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Hello Chris. I stumbled upon an inconsistency in the notes of Fathoms, pub record you recently cloned: date and pub type are not in agreement with actual pub record data. Can you have a look? Thanks MagicUnk 01:06, 3 September 2019 (EDT)

Hi. Thanks for that. I forgot to change notes when i cloned. Data from Amazon and the latest Locus magazine.--Chris J 18:59, 3 September 2019 (EDT)

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Hi Chris,

I was moving the Reginald-1 number to the External IDs in this one and saw the note about translations - sounds like this title is not supposed to be in English. Can you check what language that is supposed to be in so we can fix the record? From the publisher name, I would think Japanese but... verifying :) Thanks! Annie 16:31, 19 September 2019 (EDT)

Hi, Reginald doesn't say much but I have added the OCLC statement 'Text of stories in Japanese and English on opposite pages' --Chris J 17:21, 19 September 2019 (EDT)
Ah, so one of those double-language books. That makes sense. Thanks for checking and updating - and I should have thought of checking OCLC instead of bugging you. Annie 17:25, 19 September 2019 (EDT)

Reginald1 and cloth

Hi Chris,

I had been working on getting all of the Reginald numbers into their new spaces as external IDs (So then we can actually see what we are missing) and stumbled on these notes from you - and for most of these books the format is set to unknown. As far as I can tell from paging through Reginald1, he uses "cloth" for the clothbound hardcovers - which we record as hc. Is there a reason for that to be different for this set of books? Thanks! Annie 02:25, 21 September 2019 (EDT)

And we seen to have a few similar ones for paper - most of which are also yours. I am not sure if that means that there is a reason to think Reginald was wrong in the format or something else so thought I should come and ask :) Thanks! Annie 02:36, 21 September 2019 (EDT)
I don't know what happened there. I'm pretty careful in checking these. Somehow I missed these. I have since changed them all. Thanks for this --Chris J 16:08, 21 September 2019 (EDT)
Further to the above. Reginald1 didn't know the format so that is why I put that statement. I have changed a few that I missed or have since been changed by other mods--Chris J 16:19, 21 September 2019 (EDT)
Thanks for checking them again. :) Annie 16:25, 21 September 2019 (EDT)

Alice in Music Land

Chris, Regarding the 1952 edition P577280, the entire publication Note is yours from three years ago:
• A reprint of part of 'Alice in Orchestralia'.
Is Reginald1 the source for that? The cited WorldCat record suggests otherwise. I submit update that must be continued.
Wikipedia-EN makes this title the UK ed. of 1929 Marching Notes T2023502 and makes that a sequel to Orchestralia. For the latter work we have your publication record only, and don't have it as a variant nor in the Alice series.

Library of Congress record of a [1953] US ed. LCCN 53-9279 is uninformative.

Later I will consult historical newspapers online via university library subscription (NA here now). For all these Ernest La Prade works now, I simply add available LC and BL library records. --Pwendt|talk 18:24, 5 October 2019 (EDT)

Hi, No Reginald doesn't state it. I don't know where it came from so I have deleted it. Thanks --Chris J 18:31, 5 October 2019 (EDT)

Dream Weavers; Locus #234 (June 1980)

Chris, Our record of 1980 anthology The Dream Weavers T1102663 in its 1st ed. is not secondary verified so I doubt that it is one of yours. Is the first cited source "Info from Locus #234 (June 1980)" one that you are able to check?

The cited WorldCat record seems to report a third item by Rossetti, "Hand and soul", and the 2010 Borgo back cover states "Twelve stories of fantasy and romance ..." (viewed at Amazon) where we list only 11.

(Last hour I added the anthology Note simply by counting our list of Contents.) --Pwendt|talk 20:14, 11 November 2019 (EST)

Hi. No sorry I can't help. A bit too early for me --Chris J 20:57, 11 November 2019 (EST)
One of the verifiers of that issue is pretty active (Willem H.) so he may be able to get you what you need. Leave him a note? Annie 21:01, 11 November 2019 (EST)
The info from Locus #234 is limited to the pub data. It's in the books received section, and there's nothing about the contents. Not much help I'm afraid. --Willem 04:34, 12 November 2019 (EST)
Thanks. Because we have page numbers, not from either named source, I infer that they are from the Borgo Press reprint. Unfortunately that is a sloppy record (no source notes and subtitle mis-spelled "Rafaelites") and no one admits to verifying it. ...
... I find the anthology reported in The Supernatural Index, p. 991 (via search at Google Books). I expect to revise our records tomorrow if not today, a short day for me. --Pwendt|talk 13:17, 12 November 2019 (EST)
This is the book, right? My ILLs are pretty light this month, I can see if I can get it if that will help? Annie 13:34, 12 November 2019 (EST)
Unknown whether that will help.
Now I find the anthology at Google Books piecemeal (snippet view). I'll pursue that after a break. Evidently I should check Google Books for title pages and Contents lists of some latterday anthologies and collections, rather than check it only for The Supernatural Index reports. --Pwendt|talk 14:23, 12 November 2019 (EST)
Let me know if Google Books cannot find enough information and if so, I will ask the library to try to get the actual book for me from somewhere. Annie 14:24, 12 November 2019 (EST)
For this book, snippet views at Google Books are entirely adequate as far as I am interested to work on it. --not caring, for instance, whether the price is stated on the cover or there is a p[192] "last page unnumbered".
No page may be viewed entirely. But knowing the story titles and author surnames (either--or, I suppose), the entire Contents page can be viewed in multiple snippets. --Pwendt|talk 16:26, 12 November 2019 (EST)

