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Ongoing Project (Jules Verne)

Series

  • The Voyages extraordinaires series is based on Wikipedia - not date order. Once cleaned up and original French novels are entered and it becomes clearer, reset this.
  • Several of the separate series (e.g. Barsac) are just one book done in parts. These should be merged back into the Voyages extraordinaires series.
  • Two series are problematic - they are sequels to books by others. Which takes precedence? I'd like them under Verne, but there is a title note, whereas the other series wouldn't exist without the Verne sequel.

Publications

First Editions

  • The first French appearances are done. Most were in non-genre magazines so have simply been identified in the notes (in a pretty much standard format).
  • First French publication in book format. Probably next.
  • First English publications - for each translation. Would like to get these as verified copies. Unsure about source and credit for other editions. Preference for Web sources as they are public domain.

Other Publications

  • All the copies for which I can provide verification. These are:
    • My personal copies.
    • Winnipeg Public Library. (Physical copies)
    • University of Winnipeg. (Physical copies)
    • University of Manitoba. (Physical copies and member access copies)
    • Downloaded copies.
    • Online copies (available for view, not download). Sources and indexes to be developed (currently somewhat ad hoc).

My new goals:

  • Maybe doing some clean-up from the Wiki Cleanup report.
  • Merging maps and excerpts that are the same under a single title. See this for note about using series for title when it's the same map.
  • Cross-check Alan Dean Foster website bibliography with ISFDB. Notably "The White Hole" reviews in SFC.
  • Tracking different English translations of Jules Verne works. Would be nice to identify key differences so the publications can refer to which translation they are from. See translation guide.
  • Illustrated Classic Editions - inconsistent use of publisher / entry in series / credit for adapter.
  • Jules Verne - mostly translations. This is a good model. Each credited version could have the key phrase, and would allow for different anonymous versions. Another active Vernian (PatConolly) is here. A discussion on translation notes is here. The help page.

A big project I'd like to see started is a database of fictional names. I see it as serving the same role as the cast listing in IMDB.com, allowing links, lists and searches. ISFDB seems to provide an ideal reference point for sources. It would give me motivation to re-read all those books I've decided to keep.

My completed goals:

  • Actually reading a lot of my books and probably getting rid of them. More of a state than goal since it never ends, so moving to completed. (31 March, 2018)
  • Work my way through the books I expect to retain. My collection of primary verifications is growing. (19 October 2014)
    • Update - I've got all my own library entered and I'm managing to keep it relatively current, in spite of the books I keep picking up from my volunteer position with an organization that sells books.
  • Finish entering a number of magazines and fanzines I picked up but won't be keeping.
    • Update - done. (May 2017)
  • Getting at my Edgar Rice Burroughs collection.
    • Started. I've been in touch with someone publishing something (book maybe?) with all of the Ace and Burroughs variations. (July 2017)
    • Been through the books I own, annotating my list. Next I'll synch up the ISFDB and figure out what's a verification vs. updated vs. new pub. (Dec 2017)
    • Starting to verify what I own that has already been entered. (Jan 2018)
    • Next step is to add what is missing. (March 2018)
    • Clean up phase - based on notes of differences. (May 2018)
    • Book is, as yet, unpublished and may come back to this if/when it is. (June 2018)
  • Match up the images from the fantasy art cards to covers. Lots of varianting.
    • Update - done. (May 2018)

Things to track:

Jules Verne breadcrumbs

Cinq semaines en ballon: Translations

  • Gzuckier Looking for actual text. Nope.
  • Bluesman Looking for permission to re-parent Dent second printing.
  • Chavey Works of Jules Verne notice of intent and request for schedule of updates.

Talk pages where I've left questions:

Don Erickson

Nimravus

  • UK Pricing on Burroughs - a request for whether a sticker was used or not. - Was a sticker, update notes once N. approves.

Help desk

  • Discussion of multiple part first editions is here.

PatConolly

  • Jules Verne - pointer to Help desk discussion on handling multi-part titles. Response was made, but retaining this note as a reminder in case I need to check on a verficiation.

Useful links:

Clean up report - notably Series with Numbering Gaps, Series Names That May Need Disambiguation and I'm not sure what the problem is with the Wiki Cleanup reports.

Rules of Acquisition

NewPub rules.

Templates and HTML usage in notes fields.

Language Help.

Contribution rank

73rd on list of Top Contributor's as of Feb 3rd, 2017 with 2361.

72nd as of Jul 1, 2017 with 2524.
71st as of Oct 22, 2017 with 2572.
62nd as of May 6, 2018 with 3492.
54th as of May 28, 2018 with 4151
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