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Hello, Syzygy, 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:

Note: Image uploading isn't entirely automated. You're uploading the files to the wiki which will then have to be linked to the database by editing the publication record.

Please be careful in editing publications that have been primary verified by other editors. See Help:How to verify data#Making changes to verified pubs. But if you have a copy of an unverified publication, verifying it can be quite helpful. See Help:How to verify data for detailed information.

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! Mhhutchins 19:11, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

Questions about a publication...

It's better to ask questions about a pub record on the Help Desk page. They shouldn't be asked in the Note to the Moderator in an update of that record, because we can't directly respond to them from the database. The Wiki (these pages) are used for communication. Thanks and welcome to the ISFDB. Mhhutchins 19:14, 10 January 2012 (UTC)

Von Kempelen and His Discovery

The capitalization of a single word in a title is not sufficient to create a Variant, likely a typesetter's choice in the first place. Cheers! --~ Bill, Bluesman 18:55, 12 January 2012 (UTC)

Alien Contact

Thanks for adding the contents to this record. I've merged the new content titles with those already in the database, but made a few corrections:

  • "The Road Not Taken", the author was changed from "Harry Turtledoves" to Harry Turtledove
  • "Kin", the author was changed from "Bruce McAlister" to Bruce McAllister
  • "The First Contact With the Gorgonids", the author was changed from "Ursula K. LeGuin" to Ursula K. Le Guin
  • "Texture of Other Ways", author was changed from "Mark W, Tiedemann" to Mark W. Tiedemann

Let me know if any of these were incorrectly changed. We base story title and author credit on those shown on the story's title page and not the book's content page. Thanks. Mhhutchins 17:45, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

Hi. I also changed the "About the Contributors" record based on your note to the moderators. If a work's author is not credited at all, we use "uncredited". We only use "Anon" or "Anonymous" if the work is explicitly credited that way. And since "About the Contributors" is a generic sort of title that might appear in any book, I added "(Alien Contact)" to it to disambiguate. And last (and VERY least), I saw your numbered list in the notes with one entry on each line.... A gotcha in the way the display works is that line breaks typed into the notes are ignored, so if you type in:
1. One
2. Two
what gets displayed will be
1. One 2. Two
instead of what you want. There are two ways around this, both of which involve inserting some raw HTML into the note. You can use <BR> (line BReak):
1. One<BR>
2. Two
or for lists you can use HTML's tags for making ordered (numbered) lists:
Either of these will end up looking the way you intend, with each item in the list on a new line. I changed your note to use the ordered list, so you can see what that looks like. Thanks. --MartyD 11:58, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

Spaces in titles

Hi. I saw your note in your latest Complete Tales submission. When it comes to merging/matching the titles with existing titles, you should ignore spacing differences. You could record discrepancies in the notes, should someone later disagree with that choice. Spaces (except for glomming of words, e.g., "Spell Bound" is different from "Spellbound") are really just a typesetting choice. For "T he", I would consider it a typographical error and record "The" (with a note); the exception would be if it's clear the author meant the space to be there. --MartyD 11:34, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Reviews in Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems

I accepted the submission adding more content to this record, but the reviews should have been entered as ESSAY type, and titled in the form "Review of <TITLE OF WORK> by <AUTHOR OF WORK>". You can also be more specific if you wish, e.g. "Review of the film "Forbidden Planet" directed by Fred M. Wilcox" or "Review of the album "Close to the Edge" by rock group Yes". The REVIEW type is reserved for reviews of spec-fic and spec-fic-related books and stories (not films, recordings, comics, games, or non-associational books or stories). Do you believe any of these reviews are of spec-fic works? After you've had a chance to read this, I'm going to remove the others from the record (using the "Remove Titles from This Pub" function) and then create essays for each of them. Thanks. Mhhutchins 23:48, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

Yes, go ahead and make the changes. I'm still learning the ropes here, so it may take me some time to get up to speed. I'm spending some time in the help and on other pages trying to find info and answers, but I still have an infinite amount of questions and about half as many suggestions. These I will open for discussion after I'm more familiar with the processes of this site. In the meantime, I will continue editing and if I err and a virtual slap on the wrist is warranted, well what better way to learn quickly. Syzygy 04:48, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
What a wonderful attitude! I've had to deal with a few fragile personalities who have gone apeshit at the very hint or suggestion that they may have done something wrong. I appreciate someone who's willing to listen to a little advice and guidance. Neither one of us would be here if we didn't care about creating a permanent and accurate database of the fiction we love. I applaud your taking the time to read through the help pages, but, as you state, the best way to learn is to do, even if you're making mistakes along the way. It won't be long before you're updating and creating records error-free. Just bear with it (and us moderators) for awhile. So before I change the reviews into essays, can I assume that the works being reviewed are not speculative fiction? Thanks for looking. Mhhutchins 05:46, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
Those should be merged with the existing (dangling) reviews, then we can hunt down all of the occurrences and replace with Essay -- it'll make an easier checklist if we do the merge first. The one exception we might want to make is the review of Astoria. If we consider Irving to be above a certain threshhold, we could add that pub as nongenre. I'm happy to fix them up if you guys want; I'm sure I'm the original instigator, and Willem just followed what was already in place when he did his Poe collections. --MartyD 11:52, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
Yes, Marty. Please take over and handle them as you see fit. Thanks. Mhhutchins 17:29, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
    I skimmed over the "reviews" and none of them appear to be Spec-Fic, even Irving's "Astoria", which deals with the fur trading
    business of John Jacob Astor. Besides a brief criticism by Poe, these appear more like synopses of the reviewed books. I hope
    this clears things up and thanks again. So, moving on...Syzygy 19:36, 22 January 2012 (UTC)
Sorry about the delay. I will take care of them. --MartyD 01:35, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

(unindent) But now I have a question: How is "Magazine-Writing" actually credited? Is it really "Anon", or is there no explicit credit? Thanks. --MartyD 02:54, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

     In the pub there is no explicit credit. I originally credited this to Poe in the author field then did a little digging to
     find the pub date. So I kicked a little dirt up with my toe and searched Magazine-Writing under "All Titles" and came up with
     a match as a Review. This is where I realized that Poe was NOT the author, but the reviewer. Author was credited to Anonymous
     and I just put in Anon and moved the info down to "Reviews Found in this Pub" field. And that's where I left it. Now that I
     got your query, I went back (bringing a trowel with me this time) and dug a little deeper. I looked into the pubs listed under
     that review title and didn't find the title listed there, in particular, "The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe"
     verified by Willem H. There is another VT, but that leads back to the pub I'm editing, which conflicts with your note to me
     (see "Spaces in Titles" above), which conflicts with instructions on the Help pages to enter title exactly as they appear on
     the stp. It's no wonder that it's hard to keep new editors. Right now, to me, this is utter confusion and I'm already
     regretting picking my Poe volume (which, by the way, I bought for a dollar at a garage sale!) for one of my first edits.
     I hope the info I gave you here is enough to dig to the bottom of this and I am sure that you are wise enough to take a shovel
     with you. As for me, it's now getting late, so Goodnight. Syzygy 05:28, 24 January 2012 (UTC)
Please don't be discouraged, you did absolutely fine (better than most people would, in fact). I was only asking because I wanted to make sure I didn't lose any information. I have my shovel and will go do some landscaping.... :-) --MartyD 12:09, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Venus, Inc.

I'm not sure what you meant to do in the submission to update this record. Your note to the moderator says "do not add". Should I reject the submission? If I don't, the content entry you added will be part of the record. Mhhutchins 05:41, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

    Yes, reject the submission. I am having connectivity problems and was just
    trying to see if I could submit anything because I lost a lot of uploads
    due to a bad connection(Wifi) and server errors. I should have this rectified
    within a week. I thought I was following procedure for submitting test edits
    but I guess I goofed up again! Syzygy 22:55, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Thrilling SF, Fall 1971

I accepted the submission to update this record, but restored the original publisher name. We tray to standardize publishers' names to a certain extent, without creating new publishers due to small variations. I added a note of how the publisher is credited in the magazine. Because you removed the original source of the info, please do a primary verification of the record so that we know the source is from an editor. Thanks. Mhhutchins 06:19, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Thrilling Science Fiction, April 1974

In the edit to update this record you left a Note to Moderator:

Edit complete. Upload of Image is from Galatic Central, but it is not credited. It is my first image upload, so I probably missed a couple of steps. I would a appreciate a fix on that. Thanks!

