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Der grüne Jademond publication series

Hi, I changed the pub series of Der grüne Jademond from Goldmanns Weltraum Taschenbücher to Goldmann Science Fiction. Goldmanns Weltraum Taschenbücher was only used up to pub. series #163. Jens Hitspacebar 18:20, 5 January 2018 (EST)

At the Earth's Core

I've added a line to the note for this pub regarding the publisher's address and the ad(s) at the end. My copy is for 1120 Avenue of the Americas and has one ERB ad with 18 titles, but rumor has it there's a version for 23 West 47th Street with only 3 ERB titles, plus other ads. Doug H 22:10, 8 January 2018 (EST)

At the Earth's Core (03324)

I've updated this edition of At the Earth's Core to make note of the ad at the end - 15G - which lists ERB books with individual prices, mostly 95c. There is supposed to be an edition with the ad 15J - ERB books but all at $1.50. Doug H 22:38, 8 January 2018 (EST)

My copy gives a list of titles and a price of $1.50 at the top of the ad. So mine is different.Don Erikson 19:02, 16 January 2018 (EST)


I've added a line to the note for this pub of "Pellucidar" regarding the publisher's address. My copy is for 1120 Avenue of the Americas, but there's supposedly a version for 23 West 47th Street. Doug H 09:51, 9 January 2018 (EST)

Updates to multiple Ace editions of Burroughs

I'm going through my Burroughs collection and some notes from another collector and updating a number of Burroughs books. It seems that there are some ACE editions that have variations that differ in some combination of publisher address and/or advertisements. Where I own one of these variations, I am making a note of it in the publication and telling verifiers. It will take me a while to get through all of these and thought a 'batched' request to check your copies would be more efficient. I will update this entry with variations you have verified and let you know when I'm done. I've copied the three earlier ones into this list. If you've another preference, please let me know. Doug H 11:09, 9 January 2018 (EST)

I've added a line to the note for At the Earth's Core (F-156) regarding the publisher's address and the ad(s) at the end. My copy is for 1120 Avenue of the Americas and has one ERB ad with 18 titles, but rumor has it there's a version for 23 West 47th Street with only 3 ERB titles, plus other ads. Doug H 22:10, 8 January 2018 (EST)
I've updated At the Earth's Core (03324) to make note of the ad at the end - 15G - which lists ERB books with individual prices, mostly 95c. There is supposed to be an edition with the ad 15J - ERB books but all at $1.50. Doug H 22:38, 8 January 2018 (EST)
I've added a line to the note for Pellucidar (F-158) regarding the publisher's address. My copy is for 1120 Avenue of the Americas, but there's supposedly a version for 23 West 47th Street. Doug H 09:51, 9 January 2018 (EST)
I've added several lines to the note for Pellucidar (65855) regarding publisher address, ad, UPC, and icon on the cover to differentiate from this other version. The existing note says there is no existing printing or edition, but my copy does state "This Ace Printing: August 1978". Can you check your copy? Thanks. Doug H 11:09, 9 January 2018 (EST)
Actually just a question regarding Back to the Stone Age (04631). The notes say only Frazetta was credited, but my notes say it was dual credited until 04632. I'll check my copy later. Doug H 11:40, 9 January 2018 (EST)
I've added the publisher's address to Back to the Stone Age (04636). The other variation has no publishing history and a different address, so unlikely any confusion. There is another entry for 04363 with a later date (1980) (and no verifiers and a Locus source) which is unlikely to be this other variation - the other address is earlier than our variation (1978). Doug H 11:59, 9 January 2018 (EST)
I've added a line to the note in Land of Terror" (47000) regarding the publisher's address and non-existence of a UPC code. The other variation already existed and the existing note regarding publication date is sufficient to differentiate. Doug H 13:21, 9 January 2018 (EST)
I've added lines to the note in Savage Pellucidar (75134) for the last ad and colour of ERB's name on the cover. These supposedly differ from another variation. Doug H 13:50, 9 January 2018 (EST)
Added ad description to Pirates of Venus (F-179) as the sole differentiator for another version. Doug H 15:59, 9 January 2018 (EST)
Added part of the publisher's address to Carson of Venus (09203) as the sole differentiator for another version Doug H 16:53, 9 January 2018 (EST)
Added the list of ad identifiers to the note in The Land Before Time (47023) as the only way to distinguish from another version. Doug H 21:34, 11 January 2018 (EST)
Added the ads to verified Return of the Mucker and added a new version with a different set of ads. You may need to switch your verification. Doug H 10:57, 15 January 2018 (EST)
Added the ads and address to your verified I Am a Barbarian and added a new version with different values. Doug H 11:19, 15 January 2018 (EST)
Added the ad to your verified version of The Rider to distinguish it from a new version. Doug H 11:59, 15 January 2018 (EST)

Updated completed. Please check when you're able. No notification required. Thanks. Doug H 15:34, 15 January 2018 (EST)

Escape on Venus

I replaced the Amazon image with a scan for this publication. Doug H 22:05, 9 January 2018 (EST)

Dolphin Island

The 253569 record for Dolphin Island is a puzzle as you have:

  • Date: date unknown
  • Notes: Stated 4th printing.

I have a copy of a 4th printing that states "4th printing, December, 1971" and so updated the 313400 record which has the 1971-12-00 date.

