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Hello, Rns1963, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

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The Maker of Universes Cover

I accepted your edit to The Maker of Universes, but had to edit the credit from "Vallejo, Boris"to "Boris Vallejo". ISFDB uses 'First Last' convention in keeping with how credits are almost always shown in publications. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 00:50, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Sorry. It was the cataloger in me. I'll try to remember in the future. Thanks for informing me. --Randy Rns1963 12:41, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Magician's Gambit

Hello, I rejected your submission because the series data that you intended to add is already present at title level. I've kept your notes. Hauck 05:37, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Ah! My apologies for the error. Thanks for clarifying that. --Randy Rns1963 12:39, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Notifying PVs

Hello, please note that our etiquette requires you to notify other PVs of the changes you made to their verified publications (the level of needed notification may vary, see on top of their user's pages). Please notify Holmesd here of the changes you made to this pub (see on the page how it's usually done). Thanks. Hauck 15:13, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Will do. I have now contacted Holmesd. Thanks again for correcting me. --Randy Rns1963 15:30, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
No problem, this part of the process (notifying other PVs) is sometimes a bit time-consuming but is useful for other contributors (who often maintain their own private databases) and may bring to light some interesting points. Thanks for your time. Hauck 15:34, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

"Data from Amazon" (and other places) notes

Hi. I accepted your changes to The Long-Lost Map, and thank you very much for making yourself primary verifier. But now one more to-do thing for you. :-) When you do verify a publication, you should also adjust any note that looks like "Data from <secondary source>". If everything in the record is available from the book itself, delete that note entirely. If something in the record is not available in the book, make the note more specific. For example, "No price on book. Price from as of 2016-04-25." Anything not documented as coming from another source is assumed to come from the book itself (which is the preferred source). Thanks, and thank you for contributing. --MartyD 03:08, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

   Ah! Thank you for pointing that out. Cheers! Rns1963 03:08, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

The Eye of the World

I approved your edit to Jordan's The Eye of the World. However, I undid part of your edit. You had changed the page count to "xiv, [4], 670". If you take a look at this help page, under the third bullet, you'll see that we only include a bracketed count of unnumbered pages when there is content that appears on those pages that we are listing in the record. Since you didn't add any content that occurs in that section, I changed it back to "xiv+670". I should also point out that even if we would have wanted to add an unnumbered section of pages for this publication, we separate the page sections with a plus sign, instead of a comma. Thus, if it should have been included, it should have been entered as "xiv+[4]+670". Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 21:42, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

The 4 unnumbered pages do contain maps and some text. Would that qualify?Rns1963 02:43, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
As I read that standard, you would only want to include bracketed numbers in the page count if you were listing content in that range in the contents. Also, if you take a look at the fifth bullet in the same help section, you'll notice that we don't use bracketed numbers when it's only the last few pages that omit numbering. If it were me I would not add a bracketed number in the page count, even if I were entering the content on those pages. I would simply count forward from the last Roman numbered pages to determine which page to list for the content in that range. A note could also be added indicating the lack of numbers on those pages. If I correctly recall the discussion when we added the bracketed numbers as a standard, the purpose was to cover situations where there was significant content (like an excerpt from a forthcoming book) on unnumbered pages. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 13:42, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
The third bullet point is a little vague as written, but I do understand what you are getting at. So the 4 unnumbered pages that appear before page 1 in this publication are assumed to be pages xv-xviii. Sorry for all my confusion. As the original pagination does not account for the 4 pages of content, would you permit me to indicate it as "xviii+670"? I know you say this is okay, but I just want to verify again that this would be permissible. I appreciate your patience with my learning the editing rules for ISFDB. This site is a fantastic resource for libraries and me personally. Cheers. --Randy Rns1963 02:13, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
Re-reading that section, I think "xviii+670" would be fine. You should probably also add a note that the last 4 pages of the Roman numbered section are not numbered. Our standards can take a little while to get used to. You're doing fine. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 11:39, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
Will do. Thanks again for helping me out. - Randy Rns1963 23:38, 14 May 2016 (UTC)

Cover designer

Hello, I've rejected your submisison to add a cover deisgner. We only record the cover artist and indicate (eventually) the designer in the notes (see the last sentences for Artist). Hauck 16:16, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Okay. No problem. Thanks for catching that. Best, -Randy Rns1963 00:09, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Star Wars: The screenplay

Hello, as this publication is a CHAPBOOK (a COLLECTION with one title), it must contain one SHORTFICTION item. Please enter one such piece as is titled in the book. After this it may have to be varianted to this other screenpaly by Lucas. Thanks. Hauck 09:30, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

Egytian Gods and Goddesses Mentioned in The Serpent's Shadow

Would you please double check the spelling of 'Egytian' in Egytian Gods and Goddesses Mentioned in The Serpent's Shadow from The Serpent's Shadow? If the typo is in the database, it should be corrected. If the typo is in the publication, a note should be added to the title record stating the spelling is per the publication. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:19, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

Hello. Thanks for catching that. It appears to be a typo in the database. I will submit changes in moment.--Rns1963 03:53, 1 November 2016 (UTC)

The Darkest Evening of the Year

I have updated The Darkest Evening of the Year

  • Change the ISBN from 0-553-80482-0 to 978-0-553-80482-9 as the publication only has an ISBN13 on the copyright page and back cover.
  • Added interior artwork for the photo of the dog on page 355.
  • Adjusted the page count from 354 to 354+[1] to account for the interior artwork per Template:PublicationFields:Pages.

