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Hello, Ymmv, 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! -DES Talk 16:26, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Startling Stories, November 1947

I have your edit to add page numbers to content items for Startling Stories, November 1947 on hold. Thank you for entering this information. Are you working from a physical copy of the magazine? If so, please consider doing a primary verification once the entry is approved. If not, what is your source for the page numbers, please? -DES Talk 16:30, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

I've got a full copy of the magazine available to me. Which makes this a primary verification.--Ymmv 16:42, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
Thank you, I have approved the edit. In such cases in future you can use the 'Note to moderator' field to include a comment such as "Working from a physical copy". This lets the moderator know your source and obviates any need to question it. The contents of the 'Note to moderator' go away once the moderator approves the edit -- they do NOT become part of the permanent publication record. Note that if you are entering data from a secondary source (anything other than the physical publication) it is very helpful if you indicate the source in the "Notes" field. This field does become part of the permanent publication record. It can be used to record anything for which we do not have a field in the database, such as the source of data, location of art credits in a pub, oddities about the pub, translator, cover designer, book editor, Library of Congress number (LCCN), other outside record identifiers (Worldcat, British Library, etc), and other possibly helpful information.
Welcome and I hope you like the place and stay around. -DES Talk 16:52, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
Is there an easy way to resort the magazine index? Or add an item to the magazine index at a specific place in the list without starting all over again?Ymmv 17:01, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
If by the "Magazine Index" you mean the Issue Grid or the "View All Issues" list I think these are driven by the Date field on each publication. Can you be more specific about the change you want to make? If I can't help you, I will find someone who can. -DES Talk 17:11, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
I was thinking of adding additional items to Startling Stories, November 1947 like the letters page and interior art, and also ordering the contents by page number like other Startling Stories issues but I don't see how it's done. Or is the contents list automatically reordered after an edit? --Ymmv 17:23, 17 July 2012 (UTC)
Oh I see. In that case the display is automatically sorted by page number, as long as you enter the page numbers there is nothing you need to do to sort the entries.
A few FYIs: Letter columns are entered as ESSAY type items. Individual letters are generally only entered if the writer is someone well known in the SF field. Interior art that illustrates a specific story gets the same title as the story, and the "author" is the artist, or "uncredited" if there is no artist listed. If here is more than one piece of interior art for a given story, add numbers 1, 2, 3,... to the individual titles to keep them distinct. See Help:Screen:EditPub for more details -- lots more. Happy editing. -DES Talk 18:59, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Primary verifications

I see you have uploaded a number of book covers and edited the appropriate publication records -- thanks. I presume you have those books in hand, and so can primary verify them. Please remember that this is not automatic, you need to use the "Verify this pub" link from the publication display, then find the row for the kind of verification you are making (primary, in this case) and click on the middle option in that row to change the state to "Verified" for that verification type/source. See Help:Screen:Verify for more details. -DES Talk 19:39, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

How to determine which function to use to add a publication to the database

I'm holding a submission to add a record for a Dutch translation of Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, because the name of the publication doesn't match the title record under which you entered it. If the titles and/or author credits do not match EXACTLY, you should not use the "Add Publication to This Title" function, but instead use the "Add New Novel" function. A additional submission is required to variant the newly created pub's title record (De linkerhand van het duister) with the canonical title record (The Left Hand of Darkness), not the other Dutch translation's title record (Duisters Linkerhand).

As a rule of thumb, follow this path to determine which function to use in order to add a new publication to the database:

First, do a search for the title and author in the Title Search Form section of the Advanced Search page.

  • Is there a title record for the exact title and is it by the same author?
    • Yes: Is there a similar pub?
      • Yes: Use the "Clone" function.
      • No: Use the "Add Publication to This Title" function.
    • No: Use the appropriate "Add New..." function. (In this case, "Add New Novel")

I'll accept the submission, unmerge the publication from the title record, and then variant it to the canonical title record. Once it's in the database, you should do a primary verification of the record. I'm assuming you're entering the data from a copy in hand. If not, you should give the source for your data in the record's Note field. Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 00:38, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

The publication record is now in the database under the correct title record. Mhhutchins 00:41, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

Kathe Koja's The Cipher

I saw that you had uploaded the cover image for this record, and wanted to ask if you could check your copy to see which printing you have. My copy has an incomplete number line ending with "2", but I'm thinking the first printing may have been a printing of advance reading copies. Thanks for checking. Mhhutchins 05:20, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

I also have a 2nd printing it seems. --Ymmv 18:18, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

Dates on the ISFB

I accepted the submission updating the author date of Julien van Remoortere, but had to go back to correct the birth date. Like all dates on the ISFDB, it should have been entered using this format: YYYY-MM-DD. The system was unable to recognize the entry "8 April 1930", so it zeroed out the date. I corrected it to 1930-04-08, which it displays as "8 April 1930". Thanks. Mhhutchins 15:44, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Cover images for nongenre magazines

