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Can't remember because it has been too long ago, but I guess I must have started reading SF & F when I was about 12-13 years old. I devoured all Science Fiction and Fantasy books I could get my hands on - which, truth be told, were almost all late 1970's and 80's Meulenhoff SF as that's what our local library had on the shelves at the time.
Sadly, I quickly ran out of new books to read as our library didn't expand nor renewed their SF & F collection. So, out of necessity I started buying my own copies, for the most part Meulenhoff publications. For the next couple of years I more or less kept up with their publication schedule, until Real Life™ interfered: got to go to university, got to know my wife, got to get kids... Kept picking up the occasional title now and then, but generally speaking it went all downhill from there (I guess recognizable by a lot of you folks, no?)
Until a trip to London, that is. I think 2008 it must have been when I went and bought Revelation Space at Foyles. Got re-hooked, became my best friend (up to the point where I'm currently having a backlog of about a 100 books waiting for me to read), and never looked back!
I've since been amazed by the quality (and quantity) of contemporary SF & F that's available out there. Next to the aforementioned Revelation Space, I discovered The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and Dark Eden, to name just two that particularly resonated with me.
And while browsing the internet in my quest to learning more about what else is out there, I also stumbled upon the ISFDB and yup, you've guessed it, couldn't resist contributing.

Oh, and I live in Belgium.


Reference material

Dutch Gulders ƒ : Alt+0131
TM ™ : Alt+0153
Copyright © : Alt+0169
Registered ® : Alt+0174

Current 'projects'

(in no particular order)

Planned Publisher Reviews

  • Check Mingus (oa Christopher Hyde, De Golf, tr of The Wave.... Woerden?
  • Prometheus --> De zevevoudige dood van Evelyn Hardcastle (Stuart Turton)+Het verhaal van de dienstmeid (Atwood) See foto's taken
  • Uitgeverij Thomas Rap is an imprint of De Bezige Bij since 1999 -- >Stephen Fry Mythos (fotos!)
  • Stichting Collectieve Propaganda van het Nederlandse Boek
  • Atlas Contact, Uitgeverij
  • Uitgeverij Podium B.V.
  • Bruna
  • Books of Fantasy
  • Nimisa
  • Review and complete imprint Edge (Manteau) / Manteau Jeugd (search and PPN)
  • Review and complete Uitgeverij Blossom Books (Marissa Meyer)
  • To add or not to add Vlaamse Filmpjes, that's the question?
  • Clavis Young Adult (De bijzondere kinderen van mevrouw Peregrine - Ransom Riggs)
    • Including imprint Afijn
  • Uitgeverij De Harmonie (Potter books)
  • Blloan Junior (ShadowMagic Joshua Khan)
  • (Dutch!) (Schadumw van de vos - Julie Kagawa)
  • Uitgeverij Zomer & Keuning (Opal - Lux 3 - Jennifer L. Armentrout)
  • The House of Books (THB)
  • Uitgeverij Kluitman (jeugdboeken)
  • Review Christofoor, such as Mythische dieren uit alle windstreken Margaret Mayo, Illustrator Jane Ray, 1997,108 p. Oorspr. titel The Orchard book of mythical birds and beasts ISBN 90-6238-666-0
  • Publisher De Ballon: Former publisher De Ballon (Malle, Antwerp Province, Belgium). Became imprint Ballon Kids of Belgian publisher Ballon Media since its merger with xxx acquisition in 2008.
  • Uitgeverij Verschijnsel; (different from?) imprint Verschijnsel, publishing ebooks from various publishers?? - see notes on copyright page of Tais Teng's novel
  • Ambo|Anthos
  • Publisher Amsterdam : Vassallucci, such as Het geheime boek / Tony DiTerlizzi en Holly Black. Vassallucci --> acquired by Van Goor???
  • De Vier Windstreken
  • UMCO
  • Brave new books
  • Zwijsen
  • Uitgeverij Leopold, imprint or pub series Young and Awesome Young & Awesome (Titans - Victoria Scott)
  • Kramat
  • Abimo
  • Facet
  • Uitgeverij Life
    • Het potlood - Guido Kees
    • Arda gaat de wereld in - Dagmar Van der Krift
  • De Vries-Brouwers
  • Uitgeverij Macc

