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Amazing, October 1974

Can you re-check the credits for the story "Downfall" in this issue of Amazing? It's the only fiction in the database by Jeff Jones, the artist. I'm wondering if this is another Jeff Jones. Ironically, the interior art for the story is uncredited! Thanks. MHHutchins 23:35, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing that out. The editor's intro identifies the author as the artist Jeff Jones. ("Jeff Jones has established himself as one of the finest artist/illustrators in our field . . .") I think it's reasonable to assume that he would illustrate his own story. I'll change the credit.--Rkihara 00:08, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

Amazing Stories April 1961, 35th Anniversary Issue

According to Tymn & Ashley's magazine reference, the introductions to the stories in this issue were written by Sam Moskowitz. (Many of them were reprinted in the one-off Science Fiction Classics Annual in 1970, for which I just created a record.) He's explicitly credited for the introductions in the Classic Reprint series in other issues circa this period. I've created variants to indicate this. Thanks. MHHutchins 22:32, 9 November 2009 (UTC)

Tha Ancient and the Ultimate

I think that would be a typo in all occurrencies--ErnestoVeg 17:22, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Fixed.--Rkihara 21:15, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

The Rocketing Dutchmen

I think that would be a typo in all occurrencies; Contento and my Italian source report: "The Rocketing Dutchman"--ErnestoVeg 19:01, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

It's "The Rocketing Dutchmen" (plural) on the title page, though the cover and TOC list the title in the singular. By our rules, the title page takes precedence. Asimov also uses the plural within the essay, so the singular is incorrect.--Rkihara 21:05, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
Thanks!--ErnestoVeg 21:34, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright

I think that would be a typo in all occurrencies; Contento and my Italian source report: "Quasar, Quasar, Burning Bright"--ErnestoVeg 19:59, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

The common errors in the other titles were probably caused by picking the wrong default when the titles were merged. I'll check later and fix them as necessary. Not sure what you think is wrong with "Quasar, Quasar, . . .?"--Rkihara 20:47, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
Excuse me. "Quasar, Quasar, Burning Brigh!", with an exclamation mark.--ErnestoVeg 21:33, 19 November 2009 (UTC)
I added an exclamation point to all occurrences of the essay title, since all the other pubs other than the October 1976 FSF were not "verified." I left the books by the same title alone, since all pictures of these that I could find had "no" exclamation point. This could change, as the preferred reference is the title page, not the cover or spine. I should point out that titles change a lot from pub-to-pub, and in the same pub, can vary from between title page, TOC, and header/footer, depending on the whims of the editor, author, or even typesetter, and you shouldn't assume that there is a mistake if the title entry is different than that listed in Contento or your Italian reference. We document almost all variations, unless they are obviously in error.--Rkihara

"Science Fiction Greats, Winter 1969"

Could you please double check whether "O' Captain, My Captain" is spelled "Oh Captain, My Captain" in your verified Science Fiction Greats, Winter 1969 as claims? TIA! Ahasuerus 22:16, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

It's spelled three different ways; on the cover "O, Captain, My Captain," in the TOC; "Oh Captain, My Captain," and on the title page and footer; "O' Captain, My Captain."--Rkihara 06:15, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! You have to give it to them -- at least they are consistently inconsistent! Ahasuerus 06:38, 23 November 2009 (UTC)

The Fuzzy Moon vs Our Fuzzy Moon

Afternoon! This. [1]. I noticed that my copy has "Our Fuzzy Moon" as the essay title and am submitting a change. Thanks, Harry. --Dragoondelight 23:40, 8 December 2009 (UTC)

Yes, you're correct. I approved your changes.--Rkihara 00:13, 9 December 2009 (UTC)

"Sea-Kings of Mars" by Leigh Brackett

Please join in this discussion. Thanks. MHHutchins 04:26, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Amazing Stories, March 1986

When you get a chance, could you please check whether "Review: Baaa by David Macauley • book review by John Gregory Betancourt" in Amazing Stories, March 1986 misspells David Macaulay's name "Macauley"? TIA! Ahasuerus 22:32, 23 December 2009 (UTC)

It's spelled "Macauley" in the review. I'll leave you the correction(s).--Rkihara 23:56, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
Done! Another bogus Author record bites the dust :-) Ahasuerus 01:00, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