Could you please double check your copy and see if it has "4th printing, December, 1971"? If so, I believe the best fix is to move the notes from 313400 to 253569 both as 253569 is an older record meaning 313400 is redundant and that 253569 has a crisper cover image scan. There's already a discussion under way about how primary verifications can be moved. --Marc Kupper 14:56, 11 January 2018 (EST)

Mine says "BERKLEY MEDALLION EDITION, JANUARY, 1971 (3rd Printing)" and under that it says "FOURTH PRINTING" and no other date.Don Erikson 18:56, 16 January 2018 (EST)

The Land That Time Forgot

Added Lin Carter's Foreword to the content of this pub, although more for consistency than liking for Lin Carter. Doug H 21:51, 11 January 2018 (EST)

The People That Time Forgot

Added Lin Carter's Foreword to the content of this pub (#65941). Doug H 10:14, 12 January 2018 (EST)

Added Lin Carter's Foreword to the content of this pub (#65943) and updated notes with quotes for art credit and printing history. Doug H 10:23, 12 January 2018 (EST)

Added Lin Carter's Foreword to the content of this pub (#65944) and updated notes with quotes for art credit and printing history. Doug H 10:27, 12 January 2018 (EST)

The Cave Girl

Replaced the Amazon image with a scan in this pub - F-258. Doug H 12:40, 13 January 2018 (EST)

The Land of Hidden Men

Added a scanned image and added reference to art credit to notes for this pub. Doug H 15:17, 13 January 2018 (EST)

The Lost Continent

Added a scanned image and the Foreword to Content in this pub (49293). Doug H 16:32, 13 January 2018 (EST)

Added Foreword to Content in this pub (49295). Doug H 16:40, 13 January 2018 (EST)

The Mad King

I've added the interior art mentioned in the Notes to the Content in this pub for consistency with other editions. Doug H 17:44, 13 January 2018 (EST)

The Outlaw of Torn

I have replaced the Ace library image with a scanned image in this pub. Doug H 23:21, 13 January 2018 (EST)

Bedford-Jones and Robertson's The Temple of the Ten

I'm going to convert our mutually verified publication of The Temple of the Ten from a novel to a novella. I investigated it because FictionMags has the original appearance as a novella and an estimate of the word count comes in at 35,517 words which is well below novel length. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 18:06, 14 January 2018 (EST)

The Chessmen of Mars

In your verified copy here, you have no cover image and say the artist is Bob Abbett. My copy has Gino D'Achille. The artist field was greyed out when I went to put the image link in, so I just left it. Can you check and let me know if you will be changing and how. Thanks. Doug H 12:09, 16 January 2018 (EST)

Seems someone else deleted my image and your artist. I am restoring my scanned image, setting the artist to Gino and adding the publication history to the notes. Doug H 10:07, 12 March 2018 (EDT)

Swords of Mars

Added scanned image, printing history, art credit to this publication. Doug H 16:43, 16 January 2018 (EST)

The Deputy Sheriff of Comanche County

Ace misspelled Comanche on the cover of their books, but correctly on the title page. I have updated this pub and made a note regarding the spelling. Doug H 21:15, 16 January 2018 (EST)

Some cover artists additions ...

... were supplied by a new editor for publications PVed by you. The cover artist in question is David Mann. Christian Stonecreek 00:10, 17 January 2018 (EST)

The War Chief

Added art credit and note for source to this pub. Doug H 12:16, 18 January 2018 (EST)

A Glory of Unicorns

I'm holding your clone of A Glory of Unicorns. The pub note you added is "1st printing as per number line." If that's true, why are you cloning a new record vs. using the existing one for that ISBN? -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:33, 18 January 2018 (EST)

Oops, should be 8th printing. If you let it through I'll fix it.Don Erikson 17:38, 18 January 2018 (EST)

Tarzan of the Apes

Does your copy of this publication have an essay "Tarzan of the Apes, Newest Folk Hero" by Richard J. Hurley on page [1] with the novel on page 7? Doug H 21:29, 19 January 2018 (EST)

Yes it does.Don Erikson 17:08, 20 January 2018 (EST)
Finally dug out the copy and updated the entry. Doug H 12:37, 3 April 2018 (EDT)

There was no image for this publication, but when I tried to load one it said one existed. It seems you loaded but didn't update the publication. I've added the image URL and updated the notes with the printing history, art credit and SBN vs. ISBN locations. Doug H 22:16, 19 January 2018 (EST)

Middle Earth: The World of Tolkien Illustrated

Hello Don, can you have a look at the ISBN of this publication? Thanks. Hauck 05:01, 21 January 2018 (EST)

Fixed my typo.Don Erikson 16:15, 28 January 2018 (EST)

Catalog numbers and ISBNs

Hi Don, Ahasuerus a little while ago split the ISBN/Catalog ID combined field into two separate fields, one just for ISBNs, the other just for Catalog IDs. A couple of your recent submissions had the catalog number in the ISBN field. I've moved them to the Catalog ID field, but since there was more than one I figured I should mention it in case you weren't aware of his change. --MartyD 06:50, 21 January 2018 (EST)

I totally missed the change.Don Erikson 16:16, 28 January 2018 (EST)

Feel the Fever

In your verified publication Feel the Fever the story "Orifice" was recorded as a novelette, which I changed to short story (it's 5,000 words). --Vasha 11:23, 21 January 2018 (EST)

KJ Kabza

Could you look at The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Six and confirm that KJ Kabza's name is in fact printed without periods between the initials there? Thanks, --Vasha 17:32, 22 January 2018 (EST)

I seemed to have misplaced my copy even though I read some of it less than a month ago. I'll keep looking.Don Erikson
Well, both the Amazon preview and the other edition of the book show it without periods, so if you think that is good enough evidence, you needn't bother to check your physical copy. (I am in the process of making two variants of the author's name, "K. J." and "KJ," and want to assign publications to the right one.) --Vasha 16:40, 28 January 2018 (EST)

Tazan the Untamed

Replaced the Amazon image with a scan, added printing history, art credit and SBN/ISBN locations to notes in this pub.--Doug H 11:27, 24 January 2018 (EST)


The cover artist for Banshee has been updated from "Lasser" to "Ron Lesser". Since the source wasn't explicitly stately, this seemed likely a typo in the database based on a signature misreading. Please check when you have a chance and if the publication really credited as "Lasser", let me know and I will establish a pseudonym. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:19, 24 January 2018 (EST)

Pinocchio: The Adventures of A Marionette

Hi. You verified the Heritage Press edition and provided its cover image P511623. That publication record now gives author "Carlo Collodi". The cover image shows "C. Collodi". Does the title page name "Carlo"?

