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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

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Official Results

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Standings for Book/e-book Cover Artwork

1. Fantastic Futures 13, Roy Mauritsen, [link][comments]

2. Walker's Run A Sanctuary Novel, Book One, Marion Sipe, [link][comments]
3. Echoes, Charlene A. Wilson, [link]
4. Relics, Maer Wilson, [link]
5. Enchanted Skean, Vonnie Winslow Crist, [link]
6. Dark Liaison, J.D. Brown, [link]
7. An Alexandria Winter Anthology, 2013, Renée Barratt, [link]
8. Second Time's the Charm, Melissa Keir, [link]
8. A Wandering Warrior, Aidana WillowRaven, [link]
8. Cardinal Desires, Deron Douglas, [link]
9. Four Days, Eli Wilde, [link]
9. Faizah's Destiny, C.K. Volnek, [link]
10. The Soul That Screamed, Jude Hunt, [link][comments]

11. Sirion, Ivano Massari, [link][comments]
12. Mortimer, Karri Klawiter, [link][comments]
12. Someone Wicked, Cover art by Jamie Mahon, Design by Amy York, [link][comments]
12. Blame it on the Sun by Jamie Hill, Cover art by Michelle Lee, [link]
12. Harper's Wish, Krista Ames, [link]
12. Itsy Bitsy Spider, Kimberly Shursen, [link][comments]
12. In This Kingdom by the Sea, Cover Art by Bev Haynes, [link][comments]
13. Haunted Hills, Judith B. Glad, [link]
13. Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age, Paul Pedersen, [link][comments]
13. soundbyte, Cat Connor, [link]
13. Detour Trail, Becca Barnes, [link]
13. Winter's Sweet Kiss, Annabelle Blume, Lily Carlyle, Shaya Roy, Michelle Ziegler, Terri Rochenski, [link]
14. Blood and Fire, Ally Shields, [link]
14. Code Name:Ghost, Natasza Waters, [link]
14. Det. Lupèe: The Impossible Cases, James Secor, [link][comments]
14. ORACLE, Delilah K Stephans, [link]
15. Fresh Fear: Contemporary Horror, William Cook, [link]
15. She Rides, Adelle Laudan, [link][comments]
15. Scent of a Killer, Covers By StruZa, [link][comments]
15. Magic in Outer Space, James Hartley, [link]
15. Memoirs of a jobseeker, Ivano Massari, [link][comments]
15. The Rules, Mark Troy, [link]
15. The Partisan's Wife, Cover art by Michelle Lee, [link]
15. Breaking Glass, Lisa Amowitz, [link]
15. Christmas Goes Green, Kate Pagel, [link][comments]
15. Mai Tais and Mayhem, M. S. Spencer Cover art by Dawne Dominique, [link]
15. Quest of the Hart, C.K. Volnek, [link]
16. Shh! It's a Secret, Geoffrey Hewer-Candee, [link]
16. Mystical Wonders - Second Chances, Dawne Dominique, [link]
16. A MARRIAGE BARGAIN, Blaise Kilgallen, [link]
16. The Dsiappearing Rose, Renee Duke, [link]
16. Adam and Sheree's Family Vacation, Giselle Renarde, [link]
16. STORYTELLING - The Indispensable Art of Entrepreneurism, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, [link]
16. The Finder Series, Renee Barratt, [link]
16. Payton's Woman by Marilyn Yarbrough, Cover art by Sheri McGathy, [link]
16. The Speed of Dark, Zentao, [link][comments]
16. The Antique Love, C.K. Volnek, [link]
16. The Storm-Wing, Lorinda J. Taylor, [link]
16. Karma Visited, Chelle Cordero, [link][comments]
16. Severed Ties, Angie Skelhorn, [link][comments]
16. Outmaneuvered, J.L. Hammer, [link][comments]
16. China Blue, Kat Attalla, [link]
16. Allegories of the Tarot, Kris Austen Radcliffe, [link]
16. Country Captured, S. Willett, [link]
16. Anything You Want, Dawne Dominique, [link]
16. Anselm, a Metamorphosis, Ardy Scot, [link]
16. The Protector Series (Books 1-3), Carolyn Wren, Design by Dawné Dominique, [link]

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