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1) August 2020 - August 2021

2) September 2021 - November 2023

David Davies; The collection you added recently is unlikely to be by the artist from 50 years earlier so some variant should be added to his name and the contents of his collection. --Username (talk) 20:00, 3 December 2023 (EST)

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Missed this when I entered the pub in 2022. Here are the disambiguated author bibliographies, David Davies and David Davies (artist). John Scifibones 08:41, 4 December 2023 (EST)

Kaleidoscope Century

Adding note to Kaleidoscope Century.Jim (talk) 12:19, 25 December 2023 (EST)

No problem, thanks for the heads up. John Scifibones 12:28, 25 December 2023 (EST)

LibriVox entries

Just a heads up. I have been adding and modifying LibriVox titles. For the sake of consistency, I have been using your formatting style in the notes but, for time and energy constraints, I have been putting only the link to the LibrVox pages and not the Internet Archive. The only change I have made to any of the titles you have edited is to put the version number in the pub title without changing the title data. If you are not okay with that, I can change them back. I have been going backward through the titles narrated by Mark Nelson, one of the best. I will probably be focusing on Phil Chenevert after that. Some nice work you are doing. I was entering the LibriVox titles until I went into a long hibernation.--swfritter (talk) 19:14, 3 January 2024 (EST)

Thanks for the heads up. I was working my way through the existing publication records alphabetically, don't remember where I left off. Perhaps you'll cleanup the rest. Re: version numbers. I don't favor disambiguating anything other than generic titles (editorial, foreword, about the author, etc.). Hence, the note. John Scifibones 09:05, 4 January 2024 (EST)
You might like this. Using google sheets and some sql magic I published a spreadsheet with entries for the titles Mark Nelson has narrated.--swfritter (talk) 13:46, 7 January 2024 (EST)
I have also reverted the pub titles to the way you entered them and will use the same logic in the future to keep things consistent.--swfritter (talk) 17:13, 9 January 2024 (EST)

Dark Corners; You tagged something "remove"; shouldn't it be removed? --Username (talk) 00:39, 27 January 2024 (EST)

Cosmic Menagerie; Should this be e-book, not webzine? --Username (talk) 22:15, 3 February 2024 (EST)

Breakfast Borgias; It's not a better image because it doesn't have the top left text of the actual cover. Many Amazon images are pre-pub and don't match the final ones. Can you restore the cover I added? Thanks. --Username (talk) 10:28, 20 February 2024 (EST)

Done, John Scifibones 10:31, 20 February 2024 (EST)

Eric chapbook

I have made the CHAPBOOK conversion submissions for Eric and hope I haven't missed anything. Please check them out if you can. TerokNor (talk) 14:54, 22 February 2024 (EST)

Looks good to me, CHAPBOOK & Novella. Thanks for taking on this project, John Scifibones 15:53, 22 February 2024 (EST)

Contacting Primary Verifiers for book edits.

Hi John.

I assume this is how I communicate with you and other users here on

So, first of all, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

I have a couple of questions.

  1. When I want to edit a book, and there are dozens of primary verifiers, do I need to contact each and every one of them?
  2. I see that some of the books I have looked up mention items such as maps, drawing, art work etc. as part of the book's entry here on isfdb. Would advertisement inserts be something to note as well?

One72guy (talk) 15:03, 17 March 2024 (EDT)one72guy

Greetings. Yes, this is the correct way to start a thread on a talk page. I'm always available for questions.
Question 1 - You need to contact all primary verifiers with limited exception.
Certain types of edits will be approved without notification
  • Adding relevant weblinks to a publication or title.
  • Adding external id's, WorldCat for example.
  • Adding to the note field or correcting a typo (note field only).
Some editors post a note at the top of their talk page with instructions regarding when you need to notify them.
  • Willem_H. only requires notification of certain changes.
  • Rtrace has a separate page for certain types of edits.
Most reviewers will approve changes involving obviously inactive verifiers, even without notification.
It doesn't hurt to leave messages. If a verifier doesn't respond in a reasonable amount of time, your submission can still be approved. In all cases, make it clear, in the note to moderator, what you are changing. All PV's will receive a change notification. If your note is clear, they don't have to search to see what you changed.
Question 2 - What is or isn't includable is enumerated in Content Information. This should get you started, ask if anything isn't clear. John Scifibones 16:00, 17 March 2024 (EDT)

Secondary verification sources.

Hi John. Another question re: secondary sources.

I've read the pages I could find regarding secondary sources, and it looks to me that all the secondary sources permitted by isfdb are those from published works. I had Currey's reference book at one time, and it only covers up to a certain date, but Lloyd Currey still sells books and there is info on his website regarding first editions, etc. Can we add information form a website such as Lloyd Currey's to make a secondary verification? And and if so, how is this information added to isfdb?

Just thought of something else.

