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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

A Guide to Barsoom

The ultimate, definitive GUIDE TO BARSOOM from ReAnimus Press. NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO. The best guide to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series.

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

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]








How Many Crits Can the Critters Ship, if the Critters Ship out Crits?

Recent # of crits per story. If you see one that looks lonely from this week, feel free to, y'know, have a look at it. (How lonely is lonely? Well, 15-20 crits is about average, so anything less is "below average".)

Last updated: Sun Dec 21 18:10:01 2014
Based on last critique filed at: Sun Dec 21 17:48:31 MST 2014
This is updated hourly from 8am to 11pm. You may have to do a reload to get your browser to update the page. Count is of number of emails received for a story, and thus the actual count may be even lower (if there were email bounces, duplicates, etc.).

The manuscripts page (if you want to read one of these) is here.

    Ms.# ... #crits
  • #24374 ... 6       On the Spectrum, by Justin C. Key (SF)
  • #24375 ... 3       Officer Snowflake and the Poofy Elf--A Christmas Burlesque, by Russell Adams (F)
  • #24376 ... 6       The Balloon Game, Chapter 1, by Andrew Richardson (H)
  • #24377 ... 3       Einar 2, Chapter 1, by Chet Gottfried (F)
  • #24378 ... 7       Guilt, by Ed Kratz (H)
  • #24379 ... 6       In the Shadow of Greatness, by Robert Harpold (SF)
  • #24380 ... 3       Negendank, by Christian Roberts (SF)
  • #24381 ... 7       The Ant People, by Charles Hand (SF)
  • #24382 ... 7       The Party Bus, by Hannah Gorman (H)
  • #24383 ... 6       The Birds of Avacine, by Alexander Leger-Small (F)
  • #24384 ... 2       The Pick, by M.B.Vujacic (H)
  • #24385 ... 4       Elusive Game, by David McKay (F)
  • #24386 ... 2       Lazifica's Creature Revolt, by Christopher J. Piatti (F)
  • #24387 ... 9       Darkest night, by Mick Dunn (F)
  • #24388 ... 7       The Artist's Meow, by Iqra Asad (F)
  • #24389 ... 2       Amber and Todd the Foxes, Chapters 1-2, by Benjamin David Knox (F)
  • #24390 ... 4       A Name Worth Dying For, by Katherine Fairbanks (H)
  • #24391 ... 9       Labyrinth, by Alex Saltman (SF)
  • #24392 ... 5       Stasis, by Scott Reed (SF)
  • #24393 ... 3       The Corpsman's tale, by Fraser Hannah (SF)
  • #24394 ... 5       The Nigerian Prince, by Janis Zelcans (SF)
  • #24395 ... 4       Shinigami, by Shawn Muller (F)

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