Fantastic Adventures editor

Would you agree that Palmer should be the editor of the mags credited to Davis? Tuck gives Palmer full credit, Contento and Ashley list Davis as Editor and Palmer as Managing editor. This is very much the same situation as Amazing which for which we credit Palmer as editor. Another alternative would be co-editor status but I think we can be fairly certain that Palmer was the main man as far as story selection, etc.--swfritter 15:08, 24 December 2009 (UTC)

It seems reasonable to me. Clute (Encyclopedia of Fantasy), and James Gunn (Encyclopedia of SF) also cite Palmer as editor. Clute hedges a bit and says that Palmer was "nominally" the editor, no mention of Davis.--Rkihara 16:44, 24 December 2009 (UTC)
Done. And I also had to update the month for the pubs (but not the stories) so they will show up in the correct order when listed by magazine series. Hadn't planned on that much work. What a bunch of bad stories. Almost none of them ever reprinted.--swfritter 16:55, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Gene O'Neill's "Awaken, Dragon"

You verified F&SF, May 1990 which contains Gene O'Neill's Awaken Dragon. The same story also appears in this publication, but as Awaken, Dragon. Via Google Books[2], I was able to verify it's a reprint and it did use the comma. However, before I submit a change to make the second one a variant, I thought I'd ask if you could double check that the original didn't have the comma. Thanks. --JLaTondre 18:08, 27 December 2009 (UTC)

I checked the issue's index, title page, and headers. There is no comma. I always wonder who's responsible for these variations, editor, typesetter, author? Sort of like random mutations in DNA, ha, ha.--Rkihara 18:22, 27 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks much! I submitted the variant update. --JLaTondre 18:30, 27 December 2009 (UTC)

Kessel story in F&SF, October 1987

Can you re-check the spelling of "Judgement Call" in this issue? Only this record and another unverified one gives this spelling. All of the others have it as "Judgment Call" (most verified). Thanks. MHHutchins 19:28, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

It's "Judgment Call." I've fixed the F&SF entry, but had a lapse and managed to screw up the others. I'll fix them up, once I've figured out what I've done.--Rkihara
I think we should change the only listing that still credits "Judgement Call". It's a US publication (unverified) and it's not likely that they used the UK spelling. Funny thing, it's currently the parent title. If anything "Judgment Call" should be the parent. Thanks. MHHutchins 23:30, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

The Best of John W. Campbell by Lester del Rey

Hi Ron, in the Lester del Rey bibliography I came across this weird entry, probably caused by the review in this magazine. I think it will look better if Campbell is the author. Thanks, Willem H. 21:50, 5 January 2010 (UTC)

I've corrected it, sorry to take so long, but I was undergoing some extensive medical tests. The strangeness comes from Lester del Rey being both the editor, and the reviewer once removed (the review was excerpted from the introduction to the book by the editor Ben Bova, so there wouldn't appear be a conflict on interest.--Rkihara 22:58, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Gahan Wilson piece in F&SF, October 1979

The "collection" by Gahan Wilson in this issue appears on this data inconsistency list. Would it make more sense to make this an essay or interiorart record type? Thanks. Mhhutchins 15:45, 11 January 2010 (UTC)

I changed it to essay for now.--Rkihara 06:13, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

Leiber's "Demons of the Upper Air"

Could I get you to check this title in your verified magazine? I'm working on this magazine which contains the poem but without the roman numeral after it, i.e. "Demons of the Upper Air". In my magazine, the poem is split into 8 parts which are numbered with roman numerals. I'm wondering if your magazine only has part IIX. There is also another unverified pub which has almost the same title without the number, but lists it as a short story. I suspect it is actually the poem. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 02:55, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

It's titled with the reversed Roman Numerals (Maybe they're not numerals?). At the bottom of the page it says it will be part of a limited edition booklet of 300 (numbered and signed), of Leiber's poems, titled "The Demons of the Upper Air." The poem fills only a half page, twenty lines total. It may be a single section as you think. The poem starts with "Out of the frost-rimmed window peer," and ends "You may hear them rising, dying."--Rkihara 06:08, 12 January 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for checking. Yours matches the 8th poem in mine. I'll make mine into a separate title. Thanks again. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 06:16, 12 January 2010 (UTC)
There's apparently a 1969 chapterbook "The Demons of the Upper Air" published by Roy A. Squires, 1969 - 275 copies rather than 300 though. Possibly reviewed here. And IIX could mean 8, although VIII is more common. 4 becomes IIII on clock faces, rather than IV, for cosmetic reasons for instance. BLongley 20:24, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2006

