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Please feel free to join any discussions on my page but if it appears that such discussions may lead to policy changes the discussion should be moved to the appropriate forum.


You do not need to notify me of any COVER IMAGE changes or secondary verifications. I should be pre-notified about any other changes to existing data in my VERIFIED PUBS; addition of data does not require pre-notification but in either case, please click HERE and add a message to the bottom of the list. A link to the pub record would be appreciated. Once the pub has been reviewed, I'll remove your note from the list. Thanks. Swfritter

See User talk:Swfritter/Archive for 2007-2008 discussions.

See User talk:Swfritter/Archive2 for 2009-2010 discussions.

See User talk:Swfritter/Archive3 for 2011-2012 discussions.

See User talk:Swfritter/Archive4 for 2013-2014 discussions.

See User talk:Swfritter/Archive5 for 2015-2016 discussions.

Astounding Science Fiction, August 1955

Added letter by E. E. Smith to your verifed pub.--Rkihara 00:17, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, September 1955

Added letter by G. Harry Stine to your verified pub.--Rkihara 00:29, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, December 1955

Added letter from James Blish to your verified pub.--Rkihara 18:36, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, February 1956

Added letters by Lawrence F. Willard, and George W. Price to your verified pub.--Rkihara 19:06, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, May 1956

Added letter from G. C. Edmondson to your verified pub.--Rkihara 19:35, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, June 1956

Added letters from Leslie A. Croutch and Alice Bullock to your verified pub.--Rkihara 22:34, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, August 1956

Added letters by Kenneth H. Cassens, Perry A. Chapdelaine, and George Nims Raybin to your verified pub.--Rkihara 23:01, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, June 1957

Added letters written by Lawrence A. Perkins, and Harry C. Stubbs to your verifed pub.--Rkihara 17:28, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, January 1958

Added letters from L. Sprague de Camp, and P. Schuyler Miller to your verified pub.--Rkihara 00:28, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, March 1958

Added letters from Isaac Asimov, J. Martin Graetz, Helen M. Urban, and Maxey Brooke to your verified pub.--Rkihara 19:26, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, April 1958

Added letter from Isaac Asimov to your verified pub.--Rkihara 20:23, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding Science Fiction, May 1958

Added letters by Alma Hill and L. S. Rothstein to your verified pub.--Rkihara 21:24, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding/Analog Science Fact & Fiction, March 1960

Added letters from George W. Price, and Victor Endersby to your verified pub.--Rkihara 02:14, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding/Analog Science Fact & Fiction, April 1960

Added letter from Roy Tackett to your verified pub.--Rkihara 02:30, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Astounding/Analog Science Fact & Fiction, June 1960

Added letters from Fredric Brown, Damon Knight, and Judith Merril to your verified pub.--Rkihara 02:59, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Analog Science Fact -> Fiction, October 1960

Added letter from A. Bertram Chandler to your verified pub.--Rkihara 18:33, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

The Future Fire, Issue 2010.21

FYI, the name of the publisher responsible for your verified The Future Fire, Issue 2010.21 has been changed from "Future Fire" to "The Future Fire". Ahasuerus 03:21, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

N/A Marked Primary Verifications

In the following pub, you have marked a primary verification slot as N/A:

I assume you meant to mark verified. If you come back, it would be appreciated if you updated this. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 03:10, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Andrew W. Svenson vs Andrew E. Svenson

Hi, for your verified copy of Fantastic Universe, July 1959 I changed the author of the story The New Tom Swift fro Andrew W. Svenson to Andrew E. Svenson, first based upon Wikipedia, but I also managed to download the issue here, so I could check page 99.--Dirk P Broer 14:59, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Rocket Stories, April 1953

Added better cover to your verified Rocket Stories, April 1953.SFJuggler 02:02, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Space and Time

I added covers to three issues of your verified "Space and Time" magazine: Issues 106, 107, and 108. All issues up through #108 now have covers. Chavey 02:51, 23 October 2017 (EDT)

Flying Saucers from OTHER WORLDS

I added an illustrative credit and an essay to your verified July 1957 issue of Flying Saucers from OTHER WORLDS. Information is from my facsimile copy. MLB 08:41, 4 November 2017 (EDT)

J. R. Pierce

Hi, I made a change in Letter (Analog, November 1961) by J. R. Pierce. It is not done by John J. Pierce but by his father, John R. Pierce.--Dirk P Broer 04:15, 10 November 2017 (EST)

Cover added.