The Tenth Girl : Sara Faring

Hi, you've just updated this pub and I've had a look at Locus Magazine #707 ToC here and I'm trying to understand how things work here. I can't find any reference to Faring :( Could you please explain? Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 22:49, 2 December 2019 (EST)

Chiming in: it is in one of the Books Received lists. These contain enough information to create a new record or update an existing one - and tend to be better than Amazon for a lot of things and they list new printings often as well. Not available online as far as I know though. If it was reviewed, we would record it by adding the review to the issue of Locus (when we add them). I personally find this information to be important for a SF book so I keep it even when I verify. YMMV on that though. :) Annie 23:00, 2 December 2019 (EST)
Thanks. Reading further, I see that they only have limited material from each (subscription) issue available free online. However, I did find this free page covering archives 1997-2009. The spread is slightly different to the Locus Index 1984-2007 and it seems to have some good material. Kev. BanjoKev 23:52, 2 December 2019 (EST)
And I couldn't find it in the Books Recieved lists :) Kev. BanjoKev 23:54, 2 December 2019 (EST)
It is there in issue 707 (December 2019): Page 53, the middle of the first column, 6th book from the bottom. Annie 00:09, 3 December 2019 (EST)

Reginald3 check (and others)

Chris, In your talk Archive items initiated by myself, I find only 'Reginald' and 'Reginald1', so I may not have asked you about any Reginald3. Anyway, this Secondary Verification by Bluesman may be a typo as Reginald3 instead of Reginald1, P601804 (where 1869 is correct). If you are able to check that one: Does Reginald report 1867 publication?

Anyway, if you are not a Reginald3 user, then let us extend this list and I will try to remember not to ask you.

I have been going to Rtrace for Bleilers. --Pwendt|talk 14:27, 10 December 2019 (EST)

Hi, No I'm not a Reginald3 user. Reginald1 has this publication with the year as 1867.--Chris J 15:57, 10 December 2019 (EST)

Blue Lightning

Hi Chris,

This one had the number 03954 as both ASIN1 and Reginald-1. I cleaned it from the ASIN - did you mean to add it as Reginald-3 (I do not see a R3 verification but still) as well or was it a mistake? Annie 01:58, 19 December 2019 (EST)

Hi, It was a mistake. Reginald1 it is. Thanks.

Paradox #3, Autumn 2003

Hello Chris! You verified this pub and I'd like your help to see this: here, the interior art And Yet it Moves is credited to the astronomer Galileo Galilei. Could you see if this credit is right? Thanks, ErickSoares3 17:52, 8 January 2020 (EST)

Hi. Sorry I haven't answered as I was on unexpected sick duty. Locus states - And Yet It Moves · Kenneth B. Chiacchia · ss; from Siderius Nuncius.; illus. Galileo Galilei. I have since added from Siderius Nuncius --Chris J 19:48, 12 January 2020 (EST)

The Moon Hoax

Hi, Chris. I post both items also at User talk:Rtrace, with a third one.

  1. Concerning reported 1859 chapbook publication The Moon Hoax (with subtitle, containing novelette with title "Great ... Good Hope", viewed at Internet Archive) P211217, what do Bleiler and Reginald say about this publication and work? Especially concerning its previous publication in 1852 (and not in 1835). Our cited WorldCat record notes only concerning the novelette alone (and under a different title, we know from other sources): "First published in the New York Sun in August and September, 1835, from the supplement to the Edinburgh Journal of Science"--Page [7].
  2. Concerning reported 1852 chapbook publication The Moon Hoax (no subtitle, containing novelette with the same title) P211213, do you know anything of this work/publication? I guess that it may be inferred by you or Chris J from one of your sources on the 1859 above. From SFE3 list works of Richard Adams Locke (which does not imply credited), here is the only 1852 listing (quote in full): The Celebrated "Moon Story", its Origin and Incidents; with a Memoir of the Author, and an Appendix, Containing, I: An Authentic Description of the Moon; II: A New Theory of the Lunar Surface, in Relation to That of the Earth (New York: Bunnell and Price, 1852) [anth: contains original text plus additional material: compiled by William N Griggs: hb/]

Thanks in advance. --Pwendt|talk 21:59, 7 February 2020 (EST)

Hi, Reginald states exactly whats printed for P211217.No mention of a novelette. It states that it is a variant of the 1835 edition.--Chris J 22:12, 7 February 2020 (EST)
Do you mean "it" the chapbook is a variant of some 1835 chapbook, and Reginald does not attend to titles?
One thing that P211217 now reports is previous publication of as 1852 chapbook The Moon Hoax. Yesterday it reported 1835 chapbook The Moon Hoax, which I corrected to 1852 (relying on publication record #2, which I now suppose spurious). --Pwendt|talk 13:15, 8 February 2020 (EST)
Reginald states that the The Moon Hoax; or, a Discovery That the Moon Has a Vast Population of Human Beings, published by William Gowans, 1859, 63p, Paper, Story, is a retitled edition of Great Astronomical Discoveries Lately Made by Sir John Herschel at the Cape of Good Hope, no publisher, 1835, 28p, Paper,Story.--Chris J 15:30, 8 February 2020 (EST)
Thanks, Chris. Rtrace replied at about the same time, half-revised the 1852 record, and left further research to me. In progress. --Pwendt|talk 21:53, 8 February 2020 (EST)

The Encyclopedia of Fantasy - Clute

Hi Chris, in this pub, the second line in the Notes in my copy reads;

"First published in Great Britain by Orbit 1997"

Looks like a typo. Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 17:30, 21 February 2020 (EST)

Hi Kev. Typo it is. My copy states 1997. I'll Change it. Thanks, Chris. --Chris J 17:38, 21 February 2020 (EST)

The Gates Wide Open

Hi, Chris. Do you have a source that places this book P617416 --or its 1858 parent novel-- in fiction series Peter Schlemihl (see the last two lines)? To me John Clute implies the opposite: SFE3 George Wood biog.

