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Hello, PaulLev, 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:

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The Protected

Was this really first published in "Silicon Dreams" rather than "Bestseller: Wired, Analog, and Digital Writings"? BLongley 12:38, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

"The Protected" was not published in "Bestseller" PaulLev 21:24, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
Then this OCLC record must be wrong? If so, you should correct the ISFDB record, using the "Remove Titles from This Pub" function under the Editing Tools menu. Also, when you get a chance, please use the "Edit This Pub" function to add page numbers to the contents. Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 03:31, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
Apologies - "The Protected" was indeed first published in "Bestseller" - my memory played tricks on me :) PaulLev 00:03, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

May the Ferryman Take You

I accepted your publication addition, but made some changes to match ISFDB standards:

  • Title: I removed the series information in parenthesis.
  • Editor: I added David Sobkowiak as an editor per Amazon look-inside
  • Publisher: Filled in the publisher as Amazon Digital Services
  • Cover Artist: I added Scott Pond as an editor per Amazon look-inside
  • Cover Image: I changed the cover image link to Amazon as we can only use sites from which we have received permission to link image from (see ISFDB:Image linking permissions).
  • Contents: I filled in what contents I could from Amazon look-inside. Please complete the remaining stories.
  • Websites: Websites are for links specific to the book. Bookseller links are not included (they are provided automatically by the software via the left menu on the publication listing).

We do appreciate your submission. ISFDB has some conventions that need learning, but everything should be in the help links in the welcome message above. We hope you will continue to contribute. And please let us know if you have any questions (ISFDB:Help desk is a good resource for asking). -- JLaTondre (talk) 23:21, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for all of this - I'll take care of adding any needed stories in the next few days. PaulLev 23:41, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Speculative Valentine Drabble 2015

I've accepted the submission adding this publication to the database, but had to make several changes for it to comply to ISFDB standards. I added the ISBN, publication date and cover image from Amazon. Do not link an ISFDB record to a file on another website unless they have given us permission to do so. Also, please consider adding the other contents. A record that only has a single content should not be primary verified, since it is an incomplete record. Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 16:39, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

The Other Car

Thanks for adding this chapbook! Alas, I had to remove the link to the cover image, as we don't have permission to link to this site. Stonecreek 09:43, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Sci Phi Journal, #4 March 2015

I imported some more fiction from a doubled entry. Are there any more items, for example essays or interior art? Stonecreek 04:28, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

Little Differences, Late Lessons, and Last Calls

Please remove Little Differences and Late Lessons from the Chapbook list - those are duplicate listings of the two novelettes, first published in Analog in the 1990s.

Please add Last Calls to the Jeff Harris (short fiction, beginning with Loose Ends) series first published in Analog. Last Calls is the conclusion (4th and final story) in this Jeff Harris series. It was published as a chapbook, and not in Analog. The publication date is October, 2015. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by PaulLev (talkcontribs) .

This should have been posted at the ISFDB:Help desk. This page is for other users to leave you messages, not the other way around. Also, it would really help if you provide links to the records that need to be fixed. Mhhutchins|talk 04:06, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
Now to your concerns: Little Differences and Late Lessons are standalone publications of the previously published stories, so they are correctly typed as CHAPBOOK per ISFDB standards.
As for adding a record for "Late Calls", you have the ability to add a publication record for this story yourself, being an ISFDB editor. If you're not sure how to do it, you can ask for assistance at the ISFDB:Help desk. I will do some research to find the data that's needed to create a record, but that shouldn't be something you'd expect other editors to do without requesting it at the Help desk. Mhhutchins|talk 04:15, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

untitled / Remembering David Hartwell

Hello, I've put your submission to change the title of this essay on hold. As the publication is Primary Verified (someone declares to own a physical copy) and you're intending to change data, please check the matter beforehand with Ron. Thanks. Hauck 01:44, 8 July 2017 (EDT)

Hi. I'm assuming that you are the author of that essay which is why you'd like to change the title. However I've recommended that Hervé reject your edit. One of our policies is to reflect the title exactly as it appears in the publication and in this case the essay appears without a title, as do several others in that issue of NYRSF. However, what I think we can do is create a variant/parent title relationship that will show the intended title of essay, but also maintain that it appeared in that issue without a title. I can walk you through that edit, or I can do it for you if you'd like. How does that sound? --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 07:50, 8 July 2017 (EDT)
I've rejected the submission. Note that I'm not thrilled by the introduction of "intended" titles as it may open the "working title", "author's prefered title", "submitted title", etc... can of worms. let's stick to what's on publication. The intended title can go in the notes. Hauck 12:54, 8 July 2017 (EDT)
Ok, no problem on my end. It just seemed to me that something be should indicated in the listing to give the reader a little more info about what the untitled essay is about PaulLev 15:34, 9 July 2017 (EDT)