Added cover for [Fantastic Universe Nov. 1956].SFJuggler 15:18, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Three Gothic Novels

For the 1966 Dover publication P224681, I added serial number (as Catalog ID) and price from a 1969 newspaper advertisement, and a substantial explanatory note; also several External IDs. --Pwendt|talk 18:10, 26 April 2018 (EDT)

With a different search I found 1966-06-12 reviews in two US newspapers, supporting the 1969-quoted price $2.00 and also the 1966-06-01 publication date now provided at Amazon US/UK (ASIN: B01FIYSVIU).
But the front cover image at Amazon is that of a later edition evidently, for the same is provided as "2nd ed. edition (28 Mar. 2003)" and "ISBN-10: 0486212327" coupled with a back-cover image that shows plausible 21st century prices. --Pwendt|talk 17:57, 27 April 2018 (EDT)

Black Static, October-November 2008

A quick note to let you know that "Q&A withTim Lebbon" [sic] has been changed to "Q&A with Tim Lebbon" in your verified Black Static, October-November 2008. Ahasuerus 17:51, 31 July 2018 (EDT)

Famous Modern Ghost Stories

For your record of the Project Gutenberg edition P286354 I added publication sequence to the Contents list and added publication notes. --Pwendt|talk 17:53, 9 February 2020 (EST)

Analog July 1975, 'Reference Library' essay credit

Re. this earlier discussion, I've gone ahead and made a change to the author of the 'Reference Library' column for Analog, July 1975. David Langford has pointed out that it was credited to Budrys as a guest writer for that issue. Cheers. PeteYoung 09:45, 13 February 2020 (EST)

Astounding Science Fiction, June 1956 - Reviews

Dave Langford is reporting that the review of "Stories" by "И. Ефремов" on pp. 147-150 of your verified Astounding Science Fiction, June 1956 is by Algis Budrys as opposed to P. Schuyler Miller. The Internet Archive agrees. (Other primary verifiers have been notified.) Ahasuerus 06:56, 8 May 2020 (EDT)

Jim Baen's Universe

I added a cover image to Jim Baen's Universe 1 Susan O'Fearna 18:32, 9 September 2020 (EDT) and to 1.2 Susan O'Fearna 18:35, 9 September 2020 (EDT)

Fantastic Adventures, June 1952

A quick FYI re: your verified Fantastic Adventures, June 1952: I have added a note clarifying that "The Woman in Skin 13" is attributed to the house name "Gerald Vance" on the cover, but to Paul W. Fairman in the table of contents and on the title page. Ahasuerus 13:53, 8 May 2021 (EDT)

Moderator flag

Checking your last User Activity date, I see that you were last active on 2015-08-06, i.e. over six years ago. According to Moderator Policy, "Moderators who have been inactive for over 12 months lose moderator privileges". I have disabled the moderator flag on your account, so when you come back, you won't be able to moderate submissions. No need to panic, though :-) We have a list of Moderator Qualifications and you can reclaim the ability to approve submissions once you go through the process. Hope to see you again when you have time for the ISFDB! Ahasuerus 18:26, 14 October 2021 (EDT)

Just in time. Now I won't have to request aforesaid action. Been busy the last few years after downsizing my housing and upsizing my financials. I probably will not be slamming in a whole lot of data so I becoming a moderator again will probably not be a goal.--swfritter 14:28, 13 November 2021 (EST)
Welcome back! Glad to hear things have stabilized :-)
When you are ready to start creating submissions, please take a look at the Rules and standards changelog. It lists all of the major data entry rule changes since late 2016, which should help. ISFDB:Policy#Contents.2FProject_Scope_Policy and Help:Contents are also good places to check since a lot of things have changed or at least have been fine-tuned over the years. Again, welcome back! Ahasuerus 20:02, 13 November 2021 (EST)

If, July 1954

I have updated If, July 1954 based on this submission. I was able to verify the signature based on the Internet Archive scan. However, instead of accepting that submission, I used Paul Orban (in error) per our standard practice of handling incorrect credits. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 12:40, 21 November 2021 (EST)

Great! I am now using the scans to track down the few illustrations done by Dolly Donnell in the 40's. She was one of the few women illustrators from the early years of SF mags and what few illustrations she did are brilliant. My detective work took me to the letter columns where I ferreted out a credit for a piece by Wilbur Thomas. None of his other works are credited but there are at least a dozen other uncredited works that are probably his.--swfritter 17:40, 21 November 2021 (EST)