I'm not sure what you meant by "upload". It appears that you linked the URL of the image on the Galactic Central website, which is perfectly OK because they've given us permission to do so. When we speak of "uploading images" we're referring to editors who have the image on their hard-drive and are uploading the file to the ISFDB server, which they will then link to the proper pub record. So in this case you probably meant "link" instead of "upload". Mhhutchins 04:43, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes, I meant link, but it still lacks the credit to Galactic Central. That I still do not know how to do. John L. - Syzygy 05:29, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
The system should do that automatically. I can't say why it's not doing it in this case but will try to find out why. Mhhutchins 06:04, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
Now I know. When you copied the URL you left out the "www", and even though the link still works, the system was programmed to recognize as Galactic Central. So the credit wasn't automatically generated. I've changed the URL and it's credited now. Mhhutchins 06:08, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

SFBC ed. of McDevitt's The Devil's Eye

I've adjusted the data in this record to move the SFBC ID number to the ISBN/Catalog # field. When this record was created, like most SFBC editions, the only ID number we have is from the SFBC catalog. Now that we have an editor with a copy of the book, we can move the SFBC ID # (the number usually printed on the bottom back of the dustjacket) into that field. Feel free to do the same with any other SFBC editions. Just remember to move the catalog number to the note field. Also, please do a primary verification of the record so we know which editor to contact in case of questions. Thanks. Mhhutchins 23:28, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

ISBNs in SFBC reprints of other publisher's editions.

In some cases, the SFBC edition of another publisher's book retains the ISBN of the original trade edition. This is not the ISBN of the SFBC printing, so we don't put that number in the ISBN/Catalog# field. We use the SFBC ID# which is printed on the back of the dustjacket. You can record the trade ISBN in the note field. I've adjusted the update that you made to this record. For further help in entering SFBC editions (and for an explanation of why we do it this way) go to this help page. Mhhutchins 23:35, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Duplicate title in Poe collection

Can you confirm that the poem "To Helen" appears on pages 781 and 836 in this collection? Thanks for looking. Mhhutchins 22:55, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Yes One poem was published in 1831 and the other one is a variant of

To __ __ __ (I saw thee once...) John L. Syzygy 02:10, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

I merge it with the variant. On what page does the variant appear? Mhhutchins 04:11, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay; I fell asleep. The poem's title id is 979493 and the variant's title id is 999336. John L. Syzygy 10:43, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Yes, but which of the poems in the collection is the one that needs to be varianted. If you can give me the page number for the one that starts "I saw thee once" I can do the rest. Mhhutchins 18:24, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
"To Helen" on page 836 was published in 1831. That one is a canonical title. The "To Helen" on page 781 is the variant title to "To __ __ __ (I saw thee once...)". I hope this clears things up. Sorry about the mixup. I don't think too well when I'm tired. John L. Syzygy 00:07, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
Got it. Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:37, 16 February 2012 (UTC)


The submission to update this record was accepted, but it would be a good idea to return the note about this being at least the third printing, regardless of the printing statement. The first printing was in 1967, and the second printing (stated as well) was in 1970. It's proper that you record exactly what's stated in the book, but if you find it's an error, as it obviously is in this case, you can add those suspicions in the note field. Thanks. Mhhutchins 17:07, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Will do. Thanks. John L. Syzygy 17:09, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Requiem for the Conqueror

I accepted the submission adding a new printing for this title, but there are a couple of errors that will need to be fixed. The standard name of the publisher is "DAW Books". Also you've entered the title series into the publication series field (see this help page to learn the difference between the two types). That data will have to be removed. The title is already in the title series. Mhhutchins 17:14, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Thanks again. I will go over working with series help. John L. Syzygy 17:19, 26 February 2012 (UTC)

Uploaded image without a license tag

You recently uploaded this image to the ISFDB server without adding a license tag. These licenses are added so that we can protect ourselves against charges of copyright infringement. If you upload from a database pub record using the "Upload Cover Scan" function, the system will automatically generate the proper license and add it to the image file's record. This image must have been uploaded using the "Upload file" link on the wiki pages. In which case, a license tag must be manually added to the image file. (This used to be the only way to upload images, but we discourage it now because of the extra work required to bring it up to standards.)

Do you remember which pub record you linked to this image? I can go back and add the license to the file if I know the book for which this is the cover. Thanks. Mhhutchins 05:57, 12 March 2012 (UTC)

I looked closer at the image and saw the Tor logo, so I was able to find the record. In doing so, I saw that there is a better image on Amazon, so I linked it to the record. I'll delete the file you uploaded once you get a chance to read this message. Also, according to the OCLC record, there are twenty additional pages that are roman-numeraled in this edition (we would enter it as "xx+236"). Can you check you copy to see if it has those pages, and what exactly is on them? Thanks. Mhhutchins 06:05, 12 March 2012 (UTC)
Sorry in the delay, I was away for a week. As to the unlicensed image, I do not know why it is that way since I didn't have problems with other uploaded images, and I do go to the pub record to "Upload file", as you say, the process is much easier that way. But this point is moot since you'll replace the image anyway. Yes, delete the old image. As to the roman numeraled pages, there is indeed xx+236 pages, a major oversight on my part. The contents are "The Life of Mary Shelley" by Keith Neilson, a Foreword, also by Neilson, Author's Introduction, and a Preface signed "Marlow, September, 1817". There is no Table of Contents. There is an Afterword on page 234 by Neilson.Should all of this be added to the pub record as contents? John L. Syzygy 15:09, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
Yes, please update the record and add the other contents (as ESSAY type) and correct the page count field. And in the future it's always better to upload a cover image using the link on the publication record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 18:18, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
Will do. Thanks. John L.-- Syzygy 20:16, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

The Last Colony

The date of this record should be zeroed out, as it appears that 2008-08-00 was the date of the first printing. Thanks. Mhhutchins 22:45, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the catch, I'll make the change now. John L. -- Syzygy 22:53, 19 March 2012 (UTC)

Importing contents rather than creating new records

I accepted the submission to update this record but it would have been better to import the contents from another record which included the two novels. Now you'll have to merge the newly created records for each novel with the matching records that already in the database. I'll await the submissions to do that. Thanks. Mhhutchins 23:32, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Forgot about importing, now I'll have to learn to merge. Don't stay up too late waiting for these submissions, it may take me a while. John L. -- Syzygy 23:47, 21 March 2012 (UTC)
Oh, that was easy. Thanks for the push in the right direction. Syzygy 00:01, 22 March 2012 (UTC)
I try not to push any harder than I feel you can handle. And in this case, I felt you could. Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:10, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Disambiguating titles

I've merged this title record with the one you added to your record, giving only the title of the piece. You should not disambiguate titles that are titled other than those that are generic, such as "Foreword" or "Introduction". If it's titled "Author's Foreword: Reality and Symbols", you should not add the title of the book for which it's a foreword. Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:08, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Because the title is unique enough not to get lost in the sauce, as they say. If I imported contents like I was supposed to, I wouldn't have all this fun. Syzygy 00:21, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Removing unnecessary data from a note field

When you do a primary verification of this record, feel free to remove the note recording the original source of the data and cover artist. Now that we know that the data is stated in the book itself, we don't need a secondary source. Thanks. Mhhutchins 05:07, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Okay. I'll take care of it when I add an image URL. Syzygy 21:36, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

Linking OCLC records to ISFDB records

Most of the time, it's not necessary to link the OCLC record to the ISFDB record. It's done automatically for records with ISBNs, just by clicking on the "Worldcat" link under the "Other Sites" menu on the left side of each page with a ISFDB publication record. There are exceptions which may need to be linked. For example, if there are several OCLC records and you want it to link to a specific one or the one that more closely resembles the ISFDB record. Check out the "Worldcat" link on the record that you just updated with an OCLC link in the note field. Now there are thousands of books published before the creation of ISBNs, and these can be linked, if you're willing to do so (although it is not mandatory). Thanks. Mhhutchins 20:41, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Newer pubs with ISBN's = no linking in note field necessary. Older pubs with SBN's or publisher catalog #'s = linking preferred. Ok, that's understood, but it might be helpful to explain it somewhere on this site, perhapsHelp:Using Worldcat data so it wouldn't take long for a new editor to figure it out (three months for me). I was thinking that clicking on the OCLC link in the verification field like you can for Locus1 would take you to their pub listing, but that wouldn't work for all listings, would it?. Anyway, now that I know what goes on with OCLC linking, I'll follow your guidelines. I hope the inter-wiki page link works for you. I had to go research that and hope I got it right. John L. -- Syzygy 21:57, 25 March 2012 (UTC)
You're right, there should be better documentation on how the website works. When this feature was added, perhaps no one took the time to document it. Maybe they did...somewhere on one of the dozens of help pages. Believe me, I would also rather that new editors take the time to read the documentation that already is in the help pages, but find even that can be burdensome for most of them. So I spend a lot of time leaving them messages that address the specific situation where they need assistance. Some editors like this personal attention and learn from it more than reading documentation. As a new editor, you're going to find deficiencies in documentation that veteran editors are going to overlook because we've been doing it instead of documenting it. Just bring any failures to the attention of the rest of us on the Community Portal, and we'll try to find a way to remedy the situation. Mhhutchins 22:13, 25 March 2012 (UTC)
It is my understanding that the goal of ISFDB is completeness and accuracy in documenting all speculative fiction. If there is anything I can think of that would help in attaining that goal, I will not hesitate in posting a comment on the community page. For now, I will learn through experience, and all of your help, of course. -- Syzygy 22:43, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Science Fiction of the Thirties

