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Welcome and some suggestions


Hello, Pkeets, 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!

To address the question that you just posted on Michael's page, do you happen to remember which authors you wanted to add information for? If so, you could search for their names and review their bibliographies in greater detail. If you still don't find the books/stories that you were looking for, you can use the "New Novel"/"New Collection"/etc choice in the navigation bar on the left and submit your additions. Or did I misread your question, by chance? Thanks! Ahasuerus 20:36, 4 May 2007 (CDT)

Adding new publications to an author's bibliography

I think the best place to start is Getting Started Guide. It should be reasonably self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them on the Help Desk page. I have to run right now, but we have about a dozen moderators who are usually lurking in the wings and should be able to help. If not, I will be back in an hour or so :) Ahasuerus 20:43, 4 May 2007 (CDT)

P.S. Ah, I see your response now, I guess we are playing some kind of delayed response tennis :) To answer your question, there should be absolutely no difference in database search capabilities between signed in and non-signed in users. Which author names were you trying to search for so that I could try to replicate the problem? Ahasuerus 20:46, 4 May 2007 (CDT)
P.P.S. We had the ability to add standalone stories/novels without publication information in a much earlier version of ISFDB (which we now refer to as ISFDB-1 as opposed to the current version, which we informally call ISFDB-2) back in the late 1990s. Unfortunately, that ability led to a lot of bad data making it into the database when people entered data from memory, so it was specifically excluded during the ISFDB-1 to ISFDB-2 transition. Better safe than sorry :) Ahasuerus 21:29, 4 May 2007 (CDT)
Well, now I've located another bug. These authors have other publications listed, but they don't show up when you search for a name. When I search for the publications, the stories are listed there, but then they don't show up on the author's page.Pkeets 20:50, 4 May 2007 (CDT)
Okay, I see what some of the problem is: the middle initial. Is there a way to set up a redirect page to get all these listed under the correct name? Pkeets 20:55, 4 May 2007 (CDT)
Well, if these are the same person, then first we need to decide which form of the name should be the canonical one (usually the most common form of the author's name) and then we can set up the other form as a pseudonym. We have a number of "How To" Help pages, including one on How to record a pseudonym. That page was a little out of date since we rolled out a new pseudonym editor a few weeks ago, so I went ahead and updated it. Let me know if it makes sense :)
As a general comment, one thing to keep in mind is that the ISFDB is a database and not a Wiki; we are just using this Wiki as a supporting tools. People who come from a Wikipedia background sometimes find the distinction confusing. Here is what I wrote in an exchange with another new editor recently:


1. The big difference between the ISFDB and Wikipedia is that the latter is mostly a collection of text pages that are interlinked in various interesting ways. You can put anything you want on Wikipedia, be it text, dates, tables or pictures, which is great for certain types of data, e.g. biographies or encyclopedic articles.

The ISFDB, on the other hand, is a software application wrapped around a database. It takes the data that you enter using well defined forms (screens), validates it using rather strict rules (dates have to be in the YYYY-MM-DD format, etc) and creates dozens of database tables and relationships behind the scenes. It then uses this data to dynamically generate the pages that you see when you click on various links. This works well for structured data like bibliographies: authors are responsible for multiple Titles (i.e. novels, stories, collections, etc), Titles have multiple Publications (i.e. editions, anthology and magazine appearances, etc), and they all point to each other in various complex ways that we model within the database. For anything that involves unstructured text, e.g. this discussion, we use the ISFDB Wiki, which runs an older version of the same software that Wikipedia uses (which means that some of the fancier features are not available here).

2. As a corollary of the above, you can't edit a Summary Bibliography page directly. Instead, you have to edit the data elements that contribute to it separately. The Author level data that is displayes at the top of the Summary page can be edited by selecting the "Author Data" option in the "navigation bar" on the left. The Titles that are displayed on the Summary page can be merged using the "Titles" option in the same area. If you want to edit individual Titles, you can select them, e.g. Bibliography: The Parafaith War, and then edit them via the "Edit Title Data" option on the left. If you want to edit edition-specific data, e.g. the number of pages or the ISBN, you can select that edition (e.g. the first edition of this novel) and use the "Edit This Pub" option on the left. If you want to edit Series data, you have to select that Series and then click on the "Series Data" link.

