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Critters is 22!

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.

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.

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)

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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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(Old) Critters Store

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.

Thanks!

— 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:





One of the best ways to send out press releases announcing your work is from PRWeb. Sign up today and get 10% off your first news release.

PRWeb Press Release Newswire



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...
AbeBooks

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:

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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:

GoldMedalWineClub.com-Great Wines Delivered to your Doorstep Each Month     Wine Enthusiast - 125 x 125

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:

hotels.com

Luxury


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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Happy minion   Happy minion — last donation was 4 days ago. About $3400 to go. A big Thank You! to Terrance Crow, Bill Leonard, john hoepfner, and lots of other Critterfolk for their contributions!

Critters is entirely funded by donations from Critterfolk like you, so yours is most appreciated. Click here to make the minions happy. Every dollar helps. Thanks for your support!

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