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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!

Free Web Sites

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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

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)

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]








Recent RFDRs

The 20 most recent RFDR requests...

 SF  Upon the All-Walker                Jeffrey Hall -#24778
 SF  Subdued, Chapters 8-9              [@] Mindy Peterman -#24771
 SF  Tunguska's Other Chlidren: Undercover, Chapters 1-5  Laura F. Sanchez -#24767
 F   Devil's Blood, Chapter 2           [mpc] Sarah Jane Hodge -#24762
 F   Viraetes Island Part 2             Miah Goodreau -#24755
 F   Child of the House                 Kaitlyn Whipple -#24754
 F   Crown of the Halakith, Chapter 1 - Caleros  Joel E. Roosa -#24744
 SF  The Promethean Possession          Christopher Ross -#24738
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 6                 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24733
 SF  Secession Campaign Prologue and Chapter 1  Mike Mullen -#24731
 SF  Tales of Midbar: Religious Intolerance, Chapter 2  Richard Pearman -#24728
 F   Pawn of the Gods                   Andrea Franco-Cook -#24726
 F   The Bluehaven Manifesto, Chapter 1, pt. of Chap.  Trevor J Wallace -#24724
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapter 1               Patrick Sanders -#24717
 SF  Wind Riderz Part I Chapter 1       Christopher Cragwick -#24715
 F   Devil's Blood: Chapter 1           Sarah Hodge -#24714
 F   Waste Places Chapters 1-4          Judith Pratt -#24710
 SF  Subdued, Chapter 5                 [@] Mindy Peterman -#24709
 F   Henry and the Ghost, Chapters 1-2  Stefanie Kirschbaum -#24689
 SF  Subdued Chapter 4                  [@] Mindy Peterman -#24688

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