HTH :) Ahasuerus 21:29, 4 May 2007 (CDT)

Thirteenth Moon, March 1995

Pkeets - I approved your addition of publication # 186953 (Thirteenth Moon, March 1995). One minor issue with it is that you added an extra title record for a shortfiction called Thirteenth Moon, March 1995. I'm not sure what you were trying to do as it seems you used "New Magazine" to create the record and thus I'm not sure what motivated you to add a line in the contents section about the magazine itself. Removing the extra record is easy enough in that from 186953 you select "Remove Titles" but then after approval you'd need to go to Jacob_Weisman's page, drill down to Thirteenth Moon, March 1995 in the Shortfiction section, and delete that title record. The first "Remove Titles" just unlinks the title record from the publication and the second "Remove Title" removes the title record itself. Marc Kupper (talk) 23:44, 4 May 2007 (CDT)

It looks like we have the same issue with 186969 Thirteenth Moon, June 1995. Marc Kupper (talk) 23:48, 4 May 2007 (CDT)

And 186973 Thirteenth Moon, September 1995

I decided to check back on an earlier submission I had approved, Floating Worlds: Oriental Fantasies. I corrected this one myself as there's a bunch of extra steps involved to remove an extra contents line from anthology that references itself.

Anyway - thank you for the submissions to ISFDB - they look great other than that detail. Also, I'm not sure if you are aware of Help:Screen:EditPub#General_contents. You had submitted a publication update where you changed the author for one of the items in the contents. I checked as the publication involved was the only one connected to that title record it was a safe edit and so I approved it. If there had been more than one publication connected to the title then you'd need to do the add-title / remove-titles thing mentioned on Help:Screen:EditPub#General_contents. Marc Kupper (talk) 00:05, 5 May 2007 (CDT)

Thanks for the help, Marc. I still don't understand the process of fixing this, but I will fool with it a bit. That first entry looked like it was a heading for some reason, and I thought the title and editory went in there again. I'll stop doing that right away. There's more coming--I'm copying these out of the Locus Index.Pkeets 00:19, 5 May 2007 (CDT)

No problem - It's always interesting to see how new people to a system perceive things. If you are entering things from Locus could you also add the page numbers? Thank you again for the submissions. I'll go ahead with the fixes to the existing three magazines. Marc Kupper (talk) 00:25, 5 May 2007 (CDT)

Hah. I didn't realize those numbers in Locus were page numbers. My bad, or I would have filled them in at the time.Pkeets 01:07, 5 May 2007 (CDT)

I wonder how common that misunderstanding is. Both ISFDB and Locus put the page numbers on the left where in a book's table of contents they are usually on the right. I just looked at a typical ISFDB contents listing and realized that there is a lot there that could cause confusion for a newcomer. Marc Kupper (talk) 02:30, 6 May 2007 (CDT)

The wonderful world of ISFDB pseudonyms and variant titles

Pkeets - I'm catching up on recently updated pages and saw that on User_talk:Ahasuerus you left the following comments.

Well, now I've located another bug. These authors have other publications listed, but they don't show up when you search for a name. When I search for the publications, the stories are listed there, but then they don't show up on the author's page. (also posted at my discussion page) Pkeets 20:52, 4 May 2007 (CDT)
Okay, I see what some of the problem is: the middle initial. Is there a way to set up a redirect page to get all these listed under the correct name? Pkeets 20:54, 4 May 2007 (CDT)

When I saw your comments I realized that a couple of days ago I had approved a publication update where in the contents you changed Lela Buis to Lela E. Buis. I now realized that we need to undo that change. The publication was Midnight Zoo, v3n12 1993 and you had changed the author for the story The Virgin Goddess Maria. In ISFDB we want the publication record, including the contents section, to reflect exactly what's stated in the publication. For a magazine or anthology we'd use the title and author's name as credited in the body of the book. Usually that's the same as the table of contents but I just wanted you to be aware that while we usually enter the data from the table of contents we then double check or verify it against the body of the book or magazine.

In the case of this magazine looks like the contents are only listed at Locus [1] and ISFDB [2] (before you changed it) though in both case Lela Buis is credited and not Lela E. Buis.