(You may not be the creator of that link. At the moment, we have both the parent NOVEL and "your" variant title explicitly in the series. As far as I know, I have not put any variant title records in fiction series and I have supposed that it is probably to be avoided.) --Pwendt|talk 20:25, 22 March 2020 (EDT)

Hi. Reginald says that The Gates Wide Open is a retitling of Future Life and they both are in the Peter Schlemihl series.--Chris J 21:33, 22 March 2020 (EDT)

Echopraxia - PW

Hi Chris, there's a better OCLC ref for the one you just added here - it has the page count - OCLC Number: 921822507. Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 22:27, 28 March 2020 (EDT)

Hi Kev, done and thanks. --Chris J 22:34, 28 March 2020 (EDT)
Good one :) Kev. BanjoKev 22:47, 28 March 2020 (EDT)

Little, Big - John Crowley

Hi Chris, I see you're working your way through L now with Worldcat. May I ask why you chose this Worldcat ID, which has no page count, rather than this one that does? Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 23:59, 10 April 2020 (EDT)

Hi Kev. The number I put has the book in 20 libraries around the world. The number you mentioned has it in 1 library in Sweden. Change it if you like. I'm going through the list because it has been sitting there a long time. --Chris J 00:09, 11 April 2020 (EDT)
Thanks Chris, I've amended it. Kev. BanjoKev 23:09, 12 April 2020 (EDT)

The Dancers at the End of Time

The Dancers at the End of Time has a prologue with a page number of "del". Did this version not have the prologue? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:42, 21 April 2020 (EDT)

Hi. I don't know what del means. My copy has the prologue starting on page vii. Have changed it. Thanks. --Chris J 17:14, 21 April 2020 (EDT)
Editors often use it to mean "delete" (i.e. remove from the pub). Looking at the edit history, it's something Bluesman did. Not sure what he was intending. Thanks for fixing. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:53, 21 April 2020 (EDT)

UK and formats

Hi Chris,

Hope you are doing well in these crazy times. I saw that you changed the format of this book to pb late last year (I just changed it again to tp). This is bigger than the standard UK B format (12.7 x 20.3 cm in this case) and Worldcat has it as 21 cm and even if it is not as big as a C format, it is still tp - anything higher than 19 cm is a tp really. Even if it is just a B format (196/198 mm x 129) it is still a standard paperback (so tp) and not pb - there is very little number of real pb books in the UK publishing these days and the price of £8.99 makes it extremely unlikely (although not impossible) to be a pb. Not sure why you changed it so stopped by to ask. I suspect too much time had passed but thought I will ask. :) Annie 21:13, 19 May 2020 (EDT)

Looking at the history, it seems like I changed it to tabloid and not to tp the first time around (from unknown)... oops. So you were really fixing it. Still not sure why pb though :) Annie 21:18, 19 May 2020 (EDT)
Hi Annie. It looks like a typo by Locus which I followed.--Chris J 21:23, 19 May 2020 (EDT)
Ah, I see. Should have realized that :) I am trying to clean up our faulty "pb" books and just stumbled on it. Thanks! Annie 21:26, 19 May 2020 (EDT)

The Ruin of Kings UK hc

Hi Chris, I'm ploughing through my lists of missing UK pubs, and I'm a bit confused by this record you created (via cloning) last year: The ISBN listed is the same as the US pub, whereas there's actually a proper UK hc with a different ISBN: (although slightly confusing in that they share the same final 3 digits). I can imagine Amazon UK having an import edition available, but obviously that wouldn't be published by Tor UK.

(The note mentions Locus, but FWIW I couldn't see anything on relating to the UK edition. I know there's loads of Locus content not on their site though, so perhaps that's not relevant.)

I appreciate it's almost exactly a year since that record was created, but can you recall anything that might be reason to not replace those details with the ones on the PanMac site (which are corroborated by Amazon UK, Blackwells and Waterstones), and instead create another pub record? Thanks! ErsatzCulture 11:46, 27 May 2020 (EDT)

Hi, Either I put the wrong ISBN or Locus had the wrong one. I have now changed it. Thanks for that. --Chris J 17:58, 27 May 2020 (EDT)
Cheers - it looks like my local library has a copy of this, so when (if?) it reopens I'll have to remember to take a look at it and check the details for a temp verification. ErsatzCulture 09:53, 28 May 2020 (EDT)

Question Quest

can you confirm cover image to Question Quest? Susan O'Fearna 19:48, 20 August 2020 (EDT)

Hi, No cover image shown. As it was a long time ago since I've seen the book I couldn't remember it anyway. Sorry. --Chris J 20:21, 20 August 2020 (EDT)


Hi Chris,

When adding e-books, can you please check (or UK - wherever it is from) and add the ASIN to the record (examples: here)? The Amazon APIs changed recently and we cannot get the ASIN/ISBN connection anymore via it for books added to Amazon after some time in April. As a result, the books you are adding come up via Fixer as AddPub ASIN ebooks - because the ASIN is not in the DB. This API change is why we are missing so many in the last months - still working out the kinks on working off the ASIN tables for these. :)

I know that you are somewhere down under and I know Amazon can be tricky - I will be more than happy to assist with adding these post your updates if you cannot see them -- just let me know and I will keep an eye for them. Thanks in advance! Annie 17:34, 11 September 2020 (EDT)

