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Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

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)

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)

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


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

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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!

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]








What Next?

Which genres should I add workshops for next? The form below is for you to select which you'd most like to see. Eventually I'll probably add them all, but which first? (Bear in mind that these will all be entirely separate from Critters. Critters will remain SF/F/H only, and the others will operate under the name "" on the site. For example, " Mystery Writers Workshop." Each will be a workshop of its own, with its own members, own queue, and no points counting from one toward the other.)

Please rate the categories 0-10, with 10 being "most interested".

You can rate more than one a 10 (or other number). Zero is assumed if you don't enter a value. Thanks!

Critters - Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Mystery writing
Would contain genres for:

Mystery (written)
Thriller (written, fiction)
Action / Adventure (written, fiction)
Mystery (written)
Thriller (written, fiction)
Action / Adventure (written, fiction)

Romance writing

Mainstream/Literary writing (short stories, novels, poetry, etc.)

Kid's books
Would contain genres for:

Picture Books (approx. ages 0-5)
Early reader (approx. ages 5-7)
Children 7-9 - e.g. shorter chapter books (approx. ages 7-9)
Children 9-12 - longer chapter books (approx. ages 9-12)
Young adult (approx. ages 13-18)
Books written BY kids

Western (written, fiction)


Erotica (written)

Would contain genres for:

Opinion, personal (blog entry, editorial, essay, politics, etc.)
Review (product/service/movie review etc.)
Technical, professional, reference (computers, Internet, how to's, training, manuals, etc.)
Press release
Business, finance, investing
Legal forms, contracts (e.g. publishing contracts you offer — or have been offered), etc. (though not meant for legal advice)
History, biography
Health, mind, body
Food, cooking, wine
Crafts, hobbies
Home, Garden
Parenting, family
Outdoors, nature, sports
Religion, spirituality
Peer-reviewed journal/conference scholarly article
Student school paper
Other non-fiction (general, misc., anything not above)


Comics, Graphic novels, Manga, etc.
Would contain genres for:

Comics (other, in general)
Graphic Novel


Painting, drawing, etc.
Would contain genres for:

Imaginary (science fictional, fantasy, horror)

Music - performance (original, cover), songwriting, lyrics, etc.
Would contain genres for:

Pop, Rock
Other music
Audio (non-music; e.g. a podcast)

Audio (non-music; e.g. a podcast)

Long/short films, videos, movies, documentaries, how-to's, etc.
Would contain genres for:

Short video / film / movie (fictional)
Long video / film / movie (fictional)
Documentary video / film (non-fictional)

Web site design (e.g. 'critique my new site')

Apps for iPhones, Droids, Blackberries, etc.


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