Started Publisher Reviews

  • As of 2018-02-23 entering and/or verifying my collection of Dutch (and English) SF
  • As of 2018-03-26 erratically entering as much translations of a particular title as I can
  • Now and then keeping an eye on data quality of publications published by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency's imprints
  • As of 2018-04-27, started adding spec fic that have been published by De Boekerij since 2011
  • As of 2018-04-30, started adding spec fic that have been published by Luitingh-Sijthoff since 2009
  • As of 2018-08-11 reviewing and completing list of De Bezige Bij publications. --> Jeff VanderMeer!
  • As of 2018-10-10 reviewing and completing list of publications (acquired Uitgeverij H.J.W. Becht in 1986; Becht is now an imprint of Gottmer)
  • As of 2018-10-12 Uitgeverij Van Goor (G.B. van Goor & Zonen Uitgeversmaatschappij) and Van Holkema & Warendorf, imprints, acquired by Het Spectrum in the 1970's, currently imprint of Unieboek/Het Spectrum, part of Dutch branch of Lannoo (LannooMeulenhoff bv)
  • As of 2018-10-12 started with Van Holkema & Warendorf, together w Van Goor
  • As of 2018-10-22, started reviewing and completing Dwarsligger®
  • As of 2018-12-08, started reviewing and completing De Vier Windstreken

Completed Publisher Reviews

  • As of 2018-05-13 reviewing and completing list of Uitgeverij Q publications.
        Done up to and including 2018-05-15. (but what with mijn vriend spiderman? - to add or not to add, that's the question...)
  • As of 2018-06-15 reviewing, consolidating and adding publications of Uitgeverij Moon (aliases in the DB are (were) 'Full Moon (Amsterdam)', and 'Moon'). Uitgeverij Moon is an imprint of Overamstel Uitgevers.
    • Consolidation finished as of 2018-06-17.
    • Done up to and including 2018-06-20.
  • As of 2018-06-16 adding publications of Lebowski Publishers. Lebowski Publishers is an imprint of Overamstel Uitgevers. Done up to and including 2018-06-23.
  • As of 2018-08-26 entering Orbit magazine. Done 2018-08-31.
  • As of 2018-08-14 reviewing and completing list of Cargo publications. Cargo is an imprint of publisher De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam. Pfffff... done up to and including 2018-09-08.
  • As of 2018-09-30 reviewing and completing list of Karakter Uitgevers B.V. publications. --> Neuvel ea! (see picture of book taken)! Done up to and including 2018-10-06.
  • As of 2018-11-07 started and finished entering publications by World of Hybrid (Greet Ilegems)
  • As of 2018-12-22 started reviewing and completing list of Van Halewyck publications. Van Halewyck is a subsidiary of Pelckmans Uitgevers (as is Abimo). Primarily a non-fiction publisher. Established in 1995 by André Van Halewyck. Acquired by Pelckmans in 2016, and since then also publishes juvenile and young-adult. Done up to and including 2019-01-06.

Author Bibliographies (Dutch)

Planned Author Bibliographies review

Completed Author Bibliographies Reviews (Dutch only)

