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Hello, Johnjosephadams, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will insert your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome!Kraang 00:12, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

John I see the anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse [1] has no contents, would you like to enter the missing titles? If so just click on "Edit This Pub" and in the contents section fill in the missing data. Change the first "Entry Type" from anthology to short fiction in the drop down menu. For dates use this format "1976-07-31" for "July 31, 1976" anything else will be recognized as unknown. If you have any problems I or someone else will be here to help. Thanks for editing.Kraang 00:35, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for adding the contents of Wastelands, which another moderator has approved. If the publication record is now correct and complete, compared to a physical copy in your possession, you can use the "Verify this pub" link to mark it as verified ("Primary" verification, the first in the list of choices, is our term for checking against the actual physical work). This will put the date and your userID ("Johnjosephadams") into the pub record, and will mean that later editors should notify or check with you before changing data on this pub, and will mark it for everyone as having been checked against the actual publication. Again, thanks for your contributions, and I hope to see more of you on this site. -DES Talk 15:31, 1 July 2008 (UTC)


You submitted an edit to change the ISBN of Federations from 978-0-8095-7347-9 to 1-60701-201-4. But there is significant evidence, including an OCLC Fiction Finder record, that a printing with the first ISBN was in fact published. If you, as the editor, know for a fact that only one ISBN was ever used on this anthology, please do let us know so that we can correct the database.

Also, if the dates, page counts, or prices of the two printings were different, please let us know or feel free to make the change yourself.

I have merged the duplicate records caused by the reprinted content items, as you will see in the listing for either publication. Thank you very much for the detailed contents listing. -DES Talk 23:38, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Oh and do you know who the cover artist was? -DES Talk 23:47, 7 June 2009 (UTC)

Mazer in Prison

You submitted a record for the publication of "Mazer in Prison" in Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. I am afraid i am going to have to reject this submission.

First of all, we are currently not indexing webzines, with a very few limited exceptions, of which Intergalactic Medicine Show is not one. See our Rules of Acquisition Item 15. Part of the reason is that many webzines have no well-defined concept of issue.

But even if we were accepting such submissions there would be some problems with this one. It is of type MAGAZINE but has the title of, and the data for, only a single story. Our MAGAZINE records are designed to index the entire contents of an issue of a magazine. Even if not all contents were being entered, the title would need to be the magazine title, with a content record for the particular story. See Help:Screen:NewPub for more details.

In the mean time, i will enter a note about the IMS publication in the title record of "Mazer in Prison". -DES Talk 02:37, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy

Your submission to add a publication of this short story has, I'm afraid, some problems. You obviously wanted to record the appearance of this story in the anthology Space Cadets in 2006, which we had no record of. However, your submission would have created an anthology with the title of Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy, and a publisher of "Space Cadets".

I have found the Locus, OCLC, ISBNDB, and Amazon listings for the Space Cadets anthology, and have created a title record, a publication record for the regular edition, and one for the limited edition. These both include the Turtledove story.

If you have time, would you take a look at these records, and see if the information appears to be correct? If it matches you copy, you might want to verify one of the publication records.

I am going to reject your submission, but it did lead to our getting Space Cadets, including the publication of "Someone is Stealing the Great Throne Rooms of the Galaxy" into our database. Thank you. -DES Talk 15:18, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

The Living Dead 2

I accepted The Living Dead 2, but you haven't put a currency symbol on the price (which is slightly different from what Amazon says is RRP) and some page numbers are missing? BLongley

Sorry, I hit enter by accident when I was entering the page numbers and I couldn't go back and edit until it showed up on the site. I added the currency symbol next to the price as well. Johnjosephadams 02:42, 10 November 2010 (UTC)Johnjosephadams
All good now, thanks! BLongley 23:56, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Fantasy Magazine, March 2011

I accepted the submission adding this issue but made a few changes.

  1. The title was changed from "Fantasy Magazine, March 2010" to "Fantasy Magazine, March 2011", based on the date given in the date field.
  2. The data was removed from the publication series field. The editor records of magazine issues are placed into a title series. The pub record is not a part of a publication series.
  3. I added parenthetically the title of the issue to the generic content records "Editorial" and "Coming Attractions" to disambiguate them from any past (or future) contents that would be similar.