Could you please check whether "Curiosities: The Cruise of the Talking Fish, by W. E. Bowman (1957)" by David Langford in your verified The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 2006 is a short story or an essay? TIA! Ahasuerus 02:51, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the notification. It's an essay. Fixed.--Rkihara 07:19, 2 February 2010 (UTC)

Science Fiction Adventure Classics, Summer 1971

I added cover art for this issue and noted the origin of the cover. After doing a Contento verification I noticed that he gives the page count as 132. Perhaps the covers weren't counted? Thanks. Mhhutchins 02:29, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Corrected. Thanks.--Rkihara 00:10, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

SF Adventures, November 1974

The cover for this issue is by Barye Phillips. It reprints a detail from the cover for Amazing Stories, April-May 1953, minus the nude and semi-nude characters. Info from the Miller/Contento Index. Hope this helps. Mhhutchins 05:28, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Added credit. Thanks again.--Rkihara 00:13, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, May 1964 - Broken Link?

Afternoon! This. [3]. The LibraryThing link seems to be broken. Will this do? [4]. It does match a reprint cover in Broecker's "Fantasy of the 20th Century". Thanks, Harry.

I used an image from Galactic Central for consistency. Thanks.--Rkihara 19:17, 14 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, I was making a cover match, but was unsure of the Librarything protocols. Thanks, Harry. --Dragoondelight 23:33, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Asimov's, June 2006

Can you check the spelling of the artist credited for this issue's cover? It's more commonly spelled "Kinuko". Thanks. Mhhutchins 22:46, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

It's spelled "Kuniko" in the credit. It's spelled "Kinuko" on her web page, so I've made the change, and added a note.--Rkihara 19:04, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

The Bottled Men / And Then There Was One

I'm trying to verify The Men and the Mirror by Ross Rocklynne, and I think you can help me. The notes mention a missing story, And Then There Was One, but I think it is in the book, but not separated by a title from The Bottled Men that precedes it. The only other appearance of the stories is in Astounding, February 1940 and Astounding, June 1946, both verified by you. If I'm right, The Bottled Men should end with Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage-- and And Then There Was One should begin with Jafee, my "dummy" president was boiling. Could you check this for me? Thanks, Willem H. 20:07, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Yes, that's how the one starts and the other ends.--Rkihara 17:46, 21 February 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. I'll start editing the pub. Willem H. 19:00, 21 February 2010 (UTC)

Cartier illustrations for "Stardust"

There are two interior pieces both titled "Stardust" in this pub. I would have given the second the appendage [2], but there is already a piece with that number. That means changing the other two pieces numbering as well, so I just let it be. You can check to see the order in which they appear and do the renumbering if necessary. Thanks. Mhhutchins 23:22, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the notification. Fixed.-Rkihara 01:06, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Plan for Analog?

It looks like nobody has stepped forward to verify the issues. Which ones do you want to do?--swfritter 14:39, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