I'm in the process of selling off my collection. How do I change any primary verifications I have to transient should the book sell and no longer be in my possession? —The preceding unsigned comment added by ‎ One72guy (talkcontribs) 10:42, March 21, 2024

Thanks for the inquiry:
  • Please sign all your posts. The easiest way is by entering ~~~~ (four tildes), the software will make the conversion.
  • Changing from a permanent verification to a transient verification is straightforward. Go to the publication page and select 'Verify This Pub' from the 'Editing Tools:' menu. Move the radio button from permanent verification to transient verification and select 'Verify'.
  • A 'Secondary Verification' is a specific action just like a 'Primary Verification' As you point out, there specific sites which qualify as a source. In no way does this limit these sites as the only sources of legitimate information. Of course Lloyd Currey's website is a legitimate source. The key is to note what information came from what site in the publication or title notes as appropriate. Just a few that I use: author websites, publisher websites, internet archive, award websites, foreign bibliographic websites. The source of valuable information is almost unlimited. I'll stress again, DOCUMENT YOUR SOURCES"!
Hope this helps, John Scifibones 11:32, 21 March 2024 (EDT)

Caterpillar's Question; Authors' notes in archived copy, not author's. --Username (talk) 17:52, 6 April 2024 (EDT)

Agree, no problem with you correcting both titles. John Scifibones 17:59, 6 April 2024 (EDT)
Done. --Username (talk) 18:06, 6 April 2024 (EDT)

Councilor (L. E. Modesitt Jr.)

I've replaced the Amazon image with a scan for this publication which you verified as transient. ../Doug H (talk) 19:49, 20 April 2024 (EDT)

Isaac Asimov Presents ...

Hello John, I'm following up on this coversation and adding this pub to Gollancz SF Series (4). Regards, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 14:14, 26 April 2024 (EDT)

Edit approved, John Scifibones 20:18, 26 April 2024 (EDT)

Stop Press

Hello John, does your pub here contain the essay Stop Press? Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 12:37, 18 May 2024 (EDT)

Page 226, "Stop Press...." Quotes added by me. Note the 4 periods! Feel free to take care of it. John Scifibones 13:21, 18 May 2024 (EDT)
Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the water - 4 periods come along. Ha! I'm waiting for replies from two editors and then I'll be able to sort the titles out. Thanks for your help! Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 13:37, 18 May 2024 (EDT)
Variant title created. John Scifibones 11:13, 19 May 2024 (EDT)
Got it. Thanks John. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 16:59, 19 May 2024 (EDT)
See the discussion here. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 15:25, 20 May 2024 (EDT)

uploaded covers

hiya John theres something wrong with some of the covers that i've been uploading recently like the top one above. when you click on "this web page" it says no file by this name exists. Others like the bottom one done on the same day are alright. I saw that you had to redo one of mine yesterday cutting off some of the address so i thought these other dodgy ones are prob the same issue and if so what have I been doing wrong. cheers - Gaz Faustus (talk) 06:17, 23 May 2024 (EDT)

Here is the image you uploaded for this pub. To obtain the correct image URL you either
  1. Right click the image and select "Copy image link"
  2. Left click the image and copy the URL from the address bar.
Either way will yield the correct URL. I'm leaving this one uncorrected so you can see the differences. Review your previous uploads and submit corrections as needed. Also, please limit image size to 600px on the longest dimension. Thanks, John Scifibones 07:21, 23 May 2024 (EDT)
sorry to be a pain mate but i'm still bewildered. How did you get the image i uploaded? I can get that address by clicking on the "this web page" link and removing "382px-" from that address. is that what you did?
No, I went to the upload log for the day you submitted the edit. However, your suggestion works for this particular mistake.
any clue as to why some of them have come out wrong in the first place? I thought i was just "upload", "right click" and "copy image link" for all of them.
sorry I didnt know about that size limit i just assumed if it allowed the upload then the size was small enough. - Gaz Faustus (talk) 09:04, 23 May 2024 (EDT)
just tried 1 & 2 above and 1 seems to give the wrong address again. Faustus (talk) 09:26, 23 May 2024 (EDT)
Did you use the URL for the thumb in the 'File history' section? Use the main image. No worries, let me know if this isn't the problem. John Scifibones 10:25, 23 May 2024 (EDT)
It appears you have quite a few of these. Should I fix them or leave them for you? John Scifibones 10:34, 23 May 2024 (EDT)
I think i should sort them out meself mate Ill work my way back until theyre showing up properly. I still can't figure out why some are wrong and some are ok as i thought I did them all the same. cheers - Gaz Faustus (talk) 12:52, 23 May 2024 (EDT)
Gaz, here's the list of your verified publications with this problem. John Scifibones 13:44, 23 May 2024 (EDT)
cheers John that's a big help. I've just done the first one by deleting "thumb" and the stuff after the last forward slash and submitted it. can you check it to see if its kosher. Is this problem happening because i went over the 600 limit? the ones pending below 600 seem alright - Gaz Faustus (talk) 14:10, 23 May 2024 (EDT)

Correction approved. I believe you nailed the reason. I'm looking at the same problem from other editors. John Scifibones 14:18, 23 May 2024 (EDT)

am pleased i'm not the only miscreant.
I've got a shedload of dodgy ones in the queue so i'll do them first. cheers - Gaz Faustus (talk) 14:29, 23 May 2024 (EDT)

Appendix 1:Dragons


I think you missed a space here unless there is a reason not to have one after ":"? Annie (talk) 18:02, 7 June 2024 (EDT)

After checking the pub, it was a simple typo. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. John Scifibones 21:32, 7 June 2024 (EDT)