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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!

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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)

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.

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Preditors & Editors Changeover

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Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

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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...

    Emily Schoerning, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Climbers" to Perihelion. [Aug 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Robot of Dorian Graham" to Perihelion Science Fiction. [Aug 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Trial by Fire" to SQ Mag. {Thanks to everyone who supports Critters. } [Aug 2014]
    Andrew Richardson, who sold his short story, "Eton Mess" to Keith Publications. [Aug 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has published my article "Write for TV, the Time is Now." [URL] [Aug 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has published my interview with Connie Willis. [URL] [Aug 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports " Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Nebula winner Tina Connolly, author of the "Ironskin" trilogy, about Toasted Cake, her podcast site for flash speculative fiction. [URL] [Aug 2014]
    Megan Hutchins, whose (Critter'd) novel, "DRIFT" is now out from Tu Books. {I believe this went through the queue as "The Turtle's Monsters." Much thanks to everyone who critiqued! } [Aug 2014]
    Megan Hutchins, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Golden Chaos" is now out in the current issue of IGMS. {This went through Critters not once, but twice. Thanks to the many people who read it! } [Aug 2014]
    Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), who sold his short story, "Asymmetrical Warfare" to Nature Futures. {Thanks to everyone who has critiqued my work! } [Aug 2014]
    Rati Mehrotra, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Anjali" to Inscription Magazine. [Aug 2014]
    Janice Clark, whose (Critter'd) book, "The Water Door" is now out in the current issue of Solstice Publishing. {The Water Door is book five in The Hall of Doors fantasy series. It was released in various ebook formats on August 6 and can be purchased at Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnesand noble. All five of the books in the series will be released soon in print form as a five-in-one combo. } [Aug 2014]
    Janice Clark, whose (Critter'd) book, "The Secret Door" is now out in the current issue of Solstice Publishing. {The Secret Door is book four in The Hall of Doors fantasy series. It was released in various ebook formats on August 6 and can be purchased at Smashwords, Amazon, and Barnesand noble. All five of the books in the series will be released soon in print form as a five-in-one combo. } [Aug 2014]
    Vanessa Fogg, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Between Sea and Shore" is now out in the current issue of GigaNotoSaurus. [Aug 2014]
    Eleanor Wood, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Daddy's Girl" to Crossed Genres. {This is my first pro sale! Like so many others, it's a better story for having been Crittered. Huge thanks to everyone who critiqued it for me. } [Aug 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Michael Swanwick. Excellent insights. Don't miss this one.". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8021 } [Jul 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with prolific Critters member and sci fi-humor-detective writer Richard Zwicker. Richard Writes so much and gets published so often, he sold 4 stories between the time the interview was conducted and the time it was posted. ". { http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=4536 } [Jul 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Michael Swanwick. Excellent insights. Don't miss this one.". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=8021 } [Jul 2014]
    Jennifer Michaud, whose short story, "All of a Heap" is now out in the current issue of Plague: Aftermath by Ephiroll Productions. {Less than a month elapsed between the time the story was written and accepted so there was no time for critiques. I am however convinced the feedback received over the years help make it a great story from the start. Plague: Aftermath is available in various formats: http://www.ephiroll.com/storiesandbooks.html (Note my work is published under the pen name Jenner Michaud) } [Jul 2014]
    James Beamon, who sold his short story, "The Two Kingdoms Woman" to Intergalactic Medicine Show. {My first foray into historical specfic, which should be live in September. It wasn't crittered but it wouldn't be published without you guys. } [Jul 2014]
    Carole Ann Moleti, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Ultimate Test" to Mocha Memoirs Press. {Thanks to the many critters who made this sale possible, especially Andrew Richardson. http://mochamemoirspress.com/toil-trouble-and-temptation-the-ultimate-test/ } [Jul 2014]