It does say C. Collodi.Don Erikson 15:55, 28 January 2018 (EST)

Both of the known earlier editions of this Walter S. Cramp translation T1429449 (1904) do credit "C. Collodi". That is, our 1904 and 1937 publication records as "Carlo" are wrong. Sources:

  • Two different title pages of (Ginn, c1904) eds. viewed online, at HathiTrust and Baldwin Library
  • LC and WorldCat library records for that ed. and (Limited Editions Club, 1937) both report "C. Collodi"

If your title page names "C. Collodi" we can fix all this by revising one 1904 title record.

(Author C. Collodi is new to the database this week, or restored this week, when I entered the 1892 first English-language edition. And the 1925 translation 1st ed. is now in the queue as I depart [1].) --Pwendt|talk 22:31, 25 January 2018 (EST)

I submitted "C. Collodi" and some augmentation of this publication record. I suppose that your book does have the color-illustrated title page that WorldCat reports. [2]
(In progress I note the translation in many Pinocchio publication records, and "Unknown translation" otherwise. Carlo/C. Collodi is by the way.) --Pwendt|talk 19:40, 29 January 2018 (EST)
Looking for the 1937 LEC #88 online I find this book at Amazon
  • Publisher: The Heritage Press; The Limited Editions Club for the George Macy Company, Inc. edition (1937)
  • ASIN: B000JL0DJS
If I understand correctly that is the undated Heritage Press "reprint" (with new page count, not reported at Amazon). In the image you provide, orange is the slipcase. Right? --Pwendt|talk 20:06, 29 January 2018 (EST)

Waldo and Magic, Inc.

Hello Don, I've put your submission on hold. May it be possible that the book you wish to enter is this one? Hauck 04:32, 26 January 2018 (EST)

I missed it so I'll cancel mine.Don Erikson 15:56, 28 January 2018 (EST)

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Hi. You verified a Scholastic edition P510065 and provided our cover image, which shows "by C. Collodi".

Does the title page specify "Carlo Collodi", as our publication record now reports? Is the translation specified? --Pwendt|talk 18:17, 26 January 2018 (EST)

The title page says "by C. Collodi" too.Don Erikson 15:58, 28 January 2018 (EST)


Hi. You verified a Books, Inc. edition P255441 as "Carlo Collodi", no artist credit.

And with cover image that shows "C. Collodi".

I submitted the insertion "Unknown text (translator, date) as of 2018-01-27".

The title page says "by C. Collodi" too.Don Erikson 16:14, 28 January 2018 (EST)

There is one Books, Inc. edition in WorldCat as [1939] (c)1939, "C. Collodi", Louis Beaujon, 252 pages (same page-count you report) [3].

It is "Louise".Don Erikson 16:14, 28 January 2018 (EST)
or Louise Beaujon (neither name is in the database).
Amazon shows "Louise" as 1939 both hc and pbk [4] [5]
eBay shows "Louise" and "Louis" as 1939 both hc and pbk [6] [7] [8]
--including one hc with dustjacket and several images [9]. Does that jacket match your illustrator?
Mine must be a later reprint, it has the same cover but the copyright gives no date, just "Printed in the United Staes of America"Don Erikson 16:14, 28 January 2018 (EST)

--Pwendt|talk 15:38, 27 January 2018 (EST)

Perhaps yours is a later paperback format issue of the 1939 ed., no date except (c)1939.
--Pwendt|talk 14:46, 28 January 2018 (EST)

Ace Edition of The Master Mind of Mars

I'm going to unmerge our mutually verified publication which is currently under the title The Master Mind of Mars. This should actually be under a variant title as "The Mastermind of Mars". Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 10:58, 28 January 2018 (EST)

The Adventures of Pinocchio, A Tale of A Puppet

Hi. You verified the 1972 publication record P254050. If the title is correct in wording and punctuation the indefinite articles "A" should be lowercase "a".

I didn't make that change or any other but did unmerge this work from another, which I have modified. Those are multiple submissions in the queue as I depart.

Concerning this and the two later Pinocchio above (apparently these will be sections 710, 711, 713) I will get back to you with a list of English-language translations that are in the database, whose first lines I know from some view.

Concerning the first Pinocchio above (708), my change of the NOVEL author from "Carlo Collodi" to "C. Collodi" is on hold by User:JLaTondre. So your Heritage Press book is now in the database as the sole publication of a distinct NOVEL variant. --Pwendt|talk 21:32, 29 January 2018 (EST)

Poul Anderson (Box Set)

I'm holding you clone of "Poul Anderson (Box Set)". Please see the "Boxed sets" section of Template:PublicationFields:PubType. Boxed sets should only be included if they contain unique information (their own ISBN, cover art, etc.). Is that the case here? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:11, 1 February 2018 (EST)

This clone has besides different printings and price but the box has a different design. I was going to add the cover art today.Don Erikson 15:28, 3 February 2018 (EST)
Approved. -- JLaTondre (talk) 15:37, 3 February 2018 (EST)

Good Friday

I'm also holding your addition of Good Friday. Based on the Amazon synopsis, this sounds like a standard techno-thriller which are excluded by policy. Are there genre elements? -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:26, 1 February 2018 (EST)

OK I see your point. Dump it.Don Erikson 15:29, 3 February 2018 (EST)

The Best of John W. Campbell (1976)

When you get a chance, could you please review this discussion re: your verified The Best of John W. Campbell (1976) ? TIA! Ahasuerus 09:53, 3 February 2018 (EST)

Tarzan and the Lion Man

I've replaced the Amazon image with a scan in this publication. Doug H 15:28, 3 February 2018 (EST)

Tarzan and the Madman

I've added the LCCN to this pub and to this one. I also noticed that the artist is credited as Richard Powers, when the third printing (same cover) credits Robert Abbett. I'll update this once my edits pass and I figure out how. Doug H 16:58, 3 February 2018 (EST)

Tarzan and the Castaways

I've added the LCCN to this pub. Doug H 17:19, 3 February 2018 (EST)

