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Critters is 21!

Yes, 21 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

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.

P&E Seeks New Caretaker

Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site. The listings are being removed until they can be updated by a new caretaker.

Note that the P&E/Critters Annual Readers Poll will run as usual in January.

If you are interested in taking the reins of P&E, and possess what's needed — at least 20hrs/week to volunteer, excellent investigative skills, in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry, ability to detect scams from not-scams, thick skin, good web site skills, good writing ability — please get in touch. Thanks for your interest!

Interviewed!

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, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - www.cpr.org has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at www.nyx.net.

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!

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 pred-ed.com.

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]

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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...

    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) book, "The Reopened Cask and Other Stories" is now out in the current issue of Createspace. {This is my second book: fifteen sold short stories, most of which were originally critiqued in Critters, available on Amazon as an ebook or paperback. Thanks to the many people who gave me input and inspiration. } [Jun 2017]
    Brian Burt, whose (Critter'd) novel, "The Price of Eden" is now out from Double Dragon Publishing. {This is the third book in a trilogy, and all three novels benefitted greatly from Critters feedback. Thanks, all! } [Jun 2017]
    Carleton Chinner, whose short story, "Scatterlings" is now out in the current issue of Twisted Tales 2016. {It took a long time to get to press, but my first fiction story has been published in an anthology from Raging Aardvark } [May 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, who reports "I am the "featured author" this month at "Centropic Oracle." They have posted a podcast interview with me.". [May 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Don't Dimension It" to Phantaxis. {As always, thanks to Critters for invaluable feedback. } [May 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "All Feeds the Silence" to Zetetic. [May 2017]
    Corey J. White, whose book, "Killing Gravity" is now out in the current issue of Tor.com Publishing. {This novella was my first pro sale, and I couldn't be happier joining the ranks of authors published by Tor's novella imprint. } [May 2017]
    Christoph Weber, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Taking Root" is now out in the current issue of DOA III: Extreme Horror Anthology. {Thanks to all who critted this nightmare of mine, which went through the queue as "Adaptation." The published version ended up being even more depraved! Trigger warnings: all of them. www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYGGJP4/ref=nav_timeline_asin?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 } [May 2017]
    J.E. Bates, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Beetle-Cleaned Skulls" is now out in the current issue of Escape Pod. {This is my first pro sale and includes a 30m audio version read by a professional narrator: bit.ly/2ouvy20 Many thanks to all the critiques and critters that made this one possible. } [Apr 2017]
    Chris Kelworth, who sold his short story, "Stretch Points" to On The Premises. {The story won third place in their "Space" contest } [Apr 2017]
    Dave D'Alessio, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Dead Men Tell Tales" is now out in the current issue of Broadswords and Blasters. {Issue #1, now available! } [Apr 2017]
    Chris Kelworth, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Tough Love" is now out in the current issue of SciFan Magazine. [Apr 2017]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "The Rot Parade" is now out in the current issue of Freeze Frame Fiction. [Apr 2017]
    Shawn Proctor, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Analog Signals" to Daily Science Fiction. [Apr 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, ""That Was So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" is now out in the current issue of Centropic Oracle. {This is a podcast. Thanks, as always, to Critters members for their feedback. } [Apr 2017]
    Joynell Schultz, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Blood & Holy Water" is now out from Amazon ([URL]). [Apr 2017]
    Timothy Mudie, whose short story, "Sundown on the Hill" is now out in the current issue of Metaphorosis. [Mar 2017]
    J.E. Bates, who sold his short story, "The Eater of Stars" to Ride the Star Wind: Cthulhu, Space Opera, and the Cosmic Weird. [Mar 2017]
    Richard Zwicker, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Wyrd Times" is now out in the current issue of Red Sun Magazine. [Mar 2017]
    Andrew Richardson, whose short story, "Weekend Treat" is now out in the current issue of Cobblestone Press. [Mar 2017]
    Jim Anderson, whose (Critter'd) short story, "A Last Day" is now out in the current issue of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. [Mar 2017]
    Gary Hurtubise, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Flesh" is now out in the current issue of Kzine. [Mar 2017]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Confessions" to Mythic. [Mar 2017]
    Jennifer Michaud, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing" to Digital Fiction Publishing. [Mar 2017]
    J.E. Bates, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Faster Than Death" is now out in the current issue of Tacitus Publishing in the Shattered Space Anthology. {under the name "Phobovore" some time ago. } [Mar 2017]
    Shawn Proctor, who sold his short story, "The Day Time Stood Still" to Galaxy's Edge. [Feb 2017]
