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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)

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 whose 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

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 All other Novels

1. Tread Carefully on the Sea, David K. Bryant, Solstice Publishiing, [link][comments]

2. Struck, Clarissa Johal, Musa Publishing, [link][comments]
3. Guardian Series: Fatal Desire, Valerie Twombly, Resplendence Publishing, [link][comments]
4. The Natasha Saga, Heather Greenis, MuseitUp Publishing, [link][comments]
4. Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan, LIFE SENTENCE Publishing, LLC., [link][comments]
5. The House on Serpent Lake, Brenda Hill, L. Cooper Press, [link][comments]
6. Wolf in the Fold, Ann Cathey, Lone Star BookWorks, [link][comments]
7. Hers to Have, Katorah Kenway, amazon, [link][comments]
7. South of Rising Sun, JD McCall, Western Trail Blazer, [link][comments]
8. A Harem Boy's Saga - II - Unbridled; a memoir by Young, Bernard Foong (pen-name Young), Solstice Publishing, [link]
9. Fleeting Hope (Dreams of Plain Daughters, Book 3), Diane Craver, Amazon, [link]
9. Beauty is for Suckers, Michael Carson, J Ellington Ashton Press, [link][comments]
10. NEBRASKA: Vengeance from Eden, Toni V. Sweeney, Class Act Books, [link]
10. The Memory Keeper, Larry K. & Lorna Collins, CreateSpace, [link][comments]

11. A Case Of Noir, Paul D Brazill, Lite Editions, [link]
11. Maude, Donna Mabry, Amazon, [link][comments]
11. Once Forgotten Twice Loved (Love of a Shifter Book 1), Bryce Evans, Amazon Digital Services, Inc., [link]
12. Conviction of Innocence, Chet Pleban, Gypsy Shadow [comments]
12. Malice & Mayhem, Pamela Turner, Createspace
12. Sarah's Heart and Passion, Ginger Simpson, Books We Love, [link]
12. Off The Map, Max Davine, ASJ Publishing, [link][comments]
13. Christmas, Interrupted, Donna Alice Patton, MuseitUp Publishing, [link][comments]
13. Sleeping with Santa, Debra Druzy, The Wild Rose Press, [link]
14. The Cormorant, Chuck Wendig, Angry Robot, [link]
14. Plague Sally, Paul McDermott, Whimsical Publications, LLC, [link]
14. Carnival Charlatan, Skeeter Enright, Damnation Books, [link]
14. The IN THE DARK trilogy, Tony=Paul de Vissage, Class Act Books, [link]
14. Repo Shark, Cody Goodfellow, Broken River Books, [link]
14. Forgotten Soldiers, Warren Martin, Little Elephant Publishing, [link]
14. Cats' Eyes, J.R.McRae, Tate Publishing, [link][comments]
14. The Last Projector, David James Keaton, Broken River Books, [link]
14. the soul of black mountain, james logsdon, createspace, [link]
14. Deeds of a Colored Soldier During the Rebellion, F. W. Abel, Twilight Times Books, [link]
14. Christmas Redemption, Saundra Staats McLemore, Desert Breeze, [link][comments]
14. The Thursday Appoointments of Bill Sloan, Timothy Gager, Big Table, [link][comments]
14. Poets in Hell, Janet Morris, Perseid Press, [link]

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