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The Averoigne Chronicles

We have two Clark Ashton Smith collections with the same title: "The Averoigne Chronicles" (1996) and "The Averoigne Chronicles" (2016, reprinted in 2017).

The publication record associated with the 1996 title is bare bones and I can't find any evidence that this book was ever published. Also, the catalog of my personal collection says "The Averoigne Chronicles, collection, announced as forthcoming in 1995". I suspect that our 1996 title record was originally based on the same announcement, but I hesitate to delete it or change it to 8888 since I am not a CAS expert. Anyone happen to know more about this oddity? Ahasuerus 15:03, 4 August 2017 (EDT)

This page at states "Announced in 1995 - so don't expect it any time soon. Illustrated by Fernando Duval with introductions by Gahan Wilson and Ron Hilger and an afterword by Donald Sidney-Fryer, this collection contains 12 stories and 13 poems and is illustrated with 12 full page colour illustrations. (In Feb 2004 I was told: 'Hopefully we will get to it next year.')" Based on that, I suspect it was never actually published in 1996. The only one SFE lists is the one published in 2016. AbeBooks also only lists the 2016 release. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 16:05, 4 August 2017 (EDT)
Updated, thanks! (I have to admit that a 20 year gap is impressive. A bit scary, but impressive nonetheless...) Ahasuerus 17:47, 4 August 2017 (EDT)
The planned 1996 book by Donald M. Grant is not the one that was published in 2016 though I think. The 1996 one does not seem to have made it at all; Centipede Press managed to get a similar one out in 2016 instead. The prefaces and afterwords are from the same people (or at least the same people are involved) but somewhere along the time, the artist changed. Annie 18:51, 4 August 2017 (EDT)
Well, Duval turned 80 a few weeks ago and Centipede Press wasn't even around in 1995 -- clearly a lot has changed in 20 years! Ahasuerus 19:19, 4 August 2017 (EDT)

Philip Stead and Erin Stead

Cursory googling suggests that the writer/illustrator Philip Stead and the illustrator Erin Stead were both born in Farmington Hills, Michigan on 1982-12-27. Although it's possible that two spouses were born in the same city (population ca. 80,000) on the same day, it seems more likely that their birth dates have been conflated in some fashion. Ideas/suggestions? Ahasuerus 18:10, 4 August 2017 (EDT)

Both of them seem to have sites - maybe sent an email and ask? Annie 18:51, 4 August 2017 (EDT)

The Gryb

Hi! Can somebody post here first and last passage from The Gryb? Debolestis 04:55, 5 August 2017 (EDT)

The first sentence is His eyes ached. and the last sentence is Good-by, my son. oh, god go with you always, my son, Cain. Rudam 05:43, 5 August 2017 (EDT)
That first sentence I can find in both my copies of 'The Gryb' and 'The War Against the Rull', but the last sentence differs in both: 'Be careful, sir!' breathed the anxious voice of Ray Bartlett. 'Be careful, or you'll be killed.' [the Gryb] vs. 'Oh, my God!' said Jamieson aloud, in anguish. The message slipped out of his hands and floated to the floor of his suite. [The War Against the Rull, chpt.6-7].--Dirk P Broer 10:06, 12 August 2017 (EDT)

Curse of Kings by Alex Barclay

Fixer has added this 2011 US edition of Curse of Kings by Alex Barclay. The pub looks odd for a number of reasons: the price ($22.50) is too high for a trade paperback, it's the first edition of a book by a UK-based author, there is something odd going on with the title, etc. At first I suspected vaporware, but finds 9 hits. Any ideas? Ahasuerus 16:29, 21 August 2017 (EDT)

Sekyrová in Locus #344 Sep 1989

Could somebody verify that SF in Czechoslovakia in Locus, #344 September 1989 is really given as by Favla Sekyrova, which is obvious typo for Pavla? Sadly the PDF TOC does not give name, just the title. Thanks, --JVjr 17:29, 6 September 2017 (EDT)

