New entry Dec 07
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.
The Sigil TrilogyIf 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.
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 - www.cpr.org 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 www.nyx.net.
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 pred-ed.com.
is Dying has been Replaced
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]
Questions and Answers about Technical Problems concerning The Critters Readers Poll
- I tried to vote, but I got an error.
If this happens, please contact us at http://critters.org/predpoll/error.cgi.
- My whole family wants to vote, but we have only one email address.
If this happens, email your votes to our editor. He will hold your votes until the end of the poll and assure that those are counted. Be sure to mention whether any of your votes were accepted by our voting form. If so, please do not submit that person's votes in the email to the editor. Alternately, you might want to sign up for a free email account from one of the free email providers such as Hotmail.
- The nominee I want to vote for is listed two or more times in the same category.
Regardless of which entry you choose, your vote will be counted. We will match up the various entries so that all votes are properly and accurately counted. We recognize that some votes have been entered incorrectly, but to correct all the small errors as they occur would force us to interrupt the voting too often.
- The nominee I want to vote for is listed in the wrong category.
Go ahead and enter the nominee in the correct category if not listed already. When you do, that will automatically register as your vote in addition to giving everyone after you the correct voting entry to use. We will match up the various entries so that all votes are properly and accurately counted. We recognize that some votes have been entered incorrectly, but to correct all the small errors as they occur is impractical.
- The nominee I want to vote for is not listed.
Go ahead and enter the nominee in the correct category. When you do, that will automatically register as your vote in addition to giving everyone after you the correct voting entry to use.
- I don't know the correct spelling, title, or address of the nominee I want to vote for.
Go ahead and enter the nominee in the correct category to the best of your knowledge. We'll figure it out somehow. When you do, that will automatically register as your vote in addition to giving everyone after you the correct voting entry to use. Often, another voter seeing the incomplete entry will notify us of the missing information. We'll then keep that on file.
- My vote didn't show up later as a new nomination when I checked back.
Sometimes the number of votes being handled by the program causes a delay. One entry in 1999 took 3 days to show up. So far, we're unaware of any votes being lost. If you feel your vote was lost, contact our editor at the above email address.
- Why is some other entry receiving so many votes? Is there cheating going on? Can you stop it?
Our experience with this poll is that voters tend to learn of the poll at the sites they frequent. Consequently, they tend to show up in groups shortly after a notice is posted on that other site that the poll is underway. We don't consider that cheating.
There have been some crude attempts, but those were easily spotted and dealt with. Additionally, the software is geared toward spotting such attempts. However, we'll not discuss what measures the software takes for obvious reasons but we do disqualify some votes when large voting blocks are encountered that are outside the normal limits we expect to see based on over a decade of operations.
You'll be whisked to our fully automated voting form.
See for yourself just how good the writing is.