I'm looking at the cover artist for this title and it seems to have both Abbett and Powers for the same cover as well. Doug H 17:38, 3 February 2018 (EST)
According to Zeuschner and ERB sites, Abbett was the artist. Powers is credited in the book itself, but that just seems wrong - the art style doesn't match. If you've no objection, I'll update the two publications affected- adding a note regarding the statement in the book. Doug H 18:31, 3 February 2018 (EST)
I see now it's not Powers. Go ahead with the change.Don Erikson 20:13, 3 February 2018 (EST)

Three Messages and a Warning

I've gotten a copy of Three Messages and a Warning which you verified and am going to make some updates to individual stories in the contents, such as adding translators, original publication titles and dates. --Vasha 14:53, 5 February 2018 (EST)

Frankenstein / The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

A couple of questions on Frankenstein / The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:

  • Should the first entry by Hal Taylor be interior art vs. fiction?
  • For Frankenstein, does the pub actually use "Shelly" on the title page or is that a database typo? The cover shows it as "Shelley".

Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:49, 5 February 2018 (EST)

My typos. I fixed them.Don Erikson 15:59, 6 February 2018 (EST)

Blade (Box Set)

Hi Don,

Are you sure that you have the name of the author here spelled correctly? Because this seems like a set of the first 5 books [10]? If the name is indeed spelled this way, that's fine - I will approve and then variant and pseudonym. But if it is a typo, how about cancelling this one, submitting it again (minus content) and then importing the 5 novels (155695, 152032, 152362, 152702, 153099) (so we do not need to have 5 merge operations after that). What do you think? Thanks, Annie 18:11, 8 February 2018 (EST)

Jeffrey, Geoffrey, McCaffrey, it's one of those things I always get wrong. I'll do as you suggest.Don Erikson 18:32, 12 February 2018 (EST)
Hello, I've made the varianting, can you add its contents? Thanks. Hauck 03:42, 16 February 2018 (EST)
DoneDon Erikson 16:43, 18 February 2018 (EST)
Thanks, you entered the first novel as Bronze Axe, should it not be The Bronze Axe? I've merged the other four. Hauck 02:35, 19 February 2018 (EST)
Fixed it.!!!!

Radical Utopias

I added the cover image to your verified Radical Utopias. MLB 20:15, 9 February 2018 (EST)

Ace Editions of At the Earth's Core

I'm going to add dates to three undated printings of Burroughs' At the Earth's Core that you have verified. The dates are from Robert B. Zeuschner's Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Bibliography. For this printing Zeuschner dates it as 10/72, for this printing he dates it as 1972 or 1973 (I'll leave that one as date unknown, but add a note), and for this one, he dates it as 1973. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 10:15, 10 February 2018 (EST)

The Lad and the Lion Cover Artist

Do you happen to know the source for Sanjulian as the cover artist for The Lad and the Lion. The notes specify that the artist isn't credited. I'm asking because Robert B. Zeuschner two Burroughs bibliographies credit the cover to Enric. I'll ask Bill to chime in if he has anything to add. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 12:53, 10 February 2018 (EST)

Don't know the source for Sanjulian, but don't think it's Enric, either. His own [website] has other covers for Tarzan/Burroughs but not this one. Style is more Sanjulian but that's not enough to go on. Enric can be contacted through the site, which is the only way to be sure. --~ Bill, Bluesman 13:39, 10 February 2018 (EST)
It was seven years ago so it was probably already crediting Sanjulian and I trusted it was correct. So I don't know.Don Erikson 18:37, 12 February 2018 (EST)
According to an ERBzine article, this is Sanjulian, but the Sanjulian site they reference doesn't seem to work with Explorer. Doug H 08:56, 13 February 2018 (EST)
The original credit came from the now defunct and much deplored (by me) a.k.a. The Illustrator's Exchange, much of which can be found but not searched on See the original user talk. Horzel 07:12, 10 March 2018 (EST)

Under the Dome

This title was added to the contents of our verified edition of Under the Dome as a piece of shortfiction. Since it is only a list of personages in the novel, I removed it. --Willem 13:59, 17 February 2018 (EST)

Thomas the Rhymer

In your verified publication Scottish Stories of Fantasy and Horror "Thomas the Rhymer" on p. 19 is listed as a short story. But I suspect it may actually be a poem. Could you check, and if that's the case, change the type and variant it to the Child ballad Thomas the Rhymer? Thanks. --Vasha 16:42, 18 February 2018 (EST)

This is not the Ballad but a prose telling of Thomas' story.Don Erikson 16:54, 18 February 2018 (EST)
OK thanks. --Vasha 17:08, 18 February 2018 (EST)

Angels of Darkness

I have a copy of your verified publication Angels of Darkness and am making a few changes, notably changing the author of "The Sisters" from "Lord Alfred Tennyson" to "Alfred, Lord Tennyson;" changing "Lady in the Tower" to "The Lady in the Tower;" and adding the subtitle to "Amour Dure." --Vasha 21:46, 19 February 2018 (EST)

Hell Seed

I accepted your edit to Hell Seed. However, you left the statement "Info also from Locus #222 (June 1979)." When referencing a secondary source, you should state what information is from the source ("Date from ...", "Cover artist from ...", "Date & cover artist from ...", etc.). If you would please update it, it would be appreciated. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:28, 20 February 2018 (EST)

From now on I'll note not what was from Locus but what came from the book. Because I can't know what did come from Locus, who knows where all the info could also have come from.Don Erikson 15:53, 22 February 2018 (EST)

The Runaway Robot

Hi Don. I was wondering whether you might check that the two later Scholastic Book editions of The Runaway Robot (1967 and 1968) do not have the nine interior illustrations by Wayne Blickenstaff. I would be surprised if SBC removed the artwork from the 1965 edition (that I own) in the two later editions. Thank you. Main 19:22, 21 February 2018 (EST)

The 1968 does have the art and I updated the entry.Don Erikson 15:57, 22 February 2018 (EST)