No strong preferences, maybe we could split it Jan-June, July-Dec? My collection also ends at 2001, where I'm missing a few issues.--Rkihara 15:20, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
My physical copies run through April, 2004. I have a gap between and 1981 and 1996. If I do the June-December (rather than July-December) issues for the earlier issues I think we will have an equal number of issues. I think the 21st century issues are on Tpi's horizon so we need not worry about those.--swfritter 20:49, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
That's fine. Maybe we should start early sixties, since Tpi has started verifying the eighties and above at a pretty rapid rate. Are you still reading Analog? I lost interest in the magazine in the early eighties, except for the occasional issue. About ten years ago I purchased two decades of Analog for cheap to bring my collection into the current century.--Rkihara 23:58, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
I will start with earlier issues. About the only contemporary short fiction I read is in best of the year anthologies. I get Analog and Asimov's in ebook format and read the columns. I get F&SF in physical format only because I have a complete run. I just don't want to see the magazines die. Right now I am reading the Famous Fantastic Mysteries family of mags which usually have a great old novel and a few short stories. Also listening to short SF from LibriVox, reading all of Jack Sharkey's magazine short fiction, complete J. G. Ballard short stories, and some Silverberg. James Tipree, Jr. is next on the horizon. And also having the good sense to limit my ISFDB time to a couple of hours a day.--swfritter 13:59, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
Tpi does have a list of Analog issues that he does not own so we should definitely leave as many of them as possible to him, especially the ones that have not been worked on. The issues we will be working will probably not require much work; they are mostly awaiting verification.--swfritter 14:26, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
First two issue went well. Had to add a couple of reviewed books, an AnLab and put a Reference Library and AnLab in series.--swfritter 15:36, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
Same here, only small corrections, additions, typos. I'm presently reading F&SF, Asimov's, and an occasional copy of Analog in print. The declining circulation levels are distressing, leading me to conclude that the three majors will fold within ten years. F&SF will probably be the first, as the other two have higher circulation numbers and the backing of Dell. I just finished the last volume of Preuss' "Venus Prime" series, and I'm feeling a little unhappy about how the series made an abrupt shift of viewpoint and was ended without closure.--Rkihara 17:54, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
If you take into account the ezine sales the circulation for the mags actually went up last year according to Locus. The key is the eventual production of decent ebook readers for less than $100 and perhaps even less than $50.--swfritter 18:03, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
It seems to me that we need to flip the canonical/pseudonym relationship from "Frank Kelly Freas" to "Kelly Freas." I think the capability was implemented, but I'm not sure how to proceed.--Rkihara 20:32, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
The current numbers seem to support that, but the capability is rudimentary: you'd have to undo each variant and redo the other way. A massive task, which I would recommend doing with a fix-script. Which unfortunately Ahasuerus is a bit wary of. Still, I could try and write such if it would be used. BLongley 20:47, 24 March 2010 (UTC)
I would almost prefer a change in policy! Perhaps we should try a simpler case. Do a name search on Freas. I think a lot of the attributions are probably in error in any case primarily because the initial data was entered from secondary sources which used Freas' full name.--swfritter 15:04, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Campbell vs. Campbell, Jr.

I think most of the Analogs we are working on incorrectly credit Campbell, Jr. in the pub records. I have been changing them.--swfritter 15:06, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Don't forget the editorials too. We also need to reverse the canonical/pseudonym relationship, but I don't understand the consequences of that well enough. I've been doing the same with Kelly Freas vs Frank Kelly Freas one at a time.--Rkihara 15:56, 26 March 2010 (UTC)
Those appear to all have been done correctly but if the title of of an editorial is changed within a pub then the title of the variant twin must also be changed. I found one of yours and one of mine that needed that minor adjustment. I haven't been doing the Freas. I prefer doing things like that as a project although the piecemeal approach is probably less daunting.--swfritter 18:38, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Thrilling Wonder Stories, October 1936

Hi Ron, Fyi, I noticed that the cover of this issue is the same as the one used for David Kyle's Pictorial History of Science Fiction, there credited to Howard V. Brown. --Willem 10:53, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

A lovely piece of Cover Pelmanism there! Good spot! BLongley 19:16, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

My part of Analog done

Should we leave the rest to Tpi's capable hands? He has all later unverifieds but Oct & Dec 2000 I think.--swfritter 14:34, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

That's fine with me. Maybe we should verify the two that he's missing?--Rkihara 16:11, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
They look to be complete but unverified. I will get them tomorrow.--swfritter 19:11, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

Max Plaisted's Zarnak

Since you are working on TWS at the moment, would you happen to know whether Max Plaisted's "Zarnak" pieces are articles or serial installments (or perhaps unspeakable mutant mongrels)? Ahasuerus 16:52, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

It's a serial comic strip, like Vaughn Bode's "Sunpot."--Rkihara 17:23, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
The listings identifying "Zarnak" as an essay are clearly wrong. I've been logging them as "serials," since that appears to be the closest category, and "interior art" doesn't seem to be quite right. Maybe listing it under interior art, e.g., '"The Plunder Plague' (Part 1 of 8) [comic strip]," and/or adding a note might make things clearer. Bleiler in "The Gernsbach Years," identifies Max Plaisted as Jack Binder, the brother of Earl and Otto Binder. He also notes that the strip was discontinued in mid-story due to (unfavorable?) reader response. I'll make the pseudonym attribution before I forget.--Rkihara 23:30, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
I am pretty sure that the issue of comic strips has come up, but I don't recall what the resolution was (memory is the second thing to go). Perhaps a question for the Rules page? Ahasuerus 01:51, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

Col. Fawcett

Credit for Fawcett in this pub? P. H. or H. P.? Author is actually the same as Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett according to Bleiler. His story of the search for the lost city of Z is the subject of a recently published and very interesting non-fiction book.--swfritter 13:39, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

It's an error, corrected to "P. H." Thanks!--Rkihara 16:58, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Probably a friend of P. H. Lovecraft. I will use the author of the book as the canonical - there's a copy at the local university library so I can get full info.--swfritter 17:32, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Einstein Express length?

