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Critters is 20!

Yes, 20 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

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, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area.

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!

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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)

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]








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 Nov 29 14:10:01 2015
Based on last critique filed at: Sun Nov 29 14:03:46 MST 2015
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
  • #25377 ... 5       Wordwatchers, by Fred Obermeyer (F)
  • #25378 ... 4       Alien Message _Was Riding the Dinosaur_, by Amanda H. Geard (SF)
  • #25379 ... 7       Psi Prison, by Michael Andre-Driussi (SF)
  • #25380 ... 2       The Lady of Ironstone, by P.E. Zimmerman (F)
  • #25381 ... 5       I, Parasite, by Christian Roberts (SF)
  • #25382 ... 6       Prey, by John Barefield (F)
  • #25383 ... 7       Beware the Whammy, by Matthew Weber (H)
  • #25384 ... 4       Beguiling Moon, by Lori Phillips (F)
  • #25385 ... 7       Just Drive, by Will McIntosh (SF)
  • #25386 ... 2       The Price of Betrayal - Chapter 1 - Mommy Dearest, by Tambrey Granneman (F)
  • #25387 ... 7       Despair: The Emerald Collection, by Matt Dovey (SF)
  • #25388 ... 1       The Forgotten King - chapters 2&3, by David Grant (F)
  • #25389 ... 6       Crown of Stars, by Tomi MĂn~kinen (H)
  • #25390 ... 12       Friends in Small Places, by Pete Koziar (SF)
  • #25391 ... 2       De-arrangement, by Lee P. Melling (H)
  • #25392 ... 4       Squared, by Corey J. White (SF)

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