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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)


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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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Standings for category: shortstoryr

1. Prodigal, Robin Bayne, White Rose Publishing, [link] [comments]
2. Scarlet Ribbons, Cheryl Pierson, Victory Tales Press, [link] [comments]
2. Faery's Bargain, Madeleine Drake, Cobblestone Press, [link] [comments]
3. Temptations: On Broadway, MC Scout, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, [link]
3. Coyote Gorgeous, Vijaya Schartz, Sapphire Blue Publishing, [link]
4. A Valentine to Remember, K.S. Manning, Red Rose Publishing, [link] [comments]
5. Broken Angel - Jia's Sacrifice, Helen McNicol, Bluewood Publishing, [link] [comments]
6. Design for Life, Cate Masters, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
7. Chalan's Story, Kissa Starling, Red Rose Publishing, [link]
7. Halloween in the Catacombs, R. Ann Siracusa, Sapphire Blue, [link] [comments]
8. Lacy: A Bad Girl's Revenge, Cherie De Sues, Noble Romance Publishing, [link] [comments]
8. First Thanksgiving, Ronna Gage, Romance Divine, [link] [comments]
9. Flaws And All, Mahalia Levey, Beautiful Trouble Publishing, [link]

9. Malicifer, Aubrie Dionne, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link] [comments]
10. The Oak King's Daughter, Emily Pikkasso, MuseItHOT! Publishing, [link]
10. A Bid for Love, T. D. McKinney & Terry Wylis, Amber Allure, [link]
10. Vampire in the Basement, Susan Hanniford Crowley, Tease Publishing LLC, [link]
11. Blood Evolution, Kimberly Adkins, Siren Bookstrand, [link]
11. Her Captain Dares All, Eliza Knight, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
11. All That Jazz, Charlie Cochrane, MLR, [link] [comments]
11. Those Who Wait, Veronica Lynch, Decadent Publishing, [link]
11. The Gift, Lindsay Maddox, TTM, [link]
12. The jingle Bell Jinx, Linda V. Palmer, Uncial Press, [link]
12. First Date, R. Ann Siracusa, Sapphire Blue Publishing, [link]
12. Ghostly Passions, Delilah K. Stephans, MuseitHot! Publishing, [link]
12. Love Always, Jake, Lucinda Gunnin, TTM, [link]
13. Christmas Bonus, EM Lynley, Ravenous Romance, [link] [comments]
13. Finding a Dream, S.J. Frost, MLR Press, [link] [comments]
13. The Traveler's Tale, Teel James Glenn, Eternal Press, [link]
13. Family Secrets, Susanne Marie Knight, Uncial Press, [link]
14. Cry Wolf, Donica Covey, Samhain Publishing, [link]
14. Love's Learning Curves, Diana DeRicci, Purple Sword Publications, [link] [comments]
14. Fallen Snow Angel, Cia Leah, Red Rose Publishing, [link] [comments]
14. Hurricane Warning, Ginger Simpson, Muse It Up Publishing, [link]
14. The C-Word, Don Pizarro, Dagan Books, [link]
14. Legends Unleashed Series, Heather Beck, Diamond Dust Books, [link]
14. Cross the Line, Wendy Ely, Lyrical Press, [link]
14. Wishing Tree, Stephen D. Rogers, True Romance, [link]
14. Kipling and Camping, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Diversity, [link]
14. The Festival of the Flowers: the Courtesan and the Scholar, Denise Golinowski, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
14. Dark Succession, Teresa D'Amario, Freya's Bower, [link] [comments]
15. Destiny, Cathy Graham, TTM, [link]
15. Night Shift, Red Haircrow, JMS Books , [link]
15. The Harder They Buck, Sayde Grace, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
15. Zimaya Heights, Stevie Woods, Torquere Press, [link]
15. Take It Off, Warrior, Eliza Knight, Ellora's Cave, [link]
15. Demonic Persuasion, Mahalia Levey, Liquid Silver Books, [link]
15. One Small Step, Stevie Woods, Phaze Books, [link]
15. In the Shadows of Angels, Kiss Carson, Solstice Publishing, [link]
15. Alwys and Forever, Jay Faulkner, Absolute XPress, [link]
15. Carolina Pearl, Sela Carsen, Samhain, [link]

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