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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.

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)

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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

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]

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Woo-hoo!

My unscientific estimate is that members of Critters are around 10X more likely to make sales than non-critters (but cause and effect? who knows?). Regardless, this page is to celebrate our successes!

Critter Robert Qualkinbush has analyzed the reports below and created a summary page of how many sales Critters have had. Fascinating, and astounding! Good going to you all.

If you have something to report, tell me immediately!

Then see the NewNewForum.com to read about and announce new projects (in writing, tech, or any other field). Free ads on the Critters site are also provided as a benefit of membership.

Congratulations to...

    Andrew Richardson, whose short story, "Eton Mess" is now out in the current issue of Keith Publications. [Sep 2017]
    Chris Kenworthy, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Out of Sync" is now out in the current issue of NewMyths.com. [Sep 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Day of the Endorphin" to The Centropic Oracle. [Sep 2017]
    Eric Schwitzgebel, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Little /^^^\&-" is now out in the current issue of Clarkesworld. [Sep 2017]
    Tim Mudie, whose short story, "An Ever-Expanding Flash of Light" is now out in the current issue of Lightspeed. [Sep 2017]
    Shawn Proctor, who sold his short story, "A Good Egg" to Podcastle. {This story was entered in the Podcastle fiction contest IV. It was selected as a winner (one of three) from 196 entries, the most they have had in these contests so far. } [Sep 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with David Gerrold". {http://file770.com/?p=37373 } [Sep 2017]
    Rebecca DeVendra, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "A Packhorse for Your Silly Memes" to Starship Sofa. {Story was called "And No More Cat Pictures" in Critters a year back, now sold! Thank all! } [Aug 2017]
    Kat Day, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The In-between Place" to Daily Science Fiction. {(I kept missing the "human" check - it's appearing waaaaay down the bottom of the page, after a lot of blank space.) } [Aug 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with newly appointed Escape Pod co-editors Mur Lafferty Divya Breed". {http://file770.com/?p=36835 } [Aug 2017]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Giant Robot and the Infinite Sunset" to Diabolical Plots. [Aug 2017]
    Dave D'Alessio, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Rains of Venus" is now out in the current issue of Wee Tales (#6). {Thank you to all who Crittered! } [Jul 2017]
    Carleton Chinner, who reports "My novel The Hills of Mare Imbrium is live on Kindle Scout". {I couldn't have got this far without the invaluable advice of numerous critters } [Jul 2017]
    Amy Henrie Gillett, who has won the Second Place award for her (Critter'd) short story, "All Light and Darkness (Stay)". {Thank you, Critters, for helping me transform "Stay" (now, "All Light and Darkness") into a piece I am truly proud of. I had to make some heart-wrenching decisions based on your critiques, but in the end, they were the right decisions. } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Jacey Bedford". {http://file770.com/?p=33302 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Compelling Science Fiction editor Joe Stech". {http://file770.com/?p=33376 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my essay on the endurance of small screen sci fi". {http://file770.com/?p=33388 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Martha Wells". {http://file770.com/?p=34488 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File770 posted my interview with anthology editor Jennifer Brozek". {http://file770.com/?p=34564 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with new author Kelli Fitzpatrick". {http://file770.com/?p=34609 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Metaphorosis editor Morris Allen". {http://file770.com/?p=34749 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Linda Nagata". {http://file770.com/?p=34835 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Edward Lerner". {http://file770.com/?p=34901 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Jody Lynne Nye". {http://file770.com/?p=35254 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Robert Sawyer". {http://file770.com/?p=35387 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with SFWA president Cat Rambo". {http://file770.com/?p=33423 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Walter Jon Williams". {http://file770.com/?p=34984 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with anthology editor Deborah Ross". {http://file770.com/?p=35174 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Filk musicians Vixy & Tony". {http://file770.com/?p=35564 } [Jul 2017]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Amazing Stories magazine posted my guest editorial on the Puppies controversy, just in time for the Hugos". {http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2017/07/guest-editorial-bad-dog-bad-dog/ } [Jul 2017]
    Eric Schwitzgebel, whose (Critter'd) short story, "THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL" is now out in the current issue of Apex Magazine. {ALL-CAPS title is intentional } [Jul 2017]
    Patricia Moussatche, who has won the Writers of the Future Contest 2nd quarter Honorable Mention award for her (Critter'd) short story, "Carayeeba". {Thanks for all the feedback, Critters! } [Jul 2017]
    Dave D'Alessio, whose short story, "One Grand Day" is now out in the current issue of Phobos Magazine. {In paper now; eBook to follow! } [Jul 2017]
    Margaret Moller, who has won the Honorable Mention award for her (Critter'd) short story, "Jin and the Warrior Girl". [Jul 2017]