I am deleting the cover files that you've uploaded for nongenre magazines in which the cover wasn't speculative fiction-related. See the rules for nongenre magazines here. Also when you get the opportunity, here is the link to a list of the help pages for the most common ISFDB editing tasks. Unfortunately, because the uploading of files is not moderated, I didn't see these uploads in time to stop you from doing them. Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 20:24, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

Attribution of "The Eclipse Special"

Hi. Your submission making The Eclipse Special a variant with the non-PhD name has a note to the moderator saying "Correct attribution". Does that mean you are trying to correct the attribution to be PhD-less, or does that mean the PhD attribution is correct? Thanks. --MartyD 10:34, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

I had a similar question about this variant of Sonnet to Science that had the same "correct attribution" note, although someone beat me to it and accepted the submission. Does the attribution you see in the magazine have the M.D.? Thanks. --MartyD 10:38, 3 August 2012 (UTC)
Both the cover and the contents page of AS 1930-12 have "William Lenkin, Ph.D. as the author of "The Eclipse Special".

"Sonnet to Science" is problematic. It says "Miles J. Breuer, M.D." on the contents page, but the byline for the poem has "Miles J. Breuer".

There's also only one poem by Breuer in that issue. It does not contain "Sonnet to Our Magazine".--Ymmv 17:06, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

Great. That means everything you did was right. In Breuer's case, we go by the title page for the work, not by the Table of Contents. Where there's a discrepancy, it can be worth recording in the notes (I will take what you said above and add it). I will also remove "Sonnet to Our Magazine". When you're view a publication -- e.g., from this page -- you can use the "Remove Titles from This Pub" editing tool to remove things that shouldn't be there. This removal is moderated, so you can't do any harm. But I'll do the removal to save you some time. Thanks. --MartyD 10:15, 5 August 2012 (UTC)
I noticed there's a Sonnet to Our Magazine by Edward Parsons in the December, 1929 issue. Looks like it was probably a bit of confusion with that. I added your note and removed the remarks about "Sonnet to Our Magazine". --MartyD 10:26, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Amazing Stories Verifications

You have verified Amazing Stories, December 1930 and Amazing Stories, April 1933. A prior editor had added the contents based on reference sources (Bleiler/Gernsback & Miller/Contento) and included notes stating such. As the verification is to show that the information matches the publication, these notes are no longer needed. I have removed the notes stating the source is an external reference. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 15:54, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

I added the Canadian price to your verified

I added the Canadian price to your verified [1].Don Erikson 18:51, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Amazing Stories April 1933

Re, your verified pub. I have added the page numbers for all letters and added two additional letters published by Forrest J. Ackerman in this issue, corrected the page numbers of all of the illustrations, which were one page off, made small changes to the notes, added "Discussions," and checked off the Primary2 verification.

The number of errors and omissions lead me to believe that you did not verify against a primary source. If you used a secondary or tertiary source to check the data then you should have checked the appropriate verification such as Tuck, and so on. Taking the Primary/Primary2, etc. verification means that you have checked or rechecked the data entry against a copy in hand.--Rkihara 17:26, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

The Black Wheel

User Horzel identified the artist for The Black Wheel. I added the credit and a note. --Willem H. 14:41, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

Amazing Stories May & June 1926

Re: your verified pubs, I corrected some errors in artist attribution. Not sure if these crept in from Miller/Contento or resulted from your verification or what. --Boxen 19:44, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Wild Blood

I added the cover artist to a publication you verified, Wild Blood. Bob 20:26, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Cover image file uploads

Please do not exceed the requested limits for cover image file uploads: the image should be no more than 600 pixels tall, and the file should be no more than 150 kb in size. This image was almost 1000 pixels tall. I've copied it, resized it, and reuploaded it to the server. Please keep the limits in mind when making future uploads. Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 17:13, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Same situation with this file. Mhhutchins 17:15, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Linking to unapproved servers

I had to remove the cover image link from Flickr to this record, because they have not given us permission to "deep-link" to images on their server. I copied the image and then uploaded it to the ISFDB server. And then linked it to the record. Here is the list of websites which have given us permission to link to their cover images. If you have any questions about other websites, please make an inquiry at the ISFDB:Help_desk. Thanks. Mhhutchins 05:10, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Noted —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ymmv (talkcontribs) .

Cover Image Notifications

I have three cover image additions on hold as these uploads change verified publications. When changing a verified publication, you need to notify the primary verifier. Please leave notes for the verifiers of these pubs and I will approve the additions.

By the way, as you seems you have these books, please consider verifying them yourself (see Help:How to verify data). Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:59, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

I've stored away those books after making the cover scans, so it will be a while before I can do an actual verification. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ymmv (talkcontribs) .