Hi Annie. I usually add the ASIN to Amazon titles if it is shown. I might miss the odd one. A couple of questions. Do we add the ASIN to Smashword titles? and do we add Smashword ISBN's to Amazon ebooks? --Chris J 19:38, 11 September 2020 (EDT)
Yeah, I know - I was clearing Del Rey 2020 ebooks earlier today and there was a string of them with no ASINs so I stopped by to drop a note :). As you sourced from the publisher site on all of them, I figured it may be an Amazon zones issue - thus the offer for assistance if needed.
Amazon and Smashword: Depends on how different the books are. If we add them as separate ebooks, then the Smashword ISBN e-book does not get an ASIN and the Kindle edition does not get the Smashword ISBN. If they are the same book, they get both and a note that it is in both formats (they can even get a B&N number of they were released for Kobo). If the copyright page says "eISBN" or "ebook ISBN" that usually means that all formats get it. Clear as mud, I know... just... use common sense and add comments so we can untangle later if needed. Annie 19:52, 11 September 2020 (EDT)

Hi. If you come across any authors with a lot of wrong ISBN's or ASIN's that I might have done, send me a list and i will will go through them again. --Chris J 21:26, 11 September 2020 (EDT)

Nah, they were just missing ASINs :) All sorted out now. Thanks Chris! Annie 21:34, 11 September 2020 (EDT)

Very Best of the Best: Dozois - TOC Question

Hi Chris J.

Upon looking at the listed TOC for the hardback version of "The Very Best of the Best...." (698105) by Gardner Dozois, I am seeing a TOC that does not match the hardback copy in my possession today. I checked, and the ISBN number from my hardback (from the library) does match what is shown for the Trade Paperback TOC for this book. My HB version also matches what I see on Amazon for the ebook TOC.

Looking at the TOC order listed in your last edit on this book, that sure looks correct. I'm at a loss for what might be going on here, and why the order shown does not match your approved edit. Regardless, I do think the TOC listed for the HB is incorrect.

Of course, it is vaguely possible that there could be other versions of this same hardback with the same ISBN with a different TOC, but that does not strike me as the most likely explanation.

I have never edited a TOC, but would be happy to do so if needed.



Hi Dave. It looks like the contents for the tp were taken from Amazon look inside and then copied to the hc. If anything is wrong feel free to change them. This is what this site is about and having the actual book is even better. If you need a hand let me know. --Chris J 17:19, 10 October 2020 (EDT)

Chris, thanks for the feedback. I'll get on this and give it a go and get it corrected per my paper TOC. If there is anything I can't figure out by looking at what is there already and in other help areas, I'll get help.

Dave Dave888 17:58, 10 October 2020 (EDT)

Saga Press -> Gallery Books reversion

Hi Chris,

I just submitted a couple of edits to the pubs for this Star Trek novel to change (revert? not sure...) them from Saga Press to Gallery Books. Judging by the edit history [1], I'm guessing the publisher change was done accidently as part of the "Gallery / Saga Press" change? Amazon US - at least as viewed here from the UK - tells me both the tp and ebook are from "Pocket Books/Star Trek", but the Look Inside preview for the ebook (there isn't one for the tp) has "Gallery Press" on the title page.

I've had a look through the last couple of years of Saga Press pubs to see if there was anything that struck me as similarly miscategorized, but didn't spot anything, so hopefully these were just a one off - but maybe you might have a better recollection of which Gallery pubs might have been changed, possibly when they shouldn't have been? Cheers ErsatzCulture 15:42, 2 November 2020 (EST)

Hi. Sorry I can't help you. Go with what is on the book. --Chris J 15:48, 2 November 2020 (EST)
See this discussion on background on the Saga Press / Gallery discussion. Bottom line is to go with what's on or in the book. To date, all Saga Press publications continue to be published as Saga Press, an imprint of S&S. There's no mention at all of Gallery. If there is, best to clearly state so. Cheers! MagicUnk 10:11, 3 November 2020 (EST)
This was a different case - the book belongs to Gallery and has nothing to do with Saga. I suspect a slip of the finger which sent it to the Saga publisher record. Annie 10:25, 3 November 2020 (EST)
Yes, correct. I may not have been expressing myself clearly, but I was merely providing some background info on the (perhaps only tangentially so) related Saga Press / Gallery discussion. Regards, MagicUnk 10:54, 3 November 2020 (EST)

The Yiddish Policemen's Union

Hi, here ISBN is 978-606-8673-00-4. ( Pls. approve this submission. Thanks. --Florin 01:35, 18 November 2020 (EST)

Done, but the system says the isbn is is bad/wrong.--Chris J 01:40, 18 November 2020 (EST)
That's why Florin posted here -- he submitted with the incorrect ISBN (978606867 2 004) and added the correct one (978606867 3 004) here so you can replace it (instead of coming to him to ask to correct post approval (bolded and added some spaces to show the difference). I had replaced it in the book :) Annie 01:50, 18 November 2020 (EST)
Many thanks. --Florin 02:01, 18 November 2020 (EST)

Locus Verification

Hi Chris - You have marked this publication with a Locus verification. Given that it was published in 1947, I'm fairly certain you intended to verify it as Reginald1. I've left that one open for you to move the verification. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:35, 14 January 2021 (EST)

Hi Ron, Thanks for that.--Chris J 21:37, 14 January 2021 (EST)