    Carole Ann Moleti, who sold her (Critter'd) novel, "The Widow's Walk" to Soulmate Press. {Special thanks to all the critters who helped with both these projects. More details at https://www.facebook.com/CaroleAnnMoletiAuthor?ref=hl } [Jul 2014]
    Rati Mehrotra, whose short story, "This is not what I wanted for my birthday" is now out in the current issue of AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review. [Jul 2014]
    Eleanor Wood, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Remember Prometheus" is now out in the current issue of Bastion. {This story went through Critters twice and was completely transformed as a result. Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to critique it, on both occasions. } [Jul 2014]
    Kathy London, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Venture" is now out from has been published on Amazon and Smashwords. {Writing under the pen name Kate Rauner, Kathy offers any and all critters a half-price download from Smashwords - just use coupon code PW97N- with many thanks. } [Jun 2014]
    NM Whitley, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Hacking 'Wilkes Barre PA, May 2001'" is now out in the current issue of the anthology 'Master Minds' from Third Flatiron Publishing. [Jun 2014]
    Chet Gottfried, whose (Critter'd) short story, "His Special Birthday" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. {Perihelion SF is an excellent monthly market (http://www.perihelionsf.com/), as well as a read, for SF, both stories and articles. And of course, I owe credit to Critters for helping me make the story a better one. } [Jun 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Tor YA fantasy trilogist Mindee Arnett, author of “Nightmare Affair.” Coming interviews are with Connie Willis, Michael Swanwick, Todd McCaffrey of the “Pern” series, New Leaf literary agency founder Joanna Volpe, “Iron Skin” Nebula nominee and Toasted Cake found/narrator Tina Connolly, Escape Pod and Drabblecast editor and former Critters member Nathanial Lee, humor-detective sci fi writer and prolific Critters member Richard Zwicker, Critters member and steampunk rising star Anatoly Belivosky, frequent writers conferences panelist and Tor fantasy trilogist Rhiannon Held, YA Tor trilogist Jennifer Rush, filk musicians Vixy and Tony, Tor executive editor and nuclear terrorism expert Robert Gleason (“End of Days,” “The Wrath of God,” and “The Waking Engine” new weird author and recent Clarion graduate David Edison. Also in the works are interviews with the legendary Robert Silverberg, former Critters member and Diabolical Plots reviewer Frank Dutkiewicz, and the Critters Captain himself.". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?cat=4 } [Jun 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his short story, "Israel Bissell Rides" to Page and Spine. [Jun 2014]
    Wendy Salmon (Pen Name: Wendy Beach), whose (Critter'd) short story, "An Alien in an Alien Land" is now out in the current issue of Dark Eclipse eZine #35 (Horror). {Available through Amazon } [Jun 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Smart Mirror" to Bards and Sages Quarterly. [Jun 2014]
    Marlan Smith, writing as "Martin Kee", whose (Critter'd) book, "Glean (formerly Bex and Bindo)" is now out in the current issue of Kindle Direct Publishing. {The novella is now live on Amazon thanks to all the productive feedback received here. Thank you all! Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KPDA1LK } [Jun 2014]
    Wendy Salmon (Pen Name: Wendy Beach), who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Pelican Smile" to Smashfish (Translated into Russian). {Signed a contract today. Thank you for all the helpful critiques. The story is being translated into Russian to be published online :) } [Jun 2014]
    Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Miracle of Asteroid Camp 88" is now out in the current issue of Bastion. {In the June 2014 issue. Thanks to all critters who critted this creature! } [Jun 2014]
    Dom Dulley, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Past Imperfect" is now out in the current issue of Bastion Science Fiction Magazine. {Thanks to everyone who crittered this one. } [Jun 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Other Wishes" is now out in the current issue of Plan B. [May 2014]
    Rati Mehrotra, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Charaid Dreams" to Apex Magazine. [May 2014]
    Bill Stiteler, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "There are Rules" to Kaleidotrope. [May 2014]
    Peter Huston, writing as "Peter Hugo", who sold his short story, " Partners: Real Love in Silence with Red Lights and Sirens " to Rescue Me!. [May 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, whose short story, "Belongings" is now out in the current issue of Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails. {A portion of the proceeds benefits the Last Day Dog Rescue Organization. www.amazon.com/Desolation-Tales-Tails-Michael-Cieslak-ebook/dp/B00JTAEW24 } [May 2014]
    Stacy Elko, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Falling Down the Aether Sky" is now out from World Castle Publishing. {This is an e-novel and the release date is June 1, 2014. I want to thank all the great crits I received that helped me make it a much better read. } [May 2014]