Canonical name for T. O'Connor Sloane

Please see this disucssion regarding the canonical name of T. O'Connor Sloane. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 13:09, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Startling Stories, May 1949

I've made several changes to the May 1949 issue of Startling Stories: I replaced the variant of the Clark story "Expedition to Earth" with the parent title "History Lesson" as that is how it appears in the magazine. I also replaced the credit of the Bradley letter so that the name reflects how it appears as well. I've changed the artist credit for "Dimension: Praecox" from unknown to Vincent Napoli as his signature appears in the lower right corner. Lastly, I have added a number of letters where the author is already in the database. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 02:37, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

Wild Blood

Added notes and a proper cover scan to Wild Blood.SFJuggler 06:04, 7 December 2014 (UTC)

Astounding Stories of Super Science, February 1930

I just got a reprint of this magazine and in the reprint the story 'Spawn of the Stars' has two illustrations, and one is signed HW, who is H. W. Wesso I believe. Also, the illustration for the story The Thief of Time' by S. P. Meek is signed by John Fleming Gould. Also, the illustration for the serial The Beetle Horde is signed John Fleming Gould, not J. Fleming Gould. Does any of this sound familiar? I can add this additional information if you wish. I understand that you are probably are working from a fragile pulp, and you can't paw over it to keep checking on this stuff. Let me know. MLB 06:06, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

I can't add the second illustration by Wesso as my reprint has had the pages renumbered. MLB 06:08, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
Here's how I listed the contents from the reprinted magazine. MLB 03:07, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

August 1929 issue of Science Wonder Stories

I've added some missing content to the August 1929 issue of Science Wonder Stories including a couple of illustrations, essays and the two reviews. I've also corrected two of the names (Noordung and MacDowd). Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 02:28, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

HarperCollins Voyager TP edition of Galileo's Dream

Added a cover scan and artist credit to [this edition of Galileo's Dream]. Thanks, Albinoflea 03:46, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Review in Amazing Stories

A question about the review in Amazing Stories, January 1931 for Forbidden Range by James French Dorrance (which you had entered as "Forbidden Ranch" by "James Franch Dorrance"): does it confirm that the work is speculative fiction? If not, it must be deleted as a REVIEW and reentered as an ESSAY. Please respond here. Mhhutchins 15:30, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

It's a western, not SF. That's what it said in the review. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Ymmv (talkcontribs) .
Then I will delete the review and create an essay. (Don't forget to "sign" your wiki posts.) Thanks. Mhhutchins 07:22, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Missing pub format/binding field

Please add the publication format/binding data missing from the records of publications which you have verified. The list can be found on this clean-up report. Thanks.

Mhhutchins 22:28, 22 August 2015 (UTC)

Amazing Stories Quarterly, Spring 1928

You've verified the Spring 1928 issue of Amazing Stories Quarterly which currently has a single interior artwork record for each story. Would you object if I replaced those individual records with one for each piece of artwork. My reason for doing so is that at least one of the pieces was reprinted in another book and I'd like to reflect that relationship. I would use as my source the scan of this issue at the internet archive and I'd also add a link to that facsimile in the notes. Let me know if you're OK with my proposed edits. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:37, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

I've gone ahead and added the interior art titles. I've also corrected the page count which looks as if it was not including the covers. Let me know if you disagree with any of these edits. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 15:07, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

Amazing Stories, April 1933

I submitted disambiguation for Ackerman's letters in your pv'd publication. Doug / Vornoff 19:11, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Weird Tales, April 1927

I've made a few changes to the April 1927 issue of Weird Tales:

  • I've corrected the name of the artist G. O. Olinick which we had as "Olnick". The same error appears in Jaffery & Cook's The Collector's Index to Weird Tales which is likely how it was introduced here. The signature is quite clear.
  • I've added the illustrations on page 512 and 531
  • I've added the page numbers for "The Eyrie" and matched the illustration to its other appearances.
  • I've added one letter
  • I've adjusted the notes based on our primary verification.

Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 13:18, 25 June 2016 (UTC)

Planet Stories, Fall 1942

Hello. If you edited this record book in hand, you can (and should) verify it as Primary (Transient). Thanks, Linguist 10:49, 22 October 2016 (UTC).

The Gates of Noon

I've added the Series numbers to Michael Scott Rohan's The Spiral series. --AndyjMo 17:11, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Wonder Stories Quarterly, Winter 1933

I've corrected format and price, and updated page count to include covers. Also changed some attributions to reflect names as credited in the publication. Ldb001 16:15, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

Amazing Stories

Hello, I intend to modify the Notes for your verified Amazing Stories (starting from 1926) by adding publication dates, obtained from Library of Congress copyright registrations. PatConolly 01:52, 15 March 2018 (EDT)

A. Hyatt Verrill's The World of the Giant Ants in Amazing Stories Quarterly, Fall 1928

FYI, A. Hyatt Verrill's The World of the Giant Ants, which was fist published in your verified Amazing Stories Quarterly, Fall 1928, has been reprinted. The reprint is 240 pages long, so I am going to change the original title from novella to a "Complete Novel" serial. Ahasuerus 15:16, 29 October 2018 (EDT)