I am starting a discussion here to resolve a minor discrepency with this publication. My copy has the interior artwork credited to Morey for Into the Meteorite Orbit on page 84. The contents field for this pub states page 83, whereas that is an unpaginated blank page in my copy. I am asking you to check on this. Also, my copy has a gutter code of S38. Can you double-check your gutter codes to see if you have Q51 or something else. That's it. --John L.-- Syzygy 01:25, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

You're correct. The record should be on page 84. I'll make the correction because I was the originator of record. My copy has gutter code Q51 (the first printing), but I'll add your gutter code to the notes. Mhhutchins 02:53, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Great! I'll go ahead and do a verification. --John L.-- Syzygy 03:00, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

OCLC identification

Hi. Something that might save you a little work: You don't need to notify verifiers if you find an OCLC number and add it to the notes (if that's the only information you add), as long as you make yourself the OCLC/Worldcat verifier: Click on the Verify This Pub link, and scroll down to OCLC/Worldcat and select the middle, "Verified", button. It's understood that a note referring to a secondary source has been entered (or at least confirmed) by that source's verifier, not necessarily any of the primary verifiers. --MartyD 12:03, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, Marty. Yes, that will save me lots of work and time. I usually have a publication to verify to go along with OCLC, so the effort to me is worthwhile --John L.-- Syzygy 13:44, 6 April 2012 (UTC)

War of the Worlds

I added cover art credit... per his own website, Les Edwards is the cover artist. Ofearna 23:02, 9 May 2012 (UTC)

Ah, to have a link to the publication you referred to, but, no matter. Are you referring to this pub? Which you must be, because it's the only War of the Worlds I verified (I think) thus far. --John-- Syzygy 02:36, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Limits to image files uploaded to the ISFDB server

It is ISFDB policy that you upload image files that are not larger than 150K in size and no longer than 600 pixels at the longest side. I'm not sure how the standards were arrived at, but I assume it protects us against litigation if the images we upload could be of such a resolution that they could be used to create pirate copies. You should get a warning if you attempt to upload anything that's greater than the standards, although nothing actually prevents you from doing so. An exception is made in some circumstances, such as images of wraparound cover art. Most scanners (or graphics software) will allow you to set the files to these limits without much trouble. Thanks. Mhhutchins 06:52, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

I have been overriding the warnings, but I have been limiting the length to 570 pixels, which is within stated bounds. This gives me anywhere from 170 to 210KB per upload. I can back off on the length, say, 500 pixels. This should get me within 150KB or pretty close to it. Syzygy 01:47, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
You should be able to limit the size of the file to less than 150KB without changing the dimensions. Most graphics software allows you to reduce the resolution without affecting the size (dimensions) of the image. This decrease in resolution also reduces the size of the file, but not the size of the image. It's the greater resolution that would get us into trouble, more than the size of the image. You can also change the resolution settings of your scanner. 200 ppi (pixels per inch) are sufficient for ISFDB purposes. Mhhutchins 02:54, 15 May 2012 (UTC)
Ok, Thanks. I'll work on that approach. Syzygy 03:07, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Orson Scott Card

I added cover scan to "The Call of Earth"--Teddybear 12:42, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

OK, I found it. Looks good. Syzygy 12:14, 26 May 2012 (UTC)

Disambiguating interior art records

When added the suffix numbers, leave spaces between the last word in the title and the first bracket. I'll fix the records you added to this record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 20:37, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

The Man Who Fell to Earth

I just added cover art credit, with notes, to The Man Who Fell to Earth, which you verified. Ofearna 06:18, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

Good work. Thanks. Syzygy 21:24, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

Infinite Dreams

Hello, I had to alter your submission for adding the OCLC, there was a kind of syntax error (a missing quote). Please resubmit. Hauck 17:53, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

Resubmitted. Pesky quotes. Syzygy 18:12, 17 June 2012 (UTC)
Done. As you've modified some data, it's important that you'll notify the PV. Hauck 19:26, 17 June 2012 (UTC)


I accepted the submission to add the OCLC number to the note field of this record, but wondered if you knew that when a record has an ISBN, 90% of the time it will link directly to the OCLC record by clicking on the WorldCat link under the "Other Sites" menu. This makes recording the OCLC number, or linking it, in the note field is somewhat redundant. If the ISBN doesn't link, or if the book doesn't have an ISBN, then adding the OCLC number would be of value. Thanks. Mhhutchins 12:59, 23 June 2012 (UTC)

Yes, I did know of the link and it does seem redundant, but I felt it was necessary in someway to show that a physical check was done before verifying that particular field. Should I go ahead and verify without submitting a catalog number? Syzygy 14:33, 23 June 2012 (UTC)
I find that doing any other verification of a record which I've already primary verified to also be redundant, but that's a personal rule that I'm sure I've broken more than once. There are editors who do other verifications along with the primary one, and I'm not going to question their personal standard. I know at least one moderator who feels that if you do an OCLC verification that you should link the ISFDB record to the OCLC record. His rationale (and it's a valid one) is that sometimes OCLC has several records for the same publication and you should link the OCLC record which was used to do the OCLC verification of the ISFDB record. None of this is mandatory though, and entirely up to the editor. Thanks. Mhhutchins 15:34, 23 June 2012 (UTC)

Deep Space

I'm holding the submission to update this record. You want to add a note that the gutter code is verified. That's only true if the editor who posts the note does a primary verification of the record. Otherwise, the user will assume that the current verifier was the editor who entered the note. This can be corrected by doing a primary verification of the record, and amend the note that the Primary 2 verifier added the gutter code. Or you can remove the "[verified]" part of the statement. Thanks. Mhhutchins 21:20, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

I usually hold off in verifying until my submissions pass, but in this case I can see where that could be a problem. I went ahead and verified the pub and I will resubmit for the verification in the gutter code note. Syzygy 21:34, 30 June 2012 (UTC)
Second submission accepted. I'll reject the first one which I had on hold. Mhhutchins 21:46, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

Correcting a typo in a content title record

It was easier to just edit the title record, correcting the typo, all in one submission. The method you chose would have required three submissions (add a new record, remove the typo-ed one, and then delete the typo-ed record). Mhhutchins 00:33, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Now that you mention it, that does make sense. I guess I'm used to seeing grayed-out titles in the contents. Syzygy 00:42, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
Grayed titles are for content records which appear in more than one publication. That's why you can't edit them in a pub edit...but you can still edit them from the title record. You just have to be more careful because you're changing it for every publication in which it appears. That might affect primary verified pubs, so it requires more consideration before making an edit. Thanks. Mhhutchins 00:58, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
I'll keep that in mind, and thanks for the help. Syzygy 01:10, 3 July 2012 (UTC)

Jupiter Project

Replaced the amazon image with a scan and expanded the notes a little for [this]. --~ Bill, Bluesman 19:38, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

DAW Collectors publication series

I and a couple of other editors are trying to formalize the DAW Collectors Books publication series. The consensus is that we should include only those publications that explicitly list their DAW number, either on the cover, the spine, or the copyright page. This applies to, apparently, all first editions and to some reprint editions, but not to most of the reprints. You have verified several DAW reprint editions where the notes list the DAW number. However, I can't tell from the wording in the notes whether this number is listed because (i) it was actually stated on the book; or (ii) the number was inherited from other editions with the DAW number listed. If you have the time, I would appreciate it if you could check these reprints and when they have the number actually listed, update the notes to reflect that. For example, adding "(on cover)" or "(on copyright page)" to a phrase like "DAW Collectors No. 123". The publications you've verified that fall into this scenario are:

Thanks much, Chavey 17:49, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

First off, sorry for the delay in responding. I was taking some time off from this site. I will update my notes to reflect the DAW book numbers more thoroughly for what you have listed. Syzygy 22:49, 20 August 2012 (UTC)
No problem, I wasn't expecting instant responses. There's a lot of books in the series, and it will take a while to get all the verifications checked. Chavey 03:40, 21 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the help! I added those books to the publication series. Chavey 15:59, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

Benford's Cosm: A Letter to My Readers added

I just added this essay to your verified pub.. Stonecreek 19:53, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

A Deepness in the Sky

Hi. I verified this pub by Locus1, and added the date listed there. (Locus listed a wrong cover artist though). Viter 02:41, 28 November 2012 (UTC)


Re: Earth
Replacing Amazon image with better quality image scanned from personal collection. Adding notes. Informing verifiers.--Astromath 05:48, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Total Eclipse

Re: Total Eclipse
Adding LCCN to notes. Notifying all verifiers.--Astromath 13:58, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

The Integral Trees

Re: The Integral Trees
Redoing/adding notes. Notifying all verifiers.--Astromath 02:28, 29 December 2012 (UTC)

Damnation Alley

Re: Damnation Alley
Replacing Amazon image with one of better quality.--Astromath 15:01, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

Artifact by Gregory Benford

Hi, I uploaded a new cover scan of this book Artifact - CheerZ :) Viter 17:07, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

I added the Canadian price to your verified

I added the Canadian price and ISBN to your verified[1].Don Erikson 21:41, 2 March 2013 (UTC)

Underscores/dashes in Poe poem titles

I'm entering another Poe collection, and as I'm encountering titles with omitted pieces represented by dashes, I'm changing some of the ones where we had been using underscores, rather than having dash variants AND underscore variants, if there's no evidence an underscore was ever used. This affects some of the titles in your verified Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems. For any ones changing, I am double-checking against the Amazon Look Inside for it. If you have any objections or would like more detailed notification, let me know. Thanks. --MartyD 11:11, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

The Martians

I'm finally getting around to editing the Bantam/Spectra 1st printing mass market paperback of The Martians to include the individual poems from the Poem Series If Wang Wei Lived on Mars and Other Poems as outlined in this discussion. Thanks. Albinoflea 09:17, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

Larry Niven's Rainbow Mars

Please see ISFDB:Community Portal#Larry Niven.27s Rainbow Mars. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:57, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

Flandry of Terra

Changed the title of one story in [this] from 'A Plague of Masters' to 'The Plague of Masters', matching the title page. --Willem H. 19:24, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

I checked my copy - it is as you say. Good catch. Syzygy 11:39, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Sorting on a page

Use the following system to sort the order of works appearing on the same page: if the page number is 25, enter the first content as "25|25.1", the second as "25|25.2", etc. The number which follows the pipe symbol is considered the page number for sorting, and you can use fractions. The number which appears before the pipe is only used for the record display is not used for sorting. Thanks. Mhhutchins 22:59, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Updated image for Alan Dean Foster's The I Inside

Replaced the Amazon image of Alan Dean Foster's The I Inside with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary2 reference. Doug 15:18, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Looks good. I see you got me cover-ed. John Syzygy 19:18, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Larry Niven`s Rainbow Mars

Replaced the Amazon image of Larry Niven`s Rainbow Mars with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary5 reference. Doug 20:52, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

And again. John Syzygy 01:34, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

A. E. van Vogt's Slan

Replaced the Amazon image of A. E. van Vogt's Slan with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary2 reference. Doug 15:40, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

Space & Time

Re this publication: Before removing the source for a record's data from its Note field, you should do a primary verification of the record. Thanks. Mhhutchins 05:12, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

David Brin's Heaven's Reach

Replaced the Amazon image of David Brin's Heaven's Reach with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary4 reference. Doug 15:39, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Orson Scott Cards' Lovelock

Replaced the Amazon image of Orson Scott Card's Lovelock with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary3 reference. Doug 18:18, 24 September 2014 (UTC)


I had to reject your submissions to create pseudonyms for Alan F. Beck and Steve Gilberts. If you'll look at their pages, you'll see that the pseudonyms already exist. Perhaps you wanted to variant the pseudonymous titles? That's an entirely different function. Click on the titles, then click on the "Make This Title a Variant Title or Pseudonymous Work" link under the Editing Tools menu. On the next page, in the bottom section of the entry form, change the pseudonymous credit to the canonical one. Mhhutchins 17:20, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks. Yes, that is what I meant to do. John Syzygy 17:44, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Arthur C. Clarke's Garden of Rama

Replaced the Amazon image of Arthur C. Clarke's Garden of Rama with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary3 reference. Doug 15:26, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Arthur C. Clarke's Rama Revealed

Replaced the Amazon image of Arthur C. Clarke's Rama Revealed with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary5 reference. Doug 15:33, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Doug. John 19:40, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Alan Dean Foster's Outland

Replaced the Amazon image of Alan Dean Foster's Outland with one I scanned. You are listed as Primary3 reference. Doug 19:15, 1 October 2014 (UTC)


Unless the title of a work is explicitly credited as "untitled", it should be given the name of the work which it illustrates. In the case of the back cover art of this publication, it should be titled "Space and Time, #51, April 1979". Thanks. Mhhutchins 01:14, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

That is not specifically mentioned in the help page for interiorart, so in this case I'll plead ignorance. Should I add information to that effect on that help page? Syzygy 01:49, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Open Orbit (Space and Time, January 1979)

Just an FYI that I have changed the title type of "Open Orbit (Space and Time, January 1979) from "shortfition" to "essay" since the publication Note says ""Open Orbit" is a letter column". Ahasuerus 23:43, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Yes, it is an essay. I forgot to set the entry type. Thanks. John Syzygy 00:02, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Not a problem. As they say, four eyes are better than two (and I have my glasses to prove it :-) Ahasuerus 02:37, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Review in Paradox

Re this publication: Can you confirm that Lady Macbeth is spec-fic? If so, please create a publication record for it, and link the review to its title record. If not, delete the REVIEW record and create an ESSAY record for the review. (See the "Reviews" section of this Help page for the policy about reviews of non-db-eligible works.) Thanks. Mhhutchins 19:17, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

After reading the review, I could not glean enough out it to definitely say that this qualifies under our guidelines. I'll switch it to an essay. Syzygy 21:16, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Removing length designation

What was the reason for removing the length designations of the two stories by MacLeod in this publication? Mhhutchins 03:13, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

I changed the storylength designation to shortfiction because these 'stories' are less than 150 words each. I was under the impression that a work of fiction under 1000 words did not qualify for short story status, but should be left in the shortfiction state. When I come across a story as such during my edits, I have been leaving them in the sf state, or changing them to sf if it was another designation. I do realize that ISFDB does not make a distinction for stories that fall under the 1000 word threshold for a short story, which could be called short shorts, or (my favorite), vignettes. Upon review of the guidelines for storylength, I see that sf is designated for stories of UNKNOWN length. I have been using the sf flag as a personal preference for stories under 1000 words. Syzygy 14:59, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Unfortunately, having individual users establish a personal preference isn't a good idea. "sf" is meant to indicate a work of undefined length. (It's also used for excerpts, plays and the fiction credit of a graphic novel.) If you wish to create a new standard please bring it to the attention of the group on the ISFDB:Rules and standards discussions page. It might lead to a new length designation for vignettes. Thanks. Mhhutchins 21:08, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
I have taken your suggestion and added the proposal to the Rules and standards discussion page. Thanks for your guidance. Syzygy 18:10, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Corrections to IASFM

Hello, I've approved some of your corrections for issues of the magazine. Just in case, note that it's considered correct etiquette to notify all the PVs (not just PV1 as you did). Consider me notified. Hauck 19:06, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Acknowledged. I was basing my edits on the outcome of this discussion. Syzygy 19:32, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Creating pseudonym and variants

Re John Borkowski: After establishing that an author credit is a pseudonym, you should create variant records for the titles credited to that author. You don't have to wait until the submission creating the pseudonym has been moderated. In fact, waiting increases the chances that the variants won't get created until they show up on an error list. I've made the titles under J. Borkowski and J. R Borkowski into variants. Mhhutchins 07:29, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