Universe Science Fiction, July 1954

Just heads up that I approved this based on the signature. If you disagree, let me know and I will reverse but it seemed clear enough to approve and then come over and let you know. Annie 05:39, 22 November 2021 (EST)

If you look at the cover for the May issue you will notice that the signature is quite legible. The signature on the cover for the July issue in question is quite similar but less legible. In addition, McCauley had a tendency to sign with a name instead of initials. Also, Jones is specifically credited on the July ToC. So I think Jones is correct. Thanks for the notice.--swfritter 19:53, 22 November 2021 (EST)
All set then. Thanks for looking at it one more time! Annie 19:59, 22 November 2021 (EST)
Guess I came back just in time.--swfritter 18:13, 23 November 2021 (EST)

Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1940 Wesso Credit

I've added a credit for H. W. Wesso on "Science Is Golden" in Thrilling Wonder Stories, April 1940 upon seeing the initials "H. W." in the same handwriting as on Wesso's signature in "Conquest by Fire" in the same issue--the initials are in the lower left corner on the first "Golden" illustration and the lower right on the second. Also addded a note about the initials. MOHearn 19:22, 25 November 2021 (EST)

Well done.--swfritter 19:48, 25 November 2021 (EST)

Captain Hazzard

Hi Swfritter (and welcome back) I approved your addition of the May 1938 issue of Capt. Hazzard. You have missed the date for the issue in the title field which I fixed. I subsequently checked the editor bibliography to see if it needed to be merged. I ended up finding that this issue already has this record. I do see that there is a discrepancy between the publishers and I believe that Magazine Publishers is correct. Please take a look and see whether you want to delete the old record or the new. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 09:53, 31 January 2022 (EST)

I will delete the new record and update the old one with a scan link and publisher update. Thanks.--swfritter 10:53, 31 January 2022 (EST)
All taken care of. Removed my pub and the orphan titles and added additional notes plus changed the name to Capt. Hazzard Magazine as credited in the magazine. Nice refresher workout.

--swfritter 18:22, 31 January 2022 (EST)

Self-approver flag set

Congratulations, you are now a self-approver :-) Ahasuerus 09:57, 31 January 2022 (EST)

P.S. Do you want to remove the Wiki template which says "This editor is no longer actively participating and is unlikely to respond to messages left here" from the top of your Talk page? Ahasuerus 09:58, 31 January 2022 (EST)
Will remove the template. Thanks.--swfritter 10:54, 31 January 2022 (EST)

The Last Leap

Cover art for this is Josh Kirby as noted in the list in the back of A Cosmic Cornucopia. --Mavmaramis 06:46, 6 February 2022 (EST)

Thanks!--swfritter 18:45, 6 February 2022 (EST)

Stuck keyboard or copy/paste accident?

You may want to check your keyboard and make sure you do not have stuck keys or something - you somehow managed to double "(" and ":" in the titles of the letters at the bottom here. Either that or you copied too much from somewhere and it doubled that way. Can you please fix? And don't forget the parent as well. Thanks! :) Annie 14:16, 17 February 2022 (EST)

Yes. Copy/paste issue. Fixed. Thanks.--swfritter 16:58, 17 February 2022 (EST)

Horrors Unseen

Please see this submission which impacts your verified pub. Please let me know if your copy has the artist credit on the back. See [1] Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:10, 21 February 2022 (EST)

Thanks for the scan. The artist credit was covered up by a Thrift Books scancode sticker. Lifted it up and there was the credit.--swfritter 18:05, 21 February 2022 (EST)
Thanks. Edit accepted and note update. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:15, 21 February 2022 (EST)

The Space Magicians

Please see this submission which impact your verified pub. As above, let me know if this matches your version. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:20, 21 February 2022 (EST)

Yes, Using a 10 power magnifying glass.--swfritter 18:10, 21 February 2022 (EST)
Thanks. Edit accepted. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:15, 21 February 2022 (EST)

Nice Girl with 5 Husbands

Please see this discussion. Based on the Internet Archive scan, I have changed the "Nice Girl with Five Husbands" to "Nice Girl with 5 Husbands" for your verified Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1951. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:02, 25 April 2022 (EDT)

The Future Fire, June 2010

I made some changes to your verified issue. The main change was the editor. Let me know if you disagree. John Scifibones 15:04, 18 May 2022 (EDT)