--Marc Kupper|talk 09:32, 19 January 2017 (UTC)


Hello, I've approved your submission and added currency symbol (I supposed USD), I've also deleted artist credit as we do not credit the designer. Hauck 16:54, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the assistance. You had mentioned about the designer once before, but I forgot. I will try not to forget a third time. :-) --Rns1963 03:47, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

The Lion Returns

Added some notes to your verification of The Lion Returns. MLB 00:27, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

No problem. Thanks!--Rns1963 05:05, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

The Revolutions

Hello, I've approved your submission but, in this case (when you verify the publication), you can delete all the part about Locus and amazon in the notes (as the data comes from you) and we usually set the publication date as stated in the book ("2014-04") vs. the more precise given by amazon ("2014-04-01"). I've made the changes for you, hope it's OK. Hauck 06:33, 2 May 2017 (UTC)

Sure. Thank you. ----Rns1963 06:52, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

The Price of Power

I added a note with the LCCN to your verified pub 16040. TracyPoff 16:33, 5 May 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for adding!--Rns1963 06:53, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

Biketopia: feminist bicycle science fiction stories in extreme futures

Hello, I've approved your submission (the result is here) for this anthology even if it's quite far in the future for inclusion (we set the limit at three months and even less for "small" publishers). I've linked the review of the RAH novel (it has never appeared under this particular pseudonym) but that left the review of I Am the Cheese where you either will have to 1) create the corresponding record in the db (if the text is genre) or 2) change the review into an ESSAY (if the text is not genre). Hauck 17:29, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

How short for small publishers? I get a few of these every now and then. No, i do not have a copy of I Am the Cheese. This is my time doing this kind of edit. I hope it turned out fine. Thanks for your insight! --Rns1963 12:56, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
Well, for small publisher I'm tempted to say "not before someone has seen a copy for real". I've approved your edit for the review (and deleted the title record for the review itself, a task that must done after "remove title from this publication" which only deletes the publication record). Hauck 13:09, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
Let me correct my previous statement. I meant to write "This is my first time...". Thanks for the assistance! --Rns1963 13:42, 6 June 2017 (UTC)


In your verified Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi, do the following two titles actually use "Ammused"?

Are is this a typo in the database? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 00:54, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

I just pulled the book and it is a typo. Two other typos got noticed as well. I will submit an edit for the titles. Thanks for seeing it! --Rns1963 12:37, 6 June 2017 (UTC)


Image URL found for this pub. See: here. Can You confirm that? --Zapp 04:43, 7 August 2017 (EDT)

"Victory of Eagles", by Naomi Novik

I added a couple of notes, and a couple of external identifiers, to your verified publication. Chavey 10:18, 10 August 2017 (EDT)

Not a problem. Thanks! --Rns1963 21:50, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

four past midnight

fairly trivial; page # for introductory note for is xi,not xii; will fix if no objection. thanks. gzuckier 21:56, 14 August 2017 (EDT)

Likely a typo on my part. Thanks for the correction. --Rns1963 21:53, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

Tongues of Serpents

Notes of Your verification here shows ISBN number, but only Catalog ID: #01-6979 is in Publication Record. Isn't it to fill in? --Zapp 12:37, 16 October 2017 (EDT)

My sincere apologies for the delay. You are correct and I added the ISBN to the record.--Rns1963 22:08, 21 January 2018 (EST)

The Druid of Shannara

Image URL found for this pub. --Zapp 16:07, 4 June 2018 (EDT)

Hello. I am a little confused. Are you saying you have a better image URL? If so, that would be great!--Rns1963 22:58, 8 June 2018 (EDT)

Coda: Pages from a Writer's Journal I'm thinking of making this (the English parent anyway) into shortfiction instead of essay, part of the novel, given that it ends with King's obituary, if that's OK with you. Thanks. gzuckier 02:38, 30 December 2018 (EST)

Please respond here. --Willem 05:56, 30 December 2018 (EST)

The Dark Half

I added details to The Dark Half Susan O'Fearna 01:06, 15 May 2019 (EDT)

The Time Paradox

Added notes and external IDs to your PVd The Time Paradox.Jim 16:20, 10 August 2019 (EDT)

Battlestar Galactica Vault

Added cover scan to Battlestar Galactica Vault.Jim 14:10, 7 March 2020 (EST)

Space Winners

I don't know which version of Space Winners you entered, but mine is a Library Edition, and I found I had to add significantly to the notes section, as well as enter the LCCN and a cover scan. If you have the trade edition, you should say so in the notes as the PV1. Bob 19:50, 17 July 2020 (EDT)

Foundation's Triumph

Added pub notes and LCCN to Foundation's Triumph John, Scifibones 07:58, 24 April 2021 (EDT)

Armageddon's Children

Added some pub notes, stable image, and external links to Armageddon's Children. Scifibones 16:22, 28 April 2021 (EDT)

Guardians of the West

Guardians of the West Changed page count to include unnumbered pages because I am importing interior art title. Added notes for design credits and ext ID. Left your formatting unchanged. John Scifibones 13:42, 5 June 2021 (EDT)

A Path Where No Man Thought: Nuclear Winter and the End of the Arms Race

I put an image URL into Your pv pub here. --Zapp 14:06, 31 August 2021 (EDT)

Krondor: The Betrayal

While preparing to PV Krondor: The Betrayal, I noticed that the "Author's Afterword" on page 374 is missing. Any problem with my adding it? Phil 07:00, 17 December 2021 (EST)

Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum

Hi. You verified our record of Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum in its 1st ed. P550356. Will you describe for me the contents of (numbered?) pages 432 to 437? I hope to learn what underlies the many discrepancies between our page counts and those reported in Library of Congress records, which seem numerous to me now, in contrast to several years ago. Here you report 437 pages and Library of Congress reports 432 pages. --Pwendt|talk 21:25, 6 October 2022 (EDT)