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Cover artists

On the cover of A Voyage to Arcturus, wouldn't it be better like Arnold Kohn as coauthor?

I was in doubt with The Year 3000: A Dream and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders: Volume 2, at last credited Forrest J. Ackerman, but searching, I saw that they look like Wonder Stories, July 1934 by Frank R. Paul.Hyju 08:59, 2 January 2020 (EST)

That is a good catch. I already wondered about the unknown artistic career of Forry, but it all comes from his collection. They are all variants of the Frank R. Paul art!--Dirk P Broer 09:09, 2 January 2020 (EST)

The Number of the Beast - Heinlein

Hi Dirk, I've submitted changing the page count here from 355+[1] to 356 and added an explanatory note, as per case 2 here [1]. Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 18:33, 2 January 2020 (EST)

The Bohr Maker art: variant vs. merge

Hi Dirk. Any particular reason you varianted this art with this art record instead of just merging? Imo there's not enough difference to warrant varianting (although you could) - I myself tend to rather merge. Thanks! MagicUnk 05:55, 3 January 2020 (EST)

Background not only has a different colour, but also has a different design.--Dirk P Broer 05:58, 3 January 2020 (EST)
OK. Makes sense. Fine with me :) MagicUnk 06:22, 3 January 2020 (EST)
But that is not what variants are for - we do not variant slightly different images. They are either similar enough to merge or they are not and then they do not get connected. We variant for title, author and language change only. Annie 06:36, 3 January 2020 (EST)

Nature Futures • 1

Hi, please approve this to continue editing. --Florin 05:21, 6 January 2020 (EST)

Thanks, I believe is done. --Florin 05:37, 6 January 2020 (EST)

De Wereldbrekers

You have this submission on hold. Can you reject it? I already adapted the credit and the notes. Thanks, --Willem 15:29, 7 January 2020 (EST)

Done so.--Dirk P Broer 18:23, 7 January 2020 (EST)

Wonderwaan magazine

Hi Dirk. This might be of interest to you (see also here). Any advice? MagicUnk 17:44, 8 January 2020 (EST)

Franz Kafka: The Metamorphosis, including "The Retransformation of Gregor Samsa" by Karl Brand

Hi, Dirk! I do wonder where the credits for the two editors is from. There's no hint at DNB or within our entries, causing stray pulications for the editors. Can you take a look into the matter? Christian Stonecreek 02:41, 9 January 2020 (EST)

Their names are on the copyright page, between the translator and the illustrator.--Dirk P Broer 07:09, 9 January 2020 (EST)

The stray publications were caused because someone varianted the bi-author anthology to the Franz Kafka story.--Dirk P Broer 07:14, 9 January 2020 (EST)
Ah, that was the cause. Thanks for the inspection! Christian Stonecreek 15:45, 9 January 2020 (EST)

BNB vs. BL

Liking BL links better than BNB just because one targets end record with fewer clicks is not really a very good reason (this is a similar argument to liking ISBN-10 over ISBN-13 because Amazon makes their ASIN the same as an ISBN-10 for most published books and their product detail pages can be reached by ASIN; I am sure you probably have noticed ebook ISBN-13s that can be resolved to lettered ASINs often exist and why our software has carved around that; frankly I believe we should just search by ISBN period even though it takes another click to get to the detail page).

I can't follow you here. ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) is alphanumeric, ISBN-10 and ISBN-13 (International Standard Book Number) are purely numeric. Part of the moderating job is to remove ISBN-10's from the ASIN field.--Dirk P Broer 18:55, 15 January 2020 (EST)
Yes, ASINs are alphanumeric identifiers, but for published printed books the vast majority of them are entirely numeric and match the ISBN-10. —Uzume 21:42, 15 January 2020 (EST)
It explains why some editors enter ISBN-10 in the ASIN field. It does generate maintenance reports though, so we erase them on daily basis. Only standard alphanumeric values are allowed in the ASIN field. It looks like Amazon is the inconsistent one here, using ISBN-10 as ASIN.--Dirk P Broer 04:24, 16 January 2020 (EST)
No, Amazon started selling printed books and ASINs started out as just an ISBN-10, but then they added other things and ISBNs went beyond the ISBN-10 (e.g., French ISBN-13s that starts with 979- and thus have no way to even be converted to an ISB-10, etc.), so Amazon extended their ASIN making it alphanumeric instead of just ISBN-10 numeric. I am sure you have noticed how most of the non-ISBN-10 ASINs you have seen start with "B"? There is some methodology to it. —Uzume 00:39, 17 January 2020 (EST)

For one these two things are actually quite different things (I realize that the British Library's main search basically displays these in the same way currently). BL identifiers are basically OPAC identifiers for the BL's holdings where as BNB identifiers are entries in the British National Bibliography. It is theoretically possibly to have one without the other (although I have not seen the BL do this yet). As comparable example, we also have NDL bib and JNB/JPNO identifiers. In a similar fashion the NDL bib is about NDL OPAC entries and JNB/JPNO are about the Japanese National Bibliography entries. The NDL tracks holdings from other Japanese libraries and I have found JNB entries for books at other libraries that the NDL does not seem to have any of its own records for. Typically the national bibliography concept is more encompassing, however, I have noticed the BL does not does a very good job and differentiating these two concepts. —Uzume 18:48, 15 January 2020 (EST)

Yes, there are entries in the British Library that do not have a BNB, and only a BL, I've encountered them. Ultimately you arrive at the same page and BL is leading you straight there, while you have to click yourself from the BNB-link to the very same page as the BL-link would have brought you. I can live with adding one to the other, I can't live with BNB replacing the BL.--Dirk P Broer 18:55, 15 January 2020 (EST)
Yes, I know that but I meant the other way around. In theory you can have a BNB without a BL entry but so far the British Libary does not do that much (if at all). The fact they are the same page is also just how the British Library does things now. That is not true for the general concept of a national bibliography. I cited the NDL and the JNB as a counter example. —Uzume 21:42, 15 January 2020 (EST)
I still see absolutely no reason to replace the BL with the BNB, as you did.--Dirk P Broer 04:24, 16 January 2020 (EST)
Just to throw a few thoughts here. We support both - adding both is fine. Adding just one of them is fine. Replacing one with the other when both are correct is not. Personal preferences are just that - you are free to add whatever IDs you want, you cannot remove a valid is someone else added just because you think it is useless or you do not like it. This is a collaborative DB. Removing valid IDs is destruction of data and should not happen. Annie 09:59, 16 January 2020 (EST)

Rocannon's World - Lumea lui Rocannon (excerpt)

Hi, about this note: With taking 15 magazine pages (at most) this has to be an excerpt of the novel. (I think it's yours.)

I checked twice Orion Orfeu, #4 (pp. 17-32 minus 2 pages in total of Barbarella comics) and this book (Editura Orion, 1990, Pages: 160) and contain the same text: Prologue: The Necklace; Part. 1 Lord of the Stars with chapters I-V, Part. 2 The Wanderer with chapters VI-IX and Epilogue. Some text, some translator.

Orion 4, pp 21.jpg

Image - one page from issue = cca. 18 or 20 pages on book (Pages: 160). Conclusion - 100% is not a excerpt. --Florin 10:01, 17 January 2020 (EST)

A3 is gigantic in size (29.7 x 42.0cm; 11.69 x 16.53 inches).--Dirk P Broer 12:16, 17 January 2020 (EST)
Exactly. And it is published in very small fonts. The magazine contains the whole novel in a few pages, novel which is not too big. So, what next... --Florin 12:52, 17 January 2020 (EST)
Is the same situation like Roadside Picnic in Almanah_Anticipa.C8.9Bia_1985 (the difference is that it is not A3). --Florin 12:55, 17 January 2020 (EST)
A novel it is now.--Dirk P Broer 13:11, 17 January 2020 (EST)
And as NOVELs do not go into MAGAZINEs I had to make it a SERIAL (complete novel). I also looked up the format for A3-sized magazines: tabloid.--Dirk P Broer 13:24, 17 January 2020 (EST)
Sorry, it was me who started this fuss. I thought it wouldn't be possible to fit the novel in the space of less than 20 pages, and had changed the title type & added the note (the format wasn't stated at that time). Learned something new! Christian Stonecreek 13:30, 17 January 2020 (EST)

Fixing broken links

You rejected my 4551773 based on your understanding that the NDL external identifier was still linking to a record correctly. Unfortunately, I was removing that because it links to the *wrong* record for a different issues of the magazine than the one it was attached to. This means the link was still broken, just not a 404 not found. In the future, if you cannot read the NDL records, then please trust someone that can. You needn't preemptively try to fix this as I already have submission 4552635 to rectify this. Thank you. —Uzume 17:14, 17 January 2020 (EST)

Incomplete template

I removed the incomplete template from this pub. The help text makes it clear it should not be there. --Willem 05:35, 25 January 2020 (EST)

That sounds just like the text I left in the 'note to moderator' field when I checked the 'incompletes'...-Dirk P Broer 10:53, 25 January 2020 (EST)
I was wondering about the note to moderator, and how the template came in the notes in the first place. your edit looked a lot like you did it , so I searched for earlier edits to this pub until october 2016, but couldn't find any. --Willem 15:02, 25 January 2020 (EST)
I can assure you it wasn't me (Zapp?). I just placed a [li] between the template and the explaining sentence -and wrote the note.--Dirk P Broer 22:49, 25 January 2020 (EST)
Thanks, it looked unlikely, but I couldn't find any proof. --Willem 04:34, 26 January 2020 (EST)
Found this thread by chance. The Edit History shows I didn't make any submission to that pub. --Zapp 14:54, 25 June 2020 (EDT)

rejected edit to Dobson 1970 'World of Null A'

you rejected because "Decimal Day in the United Kingdom and in Ireland was on 15 February 1971, so the price of a January 1970 book can not be £1.50, this has to be a later edition." In my edit I added pub note 'On jacket front flap: ... "£1.50 net" and "30s net".' The year before "Decimal Day" Dobson was including both prices in anticipation of the switch. There's no clear ISFDB standard here: note prices on 1970 Dobson books If you'd prefer I use the "30s" price, then please make that change and accept the edit. I'd rather not have to re-enter it, if that's avoidable. Markwood 14:24, 26 January 2020 (EST)

It is the fact that you wanted to change the price to a format that does not fit with the publication date that made me reject your submission, note that you mention two prices in the note. If we are not consistent we should at least try to be more so, e.g. for people born in either West or East Germany we also try to be precise -even for people born in villages around London that at the time of their birth belonged to other counties.--Dirk P Broer 21:17, 26 January 2020 (EST)
I've re-entered your submission, except for the price (obviously) and the faulty HTML.--Dirk P Broer 21:28, 26 January 2020 (EST)

Dead Reckonings, No. 26, Fall 2019

Looking it over you're right on the reviews, I'll revise those entries later. Also yes, "The joey Zone" is indeed the credited author. Eguimont 10:07, 27 January 2020 (EST)


Hi, Dirk (I suppose you must be)
Happy New Year. Or Fabulous February!
Probably you re-located one of my source notes to the parent ESSAY record (T973869), along with approving the submission yesterday. Thanks. I am rusty after most of January immersed elsewhere.

Congratulations on your upcoming 100,000th. --Paul Pwendt|talk 22:00, 1 February 2020 (EST)

Unliked Foss covers

Hello Dirk

this cover and this cover are identical except for being flipped horizontally. --Mavmaramis 01:37, 2 February 2020 (EST)

Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 19:03, 4 February 2020 (EST)

Nico Keulers duplicate art

Hi Dirk.#

Found another here and here

And other:

here; here and here all seem to use portions of the same image. --Mavmaramis 14:45, 4 February 2020 (EST)

Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 19:03, 4 February 2020 (EST)

Sideman by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

The correct ISBN for this submission (you have it on hold) is 978-1-62225-7539. The correct series is John Simon. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 18:47, 5 February 2020 (EST)

Also, this is the correct image URL: ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 18:48, 5 February 2020 (EST)
Already done with the exact same info as you supplied.--Dirk P Broer 18:57, 5 February 2020 (EST)

A Circus of Hells

Hi, the cover artist of this is Ian Craig, see Horzel 14:15, 7 February 2020 (EST)

Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 14:19, 7 February 2020 (EST)

The Moon Hoax

Dirk, "The Moon Hoax" is a title coined in 1852, whose first publication is the one whose ISFDB publication record update I submitted hours ago Canceled/Rejected 4571016. Perhaps I should not have noted to Moderator "(note to self)". --Pwendt|talk 20:32, 7 February 2020 (EST)

Better do a title search on 'Moon Hoax' before making a remark like this....We do have interior art dated 1835 with that title. Perhaps your notes to moderator should be to the moderator, and not notes to yourself. You know your intentions, we have to guess them.--Dirk P Broer 20:34, 7 February 2020 (EST)
(edit conflict last hour) OK, I retract. 1852 "The Moon Hoax" may well be the presumption or inference of Rtrace or Chris J, or the same, or a misunderstanding, by one of their sources TitleUpdate submission. I may be able to investigate by online research as early as tomorrow (Saturday here). Today no more than inquire at those two User talk.
Let's suppose 1852 first publication of The Moon Hoax is genuine (and without subtitle) on the one hand, and spurious on the other hand. What does that imply for our 1859 record as "The Moon Hoax" (CHAPBOOK title) and "The Moon Hoax; or, A Discovery That the Moon Has a Vast Population of Human Beings" (publication title, known from title page image). I am inclined not to use the short CHAPBOOK title --a day or three from now-- if we have no publication under the short title. --Pwendt|talk 21:36, 7 February 2020 (EST)

Edit to tile of Relapse

Hi Dirk -

I've reverted your edit to my verified publication, the Spring 2013 issue of Relapse. First off, I would have preferred that you had discussed this with me before making the edit. I don't mind when minor corrections are made without notification, but changing the titling of of a publication is certainly not minor. The reason I've rolled it back is that you changed the title to a format that is not standard. Per the help page, the format of magazines should be Magazine Title, Date. There is an exception when the date can't be found, for French magazines, or ones like Interzone, to use the issue number and title in place of the date. Since we have the date here (Spring 2013) that exception wouldn't apply. Regardless, there in no stated standard that allows both the date and the issue number. I am aware that several records have crept into the project using both date and number, but these are incorrectly entered. There was a discussion in 2018 about this issue, but it resulted in no changes to the standard. In any case, that's why I've reverted the edit. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 12:39, 8 February 2020 (EST)

I tried to make the entries for Giles look more like each other, but we can make #19 Spring 2011 just like your Spring 2013 too of course.--Dirk P Broer 18:11, 8 February 2020 (EST)

The Best of If Volume 1

Cover artist of this is currently given as Brian Boylan, while the cover artist of Donovan's Brain is given as C. Achilleos. Achilleos must be correct, see his site. Award Books and Tandem Books shared quite a few covers. Brian Boyle (Studios) was Achilleos' agency or employer or something. Horzel 09:48, 10 February 2020 (EST)

Now there's a funny one...I hope they are still on good terms.--10:36, 10 February 2020 (EST)~

Golden Age Masterworks x3

Hi Dirk, thanks for adding the "Cover design Tomás Almeida." to the pub notes through the series. However, my last three submissions were to remove your added line from just those three, as the cover design credit was already in the pub notes. If left to stand as is, he is credited twice. Thanks, Kev

I just discovered and rectified it, but thanks anyway!--Dirk P Broer 08:21, 11 February 2020 (EST)

Patreon links

A quick question re: this rejected submission, which would have added a Patreon link to an author record. According to Advanced Search, we currently have 37 author records with Patreon links. Do you happen to recall if we have had a discussion of this topic? Ahasuerus 12:01, 24 February 2020 (EST)

Hmmm, that's an interesting one. As Patreon is soliciting payments, I'd stay far away from it, lest we'd be accused of luring people to pay sites to rid them of their money :) MagicUnk 13:24, 24 February 2020 (EST)
Patreon is a platform which lets authors set up Web pages and facilitates accepting donations. Some Web fiction authors that I am familiar with have Patreon pages but no author-specific sites, so their Patreon pages are effectively their primary presence on the Web. It's similar to the way some authors who mostly sell on Amazon have Amazon pages instead of traditional author sites and we have 995 author records with Amazon URLs. We also have 196 Smashwords pages, which also "rid people of their money" :-) Ahasuerus 14:14, 24 February 2020 (EST)
LOL. I should have know that it is never that clear cut :) It might be more of a gut-fill than anything else, but I think the difference is in the 'donate' vs. 'buy'... MagicUnk 14:27, 24 February 2020 (EST)
Well, it's a different business model. For example, consider John C. McCrae aka "Wildbow". He creates speculative Web serials, which are posted on the Web. The reason he can make them available for free is that he has a Patreon account, which nets him $5,851 per month. Or consider the award-winning author Seanan McGuire, whose SF novels are published by traditional publishers. She makes her SF stories available via her Patreon, making $11,056 per story. It's a very different way of making fiction available to the public, but it's proven its viability and we'll need to account for it in some fashion.
There are other issues to consider, e.g. we currently ignore most Web-published fiction even though one of Wildbow's serials, Worm, has spawned more than 7,000 works of fanfiction, but that's a whole different can of worms. Ahasuerus 15:12, 24 February 2020 (EST)
Said submission would add the Patreon-link as 8th author link. I agree with MagicUnk's argument "I'd stay far away from it, lest we'd be accused of luring people to pay sites to rid them of their money".--Dirk P Broer 16:01, 24 February 2020 (EST)
One of the existing links already has the Patreon link, another leads to the page where that link is. I wouldn't have batted an eye if it would have been the sole link, but in this case I draw the line.--Dirk P Broer 19:39, 24 February 2020 (EST)
It looks like there are a couple of different (but related) issues here. The first one is whether Patreon links should be eligible given that Patreon facilitates donations to authors. The second one is whether the total number of author-specific links to third party sites should affect our decision to include or exclude additional links. I guess I'll wait for the current crop of Rules and Standards discussions to wrap up and then start a discussion of these issues. Ahasuerus 13:11, 25 February 2020 (EST)
It would be fine to have a guiding line. Some editors throw in everything, but [and sometimes including] the kitchen sink, when it comes to author links.--Dirk P Broer 14:53, 25 February 2020 (EST)

The Rest of the Robots - Asimov

Hi Dirk, regarding your PV here, I've recently added the 8th and 9th printings.

Your copyright page omits the 1970 (4th), 1974 (7th), 1975 (8th) and 1976 (9th). From the wording in your pub notes I think you're already aware of probably two of the omissions, but would it be alright with you if I change the printing to 11th and add an explanatory note as I've done, for example, 7th printing here and import the additional Introduction contents? Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 07:46, 26 February 2020 (EST)

Alright by me, if we have a clear path up to and including the 11th printing.--Dirk P Broer 07:48, 26 February 2020 (EST)
Thanks, and yes, I've checked all the printings and I've got them clear to the 1981 12th printing which is currently tagged incorrectly as the 8th printing. I'm working to get them all straight. Kev. BanjoKev 07:52, 26 February 2020 (EST)

Jules Verne (in error)

You approved my submission for Package Holiday. I just noticed that the author has been changed from Jules Verne to Jules Verne (in error). Do you know anything about this? ../Doug H 10:22, 26 February 2020 (EST)

Yes, it is the only way to prevent massive maintenance reports because this title gets varianted against the original author, Michel Verne, who actually wrote it. We can't make Jules Verne a pseudonym of Michel Verne -that would create a real mess-, so we have to give the author another name than Jules Verne. Another option is Jules Verne (I).--Dirk P Broer 11:22, 26 February 2020 (EST)
I'm not sure I understand how this is different than the books where Michel made uncredited changes that get ascribed to Jules Verne and varianted to titles with both of them, or ghost written volumes such as Alan Dean Foster for George Lucas on Star Wars. This approach seems to hide titles that have long been attributed to Jules, and indeed, if not for some fortuitous circumstances, would still be credited to him. It shouldn't take a Verne scholar to find these books. Are the maintenance reports reacting to the complete name change, where these other examples have a name in common? ../Doug H 12:24, 26 February 2020 (EST)
In both these case the canonical title (against which the variants are made ) is the one with two authors: either Jules and Michel Verne or Alan Dean Foster and George Lucas. Here the canonical is only by Michel Verne, and the Variant by Jules.--Dirk P Broer 21:20, 26 February 2020 (EST)
It was already causing maintenance reports, as Jules Verne is not a pseudonym for Michel Verne, but Jules Verne titles were varianted to Michel Verne titles. Normally we solve that by making the one author a variant of the other, but that would in this case mean that all Jules Verne titles would have to be varianted against Michel Verne, an absurdity. Believe me, either 'Jules Vene (in error)' or 'Jules Verne (Michel Verne Pseudonym' or Jules Verne (I) is the only solution for this. I choose 'Jules Vene (in error)' as it offers a partial explanation of what is going on.--Dirk P Broer 19:34, 26 February 2020 (EST)
I found another solution: set all the warnings we get when using Jules Vernes for Michel Verne's work to 'ignore'. I think you'd prefer that.--Dirk P Broer 21:15, 26 February 2020 (EST)
I'm looking at Kenneth Robeson, which seems to be an alias used by multiple authors. I'm guessing that to make that work for Jules Verne, we'd need to use 'Jules Verne' as an alternate for both 'Michel Verne' and a '(real) Jules Verne) and variant every title to one or the other. And it looks like the alias name doesn't get an author summary page. So, yeah, if it's as easy as using ignore, that's preferred. Just curious - do you annotate 'ignore' settings? And when is a good time for me to reset the TITLE records (with a link to this conversation in the moderator notes)? ../Doug H 22:34, 26 February 2020 (EST)
You're not getting it. Kenneth Robeson IS an alias. Both Jules Verne and Michel Verne aren't, that's the whole point.--Dirk P Broer 07:35, 27 February 2020 (EST)
Sorry, but the last section was the process of my getting 'it' - the distinction between author and alias - as it isn't really explained anywhere I've run across. Anywho - back to my question - When should I reset the TITLE records? Do you need to do anything first or is it something that gets dealt with after I've committed the deed? ../Doug H 08:26, 27 February 2020 (EST)
I've already done it.--Dirk P Broer 09:35, 27 February 2020 (EST)

Title of Farmer essay

Hi Dirk, I noticed you make the title "Hayy ibn Yaqzam" by Abu ibn Tufayl: An Arabic Mowgli a variant of this Hayy ibn Yaqzam by Abu ibn Tufayl: An Arabic Mowgli. Although i have two questions: 1 - The title is with quotation marks only in the index of the web page, the preview on the bottom, the actual page of the magazine where the essay begins, doesn't have any quotation marks,(see here), but, although is in Italic. So my question is: Is a standard rule here to put italic text between quotation marks? 2- If it is, and that make the title different, shouldn't be the title with quotation marks the original title and not a variant? Since it is the first publication of the essay? Thanks, Best regards--Wolland 11:09, 27 February 2020 (EST)

You may have a subscription to JSTOR, I come no further than the web page, so I made it a variant. We variant to the most common version, not to the first version per se. Funny thing is that I can set a line in Italics by putting quotes around it look how this shows up -but no single user will look for titles that way. I'll un-variant the original story.--Dirk P Broer 16:41, 27 February 2020 (EST)

Changing a PV book

Hello Dirk! I'm confused why you changed my primary verfied book Das Weltraum-Abenteuer from chapbook into novel without asking me first. I've estimated the words of the book and they are approximal 35.000 words. Rudolf Rudam 07:57, 28 February 2020 (EST)

It is a variant title to a novel, and so creates a maintenance report. 148 pages is long enough for a novel. It is either this, or making the canonical a novella too.--Dirk P Broer 08:33, 28 February 2020 (EST)
I guess I forgot to change the canonical title. I have corrected that. Though I would have appreciated to be asked first. BTW it has 143 pages. Rudam 09:11, 28 February 2020 (EST)


Hi there, I was wondering about a recent change to a PV ebook ( While this author has self-published several of his own works, he doesn't credit himself (or anyone for that matter) for the Cover Art. For the ebook in question, there's no mention whatsoever about who created the Cover Art, thus I initially indicated so in the Publication Note before marking it PV. So, why was the change request accepted without the editor giving a reason? Anyway, actually I don't doubt the author might be the actual artist, and he even explains where the design comes from in a tweet replying to a user: I guess a note indicating this might suffice. In this situations, would you suggest removing the Cover Artist and putting back the Pub Note along with a link to the tweet to clarify this on the entry? (not sure if adding external tweet links is acceptable on isfdb). Let me know and I can help submitting the change. Arctorbob 07:36, 10 March 2020 (EDT)