I did not realize the full extent of my action, but now that you mention it, it makes sense. Thanks for variating those for me. Hmmmmm, perhaps adding a note here just as you described it might help editors in the future to follow through with this task. Syzygy 14:59, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

"Shiva Descending", by Rotsler & Benford

I added a cover artist to your verified publication by comparing the cover to other editions of the book with known cover artists. Chavey 11:09, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Acknowledged. Thanks for doing the legwork on this. Syzygy 14:54, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

In Youth I Have Known One

Your verified Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems contains In Youth I Have Known One. There is also a record for "In Youth I Have Known One"" (with quotes). I'm assuming this is the same poem (but you can double check as the second record contains a link to an on-line version). If it is and you confirm your version doesn't have quotes, your version should be varianted to Stanzas (the parent of the quoted version). Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 13:29, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

I reviewed my copy and found no quote marks in the title of the poem on the title page (however, they do appear in the ToC) I made the submission to variant the no-quote title to 'Stanzas'. Thanks for catching this. Syzygy 15:10, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

Artwork Credit for Later Than You Think

In Galaxy, October 1951, which you verified, the artwork is listed as "uncredited". I would change that to "Vanpala" based on the signature on the artwork. I know this person is not in the data base, but the name seems fairly clear to me. What are your thoughts on this? Bob 18:39, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Hello, Bob. I agree that this sig begins with a V and ends in la, but the rest seems to be open to interpretation. There is a Vanhala in the Db, but apparently unrelated. A quick search on the net also produced nothing significant for me. I'm no expert on identifying signatures, so I can't say for sure who this is. It can be "Valpala" as you say, but without a correlation I would be reluctant to make such an identification. Other editors might take a whack at it if you can make a scan and post it to Verification requests. John Syzygy 14:29, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Fate of Worlds

I've updated the image on Fate of Worlds to one I scanned. You are the Primary verifier. I also included the Canadian price. Doug 21:00, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Doug. Syzygy 02:26, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Laurence or Lawrence Davidson

Can you confirm the author of the Poul Anderson interview in this publication? Thanks. Mhhutchins 01:10, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

The credit on the title page is definitely to Laurence Davidson (u) with no crediting in the ToC, but copyright attribution also to Laurence Davidson. Whether this is the same person as Lawrence Davidson (w) I do not know, but with one entry for Laurence and several for Lawrence within the same timeframe, this could be a simple misspelling on the part of Rigel. I'll leave it to you as to whether it should be left as is or variant with a note or change author with an explanatory note. Syzygy 17:00, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
If it were a misprinted art credit, I would correct it and make a note. But per ISFDB policy, author credit must be given as published. I'll create a pseudonym and a variant. Mhhutchins 17:24, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Luttens or Lutjens

Can you confirm the credit for the interiorart on pages 124 and 140 of this publication? Thanks. Mhhutchins 01:36, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

It is credited to Luttens, but both illos are signed Lutjens. I'll make the submission to correct the author to Lutjens and leave a note. Thanks for finding these. Syzygy 17:01, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Coney - Syzygy

Replaced cover of this book to include the spine - admitedly rather faded. --Mavmaramis 13:47, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Ahh! I see you came across one of my namesakes. Cover looks fine, the more the better. Syzygy 13:59, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

New cover scan for Tor Icehenge

Replaced the Amazon image for the Tor mass market edition of Icehenge with an actual scan. Thanks, Albinoflea 01:59, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Looks good. Thanks. Syzygy 16:18, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Editing the publication date fields of contents

All of the submissions to edit the dates of the contents of this publication could have been done in one submission. Any title which appears only in a single publication can be updated during a single submission to edit the pub record. Only those titles which appear in multiple publications can not be edited during a pub edit. (They are grayed out to prevent an edit.) These will require an edit of the individual title record. This will save time for you (and the moderator) if used in the future. Thanks. Mhhutchins 19:06, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes, that makes sense. Thanks. Syzygy 19:15, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

The Relativity of Wrong

It would have been better to use the clone function to add the Kensington Books edition of this title. By using the "Add New Nonfiction" function, you created a new title record (which I have merged with the old one), and you had to import the contents. This could have been done in one submission using the clone function. Keep this in mind when adding records that have the same title, same author, and generally the same contents. Thanks. 02:02, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

I'll plead ignorance on this one. I'll bone up on the differences tomorrow. Syzygy 02:13, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

'A Mouthful of Gold"

According to your source for the first publication of this story, it was published in 1982. Where did the 1981 date come from? Mhhutchins 17:06, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

I see. You linked to the US 1982 edition, but the anthology was first published in the UK in 1981. Perhaps just state "First published in Winter's Tales 27 (Macmillan, 1981; Edward Leeson, ed.)" instead of linking. Mhhutchins 17:10, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

I linked to that for the content, but I can see now how that can be misleading. Since I was waffling on whether to make a link or not when I added the change, I made the submission to just make a statement for it. - Syzygy 18:14, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
It may still be somewhat confusing to some users. I'll clarify it. Thanks. Mhhutchins 19:12, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Mike Jones

When you make an author into a pseudonym of another, you must variant that author's titles. Pseudonym creation and title varianting are two separate functions. You don't have to wait for moderation of one to make submissions for the other. Mhhutchins 15:57, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for this - sometimes I get mixed up with other multi-step editing functions that need moderating first. - Syzygy 16:06, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
There are a few times you have to wait. If you edit a publication record and want to make changes or additional edits, you have to wait for the first submission to be moderated. Otherwise you'll lose the changes of the first submission. Also, if you edit a publication record that contains a title record which you've edited and is waiting in the submission queue for moderation, it will cause an error that won't allow the pub edit to be accepted (because it can't find the content record which you edited or merged with another title record.) Thanks. Mhhutchins 16:26, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

OCLC link and ordering contents

Re this record: I changed the Note field link to the source using the ISFDB standard for linking to an OCLC record. I also used the pipe method to order the stories based on the listing given in the OCLC record. (If you're not sure how the pipe method works, edit the record to look at the raw data.) Mhhutchins 16:19, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, I knew of these methods, but forgot about them, or more likely I'm still unfamiliar with data entry protocol. Thanks for the info - Syzygy 16:49, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

quarto vs. bedsheet

I accepted the submission changing this publication from quarto to bedsheet, but wondered how you distinguish the two. I personally believe there's very little difference between them. The term "bedsheet" was used in bygone days to distinguish the larger pulp magazines from the standard sized ones. Both quarto and bedsheet are roughly 8.5" x 11", but except for the era of publication, I don't really know the difference. Harsh Mistress is given as "quarto" by Locus1, which was probably the source for the original data. Mhhutchins 18:36, 18 August 2015 (UTC)

I based the change from quarto to bedsheet on a couple of things. First, there are magazine editions in the db that are bound just like the Harsh Mistress issue such as the Analogs of the of the early sixties, for example this issue, and later, TSR's Amazing Stories beginning with the May 1991 issue. (Locus1 calls these 'Large') These are all square-backed, most with printing on the spines and all entered as bedsheet. Secondly, I associate quarto with saddle-stapled editions that are around the 8½ x 11 inch size. Being that they are produced that way, page count will be divisible by 4 or quarto (yeah, I know, it has something to do with the printing process but hey, it's a good rule of thumb). Perhaps bedsheet is an inaccurate description for the binding, I really don't know without more research, and I realize that there is some history in the ISFDB concerning print format and that it is more based on size of the publication than how it's bound, but to use a well-worn cliché, size isn't everything. BTW, my Harsh Mistress measures 8.5 x 10.875 - Syzygy 20:14, 18 August 2015 (UTC)
Good explanation, especially in regard to the binding issue (side-stapled and/or glued vs saddle-stapled). If only the differences had been better established earlier in the database's existence. The size vs. binding issue was discussed a few years back, but bogged down when editors from non-US countries believed that "A4" (a paper size) should be considered a valid pub format, emphasizing size as a major factor in determining a publication's type, rather than the binding. Thus a single field which is labeled as "Pub Format" and not one for "Pub Binding". Thanks. Mhhutchins 23:16, 18 August 2015 (UTC)

Shikar or Shikhar

Can you confirm the credit for the artwork on page 20 of this publication? Thanks. Mhhutchins 16:01, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

It is 'Shikar'. This was also sloppy clean-up on my part after a PubUpdate. Variant submitted. Thanks for finding this. Syzygy 16:12, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

"Dream Pillow I"

Please correct the type of this title and its length if necessary. Thanks. Mhhutchins 20:41, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Fix submitted. Thanks again. Syzygy 20:54, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Which ISBN to use?