Barry Pain's Stories in the Dark

Hi Chris - We have two publication records for 1901 printings of Barry Pain's Stories in the Dark It looks like there were three different editions published by Grant Richards and I think they could all be described as first editions. This sale listing at L.W. Curry has a good overview. You've verified the hardcover edition with both Worldcat and Reginald1. Since Reginald only mentions the paper edition, I think that verification is incorrect. I also am not sure about the cover scan that you uploaded for this publication. The cover from Curry's listings as well as from the one scan of the collection that I've found is a pictorial cover printed on yellow cloth. It is the same illustration as that of the paperback edition which you also uploaded. It's understandable if you don't recall where you found the cover scan for the hardcover, since you added it 4 years ago, but I wonder if perhaps it may be for a later printing. In any case, I'm going to go ahead and add the limited paperback edition and copy verifications to other editions as appropriate. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 19:06, 26 January 2021 (EST)

Hi Ron. Thanks for that. I have deleted my version. --Chris J 19:17, 26 January 2021 (EST)
Goodness, I didn't want you to delete the publication. There definitely was a hardcover edition. It just that Reginald doesn't mention it and I wasn't sure you had the right cover scan. Feel free to add it back, or I can do that if you'd like. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 19:24, 26 January 2021 (EST)
Hi, You can add it back as I have no info about the book. Thanks. --Chris J 20:13, 26 January 2021 (EST)

Morgan's Cee-Tee Man

Hi Chris

I think the Reginald1 verification that you have on Dan Morgan's Cee-Tee Man is on the incorrect publication record. Reginald notes the Panther Cloth edition. Your verification is on the paperback. I think it should be on this record. It's a little confusing because we have the hardcover as published by Hamilton. Tuck notes that Hamilton published Panther books until about 1964. I'm going to change the listed publisher to a combined name to make it more clear. In any case, I'll leave the Reginald1 slot blank on the hardcover so that you can move the verification to the proper record. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:29, 5 February 2021 (EST)

Hi Ron. All fixed. Thanks for that. --Chris J 21:42, 5 February 2021 (EST)

Dark Boundaries

Hi Chris

You have the Reginald1 verification on the paperback edition of Dark Boundaries. However, Reginald only mentions the hardcover edition. I've left the Reginald slot open for you on the hardcover if you'd like to move the verification. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 22:16, 21 February 2021 (EST)

Hi Ron, Done and thanks. --Chris J 22:22, 21 February 2021 (EST)

Doctor Who and The Daemons

Hi Chris - I added the illustrator to your verified Doctor Who and The Daemons based on a note on the Worldcat record. If that is in error, please feel free to remove it or let me know and I will. I'd also like to ask if you could double check the publisher for this one. We have it as Universal-Tandem. However, Worldcat, Reginald and the cover scan all have it as "Target". I do see that we have Target as "Target / Tandem" and " Target / Universal-Tandem" and perhaps the latter is a better fit. Thanks for checking. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:15, 25 February 2021 (EST)

Hi Ron. I have changed publisher to Target / Universal-Tandem and the illustrator is right. Thanks. --Chris J 21:44, 25 February 2021 (EST)

Kerby's The Roaring Dove

Hi Chris

You've marked the Locus verification on this 1948 publication. I think you probably meant that for Reginald1. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 19:43, 9 March 2021 (EST)

Hi Ron, Thanks again. --Chris J 19:46, 9 March 2021 (EST)

14 of My Favorites in Suspense

Hi Chris,

Can you check in Reginald1 if the title is "14 of My Favorites in Suspense" or "14 of My Favorite in Suspense" on this one? If it has a "s", we are all good. If it is singular Favorite, we will need a note for the discrepancy (it was singular until now, everywhere else it is plural so I approved the edit but making sure that R1 does not have a typo). Thanks! Annie 02:25, 16 March 2021 (EDT)

Hi Annie,

Reginald has a "s". --Chris J 16:05, 16 March 2021 (EDT)

Perfect :) All set then! Thanks for checking! Annie 16:09, 16 March 2021 (EDT)

Happy birthday? :)

I suspect you just remembered to fix your profile and it is not your birthday really but as delayed as this may be - happy birthday - apparently the 70s are the new 40s. :) Annie 17:44, 18 March 2021 (EDT)

Thanks. I wish I was in my 40s. --Chris J 17:46, 18 March 2021 (EDT)

Verification of The Picaroons

Hi Chris -

I think you probably intended to mark the Reginald1 verification on The Picaroons instead of Locus1. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 07:26, 23 March 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Thanks again. --Chris J 18:49, 23 March 2021 (EDT)

The Mortals of Reni

Hi Chris - You added a Reginald1 verification for the paperback edition of The Mortals of Reni. I think you'll find that Reginald mentions only the cloth edition. We don't currently have the hardcover listed, but I'll be adding shortly. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 19:34, 1 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Thanks. --Chris J 19:39, 1 April 2021 (EDT)

Locus Verification of Hoffman

Hi Chris

Found another one that I think you intended to verify as Reginald1: The Coming Up of Mr. Rattus: A Fable. Those radio buttons are awfully close to each other! I've left the Reginald1 open for you. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 16:41, 3 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Thanks again. --Chris J 16:47, 3 April 2021 (EDT)

Hitchcock's Favorites in Suspense

Hi Chris

You've marked Reginald1 verifications for the 1961 printing of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: More of My Favorites in Suspense and the 1976 printing of 14 of My Favorites in Suspense. Reginald notes different printings: 1964 for More; and, 1963 for 14. For some reason, Reginald is not noting the first printings of these two books, however he does note printings that exist. We already have the 1964 printing of More. We don't have either the first printing (1960) or 1963 printing noted by Reginald of 14. I'll be adding the two missing printings in a little while. You may want to move your verifications to the printings noted. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 08:33, 4 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Thanks and done. --Chris J 16:17, 4 April 2021 (EDT)