User Yeahfine claims he has the ebook and that the artist credit can be found in it. He won't primary verify for some reason though. I you have the ebook and are to primary verify, feel free to change the note. Yeahfine can't claim any rights by not verifying.--Dirk P Broer 07:54, 10 March 2020 (EDT)
Thanks. I've added a note to the publication to explain more clearly ( as well as removing the cover art title ( Arctorbob 19:15, 10 March 2020 (EDT)

Change of Pub Type to OMNIBUS

Hi Dirk, I have just come across your two updates for Peter Terrid Gedächtnisband and Voltz Gedächtnisband 599042 and was a bit surprised to see the changes. The way that I understand an omnibus is that at least one of the major contents was previously published independently. Virtually none of the pieces in the two pubs were so, practically all of them are from magazines, fanzines, or even previously unpublished. Please help me understand the rationale. Cheers, John. JLochhas 16:31, 11 March 2020 (EDT)

Both titles appeared on a new maintenance report as having the wrong content. They both were NONFICTION, and NONFICTION titles should have ESSAYs as content. Clearly, this is not the only type for these titles, there's fiction too, only by Terrid in one case, by various authors (only Voltz and Gries though) in Voltz case. They even contain a complete novel, both, so COLLECTION or ANTHOLOGY are both out of the question. I am afraid only OMNIBUS rests as possibility, or you must have another solution.--Dirk P Broer 20:48, 11 March 2020 (EDT)
I don't have a better approach - technically, the Terrid book is a fan publication but FANZINE doen't really make sense. So OMNIBUS it is. We'll be seeing a whole bunch of slightly weird to look at omnibuses... JLochhas 17:03, 12 March 2020 (EDT)
We had some slightly weird to look at NONFICTION before...--Dirk P Broer 20:15, 12 March 2020 (EDT)

General advice

Hello there, I am new to new to editing the ISFDB. With regards to tags, on some titles the option to add or delete tags are not available. For example, the short story "The Snail Watcher" by Patricia Highsmith is wrongly labelled as fantasy (it is in fact horror), and I don't know how to change it. Some general advice and help on this would be helpful, thanks. --RedWizard98 14:15, 16 March 2020 (EDT)

Tags are on (top)title level, not on publication level (one title can have lots of publications/variants). Tags are a kind of personal information, you can add your own tags too, and choose to have them public or to remain personal. Tags are not removable, one person's tags needn't be the same as the tags for others. The definitions of both 'Fantasy' and 'Horror' are not absolute, just as the definition of 'Science Fiction' isn't. I hope this answers at least part of your questions.--Dirk P Broer 17:30, 16 March 2020 (EDT)

Approved submission

In this approved submission, it looks like you added the OCLC number, as I have no record in my research for it and there are no subsequent edits. I followed the link and found it was for the Seaside Library Pocket Edition, not the magazine edition published 10 years earlier. Can you explain? ../Doug H 12:03, 17 March 2020 (EDT)

It looks like I approved the submission. You have to ask the submitter for the reason why he did not submit OCLC 1129395431 instead, not me. You can hold me accountable for letting it slip through though.--Dirk P Broer 12:05, 17 March 2020 (EDT)
I was the submitter. I was wondering if you would have added the OCLC? ../Doug H 13:27, 17 March 2020 (EDT)
Doug, as of a few days ago, all edits will show up on the pub edit page: here. Annie 13:35, 17 March 2020 (EDT)
Moderators edits show up as regular edit - we cannot change anything during approval. If we want to add something, we do a regular edit after that. So if someone else had added it, there would have been an EditPub. Annie 13:37, 17 March 2020 (EDT)
Then it's my mistake and I apologize for any inconvenience. It appears I missed that OCLC is not mentioned in the raw XML - it's external ID 12. Thank your for your patience. Yet again. ../Doug H 13:51, 17 March 2020 (EDT)
No problem.--Dirk P Broer 16:35, 17 March 2020 (EDT)

Author's name

Marion Stamatu-Witting is Marion Stamatu-Wilting, see here and here --Zapp 08:57, 18 March 2020 (EDT)

Thanks, corrected.--Dirk P Broer 09:13, 18 March 2020 (EDT)

Title merges on collections today?


I just logged back into ISFDB to see if the two new collections I submitted earlier today had been accepted, and to do the TitleMerges necessary on the stories that were previously published and already in ISFDB - but I see that you've already done them! That's great, and much appreciated, but can I just check - as someone who's really only looked at comparatively simple publications like novels in the past, am I submitting these collections correctly, and not inadvertently creating extra work for mods? Submitting a new collection, and then doing TitleMerges afterwards to clean up the dupes, felt a bit wrong when I'd previously tried - and ultimately retreated from - adding a collection, but it seemed like that was the only way?

Thanks ErsatzCulture 18:47, 21 March 2020 (EDT)

The alternative is to first submit an empty collection, then lookup the title records for the stories that are in that collection (with the exact same author name and exact same title -try it with e.g. Edgar Allan Poe to really freak out) and add these title record numbers to the publication record. The usual method creates a little bit of extra work for the mods, but can be quite rewarding, database-wise.--Dirk P Broer 21:53, 21 March 2020 (EDT)
Thanks - I presume by "usual method", you mean the way that I submitted those collections yesterday, with the stories in the initial submission, right? (I'm querying this because I only submitted a collection for the first time today, so I'm not sure if that's the "usual" way or not...) ErsatzCulture 04:57, 22 March 2020 (EDT)
Yes, that's the usual and fastest way to enter a collection.--Dirk P Broer 04:59, 22 March 2020 (EDT)

my PKD submissions

Hi Dirk, could you tell me what you've changed and why in these two pubs 301383 and 567038? Your edits give no hint. Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 13:50, 22 March 2020 (EDT)

The first had a mentioning in this maintenance report, so I changed the LCCN link Note to Moderator: Template:LCCN, which is for the 1992 1st printing, the second had an ISBN-13 where an ISBN-10 was needed, so featured in this maintenance report Note to Moderator: ISBN-13 to ISBN-10 (2001 publication date). So you see where to look for in the future.--Dirk P Broer 20:02, 22 March 2020 (EDT)

Copyright registration versus publication date

Hi Dirk, you accepted a number of edits by new user SPGraham1957, changing the publication date of a set of Heinlein novels, with a note saying 'Publication date from Catalog of Copyright Entries (Third Series)'. One of these shows up on the Title Dates after Publication Dates cleanup report. Please remember we do not register the copyright registration date, but the publication date. These edits should not have been accepted, and should be reversed. --Willem 05:01, 24 March 2020 (EDT)

I've notified user SPGraham1957 and reverted this case, as it was easy. How do I revert the other ones. I am under the impression that the others merely added an exact day to the date as we already had, but I'm not 100% sure.--Dirk P Broer 07:14, 24 March 2020 (EDT)
Googling on the internet gave this "if the book is a first edition, the copyright date will be the same as the date published." in the defense of SPGraham1957, who only edits first (Heinlein) editions.--Dirk P Broer 11:09, 24 March 2020 (EDT)
Not true! In most cases the year will be the same, but even that is uncertain. We do not ever use the copyright registration date, just like we don't use the printing date. I'll see what I can do about the wrong dates, and else ask Ahasuerus if the overwritten dates can be extracted from one of the backups. --Willem 15:12, 24 March 2020 (EDT)
If we, as you say, don't use the printing date, I would like you to look into your verified copy of The Menace from Earth that says on its copyright page "First Printing, April, 1962", a date exactly as the publication date 1962-04-00 in isfdb. Perhaps the soup isn't always eaten as hot as it is served?--Dirk P Broer 18:47, 24 March 2020 (EDT)
I sure hope this is a joke, or do you really not know the difference between a publisher's statement about when a printing was published and the printer's date stamp as seen in gutter codes? --Willem 05:33, 25 March 2020 (EDT)
There is no mentioning of gutter code in the notes for The Menace from Earth, there is the "First Printing, April, 1962" on the copyright page. It nowhere says 'Publication Date'.--Dirk P Broer 07:28, 25 March 2020 (EDT)
So you really have no idea. Worrying. Read this about gutter codes, it also explains the difference between the date a book was manufactured (printing date) and the date it was made available to the public (publication date). If you want to challenge that the term "First Printing, April, 1962" means the book was published in April 1962, go ahead on one of the community pages and see what happens. Don't bother me with such nonsense. --Willem 15:56, 25 March 2020 (EDT)
From the wiki you cite: "Please note that "gutter code" is an informal name used by book collectors. Doubleday and the Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) have never formally acknowledged their existence." You are holding unto an interpretation of a value that might be denied by reality. Likewise with "First Printing, April, 1962" it is an interpretation that they mean "publication date", and that Signet books themselves might deny that. I'll write them too.--Dirk P Broer 16:54, 25 March 2020 (EDT)
The date as given by SPGraham1957 is the publication date according to SPGraham1957's source, as you can read here on page vii. It looks like we have dated 'The Door Into Summer' by its first review.--Dirk P Broer 21:14, 24 March 2020 (EDT)
If you read a little further, it's 'Date of publication as given in the application', which registers the date a publication's copyright is registered.
If you want this to be accepted as a source for publication dates, I suggest you go to the rules and standards page, and seek consensus. --Willem 05:33, 25 March 2020 (EDT)
Another question then: Where is the evidence for June 1957 in the case of the 1st hardcover edition of The Door Into Summer? I can only find this review on page 120 to support the date can't be later than 1957-06-00. BTW: On the preceding page 119 it is stated at the bottom "The next Infinity goes on sale April 30!" -it is also on the inside front cover. There is no mentioning of gutter code with the record for The Door Into Summer either. Perhaps I'll contact Doubleday about their actual publication dates as compared to the date in the copyright catalogue.--Dirk P Broer 07:50, 25 March 2020 (EDT)
Why ask me? You can see the edit history of the publication these days, so you can easily find that the initial pub entry was by user Grendelkhan on 2006-05-17, and that 'Doubleday catalog #57-5529' was given as the source. I have no idea why this note was removed in a subsequent edit, and have no reason to doubt the June 1957 publication date. --Willem 15:56, 25 March 2020 (EDT)

Hello, I wanted to post a comment, because it was me that started all this trouble. As mentioned above the dates in the early copyright catalogs are described as 'Date of publication as given in the application'. I take this to mean that the date is the intended publication date as entered by the publisher on the copyright application form. If Willem is correct, it is also the copyright registration date, but that does not mean it is not the date of publication. I'm a little bemused as to why a date described as 'date of publication' cannot be regarded as the date of publication. At least things are a little clearer in the post 1978 copyright database (, here the date of publication and the registration date are separate and often quite different. Evidence that the dates in the catalog are publication dates can be found by comparing them with sources. Here are two examples:

Heinlein - Rocket Ship Galileo: Heinlein's biography by William Paterson contains the statement (Vol. 1, page 437): "Rocket Ship Galileo came out on October 13", which checks with the date of 13 Oct 47 in the Jan-Jun 1948 Catalog of Copyright Entries.

Asimov - Pebble in the Sky: Asimov's autobiography "In Memory Yet Green" contains the statement (page 580): "On January 19, when Pebble in the Sky was first published...", which checks with the date of 19 Jan 50 in the Jan-Jun 1950 Catalog of Copyright Entries.

Can you suggest how to get the copyright catalogs accepted as a source of publication dates? It seems perverse to not take account of this valuble source of information. Note, I've also posted something about this on the moderators board, so apologies for the duplication, I'm still finding my way around your site SPGraham1957 15:32, 31 March 2020 (EDT)

Thanks for your reaction, and you did the right thing to get this to the moderators board too.--Dirk P Broer 20:27, 31 March 2020 (EDT)

Judith Merril 9th Annual S-F

This book has the same cover art as this]. Credited on the later. --Mavmaramis 12:27, 9 April 2020 (EDT)

Machine's Last Testament - duplicate pubs?

Hi, I noticed there on the May Forthcoming Books page a title with 2 seemingly identical pubs (and where the pub IDs are consecutive, which might hint at an accidental repeat submission): Tocchan was the editor and you were the approver - is there some difference between these pubs that I haven't spotted, and if not, any reason why they shouldn't be merged?

(Also, how would I go about merging 2 pubs - is that something that only mods can do? I can see tools for publication comparison, but not anything that would allow me to do anything based on that.)

Thanks ErsatzCulture 03:31, 18 April 2020 (EDT)

The publications are already merged into one title. I'll delete one.--Dirk P Broer 16:52, 20 April 2020 (EDT)
Thanks! ErsatzCulture 03:27, 21 April 2020 (EDT)

Mindbridge - Haldeman

Hi Dirk, could you please let me know what the 'other prices' are on your printing? I'm preparing my copy of this title which has the same cover and price as yours but lacks the "(Reprinted 1979)". The Australia price on mine is $2.85 and New Zealand price is $2.60. I suspect this may be a missing 1977 2nd printing. Thanks, Kev. BanjoKev 08:15, 18 April 2020 (EDT)

The Australia price on mine is $2.95 and New Zealand price is $2.60 -The Eire price is 93½p.--Dirk P Broer 16:47, 20 April 2020 (EDT)
Thanks Dirk, that definitely places my copy between the known 1st printing (with the different cover) and yours. Kev. BanjoKev 07:08, 23 April 2020 (EDT)
I too got a copy of the book with the Australia Price of $2.85; the [[2]] states, that this is the third printing (more than doubeling the price: 1.95). While the original is from 1977, then your copy might be the second one. But either your printing is the second one, or the third printing is in reality the fourth printing and yours the third one (because Australia Price is lower on mine). The cover of my copy is the same than yours. I got a note in the book from the previous owner, that he bought the book on 29 March 1980. Don't know how to handle this. I was preparing a clone of the 1977 edition... --elsbernd (talk) 13:39, 23 February 2023 (EST)
Remark: The copy doesn't contain a reprint note. And the last Chapter 53 is printed on page 186
Klaus, I've replied on your talk page. Kev.

Jules Verne Translations

I have been documenting the various translations of Jules Verne's works and trying to identify a piece of text from each translation so editors can position their publications under the correct title record. You are on record as a primary verifier for one or more publications for which I am looking for text or which are placed under a generic translation title. I would be grateful if you could assist in this by checking your copies, as listed below, and providing the initial text for missing translations or an indication of the translation for those unspecified. These are listed on the Jules Verne Translations wiki. Thank you. ../Doug H 15:01, 18 April 2020 (EDT)

I don't quite understand your problem. Op bezoek in de toekomst is the sole Dutch translation of Hier et Demain. That same fact goes for all stories in this collection. All have been varianted against their original French title record, complete with translator. What is missing in the present situation?
Van de aarde naar de maan is the first full Dutch translation of De la terre à la lune, as was already present in the publication record. I have added it to the title record too now.--Dirk P Broer 16:37, 20 April 2020 (EDT)
Not so much a problem as a desire for completeness. The English reprints are notorious for not crediting translators, and there has been a recent upsurge in re-translating Jules Verne. I know there have been multiple Dutch translations of various Jules Verne books and didn't know how much of this dastardly English behaviour carried over to the more civilized Dutch. By including text for each translation, I was hoping to encourage editors to check their copies, so that if a new translation appears, it will not be lumped in with the existing publications. My understanding is that at some future time, support for translation will be incorporated into ISFDB and I'd hoped the wiki template would help by illustrating some of the complexities and required supporting data. By the time that happens, some of the primary verifiers of these publications may no longer be available. My apologies for not having read the notes on the Van de aarde naar de maan publication. With hundreds of title / translation / publication combinations to track down, I've been doing some things on autopilot. I hope this provides a bit more context for my request. ../Doug H 15:33, 28 April 2020 (EDT)
The Loeb editions are, to the best of my knowledge, all-new translations. I will dig them out and add to your wiki translations page.--Dirk P Broer 22:50, 4 May 2020 (EDT)

New Worlds SF, February 1966

Since I found in Your pv pub an essay by A. F. Hall, I wonder if the spelling of A. R. Hall is wrong. Maybe it's a fault of printing. A. F. Hall has no other publications. --Zapp 08:48, 8 May 2020 (EDT)

Sorry, A. F. Hall, both in TOC and on page 101. And mind you, there's some 50 years between A. F. Hall and A. R. Hall...--Dirk P Broer 13:09, 25 June 2020 (EDT)

Highway of Eternity

Cover art for this confirmed as Chris Moore by artist himself via email correspondance. Removed the note containing a dead link to a Tumblr site. --Mavmaramis 18:11, 8 May 2020 (EDT)

David R Bunch

Hi Dirk,

I'm looking for more information and insight into sci-fi writers similar to David R Bunch. Do you have any suggestions? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Keaton (talkcontribs) .

The above unsigned note was not put here by me. --Mavmaramis 02:08, 9 May 2020 (EDT)
Nope - a new member. I've added their name the usual way. Annie 02:25, 9 May 2020 (EDT)
R. A. Lafferty and Walt Whitman are both mentioned in his SFE3 lemma.--Dirk P Broer 13:15, 25 June 2020 (EDT)

Layzell duplicate art

this cover same as this. Note for the former references 70s sci-fi art tublr site which I suggest should be removed as it's credited in later. --Mavmaramis 18:54, 9 May 2020 (EDT)

If you click on the cover record in the first book, you will see that they are already connected - we variant art that is the same but with different title, language and/or artist name pseudonym). I will leave the site reference for Dirk to review. :) Annie 19:42, 9 May 2020 (EDT)
Yes i was aware that the image shows up on three publications when you do that. Melted brain due to heat and isolation. It caused a wee bit of confusion. The note for that and for this both link to the tublr site whereas it is actually credited to Layzell in this publication. --Mavmaramis 07:28, 10 May 2020 (EDT)
I find the inclusion of the art on his own facebook page more re-assuring.--Dirk P Broer 21:35, 13 May 2020 (EDT)

Found credit

Cover art for this is Robin Hiddon. It's this artwork only mirrored. --Mavmaramis 19:04, 9 May 2020 (EDT)

Thanks.--Dirk P Broer 13:23, 25 June 2020 (EDT)

Night of the Dragonstar

Cover artists for this identified as Alan Guitterez. Credit from the same art used on Altan no. 836 ebook from here --Mavmaramis 19:17, 9 May 2020 (EDT)

Thanks again.--Dirk P Broer 13:23, 25 June 2020 (EDT)

Uller Uprising

Hello, I noticed that there's an excerpt of Steven Barnes's Streetlethal in this edition of Uller Uprising that you've verified (pp 191-201). If you think it's advisable, you could add this as a new title in the publication, or I could do it if you prefer. All the best, Ldb001 21:56, 24 June 2020 (EDT)

Excerpt added--Dirk P Broer 13:05, 25 June 2020 (EDT)

Tubb - Dumarest

Hi Dirk. Could you check the following Dumarest saga book covers please for any evidence of a signiature - FJG. The cover art for all of these is by Fred Gambino (Wallcae & Harbottle claims Blas Gallego but that is patently wrong).

  • Prison of Night.
  • Incident on Ath.
  • Iduna's Universe.
  • The Terra Data.
  • Nectar of Heaven.
  • The Terridae.
  • The Coming Event.
  • Thanks --Mavmaramis 11:54, 3 July 2020 (EDT)
    Will do, look tomorrow.--Dirk P Broer 20:20, 4 July 2020 (EDT)
    I agree as to one common artist, but only found two signatures, Prison of Night and Iduna's Universe.--Dirk P Broer 03:51, 5 July 2020 (EDT)
    Thanks Dirk. No idea where Wallce & Harbottle got the idea they were by Blas Gallego from as they are totally different styles. Gambino is on Twitter but I don't really want to bug him regarding them as I don't actually own those books. He was kind enough to inscribe my copies of Ground Zero and Dark Shepherd Limited Edition. --Mavmaramis 06:47, 5 July 2020 (EDT)
    Hello Dirk. You may have noticed I've verified a few more of Tubb's Dumarest saga volumes published by Arrow in the 80s and confirmed with Fred the covers are by him. He told me via PM on Twitter that all the covers featuring a man in blue were all done by him. Just going to leave that tit-bit of info here rather than go edit entries for books I don't own. --Mavmaramis 14:35, 15 July 2021 (EDT)

    Thuvia Maid of Mars

    Cover art credit Bruce Pennington for Your pv pub from Pennington: A Portrait of a Master Fantasy Artist. --Zapp 15:02, 12 July 2020 (EDT)

    Suspiciously similar cover art

    Cover art of this totally looks like this --Mavmaramis 13:50, 16 July 2020 (EDT)

    I totally agree. I think Werner Sramek was only responsible for the cover design, not for the cover art.--Dirk P Broer 11:03, 17 July 2020 (EDT)
    I've amended the cover art credit to Chris Moore and editied the note re Werner Sramek. --Mavmaramis 14:34, 19 July 2020 (EDT)
    So the coverart note should also be updated. --Zapp 10:45, 21 July 2020 (EDT)
    No need for that, the main title is still 'Colony', it is just that there's a variant made to it. The other Chris Moore cover is also titled 'Colony' and the text adequately deals with that -just try to look for duplicate Chris Moore art.--Dirk P Broer 07:12, 22 July 2020 (EDT)

    Das Auge des Phönix

    Hello Dirk, the introduction by Dieter Hasselblatt P.198 (Warum Science Fiction schreiben ...) is also included in the Publication Marija und das Tier as Warum ich SF schreibe. Would you add the essay? Thanks Henna 06:10, 10 August 2020 (EDT)

    Done so.--Dirk P Broer 07:45, 12 August 2020 (EDT)
    Thanks Henna 16:51, 13 August 2020 (EDT)

    Pending submission from July 21

    Just pinging you to make sure you're aware of this submission that's be awaiting approval since July 21. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 17:39, 25 August 2020 (EDT)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 20:31, 6 September 2020 (EDT)

    New Writings in S-F 18

    (my apologies if this isn't the right way to do this:

    hi, dirk; i spotted that the cover prices given for the dennis dobson uk h/cvr edition of new writings in science fiction 18, ed. john carnell, are in fact the cover prices for the corgi books uk p/b edition: i submitted a correction removing these from the h/cvr's record, and have been informed i should seek your agreement to this, as you are the prime source/wotsit - sorry, term escapes me, as my bus home soon will.