    Vanessa Fogg, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Between Sea and Shore" to GigaNotoSaurus. {Thank you to everyone who critiqued this work! } [May 2014]
    Mav Skye, who sold her short story, "Gods, Guns, and Serpent Tongues" to Dark Continents's "Guns and Romances" anthology. [May 2014]
    Antha Ann Adkins, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Turning Humans On" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion. {Thanks so much for your helpful comments! } [May 2014]
    Andrew Richardson, who sold his (Critter'd) novel, "Footholder" to Rebel ePublishers. {Thank you to those Critters who helped push this 'above the line'. } [May 2014]
    Eleanor Wood, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Rule of Five" to Pseudopod. {This is the second time I've sold this story and my first sale to an audio publication. Thanks, as ever, to everyone who originally critiqued it for me. } [May 2014]
    Aaron Gallagher, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Salt" to Ares. [Apr 2014]
    Dom Dulley, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Past Imperfect" to Bastion Science Fiction Magazine. {Thanks to everyone who took the time to critique this. Your comments were very valuable. } [Apr 2014]
    Vanessa Fogg, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Congress of Dragons" to Mirror Dance. [Apr 2014]
    Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), who sold his short story, "Cargo Cult" to Nature. {Though this was not a Crittered submission, thanks to everyone for your other critiques! } [Apr 2014]
    Richard Viskovic, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Electric Itch" is now out in the current issue of Aurealis. [Apr 2014]
    Jon Hurwitz, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Method" to Nature. {My first ever sale. Thanks to all who critiqued this piece. } [Apr 2014]
    Jon Hurwitz, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Method" to Nature. [Apr 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "For Tomorrow I Live" is now out in the current issue of Penumbra. [Apr 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Dig the Slowness" is now out in the current issue of Robot and Raygun. [Apr 2014]
    Aoife Farley, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "De Profundis" to Every Day Fiction. [Apr 2014]
    Alex Bottle, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Mood Donor of the Year" to Isotropic Fiction. {A spin-off from my first sale - thanks to a Critter for the suggestion! } [Apr 2014]
    Michael Alix, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Kekong" is now out in the current issue of Hello Horror. {Thanks for the critiques. I used them all to improve the story. } [Apr 2014]
    L Chan, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "A Day in the Life of the Last City Witch" to Stupefying Stories. [Apr 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, whose article, "After Our Bodies Fail" is now out in the current issue of Apex Magazine. {This Apex issue is about fixing the world. My essay covers medical techniques past and future. And goat testicles. www.apex-magazine.com/issue-59-april-2014 } [Apr 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, whose article, "After Our Bodies Fail" is now out in the current issue of Apex Magazine. {This Apex issue is about fixing the world. My essay covers medical techniques past and future. And goat testicles. www.apex-magazine.com/issue-59-april-2014 } [Apr 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with literary agent Suzie Townsend of New Leaf agency. She is a relatively new agent, specializes in speculative fiction, and is eager to work with aspiring writers. ". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=4176 } [Mar 2014]
    Joanna Hoyt, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Tell It Slant" is now out in the current issue of Crossed Genres. {www.critters.org/telldaworld.ht } [Mar 2014]
    Timothy Mudie, whose short story, "This is Just to Say" is now out in the current issue of Electric Spec. [Mar 2014]
    Janice Clark, whose book, "The Hall of Doors" is now out in the current issue of Solstice Publishing. {The first three books of the Hall of Doors series (The Mountains of the Moon, The Door in the Sky, The Mirror Door), all previously published as individual paperbacks, are available again as a combo ebook. A print version will follow shortly, and two more books (The Secret Door, The Water Door) are in the works, with the publisher asking for more. The new publisher let me keep all the wonderful illustrations by J.W. Kalin. } [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Other Wishes" to Plan B Magazine. [Mar 2014]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his short story, "Return to Death Row" to Stupefying Stories. [Mar 2014]
    Leah Cypess, whose book, "DEATH SWORN" is now out in the current issue of HarperCollins. [Mar 2014]
    Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Tavern of the First Village" is now out in the current issue of Child of Words. {"Child of Words" is a new science fiction and fantasy magazine from Big Pulp Publications. Available at Amazon in both print and in Kindle. Thanks to all the critters who helped on this particular old-school fantasy story, and gratitude for Critters as a workshop! } [Mar 2014]
