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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 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.

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


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

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]








How to Load eBooks onto your Kindle

If you've just bought an ebook from the Critters store, thanks! Now you'll want to load it onto your Kindle.

It's easy! Here's how:

  1. Download to your computer the .MOBI format of the ebook you purchased.
  2. Connect your Kindle to your computer using the USB cord that came with it. It will connect to your computer like any USB / flash drive.
  3. Drag and drop the .MOBI file into the folder named 'documents' on your Kindle.

Disconnect the Kindle like you would any USB drive and voila! your new book is in your library. Enjoy!


(If you're looking for something else to do, a quick plug for the Critter Captain's other projects that might interest you:

  • — The Critter Captain's project to help authors. ReAnimus Press publishes great books from bestselling and award-winning authors like Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, and many others. All genres, with lots of SF and books on writing. (We can also help you with making and selling ebooks and print editions of your work. We can do the whole thing, or just specific tasks.)

  • Check out the Critters Store for all kinds of cool stuff for writers and readers.

  • I've written some ebooks you might enjoy, such as:

  • The Black Holes response time tracker for writers.

  • Hate nuisance fees? Say No to the Feeconomy. (Warning, humorous fees may apply.)

  • Before you get a loan or refinance, make sure you're making the most cost-effective decision for your unique situation. I created as the "ultimate" loan scenario comparison tool. (Not selling anything, just a free tool.)

  • Curing Bad Customer Service -- Just a Dollar a Minute

  • I'm conducting an ebook pricing experiment you might find interesting.
& more aburt projects at: :)


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Very Happy minion   Very Happy minion — last donation was yesterday. About $300 to go. A big Thank You! to Daniel Villani, Philip Lindeman, Jon Bodenshot, 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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