After displacing a few issues, it's in fact signed "Pavla Sekyrová" (note accent on the last letter). I'll let you decide of the changes. Hauck 03:01, 7 September 2017 (EDT)

Thanks a lot. I fixed the first name, but forgot about the accent. Still, perhaps we need be sticklers about such a minor figure (especially when we don't know about the other two articles; any volunteers? ;-) Pity that Locus isn't included in pulpscans or at least Google Books.) --JVjr 07:41, 7 September 2017 (EDT)

Prokop obit, Locus #403 Aug 1994 gives the first name as "Gerd" as per while it was actually Gert Prokop. Is anybody able to check whether the error is preserved even in the article itself? (And how should be it dealt with in the ISFDB itself; keep the wrong title and just make a note?) Thanks again. --JVjr 12:11, 13 September 2017 (EDT)

The error is in the ToC and in the article itself. I added a note to the title with a link to the author bibliography. --Willem 14:54, 13 September 2017 (EDT)

Interviews in Locus #481 Feb 2001

Both Bujold and Brooks interviews in are given as by the subject themselves which seems an obvious nonsense; at best they should be "uncredited" as in the Jan issue (March has proper attribution, April reverts to "interview of Bruce Sterling • interview by Bruce Sterling"). Sadly, no more ToC scans at Locus website; can somebody take a look and ideally fix? --JVjr 21:01, 19 September 2017 (EDT)

The note field seems quite clear on the subject: "This is the first issue in which the interviews are credited to the interviewee.". After extracting with difficulties my issue from its stack, I can confirm that the interview is indeed signed LMMB. Note that you should perhaps ask directly the PVs of the publications (instead of posting here) as it seems that there are not a lot of runs of Locus avaliable for verification purposes. Hauck 02:13, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

Thank you and sorry, I managed to overlook that in all the notes, especially as I was looking at other issues. (What a chance of running into the very first such issue!)
Having self-credited interviews seems absurd to me but obviously I am not going to change that. Oh well, live and learn.
I rather prefer having all requests in one place, with the option of directing the original verifiers here if there is no response. So far with Locus I always succeeded at the first stage :-) Guess I will try it below with something more obscure. --JVjr 10:48, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

Contents of Czech story in Die letzten Bastionen

408237 contains Ondřej Neff's story "Reinhard Heydrichs siebte Inkarnation", given as translation of "Sedmé převtĕlení Reinharda Heydricha" (both meaning Reinhard Heydrich's Seventh Reincarnation). However, no such story by Neff is known; but he wrote Druhé převtělení Otty Skorzenyho (Otto Skorzeny's Second Reincarnation).

It has 5500 words, some 18 pages in the book. Plot: Skorzeny (who per Nazi mystic considers himself a sixth reincarnation of Manfred von Aue, knight of the Grail) and his unit were sent by Himmler (a reincarnation of the emperor Henry the Fowler) to Crete just before the German invasion to guard rare swallows nesting above a village in a faroff valley. After one soldier "gets" a local girl attacks on the troops begin until all are slaughtered by a mysterious force, and even the birds are destroyed in an avalanche. In ancient ruins, he sees local girl Ariadna being put underground as a symbolic wedding/sacrifice. In the labyrinth, he meets the monstrous Minotaur and shoots him although Ariadna refuses being saved by him, arguing that only good could fight evil and Skorzeny is no knight. She notes that Minotaur's blood had seeped into Skorzeny and transformed him into another such a monster, which he confirms by strangling her in a fit and feeling a new fury towards the whole world.

Could somebody of the book's verifiers take look at the German story whether it is this one, renamed/adapted for some mysterious reason, and whether the book really gives the wrong Czech title? Thanks. --JVjr 10:48, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

It is stated to be an original publication within the anthology. It has the same setting (and takes place on the 27th of May, 1942). It also tells the same story. However, it's Heydrich who has replaced Skorzeny. If you don't object I think it's best to variant it to Druhé převtělení Otty Skorzenyho (and add some notes), if you have the date of first publication for that item at hand. Christian Stonecreek 14:10, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

Thanks a lot; agree and will do tomorrow. But what exactly do you mean by "It is stated to be an original publication"; that it gives the Czech title as "Sedmé..." and no publication source for the original?