    - love, ppint. Ppint.pinto 10:49, 2 September 2020 (EDT)

    See here: MagicUnk 13:40, 2 September 2020 (EDT)
    I think you have discovered a side-effect of record cloning. People tend to give less attention to an already filled field (look how often the default 'English' creeps into the entries). Most likely the real price was 21/-, but my 2nd hand copy came without cover.--Dirk P Broer 20:23, 6 September 2020 (EDT)
    I still have this submission from ppint on hold. So should we update to 21/-? Or remove the price and notes with additional prices alltogether (as ppint suggests in this edit)? Thanks! MagicUnk 06:23, 16 September 2020 (EDT)
    I'd go for an approval of the edit. We do not know for sure whether the real price was indeed 21/-. Someday someone might verify the rel price.--Dirk P Broer 09:39, 23 September 2020 (EDT)

    Walter Tevis 'Steps of the Sun'

    Hi. Re: your verified, my copy has printing code "Y45" on page 251 (early November 1983) and does not have "First Edition" on the copyright page, so it's probably a later printing. If you would please update your listing with the printing code on your review copy and whether it says "First Edition" on the copyright page, I'll then add a listing for my copy. Thanks! Markwood 11:10, 5 September 2020 (EDT)

    My copy has printing code "Y37" on page 251, and it says "First Edition" on the copyright page.--Dirk P Broer 20:28, 6 September 2020 (EDT)

    Asimov's The Rest of the Robots

    I've started a discussion on the Community Portal regarding some changes I'd like to make to the publications of Asimov's The Rest of the Robots. Since you verified a copy, please weigh in there and let me know your opinion on the proposed changes. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:30, 15 September 2020 (EDT)

    Long overdue edit, in retrospect.--Dirk P Broer 07:40, 20 September 2020 (EDT)

    Unfamiliar Territory, mine doesn't say 'second impression 1981' nor does it have the cover of the apparent first edition --Spacecow 07:02, 21 September 2020 (EDT)

    If you have the price than you can pinpoint it before, after or in between the two records you mentioned. Though those two don't differ in ISBN number, it would be nice to check that too.--Dirk P Broer 08:45, 23 September 2020 (EDT)
    WorldCat has one record for a 1981 Coronet edition, and three for a 1977 Coronet edition.--Dirk P Broer 09:42, 23 September 2020 (EDT)
    Thanks for the help. Mine is identical to yours, except that it doesn't say 'second impression 1981'. I will go ahead and add a publication then. --Spacecow 10:06, 23 September 2020 (EDT)
    You can save work cloning the existing record and editing what makes it different. Isn't the year 1981 mentioned at all on the copyright page?--Dirk P Broer 21:41, 23 September 2020 (EDT)
    cover: [3] titlepage: [4] copyrightpage: [5] --Spacecow 23:11, 23 September 2020 (EDT)
    Yours must be a first 1981 impression then, mine the second.--Dirk P Broer 22:08, 27 September 2020 (EDT)
    Why 1981, when there is no reference to it? Didn't you just write you found 1 for 1981 and 3 for 1977? --Spacecow 05:47, 28 September 2020 (EDT)
    Right, but yours doesn't mention 2nd or 3rd impression 1977 either. Best make it 0000-00-00 for date then and in the notes explain about the different versions of the Coronet edition, for which we now positively have identified at least three impressions. Your copy being at the same price as mine will at least suggest a later than 1977 publication.--Dirk P Broer 08:15, 28 September 2020 (EDT)

    The Ragged Man

    I replaced the amazon image for The Ragged Man with a local one so Amazon won't randomly change the danged image! Susan O'Fearna 16:48, 27 September 2020 (EDT)

    Annoying habit of Amazon to assign a single cover to an ISBN, no matter how many editions there are and how long the same ISBN is being used. And not only Amazon, see e.g. WorldCat, or the way GoodReads threats ISBN's.--Dirk P Broer 22:13, 27 September 2020 (EDT)
    That is because Amazon has 2 paths to each image in its system (or at least 2 anyway) - one based on ISBN and one based on the image itself. When someone uses the URL that uses the ISBN (aka the images/P/ISBN10.jpg paths ), it get tied to the ISBN and indeed is a problem when the image changes but the ISBN does not. If you are using the images/I/Unique_string.jpg URLs, they are different per edition and stay stable (or as stable as possible anyway - although I am yet to see one shifting - they can assign a different image to the book (and thus having a new ID) but the image itself is not changed). Which is why the help page is discussing the /I/ ones and these are the ones we want here. :) Annie 22:25, 27 September 2020 (EDT)

    The Cloud Walker

    I contacted Pauline Jones some time ago (July) by email to ask about this possible cover attribution. I have received a reply from her to inform me the cover is not by her. Amended the note to reflect this. --Mavmaramis 12:36, 14 October 2020 (EDT)

    Wyndham's Sleepers of Mars

    I'm going to change the author credit to your verified publication Sleepers of Mars from "John Wyndham" to "John Beynon Harris". this help section, indicates that these "writing as" credits should be entered as the original name. I suspect that this publication was entered before that policy was implemented. I've got another printing with the same issue that I'm trying to correct and it seems better to update all the publication records. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 08:34, 18 October 2020 (EDT)

    Beyond the Beyond

    Hello Dirk. Re this book. Someone on a Facebook group suggested the cover could be Trevor Webb so I decided to email him (with an attached image). Turns out it is by him as he wrote back in an email the following: "this is one of my very early book cover artworks.....produced for my own illustration portfolio. By chance it was then sold as a second rights sale by the artist agency I was with at the time called "Sarah Brown Agency" based in London." - I'll amend the record accordingly. --Mavmaramis 09:41, 28 October 2020 (EDT)

    Duplicate covert art

    Hi Dirk Cover art for this is Peter Jones, same art as this cover. --Mavmaramis 16:51, 30 October 2020 (EDT)

    Little Fuzzy

    Cover artist of this is Wayne Anderson, see which has sold the original art. Horzel 19:17, 31 October 2020 (EDT)

    Same for Unquenchable Fire, see here. Horzel 19:39, 31 October 2020 (EDT)

    Foundation / I, Robot

    Robot on the cover of this is the same robot as on the cover of this thus by Chris Moore. I've left an identical mesage on PV2's talk page. --Mavmaramis 06:08, 7 November 2020 (EST)

    Lev A. C. Rosen

    The author Lev A. C. Rosen has contacted SFE3 to let them know that the date of birth that they use (1981-04-13) is incorrect. It would appear that they got it from Bio:Lev A. C. Rosen, which you researched back in 2012. According to Rosen, one of his old biographies included a joke about the day of the week he was born on, which may be the source of the confusion. He has also asked that the year of his birth be removed from the SFE3 article. Ahasuerus 09:59, 13 November 2020 (EST)

    'a monday April 13' must be the joke then, as I found out that that only occurred in 1959, 1970, 1981, 1987, 1998 since I was born till the day I searched.--Dirk P Broer 18:43, 13 November 2020 (EST)
    There is also a pending edit (on hold by MagicUnk) to remove the date from our DB. Annie 13:20, 13 November 2020 (EST)
    We should be able to make the birthday invisible when required by the author/artist -but leave it in the database, to be able to use it in our age statistics.--Dirk P Broer 18:43, 13 November 2020 (EST)
    If it's a derivable date from publicly available data (even if it may turn out wrong), it should not be removed or made invisible upon request by the author imo - after all, everyone can do the same research and deductions as you did. SFE3 now has it as 13 April circa 1980 [author is on record as having published a story in 2003 at age 22]. Having said all that, and as long as the author does not provide an explanation as to why the date is clearly wrong I am inclined to reject the edit (and perhaps adding the info such as from Bio:Lev A. C. Rosen, including a statement that the date may be wrong, into the notes) - he could provide a reason (in private by sending an email through the 'E-mail this user' in the toolbox at the left hand side if he wishes to do so). Just my 2 cents. MagicUnk 15:57, 23 November 2020 (EST)
    ISFDB:Policy makes a distinction between bibliographic data and biographical data. For bibliographic data the rule is simple: "the ISFDB doesn't delete publications/titles that are known to have been published". On the other hand, for biographical data the current rule -- which was formalized on 2017-03-15 -- says:
    • If a living author (or their authorized representative) requests that the ISFDB remove the author's detailed biographical information, the ISFDB will comply after confirming the requester's identity. The ISFDB will remove as much biographical data as needed in order to accommodate legitimate privacy concerns while preserving, to the extent possible, the work of the editors who have compiled the data. A note will be added to the author's record explaining what type of information has been removed and why.
    In this case we have an additional complication: the publicly available data was a joke and therefore misleading. I have removed the date of birth and added a note explaining why the ISFDB used to have a value in the field, where it came from and why it has been removed. Ahasuerus 10:49, 30 November 2020 (EST)

    Isle of the Dead

    Replaced Amazon cover of this with one from my own copy. Edit. Cover art confirmed as Fred Gambino by artist via Twitter. States he posed for the caveman in the foreground. --Mavmaramis 16:39, 13 November 2020 (EST)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 05:09, 15 November 2020 (EST)

    Doors of his Face

    Cover art of this confirmed as Fred Gambino via Twitter. He posed for the figure on the left. --Mavmaramis 03:44, 14 November 2020 (EST)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 05:10, 15 November 2020 (EST)

    Another duplicate cover

    This cover is a mirror image of this cover. --Mavmaramis 08:39, 14 November 2020 (EST)

    Thanks for finding these - though you are allowed to establish a variant on your own. I'll do this in this case, but why do you hesitate? Don't be shy :-). Stonecreek 13:55, 14 November 2020 (EST)

    Not shy Stonecreek just easier for someone who knows how to do it than me making a pigs ear of it. --Mavmaramis 02:36, 15 November 2020 (EST)
    I really trust you to manage more than you're doing now: in this case it's straightforward to use 'Make This Title a Variant' by inserting the parent title's ID (here: 515782) into the field 'Parent #'. See also the corresponding help screen. Stonecreek 03:52, 15 November 2020 (EST)

    Kiff Strike Back

    Made some edits on the notes of this from my copy. --Mavmaramis 07:39, 28 November 2020 (EST)

    House of Suns

    Hi Dirk. This publication that you've verified states 'third printing', with a pub date of 2009-03-00, but there's no statement in the notes where that date came from. Incidentally, the first printing for this ISBN isn't in the DB (yet), so probably a mixup with the 1st printing. Could you double check if this date is on or in your copy? If not, I guess the date must be updated to 0000-00-00... (and a 1st printing added) Thanks! MagicUnk 15:47, 16 December 2020 (EST)

    I verified the number line to be 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3. I bought the book August 2009 at Forbidden Planet in London, so any updating will not get further than 2009-00-00.--Dirk P Broer 06:06, 17 December 2020 (EST)
    Cloned my printing into a 1st and changed the date of the 3rd printing to 2009-00-00.--Dirk P Broer 11:10, 17 December 2020 (EST)
    Thanks! One more thing. As BL & OCLC refer to first printing (at least I assume so), shouldn't BL & OCLC be removed from the 3rd printing record? MagicUnk 11:26, 17 December 2020 (EST)
    They do belong to the 1st edition of 978-0-575-08237-3, that's for sure. Whether they only belong to the 1st printing is open for debate. How is OCLC or BL to distinguish between 2009 printings? All parameters match (title, publisher, publication place, publication year, pages, size, etc.) --Dirk P Broer 11:30, 17 December 2020 (EST)
    OK, not a big deal - I'm not sure myself whether or not to only add external IDs to the 1st printing, so fine by me :) MagicUnk 14:09, 17 December 2020 (EST)

    My Eagleheart rejection

    Hi! You rejected my review of Eagleheart because you stated that it was a review of the series Eagleheart. It was not, the title Silver Wings and Leather Jackets was never used in the review, as can be seen in this scan of the review. Again, I own this book, being a trash brat from way back, and the book is a mess of typos, but I can change the title of the review, or add a note to the review stating the title Silver Wings and Leather Jackets is never used in the review. Either way, the review is for the first book only. I don’t mean to kick up a fuss, but I won’t add false facts to this site if I can help it. MLB 15:57, 16 December 2020 (EST)

    P.S.: I seem to remember a long time ago that C. T. Westcott is a pseudonym, and the author was saying that he was from Westcott, CT. Can't swear to it, but a fun fact to clutter up your mind. MLB 16:02, 16 December 2020 (EST)
    Submit it again, but first append the notes to explain the discrepancy in titles then. And thanks for cluttering up my mind!--Dirk P Broer 05:33, 17 December 2020 (EST)

    Dangerous Vision 2

    Cover of this is Joe Petagno. It is signed vertially on the extreme left very close to the spine near the bottom on my copy but may be cropped. --Mavmaramis 07:58, 22 December 2020 (EST)

    Thanks, I long suspected it to be Petagno's.--Dirk P Broer 06:29, 24 December 2020 (EST)


    Hi Dirk,

    Can you look at the moderator note here. Can you check the price of your book? If it is indeed .60, we apparently have two versions. If not, is there a typo? Thanks! Annie 18:25, 17 January 2021 (EST)

    Must have been a typo.-Dirk P Broer 10:14, 18 January 2021 (EST)
    Thanks! Annie 16:49, 18 January 2021 (EST)

    Campfire Story

    Nice find for this book's cover, which even I couldn't find anywhere. God bless.--Username 19:53, 18 January 2021 (EST)


    Hi Dirk,

    A few updates on something you moderated: (this one):

    • The price format is incorrect (space after $ and comma instead of dot) and it is not the list price (see
    • "20.4 x 13.6 cm" book is definitely not pb. :)
    • If there is an ASIN or ISBN, we really do not need to have the Amazon BR link in Web pages.
    • No source notes and no verification :)
    • The only source has 200 as number of pages, not 171. The 171 belong to the ebook (and these can be wildly different depending on how they are calculated). We need either a second source or we record what is in the source. From what I saw in the editor's other submissions, they are mixing up data from the ebooks and the paperbacks together (I suspect this is what happened here as well a bit).

    It is a new editor, let's try to help them not make these mistakes - that's what the moderators are for, right? And these (the format and the price format, especially are always a problem for new non-US/UK/AU editors. :) Annie 22:00, 22 January 2021 (EST)

    I was trying to do too much in too little time...--~~
    I understand completely :) But with new editors it backfires when we are not careful (unteaching bad practices is harder...) so I am just giving you a heads up :) Hope you are doing well :) Annie 22:05, 22 January 2021 (EST)

    The Seep

    Please see this cleanup report. You edited these chapbooks/novels yesterday, and now we have four chapbooks containing a novel. --Willem 05:42, 25 January 2021 (EST)

    I already ment to continue with this one today. It was originally six chapbooks, four of which that had 'novel' printed on their cover.--Dirk P Broer 05:49, 25 January 2021 (EST)
    That makes me wonder why you think the version in the 2021 publications is different from the 2020 publications. All I see is an added story that makes the 2021 editions collections. Should we ask Annie why she turned the 2020 versions into chapbooks? --Willem 07:27, 25 January 2021 (EST)
    You guys have seen this on Annie's talk page, right?
    TL; DR is that the UK pubs include an extra story not in the US ones. Kobo reports the UK pubs as 46k words, but I believe the US pubs lacking that story come out around 36k words (IIRC, but whatever it was, it well under the 40k word novella limit). ErsatzCulture 07:45, 25 January 2021 (EST)
    EDIT: The Kobo US page reports 32k words for the US edition ErsatzCulture 07:53, 25 January 2021 (EST)
    I hadn't seen that, but it confirms my belief that you should not mess with other people's edits without asking. --Willem 09:04, 25 January 2021 (EST)
    Annie converted them to chapbooks because the story is too short to be a called a novel regardless of what the cover wants to call it... The audible length is a very good indication - a novel needs ~4 hours... anything so close to 3 is most likely a chapbook and Kobo confirms the 32K words or so - which are consistent with ~3 hours in Audible despite its 216 pages. So - a chapbook. :) Kobo lengths do not come out 2 months before publication (when the paper and ebook were added) so the 216 made me do it initially as a novel. When the Audible came in from a batch a few months later and Kobo concurred at this point, I converted. Happens with pre-publication stuff. I even added a note to the story itself at some point it seems. Annie 18:44, 27 January 2021 (EST)

    Case and the Dreamer

    Hi, Simona D'Achille has checked the archives and confirmed by email that her father Gino D'Achille painted the cover art of this. Horzel 15:29, 26 January 2021 (EST)

    Same for Robert Sheckley - Options. Horzel 15:29, 26 January 2021 (EST)
    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 10:32, 27 January 2021 (EST)
    Both publications now have two covers ?? Horzel 09:26, 30 January 2021 (EST)
    seems like you mentioned it here, and made a change request. The other moderator didn't catch my -earlier- change, it seems. It is corrected now.--Dirk P Broer 19:16, 30 January 2021 (EST)
    And they have two covers again, after I tried to clean up.--Dirk P Broer 06:10, 31 January 2021 (EST)
    It should be fixed now.--Dirk P Broer 06:14, 31 January 2021 (EST)


    How I undo a rejection of a entry that I clicked wrong? --Paulotecario 17:04, 27 January 2021 (EST)

    You have to supply me with more detail, I'm afraid.--Dirk P Broer 20:17, 27 January 2021 (EST)
    From the wording, I think they were looking for this and we’re trying to catch the attention of whichever moderator was working. :) Annie 22:58, 27 January 2021 (EST)


    Hi Dirk, I've added an interesting little note to your verified edition of Gregory Benford's Timescape. PeteYoung 23:20, 30 January 2021 (EST)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 06:27, 4 February 2021 (EST)

    Time Out of Mind

    Hello Dirk,

    I want to change the publisher for this one to "Quartet Books" for the following reason:

    • The ISBN belongs to Quartet Books.
    • Due to a new distribution model around that time (see Quartet Books), books carried Orbit on their covers but ISBNs and internal pages including the title page said Quartet Books.
    • We go by title page for these things and the note says that the inside of the book is crediting Quartet Books so it sounds like one of those confusing ones from the transition period.
    • Even OCLC credits Quartet :)

    Any objections? Thanks! Annie 22:57, 3 February 2021 (EST)

    Quartet / Orbit, like here?--Dirk P Broer 06:25, 4 February 2021 (EST)
    We can do that as well but they are not really an imprint as the name implies - and the rest of the similarly afflicted books are in Quartet Books. If you prefer it there though, that’s file - I will add some more notes and link the two publishers as well. Annie 08:55, 4 February 2021 (EST)
    We can't have the slash have two different meanings, IMHO. I'd rather have them all under one designation, so "Quartet Books" is fine by me. BTW: I own Dare too.--Dirk P Broer 09:02, 4 February 2021 (EST)
    Agree. We can do "Quartet Books & Orbit" I guess but I would rather leave them in just "Quartet Books". So should we move both? :) Annie 09:08, 4 February 2021 (EST)
    And what about the sole Quartet / Futura? The ISBN belongs to Quartet Books too.--Dirk P Broer 09:10, 4 February 2021 (EST)
    It is the same year and the same description so sounds like the same kind of mess -- cover from one publisher, the book being from another. Still not an imprint situation though so we either need to go for "Quartet & Futura" or move over to Quartet Books. Annie 09:44, 4 February 2021 (EST)

    Where Do We Go from Here?

    Re this and this publication. I'm going to amend the note to read "Cover art uncredited, no visible signaiture. Possibly Joe Petagno by style." Can't prove it of course but the style is markedly similar to the ones from the 1974 Sphere editions of Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions 1; 2 and 3. --Mavmaramis 13:10, 8 February 2021 (EST)

    I agree.--Dirk P Broer 07:05, 9 February 2021 (EST)

    Slate Editor - year titles

    Thanks for taking care of the "Slate - 2014" and "Slate - 2017" Editor/Titles. With that, I think Slate is done for now. Great to have this added to ISFDB. Dave888 11:09, 10 February 2021 (EST)

    Importing content into publication record The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5

    What does "forced" mean? What is wrong with importing the table of contents into two editions after it's gone into one? Can you explain what's going on? Sfmvnterry 16:13, 19 February 2021 (EST)

    "Forced" means the only option a moderator has is to click "forced" to close the proposal, because it no longer applies. This can be due to a retraction or another approved change that affected the record.--Dirk P Broer 19:18, 19 February 2021 (EST)

    The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Four

    I own a copy of this book. I can confirm the title page uses the digit, just like the other four. Would you like to see a picture? Sfmvnterry 16:37, 19 February 2021 (EST)

    I unrejected the submission. Please verify your edition, and change the publication record -which still will have 'four', as your submission only changes the title record.--Dirk P Broer 19:27, 19 February 2021 (EST)

    Pattern Recognition redux

    Hi, I see you made the edit User_talk:ErsatzCulture#Pattern_Recognition you mentioned on my talk page a week or back. You did see that I'd replied, and that I wasn't simply ignoring you?

    Basically I said that whilst I didn't have any objection personally to what you were proposing, the entry as it currently stands was the work of another mod, and that their earlier comments on my talk page seem like they're going from a different interpretation of the rules? ErsatzCulture 06:20, 21 February 2021 (EST)

    As I found this record because it featured in a maintenance report because of the mismatch of isbn and date I changed the publication date according to the rules as I know them. Otherwise that maintenance report would be full of these cases, and it is not. I should have mentioned it at your page too.--Dirk P Broer 06:24, 21 February 2021 (EST)

    The House of the Hatchet and Other Tales of Horror

    Please see this discussion regarding your verified The House of the Hatchet and Other Tales of Horror. Specifically about the double contents for page 117. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:44, 25 February 2021 (EST)

    Thanks. Should be solved now.--Dirk P Broer 16:46, 26 February 2021 (EST)

    The Best of John Wyndham 1932-1949

    Cover art of this is Patrick Woodroffe, same as this edition. Entry amended. --Mavmaramis 04:36, 27 February 2021 (EST)

    The Best of John Wyndham 1932-1949

    The Best of John Wyndham 1932-1949 has two cover art records. Is this intended? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 10:51, 28 February 2021 (EST)

    No, it was not intended.--Dirk P Broer 12:23, 28 February 2021 (EST)

    Made Things is a novel

    Hi Dirk, I notice you changed Made Things from novel to novella. However, I did a conservative count and I ended up with at least 40,800 words - and likely more, so clearly a novel-length piece (it's also in the notes of the pub I've verified). Can you revert it back to novel? Thanks! MagicUnk 07:19, 2 March 2021 (EST)

    according to this submission by user JJ: This is a novella of 38,541 words. Verified by converting the EPUB version to RTF, opening in Word, removing extraneous front and back matter, and doing a Word Count. I will add it to the novella. BTW: Tor also calls it a novella.--Dirk P Broer 07:31, 2 March 2021 (EST)
    Ah, thanks for the heads-up. Clearly, I'll have to review my counting method then. Feel free to remove my statement of the approximate page count from the notes of the pub I've verified. Thanks! MagicUnk 09:00, 2 March 2021 (EST)
    We'll cross those bridges when we get there. Your approximations seem to trigger exact word counters, so nothing is lost.--Dirk P Broer 09:02, 2 March 2021 (EST)

    Mindbridge – a missing chapter?

    Hi Dirk, according to a letter in Matrix #93 copies of this edition omit a final section, meant to be on page 186, titled "53 For They Shall Be Called the Children of God". Apparently there is no page 186. If true, this may worth adding to the Notes for your verified pub. Can you check and hopefully solve this small mystery? Thanks. PeteYoung 23:12, 3 March 2021 (EST)

    Hi, my 1979 copy has page 186 as last page, titled "53 For They Shall Be Called the Children of God".--Dirk P Broer 04:53, 4 March 2021 (EST)
    So it looks like there's only the chapter title and no chapter. I see that in Matrix #94 (June '91) the director of Orbit, John Jarrold, apologised for the missing chapter, so I'd say it's worth adding this detail to the Note for your pub. Up to you. Unfortunately I'm unable to check the later SF Collectors' Edition, which I verified as Transient but no longer have, to see if the error was repeated. Thanks. PeteYoung 10:09, 4 March 2021 (EST)
    The page is filled, it is titled "53 For They Shall Be Called the Children of God", text goes further to fill the page.--Dirk P Broer 16:00, 4 March 2021 (EST)

    And the Lurid Glare of the Comet varianting

    Hi, I think this title's variants has got a bit messed up, but I'm not quite sure how to fix it... here's the history of what I think has happened:

    1. There has a single title & pub created at some point in the past, with the title text starting with ellipsis, and credited to "Brian W. Aldiss" i.e. the primary record for that author.
    2. Last week, I submitted an edit for an upcoming pub, that has both a different title (no leading ellipsis) and is credited to "Brian Aldiss" i.e. one of the variants for that author. The mod note had a TODO that it needed to be varianted to the aforementioned prior title record.
    3. I'd forgotten about that TODO when the edit was accepted the following day, and then - if I'm reading the history correctly - you created a new parent title record, with the parent "Brian W. Aldiss" author, but with the same ellipsis-less title.
    4. Earlier today, I noticed that the Aldiss bibliography page was showing these as two separate titles in the Non-fiction section, and I realized I hadn't done the varianting I had in the TODO in the original edit.
    5. So I submitted this edit to make the two "Brian W. Aldiss" titles relate to each other. (I also tried to CYA in the mod note, by saying I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing...)
    6. That edit has just been accepted, but I'm not sure that what's now in the DB is ideal. The Aldiss bibliography page now has all the titles grouped together as variants, but this title now shows no pubs, which looks a bit odd. Should it maybe be deleted, or should it be fixed in some other way, or is that normal/expected behaviour?

    (There's also an ebook that I need to add for this, but I'm not going to touch that until everything else seems correct.)