The Mastermind of Mars

I've been told that there are two variants to this Ace pub of The Mastermind of Mars - one with 11 ads (F-156 to F-182) on the last page and one with 22 (F-156 to F-213). I have the latter variant. If you have the first, I'll create another entry and update this one. Otherwise we can leave it as unspecified until we find one. Thanks. Doug H 15:21, 22 February 2018 (EST)

Mine has 11 ads.Don Erikson 15:59, 22 February 2018 (EST)
I'll create a new entry and note the ads. I can also update this with an equivalent statement. Doug H 16:53, 22 February 2018 (EST)

If the Allies Had Fallen: Sixty Alternate Scenarios of World War II

Hello Don, I've put your submission on hold. This books seems to me like a colelction of essays of a non-fictive nature. They may be out of the scope of the db as are other counterfactual "history" books. What are your thoughts on the matter? Is this book really "spec-fic" or "about" spec-fic? Hauck 05:20, 25 February 2018 (EST)

Sounds like "alternate history", although I don't think the policy considers the possibility of such works not meant as fiction. --MartyD 08:01, 25 February 2018 (EST)
Well, for me "In this expertly written book, historians suggest what might have been if key events during the war had gone differently, from the Munich Crisis to the dropping of the first atom bomb, including Hitler's declaration of war on the United States after Pearl Harbour and the D-Day landings. The authors, writing as if these and other world-changing events had really happened, project realistic scenarios based on the true capabilities and circumstances of the opposing forces. If The Allies Had Fallen is a spirited and terrifying alternate history, and a telling insight into the dramatic possibilities of World War II." describe more a series of exercises in historical science (or a kind of kriegspiel) than a "spec-fic" work or one about "spec-fic".Hauck 08:43, 25 February 2018 (EST)
I would agree. We have quite a few similar works in the database. I've considered bringing it up at on the Community Portal, but hadn't gotten around to it. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:30, 25 February 2018 (EST)

"Searching for the Familar" in Familiars

Could you please double-check whether "Searching for the Familar" is spelled that way in your verified Familiars? TIA! Ahasuerus 18:23, 2 March 2018 (EST)

It was a typo. Now fixed.Don Erikson 16:56, 4 March 2018 (EST)
Approved and merged. Thanks for checking! Ahasuerus 17:40, 4 March 2018 (EST)


Would you please double check that Dorsai does not have an exclamation point in the title? All the other editions do and this is listed as the seventh printing. If it doesn't, then it needs to be unmerged from the exiting title record and a variant created. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 18:38, 6 March 2018 (EST)

It does have an "!".Don Erikson 16:51, 10 March 2018 (EST)
Added. Thanks you. -- JLaTondre (talk) 16:59, 10 March 2018 (EST)

Moon of Three Rings

Moon of Three Rings Added to the metadata:

  • ISBN 0-441-54101-1
  • OCLC 671810884 (external link) - I left the existing note about the OCLC in place.

Added notes:

  • While the title on the front cover and spine is "Moon of 3 Rings" the title page has "Moon of Three Rings"
  • Catalog # 54101 on the front cover and the SBN "441 54101 075" on the spine. The ISBN 0-441-54101-1 is derived from the SBN.

--Marc Kupper 21:11, 9 March 2018 (EST)

Phoenix Without Ashes

I added notes to Phoenix Without Ashes. The first two bullets were already there and I added everything else. --Marc Kupper 02:00, 10 March 2018 (EST)

The Mists of Doom

Cover artist of this is Sanjulian, see, which shows (move mouse over pics to zoom; see second row of leftmost photo) the contents of this 1994 Sanjulian trading cards collection. Horzel 07:45, 10 March 2018 (EST)

Russian books

Hello Don, I've approved your submission but IIRC the "Transliterated Title" field is not for translations but for transliterations. I'm not an expert in this field as Dominique may be, but this field is for the original title to be written in roman alphabet, so for "Битва королей?" it may be something along the lines of "batva koponeg" (just kidding). Hauck 05:25, 11 March 2018 (EDT)

I think I fixed it/Don Erikson 18:06, 12 March 2018 (EDT)

Fantasia Mathematica

Don, You verified one publication of this anthology P13151, whose Contents list includes this:

268 • Yet What Are All... • poem by Lewis Carroll

I wonder whether that is an excerpt from "Four Riddles", part I. See a transcript at Project Gutenberg Ebook #651 p152ff.

Wikiquotes: Lewis Carroll separately quotes the 3rd stanza ("Yet what are all such gaieties to me ...") and the 5th-6th stanzas, of part I. --Pwendt|talk 18:34, 14 March 2018 (EDT)

You are right it is a excerpt from "Four Riddles". Just two lines and a math equation.Don Erikson 18:44, 18 March 2018 (EDT)

Nightchild ISBN

I accepted your Nightchild submission, but the ISBN was flagged as bad. It looked like a digit got dropped. I changed 06781379X to 067181379X, which is what searching turned up. Please double-check against your book. Thanks. --MartyD 22:31, 18 March 2018 (EDT)

It was my typo. You fixed it right.Don Erikson 16:55, 25 March 2018 (EDT)

Forbidden Area

I credited the cover of Forbidden Area to Barye Phillips and noted his signature. MOHearn 11:51, 20 March 2018 (EDT)

Gardens of the Moon

Don, do you mind joining this conversation so we can get to the bottom of this cover attribution story? I will have a US copy of the book in hand in a few hours if needed. Thanks! Annie 18:11, 23 March 2018 (EDT)

Island of Dr. Moreau

Island of Dr. Moreau is given without a "The", but the container title is The Island of Dr. Moreau. Would you mind double checking especially since other printings of this edition have been verified as "The"? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:01, 23 March 2018 (EDT)

It should have a "The". I've added it.Don Erikson 16:57, 25 March 2018 (EDT)

Childhood's End

Childhood's End - I added notes about the cover art credit and the LCCN. --Marc Kupper 03:46, 26 March 2018 (EDT)