Well, this happens from time to time: texts are published not in their original language, but only in translation. Neff (or von Wetzky, the translator) seems to have presented is as an original text. Stonecreek 16:05, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

Druhé převtělení Otty Skorzenyho comes from Neff's debut 1985 coll Vejce naruby whose East-German trans not covered by ISFDB lacks 7 of 23 stories most likely on the basis of length, including this.
The change of date makes no sense to me: 27 May 1942 was of course the Heydrich assassination (and he would not have the time to travel to Crete, securely occupied anyway, before that), while the German invasion of Crete took place on 20 May 1940 (date is not mentioned explicitly but the battle figures heavily in the story).
I might try e-mailing Neff himself to ask whether he remembers anything about the changes. (A similar story: The hero of his action-packed story in the SFWA European Hall of Fame was originally called Schwarzenegger as he found it a good idea in 1987 but had to be renamed innocuously at the editor's demand.) I was thinking that perhaps there was fear of the Skorzeny family suing, but I think they lived in Spain, and Heydrich left children as well... --JVjr 15:59, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

I have done the varianting (and dated the original to 1985). Stonecreek 16:35, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

Thanks; I added some more details. --JVjr 15:04, 21 September 2017 (EDT)

frisson : disconcerting verse

frisson : disconcerting verse does appear to be an octavo, 24 standard bond pages with a wrap around heavier bond cover stapled on spine (saddle stapled?) And thanks to STONECREEK for the help with contacting as the previous moderator never offered any help only calling me names and making assumptions concerning a newcomer to the site abilities. 3 cheers for STONECREEK, hopefully other monitors are more like him. Signed: Elizabeth Hardy

Book David's Sling

David's Sling by Marc Stiegler 1988 Baen. Page says artwork by David Mattingly. However it is by Alan Gutierrez per

I'm guessing this is the title you mean? More specifically, this publication? ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 01:00, 25 November 2017 (EST)

Maurice Level: Original titles to identify

Some of Maurice Level's stories translated into English have not had their original titles identified. Herewith an indication of the contents and the opening lines, in hopes that someone can identify them from French collections. (None are in the collections Les portes de l'enfer or Sous le chloroforme et autres contes et nouvelles, which I have checked.)