When creating a publication record from secondary sources (like this one), it's important to determine which ISBN to enter. Amazon gives both ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 and doesn't distinguish which one actually appears in the publication. OCLC also gives both, but 99% of the time it will give the stated ISBN first in the ISBN field. Another thing to remember is that publishers weren't required to use the ISBN-13 until January 2007, even though a few jumped the gun and used it in 2006. So any source that gives an ISBN-13 for a book published before January 2007 must be suspect. I will correct the ISBN of the 2003 publication. Thanks. Mhhutchins|talk 20:52, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Ok, good to know. Thanks for the heads-up. Syzygy 00:26, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Georgi Ostashou or Ostashov

Can you confirm the artist credit for the work on page 8 of this publication? Thanks. Mhhutchins|talk 07:58, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

The name appears as Georgi Ostashou, both on the story title page and in the artist credits on the contents page. The credits for Ostashov comes from this unverified publication, so I am unsure whether the typo exists here from data entry or with the issue of Space and Time. Of course, the name Ostashov seems to be the more likely, but until I see evidence as to which name is correct, I thought that it would be best to let both variations co-exist in the DB. This artist is by no means prolific, appearing only twice in two different small press zines so far, so I can't say when a definite trend as to the proper spelling will appear. Syzygy 18:15, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
A google search shows that the only appearance of "Georgi Ostashou" on the internet is our database. There are several dozen for "Georgi Ostashov" including this gallery. Unfortunately, the link to the artist's website is for a Japanese one. Mhhutchins|talk 23:39, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Good find! Every time I searched, it was giving me a small town in the Tver Oblast. Ostashov it is then. Author pseudomyn and title variant submitted. Syzygy 17:10, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Minor changes to Dark Intelligence

I have made minor additions to the Notes for Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher -- concerning the subtitle on the title page, the listing of artist on copyright page, and a link to the publisher's site. BungalowBarbara 05:59, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

The update looks great. Thanks for doing this follow-up. Syzygy 15:11, 5 October 2015 (UTC)

"Real Editing"

Can you confirm that this is fiction, and credited to "Brian Yeomans" and not Brian Youmans? Thanks for checking. Mhhutchins|talk 18:12, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

The credit is to "Brian Yeomans" on the title page with no author/title credit on the contents page (it appears there as "intercepted correspondence (14)"). As to the content, it looks like a review heavily disguised as a rejection notice to 'Mr. Wolf' for the "Wizard Knight" manuscript. However, this piece does not follow this magazine's conventions for a review, thus my decision to enter it as shortfiction as the rest of the content seems fictitious. Recommendations? Syzygy 18:42, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
It appears to be a "facetious article", as the Locus database calls them (and has a category for them). It's fiction masquerading as fact. Unfortunately, we don't have such a type in our database so it remains up to the editor to determine which side of the fence it leans toward. Is there a short bio which NYRSF normally gives at the end of each piece? I'm wondering if this is the editor, Brian Youmans, just with a typoed credit. Thanks. Mhhutchins|talk 00:29, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
The bio is absent at the end for this piece. I have strong doubts as to Brian Youmans being the author for the following reasons:
  • Looking at his other titles, this does not look like something he would do.
  • He has not contributed to this magazine previously (that I know of).
  • A typo is usually a substituted letter, or two transposed letters, but would be unusual to have both at the same time, as would be the case here.
Of course, all this is just my opinion. If I had to guess, I would say that this 'article' was from one of the regular contributors using a pseudonym. Syzygy 04:26, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

The Number of the Beast

I added the artist's name for the cover art on The Number of the Beast. Bob 20:51, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

NYRSF #189, May 2004

Re the review by Michael Bishop in this issue: Is it contained all on page 19 or does it continue onto another page? (I need this for my MB bibliography, since I never got a copy of this issue.) Thanks. Mhhutchins|talk 18:11, 13 October 2015 (UTC)

It is all on page 19 starting a third of the page down and completing the page (approximately 700 words) which begins with a Neil Gaiman excerpt and ends with a Jeff Walt excerpt from the reviewed book. Syzygy 19:30, 13 October 2015 (UTC)

Ordering author credit

I accepted your submission to add this record to a series, but the attempt to exchange the order of the author credit didn't work. Sometimes it does, most of the time it doesn't. I think the software assigns the order based on factors to which I'm not privy. I've tried different ways of going about it, such as removing one of the credits and adding it back, and that works sometimes. It may work here if you want to try. Mhhutchins|talk 22:58, 13 October 2015 (UTC)

I also am trying different methods of entry, as I have noticed that this has been the way that my last half-dozen updates have been appearing. Nothing I try seems to display in the order (Author1, Author2) I intended. Bibliographically it doesn't matter, but as far as display appearance, yuch. Since I am also not sure what underlying factors are for ordering, I will try your suggestion mentioned above. If that fails, then would it be worthwhile to have an FR to force the order, like we have page reordering, or could this be a bug from recent changes such as mentioned here? I'm not sure how this or other recent changes could affect this. Syzygy 23:55, 13 October 2015 (UTC)
No, this isn't recent. It's always been impossible to set or even predict the order of multiple credits for a single work. Guess I've learned to live with it. You might try bringing it to Ahaseurus's attention to see if there are any plans to add that ability to the db. Mhhutchins|talk 00:27, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Even when you entered a brand new title in the order it is credited like this one, the display is reversed. So now we know it's 1) not alphabetical and 2) not based on the order you've entered it. Must be something else. Mhhutchins|talk 00:29, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Still didn't work. I tried it the other way around (removing Kenneth L. Houghton and then adding it back), and it didn't work. I removed both credit and made up another author, then edited it back to both, and it still didn't work. I just can't figure out how the system determines the author order. Mhhutchins|talk 01:56, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
I am afraid the software doesn't support author ordering at this time. The functionality was requested years ago, but was deemed not worth the (rather significant) effort to implement it. Ahasuerus 02:07, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Yes, we already knew that. We were just trying to figure out what criteria it uses to order author credit. It can't be random, because at least one of the options I tried would've eventually, randomly ordered it the way I wanted it. Unless it's sentient, and knows exactly what it's doing: driving us humans nuts. :) Mhhutchins|talk 02:30, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Ok, thanks for trying, though it would be nice to see some order on the pub display. Syzygy 02:28, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

Cauldron - Pages and pub notes

While add. verifying this edition of Cauldron from my copy, I amended the 'Pages' count to allow for "Cauldron (star chart) already in Content to have a page number. Also added/amended pub notes on art/design credit, and the star chart. PV1 is inactive, PVs 2, 3 and P(T) being advised. Astrodan 12:51, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Raud or Raul Allen Kennedy

Can you confirm the author credit for the story on page 22 of this publication? Thanks. Mhhutchins|talk 03:08, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

It is Raul on the title page and on the contents page. Interestingly, Raud's two other entries also come from Space and Time issues I have verified, #89 and #91. Internet research finds Raud A. Kennedy on Open Library and his book Streaking Venus is based on his short fiction Venusian Leather. I submitted a pseudonym and title variant for Raul Allen Kennedy making Raud Allen Kennedy canonical. Syzygy 18:30, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

Merril's Beyond Human Ken

I expanded the notes to Judith Merril's Beyond Human Ken adding several catalog numbers. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 02:42, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Ron. Syzygy 17:43, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Orson Scott Card's "Worthing Saga" - image added

Replaced the Amazon image for your verified copy of The Worthing Saga with a scan from my copy. Doug 19:19, 12 December 2015 (UTC)

Vacant PV1s

John, I’m shifting some books so I’m moving many verifications to ‘Transient’. If you want to take over the PV2 slot at Blind Lake, you’re welcome. More to come, inevitably. PeteYoung 18:01, 13 December 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Pete, for letting me know. PV2 it is, then. Syzygy 19:50, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Pohl's Star Science Fiction

I'm going to expand the notes to several volumes of Pohl's Star Science Fiction series, by adding the catalog numbers for Reginald and Bleiler's Guide to Supernatural Fiction. I intend to update 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 17:42, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know, Ron. The added notes look good. Syzygy 14:04, 29 December 2015 (UTC)

JohnScalzi - "The Last Colony"

I have replaced the Amazon image for The Last Colony with a scanned image. Doug 18:20, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