Tazan and the Forbidden City

I would like to change the artist on this pub from Robert Abbett to Dick Powers. The copyright page does credit Abbett, but the first editions (US and Cdn) do credit Dick. Several other Tarzan books printed at this time did switch to Abbett covers, I'm guessing the artwork was never received or used. Looking for permission rather than forgiveness ../Doug H 14:09, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

Now I'm looking for forgiveness. ../Doug H 08:08, 13 April 2018 (EDT)

Tarzan the Untamed

Recorded image URL (loaded but field not updated), added to notes: printing history, art credit, SBN, ISBN locations for this pub. ../Doug H 17:15, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

cover art credit for Strange Fantasy, Spring 1970

Hi, I think I have found your artists for Strange Fantasy, Spring 1970. They are from left to right Fantastic Stories of Imagination, April 1962 by George Barr, Fantastic Stories of Imagination, August 1962 by Vernon Kramer and Fantastic Stories of Imagination, September 1964 by Robert Adragna.--Dirk P Broer 11:35, 28 March 2018 (EDT)

Cover art credit for Strange Fantasy, Summer 1969

Hi, the cover art for Strange Fantasy, Summer 1969 was made of parts of the cover art for Fantastic Stories of Imagination, April 1965 and Fantastic Stories of Imagination, May 1965, both by Gray Morrow.--Dirk P Broer 12:56, 28 March 2018 (EDT)

Doc Savage Omnibus #10

When you get a chance, could you please check whether "The Too-Wise Owl" is really spelled "The Two-Wise Owl" in your verified Doc Savage Omnibus #10? TIA!

P.S. Also, would you like help archiving older discussions on this Talk page? Ahasuerus 10:12, 30 March 2018 (EDT)

It is "Too". I fixed it. And yes, I would like help with archiving.Don Erikson 17:42, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
Thanks! All 2015-2017 discussions have been archived. Ahasuerus 18:32, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Lest Darkness Fall

Lest Darkness Fall: I expanded the pub-notes. The old notes were just "Stated 2nd printing". --Marc Kupper 19:31, 31 March 2018 (EDT)

Ken Kelly new canonical name

Hello Don,

I am in the process of changing the canonical name for Kelly and in a few books, the note does not specify if the Ken W. Kelly is used because it is credited this way (in which case I will variant) or because it was the canonical at the time (so the coverart needs a new author). Can you please check the following books:

Not credited.
Credited on Copyright page as "Ken Kelly" no "W."
Credited on Copyright page as "Ken Kelly" no "W."
Credited on Copyright page as "Ken Kelly" no "W."
Not credited.
Credited on Copyright page as "Ken W. Kelly"

Thanks in advance! PS: I have to go through a few more of these so I may need to ping you again. Annie 16:44, 2 April 2018 (EDT)

Thanks a lot for checking! I will adjust accordingly. Done. And signing (sorry) Annie 17:53, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

The Mind Cage

The Mind Cage; The OCLC reference refers to the 1965 Tower first edition (the Catalog ID in the OCLC record is ’43-503’ not ’43-776’). Should this OCLC ID be included in the second printing (there is no actual OCLC record for the 1967 printing)? --AndyjMo 07:30, 3 April 2018 (EDT)

I wouldn't think so. It's not mentioned on this printing so it shouldn't be included.Don Erikson 17:53, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Out of Time's Abyss

I've added the Lin Carter Foreword to this, this, this (plus added art credit) and this ../Doug H 15:33, 5 April 2018 (EDT)

The Living Shadow

My copy of this pub has the ISBN on the spine and the title page. If your copy also has those, I will update the record. Thanks, Tom TAWeiss 11:58, 8 April 2018 (EDT)

There is am ISBN. Now that there is a space for both ISBN and Catalog numbers I'll add it.Don Erikson 17:59, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

The Space Scavengers

Hello Don,

I was moving the LCCN for The Space Scavengers and your note references an OCLC record but none is linked or mentioned. Can you check/verify? Thanks! Annie 03:58, 9 April 2018 (EDT)

The number on the copyright page is as it appears in the entry.Don Erikson 18:02, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
But there is no OCLC number added to the entry - there is only a LCCN one. Your note references OCLC and not LCCN.Annie 18:11, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

The Chessmen of Mars

I am adding ERB's essay on Jetan or Martian Chess to this, this and this publication. ../Doug H 16:27, 9 April 2018 (EDT)

The Mucker

I have added the Foreword by Kevin Hancer to this pub. ../Doug H 16:34, 9 April 2018 (EDT)

The Return of the Mucker

I have added the Foreword by Hancer to this publication. ../Doug H 16:38, 9 April 2018 (EDT)

Битва королей

Hello Don,

Can you confirm that the author name here is indeed written in English on the title page? ThanksAnnie 03:52, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Same question for игра престолов (and any reason not to use the standard Russian capitalization here?), пир стервятников (and same question on capitalization) and Танец с драконами? Thanks! Annie 03:55, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
The author's name is in Cyrillic on the title page. The title and author are in English on the copyright page. As to capitalization, I used Google Translator and just cut and pasted the results, so I have no clue about upper or lower case letters.Don Erikson 18:09, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
I'll adjust the capitalization and the name of Martin as per the title pages then (same on covers from what I can see). Thanks for the quick answer! Annie 18:13, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
These are done, including the FantLab links. Please note that based on the year and ISBN, we can figure out the printing if you want (Танец с драконами is second printing (based on the year), Пир стервятников is fourth (ISBN + year), Битва королей is 7th (date) and Игра престолов is 9th or later (the 8th is from 2014). As the books usually do not mention it and you are the PV, I will not add this in the record :) Annie 19:02, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Beyond the Farthest Star

I have added Lupoff's foreword to this pub and changed the page number for Wollheim's foreword to page 2. ../Doug H 10:30, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Back to the Stone Age

In this publication, the note states "Cover credited to Frazetta alone.", but my notes indicate the copyright page has "Cover and title-page illustration by Roy Kenkel, Jr. & Frank Frazetta". Can you confirm please? Thanks ../Doug H 11:05, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Well I see I make an error here. I see that it is fixed.Don Erikson 18:11, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Tarzan and the Ant Men

