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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.

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.

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

Interviewed!

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.

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

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Statistical Data

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

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