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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.

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

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Unfortunately, much of the data on the P&E site has become stale and outdated, and needs a new caretaker with the time required to update the site.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


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 - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

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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!

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

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Comments for: Sasha, Brian L Porter, Creativia,

The comments below are from those who voted for this entry. (To add a comment, visit the voting page and vote for this entry.)

A superbly moving and inspirational tale of a rescued dog who has survived against the odds, through hypothermia, broken legs and canine epilepsy.

A heartwarming tale every pet owner should read

Lovely book very well written

Enchanting, cute & true!

A wonderful true story of a beautiful but poorly dog. Sasha is a much loved Staffie with her humans and fur brothers and sisters going to extra lengths to rescue her. A must read, not only for dog lovers, tissues at the ready.

This is the most enjoyable story about a rescued dog called Sasha. It also tells about the wonderful people who adopted her.

I think sasha is brilliant

Great story of a great and brave dog and also great parenting

The author is a caring dog owner and Sasha, his Staffy, is unique and loveable.As someone who is not a dog owner nor particularly a dog lover, I enjoyed this book very much. It's written well and appeals to the heart. Bravo, Sasha and Brian Porter!

Love this story of adorable Sasha and shows what a wonderful breed Staffies are

The book is well crafted and has a lovely hero in Sasha, the dog with the waggy tail.

I just lloved this book because I have 2 rescue Staffies and can totally relate to what the author has written. The book was really well written and described the breed exactly and I believe that the description and actions taken with a dog with epilepsy will have helped many readers with their own dogs. All in all a brilliant read

It tells of a rescue dogs struggle and how she found happiness. More story's like this need to be out there, it shows just how much a true owner will go to, to show love.

Truly special.

An amazing book, amazing writer and amazing fortitude of a dog who is truly loved unconditionally - a great read.

Heart wrenching but joyful book

Sasha is an amazing girl and deserves to win so much xx


A very real story of a pet owner dealing with the difficulties of a special needs dog

Great true story...needs to be read.

This book is so dear to my heart. The triumphs and the hurdles are real and continue on today and my heart pours out to Sasha and mr porter. If only they lived on till forever! I'd recommend this book to any dog lover, any animal lover actually. If I could rate this tale from 1-100, I'd be pretty much a 100! Thanks Sasha for welcoming us into your world. X

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