    Brian Burt, who has won the 2014 EPIC eBook Award for Science Fiction award for his (Critter'd) novel, "Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God". [Mar 2014]
    Aaron Gallagher, who sold his short story, "Repo" to Analog . [Mar 2014]
    Stacey Nilsen, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Hour" to The Midnight Diner. [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Dig the Slowness" to Robot and Raygun. [Mar 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots posted my interviews with James Patrick Kelly". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=4160 } [Mar 2014]
    Aislinn Batstone, who sold her short story, "Newsfeed Zombies" to Big Pulp. {Revised this one substantially after joining Critters and voila, a sale! } [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Feeling All Right" to Fantasy Scroll Mag. {As always, thanks to Critters for making me a better writer. } [Mar 2014]
    Carl Alves, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Reconquest: Mother Earth" is now out from Montag Press. {This novel was originally titled "Invasion" when it went through Critters. Thanks to everyone who helped me get it to the point where it is now. } [Mar 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his short story, "The Rhetorical Detective" to Mad Scientist Journal. [Mar 2014]
    Megan Hutchins, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Wishing Hard Enough" is now out in the current issue of The Leading Edge Magazine. [Mar 2014]
    Alex Bottle, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Mood Donation Centre" to Fiction Vortex. {This is my first sale, so a big and yet a small step. } [Feb 2014]
    Jenny Green, who sold her short story, "Learning to Walk" to Mad Scientists' Journal. [Feb 2014]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Fruit of the Word" to The Fifth Di. [Feb 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "For Tomorrow I Live" to Penumbra. [Feb 2014]
    Tom Greene, whose short story, "Another Man's Treasure" is now out in the current issue of Analog. [Feb 2014]
    Andrew Richardson, who sold his novel, "Snuff" to Damnation Books. [Feb 2014]
    Carl Alves, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Monstrous" is now out in the current issue of Blood Reign Lit. [Feb 2014]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Twice Upon a Midnight Dreary" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. [Feb 2014]
    Fiona Howland-Rose (Writing as Fi Michell), whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Debt Collector" is now out in the current issue of 'The New Gothic' anthology from Stone Skin Press. {The anthology is an actual book as well as ebook, available in book stores in the UK and online. } [Feb 2014]
    Karl Bunker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Ashes" to Interzone. {Thanks to all who critiqued this piece a little over a year ago. This story is a favorite of mine, and I'm delighted it sold to as good an outlet as Interzone. } [Feb 2014]
    Abra Staffin-Wiebe, who sold her short story, "Demons of Disease" to Tales of the Talisman. [Feb 2014]
    Sean Green (writing as S, R, Algernon), who sold his short story, "A Pocket full of Phlogiston" to Nature Physics. [Feb 2014]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Diabolical Plots has posted my interview with Analog regular Brad Torgersen. ". {http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=3981 } [Feb 2014]
    Joanna Hoyt, who sold her short story, "Sea-Changes" to Scheherezade's Bequest. [Feb 2014]
    Alexander Harris, who sold his short story, "The Mismatched Sisters" to Mystic Signals. {While The Mismatched Sisters was not critiqued on Critters, plenty of my other stories were, and that knowledge helped me sell Mismatched. If you read an African fantasy story on here, it was likely mine. Thank you. } [Feb 2014]
    Janice Clark, who reports "My Hall of Doors fantasy series, which had gone otu of print with the demise of Orchard House Press, has been picked up by Solstice Publishing. Most of the five books ran through Critters. Thanks to all of you for your help.". [Feb 2014]
    Anatoly Belilovsky, whose short story, "Bottled Up" is now out in the current issue of NATURE. {http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v503/n7475/full/503306a.html } [Feb 2014]
    Anatoly Belilovsky, whose (Critter'd) short story, "In Vino Veritas" is now out in the current issue of Stupefying Stories Showcase. {and here it is: http://www.stupefyingstoriesshowcase.com/0130906/0130906-40.html } [Feb 2014]
    Anatoly Belilovsky, who sold his short story, "a translation from Russian: "White Curtain" by Pesach Amnuel" to F&SF. [Feb 2014]
    Gary Goodson, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Living an Enhanced Life" is now out in the current issue of Plasma Frequency Magazine. {It will be out on Feb 5 for the Feb/Mar issue. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on this story and help with many others. This is my first sale and a testament to the great community here. Thanks again. } [Feb 2014]

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