Reminders to self


  • Rogue Protocol (Martha Wells) add "(date is 2018-09-01 on Amazon UK as of 2019-01-26)"
  • Raspoetin/raspoetin duikt weer op: omnibus toevoegen + covers&printing history
  • De Frutsels: check other editions (Abimo) & printings (2nd)
  • Boe!kids; to check if E4/M4 to be added too? see
  • Revisit Facet pubs and move De Belgische Bibliografie link to Ext ID once available
  • Finalize Van Halewyck; see PPN from 1 to 17
  • Schimmen ... - merge check (Guy Didelez)
  • Bat Pat; to add or not? Van Halewyck
  • Need to talk to PV-ers of Meulenhoff's Oneindig Moment series to update pub series info & reference M=SF series # instead.
  • Need to check *Mpact series & change to publisher instead (*Mpact has been briefly a Meulenhoff imprint)
  • Mpact pubs - search for cover! Do we change *Mpact series to *MPact publisher (actually an imprint of Meulenhoff?)
  • Need to check on non-spec fic set flags with Bluesman for these titles:
  • Jo Nesbo:
  • PPN 847. De laatste regel van het sprookje; Gramellini, Massimo / Cargo / 2011
    • Check on the book and add (or not) when/if I have answer to the Italian original - see request posted in Verification requests
  • Check Vlucht of Blake Crouch: spec fic or not spec fic?
  • Check on ISBN 9789000303977. To add or not?
  • (2018-12-05) Check answer on Da Vinci Code ISFDB record difference with wjmvanruth
  • Check Donds offer - is it novella or novel? Count words...
  • To check whether to bundle movie companions into subseries Hunger Games Movie Companion?
  • Add more info to Ontworteld once published (pub date 13-11-2018).
  • Add Dwarsligger Thomas Olde-Heuvelt - Echo once published; is it spec fic?
  • Check and enter collection of stories ISBN 90-00-03440-X - some are fantasy...
  • Watch out for answer on enquiry about spec fic or not of Celia Rees' Waarheid, Durven of doen (Truth or Dare) and Het Bailey-spel (The Bailey Game); depending on anwer, to add Dutch titles (or not).
  • ebook Aru Shah 9789000364510 to add when more info avail (dec 2018)
  • Verification Van Goor pubs in PPN by year:
    • 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
    • 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
    • 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991
    • 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981


  • Add Verdwaald op de rivier by Bies van Ede
  • Update publisher for Circus Maximus = Corgi Books!
  • Add publisher explanation (see Ballon Kids) for De Ballon
  • ebook titles of filmed editions of Allegiant, Insurgent = ebook; The Fates Divides still to be added
  • Fix translator Artemis Fowl: Mireille Vroege
  • As part of Van Goor cleanup: review pubs for Best of YA series and add where missing
  • Kate Egan : 2455649 to variant to English original
  • Correct date The Hunger Games to 2013-09-00
  • Add starting pages to all 3 Dutch Hungergames novels: all start on page 5
  • To add ISBN 978-90-00-34188-7: Twilight / Leven en dood (HC); also, add leven en dood title to omnibus
  • Blind date vol1&2: change pub series titles to Edge (Manteau) or some such. Remove title series info.
  • 'Nieuwe Maan', Stephenie Meyer, Van Goor: need to update 2018-07-00 to 2008-07-00
  • Check Twilight saga omnibuses for completeness (add link, O1-5 etc.)
  • Cargo: James Patterson's books
  • Tschai: check date of map --> to change to 1973 iso 1978?
  • Add author Michael Ledwidge to James Patterson's Zoo (forgot that one)
  • To add ebook Verbreken


Note on title disambiguation

For the Stephen King example above, it's a different disambiguation case. As both afterwords are identical, the titles should be merged. The disambiguation is in the context of the publication in which they appear. So, at least for this case, the disambiguator is an attribute of the title-pub relationship, not really of the title. Compare that to the more common (?) case that we've been discussing where two afterword titles are identical but represent different contents - for example because they are part of the contents of different works - then the disambiguator would be an attribute of the title proper, and as a consequence the title should not be merged. I've been thinking about this and couldn't find a way of implementing both cases that would be workable. But then it occurred to me that we are talking about disambiguation of content titles, aren't we? And content titles are embedded in a container title, which is normally the title of the pub... What if we would use the canonical title, to which the other titles are VT'd? Hmmmm, that could go in the rules and might work... but what if the afterword chages between editions? Hold on, i'm typing this on my iPad, which is a royal pain... I have to check a couple of things, and will be back to tidy up this text MagicUnk 02:54, 1 September 2018 (EDT)
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