Serial ending in this pub. Contento says it is novella length, Bleiler novelette. Since you have both parts we can get an accurate length.--swfritter 14:02, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Total length 27 pages (19+18) after subtracting illustrations and the like. The word count of Pulp Astoundings usually falls between 550 and 600 words per page, so the most generous estimate is 16,200 words, a little short of a novella.--Rkihara 17:09, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Changed master title to novelette length and gave it the date of the last part. This is consistent with Hugo standards which give year of eligibility of serials as the date in which the last part is published although I think it's been over 50 years since a serial actually won a Hugo; "They'd Rather Be Right" I think was the last, and probably only instance.--swfritter 17:43, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Change to verified pub F&SF June 1990

Added Competition 51. Hope I am keeping you busy.--swfritter 15:17, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Moderately so. Thumbing through my older pulps always gives me a mild case of anxiety. Even the best of them are a little fragile, and I'm always losing a chip here and a chip there.--Rkihara 17:42, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
When actually reading them I have gotten into the practice of clipping three clothes pins to the binding. Not only does it keep the binding together, it also gives me a handle with which to hold the magazine.--swfritter 17:47, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
I've been using bulldog clips over strips of lightly rolled matte board, but the edges continue to chip, and I've had pieces break off of what appeared to be pristine paper.--Rkihara 18:18, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Take out a patent!--swfritter 19:52, 7 April 2010 (UTC)
Preempted by prior art ;>). I learned that trick from a professional document conservator. Until then I just used my fingers over a piece of tissue paper, it never occurred to me to use a mechanical restraint. I've been thinking of dismantling and trying to restore some of my pulps with detached covers and fragile pages. Good for practice, but hardly worth the labor for a pulp that's worth at most $50-$100 in Fine unrestored condition, though I can trash my failures without guilt. I may scan and OCR them during the process for my own use. I'm a little leery of uploading them to Gutenberg, though I might have under the old copyright laws.--Rkihara 16:47, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

Addition to verified pub f&sf march 1991

Added "F&SF Competition: Competition 53 (suggested by John Brunner)".--swfritter 14:51, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Ditto for July 91. Secondary verifications on your pubs are a breeze.--swfritter 14:56, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

And 9/92.--swfritter 15:02, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

You're probably going to find quite a few more, I tend to look at contests/quizzes/puzzles with a jaundiced eye, and although I thought I had entered the F&SF competitions, I may have been inconsistent. No need to notify me.--Rkihara 16:27, 9 April 2010 (UTC)
Yes, you did; but there are two parts - the results of one competition and the quiz for the next competition, the title of which also includes the suggester. Probably more important than Coming Attractions, which should be entered but, thankfully, has not been placed into a series.--swfritter 15:09, 10 April 2010 (UTC)
Some listings for Coming Attractions will be missing too. I generally set the cutoff at less than 1/3 of a page, as these were mostly minimally commented listings.--Rkihara 18:26, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

F&SF May1994

The Gaiman book reviewed is a graphic novel. I usually document these in the pub notes.--swfritter 15:09, 11 April 2010 (UTC)

I'm aware that most of Gaiman's works are graphic novels, but both Gaiman and Alan Moore seem to be allowed exceptions to the exclusion of graphic novels. I don't have any strong feelings about how these are entered though.--Rkihara 15:32, 11 April 2010 (UTC)

On Writing Science Fiction: The Editors Strike Back!

Added an image to [this] and think the uncredited essays could be dated to the original Owlswick edition from 1981? ~Bill, --Bluesman 16:05, 11 April 2010 (UTC)

Seems reasonable, made change. Thanks for notification.--Rkihara 00:27, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

Oct-Nov 2001 issue must have created some initial puzzlement

Cartoons, cartoons; we don't have no stinking cartoons!--swfritter 15:34, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

F&SF verifications

Yours were easy. I also had left out a lot of Coming Attractions in the issues I had previously verified but most of the other editors put them in so I tried to get them all in. Interesting. I just got the May-June issue. The issues had been coming a month late and I think it was the Jan-Feb issue that didn't get to West coast subscribers at all. Now I get one a week early and it is not even posted on their website.--swfritter 19:37, 26 April 2010 (UTC)

Bradbury's "The Naming of Names" / "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed"

I'm verifying the 100-story collection The Stories of Ray Bradbury and came upon an anomaly. According to Locus the story "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" was first published as "The Naming of Names" in this issue of Thrilling Wonder Stories. Currently, the title in that record is merged with the same titled vignette included in The Martian Chronicles. I want to make sure it's the same story so here's how "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" begins and ends:

The rocket metal cooled in the meadow winds.
"What? Oh, yes, sir!"

