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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 Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories

1. Spanish Nights: A Jinn's Seduction, Valeri Twombly, Valerie Twombly, [link][comments]

2. Extremum, R. Thomas Riley and Roy C. Booth, Indie Authors Press, [link]
3. Witness to Death, Teel James Glenn, Walter Rhein/Creatspace, [link]
3. The Reader, D.L. Young, SkipJack Publishing, [link][comments]
3. Fin's Magic, KateMarie Collins, Solstice Shadows Publishing, [link][comments]
4. Not Exactly, John B. Rosenman, Liquid Imagination, [link][comments]
5. CHRISTMAS NOUN 7: Attack of the Social Justice Noun, Larry Correia, Monster Hunter Nation, [link][comments]
6. Death Song, T.S. Kay, Aphelion Webzine, [link][comments]
6. Cold New Planet, Joy V. Smith, Jot Russell, [link][comments]
6. One for Kami, Charlene A. Wilson, Astraea Press, [link]
7. Temptation in Shadows, Gena Showalter, St. Martin's Press, [link]
8. We The Furious, Joe Bonadonna, Perseid Press, [link]
8. Bittersweet, D. A. D'Amico, Plasma Frequency, [link][comments]
8. Gini, Koch, Musa
8. In Vino Veritas, Tim Waggoner and Michael West, Alliteration Ink, [link]
8. Blood Monkeys, Mord McGhee, TSPress, [link][comments]
9. A Head for History, Teel James Glenn, Meta-Human Press, [link]
10. Seven Against Hell, Janet Morris and Chris Morris, Perseid Press, [link]
10. Mercury Rising, Rebekah Lewis, Breathless Press, [link]
10. Spitit of All the Russias, John C. Bunnell, Uncial Press, [link][comments]
10. alien on the runway, gini koch

11. The Queen's Heart, Jo March, Breathless Press, [link]
11. Unfounded, Jay Wilburn, Horrified Press, [link]
11. Hiding in Plain Sight, David Lee Summers, Nomadic Delirium Press, [link]
11. Words, Chris Morris, Perseid Press, [link][comments]
11. Written on Skin, Erzabet Bishop, Ylva, [link][comments]
11. Chords of Charis, Jesse Duckworth and Brian Woods, Harren Press, [link][comments]
12. Icarus Falls, Alex Shvartsman, Daily Science Fiction, [link]
12. In Her Eyes, Seth Chambers, F&SF, [link][comments]
12. Slippery Slope, Holly Schofield, Crossed Genres, [link]
12. Not the Wrong Planet, Mickey Hunt, Musa/Penumbra, [link][comments]
13. Shooting Stars, Sarah Sotan, Every Day Fiction, [link]
13. His Special Birthday, Chet Gottfried, Perihelion SF, [link]
13. The Chronicles of Red Blade, R. A. Conine, Science Fiction Trails 11, [link]
13. Under the Moonlight, Ashley Nemer, Art of Safkhet, [link]
13. Running Shoes, Ken Liu, SQ Mag, [link]
13. A Dome of Chrome, Jeremy Szal, On The Premises , [link]
13. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy vs. Mrs. Grue, strannikov, Gone Lawn Journal, [link]
13. Baseball, Werewolves and Me, Barb Caffrey, Twilight Times, [link]
13. Magic and Steel, Helen Henderson, High Eyrie Publications, [link][comments]
13. Flame, Desmond Warzel, SFReader, [link]
13. Belongings, Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Dragon's Roost Press, [link]
13. Search and Rescue, Kathryn Sullivan, Amber Quill Press, [link]

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