    Jeffrey Steven Abrams, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Escher's Hands" is now out in the current issue of was a semi-finalist in the 2nd quarter Writers of the Future competition.. [Jul 2017]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his short story, "Wait Calculation" to Compelling Science Fiction. [Jul 2017]
    Anna Salonen, who reports "My story "Waiting for the Dawn" earned a silver honourable mention in the Writers of the Future contest, 2nd quarter. Thanks to everyone who Crittered the piece. (The working title was "The Ring in the Sand") ". [Jul 2017]
    Tim Mudie, who sold his short story, "Creeping Insidious Ants" to DarkFuse Magazine. [Jul 2017]
    R.J. Theodore, who sold her (Critter'd) novel, "Flotsam" to Parvus Press. [Jun 2017]
    Jen C.A. Morris, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "I Am Your Dog" to Pseudopod. [Jun 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) book, "The Reopened Cask and Other Stories" is now out in the current issue of Createspace. {This is my second book: fifteen sold short stories, most of which were originally critiqued in Critters, available on Amazon as an ebook or paperback. Thanks to the many people who gave me input and inspiration. } [Jun 2017]
    Brian Burt, whose (Critter'd) novel, "The Price of Eden" is now out from Double Dragon Publishing. {This is the third book in a trilogy, and all three novels benefitted greatly from Critters feedback. Thanks, all! } [Jun 2017]
    Carleton Chinner, whose short story, "Scatterlings" is now out in the current issue of Twisted Tales 2016. {It took a long time to get to press, but my first fiction story has been published in an anthology from Raging Aardvark } [May 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, who reports "I am the "featured author" this month at "Centropic Oracle." They have posted a podcast interview with me.". [May 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Don't Dimension It" to Phantaxis. {As always, thanks to Critters for invaluable feedback. } [May 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "All Feeds the Silence" to Zetetic. [May 2017]
    Corey J. White, whose book, "Killing Gravity" is now out in the current issue of Tor.com Publishing. {This novella was my first pro sale, and I couldn't be happier joining the ranks of authors published by Tor's novella imprint. } [May 2017]
    Christoph Weber, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Taking Root" is now out in the current issue of DOA III: Extreme Horror Anthology. {Thanks to all who critted this nightmare of mine, which went through the queue as "Adaptation." The published version ended up being even more depraved! Trigger warnings: all of them. www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYGGJP4/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 } [May 2017]
    J.E. Bates, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Beetle-Cleaned Skulls" is now out in the current issue of Escape Pod. {This is my first pro sale and includes a 30m audio version read by a professional narrator: bit.ly/2ouvy20 Many thanks to all the critiques and critters that made this one possible. } [Apr 2017]
    Chris Kelworth, who sold his short story, "Stretch Points" to On The Premises. {The story won third place in their "Space" contest } [Apr 2017]
    Dave D'Alessio, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Dead Men Tell Tales" is now out in the current issue of Broadswords and Blasters. {Issue #1, now available! } [Apr 2017]
    Chris Kelworth, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Tough Love" is now out in the current issue of SciFan Magazine. [Apr 2017]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "The Rot Parade" is now out in the current issue of Freeze Frame Fiction. [Apr 2017]
    Shawn Proctor, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Analog Signals" to Daily Science Fiction. [Apr 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, ""That Was So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" is now out in the current issue of Centropic Oracle. {This is a podcast. Thanks, as always, to Critters members for their feedback. } [Apr 2017]
    Joynell Schultz, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Blood & Holy Water" is now out from Amazon ([URL]). [Apr 2017]
    Timothy Mudie, whose short story, "Sundown on the Hill" is now out in the current issue of Metaphorosis. [Mar 2017]
    J.E. Bates, who sold his short story, "The Eater of Stars" to Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird. [Mar 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Wyrd Times" is now out in the current issue of Red Sun Magazine. [Mar 2017]
    Andrew Richardson, whose short story, "Weekend Treat" is now out in the current issue of Cobblestone Press. [Mar 2017]
    Jim Anderson, whose (Critter'd) short story, "A Last Day" is now out in the current issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. [Mar 2017]
    Gary Hurtubise, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Flesh" is now out in the current issue of Kzine. [Mar 2017]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Confessions" to Mythic. [Mar 2017]
    Jennifer Michaud, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing" to Digital Fiction Publishing. [Mar 2017]
    J.E. Bates, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Faster Than Death" is now out in the current issue of Tacitus Publishing in the Shattered Space Anthology. {under the name "Phobovore" some time ago. } [Mar 2017]
    Shawn Proctor, who sold his short story, "The Day Time Stood Still" to Galaxy's Edge. [Feb 2017]
    Eleanor R. Wood, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Convincer" to Galaxy's Edge. {Thanks, as always, for the excellent feedback on this story. You guys helped me make it shine. :) } [Feb 2017]
    Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), whose short story, "In Cygnus and in Hell" is now out in the current issue of Nature. {Thanks to everyone who has helped me with my writing! } [Feb 2017]