With that in mind I updated title 78933 (The Virgin Goddess Maria) so that the author is Lela Buis again. From the same title record I linked it to the author's real name by clicking "Make This Title a Variant Title or Pseudonymous Work" and in the lower part of the page linked the title to Lela E. Buis.

I then went to Lela_Buis's bibliography page, clicked "Make This Author a Pseudonym", and entered the parent name as Lela E. Buis.

Lela_Buis's page now says she's a pseudonym for Lela_E._Buis and Lela_E._Buis's page shows among her shortfiction works

Thus Lela_E._Buis's shows that she wrote the story using the name "Lela Buis".

If you look at the magazine Midnight Zoo, v3n12 1993 you will see in the contents section

The formatting takes getting used to but in this case you can see that the author's real name is Lela_E.Buis and that she was credited as Lela_Buis for the story in this magazine. Marc Kupper (talk) 03:07, 6 May 2007 (CDT)

Help in locating

Hello, you asked

I..located a couple of author entries in this database that I'd like to add to. However, I signed up for a user account and now I can't find the entries. Help! Pkeets 20:25, 4 May 2007 (CDT)

The only thing that could have happened is that the entries were edited or deleted, though not likely. Let me know which authors you were looking at and I'll try to find out what's up. Mhhutchins 18:33, 9 May 2007 (CDT)

Desperate Lives and Storm and Shadow

Hi. I accepted your submission of Desperate Lives and made some minor changes you might want to keep in mind for future entries:

  • For the cover image, you provided,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-69,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg. That has the Look Inside logo + arrow, as well as the "Kindle Edition" sticker at the bottom (see here). If you omit everything after the first period, through the final period (what I have bolded above), giving you, you get a nice clean image (see here). I made that adjustment. The "remove everthing after the first period through the final period" technique should be used on all Amazon images, as they put white boxes and other adornments on images even when not used for Look Inside.
  • We include currency symbols on prices, so I added "$"
  • For ebooks, our practice is to record the specific format(s) in the notes, so I noted Kindle.
  • When working with contents, unless you have information suggesting you do otherwise, it is best to leave the dates blank, which gives the content entries the same initial publication date as the publication's date (here, it would have been 2013-00-00), rather than using 0000-00-00 "unknown". I took a look at the Look Inside, and I can see it cites "Entwined" as having been published in August 1994, and "Moonshadow" in summer 1993. The acknowledgments also seem to imply some of the works are original to this collection, so there's no reason to think that 2013 is inappropriate for the others. I changed the dates accordingly.

As I said, all minor. Please review and make sure everything looks ok. Thanks. --MartyD 12:15, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

I made similar changes to Storm and Shadow. --MartyD 12:21, 15 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice folks. I've already done some others wrong, too. Pkeets 23:40, 15 June 2013 (UTC)


I made similar changes to Defiance (note: for prices less than $1, include a leading 0, too, so ".99" -> "$0.99"). But a question for you: I see you made the content be Shortfiction and treated it as a short story. Shouldn't it be Poem instead? The Look Inside only shows a couple of lines, so it's hard for me to tell, but it does look like a poem (which is also what the subtitle suggests). If you agree, you can change it by going here and clicking "Edit Title Data" at the left. Thanks. --MartyD 12:34, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I made the change. Pkeets 23:50, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Galaxy #9

What is the source for your submission which updates this record with a new content? Thanks. Mhhutchins 23:35, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Submission has been canceled due to non-response. If you feel this is in error, please make a new submission and give the source for your data in the Note field of the record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 03:09, 21 August 2013 (UTC)d
I have a copy of the contract. Please reinstate the data. Thank you. Pkeets 02:24, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Rejected submissions can't be recalled, especially after 11 months. Please make a new submission and give the source for your data in the record's note field. Keep an eye on this page for any messages that the moderator may feel is necessary to ask. You will get a notice that this page has been modified when you log in to the database. Thanks. Mhhutchins 03:51, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
I don't log in very often. Pkeets 00:25, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Master Minds

I have your submission to add a record for this title. It will be accepted but there are a few problems which will need to be corrected. The changes are based on ISFDB standards as given here. That help page provides a field-by-field guide to creating and updating publication records.

