New entry Nov 01
Critters is 21!
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.
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 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.
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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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 - 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]
Statistics for how different groups of books scored. The upper left of each block is the name of the group (e.g. "Classic SF/F"). The number of books in that category is below, e.g. "N=24". The statistics are from the "desc" program (part of the |STAT package.)
SF/F: ============================================================ N=50 Mean Median Midpoint Geometric Harmonic 22.502 19.750 40.335 18.159 14.151 SD Quart Dev Range SE mean 15.097 8.485 73.330 2.135 Minimum Quartile 1 Quartile 2 Quartile 3 Maximum 3.670 12.000 19.750 28.970 77.000 classic SF/F: ============================================================ N=24 Mean Median Midpoint Geometric Harmonic 29.909 27.000 44.000 26.653 23.903 SD Quart Dev Range SE mean 15.611 7.650 66.000 3.187 Minimum Quartile 1 Quartile 2 Quartile 3 Maximum 11.000 19.350 27.000 34.650 77.000 non-classic SF/F: ============================================================ N=26 Mean Median Midpoint Geometric Harmonic 15.665 14.670 30.250 12.742 10.280 SD Quart Dev Range SE mean 11.012 5.835 53.160 2.160 Minimum Quartile 1 Quartile 2 Quartile 3 Maximum 3.670 8.500 14.670 20.170 56.830 non-SF/F: ============================================================ N=18 Mean Median Midpoint Geometric Harmonic 54.884 60.750 54.085 51.024 46.544 SD Quart Dev Range SE mean 19.269 15.585 67.830 4.542 Minimum Quartile 1 Quartile 2 Quartile 3 Maximum 20.170 34.830 60.750 66.000 88.000
- Common Objections — Gain more insight by reading how others objected
- Quiz and More Quotes — Illustrating relationships or the lack thereof in SF and non-SF, and some for you to guess
- Book Scores — The raw data for the books scored
- Add Your Own Scores — Compute your own and share them, takes just a minute or two
- Statistical Summary — how the different categories scored
- Share Your Thoughts