I have changed the page numbers in this pub from 200 to 188. The last numbered page is 188 and the 2 page bio is unnumbered and not included in the contents. This makes the publication consistent with all the other Ballantine editions of this title - except one, but I don't have a copy of that one. :( . ../Doug H 11:11, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Tarzan and the Forbidden City

In this and this publication, the cover artist is incorrectly identified as Robert Abbett when it is Richard Powers. I'm adding to the notes and trying to change the cover artist. ../Doug H 11:27, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

The Oakdale Affair

I have added the Foreword by Kevin Hancer to this and this publication. ../Doug H 13:34, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

The Monster Men

I've added the "In Tribute" essay by Lupoff to this pub. ../

The Lost Continent

I've added Wollheim's Foreword to this and this publication. ../Doug H 15:44, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Robert Asprin's Myth Series

Hi Don,

Did you forget to import the content in Robert Asprin's Myth Series? Which are the three books in this omnibus? The first 3 in the series? Thanks! Annie 17:49, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

00ps! I'll take care of it. Thanks for the reminder.Don Erikson 18:13, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Lecherous Limericks

Are you sure that the art is by Mrt Gerberg and not Mort Gerberg in your newly added? Your typo or book typo or a new artist? Annie 20:05, 10 April 2018 (EDT)

Fixed.Don Erikson 16:32, 11 April 2018 (EDT)

The Ruby and the Cauldron

Hello Don,

I have a request on hold that would like to change the name of the story The Ruby and the Cauldron to The Ruby and the Caldron (no "u" in the last word) in your verified Classic Scary Stories. Would you mind checking the book for the spelling of that story name? Thanks! Annie 12:42, 11 April 2018 (EDT)

It is "caldron".Don Erikson 16:32, 11 April 2018 (EDT)
I will approve then. Thanks for checking! Annie 16:38, 11 April 2018 (EDT)

Robert Asprin's Myth Series

Are you sure you want to add "Another Fine Myth" 3 times here or is that a typo mishap? Also - why not import instead of adding and then merging each (5 steps as opposed to 1)? Annie 15:42, 12 April 2018 (EDT)

Jeez. I've been having problems with My cut and paste. I think it's just a low battery in my mouse. i will replace it and redo after I cancel this entry.Don Erikson 15:46, 12 April 2018 (EDT)
Approved the new one. And did the 4 additional manual merges after that. :) You may want to use Import instead of PubEdit next time :) Annie 15:56, 12 April 2018 (EDT)

The War of Dreams

Cover artist of this is Peter Goodfellow, see his site. Horzel 16:35, 13 April 2018 (EDT)


I'm looking at your verified copy of Butler's Erewhon. I'm trying to track down the first US printing. Bleiler's Science Fiction: The Early Years gives this as published by Dutton with a date of 1907. I think the date is a typo as I can find no evidence in Worldcat, ABE and other sources for a 1907 Dutton printing. Worldcat does have several undated printings "[1901?]" which I suspect belong to this edition. I also found this scan which gives a Dutton printing history indicating that the first Dutton printing was March of 1917. This made me suspect the date of your copy, but I also found this Worldcat entry with a 1913 date. Does your copy have a 1913 date or did you get that from another source? I also should let you know that the Dutton reprints appear to be of the third edition (1901 Grant Richards). There were two editions in 1872. The second is revised and adds a preface. Please let me know your thoughts on the date of your edition. I would probably assume that the printing history from the later Dutton printing is correct unless there is concrete evidence to the contrary. Thanks. --Ron ~ RtraceTalk 09:44, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

My copy's title page looks like the 1910 printing except it has the publishers address and "1913" under the publishers name. Also mine has a previous owners name and a date of '17.Don Erikson 18:36, 17 April 2018 (EDT)

The Parasaurians

Added ISBN from SBN on copyright page to your verified 270124.--AliHarlow 10:26, 17 April 2018 (EDT)

The Citadel of the Autarch

Changed the page count on your verified 37146 from 330 to 328 to reflect the extent of the novel and added a publication note about the essay on page 329.--AliHarlow 07:42, 18 April 2018 (EDT)

Alice's Adventures Under Ground

Hi. You verified one date unknown printing of the Dover ed. P255438, now the only database record of ISBN 0-486-21482-6. You note this is a photographic facsimile, so it contains the Carroll INTERIORART too. I submit import of that title (as page "|1.1"), that's all for now. --Pwendt|talk 19:31, 18 April 2018 (EDT)

Test of the Twins

Test of the Twins; A Note states “Copyright page states that the Library of Congress Catalog Card Number is 86-90222. This is the LoC Classification and not the LoC Control Number” I believe that the reference in the copyright page is an LCCN – albeit one which does not exist in the catalog and that the Note should state “Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 86-90222 on copyright page; a record with this reference does not exist”. The LC Classification is actually “CPB Box no. 582 vol. 22” which is a completely different reference. --AndyjMo 08:58, 22 April 2018 (EDT)

Did You Say Chicks?(!)

You verified this copy of the book with the trailing question mark, but not the exclamation mark on my copy of the novel. This seems to be true for the cover and title page and would affect the entries for the cover art, introduction and About the Authors. I noticed that the entry for "Yes, We Did Say Chicks!" is listed that way in the table of contents, but the actual story is titled "Epilogue"/"Yes! We Did Say Chicks!". Can you check your copy please and thank you. I have left a copy of this post with the other verifiers. ../Doug H 16:17, 22 April 2018 (EDT)

I've added an "!" to the title and "Epilogue to the story.Don Erikson 14:48, 8 May 2018 (EDT)

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy, Spring 1996

One of the contributors to this pub is Susan Alexander. Could you check her bio and see if she's the same person as the Canadian poet? Thanks --Vasha 22:47, 25 April 2018 (EDT)

Sorry to say parts of my collection is in boxes and I can't seem to find this item. I'll keep looking.Don Erikson 14:48, 8 May 2018 (EDT)