  • Year field: changed to 2014-06-11 which is the publication date given in the Amazon listing.
  • Publisher field: changed from "Third Flatiron" to "Third Flatiron Publishing" which is the way the publisher is given in the database (non-exact matches creates a new publisher.)
  • Binding/format field: changed from "unknown" to "tp" which stands for "trade paperback" (softcover books taller than 7"), based on the Amazon listing.
  • Type field: changed from COLLECTION to ANTHOLOGY. (The former is used for single-author books, the latter for multi-author books.)
  • Price field: changed from "8.09" to "$8.99" which is the list price, not the Amazon sale price (that can change any minute.) Also, currency symbol must be used because we include books from around the world priced in different currencies.
  • Image URL field: changed from the URL of the publisher's website, to the image on Amazon. This field is for an image file, not a webpage.
  • Source: added the source of the data (Amazon in this case) to the Note field. If you're working from any source other than the actual publication, you must give the source in the record's Note field. (There's different buttons to indicate that the source is the publication, the author's website, or the publisher's website.)
  • Contents section: added a record for the "Editor's Note". Added page numbers based on the Amazon "Look Inside".

Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 04:17, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

L. Crittenden/Lee Crittenden

Hi, these are the same person, and it's a pseudonym for Lela E. Buis. Could you merge the records? Thanks. Pkeets 18:06, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

P.S. It's easy to check this because the same publications and dates are listed. Pkeets 23:15, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, I have set up variant titles and pseudonym associations. Ahasuerus 00:28, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Young Love, Old Heart

Thanks for this entry! I had to change some fields to match the standars of ISFDB. Especially we count this kind of publication as ANTHOLOGY rather than as COLLECTION. Stonecreek 17:26, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Appreciate the fix! Pkeets 03:04, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

Hysterical Realms

Submission adding this record was accepted, but several changes had to be made for it to comply with ISFDB standard. Your cooperation in following those standards (linked to help pages in the Welcome Section above) would be very much appreciated.

  • Editor credit for Garry McNulty was removed. He's one of the contributors and is not credited as the editor. Only Valentino is credited.
  • Type was changed from COLLECTION to ANTHOLOGY
  • Page count field was blanked (ebooks don't have pages)
  • Date, price and ISBN was added based on the Amazon listing and its "Look Inside".
  • Cover image field was changed to link to the file on Amazon. The one you linked to hasn't given us permission.

It would also be appreciated if you would enter all of the contents into the record. Otherwise, its incompleteness would call into question its validity. Thanks. Mhhutchins 04:20, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

There are a lot of stories in the anthology. I chugged through about half of them tonight, and I'll try to get to the others. Meanwhile, I notice that "Mixed Heritage" by Lela E. Buis was previously published in 1993. Could you get those records together for me? Also, it looks like there's a paperback already out for this anthology. Should that be entered separately? Thanks. Pkeets 04:19, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
I didn't mean that you had to actually read the stories, just enter them into the publication record. And merging two records of the same story is pretty simple. I've done that for you. Mhhutchins 04:56, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. It looks like there are about forty stories. It will take a while. What should I do about the paperback? The only difference is the page numbers. Pkeets 04:57, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
Once you've completed entering the publication record, use the CLONE function (under the "Editing Tools" menu) to create a new record. You will need to edit the applicable fields for the new publication and add the page numbers for the contents. It's a fairly simple function. For help see this page. Mhhutchins 06:10, 24 April 2015 (UTC)
ok Pkeets 06:14, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Alternate Hilarities #3

Thanks for this entry. I had to change the entry for the cover artist. You seem to have mixed up the actual cover Artist (Ferryl-Lad, judging by the signature on the cover) and the interior artists. These artworks are considered as contents and should be entered as such: there's a category INTERIORART to choose for content records.

Also, the Book Review had to changed to an essay, as there's no actual publication mentioned that would have been reviewed (reviews are always for a publication, whereas sections of book reviews are considered as ESSAYs).