    Brad Preslar, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "To Hell with Kessler" to Ares Magazine. {This went through as "Laughing at Kessler" back in July of 2015. Thinking it will be in Issue #6 late this year. Thanks for all the help and critiques. } [Feb 2017]
    Joel E. Roosa, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "9/10ths" to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. {9/10ths was Crittered twice. Just to advocate for the power of perseverance, 9/10ths has been around in one form or another for the better part of forty years. Once I got it into serious shape for submitting it took seventeen tries until acceptance, the last three to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. They liked it enough to invite me to resubmit it twice with rewrites. Joel E. Roosa } [Feb 2017]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Ghosts of Bunker Seven" to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. {This was crittered a very long time ago, but for anyone that might remember doing so, a million thanks for the feedback! } [Feb 2017]
    Nessma A. El-ssawy, whose short story, "The Final Straw" is now out in the current issue of Short-Story.me. {My first flash has been out. Even though it was not crittered here,I'm glad for all your reviews for my other stories. They sure made me a better writer and finally a published one. } [Feb 2017]
    Marc Criley, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship" to Abyss & Apex. {This story was first Critter'd as "The Surprisingly Restorative Power of Practiced Penmanship", then significantly revised to its present version. This is my first story sale, so many thanks to all who commented on either or both versions. } [Jan 2017]
    Eric Schwitzgebel, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL" to Apex. [Jan 2017]
    Rebecca Lyons, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Plight of the Living Dead" to Dark Fuse. [Jan 2017]
    Kathleen Molyneaux, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Tick" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion. [Jan 2017]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Peripheral Hope" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion. [Jan 2017]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Stars Above, Stars Below" is now out in the current issue of Unsung Stories. [Jan 2017]
    Rebecca DeVendra, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "A Packhorse For Your Silly Memes" to Outliers of Speculative Fiction Vol. 2, Editor L.A. Little. {This story was crittered under the title, "And No More Cat Pictures..." Without the helpful crits, I couldn't have revised this and hit the home run. Thanks all! } [Jan 2017]
    Leena Naidoo, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Three Million's A Crowd" is now out in the current issue of Second Chances - A Love Anthology. {This story went through as Treasure Seekers. Second Chances - A Love anthology is a charity eBook in support of HIC Children's Home in Newcastle, South Africa. You can find out all about it here: https://secondchanceslove.wordpress.com/ Thank you to all who have critted and supported the anthology so far. It really makes my day :-D We've been very fortunate in having national radio stations run interviews with us. I've been on one, and for your entertain, you can listen to it here https://iono.fm/e/368364?autoplay=1 If you know of anyone who would enjoy this anthology, please let them know of it's existence and help support the kids in this rural area further. Happy New Year and best wishes :-D } [Jan 2017]
    J.E. Bates, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Faster Than Death" to Shattered Space Anthology. [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my mini-essay debunking Blade Runner protagonist Rick Deckard". {http://file770.com/?p=31981 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature about Jill Archer". {http://file770.com/?p=32496 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on S.K. Dunstall". {http://file770.com/?p=32476 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Daniel Arenson". {http://file770.com/?p=32456 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jeremy Robinson". {http://file770.com/?p=32396 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on E.V. Comfort". {http://file770.com/?p=32358 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature about Mark Speed". {http://file770.com/?p=32341 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Kris Rusch about Fiction River". {http://file770.com/?p=32281 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Kevin Anderson about his WordFire Press". {http://file770.com/?p=32316 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Amazing Stories publisher Steve Davidson". {http://file770.com/?p=32354 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File posted my interview with Neil Clarke of Clarksworld". {http://file770.com/?p=32413 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Dean Wesley Smith". {http://file770.com/?p=32565 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Kris Rusch about her Diving series". {http://file770.com/?p=32657 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted the guest essay I requested from Ron Friedman". {http://file770.com/?p=32413 } [Dec 2016]
    Jennifer Michaud, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing" is now out in the current issue of Transmundane Press' After the Happily Ever After anthology. {The story was crittered a few years ago under the title "Ringleader". The anthology is available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRYLKIE/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482279492&sr=1-2&keywords=after+the+happily+ever+after+Transmundane } [Dec 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Worldstrings" to Capricious SF. [Dec 2016]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Razorhands" is now out in the current issue of The Overcast. [Dec 2016]
    Tom Greene, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Necessary Illusions" is now out in the current issue of Analog. [Dec 2016]

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