    Thanks! ErsatzCulture 10:52, 5 March 2021 (EST)

    It should look alright now.--Dirk P Broer 11:19, 5 March 2021 (EST)
    Thanks, looks fine to me?
    Would what I put in the original mod note, about varianting to the existing record with different author name and title, have been the right thing to do, assuming I'd not forgotten about it? I ask because there's another upcoming Aldiss reissue that looks like it might again have author name and title discrepancies ("Super State" vs "Super-State"), so I'd like to get it right next time. Thanks ErsatzCulture 11:57, 5 March 2021 (EST)
    You can mention the canonical title that is to be varianting against, 23287 Super-State by Brian W. Aldiss.--Dirk P Broer 11:59, 5 March 2021 (EST)

    Merges and titles histories

    Hi Dirk,

    Please see this - just a friendly reminder that now we have history on all records and these can be used to try to see who keeps unmerging something (and from there to either ask them why or see if there are any moderator notes to be checked to see why it keeps happening). Thanks! Annie 11:26, 5 March 2021 (EST)

    I am just reacting to the maintenance reports, there is absolutely no intention of abusive merging. The newly created (by unmerging) records show no information. And why choose unmerging, when a name change should be enough?.--Dirk P Broer 11:37, 5 March 2021 (EST)
    Because a name change would not have solved this. The title was merged under one author name - so there was only 1 title record. So if he changes the name, the other one would be wrong. The options were:
    • Edit to add a new cover and submit "remove Title" to remove the old cover or
    • unmerge to create two covers that way (and a moderator note so a moderator knows why you need the unmerge)
    Both are valid ways to do it. The first leaves the two covers in the same work and can be forgotten that way thus leaving weird records though so I would also do an unmerge for this usecase more often than not.
    I hope you are not just blindly "fixing" all that is on the reports without doing any checks to see what caused them to be there just so they get off the report. There are cases where the needed fix is not to fix whatever the report is flagging for but somewhere else on the same record or a connected one. Fixing it to get it off the report leads to cases like that - an editor is in the middle of s a series of fixes and someone brings them back to square one. Annie 13:22, 5 March 2021 (EST)
    I would have asked a moderator to change what can't be done in one change request, to prevent a case like this. The logical step would have been to ask a moderator to change the artist in the publication record where the change would have to take place in, so all needed changes could take place shortly after each other, and are done by someone who knows the ins and outs of the case.--Dirk P Broer 13:29, 5 March 2021 (EST)
    Not everyone knows the ins and outs of the DB either. And new editors will always try whatever seems to work. Not chasing down what is going on and working with them to explain the options is not going to get them to learn the best practices. I am just reminding you to check the histories of the titles before merging/changing instead of blindly fixing because they are on a report. :) Annie 13:33, 5 March 2021 (EST)
    I am not blindly fixing, I check whether it is indeed the same art and whether the two names are correctly linked. From now on I will also check the history of the to be varianted against title. I can't recall ever having problems like this before.--Dirk P Broer 13:40, 5 March 2021 (EST)
    A lot of the moderators will indeed complete the full fix in such cases but not all will - thus my friendly reminder for the history being here now making it a lot easier than it used to be to find out what happened. Thanks, Dirk! :) Annie 13:57, 5 March 2021 (EST)

    Esacpe Plus

    I've amended the note for this. The link to an image on Munchkin Press website no longer exists - gives Error 404. I've removed the link as pointing to an non-existant page seems fairly pointless to me. --Mavmaramis 09:45, 7 March 2021 (EST)

    Looks like the owner of the original, JP Griffin, has transferred his viewable collection. The picture plus attribution can now be found here.--Dirk P Broer 18:13, 7 March 2021 (EST)
    Thanks for that. I've updated the note to point to the webpage you found. --Mavmaramis 04:10, 9 March 2021 (EST)
    Thank you for finding the dead link.--Dirk P Broer 11:38, 9 March 2021 (EST)

    James Blish's The Quincunx of Time was identified as a novella

    Hi, Dirk! It happened here. I'm going to change the pub.s and titles accordingly. Christian Stonecreek 01:57, 10 March 2021 (EST)

    I can verify that the Arrow edition starts on page 15 for the story (foreword on page 9) and that 24, 25 and 26 are completely blank (between prologue and 'The Song of the Beep'). Page 106, before the epilogue, is blank too.--Dirk P Broer 07:46, 10 March 2021 (EST)

    Savage Heroes

    Hi, Dirk! Can you take a look into your verified 1977 copy if the subtitle 'Tales of Magical Fantasy' is there? And re: this argument: Is there any hint for a prior hc edition (which I doubt, since there's no trace at Amazon or OCLC). Thanks, Christian Stonecreek 12:44, 10 March 2021 (EST)

    There is a subtitle, but it is 'Tales of Sorcery and Black Magic' on the title page ('Tales of Sorcery & Black Magic' on cover).--Dirk P Broer 15:43, 10 March 2021 (EST)

    Checking things while approving

    Hi Dirk,

    Just heads up: This should have produced a question to Christian on the numbering (1988 in the title vs. 1987 in the titles under it) - one of the two is wrong - or a note will need to be added explaining the discrepancy if they are correct. While in this case he came back to fix it a week later, it should have never been approved with no comment... Annie 14:22, 15 March 2021 (EDT)

    Annie, it is #1988 in the title, but that number has nothing to do with the year, it is the number within the series....BTW: all dates have been changed to 1999 now.--Dirk P Broer 11:47, 16 March 2021 (EDT)
    I did not mention an year/date anywhere (even if it looks like one) - it was the disambiguators based on the issue number: "Perry Rhodan Glossar (Perry Rhodan #1987)" for example instead of Perry Rhodan Glossar (Perry Rhodan #1988):) Annie 12:33, 16 March 2021 (EDT)
    We need more moderators -especially for those long-running German magazines with their crazy editorships, or I go crazy trying to get the queue to decent proportions. I might as well quit altogether and re-start reading a good SF book.--Dirk P Broer 14:07, 16 March 2021 (EDT)
    It was a heads up to remind you to glance at these more than anything - as Christian and John had been self-approving for years, we had not seen them much lately in the regular queue so we had lost the practice to look at these lately :) Reading a good book is always a good idea though :) Annie 14:10, 16 March 2021 (EDT)
    It being a submission from a subject matter expert -Christian himself- I hardly gave it a glance first time, and I completely read over it again the 2nd time, checking your reminder.....--Dirk P Broer 17:52, 16 March 2021 (EDT)
    I think it's useful to make a distinction between being a "subject matter expert" and "consistently following the data entry rules". Christian may well know more about Perry Rhodan than anyone else here, but that doesn't mean that he always enters the data correctly as we have seen recently. Or take any number of SF authors who have tried entering their books into our database -- they were the ultimate "subject matter experts" on their own work, but they still needed to be guided to make sure that the results were in line with our data entry standards. Ahasuerus 18:36, 16 March 2021 (EDT)

    Dragon #17

    Not sure what happened with Dragon #17. I'm trying to update the Editors on the Dragon issues to meet the non-genre standards. Since Tim Kask is only an editor, and has no genre entries, I have been trying to remove all of his entries. Is this a problem? TAWeiss 11:19, 20 March 2021 (EDT)

    You issued a remove request for the interior art and by mistake had also checked the title record, it seems. I approved your request yesterday without seeing the check for the title record, but found out this morning that #17 had a missing title record. I have tried to get it right but, boy what a mess.... Also note that #18 contains an essay by The editors of Dragon magazine that I added to #18. All three entries for #18 are also in that edition of Swords and Deviltry.--Dirk P Broer 11:26, 20 March 2021 (EDT)
    got it. Thanks for clarifying. TAWeiss 19:45, 20 March 2021 (EDT)

    Impulse, April 1966

    Replaced linked Galactic Central cover art of this with one scanned from my own copy. --Mavmaramis 13:18, 25 March 2021 (EDT)

    Nice crisp image.--Dirk P Broer 18:15, 25 March 2021 (EDT)

    Practical Electrics Aug 1924

    Hello, It appears you added a cover image to the record for Practical Electrics Aug 1924 ( which I had removed when I verified the publication. I had removed this image per ISFDB guidelines for covers of non-genre magazines, which state that covers should not be entered if they do not illustrate the SF content and are not by a well-known genre artist. A better scan from my own copy is linked in the pub notes. Could you let me know why this was added? All the best, Ldb001 12:07, 30 March 2021 (EDT)

    You are right, I'll remove it again.--Dirk P Broer 12:08, 30 March 2021 (EDT)

    Username's Moderator Notes

    A quick note about Username's Moderator Notes like this one. He has been increasingly more consistent about providing the source of the added/changed data -- which is great! -- but the information/URL is often relegated to the Moderator Notes field. Moreover, the provided URL link doesn't always tell you where exactly the data is and how it needs to be interpreted: it may be a publisher's code on one of the flaps, the copyright page, something on the back cover, etc. Could you please try to make sure that the source is fully identified and stated in the main Notes field when approving his submissions? I know it can be time-consuming, especially if you need to put the submission on hold and ask the editor, but we really need to make sure that our data is fully sourced in Notes. TIA! Ahasuerus 13:31, 30 March 2021 (EDT)

    I put info in the Moderator Notes field because it's always better to have someone else see what you saw. I'm not perfect, so someone with much more experience doing this stuff may catch an (very) occasional error I made. Also, I always find it amusing when moderators or other editors add/fix stuff because often they misspell simple words/have poor grammar/enter things incorrectly, so I have to make an edit to correct their edit. In my 3.5 months here I've added a huge amount of info not found anywhere else, but much of what I do is adding info easily available elsewhere or fixing obvious errors that should have been fixed long before I started here (from what I've read, 2006 is when ISFDB started letting people be editors). This might come as a shock, but anyone I've ever read who mentioned this database says they use it mainly to find old paperback covers they remember from when they were younger, or to find a short story because they can't remember where they first read it. The huge amount of covers I've added may not be the most rewarding for me personally but I know lots of people are looking for them. If some on here think people care about most of the info that gets entered in the notes, they're free to enter it. Anyone seriously looking for info like that would never trust an online source anyway, since most of them (and I speak from experience) are notoriously untrustworthy; they'd check a physical copy. Reality TRUMPs virtual reality. I'll try to remember to be specific when I leave a note for the moderators so they know where to look. --Username 20:58, 30 March 2021 (EDT)
    When you have your info via FantLab it doesn't do any harm to have them as external ID. The same with -often via Open Library-: it doesn't harm to link them in the fields meant for them (webpage for, yet another external id for Open Library). It makes it far easier for people to look at other sources than isfdb.--Dirk P Broer 21:05, 30 March 2021 (EDT)

    Beyond the Porch Light

    Re: your recent notes on my edit for the above book, a search on Google Books' page for "THOMAS" gets 1 hit, a piece of the back cover that says, "Cover Art by THOMAS Moore". He's referred to informally as "Thom" on the copyright page, "To my brother Thom", but he used his full name professionally. Also, there's a piece of Ferrel Moore's bio on the back cover which says his eighth novel is due to be published in 2003, which would seem to suggest this book was published before 2003. Also, "about the author" in books are usually a few paragraphs long at most, so a page count of 184 suggests the "about the author" in this book runs for 11 pages, which makes no sense. So cover artist should be same as later edition, date should be 2002, and pages should be 173. Considering previous editor just copied contents from later edition without verifying anything, and half the contents were wrong until I fixed them, I think my info is more reliable (as usual). --Username 10:04, 3 April 2021 (EDT)

    Page ix: Acknowledgements "The cover art for "Beyond the Porch Light and other Tales..." was created by Thom Moore, who may be reached via". On the back cover it is inded Thomas Moore, but NOT Thomas Brian Moore, as I encountered in the record. The fact that his eighth book is due to be published in 2003 says nothing about the copyright year for that book, nor for the publication date in the book we are discussing here. The two things are not each other's equivalent, copyright year and publication date. A book can have a copyright year 2000 and have been published not earlier than 2001, even when it is a first edition, see,just%20saving%20a%20word%20document. . 'About the author' can be as long as the author/publisher wants and, again: We enter the last printed page number, and if the text goes on on an unnumbered page we note that as e.g. 184+[1]. If the story stops at 173, and the last printed page number is 184 we note 184. And it is not just the previous editor that gives 2003 and 184 pages either, your own sources do as well.--Dirk P Broer 07:14, 4 April 2021 (EDT)
    Regarding the unnumbered page example, if there is only a single unnumbered page, we add one to the page count (so "185" for your example) with a note. The "+[n]" syntax is only used when there is more than one unnumbered page. See the third from the bottom rule at Template:PublicationFields:Pages. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:05, 4 April 2021 (EDT)
    USERNAME here again. So if you go to Google Books' page, it gives you up to page 130 for free and then says, "pages 131 to 174 are not shown in this preview". Therefore, the book is 174 pages long. The 184 page count is most likely an old misprint that was copied by many websites, a very common occurrence. Just because sources say something doesn't make it true. Whatever info Google Books writes on their pages is very often wrong, and the only way to know the facts is to look inside the actual book. The copy of Beyond the Porch Light on Google Books is the actual book with the correct info. Reality TRUMPs virtual reality. If you want to believe the book came out in 2003 even though the copyright inside the book says 2002 that's up to you; if you want to credit the artist as just "Thomas Moore", be aware there's 1 other man with the same name on ISFDB, so this book's artist will need a (I) after his name. --Username 21:27, 4 April 2021 (EDT)
    If reality trumps virtual reality, please base your opinions on the actual copy. If you do not want to read or comprehend evidence that is contrary to your view, please take your superman-complex somewhere else. I am not approving your submissions anymore.--Dirk P Broer 04:39, 5 April 2021 (EDT)

    Post-2007 books with ISBN-10 only

    Please see this conversation since it involves you. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:06, 4 April 2021 (EDT)

    Apparently I need to press Save Page before I leave for the night. Sorry for not posting here last night, Dirk! JLaTondre, thanks for posting :) Annie 18:51, 4 April 2021 (EDT)

    Currey Verification

    Hi Dirk -

    You've marked the Currey verification of Tales of the Wonder Club, Second Series] by M. Y. Halidom. I don't believe this is correct. The Currey verification refers to publications detailed in L.W. Currey's Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors which does not cover Halidom. I believe that confusion comes from a note that links to a sale of this publication on L.W. Currey's website. It's certainly useful information (until they sell that copy), but we probably shouldn't mark it as a Currey verification. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:35, 16 April 2021 (EDT)

    I changed 'L. W. Currey' into 'L. W. Currey, Inc.' in an attempt to lessen the confusion.--Dirk P Broer 07:49, 17 April 2021 (EDT)
    I also changed the secondary verification to N/A, based upon your "which does not cover Halidom".--Dirk P Broer 08:19, 17 April 2021 (EDT)

    The Hamish Hamilton Book of Magicians

    When you have a free moment, could you please take a look at this submission? It looks like a duplicate submission which may have gotten lost when you were making other edits which affected this pub. TIA! Ahasuerus 23:26, 19 April 2021 (EDT)

    Looks like a time-out left-over. I suffer these quite a lot, time-outs.--Dirk P Broer 07:27, 20 April 2021 (EDT)

    The Robots of Dawn

    I see you fixed the cover image for The robots of dawn. Why not process submission 4970095. It does that and also corrects a typo? Scifibones 08:32, 21 April 2021 (EDT)

    How many screens do you think have at a certain time? If I react on a maintenance report about a wrongly formatted Amazon picture link, do you think I can simultaneously see (all) the relevant submission(s)? The answers are that I have just one screen, and that there are no pop-ups that warn a moderator that there is also a submission for record x, however handy that would be...--Dirk P Broer 08:51, 21 April 2021 (EDT)

    Papa's War and Other Satires

    Hi Dirk -

    You have marked the Reginald1 verification on Garnett's Papa's War and Other Satires for the George Allen & Unwin printing. Reginald actually has the Office of the Herald printing listed. I've added the earlier printing which Reginald also lists as 1918. I noted that some Worldcat entries also had a 1918 date for the Allen & Unwin. Both the Clute encyclopedias are skeptical of the 1918 date, so the 1919 date for the Allen & Unwin is probably fine. However, you should probably remove the Reginald verification from that printing. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:53, 29 April 2021 (EDT)

    Just made the change, thanks for spotting my mistake.--Dirk P Broer 22:00, 29 April 2021 (EDT)

    The Paralyzing Rays Vs. the Nuclears / Nizzi

    I'm not sure why you changed [The Paralyzing Rays Vs. the Nuclears] to use quotes around SKIPPER, but on the title page, parenthesis are used. --GlennMcG 16:00, 31 May 2021 (EDT)

    You can change it back then, but to prevent it happening another time: state in the notes that the author credit on the title page is different from that on the cover.--Dirk P Broer 10:12, 1 June 2021 (EDT)

    Figures of Earth

    Have tried to upload a better scan of the cover of [[ but it seems not to want to update it and reverts back to the one BLongley uploaded. --Mavmaramis 15:19, 12 June 2021 (EDT)

    The old wiki software the ISFDB uses has a bug in that when you upload a replacement image, it doesn't tell your browser a new version is present and so your browser continues to use its cached version (if the image has already been viewed). You need to force the new image to be displayed (Ctl + F5 on most browsers). Any other user viewing the image will see the new one. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:08, 13 June 2021 (EDT)

    The Badger of Ghissi

    Hello Dirk. I've added some notes to this making reference to the map and the weird page numbering. Not sure if I should add the map as content or merely leave it as a note. --Mavmaramis 13:25, 23 June 2021 (EDT)

    Hi Dirk. The revised/reworded notes are much clearer, however I did make a blunder as the map is named "Kelguria" so I'm going to edit the note. --Mavmaramis 16:00, 23 June 2021 (EDT)

    Blood of Elves

    Hello Dirk. Concerning your edit here: what you've updated is incorrect. Everything that I have in italics in my edits is as printed on the copyright page of the publication. I double checked, and it -is- printed as Originally published in Polish by Krew Elfow. Hence the note. So, I've changed the notes back to what I originally entered (and hopefully without html errors...). Also, in my edites everything that's on the copyright page doesn't get a bullet. Regards, MagicUnk 13:35, 23 June 2021 (EDT)

    The present chosen wording (Originally published in Polish by Krew Elfow [Note: 'by' is a typo in the publication; should be 'as']) is far less ambiguous than the previous one (Originally published in Polish by Krew Elfow (note: typo by --> as)). I I were you, I should place sub-bullets to make the information about the copyright page better readable by including another ul-/ul pair.--Dirk P Broer 15:14, 23 June 2021 (EDT)
    I thought that was the reason, hence the rewording :) Concerning the sub-bullets, might be an idea. I'll check it out when PV-ing a new set of books. Regards, MagicUnk 03:09, 24 June 2021 (EDT)

    Unfamiliar Territory

    Hello Dirk. I've been provided with evidence from a third party (email correspondence) that the cover artist for this is Tony Roberts. --Mavmaramis 03:35, 25 June 2021 (EDT)

    Can you elaborate on this? It is a bit hearsay at this point, not solid evidence. The present notes already confirm we think it is Tony Roberts,--Dirk P Broer 06:32, 25 June 2021 (EDT)
    I was sent the email correspondence by the 3rd party between Tony Roberts and the 3rd party where Roberts states it was by him. --Mavmaramis 14:39, 25 June 2021 (EDT)


    Do I need to cancel the edits in my queue, which you went ahead and did this morning? John Scifibones 09:56, 25 June 2021 (EDT) P.S. I know you are just getting them off the cleanup report. I am not complaining. Just asking. 10:20, 25 June 2021 (EDT)

    If what I did looks just what you meant, you can cancel them. The alternative is that I reject them, citing 'already done'.--Dirk P Broer 11:35, 25 June 2021 (EDT)

    Bleiler/Dikty Science Fiction Omnibus question


    I just wanted to double-check that the Science Fiction Omnibus is really missing the "Introduction," "Preface," and "About the Authors" from The Best Science-Fiction Stories: 1950. On the one hand, I'm sure the entry is correct but, on the other, I'm sure they couldn't have left that stuff out. :) Still, it's probably the latter but I wanted to make sure.

    Also, the preface and intro in The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1949 and in the omnibus have different titles which make them different entries but I'd suspect they have the same content (unless the preface was written specially for the omnibus) and should probably be connected but I'm not sure about that, either. --J-Sun 12:49, 26 June 2021 (EDT)

    The contents are exactly as I have entered them, nothing has been left out by me. What is missing as compared to the two originals is indeed missing in the omnibus.--Dirk P Broer 20:17, 26 June 2021 (EDT)
    Okay, thanks for confirming that for me. --J-Sun 00:57, 27 June 2021 (EDT)

    Five to Twelve

    Hello Dirk. Got myself a copy of this and uploaded the full wraparound cover art but despite the notes stating it is signed on the cover it isn't. I checked the image in Hardware and it is signed bottom right of the image but the signiature has been cropped on the book cover. I'm going to amend the note about that --Mavmaramis 14:06, 5 July 2021 (EDT)

    Depending on your printing (or even within) the signature can be (partly) visible: this might be my own scan at Goodreads.--Dirk P Broer 15:22, 5 July 2021 (EDT)
    Definately cropped on the cover of my copy. Same edition. Perahps edit the note to say signiature might be cropped on some copies ?. --Mavmaramis 16:40, 7 July 2021 (EDT)

    wasteing my time

    Thanks for making my time spent this morning doing the title updates and variating on Strange Horizons, 30 November 2020 as waste. John Scifibones 09:51, 7 July 2021 (EDT) P.S. I see you have done some of them incorrectly. I'll have to waste more time fixing what you have done,

    incorrectly? Explain, please.--Dirk P Broer 09:56, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    Not all are English translation of original Spanish, some go the other direction. This is why I made the titles what I did and made extensive notes on what to change after creation.
    I only made Spanish leading when the author is verified Spanish-speaking/writing.--Dirk P Broer 10:01, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    If you were familiar with the publication you would know that some Spanish speakers wrote the original in English, and It was then translated into Spanish later. In some cases by someone else. This would have shown up if you would have allowed my submissions to post.John Scifibones
    The working language of the author is leading, according to me. But this could all have been prevented if the magazine was entered properly -though that's quite an effort, a bilingual magazine.--Dirk P Broer 10:08, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    In what way was it entered incorrectly?
    The language in the title. I think it would have been better to enter a bilingual magazine in the usual language only first (in this case: only the English content) and afterwards make variants or variant the content to not yet exiting originals, and add the other language(s) titles to the magazine afterwards. It prevents mass maintenance reports and anomalies.--Dirk P Broer 10:24, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    There was nothing wrong with what I did. Same number steps, same number of subsequent edit submissions, only a different order. I broke one more of your variants and made the correct submission. If the rest of the pending edits regarding this publication post, it should be okay. I'll double check it whenever they post. What is the rush to clear variants off the cleanup report every morning? I suspect some of the other very active editors experience the same frustrations. Have a good day John Scifibones 10:43, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    It is not just the number of steps, adding other language content afterwards also offers the chance to add missing info that the moderator(s) still need to add otherwise (e.g. transliteration). It also safe the editor from having to add extensive notes on what to change after creation.--Dirk P Broer 10:52, 7 July 2021 (EDT)

    (unindent)"The working language of the author is leading, according to me." - Dirk, this is not how we add translations. If a story is written in a language, this is always the parent regardless of what the author language usually is. So if a French author writes a story in English and then translate it into French, the English one will be the parent. Apologies if I misunderstood your comment but making the Spanish text the parent just because the author is confirmed to write in Spanish is not correct when the story was written in English and then translated into Spanish (from the author or someone else). Annie 11:06, 7 July 2021 (EDT)