  • After the War (The German Colonel, with a view to relations between France and Germany after the war, orders the French house he is staying in to be left in perfect condition when the German army retreats.)
Although he was a colonel, a Prussian baron, a veteran officer of the Guard and the possessor of a castle on the banks of the Rine, at which His Majest the Kaiser had once stopped for a few hours, in other respects this Boche had a spirit rather generous for a Boche. Having served two years at Paris as an embassy attaché, he recalled that sojourn with infinite graciousness, and never advertised more than was necessary the fact that he had spent tow other years in the same city as an employee in a little restaurant near the Champ-de-Mars, frequented by orderlies of the officers of the Ecole de Guerre.
In simple little phrases, such as one uses who has repeated the same thing over and over again, the woman in mourning was telling her story to a neighbor during the intermission at the moving picture house. In these war times one makes acquaintances very easily. Any one individual's sufferings are but a part and parcel of the sufferings of the community at large. "Yes, madam, I lost my husband two years ago—my husband that was to be, the father of my little boy."
  • The Bastard (A peasant throws the child he's decided isn't his own to a rabid dog.)
Seated on his stool, an elbow on the table, the man ate his supper slowly, a long interval between every spoonful of soup. The woman was standing by the big open hearth, now and again pushing the blazing twigs into place with her sabot. She talked incessantly, paying no attention to the obstinate silence with which her remarks were received. "Is it true that the Chaputs have got rid of their old hens? that the Rizoys' butter has turned?"
  • The Confession (A dying man confesses that as a prosecutor he convicted an innocent man and has been atoning for it the rest of his life.)
I stood still for a moment before the open door, hesitating, and it was only when the old woman who had been sent to bring me said for the second time, "It is here," that I went in. At first I could see nothing but the lamp screened by a low-drawn shade; then I distinguished on the wall the motionless shadow of a recumbent body, long and thin, with sharp features. A vague odor of gasoline and ether floated round me. But for the sound of the rain beating on the slates of the roof and the dull howling of the wind in the empty chimney, the silence was deathlike.
  • "For Nothing" (A starving man goes to his estranged father for help, and getting no reply, murders him just as he's making his will)
Certainly this Jean Gautet did not look like a dangerous criminal. He was a sickly little being of uncertain age with an air of premature suffering. The eyes that wandered about behind the specatcles which from time to time he adjusted on his nose with a quick movement were quiet and mild; he had the look of a child who fears being scolded rather than that of an assassin.
  • The Great Scene (The playwright thinks strong emotion should be expressed ravingly; the actor disagrees, and tells of his reaction when he heard of his son being killed in the war.)
A voice mounted from the depths of the obscurity in which the main floor of the theater was left, despite the glare of the six dusty stage lamps. "That's not the way, Monsieur Fanjard. Won't you do it over again?" Fanjard, who had been perched on a chair which represented the staircase of a château, jumped down and made his way to the front of the stage.
  • The Horror on the Night Express (Discussion on a train about a murder where the killer left behind an identifying handprint: "He will be discovered unless he strikes off his hand at the wrist")
The train hurtled through the black night toward the Swiss frontier. My three companions in the compartment, an elderly gentleman and a young couple, were not asleep. From time to time, the young woman, almost a girl, spoke a few words to the young man, who answered with a nod or a gesture. Then all would be silent again.
  • The Little Soldier (A soldier dies of pneumonia because of his gallant gesture toward a woman.)
She listened, her elbow on the table, her chin in her hands. While he spoke he gazed at her with eager eyes—the eyes of amorous youth. He was telling her the story of his life—of his brief memories of boyhood, of college, the ending of his studies; the war, his ardent desire to fight, his mother's fears and, finally, his dream of fighting realized.
  • The Man Who Lay Asleep (A man breaks into a house intending to kill and rob the occupants—only to find that one occupant is the local executioner)
Worn out with fatigue, half dead with hunger, Ferrou got to the gates of Paris as night was falling. For eight days he had dragged himself from village to village, getting strength from the desire to see once again, now that he was out of prison, the great city with its broad streets and the narrow roads which night suddenly peoples with moving and silent forms. For five years he had thought of nothing but his return, storing up hate and a desire for murder strong enough to make his first action the purchase of a knife he had sharpened in the dark on the stone edge of a well. As he walked along, his fingers were constantly on the handle.
  • A Mistake (A false diagnosis of tuberculosis leads a man to commit a terrible act.)
"Doctor," said the man, "I want you to examine me and tell me whether I am suffering from tuberculosis. I want to know the truth. I have enough courage to hear the worst without flinching. I consider, too, that it is your duty to speak with perfect frankness, and that it is my right to know my exact condition. Will you promise to do as I ask?"
  • Poussette (An old maid with an aversion to sex expects her cat to be equally chaste.)
Every morning as the clocks of the town struck six, the old maid left her house, shutting the door carefully behind her, and, grasping tightly in her hand an old prayer book with broken corners and greasy pages, she crossed the road quickly and hurried to the neighboring church to hear the first mass. There, in the almost empty nave, kneeling on her prie-dieu, her hands clasped, her head trembling, the murmur of her prayers mingled with the voice of the priest. When the service finished she went quickly home.
It was an evening much like any other evening, after a day when nothing had happened that did not happen any day, that Madame Chertier decided to kill her husband. He was reading with one elbow propped on the table, the light on his book, his face in the shadow. Nevertheless, he must have sensed something, for he looked up and spoke. "Why do you look at me?"
  • The Spirit of Alsace (Is M. Hermann in league with the German army? Is the mayor of the town? Will they tell where German troops are?)
The house of M. Hermann was the third to the left on the Place au Cuir, facing the market. A shop occupied the ground floor—a gloomy ground floor, where it was often necessary to light the lamps before sunset. In the springtime the linden trees on the sidewalk filled it with a perfume of honey, which mingled with the crude odor of linens and cottons. When winter came, one saw the storks, abandoning Alsace, fly by just over the roofs in a long, noisy train.
  • The Taint (Infanticide over the possibility of hereditary epilepsy.)
The prisoner had listened to the charge in complete silence and had replied to the questions of the judge in evasive phrases. "I was alone when my child was born. I tried to get up, to call for help. I had not the strength. I put it beside me in my bed... Afterwards I must have lost consciousness. When I came to myself in the morning, its body was cold... Had I overlain and suffocated it?... Was it dead when I placed it by my side?... How could I possibly know seeing I hardly remember anything that happened before I fainted?..."
Day had come at last. The two men looked at each other and although they did not move or speak, each read in the eyes of his companion relief—followed quickly by fear. With the growing light a murmur of voices came up from the newly awakened street. They waited tensely almost as if they expected some unknown accuser to burst open the door, rush in, and seize them.
  • Under Ether (A French doctor hears some damning words from a delirious German prisoner, his patient.)
In the evenings, when the wounded were asleep, when there were left burning in the halls only the Argand lamps, shaded by hoods of cardboard, the old doctor used to take a little turn up and down the road. His pipe stuck between his teeth, he used to climb the little hill, from which through the trees he could see the denuded plain, the villages, whose mutilated profiles made strange, sharp-drawn figures against the sky, and, further off, St Quentin, which for eight days past had been illuminated by the glare of incendiary fires.
  • Who? (Skull identified by its resemblence to a living person)
That day I had worked very late, so late that when at length I raised my eyes from my desk, I found twilight had invaded my study. For some minutes I sat perfectly still, my brain in the dull condition that follows a big mental effort, and looked round mechanically. Everything was gray and formless in the half-light, except where reflections from the last rays of the setting sun made little patches of brightness on table or mirror or picture. One must have fallen with particular strength on a skull placed on the top of a bookcase, for, looking up, I saw it clearly enough to distinguish every detail from the point of the cheekbones to the brutal angle of the jaw.

