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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.

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

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]









Comments for: Sam Bellotto Jr.

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Sam revived 'Perihelion' in 2012. It began as a print magazine in the late 1960s, when Sam was in college. Back then, he published Dean Koontz before Koontz was a household name. Vaughn Bode and David R. Bunch, too. Today the ezine continues to feature top-notch stories, articles, comics, reviews, and more. Sam and his minions deliver a new issue on the 12th of every month. Quite an accomplishment, Sam!

Sam Bellotto Jr. has returned to his magazine editorial roots much to the delight of the sci-fi community!

good selection of stories

Love it, free SF!

When it comes to 'real' Science Fiction, Sam is one of the best around.

Sam Bellotto is the most responsive and caring editor I've ever worked with.

Free Science Fiction online is great! Cover art, comics, short stories, science essays, book/movie/game reviews and more, professionally vetted and edited by Sam Bellotto Jr, retired from a journalism career in Manhattan. Perihelion is a high quality publication that pays contributors.

Sam is a longtime great and faithful friend of science fiction and deserves recognition!

Perihelion is an up and coming science fiction magazine with exciting stories. The editor, Sam Bellotto, shines.

Sam is and has always been a lover of science fiction and an outstanding editor, who has been the driving force of Perihelion since its inception, back in the 60's. He has now resurrected the magazine and under bis direction, it is well on its way to surpassing its former glory.

His tastes align with mine when it comes to fiction.

Sam rejects stories by giving you a good reason and pays promptly when it's due to be published. The stories he puts in Perihelion SF are of good quality.

One of the best editors for turnarounds and contract payment!

An editor who reads the submissions.

My favorite editor--Sam puts together a fresh new ezine every month with original short stories, cover art, comics, essays, reviews and more. He is a one-man publishing house, assembling a professional magazine (ezine) on his home computer, along with support from staff members and contributions from professionals in science and science fiction. Great work, Sam!

Sam Bellotto Jr. edited a few stories that I had published in Perihelion - and rejected as many, so he has standards. At times he gave me advice to improve a story, but it was concise and focused, i.e., he did not waste our time trying to rewrite a sow's ear into a silk purse. And communicating with him is both pleasant and concise and fast. So he has my vote.

Sam Bellotto gives excellent feedback on stories. He helped improve (and then accepted) my first paid short story.

Sam is an excellent editor: his feedback is thoughtful and his response time is great. He runs a good mag!

A great contributor to the science/science fiction community!

Sam Bellotto is best, most responsive editor working in the free e-zine field.

Approachable, friendly editor who always stays in touch through the process.

Sam and Eric Jones created Perihelion in college, 1967-69, publishing then-unknown Dean Koontz and Vaughn Bode, interviewing Asimov, then resurrecting the magazine in his retirement years. At 70, Sam suffered two emergency hospitalizations and his computer crashed, but he persists, and Perihelion is still going strong. #Survivor!

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