Take for example a look at this magazine to get a grip on how to handle INTERIORART and REVIEWs. Thanks, Stonecreek 09:11, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. Didn't know what to do with it. Pkeets 14:46, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Young Love Old Hearts (again)

Hi, I updated this record, and it looks like its replicated in the database now. Could someone check? Thanks. Pkeets 06:44, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

There's only one record for it in the database. That can be easily known by doing a search. BTW, questions to the moderators should be posted on the ISFDB:Moderator noticeboard. Your talk page is used for others to leave messages for you. Odds are relatively small that a moderator will check your talk page for questions you may have. I only saw this because I posted a message below about the same publication. Thanks. Mhhutchins 06:24, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. The apparent duplication seems gone today. Pkeets 02:29, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Young Love, Old Heart

Re this record: Are any of the stories in this anthology speculative fiction? If not, the publication shouldn't have been accepted into the database. Mhhutchins 06:18, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

"That December" by Lela E. Buis is definitely science fiction. Pkeets 00:46, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

If the other stories are not, they shouldn't have been entered into the website. I will have to delete all of them from the database. Please be careful when adding stories to the database to confirm that they are eligible. Thanks. Mhhutchins 01:33, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. None of the others seem to have spec fiction content. When I enter a SF story in a non-genre magazine, all I have to do is enter the one story and the publication editors, etc? That's nice to know. I just got the instruction above that I should add all the stories for Alternate Hilarities. It's actually a lot of work I can do without. 02:27, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
To be clear, when you add a spec-fic publication to the database, it is expected, but not required, that you enter the entire contents which are spec-fic. Non-genre magazines are allowed into the publication only under special rules. The acceptance of non-genre books into the database is even more limited. Non-genre books are only allowed if the authors have achieved a certain level of recognition within the spec-fic field. If you have published spec-fic stories in non-genre books or magazines, please go to this bibliographic comment page especially created for Lela E. Buis. Click on the "Edit" tab to edit the page. Here you will create two lists. (Don't remove the AuthorHeader from the page or it won't link back to the author summary page in the database.)
First create a list of speculative fiction stories published in non-genre publications which are not yet in the database. Make sure to provide as much bibliographic data as you can, including the title of the story, the title of the publication, the editor (if known), the publisher, and the date of publication. I can add these stories to the database using a "back door" method. Once I've added them, I will remove them from your list.
Next create a list of non-genre fiction stories which you have published in non-genre publications, if you have any. The items on this list are not eligible for the database, but the list will be accessible from the author summary page of the database.
Any stories of speculative fiction published in speculative fiction publications can be entered into the database, using the same method you've used to add other stories. You have to create a publication record, even if you're only going to add one story in the contents section. (We encourage editors to add all contents when possible.) If you have any questions you can ask here under this topic. Mhhutchins 02:57, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Lela Buis is pretty much a spec fiction writer, so the stories out there with no content are going to be few and far between. Setting up a separate listing is likely unnecessary. I guess you're looking for spec fiction content in the nonfiction too? Pkeets 03:12, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
Nonfiction published in a spec-fic publication, regardless of its content, is eligible for inclusion. Nonfiction published in a non-genre publication, even if it's about spec-fic, is not eligible for the database. An article about dogs in Amazing Stories is eligible. An article about Amazing Stories in TV Guide is not. Mhhutchins 04:03, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Strictly Romance

Are any of the stories in this magazine speculative fiction? If not, it will have to be deleted from the database. Keep in mind that this is a speculative fiction database. If you wish to add non-genre stories by marginal authors, you should use the "Bibliographic Comments" link on the author's summary page. This will create a wiki page linked to the author's page on which you can add supplemental information, especially for work which is not eligible for the database. If you are adding a non-genre publication which has some spec-fic, then you should not add content records for any work that is not spec-fic. Thanks. Mhhutchins 06:37, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

"Hunted" by Lela E. Buis is fantasy fiction. Pkeets 00:47, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

If the other stories are not, they shouldn't have been entered into the website. I will have to delete all of them from the database. Please be careful when adding stories to the database to confirm that they are eligible. Thanks. Mhhutchins 01:34, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
I can't guarantee it right now. I'll have to do more research. 02:31, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Moderator notice board

Where is this located? Is there a link? I want to ask about magazine eligibility. Pkeets 00:57, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

I linked to it in a previous response. Or you can go the link named "Community portal" on any page of the wiki (the section of the ISFDB you're on now). There you will find links to the major pages of the wiki, including the Help page. Mhhutchins 01:32, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. Pkeets 02:32, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Held submissions