--Vasha 00:19, 20 December 2017 (EST)

Here's a link to the most complete list I found on Homeville. I noted the translations found above. There are few items in this list where your citation above uses "The", and this list does not. --MartyD 10:27, 3 February 2018 (EST)
That's good; I've removed those three from the list above, along with two others I have identified. Lots more to go... --Vasha 20:25, 3 February 2018 (EST)

The Best of John W. Campbell (1976)

According to a Usenet poster, The Best of John W. Campbell (1976) is a part of Ballantine's Classic Library of Science Fiction based on what another volume states. I will point the primary verifiers to this page to see if we need to update the three affected pub records. Ahasuerus 09:51, 3 February 2018 (EST)

The series is listed (though not the Campbell collection itself) on the page facing the title page. I'd say it is part of the series. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 11:36, 3 February 2018 (EST)
I agree with Ron on this.Don Erikson 15:35, 3 February 2018 (EST)
If I remember correctly the Campbell collection is mentioned to be part of this series in the other collections that make part of it. It also has all the outer marks of the series (e.g. "Classic Science Fiction" over the title name).--Dirk P Broer 18:47, 3 February 2018 (EST)
Thanks, I have updated the 3 pub records. Ahasuerus 19:34, 3 February 2018 (EST)
I see the series has been updated in the meantime. All my verified Ballantine "Best of ..." editions are now part of the series. I.m.o. the four editions of "The Best of H. P. Lovecraft: Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre" are not part of this series. --Willem 14:12, 17 February 2018 (EST)

