Author:Virginia DeMarce

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Information on author Virginia DeMarce, associates with Eric Flint in the Assiti Shards series (also known as the "Ring of Fire", and as the 163x series).

Correct name

There are now three title records for thsi author:

I blelive that the correct name is "Virgina DeMarce" with both the D and M capitolized, but no space between "De" and "Marce". All the Baen ebooks and website references use this form, as do most references on Amazon. The one exception is that the cover of The Ram Rebellion appears to use "Demarce", but the copyright page uses "DeMarce"

Examples, taken from Baen ebooks bu copy&paste, include:

  • Biting Time Virginia DeMarce
  • Pastor Kastenmayer's Revenge By Virginia DeMarce
  • Murphy's Law By Virginia DeMarce
  • 1634-The Ram Rebellion Copyright 2006 by Eric Flint & Virginia DeMarce

Note that several of the above are assigend to another spelling.

I think the thing to do is an author merge of the three recvords above, but I am not sure whether a pair of pesudonym records would be better, or correction of all the publicaion records instead. Any advice woudl be welcome. -DES Talk 00:54, 3 Feb 2008 (CST)

Actually, I think the correct name is none of the three we have and Virginia DeMarce is the right one. You could still merge the three and correct the author name afterwards though. But I'd check with verifiers first to see if the spacing and capitalisation does significantly vary, or whether her doctorate is mentioned on some, etc. Unfortunately at least one verifier seems to be inactive now. BLongley 07:11, 3 Feb 2008 (CST)

Entry Errors

I enterd the contents of Grantville Gazette VII last night. I copied and pasted the titles and author names directly from the ebook. On the story "Mule 'Round The World", the author is listed in the ebook as "Virginia DeMarce", but the resulting display is "Virginia Demarce". Is there any way in which the software would automatically change capitolization, perhaps to match an existing author record? -DES Talk 10:25, 3 Feb 2008 (CST)

That's right. Basically, the software has to determine whether the newly entered author already exists in the database so that it knows whether to use the existing author's ID or whether to create a new author ID. It performs a database lookup in a case-insensitive way, so "Virginia DeMarce" returns the ID for "Virginia Demarce" and the software uses it from that point on. Since it looks like we are about to change the Canonical name to "Virginia DeMarce" soon, it doesn't matter as at that point the problem will go away. On the other hand, if we did have to separate legitimate author records where the only difference was capitalization, then we would probably have to modify one of the records with a "[2]" or "[UKK]" to avoid confusion. Ahasuerus 10:55, 3 Feb 2008 (CST)