Christopher/Youd Balance/In the Balance

The note to "Balance" says 'Acknowledgements to No Place Like Earth states "Balance—copyright 1951 as "Balance of Power", by Columbia Publishing Corp., for Future Fiction. First published in Great Britain by New Worlds, 1951."' As PV for Future Combined with Science Fiction Stories, July 1951 could you and Markwood or another PV of "Balance" get together to check if the acknowledgement is half-right and that it and "In the Balance are the same story? --J-Sun 17:26, 30 June 2022 (EDT)

Both issues of the zines in question are available on the Internet Archive. They are the same story.--swfritter 21:20, 30 June 2022 (EDT)
Thanks, I've submitted the variant. --J-Sun 19:02, 1 July 2022 (EDT)
I also made a number of changes. I synchronized the publication date of the variant with the canonical title and modified the publication date based on Ashley. I also made a notation in the title record that the acknowledgment was in error. In addition, there is now an orphan title left over which probably needs to be deleted:

Haunt of Horror

I fixed editorial title in issue #2 ("conditional terror") using Archive copy. --Username 23:40, 1 July 2022 (EDT)

The Vampire Archives

Would you mind double checking the story on page 638 of The Vampire Archives? Is it Revendale (as is currently listed) or Rivendale? Looking at the Amazon Look Inside, the ToC uses Rivendale which matches the original version of this story. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:28, 10 July 2022 (EDT)

Title was incorrect. Merged with appropriate variant and informed MLB.--swfritter 13:27, 11 July 2022 (EDT)

Possible Database Typos

Can you double check the following possible database typos?

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:02, 9 August 2022 (EDT)

Occurrence is misspelled on the title page of "The Singular Occurence at Styles" but not on the ToC or header pages. I made a note to that effect in the magazine and title notes. The other instances were all misspellings that have been corrected.--swfritter 18:31, 11 August 2022 (EDT)

New Writings in SF 5

Cover artist of this is Dean Ellis, see grapefruitmoongallery. Horzel 18:03, 16 August 2022 (EDT)

Deep research, or serendipity?--swfritter 09:23, 3 September 2022 (EDT)

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 1986

The cover art of this, the ascribed to G. P. Lendino, a one hit wonder, is claimed by James Gurney in a "Works by" list in Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist. The style is very similar, so I'll make GP Lendino a pseudonym of James Gurney. Horzel 09:03, 27 August 2022 (EDT)

Got it!--swfritter 09:26, 3 September 2022 (EDT)

Virgil Finlay illustration?

This unattributed artwork is coming up for auction: Is it an illustration for your verified Thanks in advance for your reply! Markwood (talk) 10:59, 20 September 2022 (EDT) Never mind. It's signed 'Malcolm Smith'. Markwood (talk) 17:43, 25 September 2022 (EDT)

Pulled my October, 1950 issue of Other Worlds and the art appears on page 6.

Tales of the Cthulhu -- title

My copy of Tales of the Cthulhu doesn't have 'Volume 1' on the title page. Yours? --Glenn (talk) 17:19, 7 November 2022 (EST)

Not on the title page. Vol 2 is designated on the title page for the next book in the series.--swfritter (talk) 19:13, 11 November 2022 (EST)

The Last City


just a quick note to remind you that this one was not eligible to be added when you added it back in July. It is barely getting eligible now (books are only eligible 90 days pre-publication). PS: We use YYYY-MM-DD format for the dates in Notes - it is less likely to cause confusion -- outside of USA, 7/3/2022 is March, not July. I fixed that in the note while adding a cover to the record. Thanks! :) Annie (talk) 19:10, 18 November 2022 (EST)

Thanks.--swfritter (talk) 17:52, 24 November 2022 (EST)

Science Fiction Stories, January 1960

Just submitted a note, the cover art of this was previously used as back cover art on Future Science Fiction, #28 and credited there. Horzel (talk) 17:02, 7 December 2022 (EST)

The message title above was used way back in 2011, so you may want to alter it slightly so it doesn't jump to that old one when people click on it. --Username (talk) 19:12, 7 December 2022 (EST)

Journey's End / Super Science Stories, August 1951

I have just checked this artwork and it actually does show the artist's signature 'Callé' in the lower right corner - and I am planning to make the corresponding change. Please let me know if you disagree. Best, John JLochhas (talk) 02:15, 16 January 2023 (EST)

::Agreed!--swfritter (talk) 14:50, 16 January 2023 (EST)

Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1953

Based on the Internet Archive scan of Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1953, I changed "Flight Eighteen" to ""Flight 18" to match the title page per our standards. I added a corresponding note regarding the spelled out version being used in the ToC and page headers. I also added a local copy of the cover since ISFDB's use of Galactic Central covers is currently broken. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 10:36, 11 February 2023 (EST)

OK!--swfritter (talk) 17:14, 13 February 2023 (EST)

A Month of Mystery; I just entered an edition that's on with a full copyright page and a page count of 428, online info says 403 was for the book club edition, I changed publisher to Random House / BCE. --Username (talk) 08:10, 3 March 2023 (EST)

Coming Attractions in F&SF July-Aug 2015

Hi Swfritter

I'm responding to this note from my talk page regarding our mutually verified publication. The corrections seem straightforward and I'm going to go ahead and update the title record in question. Please let me know if you have any concerns about this change. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 09:11, 11 March 2023 (EST)

Must have been time traveling backward that day.--swfritter (talk) 14:43, 24 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) 16:54, 1 April 2023 (EDT)

My copy has 1-73.--swfritter (talk) 11:21, 2 April 2023 (EDT)

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1959

For your verified The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1959, I updated the title of the story on page 5 from "Tenth Time Around" to "Tenth Time Round" based on the Internet Archive scan. This seemed pretty straightforward based on the scan, but let me know if on the off chance there were two versions of this magazine and we need updates. I am posting this message on all active verifiers' pages. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:32, 6 April 2023 (EDT)

OK!--swfritter (talk) 11:13, 24 April 2023 (EDT)

Signet -> Signet / New American Library

Any objection to changing this to Signet / New American Library

--Spacecow (talk) 04:35, 12 April 2023 (EDT)

No objection.--swfritter (talk) 11:13, 24 April 2023 (EDT)

Weird Tales: TMTND; 2 editions on, 1988 and B&N TP, I added links to both and xxi to 1988 edition's page count, your PV probably has the same page count, so if you could check and fix if needed. Also, there's no cover; can you upload yours? There's a cover on Amazon if you can't. --Username (talk) 19:55, 25 April 2023 (EDT)

Feel free to use the Amazon cover.--swfritter (talk) 18:13, 2 May 2023 (EDT)

WSFB; When adding link I also changed month to April as it says in someone's note and in the book. --Username (talk) 08:37, 1 May 2023 (EDT)

Pub also has April. Fixed.--swfritter (talk) 18:12, 2 May 2023 (EDT)

Rocket Stories, July 1953

Please take a moment and review this submission to your verified publication. Do you concur with the change? John Scifibones 14:59, 15 June 2023 (EDT)

In the magazine the story is attributed to "Schomberg" with no first name. So it should probably be treated as a variant. The title is available on the Internet Archive. (talk) 13:22, 16 June 2023 (EDT)
Thank you for the quick response. I agree, alternate name and variant created. John Scifibones 14:15, 16 June 2023 (EDT)
Glad to be of help.--swfritter (talk) 16:07, 17 June 2023 (EDT)

(The) Big Book of Science Fiction; Title page of "Printed in Canada" PDF has no "The" at head of title. Does your copy have "The" and does it say Canada? If not, title would need fixing and merging with HC title. --Username (talk) 15:08, 7 August 2023 (EDT)

:I left the following note on Willem H.'s talk page: I also verified the same pub. Although my copy states "PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA." I don't know where the date of publication comes from but the title has no "The" either on the cover or title page.--swfritter (talk) 14:40, 13 August 2023 (EDT)

Fantastic, February 1969

Please see this conversation. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 12:33, 20 August 2023 (EDT)

Fritter; Is this you? --Username (talk) 18:12, 8 October 2023 (EDT)

Yes!--swfritter (talk) 16:17, 11 October 2023 (EDT)


You are a PV for this book: I just submitted the following to moderators: Submitting two web page reviews & external ID (Goodreads). Cheers. Mike (talk) 20:13, 24 October 2023 (EDT)

I recently read this collection. Some very good stories.--swfritter (talk) 10:55, 29 October 2023 (EDT)
There's a note about source for artist being unknown but source is mentioned in the other (Canadian) edition's notes. --Username (talk) 11:08, 29 October 2023 (EDT)

Rat in the Skull

Just to let you know, I added a cover image to your verified Rat in the Skull & Other Off-trail Science Fiction, and some external IDs. MLB (talk) 00:31, 16 November 2023 (EST)

!--swfritter (talk) 20:14, 18 November 2023 (EST)