    When both dates of in this case Spanish and English are the same, what is leading then?--Dirk P Broer 11:08, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    The original text -- whatever language the author used to create it -- becomes the canonical title. Occasionally, translations are published first, but that doesn't change what the canonical title is. For example, Charles Sheffield's Convergence was delayed due to troubles with his original publisher and didn't appear until 1997 when Baen picked it up. In the meantime, a Russian translation was published in 1995. I remember having to update the rec.arts.sf.written FAQ on Usenet because so many American and European readers were asking about it in 1995-1996. (We should probably let FantLab know since their maintainers appear to be unsure about the book's history.)
    In any event, this scenario is covered in Help:How to enter translations:
    • If a work was written in one language, but a foreign language translation was published first, then the original language title should be considered the canonical title and the translated title should be considered variant title. The year of the canonical (i.e. parent) title should be set to publication year of the canonical title, not to the year of the translation (though the latter one was released earlier).
    Ahasuerus 11:32, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    (resolving conflict) Which language the story was initially written in. IF unknown and no indication in either text that one of them is a translation, we will default on the language of the author but when there is indication, we follow that. But varianting solely based on the language of the author is rarely a good idea. In this case: Strange Horizons tend to have "translated by" on all their translated pieces. This issue had them all as well - and a few of the Spanish pieces are indeed translations.Annie 11:35, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    Per Strange Horizons, 30 November 2020 <<to kill "matar en inglés">>Editor's Note/Nota del Editor: This poem was written in English by a poet who writes in both Spanish and English, and translated into Spanish by another poet who speaks both Spanish and English. Este poema fue escrito en inglés por un poeta que escribe en español e inglés, y se tradujo al español por otro poeta que habla español e inglés. I followed ourr standards. John Scifibones 11:39, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    In which case the English becomes the original for that poem even if we have the author's language set to Spanish. As I said - SH are good in indicating translations (unlike some other magazines I can name) :) Annie 11:42, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    Exactly Annie. This is what I submitted, dirk jumped in an did it wrong, I submitted a correction, he keeps cancelling it. John Scifibones 11:44, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    Do you even read your own submissions?[6](english variant of english) and [7] (spanish variant of spanish)......--Dirk P Broer 12:50, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    Clearly that was MY error. Obviously I hit the bottom submit button instead of the upper submit button when breaking the variant. None of this should have been necessary. I have no hard feelings, hope you don't either. John Scifibones 12:57, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    I think a lot of confusion could have be prevented by submitting more information into the title's note field -and perhaps in the publication's note field as well. No hard feelings.--Dirk P Broer 13:08, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    Which is why I reacted to clarify the statement of "The working language of the author is leading". I fixed the variants of "Tequila Mockingbird | Matar un Ruiseñor" (which also had a typo in the title of the Spanish one). Anything else left to fix in this magazine? :) Annie 11:53, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    It would be nice to add Náhuatl to the language list so I could remove "(Náhuatl)" from the title. John Scifibones 12:10, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    Post in Community Support :) Annie 12:11, 7 July 2021 (EDT)

    Brightness Falls from the Air

    Hi Dirk. Got myself a copy of this. I'll be replacing the cover with the full wraparound at some point but thought I should also mention I'm going to add a note about interior illustration on p.328 titled "The Star Passes" signed "...Plabs" (can't really deicpher the beginning letters) unless you care to comment. --Mavmaramis 12:20, 7 July 2021 (EDT)

    this edition has three pieces of interior art (all as by 'uncredited') where the verifier claims the signature to be JWP/abs.--Dirk P Broer 18:36, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    The piece on page 238 of our edition is the same as the 'bep' interior art.--Dirk P Broer 18:49, 7 July 2021 (EDT)
    You mean page 328; page 238 is text. I had a quick skim through and there's only ONE interior art piece not three as in the US editions. I wouldn't like to speculate on the accuracy or otherwise of the interpretation the signiature. --Mavmaramis 12:11, 8 July 2021 (EDT)
    Yep, 328 and it is exactly the same as the [BEP] of the hardcover editions (check the internet archive -best via Open Library). I have searched for 'JWP/abs', but couldn't find anything.--Dirk P Broer 13:16, 8 July 2021 (EDT)

    The Terridae

    Hi Dirk. Cover art for this confirmed as Fred Gambino to me via Twitter --Mavmaramis 12:25, 12 July 2021 (EDT)

    La machine à explorer le temps

    User:AlainLeBris has posted on Moderator Noticeboard about this "Herbert George Wells" edition of La machine à explorer le temps. He is suggesting that your change of the title date from the originally submitted 2001-09-10 to 1927 may not be supported by the available secondary sources. Could you please review the discussion and respond? TIA! Ahasuerus 15:09, 12 July 2021 (EDT)

    Why does he never frequent my page and goes straight hollering to the moderator notice board? Here's my change submission.--Dirk P Broer 21:44, 12 July 2021 (EDT)
    Probably because it's not the first time that 1) you made unwise changes to data that I've entered without YOU consulting ME first and 2) you wasted my time by submitting changes that are sitting in the queue. I'm not far from suspecting that this is deliberate as the items that are to be varianted are PVed by me so a little observation of the record might have save you the trouble.AlainLeBris 03:37, 13 July 2021 (EDT)
    The way you submitted the record made it look like a fresh 201 translation, while I found within a minute that this translation was used at least as early as 1927. I wanted a discussion with you about this, but you seem not to have a discussion mode, only conflict and confrontation. Moderator are to do as you tell them and only stand in your way. If we had the discussion you could have pointed me to the French H. G. Wells entry for the title, whereupon I could have pointed out that that 1899 title record misses the translator and that that also was our dear Henri D. Davray, 1873-1944. In the present publication record there is no trace of the fact that the used translation is more than a century old, apart from my '1927' attempt for a discussion about that fact. We could alter the note field to "{Tr|Henry D. Davray} in 1899" (source worldcat.
    The fact that I make changes while you have the same changes in the queue is just a pity. I act upon the maintenance reports and there is no 'rear view mirror' that warns me that the same change is already queued within those 200-500 waiting daily changes -which are only sorted on submission time, not on submitter. Your submissions -or more: actions to be taken upon them- are only a very small part of my daily maintenance work and as nobody else seems to be doing this the numbers keep getting up for each and every report, so it is absolutely not personally meant. I do the same for Hungarian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, etc. authors/title/publications/translations. If you think I make mistake(s), come to me first. If we can't sort it out, go to the moderator notice board.--Dirk P Broer 09:09, 13 July 2021 (EDT)

    Silver Metal Lover

    Hi Dirk. Added notes to this. I spotted the signiature 'dan' upside down on headstock of the guitar --Mavmaramis 13:27, 14 July 2021 (EDT)

    Nice double-verified. Especially in case of Dutch and German publishers: don't take the cover or copyright page for granted, as they make loads of mistakes in attributing cover artists.--Dirk P Broer 11:10, 15 July 2021 (EDT)

    Alternate Names with Canonical Titles

    If you work on the cleanup report this morning, I have taken care of the following. "xeno-unit","(xeno-unit)","semi", and "Sakyu. They are all the result of work processed yesterday. In some case the author was corrected, no variant needed. Thanks, have a great day. John Scifibones 07:17, 15 July 2021 (EDT)

    Still had to do some work as there were conflicting editors between title and publication records. Please check if what I did is right according to you.--Dirk P Broer 07:58, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    Correct, the two title records needed to be changed to match the pub records. Looks like you started changing my pub records, then realized you were wrong. The merged result is fine. When I wrote you the note this morning, I wasn't asking you to clear my queue, just heading off any potential problems. You did save me the trouble of editing the title records and merging. Good job. John Scifibones 08:23, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    Nope, there is a problem. You created variants as a first step. now there is a variant for a title as it no longer exists. [8]. I submitted an edit to break the variant, if you process it you can delete the unnecessary titleJohn Scifibones 08:43, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    I reviewed the machinations you went through changing things then reversing them. I know you were trying to help, do you see why it would have been better to just heed my initial request? John Scifibones 10:01, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    Your initial requests left a lot of conflicts -the publications had a different editor compared to the the title record. You must variant the title record to the canonical, not change the name of the editor.--Dirk P Broer 10:42, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    Wrong again. Here is a conversation which might enlighten you. User talk:Rtrace #Scifaikuest: Online. If my submissions were processed, the end result would be all pubs correct. Yes, every title would not yet agree. A simple merge of the titles would have resulted in one title. (Which would be correct). A merge was always going to be necessary anyway. I'm trying with you Dirk. If I say nothing we have problems. If I alert you to leave something alone, we still have the problems. John Scifibones 11:57, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    Even when you merge everything under one common title record, every publication record needs to have the same editor as the title record. That title record can than be varianted to the canonical. You had different names for the editor in the publication as opposed tot the title record after the submissions, so I had to correct them. Merging doesn't cure that problem. That's why I asked " Please check if what I did is right according to you", because it was a bit of a mess after I approved your last submission -three different editor names going around in the same overall title record. Next time I'll take screen shots.--Dirk P Broer 17:48, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    Thanks to edit history, you can clearly see where I changed the two pub records to the same editor as the third pub. No need to change the two title records, they disappear in the merge. Just like how I merged them after breaking the variant you created.
    I thought about the problems you have had with myself and a few others while mowing the lawn this afternoon. Your first reaction to anything you don't understand or agree with is to start changing things. I believe it should be to ask the submitter for clarification. John Scifibones 18:14, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    The problem with the edit history is that it shows the change request as opposed to the info as it is NOW, NOT THEN. When you enter a magazine you make TWO records, a publication record and a title record. When you change the editor of the title record in order to be able to merge, the editor of the publication record stays the same. That is what I encountered today at the end of your submissions. Question: why enter the magazines under the alternate names in the first place, when it seems to be you intention to have them all under the canonical anyway? And there is every need to change the title record as you merge titles, not publications. --Dirk P Broer 18:23, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    I'm done with this, everything you need to know is written above. If I made any mistake, it was asking you not to take any action on a few alternate names showing on the cleanup report. Trust me, I won't repeat that mistake. I will make no further replies to this topic, it is a waste of time. John Scifibones 18:37, 15 July 2021 (EDT)
    Please do enter other years of Scifaikuest: Online, I'll stay away from it. Let other moderators cut their teeth on this.--Dirk P Broer 18:42, 15 July 2021 (EDT)

    Incident on Ath / The Quillian Sector / Prison of Night

    Cover artist for this; this and this are Fred Gambino. Confirmed to me via Twitter.--Mavmaramis 13:07, 22 July 2021 (EDT)

    Audible ASINs


    Can you please stop removing Audible ASINs such as here? Even when they are ISBN10, we do NOT have another link to Audible anywhere. We do not record them as ASINs (because the ISBN-based link to Amazon is an ASIN link in reality) but we DO record them as Audible ASINs because the reason not to record them is not valid for these. You will also note that the report for ASINs is suppressing these for digital downloads automtically as they are valid entries in the Audible ASIN field.

    When you see another experienced editor adding something like that, it may be a VERY good idea to actually talk to them before you decide to "correct" based on your misunderstanding of how something works and thus lose information. Thanks! Annie 10:46, 29 July 2021 (EDT)

    PS: If you had been doing that for a lot of publications, please go through your edits and reverse your "fixes". Thanks! Annie 10:51, 29 July 2021 (EDT)
    I can see how an editor who doesn't have a lot of experience with the way Audible ASINs work (myself included) may make this mistake. Perhaps we should update Template:PublicationFields:ExternalIDs with these instructions. Currently the "ASIN" row says "If the ASIN matches the ISBN10 of the book, do not record it". How about we update the "Audible-ASIN" row to say "Also note that, unlike regular Amazon ASINs, we record Audible ASINs even when they match the ISBN-10"? Ahasuerus 11:49, 29 July 2021 (EDT)
    That's a good point - I usually do not apply rules for one ID for another but these two can be confusing I guess. Help page updated. :) Annie 12:03, 29 July 2021 (EDT)
    And as another idea: alter the algorithm that generates the maintenance reports in such a way that a ISBN-10 in an (audible) ASIN field doesn't get flagged. For the normal ASIN field this should NOT apply though -and I encounter it there too, as I only act upon the maintenance reports. I can sometimes even find a real audible ASIN. Entering an ISBN-10 in an ASIN field is just repeating information that is already there -in the ISBN-13 field.--Dirk P Broer 17:18, 29 July 2021 (EDT)
    Noone is talking or discussing the normal asin field. :) If it is there and it matches the ISBN10 of the book, it is a mistake indeed. The Audible ASIN is fordern. Please do not remove them anymore when they are in the Audible field. Thanks. Repeated information or not, they are needed to create the link to Audible. The reason we do not record them for Amazon ASINs is because the left menu already has links to all Amazon’s based on ISBN10. It does not have one for Audible. And yes - I am sure that the report does not contain these - they are suppressed. Otherwise you will be seeing hundreds of them some days. :) Annie 23:16, 29 July 2021 (EDT)
    It is possible (and looking at the history it seems to be the case) that there was a mistake and I added that one as a regular asin instead of Audible one - so it showed on the report. But in that case, fixing it should have been a question of fixing the external ID type, not removing data. Clearing reports just for the sake of clearing reports is a bad idea - while deleting data is the easiest solution, sometimes moving or correcting it is a better idea. And as this is a audio download, the change of type as a fix should have been obvious. :) Annie 00:41, 30 July 2021 (EDT)

    Atlantisz fantasztikus magazin, July 1990

    Hi Dirk ! You added page numbers to this issue of Atlantisz magazin. But the page number of the marion Zimmer Bradley short story is not 1. The correct page number is 16. It si translation of Bride Price (Title Record # 528241 )Gabcisoft 10:36, 2 August 2021 (EDT)

    Thanks for the correction. All Atlantisz magazin changes have been approved, keep up the good work.--Dirk P Broer 19:32, 2 August 2021 (EDT)

    Explain this rejection

    This submission is in my rejected edit list with the following reason. "already done as by-product of a previous request". The only reason either name is in the db is a result of 3 publications I submitted which were processed at approximately 2.45 p.m. today. What are you talking about? John Scifibones 20:18, 2 August 2021 (EDT)

    There are two processes 1. Submitting changes. 2. Approving changes. As many more editors do make change request there is no list of your request that are in line to be processed one after another. As many other editors leave loose ends, creating lots of maintenance reports, I usually go the other mile and do the logical step(s) after a request (making the language of the alternate the same as the canonical, link all other titles to the canonical, etc.) I hope this explains why one of your requests was rejected, as it was already done by me as by-product of an earlier processed request by you.--Dirk P Broer 20:29, 2 August 2021 (EDT).
    Interesting sequence. I submitted the Make Alternate name at 16:30:18, The make variant at 16:30:45. You processed the Make variant first at 19:55:00 then you submitted the your own make alternate name at 19:55:15 then rejected my make alternate name at 19:57:12. Appears illogical to me John Scifibones 20:37, 2 August 2021 (EDT)
    As you might know, I live in UTC +2 and begin my work either after 24:00, or in the morning. I choose my favorite changes first, as there are just too many to do everything sequentially and not all changes are equally important. I do not know if you have a 'moderator' choice in the menu on the left, but if you do you can see the change request queue.--Dirk P Broer 20:41, 2 August 2021 (EDT)
    Just tell me you aren't doing this to irritate me. John Scifibones 20:45, 2 August 2021 (EDT)
    Not at all. I like the 'variant' and 'alternate name(s)' request and act upon them first. The change requests are presented to me as a list of hundreds of rows, ordered on submission time -not by submitter. The relation between the various request can easily not be judged from the list, believe me.--Dirk P Broer 20:51, 2 August 2021 (EDT)
    Fair enough. 20:54, 2 August 2021 (EDT)

    Soldier of Arete

    Amended note for this - no wraparound art only the illustrated border top/bottom on front is repeated on rear. --Mavmaramis 15:53, 13 August 2021 (EDT)

    Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales pub notes

    Hi, Dirk. Regarding <a href="">Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales</a> which you've PV'd, pub notes say, "01639 on the back cover", and "Cover artist is not credited". My copy (which has the red cover) does NOT have "01639" on the back cover, and it DOES have "COVER DESIGN BY DALY & MAX" on the back cover. It has "First Edition 1963" and no printing(s) on its copyright page. (FWIW, it's also inscribed by Groff Conklin with date "15 aug 63".) If yours is different, I'll enter mine as a variant. (I'm going to post this same message for the other active PV, Willem.) Markwood 18:05, 15 August 2021 (EDT)

    Intriguing variant, which of the 1963 editions -all having "First Edition 1963" on the copyright page- now is the real first edition one?--Dirk P Broer 20:36, 15 August 2021 (EDT)

    Sex and the Black Machine

    Hi Dirk

    You've marked the paper edition of Aldiss' Sex and the Black Machine with a Reginald3 verification. Reginald only mentions the cloth edition which we didn't have in the database, thought a note in the paper edition alluded to it. I've added the cloth edition, and I've left the Reginald3 verification blank. Could you please move your verification to correct edition. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 15:07, 21 August 2021 (EDT)

    DOne so, thanks for the correction.--Dirk P Broer 05:24, 23 August 2021 (EDT)

    Thuvia[,] Maid of Mars

    Please visit my talk page regarding the presence/absence of a comma in the title of the NEL edition of Thuvia Maid of Mars you PV'd. Thank you. ../Doug H 11:07, 31 August 2021 (EDT)

    Freedom Beach

    Hi Dirk, Note to Moderators from this submisison says For what it's worth, the novel also includes a variation of the short "Faustfeathers" by Kessel. Perhaps that should be included as well. (no idea whether the editor refers to all editions, or a specific one). As you are an active primary verifier, could you have a look and add it if relevant? (I'll leave a note on Markwood & Mhhutchins talk pages as well) Thanks! MagicUnk 14:07, 1 September 2021 (EDT)

    See the comment for Faustfeathers.--Dirk P Broer 17:31, 5 September 2021 (EDT)

    Maps in a Mirror: Volume One

    Re this. I've uploaded the full wraparound and made a note about the somewhat different artwork that appears on the hardcover and trade paperback combined editions. --Mavmaramis 13:11, 9 September 2021 (EDT)

    Jupiter Project

    Cover art for this is Tony Roberts. Shown on his website here. --Mavmaramis 23:08, 22 September 2021 (EDT)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 20:58, 23 September 2021 (EDT)

    Into the Slave Nebula

    Hello Dirk. I picked up a copy of this. Note states "appears to be a signature on the artwork" if it is at the lower right hand corner then no it isn't a signiature at all. I scanned that area at 1200dpi and it's part of the planet based landcsape/structures. --Mavmaramis 13:56, 24 September 2021 (EDT)

    It's been suggested it may be either Chris Moore or Fred Gambino. I'm contacting both the artists to see what they have to say. --Mavmaramis 03:20, 25 September 2021 (EDT)
    Ok so Fred Gambino told me on Twitter it wssn't by him. Chris Moore replied with the following (quoted verbatim) "This is a very interesting one for me: everything about this image suggests I did it, the style of spaceship, the surface markings even the planet with details of roads etc it’s all stuff that I did and clearly the way I make those marks is in itself quite distinctive so, I’m sure it’s my painting but and it’s a big but, I don’t remember at this ripe old age having done it." - I'll make a note of that on the record. --Mavmaramis 15:16, 25 September 2021 (EDT)

    A Decade of Fantasy & Science Fiction

    The cover art of this is a fragment of the cover art of The Virgin of the Seven Daggers, so the cover artist is also Fritz Wegner. Horzel 18:13, 1 October 2021 (EDT)

    Hello Dirk. I've editied the weblink of this so it points to the correct page. --Mavmaramis 14:19, 6 October 2021 (EDT)

    Series: Arabian Nights

    In 2019, you restored the name of the Arabian Nights Series to be prefixed with the Arabic. The change set up a difference between the Wiki page name (Series:Arabian_Nights) and the ISFDB series name (Series: أَلْف لَيْلَة وَلَيْلَة / Arabian Nights). The mismatch puts the Wiki page on the Cleanup reports. Can you please determine the appropriate name and modify series or wiki page name accordingly. Thank you. ../Doug H 14:29, 3 October 2021 (EDT)

    I changed the name of the series to its original, but it still comes up in the report. I hope that changes overnight, else I am at a loss to restore the link. Error may be in the template.--Dirk P Broer 08:53, 4 October 2021 (EDT)
    Actually, I think the original had the Arabic and it's flipped back and forth. If it's template related, I'll take it from here. Thanks for dealing with the naming. ../Doug H 09:57, 4 October 2021 (EDT)
    It came off the report. One down, √2, e, i, π (or some other irrational number) to go. ../Doug H 11:47, 5 October 2021 (EDT)
    Guys, let's stop destroying data just so we can have clean cleanup reports. Most of the reports are advisory and fixing them by removing data which is valid is the opposite of what we need to be doing. I restored the name of the series - Arabic series tend to have Arabic names (and French ones have French names and so on).
    Doug, just ignore that one and leave it be. Once all the cleanable are cleaned and all data either moved into the DB or linked via the Web Pages, the report will be retired and we are all set. Annie 14:17, 5 October 2021 (EDT)

    The Space Merchants

    Added notes and replaced Amazon cover of this book. --Mavmaramis 13:03, 7 October 2021 (EDT)

    Thanks.--Dirk P Broer 18:13, 7 October 2021 (EDT)

    The Green Millennium

    Note for this about possible signiature. I agree it does initially look like a signiatire - 'Hillis' - but scanned at 1200dpi I believe that it is in fact part of the artwork. I'll retain the note but add my own thoughts on the matter. --Mavmaramis 13:12, 7 October 2021 (EDT)

    The Earth Book of Stormgate: 3

    Re this publication. I picked up a copy that has "First NEL Paperback Edition November 1980" on copyright page thus the note "Appears to be first NEL printing" is wrong. --Mavmaramis 13:36, 7 October 2021 (EDT)

    I removed the line.--Dirk P Broer 18:12, 7 October 2021 (EDT)
    Hello Dirk as you may have notice I made a complete dog's breakfast of entering my publication which was a totally different book entirely. The whole debacle has now been put right. --Mavmaramis 08:53, 9 October 2021 (EDT)
    Just to be curious: What book did you enter that had you mixing it up with The Earth Book of Stormgate 3?--Dirk P Broer 10:28, 9 October 2021 (EDT)
    this one --Mavmaramis 16:05, 12 October 2021 (EDT)
    Ah! That's a version I was long searching for...--Dirk P Broer 09:56, 13 October 2021 (EDT)
    I found a copy on Ebay (along with a lof of other paperbacks I was looking for) so I bought a whole bunch (like 20 or so) from the same seller. --Mavmaramis 12:09, 13 October 2021 (EDT)

    Cassandra Kresnov series publisher change

    Would you be ok with me changing [9] and [10] publisher from Pyr to Pyr / Prometheus Books? See discussion at [11]. Thanks. --GlennMcG 14:34, 8 November 2021 (EST)

    More than ok even.--Dirk P Broer 17:31, 14 November 2021 (EST)

    The Plaque Doctors title correction suggested

    Hi. I was just looking to add the contents of "The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021". One of the stories is by Karen Lord, "The Plague Doctors". I have the tp version of "Best American SF and Fantasy 2021", and the story is called "The Plague Doctors", in the TOC, in the copyright info, and the story itself has continuous reference to the plague doctors and a plague. It appears that "The Plaque Doctors" is a typo found at Worldcat for the original appearance in "Take Us To A Better Place". Other references to the story in various places online all appear to reference "The Plague Doctors". Upon looking at the Kindle Amazon preview, it's impossible to tell, given how the onscreen typography comes out. So, all in all, I am recommending a correction to "The Plague Doctors" at Thanks for your review.

    Kallocain cover

    Hi. I spotted that you uploaded Image:KLLCNPGCDG1940.jpg as an own scan of the 1940 Swedish edition of Kallocain. The same cover is used on Wikipedia but it is there claimed to be from the 1947 German edition. /Lokal_Profil 15:50, 8 December 2021 (EST)

    I had the cover from an antiquarian bookshop, but you are right and they are wrong. I will replace it with the proper cover.--Dirk P Broer 07:50, 9 December 2021 (EST)
    Thanks. I believe the new version is of the 1952 edition though (or possibly the 1949 edition) since it is part of the Samlade Skrifter series). /Lokal_Profil 11:09, 9 December 2021 (EST)
    I believe the 1940 cover was simply this, but haven't found a second source on that. /Lokal_Profil 11:11, 9 December 2021 (EST)
    Can the 1940 edition perhaps be displayed here?--Dirk P Broer 07:26, 13 December 2021 (EST)
    Good find! Yes the article later makes it clear that that is the first edition cover ;) /Lokal_Profil 09:59, 15 December 2021 (EST)
    Now for a decent version of it....--Dirk P Broer 19:08, 18 December 2021 (EST)


    I'm not sure what to do with 241381. I can verify everything against my copy, except the cover. Mine has an additional phrase "Includes Dramatic New Material from the Author" in a orange/yellow circle. But the page count is the same, the number line indicates first printing. Any idea how to enter my cover image into the db? Is there such a thing as a variant cover? Thanks. Fjh 21:55, 6 January 2022 (EST)

    I found a precedent for different covers on a single printing. I'm moving the discussion and inviting others to comment. Fjh 11:59, 7 January 2022 (EST)

    Convergent Series

    Re this publication. Cover art is credited. "Illustration: Peter Jones" is printed vertically top right along spine. --Mavmaramis 15:58, 23 January 2022 (EST)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer 19:27, 3 February 2022 (EST)

    Why Call Them Back from Heaven?