    Eleanor R. Wood, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "The Convincer" to Galaxy's Edge. {Thanks, as always, for the excellent feedback on this story. You guys helped me make it shine. :) } [Feb 2017]
    Sean Green (writing as S. R. Algernon), whose short story, "In Cygnus and in Hell" is now out in the current issue of Nature. {Thanks to everyone who has helped me with my writing! } [Feb 2017]
    Brad Preslar, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "To Hell with Kessler" to Ares Magazine. {This went through as "Laughing at Kessler" back in July of 2015. Thinking it will be in Issue #6 late this year. Thanks for all the help and critiques. } [Feb 2017]
    Joel E. Roosa, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "9/10ths" to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. {9/10ths was Crittered twice. Just to advocate for the power of perseverance, 9/10ths has been around in one form or another for the better part of forty years. Once I got it into serious shape for submitting it took seventeen tries until acceptance, the last three to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. They liked it enough to invite me to resubmit it twice with rewrites. Joel E. Roosa } [Feb 2017]
    Derrick Boden, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Ghosts of Bunker Seven" to Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores. {This was crittered a very long time ago, but for anyone that might remember doing so, a million thanks for the feedback! } [Feb 2017]
    Nessma A. El-ssawy, whose short story, "The Final Straw" is now out in the current issue of Short-Story.me. {My first flash has been out. Even though it was not crittered here,I'm glad for all your reviews for my other stories. They sure made me a better writer and finally a published one. } [Feb 2017]
    Marc Criley, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship" to Abyss & Apex. {This story was first Critter'd as "The Surprisingly Restorative Power of Practiced Penmanship", then significantly revised to its present version. This is my first story sale, so many thanks to all who commented on either or both versions. } [Jan 2017]
    Eric Schwitzgebel, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "THE TURING MACHINES OF BABEL" to Apex. [Jan 2017]
    Rebecca Lyons, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "Plight of the Living Dead" to Dark Fuse. [Jan 2017]
    Kathleen Molyneaux, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Tick" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion. [Jan 2017]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Peripheral Hope" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion. [Jan 2017]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Stars Above, Stars Below" is now out in the current issue of Unsung Stories. [Jan 2017]
    Rebecca DeVendra, who sold her (Critter'd) short story, "A Packhorse For Your Silly Memes" to Outliers of Speculative Fiction Vol. 2, Editor L.A. Little. {This story was crittered under the title, "And No More Cat Pictures..." Without the helpful crits, I couldn't have revised this and hit the home run. Thanks all! } [Jan 2017]
    Leena Naidoo, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Three Million's A Crowd" is now out in the current issue of Second Chances - A Love Anthology. {This story went through as Treasure Seekers. Second Chances - A Love anthology is a charity eBook in support of HIC Children's Home in Newcastle, South Africa. You can find out all about it here: https://secondchanceslove.wordpress.com/ Thank you to all who have critted and supported the anthology so far. It really makes my day :-D We've been very fortunate in having national radio stations run interviews with us. I've been on one, and for your entertain, you can listen to it here https://iono.fm/e/368364?autoplay=1 If you know of anyone who would enjoy this anthology, please let them know of it's existence and help support the kids in this rural area further. Happy New Year and best wishes :-D } [Jan 2017]
    J.E. Bates, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Faster Than Death" to Shattered Space Anthology. [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my mini-essay debunking Blade Runner protagonist Rick Deckard". {http://file770.com/?p=31981 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature about Jill Archer". {http://file770.com/?p=32496 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on S.K. Dunstall". {http://file770.com/?p=32476 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Daniel Arenson". {http://file770.com/?p=32456 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jeremy Robinson". {http://file770.com/?p=32396 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on E.V. Comfort". {http://file770.com/?p=32358 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature about Mark Speed". {http://file770.com/?p=32341 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Kris Rusch about Fiction River". {http://file770.com/?p=32281 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Kevin Anderson about his WordFire Press". {http://file770.com/?p=32316 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Amazing Stories publisher Steve Davidson". {http://file770.com/?p=32354 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File posted my interview with Neil Clarke of Clarksworld". {http://file770.com/?p=32413 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Dean Wesley Smith". {http://file770.com/?p=32565 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Kris Rusch about her Diving series". {http://file770.com/?p=32657 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted the guest essay I requested from Ron Friedman". {http://file770.com/?p=32413 } [Dec 2016]
