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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)

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: Tue Nov 25 22:10:02 2014
Based on last critique filed at: Tue Nov 25 20:53:31 MST 2014
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
  • #24288 ... 10       Troubled Minds, by Christopher Knighton (F)
  • #24289 ... 4       Tribute, Chapters 0-1, by Andrew Richardson (F)
  • #24290 ... 1       Misson, by Stephanie Pace (F)
  • #24291 ... 6       Tongues of Clay, by Megan Hutchins (F)
  • #24292 ... 5       Those Possessed, by Gary Goodson (SF)
  • #24293 ... 20       Jury Duty, by Jonathan Byrne (SF)
  • #24294 ... 7       9/10ths, by Joel E. Roosa (F)
  • #24295 ... 3       White Mountain, by James Witherspoon (F)
  • #24296 ... 14       Robert Fairweather and the Wrong Ticket, by Mark Rookyard (F)
  • #24297 ... 3       Taken, by Mel Corbett (SF)
  • #24298 ... 4       The Song of the Destroyer of Zin, by Alex Avrio (F)
  • #24299 ... 6       Last Supper, by M.B.Vujacic (H)
  • #24300 ... 3       The Dragon's Destiny, by Christopher J. Piatti (F)
  • #24301 ... 11       Dermis, by Michael Reid (SF)
  • #24302 ... 5       Soulshifter, by Christoph Weber (SF)
  • #24303 ... 4       Heartburn, by Mertcan Hekimoglu (SF)
  • #24304 ... 4       Against All Odds, by Anna (SF)
  • #24305 ... 3       The Contest, by Charles Femia (F)
  • #24306 ... 10       Mnemecide, by Irene Ying (SF)
  • #24307 ... 4       The Pizza Mystery, by Nicholaus Patnaude (H)
  • #24308 ... 1       Recoded, by Ryan K Alford (SF)

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