A couple of questions:

  1. Are you in a position to grant us permission to deep-link directly to the Fantasy Magazine server in order to display the issue's cover image on this website's pub record for that issue? If not, the link will have to be removed. This can be remedied up loading a copy of the image file to the ISFDB server and then linking the pub record to that file. Otherwise, we can link to the image on the server from whom we don't need explicit permission.
  2. I noticed on the website that the pieces are uploaded there on various times. Are the complete contents of each issue of the magazine available at one time in the ebook version of the issue? I see in the listing what appears to be contents which you've listed for this issue, but are not currently on the website.
  3. The listing gives the date as March 5, 2011. Was this the first date of availability? If so, you can give this (2011-03-05) as the date of publication for the issue while retaining "March 2011" in the record's title field (and the date of the issue).

Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 03:44, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

I have been entering the companion magazine Lightspeed and also made an entry for the first epub issue of Fantasy Magazine before I realized that it already been entered. I have also been entering Lightspeed Podcast and intend doing the same for Fantasy Magazine. My source is Weightless Books which generally releases the issues on the 1st of the month, so that answers one question. Since the issues are available in ebook format we would document that version rather than the web version. The ebook buyer gets the stories all at one time while the web content is released throughout the month. I would be more than happy to take charge of entering future issues of Fantasy Magazine.--swfritter 17:31, 15 March 2011 (UTC)
The issue is now grouped with previous issues. I had to make a couple of minor changes. LaShawn M. Wanak was credited as such in the magazine rather than LaShawn Wanak. I reclassified the George R. R. Martin interview as an essay because the article is about him rather than being a dialogue with him.--swfritter 13:58, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

LIghtspeed cover images

Alright to link the to the cover art? I have also been linking our issue records to the online version which I should think would meet with your approval. As above, just let know and I will do Fantasy Magazine in the same way. I might also note that it looks like we will be able to enter "Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show" retroactively since they are now being released as ebooks. If there are plans for doing the same for the 40 or so webzine issues of Fantasy Magazine we may be able to include them one way or another.--swfritter 13:49, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Linking to the cover art is fine with me. --User:johnjosephadams

Series editor

Currently, we only list the publication editor in the Editor field. John Joseph Adams is already listed in the notes as the series editor. Therefore, the two submissions were rejected. You can view them by clicking My Rejected Edits while in the database. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 12:22, 13 August 2017 (EDT)

That seems a bit strange to me? I'm not sure how other "series editor" situations work, but with Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, it's truly an editorial collaboration, and the series editor actually does like 100 times more work than the guest editor, so it seems odd to me to not acknowledge that. Johnjosephadams 16:57, 15 August 2017 (EDT)johnjosephadams
The series editor is acknowledged in the notes in this case. If it's more of a co-editing situation, then the publisher needs to indicate it's edited by both individuals. In most cases (apparently not all, as you indicated here), the series editor is mainly just overseeing the various books in the series and letting the actual editor do the work. If the series editor is doing all the work on this series, what does the guest editor even do? ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 02:57, 16 August 2017 (EDT)
The series editor reads thousands of stories--i.e., tries to read everything published that year that meets the selection criteria--in the effort to find the Top 80 stories published that year. The guest editor then reads the Top 80 stories (with all author-identifying information redacted) and selects the Top 20 stories. The Top 20 stories are reprinted in the anthology; the remaining 60 are listed in the book as "Notable Stories" of the year. The guest editor also writes the introduction. Johnjosephadams 15:36, 18 August 2017 (EDT)johnjosephadams
Thank you for the clarification. However, on ISFDB, we currently do not list series editors with the publication editor. It's possible we may add a feature for that in the future. I'll suggest it over on the ISFDB:Community Portal. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 16:57, 18 August 2017 (EDT)
I have started a discussion about adding this as a feature. Feel free to participate if you wish. It's a good idea, and I hope we can add it. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 17:03, 18 August 2017 (EDT)