Doctor Who and The Curse of Peladon

Hi Chris

Could I get you to double check the date of ' this] publication? Both Reginald and Worldcat have the date as 1974. I see that Wikipedia has the January 1975 date. They don't cite the source. Though they do link to us, so they may have gotten it here. Thanks for checking. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:59, 9 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron Date is 1974 which I have changed. Also changed publisher and notes. Thanks. --Chris J 19:20, 9 April 2021 (EDT)

Hammett's Modern Tales of Horror

Hi Chris -

I found another one where I suspect you meant to verify Reginald1 but instead verified Reginald3. I did double check Reginald3 which can repeat from Reginald1 when there are corrections or post 74 variant titles. However, it's not there. As before, I've left the Reginald1 slot open for you. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:30, 15 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Done and thanks. --Chris J 19:01, 15 April 2021 (EDT)

Path of Ascension 1

Hello Chris,

Both the books here have "Path of Ascension Book 1" on their title page and "Path of Ascension I" on their covers. Not sure why you had it as "Path of Ascension 1" but heads up that I had changed it based on the title pages and added notes explaining the difference. Thanks! Annie 20:47, 16 April 2021 (EDT)

Bill Hughes

Hi, Chris! It seems that the magazines listed as well as the indexed shortfiction pieces here should rather belong to the editor Bill Hughes (or shouldn't they)?. Christian Stonecreek 13:46, 17 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi Christian. It looks to me like they should be under editor Bill Hughes. --Chris J 17:51, 17 April 2021 (EDT)

Altered Carbon printings

Can you give some insight between the [[2]] and [[3]] printings? I'm trying to PV with an apparent 1st printing (num line OPM 9—1), but only year (2006) given. Amazon says release is 2006-01-01. --GlennMcG 18:10, 29 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi, The Locus one is from the locus Index. The other one I can't speak for as I don't have the copy anymore. So to be on the safe side I have deleted it. --Chris J 18:26, 29 April 2021 (EDT)

Gautier's Avatar / Jettatura / The Water Pavilion

Hi Chris - I've noticed that we have two publications that contain the above Théophile Gautier stories published by C. T. Brainard in 1902. This one has just the stories and you've marked it with a Reginald1 verification. The other one contains two essays in a separately paginated section. I can't find any evidence of the former publication outside of Reginald. There are some publications from 1902 of just the three stories, but not published by Brainard. From what I can find, there appear to have been two different configurations of this translation of Gautier's works, either in 12 or 24 volumes. The 12 volume configuration has the three stories and two essays together as Vol 8. The 24 volume configuration has the stories as volume 15 and the essays as 16. In any case, I think these two publications should probably be merged. Do you agree? If so, the easiest thing to do would be to move your Reginald verification to the other title. Let me know what you think. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:22, 29 April 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Yes merge. Book info back then can be very vague including Reginald. --Chris J 18:33, 29 April 2021 (EDT)

I've deleted the "duplicate" copy and left the Reginald verification open for you on this one. I've already copied the number over. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 19:02, 29 April 2021 (EDT)
Done. Thanks. --Chris J 19:06, 29 April 2021 (EDT)

Last Legends of Earth / Attanasio

I'm PVing [[4]] and noticed that you submitted an edit that changed the pub date from September to August. But my copy says "Bantam Edition / September 1990". Thoughts? --GlennMcG 15:53, 10 May 2021 (EDT)

Hi, No idea why I changed it. It was a long time ago. Locus also says September. I will change it so you can add your date note. --Chris J 17:23, 10 May 2021 (EDT)

Elwood's Science Fiction Tales

Hi Chris

You've got the Reginald1 verifcation for the paperback edition of Science Fiction Tales. Reginald only notes the cloth edition. I've gone ahead and moved the number, and left the Reginald verification open for you on the hardcover. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 19:09, 13 May 2021 (EDT)

Test Tube Baby

I added cover to S. Fuller's Test Tube Baby; just mentioning it since you uploaded previous cover. --Username 14:50, 25 May 2021 (EDT)

Verification of The Day Natal Took Off

Hi Chris -

Found another one where I think you were aiming for Reginald1 and hit Locus instead. Please take a look. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 15:26, 30 May 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Thanks again.--Chris J 18:23, 31 May 2021 (EDT)

The Dead World vs American Science Fiction

Hi Chris

You've marked the Reginald1 verification on the anthology The Dead World. This appears to be a duplicate of the magazine American Science Fiction, #15. I think we should probably keep the magazine record and delete the anthology. While Reginald always lists this series by the name of the cover story, and as anthologies, we generally have the records as magazines, at least as far as the others I've seen. I'll move the Reginald number over and leave the verification open for you on the magazine. If you agree on which one to keep, just go ahead and move your verification over. We can then delete the duplicate record. If you disagree, let me know why and we can discuss it further. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:09, 1 June 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, I'm in agreement and have fixed up the verification. I'll leave you to delete. --Chris J 21:16, 1 June 2021 (EDT)

Lunatic Chameleon; I noticed there's a weird 2-cover deal going on with this issue,, and contents were mostly not entered. I imported a couple of reprint stories but I think all remaining are original. I saw your name is the only 1 who worked on this back in 2019 so I thought I'd mention it in case you wanted to finish working on it. --Username 19:49, 5 June 2021 (EDT)

The Whispering Buddha

Hi Chris

I found another one with a Locus1 verification where I think you meant Reginald1. Please take a look when you have a chance. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:07, 8 June 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron, Thanks again. --Chris J 21:09, 8 June 2021 (EDT)