I'm holding three of your submissions for various reasons:

  • The first is to add an issue of a magazine titled Next Phase, which appears to be non-genre. Can you confirm that all of the stories you wish to add to the database is spec-fic?
  • The next one is for the collection Entwined: The Marriage of Dream and Vision which I will accept, but it has several problems which must be corrected.
  • The link to the Amazon listing must be removed. The webpage field of a title must be to webpages that are not sales websites.
  • Ebooks don't have pages, so the page count field should be left blank. You can add the print length (in pages) in the Note field.
  • Amazon's ASIN is not a catalog number or ISBN, so it should not be entered into that field. You have the option to add it to the Note field.
  • The URL you gave in the Cover Image field was to the Amazon listing and not to the cover image which is displayed on that page, so it won't display on the ISFDB record. You must give the actual URL of the image file, not the webpage.
  • Since ebooks don't have pre-set page numbers (they're set by each individual user), you should leave the page number field of the contents blank.
  • The last submission is adding an issue of Star*Line, which I will accept, but it has several problems which I will correct. Those changes will be:
  • Removing the series number from the record. Magazine records shouldn't be given series numbers.
  • Removing the URL which links the record to a website which has not given us permission to link to their images (
  • NONFICTION should only be used to type book-length works of nonfiction. Smaller nonfiction works contained within a larger work should be typed as ESSAY.
  • Generically titled works (like "Introduction" or "Afterword") or column titles (like "From the Small Press") have to be disambiguated parenthetically with the title of the book (or magazine) in which they appear. This prevents the accidental merging of identical titles.
  • Correcting the author credit of several content records. One credits the translator as the author which will have to be removed. We can only credit translators in the Note field of the title record. There are also several record which credit authors with initials, but doesn't give a space after the period. For example, "F.J. Bergmann" must be credited as "F. J. Bergmann" or the record won't be linked to the correct author in the database, but creating an entirely new author.

I'll go ahead and make the changes in these last two records for you, but please keep these standards in mind for future submissions. There are links to the Help pages in the Welcome section above which give a field-by-field guide to record entry. I will hold the first submission until you're able to respond to this message.

Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 07:26, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Next Phase is an in-genre magazine. See its listing in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Reference Index, 1992-1995:

Presumably that means all the stories qualify. Pkeets 02:40, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

I have accepted the submission, but will have to make changes based on ISFDB standards. Please see this help page. It is a field-by-field guide to entering new publications and being the single most important page in the help section, it should be bookmarked for future reference.
  • I will have to remove the data you entered into the publication series field (magazines don't have publication series, they're a series unto themselves).
  • Title field will be changed to add the issue numbering.
  • Publisher field will be changed to remove the place of publication. We only give the name of the publisher.
  • Price field will be changed from "$3" to "$3.00"
  • The content titled "Small Voices: Keeping the Fuse Lit" will be changed from NONFICTION to ESSAY. (The difference was explained in a previous message.)
If you have any questions about these changes, please respond under this topic. Mhhutchins 03:11, 28 April 2015 (UTC)
All okay. Thanks! Pkeets 02:28, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

The East Tennessee Writer

Hello, I've put your submission on hold. Can you confirm that this booklet is about spec-fic and, in this case, that Lela E. Buis' essay is the sole item in the book. Hauck 10:59, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

No reply, submission rejected. Hauck 16:56, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
It's not a booklet. If you check the website, you'll see it's a monthly newsletter. The submission said clearly that it was non-genre, but Buis' articles are both about scifi. Pkeets 02:38, 10 June 2015 (UTC)
Non-fiction (even about spec-fic) in non-genre publications is not allowed in the db, see above Michael's answer. I've rejected the sub and cleaned author's page.Hauck 09:47, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

The Magic Sword: A Narrative Poem

Hello, I've uploaded the cover scan to our server for this title instead of the unusable amazon URL. Note that I've also deleted the webpage that you entered as such an author's page should go in the author's page instead (the "Webpage" field is for a URL specific to the title). Hauck 15:50, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! Pkeets 16:36, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

