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Critter Notices

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

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

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

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  Recoded                            Ryan K Alford -#24308
 SF  Against All Odds                   A Wisham -#24304
 SF  Heartburn                          Mertcan Hekimoglu -#24303
 F   Tongues of Clay                    [@] Megan Hutchins -#24291
 F   Misson                             Stephanie Pace -#24290
 F   Tribute, Chapters 0-1              Andrew Richardson -#24289
 F   Five Days as Uberman, Part 2       Nikhil Sekher -#24272
 F   North to Neverland Chapters 1-3    Caitlin Andrew -#24258
 SF  Dustriel's Blessing, Query and 1st Chapter  Melanie DeWitt -#24250
 SF  The Inka Argus, Chapters 1 & 2     Brian Wightman -#24237
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch 7-8      Kaitlyn Boggs -#24225
 SF  Poutines and Permasys              [mpc] Levi Jacobs -#24194
 F   The Witch, Chapters 1-3            Douglas Hufnagel -#24181
 SF  Wing of Silk, Blade of Steel       DJ Cockburn -#24179
 SF  False Idols                        Alex Grove -#24168
 F   The Revenge of the Gray Wizard     Hans Albanese -#24149
 SF  Five Days as Uberman, Part 1       Nikhil Sekher -#24137
 F   Shondoreen part one "A path unveiled" chapters 2 and 3  Claudia H Gruy -#24136
 SF  The Hamsa, Chapters 1-6            Patrick Sanders -#24125
 F   Things Worth Dying For Ch. 5-6     Kaitlyn Boggs -#24122

To read one of these RFDRs, visit the manuscripts page.
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