Ghost Garden; you entered 1 poem for this poetry collection. I added interior artist, preface, couple of page numbers, and ID for Fantlab. These small press pubs are usually badly proofread, and in this case it says "with an Introduction by Marvin Kaye" and then just below in the contents it says "Preface by Marvin Kaye". So do you have a copy of this collection so you can check if story titles match titles on contents page? If not, I'll just enter them as they are in the contents on Fantlab and hope they're correct. --Username 19:15, 14 June 2021 (EDT)

Hi, Check 'The Locus Index to Science Fiction' for complete listing. --Chris J 19:25, 14 June 2021 (EDT)
Hi, Fantlab has a photo of contents page with complete listing; I wanted to know if you entered info from a physical copy so you can check that all titles on story pages match titles on contents page, because often in these small press pubs there are differences due to bad proofreading; if you don't have a copy, I will enter rest of contents using Fantlab's photo (no guarantee they'll all be correct, though). --Username 19:54, 14 June 2021 (EDT)
Hi. I don't have a physical copy.--Chris J 20:19, 14 June 2021 (EDT)

Which Artist?; same art for first 2 editions but different artists entered here. I see you entered both, so do they really give different names or was a designer mistakenly entered as illustrator? --Username 12:44, 22 June 2021 (EDT)

Hi. Locus has one by Rostant and one by Crisp. The SFE has the hb by Rostant so I deleted Crisp. --Chris J 18:00, 22 June 2021 (EDT)

The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg

Hi Chris -

You've got the 1928 edition of this title marked with a Locus1 verification. I do know that Locus can indirectly refer to publications prior to 1984 when they are listing reprints. There is a 1992 edition that we have listed, but it's not in Locus1, nor is the author listed directly in Locus1. I'm suspicious as to whether the Locus verification is correct. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 14:12, 5 July 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron.

I have deleted Locus verification. Thanks. --Chris J 18:04, 5 July 2021 (EDT)

Crimson Doom

Hi Chris

I think you intended to verify Reginald instead of Locus on this pub. Thanks --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:37, 13 July 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron. Thanks again.--Chris J 22:00, 13 July 2021 (EDT)

Shylock Homes

Hi Chris -

You've marked Bangs' Shylock Homes: His Posthumous Memoirs with a Currey verification. There isn't an entry for Bangs in the paper edition. I also checked the electronic edition and searched for "Bangs", "Lellenberg" and "Shylock" none of which were found. I don't think this is a case of intending to mark the one above or below. I don't know if you can figure out why you marked it, but I don't think it is listed in Currey. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 15:47, 7 August 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron. No that was a mistake. Thanks. --Chris J 17:11, 7 August 2021 (EDT)

What About the Baby?

Hi Chris -

I rejected this edit by another user suggesting they clone the record rather than overwriting the date. You've got Locus1 and Worlcat verifications. The Locus record is for a 1990 reprint. However the Worldcat record is for a 1985 printing. I don't see a Worlcat record for the 1990 printing. In any case, you may want to move your Worldcat verification to the new record after Aardvark7 creates a new record. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 10:42, 19 August 2021 (EDT)

Hi Ron

I took both verifications off. Thanks. --Chris J 18:15, 19 August 2021 (EDT)


Hi Chris, you have been (probably) the editor entering Moorstones. Could you check this comment concerning ISBN number for the Salem House edition and comment there? Thanks! MagicUnk 08:43, 30 August 2021 (EDT)

Seduced by Darkness

Hi Chris,

Do you remember why you converted this to a chapbook? Kobo states 53K words which is safely over the usual 10% wobble they can have in their numbers. If it was solely on it being 194 printed pages - that can be either a novella or a novel, much more likely to be a novel IMO. The cover saying it is a novella is not definitive either. I am converting it back to a novel. Thanks. Annie 03:21, 25 October 2021 (EDT)

Hi Annie,

I don't remember why. It was probably based on the cover saying novella. --Chris J 16:18, 25 October 2021 (EDT)

Alternative Lives

This one goes back a ways. I was looking at Paul Bradshaw, and saw two similarly named title from the same year. alternate lives and alternative lives. After checking locus and fictionmags, it appears that alternative lives is a typo of alternate lives. Since you approved the original entry, I thought I'd check with you on how you'd like to resolve this. Tom TAWeiss 23:34, 28 October 2021 (EDT)

Hi Tom.

Yes one was a typo. I fixed that and deleted the other one which had the same info. Thanks. --Chris J 23:53, 28 October 2021 (EDT)

The Cat That Saves Books

Hi Chris,

Not sure where you got the title for this book from but both the cover and the title page agree that it is "The Cat Who Saved Books" and not "The Cat That Saves Books". I've fixed the two books you added and the title record and added the translator and the original title (while adding the US editions). The result is here. Annie 02:07, 12 November 2021 (EST)

Hi Annie,

A copy and paste that was wrong. Thanks. --Chris J 15:03, 12 November 2021 (EST)

Alien: Rio de Dolor

Hi Chris,

I plan to delete this one as it is a dramatization ("dramatización cinemática con un multi-reparto") and not a reading which is excluded as per the ROA audio inclusion rules: "audio books, i.e. readings, but not dramatizations". In my experience, most of the ebooks with narrator showing up as Full Cast or with one of the narrators showing up that way are dramatizations and ineligible (most - there had been a few that do a all-stars reading). Let me know if you have any objections. Thanks! Annie 05:42, 15 November 2021 (EST)

Juvenile chapbooks

Hi Chris,

Just a reminder that if you are adding juvenile chapbooks, you need to set the story flag to juvenile manually post approval. I just fixed ~15 where that step was forgotten. Thanks! Annie 04:29, 17 November 2021 (EST)

Advance and Retreat

Added cover scan, notes & external IDs to Advance and Retreat.Jim 20:24, 26 November 2021 (EST)