Scavenger's Newsletter

Hello, I've just seen your message. As you posted on my User Page here that is a personal space, I'm not notified of the changes. That's why you should use may Talk Page here where I'm automatically notified of new posts. To answer your question, I've approved your submission for this result. I've mainly changed the essays that you entered as NONFICION (to use only for book-length works) to ESSAY, added "Scavenger's Newsletter " as publication series at title level (this put the issue in the magazine grid here. You can now verify this issue ("Verify this Pub" on the right side), add the cover ("Upload cover scan" on the middle of the page) and enter a binding (in fact it's the format). Regarding the precise format of the title (with or without numebr), it depends on the layout of the issue (and also of your idea). If a number is proeminently displayed on the cover like here enter it at title level, follewed (eventually) by the month like "Interzone, #252 May-June 2014". If not, just state the month in the title like "Interzone, May-June 2014". Only the text that is AFTER the comma (I've inserted one for you) will be displayed in the grid. Hope this help. Hauck 17:57, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

I've put your submissions for diverse issues on hold. Can you be more precise about the relevance to spec-fic of the item you listed? For example, the interview of Sandy Fries is of a person unknown to the ISFDB. What's her relevance to SF. Globally, I'm not sure that this magazine (presented here as a literary newsletter) should be entered in its enterity. Hauck 18:51, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
The issues should be entered in entirety as this is an in-genre magazine. The article you point out describes the publication well enough, but I'm not sure what they mean by "literary newsletter." This was a small press publication that included reviews, interviews, articles, fiction, poetry, monthly columns, market news, response times, letters, art, etc. Issues run in the 25-30 pages range. On the back, Fox says it addresses market news for the SF/fantasy/horror/mystery genres. It also published people who are now reasonably well-known spec fiction writers and illustrators, such as Jeff VanderMeer. I didn't make the initial entry into your db, so I'm now pointing out I think it was done in error. This was a monthly publication, so it should be listed by month or issue number instead of by year, and the entries should be uniform. Fox also edited Scavenger's Scrapbook, which was a semiannual publication. Sandy Fries is a (male) TV writer who wrote for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and similar shows. Pkeets 21:03, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
P.S. What is verification about? This is folded legal size with saddle stitch binding. Do you know what format that is? Pkeets 21:20, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
The verification is a way to indicate to a moderator or an user of the database that you own a copy of the publication. It adds weight to the data entered and allows other contributors to ask someone for precisions. This is done by clicking on "Verify this Pub" hyperlink on the left of the publication page and choosing a "PrimaryX" spot. Regarding the size, IMHO "digest" (like Asimov's or Analog) is the closest equivalent. The grouping by year note that it was only at title level is only a way of simplifying the display in the case of editors with a lot of publication to their credit. I've tweaked your submission to arrive at this result (note that I don't have the issue number for one issue). For Fries, I've transformed the interview into an essay. Hauck 13:23, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
Please decide yourself for a constant title format, the grid is frankly horrible. Also the price should be entered with a $ sign.Hauck 16:53, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Spectre Magazine

Hello, I've put your submission on hold pending a way for me to gauge the content and the orientation of this magazine. Please provide me a link or sufficient data to confirm that it's a genre magazine or fanzine. It seems, from your submission contents, that you're particularly interested in Lela E. Buis' work. Note that we allow her speculative fiction in any support and her artwork and essays only in spec-fic publications. Hauck 13:36, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

I can't find any mention of this magazine with a Google search, but I do have a copy of this issue. Kelly Gunter Atlas currently has an anthology on Amazon listed by the Years's Best SF, Fantasy and Horror, so she has continued as an editor. This appears to be in-genre, and leans to the paranormal. The "essays" are personal experiences with strange occurrences. The short stories appear to be horror. The interviewee is described as an expert on paranormal activity. The ads are for vampire fiction (Near Death, Delerium, The Vampire Trilogies). I've made a mistake in entering - both Lela E. Buis' entries should be illustrations. Pkeets 14:36, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Image file exceeding ISFDB limits

I had to resize this file because it exceeded the ISFDB limit of 150K. Please keep this in mind when uploading cover image files in the future. Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:40, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Star*Line, Fall 2015

I had to make a few corrections to this record:

  • The link to the cover image file was on a website which hasn't given us permission to link. So it had to be removed.
  • Several authors names had to be corrected. There should be a space after every period in an initialed name (so "N.E. Taylor" was changed to "N. E. Taylor"), and a comma should be used after a name which has a suffix (so "Earl Cooley III" was changed to "Earl Cooley, III").

Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins|talk 01:57, 12 October 2015 (UTC)


Hello, I've approved your submission for this anthology but had to make some changes to conform to our standards: 1) regularized publisher to Supposed Crimes, 2) uploaded cover scan (we're not allowed to deeplink to the specified website), 3) added price from website. The result is here. Hauck 16:01, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

Rat's Alley

Disambiguated "Rat's Alley" column in several of your verified Scavenger Newsletters that were showing up as dupes on Janet Fox's page. Doug / Vornoff 03:06, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

Scavenger's Newsletter 136

If you're still answering here, could you check your pv1 issue of the above for the poem on p.19 and see if it's actually recorded as "Kieth" instead of "Keith" on the title page. I've made "Kieth" a pseudonym and varianted the title (or, at least, submitted it) but it can be changed if wrong. Thanks, Doug / Vornoff 05:13, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. I'm sure it's Keith. I'm just a terrible typist. Pkeets 22:56, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

Refractions #5

Hello, as usual, I've had to make some corrections to your submission to conform to our standards:

  • Put the issue in its proper Title Series (here "Refractions").
  • Resized and uploaded scan as we're not allowed to deeplink to the specified site.

The result is here. It would be nice of you to take some time to read the remarks above and act accordingly, this will avoid the same mistake again and again, mistakes that must be corrected by a moderator. Hauck 06:59, 28 April 2017 (UTC)

Duplicate Tales of Blood and Squalor ebooks?

Hi. I think the Tales of Blood and Squalor submission I have on hold duplicates this, which you also submitted. Please check. If it is a duplicate, you can cancel the submission. If it is not a duplicate, let me know and I'll accept it. Thanks. --MartyD 07:14, 26 November 2017 (EST)

Thanks for the note. One should be the e-book and the other the paperback. Is that helpful? Pkeets 23:51, 14 December 2017 (EST)
If you look here, there are two records for that publisher and date, a paperback and an ebook. The submission I have on hold would make another ebook record. Is it just a double-submission of the ebook information? --MartyD 07:55, 16 December 2017 (EST)
Since there has been no further response, I have to go with what I see: the submission duplicates this ebook record. So I have rejected the submission. If you think it is for a different edition, please explain and re-submit. Thanks. --MartyD 08:16, 3 January 2018 (EST)

Afromyth: A Fantasy Collection

Hi, after thinkig some time about it, I rejected your submission(s) (by the way; it's not meaningful to submit the same edit more than one time). The reason is that it's just not nice to have 'unknown' authors that are not principally unknown (just only for this moment), and it's too much effort to remove and delete the titles. If you'd like to submit a version with only the known authors, you're welcome, though. (Or add the publication if all or more authors are known). In addition, there was the error of submitting an image hosted by a site that we do not have permission to link to. Please don't do this, it's better to upload an image that you have on file (or link to another source). Thanks, Stonecreek 02:10, 14 December 2017 (EST)

Ok. Will try again later when the paperback comes out. It's arduous to put together the info, though. Is there some way to access the prior submission so I can just edit it? Pkeets 23:53, 14 December 2017 (EST)
I don't know if all of the information is there, but try to look at 'My Rejected Edits'. Stonecreek 03:17, 15 December 2017 (EST)

Online Magazines

Hi, do you still refuse online magazines that don't have an option to download? Pkeets 00:03, 15 December 2017 (EST)

Price for Afromyths

Hello! You forgot to state the currency for your new submission. Please state it here, so that it can be entered after approval. Thanks, Stonecreek 03:08, 1 February 2018 (EST)

Hi, it's USD. Pkeets 01:07, 16 February 2018 (EST)

Moonshadows: A Collection of Short Stories

I'm holding your submission of Moonshadows: A Collection of Short Stories. This appears to be a duplicate of our existing Moonshadows: A Collection of Short Stories. Am I missing something? -- JLaTondre (talk) 15:09, 12 July 2020 (EDT)

As there has not been an answer, I have had to reject the submission. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:03, 20 July 2020 (EDT)