. Anger Management, Paul D Brazill, Powder Burn Flash, [link] [comments]

9. A Private Eye, Hamilton Waymire, Mysterical-E, [link] [comments]
9. The Departure, Ash Krafton, Della Donna, [link]
9. Only Something in me Understands, Steve Olley, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link]
10. Sailing the Paper Seas, Mickey Mills, Every Day Fiction, [link] [comments]
11. Under Touley Bridge - Walter, Mary Francis, Bluewood Publishing, [link]
11. Winning, Cate Masters, Eternal Press, [link]
11. Friends of Dorothy, Giselle Renarde, loveyoudivine, [link] [comments]
12. Any Way West, Eliza March, Siren Publishing, [link] [comments]
12. Terry and The Eye, Gaius Coffey, Every Day Fiction, [link] [comments]
12. Ugly Naked People, Giselle Renarde, Untreed Reads, [link]
13. Rigor Mortis, Stephen D. Rogers, Thrillers Killers 'n' Chillers, [link]
13. Nun's Robes, Ash Krafton, Errant Parent, [link]
13. Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby, Billy O'Callaghan, Waccamaw, [link]
13. Poseidon's Catch, Susan Hanniforc, Tease Publishing LLC, [link]
13. The Killing on Sutter Street, Paul S. Powers, BEAT to a PULP, [link]
13. Temptations: Three's Comapny, MC Scout, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, [link]
13. Chalan's Story, Kissa Starling, Red Rose Publishing, [link]
13. Grounds for Murder, John Russo, Museitup
13. Ex Post Facto, Steven Thor Gunnin, TTM, [link]
13. Life on the Mesa, Keith Rawson, BEAT to a PULP, [link]
14. A Lieutenant's Love, Red Haircrow, Dreamspinner Press, [link]
14. The Red Blanket, Tamara Eaton, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, [link]
14. Inspector Goodstone and the Case of the Murdered Artist, Shells Walter, Black Latern Publishing, [link]
14. Rain, Heather Holland Wheaton, Every Day Fiction, [link] [comments]
14. Riding Double, Sayde Grace, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
14. Monday, J.E. Seymour, A Twist of Noir, [link]
14. Mind Café, Lizzy Ford, Smashwords, [link] [comments]
14. The One O'Clock Nap, Maryann Miller, Kindle, [link]
14. Sultry Santorini Sunsets, Eliza March, Siren Publishing, [link]
14. Partners: The Other Woman, Kira Chase, Whiskey Creek Press, [link]
14. The Van on Atlantic Street, Desmond Warzel, Stanley the Whale, [link]

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