Old Man's War cover

I was comparing the my version of Old Man's War (which is also a fifth printing) and noticed that you had added a different cover than mine has. I was looking at the cover for your entry, and it doesn't match the fifth printing cover mine has which looks like this entry. If you can verify that your entry has the correct cover, then I can add a new fifth printing. Thanks !TAWeiss 21:38, 13 February 2016 (UTC)

You are correct, the cover is different. My Cover does have the yellow embossed title and not the gold one. I have submitted an appropriate cover image for this printing. I must have cloned from the 1st paperback edition and never noticed the color change for the title. Good catch and thanks for finding this. Syzygy 22:11, 14 February 2016 (UTC)

The 1988 Annual World's Best SF

I have left a question about The 1988 Annual World's Best SF at Publication:WBSF1988. If you have the publication handy and it's one with a table of contents could you please explain the pagination at Publication:WBSF1988? Thank you. --Marc Kupper|talk 08:45, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, but my copy is exactly as you described your two. Hope you have better luck with the other verifiers. Syzygy 12:16, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

December 1960 Galaxy

I've added the missing Wood illustration on page 138 of the December 1960 issue of Galaxy. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 14:38, 12 March 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Ron. I have also made submissions to reorder page 123 so the essay container comes before the review, and disambiguated the interior art titles for the Bad Memory story. -John- Syzygy 15:26, 12 March 2016 (UTC)

Possible Typos 10-Apr

Here is a possible typo:

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:05, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

The word Classified was misspelled in our record. Correction submitted. Thanks for finding this. Syzygy 23:08, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

Science Fiction Chronicle

I noticed you had entered a number of the Science Fiction Chronicle issues. I've a small bundle that I'll be entering and then trashing. Any interest? Doug 23:25, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Hi Doug. Sure, I would be interested. This is a project I started working on last year, but like a lot of other things, I got sidetracked on to other stuff. Although my collection is a bit extensive, there are holes I'd like to fill. What do you have? John Syzygy 23:53, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Orson Scott Card "Ender in Exile"

In Ender in Exile I've replace the Amazon image with one I've scanned. Doug H 15:23, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, Doug, that's a good scan. John Syzygy 16:02, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

All About Evil

Hi. I think your All About Evil submission duplicates this. I believe a 2000 publication would not have an ISBN-13, but rather an ISBN-10. 978-0-9539367-0-0 is the ISBN-13 equivalent of 0-9539367-0-8. See what you think. --MartyD 01:26, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Hi Marty. Well how about that! That first submission did go through. Guess I don't need the second one, then. I'll just update the first one with more data I found. You're right about the ISBN, it should be ten. Thanks for spotting that for me. John Syzygy 02:19, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Disch's A Child's Garden of Grammar poems

I've been working on indexing Disch's A Child's Garden of Grammar, and several of the non-genre poems have been combined into single entries in various issues of Asimov's, eg. November 1991, for which you're a verifier. To match the records to their appearance in the above collection, these combined poems would need to be separated, eg. From: A Child's Garden of Grammar - The Present Tense, Epitaph for the Past Tenses, The Future Tense would need to appear separately as The Present Tense and Epitaph for the Past Tenses and The Future Tense. I'd like to add these individual records to the issue of Asimov's, if you're in agreement as a verifier – Rkihara and Hauck are OK with changes I've already made to other records for this series. Thanks. PeteYoung 13:07, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Hi Pete. I would say go ahead as I am in agreement with Hervé's format. Also, fyi, they all appear on page 157. I would assume you're going to get around to the Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns, If/Then, Maybe title, too. Nouns and Adjectives are on page 96, the others are on 97. Have fun. John - Syzygy 23:09, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

At the Earth's Core

I credited the Nelson Doubleday At the Earth's Core cover to George Akimoto with a link to the page that credits him for the movie poster. MOHearn 17:41, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

"Satellite Science Fiction", October 1958

You verified this magazine which is listed as containing a story titled "The Man With Ablsolute Motion". That is an unusual misspelling. Could you please check to see if it's spelled that way at the story page, and not just at, say, the ToC? And if it really is spelled that way, could you add a note to that effect in the title rec that it really does read that way? Thanks, Chavey 05:34, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

You are correct, it appears as 'Absolute' in the pub (no extra l). Story title as well as inart titles corrected. Syzygy 13:52, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! Chavey 05:32, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Starwind Magazine, Autumn 1976

Hello, Can you join this discussion for the price of Starwind Magazine, Autumn 1976 - over here? Thanks Anniemod 02:34, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

Starwind Magazine

I just corrected a (***blush***) typo involving the price of this issue of Starwind. 04:30, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

Uncharted Stars

Another Ace double-use of a catalog #: [1] and [2]. Notes explain the difference. Cheers! --~ Bill, Bluesman 19:57, 9 August 2016 (UTC)


Your "Make variant" submission would have turned "XLATE (revised)" into a variant of a new title, "XLATE (revised)" by the same author, which is probably not what you meant to do. I have turned it into a variant of "XLATE". Does it look OK now? Ahasuerus 22:15, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

Yes, that was my intention. Thanks for the fix. Syzygy 22:22, 13 August 2016 (UTC)
One tweak at a time :) Ahasuerus 22:54, 13 August 2016 (UTC)

About Starwind

Found my copy of this magazine and the illustration on page thirty looks to be an ad, and ISFDB's protocol is not to list artwork for ads. At least that's the way it has been explained to me. Of course, I've never lived in Ohio, in 1976 I had just graduated from high school and was working on an assembly line here in Michigan, so I don't know if this arcade really existed, but assuming it did, it would mean that the ad shouldn't be listed. Hope this helps. Thanx for correcting my other typos. MLB 18:11, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Okay. Thanks for following up on it. Syzygy 18:20, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Mother of Toads

A question about the "Mother of Toads" submission: Is it really a review of the Necronomicon Press chapbook or is it a review of CAS's 1938 story? Ahasuerus 20:35, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

It is a review of the Necronomicon Press chapbook, 1993 edition. Did I mis-link the review? Sorry about that if I did. Syzygy 20:50, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
The submission would link the 1993 REVIEW record by Don D'Ammassa to the 1987 CHAPBOOK record by Clark Ashton Smith. The CHAPBOOK was reprinted in 1988 and again in 1993 with the three editions appearing as separate publications under the same 1987 CHAPBOOK title.
Now, ordinarily REVIEW titles are linked to SHORTFICTION titles rather than to CHAPBOOK titles. However, sometimes a review may be about the CHAPBOOK itself rather than the fiction title that it contains. For example, if it says something like "This Necronomicon Press standalone reprint of Clark Ashton Smith's well-known story "Mother of Toads" would be a great addition to any CAS enthusiast's library. The art is top-notch, the text has been carefully proofread and the introduction puts the work in its proper context", then it's a review of the chapbook rather than of the story. Could you please check the review to see whether it's the first kind or the second kind? TIA! Ahasuerus 21:14, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Don D'Ammassa, the reviewer, is more for quantity of reviews than being wordy and elaborating each one. The info in the pub states Necronomicon, 1/93, $2.50, ISBN 0-940884-08-9 and goes on to say "... are part of an effort to make available many of CAS's stories in their original form. Mother of Toads, for example is a fantasy about a man seduced by a witch, and much of the sexual content, inoffensive as it is by contemporary standards, was not previously included in the text." Seems to me he is talking about the chapbook. What do you think? Syzygy 21:48, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Sounds about right. I have approved the submission and added notes re: the unexpurgation to the affected records. Thanks! Ahasuerus 22:13, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Science Fiction Chronicle

You have verified some issues of Science Fiction Chronicle. FYI - I've created a wiki page for general information and entry (non-)standards. It's located under magazines or here

Doug H 20:49, 7 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, Doug. See my comments on that page. Syzygy 14:32, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

June 1970 Fantastic

I'm adding the illustration on page 36 of the June 1970 issue of Fantastic. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 20:11, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Science Fiction Chronicle 1993 - January

I'm finally getting around to entering my copies and verifying the one's that have already entered. In this issue, you left out the FantasyCon XVII by Stephen Jones and Jo Fletcher on page 29 and World Future Society Conference by Elizabeth Anne Hull on page 31. Were these missed or was there a rationale for leaving them out? I'd like to maintain consistency. Thanks Doug H 14:08, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi, Doug. It is most likely that I overlooked that particular column. You may add it for me if you wish, as I am taking a small break from editing. Thanks. John Syzygy 14:22, 28 October 2016 (UTC)
Submitted. Doug H 15:44, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Science Fiction Chronicle 1993 - April