The Martian Chronicle vignette begins and ends:

They came to the strange blue lands and put their names upon the lands
And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back. . . .

The latter is no more than a couple hundred words. If the former is the same as "The Naming of Names" in your copy of TWS I think we should remove the current record and create a new one which would become a variant of Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed (by virtue that it's become the canonical title through all subsequent reprintings.) We can then place notes in the title records so that no one will merge the longer story as published in TWS with the vignette published in The Martian Chronicles. What do you think? Thanks for checking. Mhhutchins 20:21, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Sorry to be slow responding, I just returned from a pulp collector's convention. I'll check it as soon as I get unpacked and organized.Rkihara 22:58, 30 April 2010 (UTC)
Yes, "The Naming of Names" has the same beginning and end as your quote from "Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed". Add any notes you feel are necessary to the pub.--Rkihara 03:02, 1 May 2010 (UTC)
I've created a second record for The Naming of Names which includes the printings in TWS and other anthologies. This record was then made into a variant of Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed. I also placed a note in the record for the other The Naming of Names (the Martian Chronicles vignette) so that the records for the two same-titled stories won't get merged. Thanks for verifying that the TWS story is the same as the A Medicine for Melancholy story. I wonder how Bradbury could have named two different stories with the same exact title. Arthur C. Clarke did the same thing! ("Expedition to Earth") Mhhutchins 05:10, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Vitamine Z

Morning! This. [5]. Bleiler (G) says the artist was Leo Morey. Could you check please. I expect he is wrong. Thanks, Harry. --Dragoondelight 13:39, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

The editor's attribution and the signature identify the artist as Wesso.--Rkihara 15:57, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for the check, Harry. --Dragoondelight 19:06, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

Jack Binder's "Zarnak"

Jack Binder published a serial comic, "Zarnak", in Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1936-1937. Some of them are currently entered as Serials and others as Essay. Also, due to a problem with the software, The Serial Titles appear at the top of the page and the whole series appears at the bottom as an Essay series. I wonder if we should create a single Jack Binder Title record for this work and turn all of the "Max Plaisted" titles into VTs? Ahasuerus 23:01, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

That seems like the best thing to do. I have only a vague idea of how to do this, since I don't usually work with entries at the meta level.--Rkihara 00:12, 9 May 2010 (UTC)
No worries, I have set up the VTs, adjusted types and deleted the series. Life is good again! :) Ahasuerus 00:30, 9 May 2010 (UTC)

Kemp CD

You have probably figured this stuff out. Searches from the Menu screen such as "Open Author Select Data": Author must be an exact match. After entering the name click the Return to Menu (do not hit Enter). Click Preview Author Report. If there was no match, the preview report screen will be empty. If it is not empty you can do a Print Author Report. In my case the output goes to an XPS file which can be viewed with a Microsoft XPS viewer program. Some of the names in the database are not as one might expect. Catherine Lucille Moore, for instance, is the name used for C. L. Moore. To do search from the detail screen you need to put the cursor in the field you want to search by then click the binocular button. You can change the match options.--swfritter 14:23, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the hints! I've set it aside until I have more time, but your comments will help me when I get back to it. I may import it as suggested by Terry into a new database, which may work better for mining info.--Rkihara 16:43, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1975

Hi Ron, this issue has the story Down to a Sunless Sea. Can you check how it's credited in F&SF? According to Terry Carr in The Best Science Fiction of the Year #5 it was finished by Genevieve Linebarger after her husband's death, the editor's introduction to The Rediscovery of Man states it was published as by Cordwainer Smith, but actually written by Genevieve Linebarger. Your pub has it as a collaboration (but no notes). Thanks, --Willem H. 20:18, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

The editor's introduction indicates that it was an incomplete story finished by Genevieve Linebarger after Smith's death, though the magazine credits the story to Cordwainer Smith only. It's been a while since I worked on that issue, but I don't think I would have added Genevieve to the author credit on the basis of the intro, but would have left it in a note if I had noticed it. I remember reading somewhere that Smith would tell the family stories set in the universe of the Instrumentality that were never published, and that Genevieve had put them to paper and published them under Smith's name after his death. A note to Smith's daughter at her website might be able to clear up the question of authorship. Make any changes you feel are necessary for consistency with your work.--Rkihara 16:37, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

The Plutonian Drug - artist?

