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Critter Notices

Critters is 22!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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)

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 Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!


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]








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Standings for Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories

1. Andrew The Last, Arthur M. Doweyko, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, [link][comments]

2. Haunted by the GHost and the Gold, D. Alan Lewis, Pro Se Press, [link][comments]
3. The Voice Catcher, Tyra Tanner, Aphelion Webzine, [link]
3. The Rains of War, Roy C. Booth and William Tucker, 13 O'Clock Press, [link]
3. After the Martians, Steven R. Southard, Gypsy Shadow Publishing, [link][comments]
4. Appleheads, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Neos Alexandria/ Bibliotheca Alexandrina, [link][comments]
4. The Path to Rainbow Bridge, Debbie De Louise, Solstice Publishing, [link][comments]
4. Biomorph, Roy C. Booth, Indie Authors Press, [link][comments]
5. The Engineer, Ray Chilensky, Solstice Publish, [link]
6. Snow Sharks, Mord McGhee, Perihelion SF Magazine, [link][comments]
6. The Window, Denny Marshall, Sci Phi Journal, [link][comments]
7. Quantum Rose, Jude-Marie Green, Perihelion, [link]
8. Cold New Planet, Joy V. Smith, Indie, [link]
8. Turncrowe, Michael Meyerhofer, Orson Scott Card's IGMS, [link]
9. Riders of Kilroy Lakes, Roy C. Booth and Brian Woods, ACA Books, [link][comments]
10. Tales From the Wondrous Attic, Stephen St. Clair, Solstice publishing
10. Space Horses, Diane Ryan, Perihelion SF Magazine, [link][comments]

11. By Force and Against the King's Peace, James Dorr, Bards and Sages Publishing, [link]
11. Synapse, Natalie Silk, Solstice Publishing, [link]
11. Ivy's Eyes, Linda Palmer, Uncial Press, [link]
11. Crimson fire, Mirren Hogan, [link]
12. The Visitor From Taured , Ian R. Macleod, Asimov's, [link]
12. Surplus Army, Pauline J. Alama, Third Flatiron, [link]
12. Ti, S.R. Jaborsky, Gypsy Shadow Publishing,[comments]
12. A Long, Long Dog, Having Chased Its Orbited Tail, Nolan Liebert, Syntax & Salt, [link][comments]
12. An Undiplomatic Incident, Paul R. Hardy, Perihelion SF Magazine, [link]
12. Snake Dance, John A. McColley, Def Con One, [link]
12. Lorn Cole's Cold Java, Mord McGhee, Whortleberry Press, [link]
12. Laila Tov, Robert Finegold, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, [link][comments]
12. A Touch of Magic, John B. Rosenman, Bad Dog Books, [link]
12. Synchrinysi, N.O.A. Rawle, Great Jones Street, [link]
12. State of the Art, John B. Rosenman, Chase Enterprises Publishing, [link]
12. Vent Act, Graham Brand, Every Day Fiction, [link]
12. Awaiting Procreation, Adriaan van Garde, Smashwords, [link]
12. Within the forest, Sergio Palumbo, Visual Adjectives, [link]
12. East Wind in Carrall Street, Holly Schofield, Exile's Clockwork Canada, [link][comments]
12. The Age of Miracles, Robert Runte, Laska Media, [link][comments]
12. Recusant, Jim Cronin, Solstice Publishing, [link]
12. Dayworker, Andrew J Lucas, Raven international Publishing, [link]

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