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Critter Notices

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)

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

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

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]








Critter Captain Page

Critters Workshop is brought to you by...

So, whose wacky/dumb/brilliant idea was Critters Workshop?

That would be me, Dr. Andrew Burt:

The below is probably out of date. :) I try to keep my home page the most updated, If you're looking to read some of my writing (of course you are!) :), that's at

I'm CEO of; we create custom software and complex (or simple) web sites. I've also been a computer science professor at the University of Denver, focusing on teaching and research in the areas of computer security, networking, operating systems, the social impacts of computing, and an unusual branch of AI. Before that I was CEO of an Internet company that provided the local news channels to major Internet portals hundreds of newspapers and TV stations. Before that, I was doing the CS prof. thing at DU again. Additionally, I was the founder of the world's first Internet service provider, (

My writing and science fictional background includes...

  • Critters, obviously
  • Former Vice President of SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.)
  • Ed Bryant's Northern Colorado Writers' Workshop ( of which I'm a past president; the NCWW has launched the careers of notables such as Connie Willis, Dan Simmons, Wil McCarthy, P.D. Cacek, and its past and present membership averages approximately one major award win or nomination per person (Connie obviously raising that bar!)
  • Being Chairman of SFWA's e-piracy committee (info at
  • The SFWA Bulletin, of which I was formerly webmaster, and which you should subscribe to!
  • The Black Holes response time tracker and market information site I maintain at (and associated sites for saying nice things about editors and tracking dead markets)
  • The CritFinder, a site for writers to find or announce an in-person workshop, at
  • CritSpace, free, passworded web pages for workshops, at, for those already involved in a workshop and who would like a site to help augment workshop manuscript transfers and so forth (used by Geoff Landis's Cajun Sushi Hamsters, John Stith's CSWW, etc.)
  • David Brin/Analog's Webs of Wonder contest,, for which I was a judge and copyright liaison
  • Preditors & Editors ( writing info site, for whom I run the big annual best-of voting

My publication credits include dozens of short fiction tales, one cyberwarfare novel, the profits of which were donated to the Red Cross, and a wide assortment of non-fiction. I've made numerous media appearances (including being allegedly mentioned in dialog in the forthcoming movie Takedown from Miramax) and enjoy being a frequent con panelist. For a hobby, I construct solutions to all the world's problems. Fortunately -- nobody listens.

My homepage, with details of my other nutty projects and a "find Aburt" picture, is here.

My SF writing bio (aka my Critters bio page) is here.

The story behind why I founded Critters, as memorialized in my original call-for-members netnews article, is here.

Presumably like yourself (else why are you looking at a science fiction writing workshop?), I one day hope to be a household name like 'Asimov'... I believe I have all the right tools for that: The discipline to write, ideas, maybe some insight into the human psyche, stamps and envelopes to submit manuscripts with, and a legal change of name form with "Andrew Asimov" on it. :-)

Critters and/or I have been profiled in various places on the net. Some I know of are...

But you don't really want to know about me, you want to know about Critters. So look around and join us if you're up to the challenge!


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