Morning! This. [6]. B (G) claims Leo Morey did art for story. If you please, is the drug really called "Plutonium"? Reading description throws me. Thanks, Harry. --Dragoondelight 14:31, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

"The "Plutonian Drug" is unillustrated, and it is called "Plutonium" in the story.--Rkihara 16:12, 16 May 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, will add notes. Harry. --Dragoondelight 19:06, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

Arthur J. Burkes

Hi, I suspect that Burkes here is Arthur J. Burks. Cheers Jonschaper 05:38, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

Corrected. Thanks for the notification.--Rkihara 17:31, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

Amazing Stories, September 1929, missing letter as noted by Bleiler (G)

Morning! This. [7]. I am doing a Miller/Contento and Bleiler (Gernsback) check on the magazine series noted in B (G). In the above issue, "Letters from authors Miles J. Breuer, M. D. and Harl Vincent (Schoepflin)". I assume this means Vincent used his last name (Harold Vincent Schoepflin). Thanks, Harry. --Dragoondelight 13:31, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

Sorry, again. [8]. Another letter from Harl Vincent Schoepflin. As Schoepflin only probably. Thanks, Harry. --Dragoondelight 13:51, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

Add letters as you see fit, but add a note as to source, no need to notify me. If the letters were already listed when I started verification, I verified them, but I won't go back to verify added letters. Under the present rules only letters from authors of note are added. I'd prefer to list all, since if I try to figure out who's in and who's out I'd be doing it over and over. I've also found that Bleiler's listings are not complete by our criteria.--Rkihara 16:45, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. I am not crazy about letters, unless the source attributes a connection worth reading. If you do not mind, I would prefer to just add 'notation' that Bleiler made mention of it. Bleiler does not give sufficient data to be sure of the correct name, was it full or just last name. Thus if someone with the source wishes to add it, they can, and they can not complain it was not found in B (G). As for Bleiler accuracy, it does seem to miss occasionally, granted it was finished after death, so if you do not mind I would like to make notes 'without notifying you'. Of course, if there is a title conflict, which other sources support, I will leave a note. That should make it easier on both of us and frankly I cringe at having you go through the old pulps to no great effect. BTW, your verifications were/are outstandingly better than Bleiler. B has a penchant for touting his own formula of notation, which frequently changed author names to his criteria. Thanks, Harry. --Dragoondelight 11:41, 27 May 2010 (UTC)


I changed Kathleen R. Reis to Kathleen P. Reis here. Jonschaper 02:59, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

PS, added co-author credit for the "Life in the Universe" review Jonschaper 03:01, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

George vs James Axelrod

Hi, does the review here actually credit the book to "James", or is it credited to George Axelrod? Jonschaper 03:24, 1 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! It's George, corrected.--Rkihara 18:04, 2 July 2010 (UTC)

Aug 1957 Amazing

I added the credit for "Amazing But True" for this issue. The credit is given at the end of the column. Jonschaper 00:02, 11 July 2010 (UTC)

Credit for Book List on UFOs

Hi, I added a credit here for "Raymond A. Palmer". The credit isn't in the table of contents or in the masthead but is given within the short editorial introduction to the article. Cheers Jonschaper 23:48, 13 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks!--Rkihara 01:55, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

Uncredited stories in Fantastic Adventures, September 1942 and Amazing Stories, October 1942

In your verified Fantastic Adventures, September 1942 and Amazing Stories, October 1942 are these pairs of titles by "uncredited":

I'm wondering if they're the same and should be merged. --MartyD 11:52, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

They are identical, and I've merged them. Good catch!--Rkihara 15:41, 24 July 2010 (UTC)


Replaced the amazon scan and added notes to your verified here. Hauck 13:41, 14 August 2010 (UTC)

Collected Stories of Williamson

Replaced the amazon scan and added artist on your verified Vol 1 and Vol 2. Hauck 18:18, 15 August 2010 (UTC)