Based on your comment in the previous discussion, I've taken the liberty of updating this issue. I added the obituary you'd skipped, as the deceased had published a story that is included in ISFDB. I also added "The Twilltone Forest" fanzine reviews that might be construed as being part of Fandom, but is separately identified in other issues. Doug H 15:37, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Possible Typos 30-Oct

Here are possible typos in your verified pubs:

If the typo is in the database, it should be corrected. If the typo is in the publication, notes should be added to the title records stating the spelling is per the publication. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:52, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

"Escape From Hell" image

I replaced the Amazon cover for Escape From Hell by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle with a scanned image. Doug H 04:39, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

D. J. Cockburn

In your verified Space and Time, #125, Spring 2016, I standardized DJ Cockburn to D. J. Cockburn per our standards. The benfit being that the author's story is now listed along with all their other stories. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 14:39, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

Also, in your verified The New York Review of Science Fiction, September 2010, standardized Greg L Johnson (no period) to Greg L. Johnson. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 15:17, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

The Fourth Galaxy Reader

Hi. I 2nd PV'd and uploaded jacket scan to replace the Collector's Showcase image. Markwood 02:42, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

Also replaced Collector's Showcase image of the fifth Galaxy Reader BCE Markwood 20:01, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

The Integral Trees

I've added the source of the Cover Artist to The Integral Trees. --AndyjMo 15:34, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

If, May 1961

Hi. I added two short essays and corrected a page number (p.6 to 16 int. art) and added a note for your verified above. Doug / Vornoff 18:28, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

The Door Into Summer

Not a change to your verified pub per se, but I've been going through many pubs of The Door Into Summer and capitalising the "into" to "Into". Thanks. PeteYoung 02:40, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Capitalization notification

I have changed the capitalization of words like "of" and "and" in the story titles of the November 2007 Analog which you verified. In future, do you want me to notify you of such small changes to capitalization or punctuation? --Vasha 08:57, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

August 1970 Fantastic

I'm adding the illustration on page 67 of the August 1970 issue of Fantastic, which we missed. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 15:48, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Also the one on page 61 of the February 1971 issue. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 16:32, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
And the one on page 65 of the August 1971 issue. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 16:40, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

December 1970 Fantastic

I've added the illustration on page 45 of the December 1970 issue of Fantastic, which we missed. I also added letters. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 16:26, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

November 1973 Fantastic

I'm changing the title of the Dozois essay in the November 1973 issue of Fantastic replacing the ampersand with "and" as it appears on the title page. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 16:27, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

SFWA Bulletin

Just so you know, I created this series using mostly your data for the SFWA Bulletin. Hope you like it. MLB 05:28, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Science Fiction Chronicle discussion alert

I'm down to my last two issues to enter and it never seems to get any easier. If you've a moment, please check out this discussion regarding a name change in the magazine. Thanks Doug H 15:50, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

"The Science Fiction Review Monthly, December 1975"

I updated the contents of your verified publication. It had a review of "The Magination", by Anne Etkin entered as a regular essay. Since I had just added that chapbook into the system, I upgraded this to a regular review of that publication. Chavey 04:17, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

April 1975 Galaxy

I'm changing the author credit of this essay in the April 1975 issue of Galaxy from "Frederik Pohl" to "Fred Pohl" which is how it appears in the issue. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 02:58, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Hey, How’s it going? Added some information to the facsimile Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, October 1950. When, and if, the information is approved, please feel free to update the information of the original issue of Imagination, October 1950 if the information is pertainable to your copy of the original. I can do it if you wish, but Swfritter and Jonschaper are no longer active, and you seem to be the last one standing as far as the verifiers of the original magazine go. MLB 18:43, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Imagination, October 1950

Hey, How’s it going? Added some information to the facsimile Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy, October 1950. When, and if, the information is approved, please feel free to update the information of the original issue of Imagination, October 1950 if the information is pertainable to your copy of the original. I can do it if you wish, but Swfritter and Jonschaper are no longer active, and you seem to be the last one standing as far as the verifiers of the original magazine go. MLB 18:44, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

August 1975 Galaxy

I'm changing the author credit of this essay in the August 1975 issue of Galaxy from "J. E. Pournelle, Ph.D." to "Jerry Pournelle, Ph.D." which is how it appears on the title page. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 16:33, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

May-June 1978 Asimov's

I'm changing the author credit of the Gunn story in the May-June 1978 issue of Asimov's from "James E. Gunn" to "James Gunn" which is how it appears in the magazine. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:15, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, June 2001

Added letters from authors Fran Van Cleave and J. R. Dunn to your verified pub.--Rkihara 00:10, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Changes to John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell pubs

I am changing John G. Hemry's canonical name to Jack Campbell; this is affecting some issues of Analog that you verified. --Vasha 18:00, 31 March 2017 (UTC)

Arian Andrews, Sr.

I am changing the canonical name of Arlan Andrews Sr. And this is going to affect some of your verified publications such as issues of Analog. Vasha 15:22, 2 May 2017 (UTC)

Rolling Thunder

Updated Rolling Thunder with the Printing History, source of Cover Artist and Other Price. --AndyjMo 10:06, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

B. W. Clough

In accordance with discussion on Moderator Board, I changed the canonical name of B. W. Clough to Brenda W. Clough, which affected this, this, this, and this verified publication of yours. --Vasha 02:18, 12 August 2017 (EDT)

On Piles of Junk, Flying Potato Peelers and Other Related Matters

Hi, In your verified copy of Vortex, May 1977 there is an Interior Art Title, On Piles of Junk, Flying Potato Peelers and Other Related Matters, which is given as one single entry. I have established that it is actually four covers and eight illustrations by Eddie Jones that are given there. Could you please enter them all seperately -at least the covers-? Thank you, if you do.--Dirk P Broer 18:41, 18 September 2017 (EDT)

Carlton J. Fassbinder vs Carlton J. Fassbeinder

Hi, your verified copy of Infinity Science Fiction, November 1957 contains Reflections on Falling Over Backwards in a Swivel Chair by Carlton J. Fassbinder. Could you please check the spelling of that name? Fancyclopedia suggests it is Carlton J. Fassbeinder, which gets verified here.--Dirk P Broer 11:38, 2 October 2017 (EDT)

The Stone Garden

Added notes, cover scan and external IDs to your verified The Stone Garden.SFJuggler 17:52, 7 October 2017 (EDT)

the eye of minds I added the unpaginated stuff to the notes section, if that's ok with you as verifier. thanks. gzuckier 01:38, 11 November 2017 (EST)

Galaxy Magazine, November-December 1972

The cover artist of this is not Brian Boyle, but Gerald Wood, his signature G.WOOD- (compare to Thongor in the City of Magicians is vertically at the right margin, best visible on the UK edition at ISFDB. Brian Boyle is probably the studio owner, see Brian Boyle Studio. (Some of the other Brian Boyle cover art may be the work of Gerald Wood too, but I can't prove that.) Horzel 08:29, 13 December 2017 (EST)

Galaxy Magazine, September-October 1972

The cover artist of this is not Brian Boyle, but Philip Castle, see Sorceress of the Witch World. Horzel 08:29, 13 December 2017 (EST)


I’m changing the cover accreditation to Moonwalk from Chris Moore to J. K. Potter. All other editions with this cover give Potter the credit. See this verification for an example. What do you think? Locus may be wrong in this case. MLB 22:26, 23 March 2018 (EDT)

Fantasy & Science Fiction, October-November 2009

Added a little content and adjusted some page numbers to this issue. MLB 21:29, 25 May 2018 (EDT)

Burning Tower

I'm adding a cover and improving the notes of our verified this Sjmathis 11:35, 23 October 2019 (EDT)


I'm adding a cover and improving the notes of our verified this Sjmathis 10:20, 26 October 2019 (EDT)

The Kundalini Equation

A quick FYI to let you know that the Note field of your verified first edition of The Kundalini Equation has been adjusted to read "The text of the novel ends on page 347. There is a lengthy acknowledgment on page 348." Ahasuerus 17:43, 28 July 2020 (EDT)

Galaxy 1963-10

Cover art of this issue is credited to Dember, but the same but differently cut cover art of Galaxie #1, Mai 1964 is clearly signed R McK, that is, Richard McKenna (not the writer). Horzel 11:04, 20 July 2021 (EDT)

Amazing Stories Fall 1998

Looking at the scan available at, I noticed that the table of contents misspells the author of "Good with Secrets" whereas the story itself has the correct name. I'll submit a correction and change the pub note accordingly. TerokNor 09:46, 4 August 2022 (EDT)