Andrew Burt


Dr. Andrew Burt, former Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association, has published dozens of short stories and several books, and founded & herds Critters (, the first writers workshop on the web. Critters is also home to other writers' resources, such as the Black Holes response time tracker and other fun tools for writers (and readers). He's CEO of ReAnimus Press and its newly acquired subsidiary, the Hugo-winning Advent Publishers, helping authors such as Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ed Bryant, and many others breathe life back into their great books on author-friendly terms. Outside of science fiction, he's been a computer science professor (research in networking, security, privacy, and free-speech/social issues), founder of, the world's oldest Internet service provider, and a technology consultant/author/speaker. For a hobby, he constructs solutions to all the world's problems. Fortunately -- nobody listens.

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Critiquing the Wild Writer: It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2022 . Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing
Writing effective critiques--those that help the author--has a certain requirement that I learned the hard way. If you're reading this, presumably you want to help authors by writing critiques of their work that they can learn from. Beyond all the How To's about what to include in a critique, there's one vital element that is often overlooked. That's what this little book is for.
Futureproofing Your Writing - How to avoid anachronisms in fiction to keep your prose timeless
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,950. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2016 . Categories: Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy » Composition & creative writing
How to avoid anachronisms in fiction to keep your prose timeless.
Having Relationships With Characters on the Road to Great Fiction
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,210. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
(Shhh! A Secret of Great Writing) An article originally published in the SFWA Bulletin on fascinating statistical correlations found between the amount of interpersonal relationships in "well regarded" vs. "ordinary" SF/F stories. In addition to the article are supplemental materials, including much that wasn't published because of space limitations.
A Private Mutiny
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,030. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Colonists and crew crammed into a freight ship destined for a distant planet must find a way to survive when it turns into a plague ship... and the plague isn't the only kind of sickness they must overcome. Get A Private Mutiny now to learn the fate of those aboard the Hector!
Simulations and Reality in WYSIWYG Universes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2011 . Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
We're living in a Simulated Universe? Are you sure? And if we're _not_...
Delta Pi
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Whoever says Pi is a constant simply hasn't checked it precisely enough — which may be a good thing!
A Bird in Hand
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2011 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sometimes I wish birds had never discovered that humans were intelligent... (If you like playing Angry Birds then you've got to read this one. First published in Outside SF / FarSector in 2003.)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,820. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
She wanted my body. The problem was, I couldn't be exactly sure where to find it...
The Reluctant Guest at the Edge of the World
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"Free to go" doesn't always exactly mean free to go... The smell was like fresh manure mixed with rancid milk--the best smell Fenn Tibarrien could have wished for. He recognized a few of the noxious odors that penetrated his breathing mask, and spoke in his mind what he knew the translator on his arm would momentarily speak aloud: "Free to go."
Privacy Most Public
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,160. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
In the future, the Minuteman software system listens to all phone calls, reads all messages, watches everything, to keep Americans safe... but what happens when it mis-hears what someone says? Who's watching the watchers?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
What does the future of transportation and racing look like? Join the last leg of the 2032 IDITEROC Race of Champions from Frisco to Denver. Sometimes it's about the journey, not the destination. Then again, sometimes it's not...
A Sailor on the Sea of Humanity
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,400. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2010 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
If you had a terrible secret, perhaps you'd find time dilation has its uses...