    Jennifer Michaud, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing" is now out in the current issue of Transmundane Press' After the Happily Ever After anthology. {The story was crittered a few years ago under the title "Ringleader". The anthology is available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MRYLKIE/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1482279492&sr=1-2&keywords=after+the+happily+ever+after+Transmundane } [Dec 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Worldstrings" to Capricious SF. [Dec 2016]
    Derrick Boden, whose short story, "Razorhands" is now out in the current issue of The Overcast. [Dec 2016]
    Tom Greene, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Necessary Illusions" is now out in the current issue of Analog. [Dec 2016]
    Jeffrey Steven Abrams, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Unpredictable" is now out in the current issue of A Lonely Riot Magazine. {To everyone who reviewed this story, thank you. Your help pushed it beyond the ordinary. Here's the link: http://alonelyriotmag.com/unpredictable-by-jeffrey-abrams } [Dec 2016]
    Joy Schultz, whose (Critter'd) novel, "Love, Lies & Clones" is now out from Amazon. {Thank you to everyone that critter'd this novel. You can view it here: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Lies-Clones-Joynell-Schultz-ebook/dp/B01MXTGIZL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480759856&sr=8-1&keywords=love+lies+clones } [Dec 2016]
    Vanessa Fogg, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Of Milk and Blood" is now out in the current issue of Unsung Stories. [Dec 2016]
    J.E. Bates, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "Beetle-Cleaned Skulls" to Escape Pod. {First SFWA-qualifying sale } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "Amazing Stories posted my editorial against piracy in general and the Google in specific". {http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2016/12/guest-editorial-no-google-cannot-use-book-movie/ } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Colin Barnes". {http://file770.com/?p=32307 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Fran Wilde.". {http://file770.com/?p=32257 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Michael Underwood". {http://file770.com/?p=32238 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on William Alexander". {http://file770.com/?p=32210 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Fonda Lee". {http://file770.com/?p=32205 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Sarina Dorie". {http://file770.com/?p=32173 } [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on David Lee Summers". {http://file770.com/?p=32178 } [Dec 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, whose (Critter'd) short story, "The Words that Bite" is now out in the current issue of Silent Screams anthology. [Dec 2016]
    Vanessa Fogg, whose (Critter'd) short story, "All the Souls Like Candle Flames" is now out in the current issue of Luna Station Quarterly. [Dec 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Marshall Ryan Maresca". {http://file770.com/?p=32126 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my interview with Sharon Joss". {http://file770.com/?p=32065 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on David Levine. Way back when I was reviewing for Tangent, I reviewed 2 of David Levine's short stories, Pupa and Teaching the Pig to Sing". {http://file770.com/?p=32153 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Kris Rusch". {http://file770.com/?p=32096 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Tony Bertauski". {http://file770.com/?p=32103 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jonathan Miller". {http://file770.com/?p=32048 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Brian Lowe". {http://file770.com/?p=32043 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Constance Cooper". {http://file770.com/?p=32031 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on A.J. Alston". {http://file770.com/?p=31996 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Christine Taylor Butler". {http://file770.com/?p=32001 } [Nov 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "The Yesterdays that Weren't" to The Fifth Di. [Nov 2016]
    Fred Obermeyer, who sold his short story, "Penal Eyes" to Perihelion SF. [Nov 2016]
    Andrew Richardson, whose (Critter'd) novel, "The Door into War" is now out from Rebel ePublishers. [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on A.G. Riddle". {http://file770.com/?p=31848 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Pierce Brown". {http://file770.com/?p=31936 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Adam Christopher". {http://file770.com/?p=31943 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Marshall Ryan Maresca". {http://file770.com/?p=31904 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Curtis Chen". {http://file770.com/?p=31889 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Mike Shepherd". {http://file770.com/?p=31805 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Rysa Walker". {http://file770.com/?p=31785 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Jenny Martin". {http://file770.com/?p=31746 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Ferrett Steinmetz". {http://file770.com/?p=31726 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Critters member Leah Cypess. She's sold to Asimov's 6 times and has 4 novels out from Greenwood/HarperCollins". {http://file770.com/?p=31720 } [Nov 2016]
    Carl Slaughter, who reports "File 770 posted my feature on Tanith Lee". {http://file770.com/?p=31696 } [Nov 2016]
    Paul R. Hardy, who sold his (Critter'd) short story, "An Undiplomatic Incident" to Perihelion SF. {Thanks to everyone who commented and made this a stronger, sillier piece of humourous SF! } [Nov 2016]
    Michael Andre-Driussi, whose (Critter'd) short story, "Genre Purge 3" is now out in the current issue of Perihelion Science Fiction. {Thanks to the 22 and 19 critters who responded to this "anatomy of a PURGE" tale in two separate passes. Hail Critters Workshop! } [Nov 2016]

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