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Books from Critters!

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

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)

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.


I was interviewed live on public radio for Critters' birthday, for those who want to listen.

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!

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're looking for great stuff to read from bestselling and award-winning authors—look no further! ReAnimus Press was founded by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








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Critter folk can support the workshop via purchases from certain sites. Critters gets a small commission if you make purchases from these sites below. (That is, Critters earns a commission if you buy something. These are not "pay-per-click" ads like the ads on the top and sides of the pages. These are called "pay-per-action", so it doesn't cost the advertiser any money if you click on these affiliate ad links below just to explore their site if you're interested in what they offer. They're part of the Google Affiliate Network or CJ.com, both reputable affiliate programs.)

While the best way to support the Critters fund drive is a donation (since Critters gets all the funds from a donation), if you're wanting to buy something from these companies below anyway, it would be great to do it here so you can support Critters at the same time. We've got books (on writing, genre reading, textbooks, etc.), ebooks, magazines (including Asimov's and Analog for your fantastical pleasure), stuff from Writer's Digest, and other things that Critterfolk might already be thinking of buying, like shopping online at Target.

If you do place an order through one of these links please let me know so I can verify that it gets counted.


— Andrew

Aburt's ebooks make great gifts. :) I now sign and personally inscribe them.

If you're a South Park fan, you can Own a Square Inch of South Park. (Seriously!)

(Yes, this gem of a property is owned by your very own Critter Captain. We inherited it. It's bloody useless and just costs taxes, but then, Idea!! Or as I say, where does Mr. Hankey live? On Kickapoo Rd! Visit online or IRL. Great gift for Christmas / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / Festivus!) Also available via ebay.

Yes, you get a DEED that looks great on the wall Wooden Sign

Speaking of Netflix, I've fallen in love with the streaming. Before I tried it I didn't think I'd like it, but I did the free trial, and between the streaming and getting DVDs fast in the mail I confess I've become a big fan. This link should be for the free trial:

You can get magazines from Blue Dolphin, like Asimov's and Analog (and tons of others of course).

Here's the main link —

Save on 1300+ Magazines at BlueDolphin!

— and here are the links directly to Asimov's & Analog, which are must reads for anyone writing SF and hoping to sell short stories:

Asimov's Science Fiction Analog Science Fiction & Fact

For writing in general, there's Writer's Digest:

Writer's Digest

Visit BookCloseouts.com's Big Sale for the biggest discounts on quality books.

Always a Book Sale at BookCloseouts.com

I wish I could do an Amazon affiliate program, but they shut us all off in Colorado because of a feud with the state government over sales tax. :( But here are Barnes & Noble and a neat source for getting books from independent book sellers called AbeBooks.com:

Save up to 80% on Former Bestsellers, Books for Kids, B&N Classics, and More in our bargain book section!    

Get books from independent book sellers though ABEBOOKS.COM...

If you're looking for textbooks, check out Textbooks.com. They've got books on writing too, as well as books on science fiction, and now do rentals:

And for audio books, there is:

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The Writers Digest Shop has all sorts of books and writing, market lists, and such like stuff for writers:


For ebooks there's ebooks.com

Bored at Work? Download an eBook instantly!

and Smashwords.com, where you can publish your own ebooks to all the various formats.

For eMagazines, there's eMagazines.com

There's always something you need at Target:

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A lot of writers are also wine enthusiasts, so here are a couple links for that. The GoldMedalWineClub.com delivers great wines to your doorstep each month, and there's all the stuff from Wine Enthusiast. If not for you, these make great gifts:

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If you've been thinking about getting a Nook...

Nook- the award winning Barnes and Noble eReader with 3G and WIFI


Or some books on writing or SF...


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Here are some links to cool stuff for traveling, if you're going to cons and such:

Magellan's just has all kinds of cool stuff for traveling:

Magellan's Travel Supplies - Long Flight? Sleep Tight.

If you're looking for luggage, cases for cameras,
laptops, ipads, or other gear, we recommend:

Free Shipping, Free Returns at eBags!

Mobile Edge - Stylish Laptop Cases and Accessories
[*Samsonite - Shop Sale Now*]
Free Shipping on all orders over $50 at LuggageBase.com

For accommodations, Hotels.com is a great resource, and Splendia has some "character" hotels:



Boy oh boy is it always a good idea to have travel insurance.
For trip or trip/medical insurance, check out:

Travel Guard Insurance

MEDEX Travel Medical Insurance


Or more books on writing or SF :)


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