SciPhi Jouirnal

I made a few changes to your verified publication [SciPhi Journal #4]: added reviews, removed the ISBN (which was for the print edition), and made the page numbers "invisible" by putting | in front of them (since an ebook doesn't have numbered pages, but the no's are still useful for keeping things in the right order). --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 12:59, 27 June 2018 (EDT)

Amazing Stories

Hello, I am sorry to inform you that I had to reject your submission, since it was empty and really was for the container title. We are a publication-based site, so there has to be a single issue entered first (with all the information needed for it). But thanks for the info on the revival of the magazine! Stonecreek 03:12, 4 May 2019 (EDT)

Thanks for the feedback. I've submitted this new issue of Amazing Stories again, with more information (names of stories, with authors, pages, etc). PaulLev 13:13, 7 May 2019 (EDT)

Amazing Stories, Spring 2019

I approved your submission of the latest Amazing Stories, but magazines never have an odd number of pages. Page count for magazines always includes the covers; if the covers are not numbered, the notes should say so, and add 4 to the number of pages with numbers. Bob 18:55, 7 May 2019 (EDT)

Done! Thanks! PaulLev 22:14, 7 May 2019 (EDT)
Sorry, I had to reject your cover update because we do not have permissions to deep link into that site. See this for a list of site that we are allowed to link to. If the image belongs to you or you have permissions to share it, you can add it to our DB instead of linking from outside. Annie 14:58, 31 July 2019 (EDT)
Thanks. I did upload a scan of the cover in May, but I don't know how to get it to the Amazing Stories Spring 2019 page. Here it is 02:26, 8 May 2019 PaulLev (Talk | contribs) uploaded "Image:MZNGSTRSSP2019.jpg" ‎ (
Cover Image Data

This is the cover image for Amazing Stories, Spring 2019 -- Experimenter Publishing Company 2019 quarto edition. The copyright is believed to belong to the publisher or the cover artist.


Experimenter Publishing Company


Tom Barber


Scanned by User:PaulLev

Portion used

The entire front cover. The entire image is needed to identify the book, including the specific edition, help confirm bibliographic data, properly convey the meaning intended, and avoid tarnishing or misrepresenting the image.

Resolution reduced?

This resolution is significantly reduced, and could not plausibly be used to make publishable copies of the original.

Fair Use Image Rationale
Purpose of use The image is used as the primary means of visual identification of the book and edition involved and to confirm the accuracy of such bibliographic data as title, publisher, price, and cover artist.

As a book cover, the image is not replaceable by free content; any other image that shows the cover of the book would also be copyrighted, and any version that is not true to the original would be inadequate for identification or commentary.


The use of this image, in connection with the display of bibliographic information about a specific edition of Amazing Stories, Spring 2019, as part of the ISFDB, a non-profit bibliographic reference work, on servers located within the United States, is believed to constitute Fair Use within the meaning of United States copyright law.

Reusers of the ISFDB's content should take care to be sure that their use conforms to applicable copyright law -- not all such uses will constitute fair use, and copyright law varies significantly in different nations.


after you upload the file, you need to go to the wiki page of the image and click on the image. Thai will show you the full address to the image. You copy that into the URL field - same pace you had the other image. I’ve done that for you now. Annie 23:04, 31 July 2019 (EDT)
Thanks so much! PaulLev 12:57, 3 August 2019 (EDT)


You have submitted AcademFic as a pb format. Is this correct? Per their website, I am only seeing it available as a downloadable PDF. Their about page says "AcademFic is published online in open access form". Once you respond here with the answer, I will accept the submission and update as appropriate. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:53, 24 January 2021 (EST)

Thanks - it's also available in paperback -- see PaulLev 13:00, 24 January 2021 (EST)

I accepted the submission (see here), but made some changes:
  • Title: Magazine titles need to have the issue information.
  • Format: Based on the Amazon dimensions, we would categorize this as a tp vs a pb.
  • Essay: I added the essay.
I also added the price and cover from Amazon. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:03, 25 January 2021 (EST)

Thanks so much! PaulLev 19:31, 25 January 2021 (EST)

Tiny Time Machine

Two questions:

  • On this submission - how is this book different from this one? I can see the different publisher but... the ISBN is the same?
  • And talking about this one, Amazon has the size as 5.5 x 8.5 inches which would make it a "tp", not a "pb". Can you confirm that it is indeed the size of a mass market paperback and Amazon's size is wrong? If not, the format will need to change.

