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Critter Notices

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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.

Space Travel for SF Writers

Hot off the presses from ReAnimus Press! Space Travel - A Science Fiction Writer's Guide— An indispensible tool for all SF writers that explains the science you need to help you make your fiction plausible. (Also via Amazon)

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)

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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]








Info about Ads and Privacy Policies

Kinds of Ads on Critters

People have asked me to explain the variety of kinds of ads on the site, so here you go. (The relevant privacy policy info is below.) There are four kinds of ads on the Critters site:

  1. There are the Google ads on the side & tops of most pages. These are standard Google Adsense "pay per click" ads where Google chooses ads to display, charges the advertiser for clicks on the ads, and pays a percentage to Critters. We have no control over the content of these ads. (So, we can't prevent ads from showing up for e.g. fee-charging workshops. Alas.)

      How to get yourself placed here: The only way for you to advertise here is to go through Google. I believe you can target a certain site, but if you wanted to do that and pay for it, it's better just to contact me and we can arrange something. :)

  2. On many pages are free ads for Critter members which do not cost the advertiser money if you click on them. They're free to any Critter member in good standing. These are primarily located in the middle body or footers of web pages. Check them out and put up one for your own work.

  3. On the Critters store are a number of "affiliate ads" from the Google Affiliate Network and Commission Junction affiliate program. The advertiser is not charged when people click on these but instead Critters earns a commission on any sales that result. These are primarily the items in the Critters store and the Nook ads you see such as on the right hand side.

      How to get yourself placed here: I choose these from a menu that the affiliate program has, so you'd have to sign up as an advertiser with one of those programs. Again, if you wanted to do something like this and pay for it, it's better just to contact me and we can arrange something. :)

  4. Lastly are the items in the store for Critter Members' Books and Music, where you may directly purchase ebooks and music from which the sellers have agreed to give a percent of the sale to Critters. This is meant to be a win-win for everyone. You get good stuff to read and you help both the author and Critters.

      How to get yourself placed here: Visit the Critter Members' Store upload page to submit your own ebooks to the store. Definitely do this if you have ebooks/etc. to sell. Be sure to do a free ad too. (Which you could point to your item in the store...)

Critters Privacy Policy

Simple -- I don't give out email addresses or other information to people. I hate spam. :)

If you want to post a bio to the bios page, that's up to you. If you include your email address, it gets hidden on a members-only-passworded page where you have to prove you're a human and not a bot.

The following things don't happen very often, but here's the policy:

If someone reports getting spam that have reason to suspect is via Critters, I try to find out who sent it (looking at logs of which member accessed which email address on the bios page) and I boot them out of the group.

I sometimes get requests from "old friends" to connect with someone, in which case I forward the mail on.

Manuscripts are copyrighted by their authors and members are reminded not to share them outside the group. Anyone found doing so gets booted from the group.

We do have Google Adsense ads on the pages, and they mention the following privacy language:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

We also have Google Affiliate Network and Commission Junction "affiliate" ads on the site. If you click on these they track your visits so we can get paid any commission from sales, and while I haven't seen any details on what else they do, one would presume the sites you visit (e.g. if you visit Barnes & Noble from a Nook link) also track your visits for their own advertising purposes per their own privacy policies.


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Critters is entirely funded by donations from Critterfolk like you, so yours is most appreciated. Click here to make the minions happy. Every dollar helps. Thanks for your support!



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