A small favor

Would you mind processing these two submissions [5] & [6]. Trying to explain variants to a new editor. Hope this request is not out of line. Thanks John Scifibones 19:10, 18 December 2021 (EST)

No trouble. --Chris J 19:18, 18 December 2021 (EST)

Blaze Ward's "Alexandria Station Universe" universe

A quick heads-up about this Community Portal discussion. Edit History indicates that you have done much of the work on Blaze Ward's bibliography, so you may be interested in the proposed reorganization of one of his series. Ahasuerus 17:38, 9 January 2022 (EST)

Swfritter's application for self-approver status

When you have a moment, could you please review Swfritter's application for self-approver status? TIA! Ahasuerus 09:20, 26 January 2022 (EST)

"Help!" from Pwendt

Hi, Chris J, I see that you are at your station. During the last two years I have read news of New Zealand again and again.

I return to work here in some fashion, after 21 months away, and I am quite rusty. Just now I have two mis-format hyperlinks with targets in Publisher Change Submissions for Readers Union, submitted 22:22. --Pwendt|talk 22:29, 25 March 2022 (EDT)

(resolve edit conflict)
Readers Union (at the moment, one mis-format approved by Kraang)
So I have fouled two moderator talk pages, User talk:Kraang#Oops, needing Help.
Hi, Yes something is wrong but it is out of my depth so you might have to ask someone more experienced. Sorry.--Chris J 23:05, 25 March 2022 (EDT)
Thanks! and for your attention to my "comeback" contribution Walker Books (US). --Pwendt|talk 23:15, 25 March 2022 (EDT)

Galactic Arena; fixed ID to 70103 and subbed better cover image from Bookscans. --Username 22:56, 22 May 2022 (EDT)

Olden Tales; I stumbled on this and saw you entered it here in 2017, so if you ever work on it again the contents are all here. --Username 11:39, 27 June 2022 (EDT)

Dennis Wheatley PV; Your note says 1978 but date entered was 1975. EDIT: Also,, which should be the October 1972 printing based on your note. I just entered the missing July 1971 printing using Luminist PDF. --Username 10:17, 15 August 2022 (EDT)

I have changed those 2. Thanks for the note.--Chris J 17:50, 15 August 2022 (EDT)

Caesar's Antlers, 1997 edition

Hi, Chris. You entered the 1997 Caesar's Antlers P5887, now our only edition, from Locus1 data as 0-374-31024-6; hardcover; $16; Sunburst / Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Sunburst is a paperback imprint of FSG. That must be a mistake.

Unlike some early 1990s Moomins books that you entered from Locus1 data[*], it seems from Amazon and library data alone that FSG did not publish the hard- and softcover of this one simultaneously.

Amazon US, which doesn't mention Sunburst, reports (by ISBN):

  • 0374310246 ; hc ; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (October 30, 1997)
  • 0374410720 ; paper 7.5 in ; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 12, 2001)

WorldCat formats and editions reports:

  • OCLC 36159144 ; 0374310246 ; (c)1997 1st ed ; 22cm
  • OCLC 55492640 ; 0374310246 ; 1998 1st ed, 2nd pr ; 22cm ("Look inside" that one at Amazon.)
  • OCLC 48100754 ; 0374410720 ; 2001 Sunburst ; 20 cm
  • OCLC 678644946 ; 0374410720 ; (c)1997 Sunburst ; 20 cm

The latter size reports imply tp rather than pb format. I've seen such discrepancies before, including for publishers/imprints that seem from other ISFDB records to be mass market pb specialists at the time.

LC 96-53148 also reports only the 24-6 ISBN, as 1st ed; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c1997; 22cm.

[*]P.S. At publisher Sunburst / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, I see we have six Sunburst eds. of Moomins novels now as 5 tp and 1 pb format. --Pwendt|talk 16:45, 21 August 2022 (EDT)

Hi, I have fixed publisher to Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Locus has the publisher as Farrar, Straus and Giroux now also. --Chris J 18:47, 21 August 2022 (EDT)

The Angel of Crows - credit on audios

Hi Chris, I see you recently added a couple of audio pubs to this title, using the author's real name rather than "Katherine Addison" as appears on the cover images. Is this deliberate, or an accident due to adding the pubs to the "primary" title record? I've certainly made the latter error several times myself.... Cheers ErsatzCulture 08:39, 5 September 2022 (EDT)

Hi, Yes it was an accident due to adding the pubs to the "primary" title record. I should be more careful. Thanks for this. Cheers --Chris J 20:38, 5 September 2022 (EDT)

Luis Royo and the Mythical Beast; When I added OL ID a long time ago the unstable G and P Amazon image warnings weren't in effect yet; I replaced the unstable Tor image today, then saw the cover artist note probably written by you since you're the only other person in the edit history, I checked and don't see Royo anywhere on WorldCat as the artist, but I found this, [7], and this,, so maybe that variant can be broken and his full name entered. --Username (talk) 15:58, 20 September 2022 (EDT)

"Hi, I got rid of note and changed cover artist name. Thanks.--Chris J (talk) 18:16, 20 September 2022 (EDT)

Internet Achive links added to publications

Hi, I have recently noticed you added Internet Archive links to a bunch of my verified publications. I do not really mind (so long as they are for the same edition and print; it should be noted that there can sometimes be multiple scans of such meaning potentially multiple such links per pub print record here), however, I thought I would mention that in most of such cases, those scanned copies also have Open Library publication records linked to them. I think it would be a good idea to add those Open Library IDs too at the same time going forward. That is just a suggestion. Cheers, —Uzume (talk) 01:11, 13 October 2022 (EDT)