Title Record # 19978 Double Contact by James White: Cover Artist confusion

All editions of Double Contact published by Tor have the same artwork as the cover. The text on the cover differs slightly between the hardcover and paperback editions in appearance. The 1999 hardcover has John Berkey listed as the Cover Artist. The 2000 paperback lists John Harris. The 2015-10-00 Tor eBook lists John Harris (but since I entered that record, I can state that the argument to the Mod was that it was the exact same cover, including text formating, as the 2000 paperback; the eBook didn't actually credit John Harris.) Both the 1999 and 2000 editions have three verifications from individuals owning copies of the item. Which would seem to indicate that the information is indeed that provided by the publisher in that edition. So. Earlier today, I emailed the agent for the estate of John Barkey, and the US agent for John Harris, asking if they had any information concerning this matter. Alan Lynch, John Harrris' US agent, has replied that, indeed, it is the same artwork in both editions, and was created by John Harris. I can provide a copy of the email exchange if someone can explain to me how to do so; I screen printed it and have it as a .png, but it's sitting on my hard drive. (as a maybe-relevant aside, I don't have the permissions necessary to edit my user page: help!)

Kd7mvs 19:11, 5 February 2018 (EST)

It's all been updated. Thanks for figuring it out. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 18:41, 23 February 2018 (EST)

Dan Millman?

We have one novel by Dan Millman on file. Apparently it's a prequel to his "Peaceful Warrior" saga. I don't know anything about it except that apparently it has to do with New Age spiritualism. Would anyone happen to be familiar with the series? Is it speculative fiction? Should we add the rest of the series or should we delete the one novel that we currently list? TIA! Ahasuerus 18:09, 23 February 2018 (EST)

Looking at his website and the listings on Amazon, I'm skeptical about them being speculative fiction. They seem to be spiritual guidance-type books. The first book is categorized in "Books > Religion & Spirituality > Occult & Paranormal", "Books > Religion & Spirituality > Worship & Devotion > Inspirational", and "Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Alternative Medicine > Meditation". ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 18:35, 23 February 2018 (EST)
The prequel appears to be a novel illustrating the author's philosophy. Perhaps it's the only eligible part of the series, but I don't know enough about it to decide one way or the other. Ahasuerus 18:45, 23 February 2018 (EST)

Shahriar Mandanipour's "Moon Brow"

Would anyone happen to know the Persian title of Shahriar Mandanipour's Moon Brow? It's magical realism (angels in 1980s Iran) and we'll need to set up a VT etc. Ahasuerus 18:43, 23 February 2018 (EST)

It appears to be ابرو هلالی. I have no idea how to Romanize it, though, and I have no idea when it was published, or by whom. Mandanipour's Persian name appears to be شهریار مندنی‌پور. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 19:11, 23 February 2018 (EST)
I created a parent title and variant based on the information I could find. You can see it here. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 15:26, 27 February 2018 (EST)
Looks good, thanks! Ahasuerus 16:20, 27 February 2018 (EST)

Illustrations for "Fizz and Freeze"

Does anyone recognize the illustrator for "Fizz and Freeze: A Story of the North Pole" (Harper's Magazine, January 1877)? The signatures are illegible but the style looks very distinctive and familiar. --Vasha 14:32, 27 February 2018 (EST)

I don't recognise the style, but some of the illustrations are signed as "Abbey", this must be Edwin Austin Abbey, who did illustrations for Harper's Magazine. --Willem 15:35, 27 February 2018 (EST)
You're right. Compare to this for example. Mystery solved! Thank you! --Vasha 16:10, 27 February 2018 (EST)

White as Milk, Red as Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth

Fixer has identified and added White as Milk, Red as Blood: The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth to the database. It's apparently a selection of some of the 500-ish fairy tales collected by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the 19th centuries and re-discovered in 2009. Would anyone happen to know whether this Knopf Canada edition is an original selection or a translation of some German-language collection? Wikipedia lists a few possible suspects (perhaps Prinz Roßzwifl und andere Märchen, a much longer book?), but nothing definitive. Ahasuerus 19:08, 5 March 2018 (EST)

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