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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

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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!

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]









Comments for: Alien Nation, Gini Koch

The comments below are from those who voted for this entry. (To add a comment, visit the voting page and vote for this entry.)

Gini's books are FANtastic! She is so descriptive. They are full of fun and snarkiness!

I love Gini's Alien novels. They are exciting and fun, full of music & snark, and the heroine is intelligent, brave, and brilliantly sarcastic.

I love Gini's Alien novels. They are exciting and fun, full of music & snark, and the heroine is intelligent, brave, and brilliantly sarcastic.

I love her characters. I feel them and mourn their fates. Not all authors can write real characters but Gini really does!

great books, I reread the entire series when a new one comes out. I have recommended them to several others that read.

I LOVE Gini's books! They are funny, well-written, well-edited, and touch on SO many important subjects in our modern and (alien) world!

Great author

Fast, funny, fantastic, fabulous entertainment! The ALIEN series covers ever base. There's action, there's adventure, there's loss, there's drama, there's comedy, there's mystery, there's romance, there's suspense. If there's anything missing, I can't imagine what it might be. The whole series is Great!!

I love a smart and smart-aleck heroine and anyone who loves her. Plus, she totally kicks ass!

Love this series. Lot's of action, gorgeous Aliens, great story lines.

Gini Koch is an awesome writer. She creates worlds and characters that you will fall in love with.

from the time I read the precious kitty 'episode' I was eagerly waiting for this one - - and it did not disappoint.

The characters come to life and you find yourself rooting for them. It's a fun, sexy, entertaining read and the pages practically turn themselves. Before you realize it, you've just completed the entire novel and you're wondering what is taking the author so long to come out with the next one?

I love all these books...they combine serious with a dash of fun...and show that blondes are THAT smart..they are..

Gina Koch is an amazing writer. I read to escape and she provides wonderful escape with her great sens of humor and interesting caricatures (human and alien). Each book is a romp thru the wonders of her imagination and she takes you by the hand for a thrilling trip!

Love reading Gini Koch, her books read as if she was sharing the story with me personally. Funny, witty, and a wonderful escape.

Love Kitty and the Alien series. Lots of laughs, exciting adventures.

funny, kick ass main lady character, awesome aliens..some romance.enjoyable, laugh out loud series!

I love Gini's tongue in cheek humor. The Alien series is fun, fast, and always surprising.

Thought provoking with laughter

Just like the rest of Gini Koch's Alien series, it's got lots and lots of pages to make you feel you're getting your money's worth, and not one of them fller! There are plenty of characters both primary and secondary, who are well flushed out, and not just window dressing. Our heroine is a fraud but Kick-Ass character. The story is filled with lovely to look at people, easy-to-follow action, lots of humor, and plenty of love and lust. Answers and solutions are not evident from the first page, characters don't observe that an action is stupid and take it anyway, there's a great soundtrack/song list included, and the Alien novels are always a can't-put-it-down fun read.

I love her books, including this one. You should really put the authors name up there too. Gini Koch.

I love the sense of humor in all of her books, and the fast paced action.

I love all of Gini's Alien books!

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