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions. Annie 12:05, 25 January 2021 (EST)

You're right -- the two listings are for the same book (apologies for my not checking before I submitted my entry). You're also right that the novel is "tp" not "pb" PaulLev 14:54, 25 January 2021 (EST)

PS - As long as you are here, a question: I'm author of the nonfiction Introduction (entitled "The Big Story") to Tiny Time Machine. How do I add that to the Tiny Time Machine listing? Thanks! PaulLev 15:02, 25 January 2021 (EST)

Edit the book. In the "Regular Titles" section add a new entry via the "Add Title" button (it is visible under the novel record and in it you want type ESSAY and title "The Big Story" (minus the quotes) and your name as the author as credited in the book. Add a page number to it and to the novel (so the novel stays behind the introduction). Submit at the bottom. Annie 15:22, 25 January 2021 (EST)

Thanks! PaulLev 16:19, 25 January 2021 (EST)


Hello. I notice you've recently added the non-genre novel Pushback, which is by an author that's not above the 'threshold'. We do not record non-genre works unless it's work of a well-known, or a really prolific author, which I believe John E. Stith is neither. If you have no objection, I will delete the publication. Regards, MagicUnk 14:55, 28 January 2021 (EST)

And I believe McLuhan in An Age of Social Media and Fake News in Real Context are border cases, but I accepted them nonetheless :) MagicUnk 15:00, 28 January 2021 (EST)

Ok on the first, thanks about the second two. PaulLev 15:44, 28 January 2021 (EST)
Pushback deleted (and rejected the edit on the record as it is now without subject). Regards, MagicUnk 08:55, 29 January 2021 (EST)
A note on "McLuhan in An Age of Social Media" capitalization - unless "An Age of Social Media" is a title of some type (imaginary or not - think of "The hobbits in The Lord of the Rings" - the "The" is capitalized because we do not change fonts for titles inside of titles - in most places this internal title will be in Italics or something), this "An" should be "an". And if it is, someone should add a note on the title level explaining that or someone WILL correct it sooner or later. :) Annie 16:02, 28 January 2021 (EST)
You're right -- the actual title is McLuhan In an Age of Social Media -- I inadvertently capitalized the "a" when I typed in the title here. Thanks for catching that. PaulLev 17:21, 28 January 2021 (EST)
"in" will also be with small letters in the DB based on our rules for capitalization. Which apparently you only capitalized here so ignore this :) Annie 17:40, 28 January 2021 (EST)
Approved and I also fixed the title record. Once the book is created, the two records are not connected anymore so you need to change both in cases such as this one :) Annie 17:42, 28 January 2021 (EST)
Ha - thanks so much :) PaulLev 17:46, 28 January 2021 (EST)
One of those small things in the DB :) When you add a new book, we automatically create 2 records - the publication and the title ones (and a cover one if you specify a cover artist on the initial submission). Once that is approved, if you need to change a date or a title or the author name, you need to do it in ALL records as they are not tied anymore. In this case as there is only one book under the title, you could have changed both with your PubEdit but editing both the top (where you did) and the title record in the Regular Titles section. In case the record in the Regular Titles is greyed out, that means that more than one book uses the title - so you need to edit the title separately. Hope this makes sense. :). Annie 18:08, 28 January 2021 (EST)
It does indeed (make sense). And right before I read this, I corrected the title in the cover field :) . PaulLev 18:44, 28 January 2021 (EST)

The Other Reel (2020)

Just wanted to mention that The Other Reel (2020), listed as a Short Story on my (Paul Levinson's) page, is not a short story but the title of an Essay Series (which it's also listed as). I tried to remove the Short Story listing, to no avail. Much appreciated, if you can remove the incorrect Short Story listing for The Other Reel. Thanks! PaulLev 18:16, 12 May 2022 (EDT)

Fixed. Thank you for alerting us. John Scifibones 18:20, 12 May 2022 (EDT)
Thank you! My pleasure. PaulLev 23:53, 12 May 2022 (EDT)