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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 - www.cpr.org 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 www.nyx.net.

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 pred-ed.com.

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]








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Standings for All other Short Stories

1. The Silent Hills, Derek Thompson, Musa Publishing, [link][comments]

2. Death Takes a Snow Day, Cindy Rosmus, Pulp Metal Magazine, [link][comments]
3. Harry Charters Chronicles, Graham Smith, Trestle Press, [link][comments]
4. Trick-or-Spells, Billy Burgess, knowonder!, [link][comments]
5. Maynard Soloman Proves Santa Claus is Real, Benjamin Sobieck, Trestle Press, [link][comments]
6. noanglish, Pete Sortwell, Alma Books, [link]
7. Rowan's Folly, Darren Sant, Trestle Press, [link][comments]
8. Magic and Mayhem, Violetta Antcliff, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link][comments]
9. BEST MATES AND LOVERS, David Barber, Thrillers, Killers 'n' Chillers, [link][comments]
10. The Forget-Me-Nots, Ginger Simpson, Muse It Up Publishing, [link]

11. Thicker Than Blood, Paul D Brazill, Dirty Noir, [link][comments]
12. Rosie By Name, Anne Brooke, Bluewood Publishing, [link]
13. Aidan's Story, Kissa Starling, Red Rose Publishing, [link][comments]
13. Sharpshooter, Kit Prate, Western Trail Blazer, [link]
14. Working Under Covers, Kat Holmes, Muse It Hot Publishing, [link]
15. Double-take Tales, Donna Brown, , [link]
15. All I Ever Wanted, Kissa Starling, Red Rose Publishing, [link]
15. Unwrap Me, Savannah Chase, Dare Empire, [link]
15. Lakeview Park: A Short Story Collection, Larry K. Collins, iUniverse, [link]
15. Carnival Night, Chris Newman, The Dark Season anthology, Dark Roast Press, [link][comments]
16. Liverpool 5, Luca Veste, Trestle Press, [link]
16. Elementary, My Dear Kathryn, Giselle Renarde, loveyoudivine Alterotica, [link]
16. Wolves of the West, Charlie Cochrane, MLR, [link]
16. What Heroes Do, Heather Kuehl, Flash Fiction Online, [link]
16. The Angel of Berlin, Red Haircrow, Flying With Red Haircrow, [link]
17. Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Fred Bubbers, Amazon, [link]
17. Short Stories I-IV, David M. Brown, David M. Brown, [link]
17. Miss Scout and the Lobsterman, Peggy Johnson, Amazon, [link][comments]
17. Hystericus, Paula Sophia, Etopia Press, [link]
17. [link], H.C.Brown, Noble Romance, [link]
17. Dual, JC Miller, [link][comments]
17. Once More for Old Times Sake, Peggy Lee Johnson, Amazon, [link]

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