    I didn't notice until someone pointed it out but the ship on this is The Valley Forge from the film Silent Running. --Mavmaramis 16:00, 23 January 2022 (EST)

    Nice, and thanks!--Dirk P Broer 19:27, 3 February 2022 (EST)

    John Brunner / The Jagged Orbit

    I am editing / PVing The Jagged Orbit and will add publication month and cover artist. Teallach 13:43, 14 February 2022 (EST)

    Can you explain ...

    This is old, but I just ran across it. I had submitted three editions of a magazine that contained non-fiction by Jules Verne. The next day, you changed the title type from NONFICTION to ESSAY. (E.g. see here). I'd like to understand why, as the Help isn't of that much help and I'm likely to keep repeating this behaviour. ../Doug H 10:25, 15 February 2022 (EST)

    Chiming in: NONFICTION is used only for the reference titles of a non-fiction books; contents non-fiction items are always entered as essay/interview/review (whichever applies for that specific piece). So unless you are in a non-fiction book and you are updating the main title of it, we always use essay and not nonfiction.
    See this: "nonfiction is for booklength only".--Dirk P Broer 17:54, 17 February 2022 (EST)
    However - is that essay a genre one (aka about genre fiction)? It does not seem so from the title but if it is about his books, it is eligible. If it is not, it is actually not eligible at all (see the policy: "This includes any non-genre works published as standalone books as well as non-genre short fiction, but excludes non-fiction which was not published as a standalone book") Annie 11:09, 15 February 2022 (EST)
    Sorry this ended up in your Talk page Dirk. To answer the latter first - I believe it to be a 3-part serialization of a non-genre, non-fiction book by Jules Verne, who has been suggested as being above the threshold. The title I believe it to be is an English translation of Decouverte de la Terre, although I have yet to find a book edition (it could be The Exploration of the World: Scientific Exploration barring difference in translator being known), and have not found a version with text so it can be compared. As for the rules - are you referring to "excludes non-fiction which was not published as a standalone book"? If so, the issue may be with whether the Seaside Library is a magazine or serially published books. ../Doug H 12:13, 15 February 2022 (EST)
    Yep - that rule - aka "no non-genre articles even from our authors unless published on their own" rule. The book is eligible if published as a standalone book. Its serialization is not if published inside of other books/magazines (non-genre essays in non-genre publications are never eligible regardless of author) - not under the current rules I believe - but if you want, post over in the "Rules and standards" for a second opinion.
    If the Seaside Library are books and not magazines, then they need to be added as Non-fiction books, not magazines... if they are magazines, under the current rules, they need to have genre contents (or fiction by above threshold ones) to be eligible to be here and only their genre non-fiction will be eligible... Annie 12:28, 15 February 2022 (EST)
    So what would the definition of a Magazine be? Format? Subscription? These were serialized novels, not periodicals that included serializations, but does have Vol. No. and did come out on a fairly regular basis. And spanned multiple novels, so weren't just for one novel. Some of these (not this one) were later published as books. ../Doug H 13:01, 15 February 2022 (EST)
    When I begun it was communicated to me that a magazine is defined by its content: a letter's column, a mix of essays, interviews and fiction will be good indicators (but also, if the editors call it a magazine and it still has only shortfiction published, would be usually indexed as a magazine). Hope that helps, Christian Stonecreek 13:30, 15 February 2022 (EST)
    Complicated is what the definition is :) It depends on the time and the country (take for example the Italian magazines (Urania for example) which would be called book series in any other country but are considered magazines because of their distribution model in Italy. Volume Numbers and numbers also exist for anthology series (and other series). So in most cases the editor adding the determines what they are - but once that is decided, they follow the rules of the chosen path... If the whole issue was just the one piece of fiction/non-fiction, I'd make the case that these are not magazines - but then see the Urania ones again.
    The old/usual rules for columns and letters was true for our kind of magazines (the SF ones) before the beginning of this century but not for all possible magazines even back then - a lot of the early pulps were just stories for example but still qualify as magazines; same applies for a lot of modern magazines; things outside of English had always been even weirder. Before the current crop of e-zines and the like, it was the distribution model usually (or what the thing calls themselves) -- but even that had exceptions (I have book series which were only by subscription for example and were never sold where books were sold - but they are still books). :) Annie 14:12, 15 February 2022 (EST)

    The Goblin Reservation

    Hello Dirk. Note for this states "very faint signature hidden in the picture" - Melvyn Grant has a fairly recognisable (and large) signiature which seems not to be present anywhere on the cover of this book so I have no idea where this "very feint signiature" might be. If it is the squiggles to the left in the blue (just above the yellow) then no not MG's signiature at all. --Mavmaramis 13:04, 16 February 2022 (EST)

    I didn't add that line "very faint signature hidden in the picture", as you can see in the editing history.--Dirk P Broer 17:50, 17 February 2022 (EST)

    A Cold Wind from Orion

    For A Cold Wind from Orion, do you mind if I add notes "First Edition: September 1980", No printer's key., and "Cover art by Atila Hega"? Thanks. Phil 12:41, 17 February 2022 (EST)

    I don't mind.--Dirk P Broer 17:46, 17 February 2022 (EST)

    Millennium by Bova

    Would you please check the title page of your copy of Millennium and see if it actually reads "Millennium" over "A Novel About People and Politics in the Year 1999"? My first printing copy shows that so I would like to correct the title to be "Millennium: A Novel About People and Politics in the Year 1999", plus replace the note with "First Ballantine Book Edition: April 1997" and "No printer's key.", and add the note "Cover art by Joseph Csatari on the copyright page".

    If that is OK, I propose to then:
    1. Unmerge this pub, this pub, and this pub from the existing title.
    2. Make the resulting new title the cannonical title by making the existing title a variant of the new title since the new one is the oldest title.
    3. Merge the three pubs named "Millennium: A Novel About People and Politics in the Year 1999" together.

    Would all of this be OK with you? Phil 12:19, 26 February 2022 (EST)

    You are right about the title, but wrong about the sequence. The correct order would be 1-3-2 (merging first, then varianting), and you are forgetting the bookclub edition in the merger.--Dirk P Broer 11:36, 27 February 2022 (EST)
    Thanks for doing all of that! It would have taken me several days! Phil 13:37, 27 February 2022 (EST)
    Also note this about Canonical title: The canonical title is the title under which all publications of a particular work are listed. For stories or novels that appeared under more than one title, the canonical title is usually the first title for that work, but may be a later title if that title is much better known.--Dirk P Broer 05:12, 28 February 2022 (EST)

    Space Relations full title

    Would you please look at the title page for this and see if it actually reads "Space Relations: A Slightly Gothic Interplanetary Tale" instead of just "Space Relations"? If it does show the long form, would you please change the pub title since you are the oldest active PV for it? All of the external ID records for this pub show the long form. Thanks! Phil 16:28, 2 March 2022 (EST)

    Update: both other active PVs show the long form on the title page. Phil 07:12, 3 March 2022 (EST)

    It shows "Space Relations" in fat capitals [(considerably) over] "A Slightly Gothic Interplanetary Tale" in much smaller font.--Dirk P Broer 08:46, 6 March 2022 (EST)

    John Carter of Mars

    Can you confirm cover art credit to John Carter or Mars? I "stole" it from another book with same cover art credit. Thanks Susan O'Fearna 20:25, 8 March 2022 (EST)

    According to this submission it was at one time on the artist's site.--Dirk P Broer 07:04, 19 March 2022 (EDT)
    I have indeed found it there.--Dirk P Broer 07:06, 19 March 2022 (EDT)
    And later that one cover image disappeared from the page. I still think it's a Richard Clifton-Dey painting. Justin Marriott once included it in a Clifton-Dey checklist, not in his Pennington checklist, but I don't know what his sources for the Clifton-Dey checklist were. Horzel 16:00, 19 May 2022 (EDT)

    Aldiss / Earthworks

    I am editing / PVing Aldiss's Earthworks. I will change the author's name from "Brian W. Aldiss" to "Brian Aldiss" as stated on title page and add notes. Teallach 16:40, 3 April 2022 (EDT)

    Revolt of the Micronauts

    Replaced Amazon cover of this with full wraparound scanned from my own copy. --Mavmaramis 12:53, 4 April 2022 (EDT)

    I love full wraparound scans, I only do not want my own copies to suffer..--Dirk P Broer 18:47, 5 April 2022 (EDT)

    Esther Carlson

    In 2008, editor "Lorenzr" (no longer active) created a biography page for Esther Carlson, in which he suggested that this name might be a pseudonym for Joanna Collier. In 2012, you added some comments for and against that as a possibility. Having picked up her primary novel, I followed up on what another decade of Internet info says, argue that this *isn't* a pseudonym, and give a reasonably detailed (possibly *too* detailed) biography of the author. If you feel like it, I invite you to take a look at my changes. And, of course, make any further changes you think are appropriate. Chavey 18:39, 16 April 2022 (EDT)

    Problem is that the whole 'Joanna Collier' never existed, John Collier never had a wife with that name. His third wife was Harriet (Hess) Collier (1954 - 1980). Previous wifes were Margaret Elizabeth "Beth Kay" Eke (1945 - ?) and Shirley Palmer (1936 - 1942).--Dirk P Broer 07:12, 18 April 2022 (EDT)
    So should we delete those comments, or comment that "Partners in Wonder" and "Fantasy and Science Fiction" is just wrong on this? I checked with the folks running the Esther Carlson facebook page (dedicated to her), and they confirm that *all* of the stories we listed are by "their" Esther Carlson. Chavey 02:33, 19 April 2022 (EDT)
    Let's comment that "Partners in Wonder" and "Fantasy and Science Fiction" are both just wrong, pointing out there never ever was a 'Joanna Collier', married to John Collier.--Dirk P Broer 21:21, 22 April 2022 (EDT)
    Done. Chavey 03:18, 24 April 2022 (EDT)


    Hello Dirk. I have been told by a user on the Terran Trade Authority Facebook page who knows Gerry Grace and emailed him about the cover of this has been told by Grace that it is not by him. --Mavmaramis 12:18, 29 April 2022 (EDT)

    Bran, Son of Lly

    I'd like to change this title to a chapbook. Based on the publisher page, this publication contains a single short story. You were the last one to update a publication of this title, so I wanted to check with you. Any objections? 11:16, 30 April 2022 (EDT)

    You might have opened a can of worms here, as the publisher page mentions a collection with the same tile as a collection we already have, but with different (?) content. Or it might be that 'Bran, Son of Lly' appears to be a alternate title of 'Bran, Branwen and Evnissyen'...--Dirk P Broer 06:20, 3 May 2022 (EDT)
    I tried to find more information about the contents of "Bran, Son of Lly" but failed. I suspect that its alternate title of 'Bran, Branwen and Evnissyen', but I can't prove it. Tom 11:21, 7 May 2022 (EDT)

    More English Fairy Tales

    Another can of worms has been M. C. Balfours Legends. They were printed in Folk-Lore whose editor was Joseph Jacobs. He later collected some her stories in "More English Fairy Tales" which you've most recently updated. He updated the language to remove the Lincolnshire dialect. I'd like to make 10 or so stories as variants of Balfours original stories. Is this ok with you? My source is the introduction of the book, and some research I found online. Tom 11:27, 7 May 2022 (EDT)

    Seems like good research to me, go ahead.--Dirk P Broer 05:38, 11 May 2022 (EDT)

    The Celestial Steam Locomotive

    Hi, I stumbled on this page which shows the original art of The Celestial Steam Locomotive as well as Cat Karina and Gods of the Greataway. The artist nicknames himself Rikkihop and states he's Richard Hopkinson. So let's just ignore the "ian-hopkins" in the url, right? Horzel 15:34, 19 May 2022 (EDT)

    Good research! As Pickard would say "Make it so".--Dirk P Broer 19:51, 19 May 2022 (EDT)
    Added this, Props to Captain Picard. --Username 20:41, 9 June 2022 (EDT)

    Araminta Station

    There is a note onm this record that states "First version, do NOT merge with the second version." but I cannot find the alleged second version listed or depicted anywhere. The note may be there to warn but doesn't actually help in pointing you to the other cover so you can visually see the differences. Edit History shows that you added that note so some kind of further explanation would be helpful. --Mavmaramis 02:30, 28 May 2022 (EDT)

    Looks like Stonecreek merged them anyway~, he also removed the remark.--Dirk P Broer 17:50, 1 June 2022 (EDT)

    Mother Grimm publisher tweak

    I'd like to change the publisher of Mother Grimm to "Roc / Dutton Signet". Is this ok with you? --Glenn 15:09, 31 May 2022 (EDT)

    I checked, it is ok with me.--Dirk P Broer 17:56, 1 June 2022 (EDT)

    20/20 Vision / Pamela West -- printing statement change

    I'd like to change the printing statement in the notes of 20/20 Vision to say "First Edition: August 1990 / Printing not stated, no number line, assumed first printing". Thoughts? --Glenn 01:45, 5 June 2022 (EDT)

    OK with me!--Dirk P Broer 20:27, 9 June 2022 (EDT)

    Peter F. Hamilton / A Quantum Murder

    I am PVing A Quantum Murder. I intend to add pub notes and change the existing note to "Month from Locus1" because I have verified all other data from the source. I will not change or delete any other data in the record. Is this ok with you? Teallach 16:07, 8 June 2022 (EDT)

    Ok with me.--Dirk P Broer 20:26, 9 June 2022 (EDT)


    Hello Dirk. Picked up a copy of this. Notes on record state "The price zone on back cover seems to have been overprinted." not entirely sure what this means. On my copy thiese are printed on a thin (like 1") gold band at bottom of rear cover. I don't believe for a moment the cover artist is Chris Achilleos - looks nothing like his 1970s style at all - no visible signiature either. I'm not going to remove any notes, merely edit to reflect the publication I have in my hand. --Mavmaramis 12:29, 14 June 2022 (EDT)

    Pirandello's Short Stories; I made an edit for his 1984 collection today, then remembered I had added the price to his 1959 collection nearly a year ago, which led to me noticing that the 1959 Short Stories contents entered here by you are totally different than what's in the book linked on; from what I can tell you entered the contents off of WorldCat from the 1965 Oxford Short Stories, which has totally different contents. --Username 08:36, 18 June 2022 (EDT)

    As you can see at both links 573913336 and 1214688 for WorldCat given at this record they connect to a 1959 edition, not a 1965 edition. But compared to the copy at the content as given at WorldCat is wrong indeed. Feel free to correct the matter.--Dirk P Broer 19:37, 19 June 2022 (EDT)


    Got myself a copy of this. I've uploaded the full wraparound cover - yes I definately have the 2006 edition. My copy doesn't have a Euro sticker on the back but I'll edit the note. Also my edition isn't priced on the back nor does it have a numberline on the copyright page which merely states "A paperback original 2006" If mine is a later printing there's no evidence to suggest this other than it being unpriced. I'll make notes about this. --Mavmaramis 12:36, 20 June 2022 (EDT)

    They Return At Evening; While looking for a photo of the contents page to enter page numbers for this edition, which I didn't find, I found that Etsy listing which shows that it's H.R. on the title page, so contents being entered as H. Russell seems to have been in error. Story titles in his many collections and variants of the author's name between editions seems to be a mess, with many differences on ISFDB, some like these probably unnecessary. --Username 21:31, 25 June 2022 (EDT)

    Made some order in the chaos, at least for this title and its contents. All have been varianted to the canonical, if it weren't yet the case.--Dirk P Broer 14:44, 28 June 2022 (EDT)

    Swycaffer Trilogy; I saw a bunch of New Infinities books on, started with this one, let me know if you disagree with anything because there's hundreds of edits ahead of it so it'll probably be a while before it's approved. Also, your other PV book in the trilogy isn't on the Archive so I just added LCCN; 3rd book in the trilogy has no PV and isn't on the Archive either so I just added LCCN to that one, too, and replaced the cover. I remember a long time ago asking about the different iterations of the publisher's name; I have a feeling a lot of them need changing. --Username 21:07, 26 June 2022 (EDT)

    On publisher name(s): "Where multiple forms of a name exist, it is not important to always enter exactly the form of the name as it appears on the book. For example, an imprint may say "A Tor Book", "Tor", "Tor Books", "Tor Books Science Fiction", or "Tor: A Tom Doherty Associates Book". Sometimes several of these varying forms will be on a single book. These can be converted to a canonical form; in this case "Tor" would be the sensible choice. The ISFDB does not currently have a page to identify and document canonical forms for publishers but may do so in the future."

    I think Isfdb is best served if the publisher record states variants of the canonical name and addresses per period of time. A lot of 'different' publishers are purely database artifacts, IMHO.--Dirk P Broer 14:16, 28 June 2022 (EDT)

    Larry Niven / Limits

    I am PVing and editing the US version of Limits. The ISFDb pub record has the story "Folk Tale" on p205, whereas in my copy of the book it is "Table Manners" both on p205 and in the TOC. The latter is a variant title of the former. Can you please check your copy and advise. If it is consistent with mine then I will make the appropriate change. I have posted this note on the talk pages of Willem H, Dirk P Broer & GlennMcG. Teallach 16:48, 27 June 2022 (EDT)

    I think you may have a later printing than the first one.--Dirk P Broer 18:40, 27 June 2022 (EDT)
    No, my copy is a first printing. What is the title of the story in your copy? Teallach 06:40, 28 June 2022 (EDT)
    Hold it, how do you know yours is a first printing? What is the price? Does it contain a full numberline on the copyright page? Please take a look.--Dirk P Broer 14:09, 28 June 2022 (EDT)
    My copy is priced $2.95 and states "First Edition: February 1985" on copyright page. There is no numberline and no mention of additional printings. Everything about it precisely matches the info in the pub record to which I linked... apart from the title of the Folk Tale / Table Manners story. Will you please answer my question. For the third time: What is the title of the story in your copy? Teallach 08:12, 29 June 2022 (EDT)
    Mine is "Table Manners" too, which makes you wonder about the title for this story in the hardcover edition published the same year (now "Folk Tale")....--Dirk P Broer 09:23, 29 June 2022 (EDT)
    We have a conclusion so I am posting this note on all your talk pages (Willem H, Dirk P Broer and GlennMcG). It is quite bizarre: there are two versions of the first printing. Willem H and GlennMcG have the version with "Folk Tale" on p205 whereas Dirk P Broer and I have the version with "Table Manners" on p205. I will clone the existing record, alter it to show the "Table Manners" title and add a pub note explaining the difference between the two versions. Then I will edit the original record and add a corresponding pub note. This should help to prevent a future editor thinking that these are duplicate records and deleting one of them. Thank you all for your help in resolving this matter. Teallach 16:45, 30 June 2022 (EDT)


    I see you approved my edit variant of Dr. Anthony S. Magistrale to Tony Magistrale but then you made an edit variant of the essay itself, although I have an edit in the list doing the same thing, So should I cancel my edit now? --Username 13:23, 1 July 2022 (EDT)

    I have no way of knowing that additional changes are there for a record, short than check the whole list of future edits. To make my work go a 100-fold faster, I always make all works under a new variant name variants of the canonical myself. I also rejected your edit, stating I already made the change.--Dirk P Broer 06:19, 2 July 2022 (EDT)

    Bluesong / Starsilk

    Uploaded full wraparound cover scan for this and this as well as added notes to both puiblication records. --Mavmaramis 12:18, 7 July 2022 (EDT)



    Hello Dirk. Just wanted to check with you about this. The map is signed "Arthur Conliffe" but credited to "Artie" - should a variant not be created ? --Mavmaramis 00:49, 9 July 2022 (EDT)

    There is also the credit to Artie Conliffe in the 'acknowledgments' on page [7].--Dirk P Broer 11:04, 9 July 2022 (EDT)
    Yes I know that but the map itself is signed with his full name. --Mavmaramis 16:49, 9 July 2022 (EDT)
    Yes, but works by Peter Andrew Jones are signed 'PAJ', what are we following, signatures or credits? And this fellow only has one work in our database (being the before mentioned map), and in this record both variants are already given. You might change his legal name and all is covered.--Dirk P Broer 16:56, 9 July 2022 (EDT)

    John Carter of Mars

    Cover art for this is definately not Bruce Pennington but Richard Clifton-Dey as noted on BP's Fan based Facebook site here Although you did find it depicted on an archived version of Pennington's website it has been removed from his current website. --Mavmaramis 16:20, 2 August 2022 (EDT)

    Contento check

    Hi Dirk, could you check this submission if that's correct? Thanks! Regards, MagicUnk 12:02, 5 August 2022 (EDT)

    Contento isn't exactly clear as though he only gives poems for the first edition, he leaves out this very title. Wikipedia gives for the 2nd edition "Due to the somewhat misleading publisher's introduction to the New Collectors Group edition, it is often mis-catalogued as a reprint of the 1935 Dragon-Fly Press edition. In fact, the selection of poems differs; the New Collectors Group edition drops four, "When Chaugnar Wakes," "Exotic Quest," "West Indies" and "Martial: The Vacationist" and adds three, "The Prophet," "Prediction" and "Walt Whitman"." It looks as Contento in fact gives the content of the 2nd edition for the 1st.....--Dirk P Broer 20:44, 5 August 2022 (EDT)
    It is a poem.--Dirk P Broer 20:57, 5 August 2022 (EDT)

    Edmund Cooper / Tomorrow's Gift

    Posted on the talk pages of: Kraang, Willem H, Dirk P Broer, GlennMcG, Spacecow
    I will be editing and PVing Tomorrow's Gift
    1) the pub record has a contents entry "Brain Child". This matches the TOC but the title of the story on page 63 is "The Brain Child"
    2) the pub record has a contents entry "M81-Ursa Major". This matches the TOC but the title of the story on page 95 is "M81: Ursa Major"
    I will make the appropriate corrections and add pub notes regarding the discrepancies with the TOC Teallach 17:55, 16 August 2022 (EDT)

    Cyborg LCCN

    I see you added the LCCN to Cyborg. I unfortunately did the the note you removed incorrectly. At the time I made that update, I hadn't refined my LoC lookup technique to look for other editions with that LCCN. It should have read "The LCCN stated on the copyright page (73-183758) is for the 1972 Arbor House hardcover edition." and there should be no LCCN as an external. Here's the LoC catalog record link for the Arbor House publication. Should I do a new update to make the correct changes? Phil 22:37, 4 September 2022 (EDT)

    The catalog record link for the Arbor House publication is already there as external link, you can add to the notes that it points to the wrong edition -or remove it and use the template Template:LCCN in the notes, as it was a warning about a template-less LCCN that triggered me in the first place.--Dirk P Broer 03:30, 5 September 2022 (EDT)
    I just submitted a change with the correct note and no external LCCN. I'm continually amazed about what background tasks the mods do! Thanks! Phil 08:00, 5 September 2022 (EDT)

    Discussion of Donald Trump's biographical data on the Moderator Noticeboard

    FYI, there is a discussion of Donald Trump's biographical data on the Moderator Noticeboard which was prompted by an edit that you moderated. Ahasuerus (talk) 13:52, 9 September 2022 (EDT)

    Saw it and reacted.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 15:43, 9 September 2022 (EDT)

    Edmund Cooper (Richard Avery) / The Deathworms (Death Worms) of Kratos

    I need to notify 5 active PVs of changes I propose to make to the above title. The details of the changes are on my talk page here. If you wish to comment, could you please do so on my talk page so that we keep the whole conversation in one place. Thanks. Teallach (talk) 17:10, 19 September 2022 (EDT)


    Hello Dirk. I don't know exactly what you tried to do with Chrétien de Troyes' Cligés : the text itself is indeed in Old French, contrary to the introduction, notes, etc. I had to cancel the last changes you made. In such a case, I think a notification (and an exchange of views) would have been preferable to a peremptory edit. Thanks, Linguist (talk) 12:01, 28 September 2022 (EDT).

