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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)

New Book from a Critter Member

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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!

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're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








How Many Crits Can the Critters Ship, if the Critters Ship out Crits?

Recent # of crits per story. If you see one that looks lonely from this week, feel free to, y'know, have a look at it. (How lonely is lonely? Well, 15-20 crits is about average, so anything less is "below average".)

Last updated: Wed Apr 1 11:10:01 2020
Based on last critique filed at: Wed Apr 1 11:09:38 MDT 2020
This is updated hourly from 8am to 11pm. You may have to do a reload to get your browser to update the page. Count is of number of emails received for a story, and thus the actual count may be even lower (if there were email bounces, duplicates, etc.).

The manuscripts page (if you want to read one of these) is here.

    Ms.# ... #crits
  • #29032 ... 6       Rosie's Friend, by Henry McFarland (SF)
  • #29033 ... 6       The Wizards of Llandwellyn: Part 2: Chapters 15-16, by Eric Wilson (F)
  • #29034 ... 15       Premium Resurrection Pack - $99, by Renan Bernardo (SF)
  • #29035 ... 11       The Pleading Eyes of the Screaming Lettuce, by Larry Hodges (SF)
  • #29036 ... 12       After the First Death, by Andrew Giffin (H)
  • #29037 ... 0       Further to Fall, Chapter 7, by Garrett Menning (SF)
  • #29038 ... 4       The Sheenseeker: Chapter 1 - Vesper, by Heather Gaither (F)
  • #29039 ... 7       Shift, Chapters 1-2, by Julia Kell (F)
  • #29040 ... 14       Commencement, by Amanda Niehaus-Hard (H)
  • #29041 ... 8       The Beachcombers, by Rachel Meza (H)
  • #29042 ... 13       The Hostage Protocol, by Eli Cepeda (SF)
  • #29043 ... 5       The Nova Cycle, by Chris de Boer (F)
  • #29044 ... 5       Drown Me, Obsidian, Chapter 1, by Ryan Ring (H)
  • #29045 ... 12       Bots Don't Lie, by Todd Moody (SF)
  • #29046 ... 20       The Reverse Time Capsule, by Ben Coppin (SF)
  • #29047 ... 25       Cosmobourous, by JC Crochet (SF)

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