    So we are left with an empty, unconnected title record for the normal French version. We should make better use of the 'Notes' field...--Dirk P Broer (talk) 12:40, 28 September 2022 (EDT)
    I'm sorry, but I don't see what you mean by “the normal French version”. The only "normal version" is in Old French for me. And I can't see the one you are referring to anywhere. Linguist (talk) 15:29, 28 September 2022 (EDT).
    If you looked for any title named 'Cligés' you could to find a modern French one with the same date as the publication, but you merged it (Title 2858405) with the Old French one (Title 2858404, Request 5436188 Title Merge 2022-09-28 11:50:31), so it is is no longer in our database. Problem is solved now.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:02, 28 September 2022 (EDT)

    Credit for "Remembering Douglas Adams" essay

    Hi, this is currently recorded as by "Neil Gaiman (in error)" (a pseudonym of John Lloyd (1951) which I think is (in part) down to an edit you made a few weeks ago. I've got a (unread and unPVed) UK tp of the title this essay appears in, and there's no indication that anyone other than NG was the author. In particular John Lloyd is briefly namedchecked in the third-person, making me doubt he's the real author.

    My suspicion is that the root cause for this state is that this essay is varianted to the foreword from a 2003 Adams biography, and I bet they are not the same things. There's an appendix in the Gaiman essay collection lists the first pub details, and does say it was originally from that biography - but that doesn't mean they were the same thing. Fortunately PeteYoung PVed that biography, so I'll ping him about this, but as it seems you've most recently worked on this record, I'm asking you in the first instance.

    (I have a very vague recollection that this, or something adjacent to it, came up in discussion on Community Portal fairly recently, but I couldn't spot any references in a cursory skim.)

    Thanks ErsatzCulture (talk) 07:52, 30 September 2022 (EDT)

    Note this submission, made and approved 2016-09-29 by Rtrace, that varianted the "Remembering Douglas Adams" essay to the "Foreword (Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams" essay.
    Thanks, I've contacted Pete re. the content of the foreword in the pub he has, but I'll also point Rtrace at these discussions as well.
    I think I see the problem. The variant between the two essays was made on 9/29/2016 and at that time, I believe the parent title was by Neil Gaiman. It's not only in the appendix of Gaiman's collection that gives the DA Biography as the original publication. There is a note at the end of the essay stating "My Foreword to Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams, my M. J. Simpson, 2005". Examining the covers of the biography, it appears that Gaiman wrote a new preface for the US edition replacing the original preface by Lloyd. I had thought the cover of the 2003 US edition mentioning the Gaiman preface a mistake given the 2005 date in Gaiman's book. However, the preview from Amazon explains the new preface (search for Gaiman) and also gives the title of the preface as simply "Remembering Douglas. I'll go ahead and break the variant and make a new one adding it to the US editions. I'll also switch the author's name on the variant essay back to Gaiman. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:34, 30 September 2022 (EDT)
    Thanks - I did look on Amazon UK to see if there was a preview of the Simpson Adams biography, but there wasn't one on that local site. ErsatzCulture (talk) 14:36, 1 October 2022 (EDT)

    John Varley / Millennium

    I am editing and PVing Millennium. Cover image was scruffy so have replaced with scan from my copy. Will also adjust page count to [8]+216 and add pub notes including sources. Teallach (talk) 13:31, 30 September 2022 (EDT)

    The Alchemy of Reality

    A quick FYI since you worked on submissions which aimed to delete this publication record in September. I have researched its history and updated the Notes field. Thanks for working on it. Ahasuerus (talk) 16:04, 5 October 2022 (EDT)

    Thanks, the person pretending to be the author (he/she may even be the author) seems to have had better luck with other sites: You won't find OCLC records for anthologies he (Andy Echevarria) published in, all Amazon titles lack a 'Look Inside'. Quite a lot of those have been published by Static Movement.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 04:54, 6 October 2022 (EDT)

    Pirates of Venus

    Cover artist of this is almost certainly not Roy Carnon, the 1973 ed has an incorrect reference to Only the 1960s Four Square editions are by Carnon. Horzel (talk) 17:38, 18 October 2022 (EDT)

    Thanks! I've corrected it to Richard Clifton-Dey as per [12].--Dirk P Broer (talk) 20:57, 18 October 2022 (EDT)

    Erebus (Sphere); 1990 Sphere reprint on since Nov. of 2020,, has 311 pages, your PV says 331. Different or mistake? --Username (talk) 10:18, 24 October 2022 (EDT)

    A mistake not to correct it on my part. It has been in the database since 2009 with that number of pages.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 03:53, 26 October 2022 (EDT)

    Hadfield; Was that legal name there before my edit? Because I think it should be Smyth. --Username (talk) 20:32, 2 November 2022 (EDT)

    As you can see in the history is was Hadfield, Alice Mary Smith since the creation of the record. But you are right to point out that it should be Smyth. I'll change it.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 20:36, 2 November 2022 (EDT)

    Poul Anderson / Utopia #585

    Hi Dirk, I am following up on your change to my verified publication. Do you own / have access to both of the English publications? Best, John. JLochhas (talk) 00:45, 8 November 2022 (EST)

    I have the 114 page Hamlyn version.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 07:05, 8 November 2022 (EST)

    Moderator noticeboard discussion

    When you have a moment, could you please respond to the issues raised by User:Stonecreek in this Moderator Noticeboard post? Ahasuerus (talk) 12:58, 8 November 2022 (EST)

    Anthony R. Lewis

    Related to another of your Bio pages Bio:Anthony R. Lewis, let me bring to your attention my latest AuthorUpdate submission 5482940. Library of Congress LCCN n79106502 notes

    FTS call to author, 8/7/79 (Anthony Richard Lewis, b. 3/8/41; res. Natick, Mass.)

    (where I don't know the meaning of "FTS"). Recently I have inconsistent experience finding content at Internet Archive --many failures, including "SF February Birthdays" yesterday. Today I find apparently identical archive copies

    --Pwendt|talk 11:59, 9 November 2022 (EST)

    FTS Telecom is a leading nationwide provider of Cloud based Business VoIP telephone services.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 19:35, 9 November 2022 (EST)

    Wrong author

    Noart1972 (talk) 08:27, 15 November 2022 (EST) Hi, in the record # 921062 there is a line in "contents":

    136 • Koniec świata (zagadka literacka) • short story by Artur Nowakowski [as by Anonymous]

    The short story is written by Anonymous only, not by Artur Nowakowski. I know you took it from the source website but it was an error on it. Please remove "Artur Nowakowski" from this title, leaving only "Anonymous". Artur (Noart1972 (talk) 08:27, 15 November 2022 (EST)).

    I have edited the title to have been written by 'Anonim', because there was another title in the issue, and it seems to be the regular Polish denomination for the English 'Anonymous' (we do give the credits exactly as stated in a given publication). Please take a look if this is correct and do a proof that there's not just no credit (in which case we state 'uncredited'). Also, if the real author is known (for example because you have written it) we would variant it to the known author, so that it's been shown on the author summary page.
    Also, you would likely be better served to post requests like this (where several people are able to assist you) at the Help Desk: it may be that an editor doesn't look at his page for some time. Stonecreek (talk) 11:42, 15 November 2022 (EST)
    Thank you for your help! Noart1972 (talk) 18:09, 15 November 2022 (EST)

    Making variants to non-existing parents (that could exist)

    Hi Dirk

    I've started a discussion on the moderator board regarding the submissions we've been seeing to make variants where the parent record doesn't exist yet. I believe you have rejected some of these. I'm not suggesting you were incorrect to do so, but I probably would have just approved these had I not noticed your rejections. I'm not aware of a stated standard. In any case, feel free to join in the discussion if you'd like to. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:48, 15 November 2022 (EST)

    Fictional essays

    Hi Dirk, I see here that you persist in your wrong idea that a fictional essay should always be of the essay type. I do not agree with that. Let me point you to this template, that explicitely states "Some books contain fictional essays, purporting to written by a character in the book, as introductions or afterwords. There is no "FICTIONAL ESSAY" title type, so you can choose whether the title is better described as SHORTFICTION or ESSAY." This means it's the editor's choice to determine the title type, not the moderator's. A moderator should be able to admit they are wrong sometimes. --Willem (talk) 04:04, 16 November 2022 (EST)

    Willem, I agree with your view, but not with that of Stonecreek. He enters each and every essay-type as fiction as long as it is 'in-world', including introductions, synopses, forewords, glossaries and afterwords. If it were up to him, books like the disk world maps can be entered as CHAPBOOK because of consisting of a single an 'in-world' fictional essay and interior art. I think that the various 'glossar' entries for Perry Rhodan would make, when bundled, a NONFICTION book, hence the 'glossars' should be essays, not fiction. The story outline that started the conflict is in my eyes not fiction, but an essay about why it is not published as a fiction type text.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 08:44, 17 November 2022 (EST)
    That's because any of these - to be in-universe - has or had to be written by a - most often uncredited - person (a historian for example) persisting in the given universe: for example anyone of the entries bundled in the 'Perry Rhodan Glossars' is a sort of fictional biography or history that tells about happenings from a point in the future. And that's what you call a piece of (speculative) shortfiction: it has a fictional plot and tells a concentrated story. Any book collection of these pieces would in fact be a piece of fiction. Christian Stonecreek (talk) 09:10, 17 November 2022 (EST)
    Is there by chance a university in the town you reside where you can argue your point(s) with a professor in literature? I might be quite revealing for you and me what the outcome is.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 11:01, 17 November 2022 (EST)
    Well, in-universe is the best one can up with, I think, to have a dividing line between fiction and essay/nonfiction.
    Do you have a stringent and reliable dividing line at hand? What are your criteria for this? Do you have any? Christian Stonecreek (talk) 12:02, 17 November 2022 (EST)
    If 'in-universe' is your best argument, I'd like to point you to books in e.g. the 'Lord of the Rings', 'Star Trek', 'Star Wars' or 'Disk world' universes. Literally tons of NONFICTION, often in-world, containing essays about fiction, e.g. the Science of Disk World, or a book about the Disk World Train Service -or the aforementioned 'Disk World Maps'. What is so special about Perry Rhodan that it needs to be entered differently? A Fictional Essay is an essay about fiction (like a historical essay is about history, or a political essay about politics), if it can be interpreted otherwise it might not be an essay.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 12:30, 17 November 2022 (EST)
    Dirk, I think you have your definition incorrect. A fictional essay is not an essay about fiction, but rather a piece of fiction disguised as an essay. I agree that not every in universe piece is fiction, that's where the editor has to make a choice. Perhaps you should also read this 2008 discussion. --Willem (talk) 14:46, 17 November 2022 (EST)
    Is that so? Not everybody follows your train of thought. From our wiki "Essays: Shorter works of nonfiction (other than reviews and interviews; see below) contained in a larger work, i.e. book or magazine, are entered as ESSAY type in the "Regular Titles" section of the data entry form. These include, but are not limited to:
    • Forewords, introductions, prefaces, afterwords, endnotes, etc.: These should all be included. Occasionally some pieces will be set in the fictional world of the novel; these do not get indexed separately as they are regarded as part of the novel's text. *This is the part where Stonecreek massively enters work that I see as essay as short fiction. He doesn't do it occasionally, he does it always in the Perry Rhodan universe.*
    • Editorials: These are entered as ESSAY type, not EDITOR.
    • Science fact articles: Restricted to those published in a speculative fiction publication.
    • Letter columns. Letter columns should be included as a separate content record. Entered as ESSAY type.
    • Individual letters to the editor published in magazines: Entries may be restricted to significant letters by well-known speculative fiction personalities. Editors have the option to include other letters. All letters should be entered using the following format: "Letter (Title of Magazine, Date)". If the letter has a title, append a colon, a space, and the text of the title: "Letter (Title of Magazine, Date): Letter Title"."--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:04, 17 November 2022 (EST)
    Please read this under SHORTFICTION as well as ESSAY, and stop denying the existence of fictional essays that can be entered as shortfiction. And while you're at it, take a closer look at the Moderator Qualifications, specially Good intentions. A moderator must be someone who is willing to work to improve the ISFDB, and comply with the consensus gained on the ISFDB Wiki on the resolution of various bibliographic debates. Are you sure you want to keep enforcing your personal view of this? --Willem (talk) 03:48, 18 November 2022 (EST)
    I am not denying the existence of fictional essays that can be entered as shortfiction! Your problem is that you have a (too) narrow working definition of 'fictional essay', limiting it to those essays that can or should be entered as fiction. For Isfdb that works very good, as YOU will only occasionally enter a 'fictional essay' ('fictional' being an attribute, 'essay' being the subject) as fiction. Stonecreek however uses a much broader (and correct) definition of 'fictional essay', but his problem is that he by default enters them ALL (Forewords, introductions, prefaces, afterwords, endnotes, etc.) as fiction on the pretext of them being 'in world' denying the existence of fictional essays that can be entered as essay. If you won't believe my explanation, please visit the department of English at your nearest university, Groningen in your case I believe, for Christian I don't know.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 15:22, 18 November 2022 (EST)
    Glad you finally accept that. Talking about a narrow definition, what about yours (A Fictional Essay is an essay about fiction), that seems pretty narrow to me. F.y.i., we don't use academic terms here to define anything, we use the help text and consensus on the ISFDB Wiki You should consider reading some of these. If you have a problem with Stonecreek's interpretation of the rules, you should discuss this with him before starting an edit war. --Willem (talk) 16:17, 18 November 2022 (EST)
    It is not narrow: any foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, endnote, etc. falls in the category. As do comparisons between sorts of fiction. A fictional essay can be any text supporting or describing a piece of fiction, so also synopses and story outlines. But you seem to miss the point. My problems with Stonecreek are ever since he lost his moderator rights and started to enter proposals to change essays into fiction, as much as thirty a day, which I duly rejected and explained that it were proper essays (after a while shortened to a mere "glossar=glossary=essay"). Since he is self moderator, nothing is stopping him anymore. Would you care to query just how many hundreds of essays he changed into short fiction? Would you do the same with his rejected proposals? --Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:48, 23 November 2022 (EST)
    Dirk, in the case of the 'Glossars' I somehow get the feeling you don't know what you are writing about. How many of them did you actually have seen?
    As I've written above, those aren't essays about fiction. There are others (see this series, Perry Rhodan Kommentar and its predessor 'Perry Rhodan Computer') which are characterizable in this way, but the texts in the 'Glossars' are genuine fiction and not essays.
    The only reason for your rejections that you gave was that the titling of 'Glossar' characterizes those pieces automatically as essays, which really was a wrong assumption, just as it would be wrong to assume that the titles in this list automatically qualifies them as essays (because letters are essays). Or would you rather do that? Christian Stonecreek (talk) 08:31, 20 November 2022 (EST)
    Letters are to be entered as essays: "Letter columns. Letter columns should be included as a separate content record. Entered as ESSAY type". and "Editorials: These are entered as ESSAY type, not EDITOR." See every thing under 'Essays' here.--07:30, 1 December 2022 (EST)
    Christian, this is a glossary. It is in fact the Isfdb wiki glossary. Quite like the Companions of the various series that we enter as NONFICTION, e.g. The Diskworld Companion. Have you read it? It is quite a bit of fun, as are the diskworld maps, but neither of them are fiction, nor have they be entered as such. The same for Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and other fictional worlds: Many works comparable to Perry Rhodan publications, but all entered as ESSAY when published apart and as NONFICTION when published in book form (or book-like as with maps).--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:48, 23 November 2022 (EST)
    So, I take it that you all the above fictional 'Letters to the Editor' should be entered as ESSAYs, and this ANTHOLOGY would become NONFICTION (because it's an assemblage of letters).
    Yes, indeed.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 06:52, 1 December 2022 (EST)
    You're still judging by the title, and what Willem and I take our time to make you grasp is that we don't do that here at ISFDB. The Glossars are titled 'Glossars' but contain SHORTFICTION. Christian Stonecreek (talk) 06:42, 27 November 2022 (EST)
    On contrary, that's exactly what we do disk world non-fiction or star trek non-fiction, only you don't.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 06:52, 1 December 2022 (EST)

    John Brunner: Out of My Mind (UK)

    You're one of the primary verifier for the book . The contents of the book contained the story "The Nail in the Middle of the Hand". Occording to the Copyright page, appeared first 1965 in the "Saint Mystery Magazine" (Fiction Publishing Company) as "The Nailed Hand". There is no reference of this variant (?) in the ISFDB, neither for the story, nor for the publishing company in 1965. It seems, the latest entries of the publishers entered in 1964. I#m not an expert in adding publishers or magazines, so can you please have a look at the problem. If in need, I can send a picture of the Copyright page. elsbernd (talk) 08:10, 20 November 2022 (EST)

    We seem to have only the years 1961 and 1962 of said magazine at the moment. It has appeared in The Saint Mystery Magazine (UK) [v11 #3, May 1965] as can be seen here. The series went on as "Saint Mystery Magazine" till March, 1966 and went on further as "The Saint Magazine (UK)" till November 1966.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 19:03, 23 November 2022 (EST)

    Changing contents of collection, "The Eye of the Lens"

    Changing contents of collection, "The Eye of the Lens" [13]; disambiguating short story "The Eye of the Lens" from novelette "The Eye of the Lens" which is a concatenation of the three short stories, "The Hall of Machines", "The Coming of the Sun", and "The Eye of the Lens"; if that's OK. gzuckier (talk) 01:13, 27 November 2022 (EST)

    Richard C. Meredith / The Sky Is Filled with Ships

    I am editing and PVing The Sky Is Filled with Ships and will add minor pub notes including one about the different and invalid ISBN stated on copyright page. Teallach (talk) 18:34, 13 December 2022 (EST)

    Richard C. Meredith / Run, Come See Jerusalem!

    I am editing and PVing Run, Come See Jerusalem!, have added pub notes and deleted the note "Month from Locus1". The SV for Locus1 marks this as N/A. I have double checked Locus1 and agree that it is not listed there. I have replaced with "Month from as at 2022-12-14". Teallach (talk) 13:39, 14 December 2022 (EST)

    Earley Aliens; Only Sherbourne edition on LOC, this edition's LCCN not there, should be removed and noted in the notes. --Username (talk) 10:23, 17 December 2022 (EST)

    Corrected.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 16:38, 21 December 2022 (EST)

    Missing Man; link uploaded Mar. 2021, I added it (pending), page count is 220 (last page has a few sentences), if yours is also 220 you can fix it. --Username (talk) 14:48, 21 December 2022 (EST)

    Corrected.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 16:38, 21 December 2022 (EST)

    The Best of E. E. 'Doc' Smith

    Hi Dirk,

    I updated the notes here based on the note here (this one does not change anything but approving it adds the note from the user into the history of the publication). Feel free to change the wording.

    Do you think that we should change the date of the book to 1975 based on the evidence or would you rather stay with the date from Currey? Thanks! Annie (talk) 09:55, 22 December 2022 (EST) (the Weidenfeld and Nicolson edition) came after the Orbit edition (BL/BNB: "Originally published: London : Futura Publications, 1975."), so changing the date to 1975-00-00 gives the false impression -at least visually- that it was the first. This more or less forces us to 1975-12-00, IMHO.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 08:58, 29 December 2022 (EST)

    SF: The Year's Greatest Science-Fiction and Fantasy Second Annual Volume / Title change discussion

    Please respond at GlennMcG talk. --Glenn (talk) 19:53, 1 January 2023 (EST)

    Cherryh - Brothers of Earth

    Hi Dirk, I'm adding a note to this pub to clarify the source of the interior art credit to the author. Thanks, Kev --BanjoKev (talk) 21:38, 3 January 2023 (EST)

    Baxter - Voyage

    Hi Dirk, could you check here and here to see if the Afterwords should be titled "Afterword: Lost Mars (Voyage)" as it is here? Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 19:28, 12 January 2023 (EST)

    And what about here?.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 08:10, 13 January 2023 (EST)
    I missed those. Do you think there's anything to be done about it? Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 16:15, 13 January 2023 (EST)
    It seems obvious to me that they are all the same essay. The other four may be (or may not be) afterwords too. In my edition it is 'Afterword' [over] 'Lost Mars'. 'Voyage' is the only title where this essay was published in -in our database.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 16:20, 13 January 2023 (EST)
    I agree they all look like they're the same essay. As there are several entries with inactive PVs, I'll raise this on the Moderator board. Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 13:00, 14 January 2023 (EST)

    Charles Harness / The Rose

    I am editing and PVing The Rose and will add UK price and overseas prices. Teallach (talk) 13:00, 15 January 2023 (EST)

    Leviathan's Deep

    I feel very confident that the cover attribution for this is wrong. Although the credit has come from here I feel that comparing it all his other output and comparing the ground clutter that the image is actually by Tim White although it is not depiced in any of his art portfolios. I'll add my thoughts as a note. --Mavmaramis (talk) 12:26, 16 January 2023 (EST)

    Futher to this I have had confirmation from Tim's daughter who stated "Yes it is one of Tim's" --Mavmaramis (talk) 15:01, 18 January 2023 (EST)
    It certainly looks like Tim's work. I don't know where the Germans have their contribution from.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 10:56, 19 January 2023 (EST)

    Clarke - The Last Theorem - 'ambles

    Hi Dirk, you are PV here, could you check yours and have a look at this conversation. Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 15:47, 24 January 2023 (EST)

    Asimov - Foundation

    I've fixed the typo on yours here. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 20:09, 6 February 2023 (EST)

    I'm also adding a cautionary note same as here "Note that this..." etc. Kev --BanjoKev (talk) 14:51, 9 February 2023 (EST)

    Thanks.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 07:33, 13 February 2023 (EST)

    Merril - The Best of Sci-Fi

    Hi Dirk, I noticed you have a missing length here for page 112. [edit] Has it been left like that because it's an excerpt, not any of the given options? Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 23:01, 9 February 2023 (EST)

    It is indeed just an excerpt from a longer piece.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 07:34, 13 February 2023 (EST)

    Glukhovsky - Metro 2033

    I'm adding notes and replacing the Amazon image at your PV here. Please let me know if there are any discrepancies. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 20:06, 10 February 2023 (EST)

    Fine by me.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 07:34, 13 February 2023 (EST)

    Asimov - Foundation and Empire

    Submitted typo correction to yours here. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 00:54, 12 February 2023 (EST)

    Thanks again.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 07:36, 13 February 2023 (EST)

    L. Neil Smith / The Probability Broach

    I am editing and PVing The Probability Broach and propose to:
    1) change page count to vii+275
    2) create a Content record for the Appendix
    3) add explanatory pub notes
    Teallach (talk) 16:21, 21 February 2023 (EST)

    Boucher - S-F Books: 1960

    Hi Dirk, after nearly 7 years I can say "You were right all along!". While I was editing my printing, I came across your comments here, so I knew your title is the same as mine. Other PVs holding copies of the other two publishers, Simon & Schuster and Dell have confirmed theirs as having a colon, not a dash. I've submitted an edit to merge them all. Kev.

    Gene Wolfe / The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories

    I am editing and PVing The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories and Other Stories and propose to correct the title of the story <Cues> to <''Cues> and add a pub note re the discrepancy with the ToC. It's the same as the Pocket first printing. Teallach (talk) 14:07, 22 February 2023 (EST)

    Asimov - Second Foundation

    Dirk, I corrected a typo in your pub here, continious -> continuous. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 20:16, 22 February 2023 (EST)

    Telepathist; Should publisher be like it says on the title page? --Username (talk) 17:23, 24 February 2023 (EST)

    If you compare Fontana for 1978 with Fontana / Collins for 1978 you see that the majority (of the editors and/or moderators) has chosen for 'Fontana'. I do agree that there should be just one standard (as for me: even with the imprint in another field than the publisher), but the fact is that it is up to the editor and/or moderator to decide per case.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:22, 26 February 2023 (EST)

    Asimov - The Caves of Steel

    Hi Dirk, could you check your 1980 printing, it seems to be missing 1974 which would make yours the 13th. Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 11:34, 25 February 2023 (EST)

    Nice catch!.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:31, 26 February 2023 (EST)

    Reginald Verification of New Worlds from the Lowlands

    Hi Dirk

    You have marked the Reginald3 verification on the paperback edition of New Worlds from the Lowlands: Fantasy and Science Fiction of Dutch and Flemish Writers. I think you'll find that Reginald lists the hardcover edition. I've added the Reginald number to that edition, but have left the verification open so that you can move your verification there. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 06:52, 27 February 2023 (EST)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer (talk) 21:20, 2 March 2023 (EST)

    Asimov - Foundation and Earth

    Hello Dirk, I'm trying to sort out the Grafton 1987 printings of this title. Could you confirm stated details on the copyright page for this pub, namely:

    • "Published by Grafton Books 1987"
    • "First published in Great Britain by Grafton Books 1986"
    • that there is no line which starts "Reprinted..."

    Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 01:01, 13 March 2023 (EDT)

    The remarks on the copyright page are exactly as I entered them, I'll make it more clear for you
    • "Published [in paperback edition] by Grafton Books 1987"
    • "First published in Great Britain [in hardcover] by Grafton Books 1986"
    --Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:44, 21 March 2023 (EDT)
    Thanks for giving me the exact wording. The reason I asked is that I think (and I may be wrong) that yours is the same as this one. See this thread. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 22:16, 21 March 2023 (EDT)
    I think so too.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 10:45, 25 March 2023 (EDT)
    Will you be taking any action to remedy this? I'm asking the same question of Spacecow. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 17:28, 30 March 2023 (EDT)

    Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama

    Hello Dirk, I'm adding some small changes to this pub here. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 16:16, 20 March 2023 (EDT)

    The Mirror of Infinity

    My copy of The Mirror of Infinity has "2-74" at the bottom of the last copyright page. I'm wondering if yours does as well, or I have a different printing. --Glenn (talk) 16:53, 1 April 2023 (EDT)

    Mine copy shows "1-73", like the one of the PV1, as mentioned in the notes field. It looks like you have a February 1974 printing.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 19:21, 3 April 2023 (EDT)
    Yeah, he just added the '1-73' note. --Glenn (talk) 21:19, 3 April 2023 (EDT)

    Yuri Herreras Yambanis

    Hi, I'm probably pushing my luck expecting anyone to remember so far back in time, but I don't suppose you have any recollection of the source for this 2018 edit, specifically the name change from Yuri Herrara in the original submission to Yuri Herras Yambanis? This page (which the pub note indicates was the original source) has Yuri Herrara.

    (It looks like there may have been a mixup in the original submission with the authors of two stories being swapped around, and possibly the fixing of that created a different problem?)

    English Wikipedia has a page which seems to refer to the same person, and which has no reference to "Herreras" or "Yambanis".

    I don't have any insight or interest in this anthology or story - and my knowledge of Spanish is nada, so I'm definitely outside of my comfort/knowledge zone ;-) - but it seems this author has recently had some of their short fiction translated and published in English, so I'd like to get the existing author stuff resolved before I start adding new titles/pubs for them.

    Thanks ErsatzCulture (talk) 18:46, 5 April 2023 (EDT)

    In 2018 I discovered on this tercerafundacion and made the mistake to think that Yuri Herrara (without 's'...) and Yuri Herraras Yambanis were one and the same person and made Yuri Herraras Yambanis the cannonical.--Dirk P Broer. I've corrected it. (talk) 11:10, 6 April 2023 (EDT)
    Thanks for looking into this. I'll add that collection shortly, and add some bio info to the "Herrera" entry so that these two can be more easily disambiguated in the future. ErsatzCulture (talk) 14:44, 6 April 2023 (EDT)

    Eye of the Heron; Can you verify the Australia price entered was a mistake and it's really $4.75? --Username (talk) 23:00, 29 April 2023 (EDT)

    I can confirm it's indeed $4.75 for Australia.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 20:52, 1 May 2023 (EDT)

    Weird Shadows from Beyond

    Weird Shadows from Beyond; I added link, changed month to April. --Username (talk) 08:38, 1 May 2023 (EDT)

    Krokodil Tears and Drachenfels

    Hi Dirk

    I'm going to add Reginald and Worldcat numbers to your verified record for Krokodil Tears. I'm also going to add the publication month (Feburary) from Locus1 and will note the source. Please let me know if you have any concerns. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:35, 11 May 2023 (EDT)

    Also Drachenfels. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:44, 11 May 2023 (EDT)
    Fine by me -especially the publication months.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:15, 21 May 2023 (EDT)

    To Walk the Night; I added replacement cover image and OL ID to this a long time ago and today came across it again and added link; however, since I don't like just adding a link and usually look for something else I can enter I noticed page count was missing the "x" Roman numeral so I added that, too. Looking at the many editions on ISFDB I notice that none have a Roman numeral except an old Penguin edition which has a iv so likely unrelated. Did you PV any other editions and, if so, do they have a Roman numeral, too? --Username (talk) 13:43, 21 May 2023 (EDT)

    Assuming that the missing the "x" you are referring to as missing in each and every edition indeed exists in each and every edition, it would also be logical to look for the author of this Foreword -a Berkeley M. Jones- who helas is sadly missing from our database. I think none of the editors so far found the need for this very minor (it starts at page ix in my edition) essay to have it included. If I had PV'ed any other edition you could see that in the record's history for the entries, but to my knowledge I didn't.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:38, 21 May 2023 (EDT)

    S. B. Divya != Divya Srinivasan

    Hi Dirk, can you take a look at ISFDB:Community_Portal#S._B._Divya_.21.3D_Divya_Srinivasan, which seems to come from some edits you made. Thanks ErsatzCulture (talk) 08:33, 26 May 2023 (EDT)

    According to Wikipedia they ARE the same person: "S. B. Divya is the pen name of Divya Srinivasan Breed".--Dirk P Broer (talk) 17:03, 26 May 2023 (EDT)
    Dirk, you did not connect S. B. Divya to Divya Srinivasan Breed but to Divya Srinivasan. Unless there is a connection showing that the latter two are the same, the Wikipedia article gives us a legal name, not a connection to someone having a similar (but not the same) name. Annie (talk) 17:13, 26 May 2023 (EDT)
    The S in her pen name stands for her patronym, Srinivasan, and the B stands for Breed, her husband's surname.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:26, 26 May 2023 (EDT)
    Noone is arguing that Divya Srinivasan Breed is S. B. Divya. The question is if the artist Divya Srinivasan is the same person. If you are saying that it is her non married name and they are the same person (aka the writer is also an artist), we still need a source to confirm that - a name match is not enough. Annie (talk) 18:34, 26 May 2023 (EDT)
    I noticed the different places of birth and appended to the notes in both records.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:35, 26 May 2023 (EDT)
    One thing to keep in mind is that "Divya" is a common Indian name. It means "heavenly" or "divine" -- compare "deus" in Latin, which comes from the same Proto-Indo-European ancestor.
    One of the problems that we face when we work with names that come from languages that we, as editors, are not familiar with is that we don't know how common certain names are. If I come across an unusual name like "Jedidiah Gromfburg", I can be reasonably certain that it's unique. It's not a 100% guarantee because names can be reused within families, e.g. Hayford Peirce's father, "Hayford Peirce, Sr." also published a few (non-SF) books, but at least we know that "Hayford" is an uncommon first name. We don't have the same intuitive grasp of names in unfamiliar languages, so we need to be more careful when dealing with them. Ahasuerus (talk) 20:49, 26 May 2023 (EDT)

    Moon of Mutiny

    You are PV for the 1982 edition of this Lester del Rey title: I submitted additional metadata for this edition, including Goodreads external ID, & info in pub note on the unnumbered page "About the Author" & "Science Fiction Adventure" on front cover & spine, also used on other Del Rey/Ballantine paperback science fiction titles that year. Mike (talk) 01:33, 29 May 2023 (EDT)

    Oké.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 15:39, 2 June 2023 (EDT)

    Forgotten submission?

    It looks like you created this submission back at the beginning of April, but never approved it. I'm guessing it just got overlooked. I've done that before. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 12:31, 2 June 2023 (EDT)

    Thanks, I hope it doesn't create problems, approving so late.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 15:39, 2 June 2023 (EDT)

    The Alien Debt

    I very much suspect the cover art for this is Tony Roberts comparin it with others on his website (but this one not shown) especially this ship. I've added a note. --Mavmaramis (talk) 13:45, 5 June 2023 (EDT)

    I see more similarities with the -also uncredited- cover art for The Hub by Chris Beebee, and I think I've seen more of this -mostly uncredited- artist.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 19:44, 5 June 2023 (EDT)
    Fun: Gallery Three of Tony Roberts shows the cover for The Hub.....--Dirk P Broer (talk) 20:59, 5 June 2023 (EDT)

    Escape Plus

    Nick Rodgers has confirmed to me that he did the cover art for this. Added note. --Mavmaramis (talk) 12:48, 6 June 2023 (EDT)

    Scifi Image; Book you just uploaded a cover for has pub. series which is already here except in lowercase. --Username (talk) 13:32, 10 June 2023 (EDT)

    Thanks!.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 19:27, 10 June 2023 (EDT)


    Cover art for this and this both by Fred Gambino confirmed to me via Facebook. --Mavmaramis (talk) 01:49, 18 June 2023 (EDT)

    Dark Dominion cover

    Dirk, I've added the full wraparound cover for David Duncan's Dark Dominion, to illustrate that the cover of Arthur C. Clarke's The Challenge of the Spaceship is a variant, something that was not evident before. Thanks. PeteYoung (talk) 03:35, 23 June 2023 (EDT)

    Great!--Dirk P Broer (talk) 19:55, 23 June 2023 (EDT)

    Warriorwards;; The only book with Baen Fantasy as series instead of publisher; do you think it should be publisher of this book, too, so they're all under the same record? --Username (talk) 12:04, 24 June 2023 (EDT)

    Stated 'A Baen Books Original'. Me personally I find the existence of 'Baen Fantasy' as a separate publisher an abhorrence.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 12:54, 24 June 2023 (EDT)
    You think it should be the other way around? Every one of the 22 Baen Fantasy books on ISFDB are PV and by many different ones, too. Convincing them to make it a series instead of a publisher would be hard. Maybe someone else will read this and agree with you. I personally feel it is a series, too, but there are countless other publisher/series issues like this on ISFDB where people entered it one way and later ones followed along except for those that didn't. --Username (talk) 13:18, 24 June 2023 (EDT)
    It is, in my eyes, a publisher series -and that's how I entered it: on publication record level. And that's different from a normal series, that's entered at title record level (e.g. E. C. Tubb's 'Dumarest' series). I am not going to change it myself just because someone can't distinguish between the two types of series.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 13:34, 24 June 2023 (EDT)

    This Island Earth cover credit - Bill Donoh[ou]e?

    Hi, you're one of 2 PVs of this 1991 pb, with art credit to Bill Donohue. Locus believes the artist is Bill Donohoe - any thoughts?

    (See also User_talk:Mavmaramis#Bill_Donohue_work_in_Journeys_of_the_Mind for a bit more about possible confusion/miscrediting for this artist/artists.)

    Thanks ErsatzCulture (talk) 16:12, 27 June 2023 (EDT)

    I think Locus is in error, or uses an editor that suffers from dyslexia.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 16:37, 27 June 2023 (EDT)
    Thanks. FWIW, I had a look on SFE if that could help - it didn't, but I noticed that their page on Terrance Dicks has both "Donohoe" and "Donohue" for the various Doctor Who covers, so this name mixup would seem to be an easy mistake to make. ErsatzCulture (talk) 19:21, 28 June 2023 (EDT)
    Naughty thought: "Donohoe" and "Donohue" do look a lot like "Don't know who"....Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:09, 15 July 2023 (EDT)
    Ha! Thanks for the reminder, I'd completely forgotten about following this up... ErsatzCulture (talk) 08:39, 16 July 2023 (EDT)

    Dan Dare on Mars

    You added the name of the cover artist here. It would be useful to add the source into notes. --Zapp (talk) 06:46, 12 July 2023 (EDT)

    Who created the 'Dan Dare' comics and wrote/draw almost everything single-handedly the first years? Compare the art of the 1950ies comics with the 1956 cover and you can only come to one conclusion: Another Frank Hampson. It helps that quite of lot of antiquarians think so too.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:08, 15 July 2023 (EDT)

    Proteus Unbound

    Cover art for this is Danny Flynn. Depicted on p.70 of Only Visiting This Planet. --Mavmaramis (talk) 12:49, 12 July 2023 (EDT)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer (talk) 17:55, 15 July 2023 (EDT)

    Cat's Gambit; I added links to Cat's Pawn and Cat's Gambit in PENDING edits, you didn't PV Pawn but your name is in the edit history, afterwards someone added a note about LCCN not being on their site and then note was removed and then added back again and LCCN was removed from external ID, Gambit has LCCN entered in ID which is also not on their site but they do have a different LCCN, 98817539, so should LCCN from copyright page be moved to note and their LCCN entered in its place? Also, Open Library has a cover that looks better in size and frame-wise than the one currently here but it may not look like yours so it's up to you whether you want to replace it. --Username (talk) 08:45, 24 July 2023 (EDT)

    Thanks!--Dirk P Broer (talk) 10:46, 24 July 2023 (EDT)

    Aldiss / Hothouse

    I am editing and PVing Hothouse. There are no roman numeral pages in this book so I propose to correct the page count to [14]+206 and make corresponding changes to the page numbers in the Contents section. Will also add general pub notes. Is this ok with you? Teallach (talk) 18:19, 28 July 2023 (EDT)

    Actually I do NOT agree, as the novel begins at page 7. Standard Operational Bibliographical Practice when you have too many preceding pages is to number them otherwise. I can live with [xiii]+206 though as there are 13=xiii pages with introduction and references.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:50, 28 July 2023 (EDT)
    You might also want to look at other Hothouse editions, that were entered in the exact same way.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 19:25, 28 July 2023 (EDT)
    I am following the process described in Pages, specifically the bullet point that starts: "Sometimes a publication will have unnumbered pages before page 1." The first page in this pub that has any sort of numbering is page 7 (the start of the text of the novel). Counting backwards gives page 1 as the last page of the Introduction (this has just three lines of text at the top of the page followed by the author credit). However, there are a further 14 unnumbered pages before this page so the ISFDb page count is [14]+206. Roman numeral designation in the ISFDb page field is only used when there are pages in the book explicitly numbered with Roman numerals. See the preceding bullet point which starts: "When a book has a section with Roman numeral page numbers for introductory material". This pub has no pages with Roman numerals. I am aware that the 1979 and 1985 Panther / Granada printings have the same ISFDb page count as the 1984 pub but I do not have either of those two books so cannot comment on whether their page counts are correct. Teallach (talk) 13:36, 29 July 2023 (EDT)
    My entering Hothouse was done by copying the existing 'Hothouse' records, page-wise. All those editors seem to have made the same mistake -at least those that entered the Panther / Granada editions. Looks like a new can of worms you just opened. I am rather sure that the editor of the 1985 edition can be contacted, but the 1979 edition editor is the late Bill Longley. And that is just one title, Hothouse. I can assure you that assigning roman numerals to unnumbered pages doesn't come out of the blue, so I predict the practice does occur outside of 'Hothouse' too. As I wrote 'a can of worms'. It would have been so much easier if the book had started with '1' (as it should), and the preceding pages were numbered as per the link I gave.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 06:25, 31 July 2023 (EDT)
    I agree it would be desirable to check the Roman numerals on all 3 Panther / Granada printings. I have asked Mavmaramis to check his 1985 printing. But, as you say, the 1979 printing is a problem as the only PV is the late Bill Longley. If I could find a cheap, reading copy I would buy it but I cannot find a copy anywhere on the internet. I also completely agree that the way the publisher has paginated this pub is totally illogical but we have to document what they've done, not what they should have done :-) Regarding assigning Roman numerals to unnumbered pages, ISFDb Rules and Standards do change over time and perhaps it was once correct to assign them to unnumbered pages (I haven't been around for long enough to know) but that's not the current practice so we should correct them when we find them. Let's wait for Mavmaramis to reply. Teallach (talk) 13:53, 31 July 2023 (EDT)
    I reference to my 1985 edition of Hothouse. Chapter 1 starts on page 7. This is the first numbered page. Preceeding unnumbered page has the Alexander Pope quotation (p.5). Preceeding the quote is an unnumbered blank page (p.4). The two preceeding unnumbered pages are 'References' (which would be pp.2-3). Then preceeding those are a further five unnumberd pages containing the Introduction by Joseph Milicia. Preceeding the start of the Introduction (working back towards the cover) is the copyright page, title page, list of other works by Alsiss, blurb about Alsiss (this being on the first page after the cover). Hope that helps. --Mavmaramis (talk) 15:03, 31 July 2023 (EDT)
    Mavmaramis: In the 1984 printing, the Introduction by Joseph Milicia is eleven pages long (the last of which has just three lines of text at the top of the page followed by the author credit). Are you sure that the Introduction in your 1985 printing is only five pages? That seems like a huge discrepancy. Everything else you say about 1985 printing precisely matches the 1984 printing. Teallach (talk) 17:57, 31 July 2023 (EDT)
    Yes 10 pages. Text printed both sides of the 'five' and inteed three lines of text at top of the page prior to the introduction. --Mavmaramis (talk) 00:26, 1 August 2023 (EDT)
    Ok, the pagination of the 1984 and 1985 printings are identical. I suggest updating the record for the 1984 printing first so that we can then make a consistent update to the record for the 1985 printing. However, there is another PV for the 1984 printing: Fjh. He has not replied yet and may be inactive. However, I would like to give him more time to reply. If I don't hear from him for another week, I will submit the edit for the 1984 printing. Teallach (talk) 13:49, 2 August 2023 (EDT)

    Vinge - A Fire Upon the Deep

    Hello Dirk, I'm editing a later edition of your pub here. Can you help by having a look at the map in yours - I'd like to know if mine matches your map. In mine, the map is divided into three; upper is titled "The Milky Way Galaxy (edge-on view), lower is titled "The Milky Way Galaxy (disk plane)". The third is an inset, halfway down the page, and one of the labels is "Projection of OOB II proposed flightpath". My map is not credited and is unsigned. Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 16:21, 9 August 2023 (EDT)

    Looks like the very same map to me. Are you sure there aren't -very tiny- scribbles in the bottom lower right corner?--Dirk P Broer (talk) 06:51, 10 August 2023 (EDT)
    Thanks for checking your map to verify they're the same. After I posted, I was poking around the other editions and realised that I had the same map in Vinge's Zones of Thought where the signature is present. Comparing the two, it seems the publisher has moved the bottom border further down for my "A Fire Upon the Deep" and in the process has obliterated the signature.
    We now have a situation where it would seem that maps that are at present listed as uncredited (i.e. "A Fire Upon the Deep (map) • interior artwork by uncredited") could be listed; "A Fire Upon the Deep (map) * interior artwork by Ellisa Mitchell [as by uncredited]".
    Would you agree? Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 15:48, 10 August 2023 (EDT)
    Yep.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 08:18, 11 August 2023 (EDT)
    Thanks! While I'm here, are you ok with me adding the publisher Orion to the imprint? Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 20:07, 11 August 2023 (EDT)
    OK by me, both get mentioned on the copyright page.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 16:43, 13 August 2023 (EDT)
    Submitted, thanks. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 20:40, 13 August 2023 (EDT)

    Nicoji; It's Don Clavette on copyright page. --Username (talk) 12:05, 13 August 2023 (EDT)

    Corrected, thanks.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 16:42, 13 August 2023 (EDT)

    Wilson Tucker / The Year of the Quiet Sun

    I am editing and PVing The Year of the Quiet Sun and will add pub notes. Teallach (talk) 13:49, 19 August 2023 (EDT)

    Norton - 'Ware Hawk

    Hello Dirk, re this pub - I've had an edit approved removing the square brackets from the Pages field [ix]+258 -> ix+258. However, on checking back, I see the note; "on the unnumbered pages [vii-ix].". I'm suggesting to you that, if those pages are unnumbered, the Pages field should be [9]+258. We use brackets for Arabic enumeration, not for Roman. The note should then read "on the unnumbered pages [7-9].". What's your take on this? Thanks, Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 00:04, 10 September 2023 (EDT)

    Problem -in my eyes- is that the book begins on page 1. This I have solved -according to me in a common practice- in numbering the unnumbered pages in another system, roman. How can a book begin on page 1, when there is also [1-9] before it? It can when [i-ix] is before it.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 07:04, 10 September 2023 (EDT)
    ~Well, that's interesting... I'm curious as to why you used an external numbering system (Wikipedia) rather than the ISFDB guidance, which covers this scenario? Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 13:13, 10 September 2023 (EDT)
    It is not a Wikipedia system, it is an international standard that is mentioned in a Wikipedia lemma about page numbering.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 15:36, 10 September 2023 (EDT)
    The Pages help, in the third bullet point, tells us how to deal with unnumbered pages before page 1.
    "Sometimes a publication will have unnumbered pages before page 1. If there is any material in these pages which needs to be entered as part of the contents of the book, you may record this by entering the count in squared brackets. For example, [6]+320 would be a publication with six unnumbered pages and then 320 numbered pages. There is no need to record these unnumbered pages if they contain no content that needs to be recorded.".
    As the Contents stand, with only the novel title, the Pages count should be 258. However the notes state "There is an untitled in-universe prologue on the unnumbered pages [vii-ix].". In this edition, that material is described "There is a untitled and uncredited summary of the history of the Estcarp stories to date printed on pages prior to Page 1.".
    In short, unless the material on the unnumbered pages is listed in the Contents, the Pages count should be just plain 258 and the note as "There is an untitled in-universe prologue on the unnumbered pages [7-9].". Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 19:12, 12 September 2023 (EDT)
    I've always followed the international standards because I knew them before I knew of this specific isfdb-only rule. You're bound to find more examples of this...--Dirk P Broer (talk) 04:39, 13 September 2023 (EDT)
    I.m.o and according to pages help square brackets are generally used for unnumbered pages. Peregrin (talk) 06:16, 13 September 2023 (EDT)
    And I used them as such. And in accordance to international standards (see wiki link above), roman numerals are to be used before a page 1, so the preceding pages became [vii-ix]. But this seems to be against isfdb standards.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 06:59, 13 September 2023 (EDT)
    Dirk, I see you've updated the pub. However, it is still not right. As I quoted from the Help, in part, "There is no need to record these unnumbered pages if they contain no content that needs to be recorded." the Pages field should be 258. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 14:00, 14 September 2023 (EDT)
    Done so.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 18:11, 14 September 2023 (EDT)
    Thanks for doing that. Kev. --BanjoKev (talk) 20:00, 14 September 2023 (EDT)

    Happy Prince; ChrisJ entered this but it looks like you entered most of the info so letting you know this copy,, is likely the same book in case you want to add stories' page numbers, fix page count (which is correct in note), etc. Also, "tile" in note should probably be "title". --Username (talk) 10:06, 16 September 2023 (EDT)

    I choose to make it two versions of the same title, as the first was part of a series 'Ariel Booklets', and the copy doesn't mention that -nor is 256 pages a booklet.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 07:45, 17 September 2023 (EDT)
    And it is good that I did, I found a listing for the 5-story version on eBay -without interior art, too.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 08:30, 17 September 2023 (EDT)
    OK. The booklet edition is on Google Books,, and a search for the word Ariel finds hits on the last few pages but they can't be read; so apparently there's a catalog of other booklets. --Username (talk) 10:09, 17 September 2023 (EDT)

    Folklore of Diskworld; Should it be Discworld? --Username (talk) 15:18, 22 September 2023 (EDT)

    My copy (7th printing) is indeed "Discworld". However, i don't know if the former printings are also false entries or if it was corrected for or up to the 7th. Therefore i'll wait with the edit for what you and the PV of the earlier printings say and then decide if a title edit or a new title is necessary. Welo (talk) 07:23, 23 September 2023 (EDT)
    Looks like my error that got propagated through cloning. I'll update the title. Let me know if yours uses the "K" and we can address that. ../Doug H (talk) 10:46, 23 September 2023 (EDT)

    Look Back On Laurel Hills; 1 of the FantLab photos,, mentions the month (October); the first poem listed by name on copyright page, "Infantryman", is entered on ISFDB in Heart of Earth as "Infantrymen". --Username (talk) 19:56, 22 September 2023 (EDT)

    Merged records for "Infantryman" (1949) and corrected dates 1989-00-00 to 1989-10-00.--Dirk P Broer (talk) 05:28, 25 September 2023 (EDT)

    This World Is Taboo

    Please see this conversation which would impact your verified Ace Books edition. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 06:45, 1 October 2023 (EDT)