Master of Middle-Earth: The Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien

Image URL found for this pub. --Zapp 07:50, 1 May 2018 (EDT)

Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

Hello, I recently verified the first printing of this pub and this one that you have verified. I found a few differences that I'd like to double-check to see if they are real. (1) The title of the first printing has "The" as the first word of the title. Is this true for the later printings? (2) The first printing has two poems not listed in the records for your later printings of the same catalog number: "Spirits of the Dead" (pg. 347) and "To Science" (pg. 350). Are these indeed absent from the later printings? (3) The story "Dreamland" (pg. 336) is spelled without the hyphen in the first printing; is this true for later printings? (4) And finally, the 16th printing is listed under the canonical title but has a different title on the cover. I wanted to check whether Mystery and Imagination should be a variant title, or if the canonical title is given on the title page. Thanks, Ldb001 10:57, 2 May 2018 (EDT)

Both the 2nd and 16th printing are the same as the 1st in contents and with "The" on the title page. All the differences are mistakes.Don Erikson 14:49, 8 May 2018 (EDT)

Selections from Science Fiction Thinking Machines

Would you please double check the title of Selections from Science Fiction Thinking Machines? I'm holding an edit that would update the parent title record as the editor believes all editions should have a hyphen. I note the cover does show the hyphen and there is no note regarding the title page being different then the cover. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:08, 3 May 2018 (EDT)

Yes it has a hyphen and I've added it.Don Erikson 14:48, 8 May 2018 (EDT)

Shivers VI, Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24

I updated the date of one of the stories in Shivers VI, "Like Lick 'Em Sticks," to reflect prior publication in Rolling Darkness Revue 2008. Also, in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 24, I added "His Only Audience" to the series "The Normal and Nadine Adventures" based on it being described as part of a series in the author's latest collection. --Vasha 16:17, 4 May 2018 (EDT)

In the Red Lord's Reach

I've credited the artist for this pub as Richard Hescox - his signature is actually pretty obvious - bottom of the castle wall. ../Doug H 18:26, 5 May 2018 (EDT)

James Blish's VOR

The uncredited art on the first PB here is almost certainly Arthur Sussman, as the initials look exactly the same as the initials on Leinster's "Planet Explorer" visible at this link. But I'm new here and wasn't sure whether that was enough evidence to make the attribution. I have copies of both books and can verify that they're the same initials. Mphillips 21:02, 7 May 2018 (EDT)

You're right, the initials look like Sussman's. I would go ahead and credit him and note your source of info.Don Erikson 14:51, 8 May 2018 (EDT)

Foundation's Edge

Foundation’s Edge & Foundation’s Edge; These 2 records seem to refer to the same edition of the book. Should one of them be deleted? --AndyjMo 06:54, 10 May 2018 (EDT)

It seems that these 2 records are identical. Hauck has already moved his Primary Verification to this one. If you agree that they are identical then can you move your verification to that one so that this one can be deleted. --AndyjMo 13:32, 10 May 2018 (EDT)
I agree. I've moved my verification.Don Erikson 14:20, 10 May 2018 (EDT)

Blood Beast

Cover artist Jim Thiesen found for this pub on this website. --Zapp 04:56, 13 May 2018 (EDT)


Image URL found for this pub. But the artist's name is spelled Jim Thiesen. Don't know if the misspelling is printed inside the book? --Zapp 06:01, 13 May 2018 (EDT)

Pet Sematary

Cover artist Linda Fennimore for this pub was found on earlier printing. --Zapp 11:01, 13 May 2018 (EDT)
And for this pub, too. --Zapp 11:03, 13 May 2018 (EDT)

"The pardon" in Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown

In Masterpieces of Terror and the Unknown I have varianted "The Pardon" to the original and changed the date of the translation to that of its first known appearance, this volume. Could you look up who the translator is, and try to find out when the translation first appeared, and add those pieces of information to the record? Thanks! --Vasha 10:16, 17 May 2018 (EDT)

There is no translator mentioned and the story is not even mentioned in the Acknowledgments.Don Erikson 19:29, 27 November 2018 (EST)

The Space Merchants

I found and updated the cover artist for this pub. Also added a note regarding the source. ../Doug H 15:55, 18 May 2018 (EDT)

The End of the World

Cover art of this is indeed by Ed Emshwiller, his signature is clearly visible (below right) on the original art here.

Questions about cover for Ship of Destiny

Hi, there seems to be some sort of mix-up, because the ISFDB currently has two different verified versions of the mass-market paperback 9th printing of Ship of Destiny, both verified by you. This version has a cover image (of the older Stephen Youll cover), but incorrectly gives the cover artist as Didier Graffet. This version has no cover image, and gives the cover artist as Stephen Youll. Which is correct? Seems like one of them needs to be deleted or merged, maybe.
If you want to see the old Stephen Youll and new Didier Graffet covers, there are images on the fan site
Thanks for checking! BungalowBarbara 19:43, 23 May 2018 (EDT)

You all are going to sick of hearing this but "This seems to to misshelved,I believe this book maybe boxed with the books I'm going to be entering this week. But I'll keep looking." I haven't been here since May!? Well I've been working for a NGO start up more than when I had a real job, them there my heath scare (RX fixed me) and family medical problems and laziness and the dread of having explain to you all how everything is screwed up and . . .
BTW never work for someone whose only input is the desire to take all the credit.Don Erikson 19:23, 27 November 2018 (EST)

Danger Planet

Added a reference in note to source for Frazetta art credit in this pub. ../Doug H 09:51, 25 May 2018 (EDT)

The Goblin Tower

Cover artist of this is Paul Monteagle, see his site. Horzel 14:36, 27 May 2018 (EDT)

Science Fiction Eye, #14, Spring 1996

In Science Fiction Eye, #14, Spring 1996 you have artwork on pages 25 and 28 credited to François Cailé who is presumably François Caillé. Is that typo in the magazine? --Vasha 00:25, 1 June 2018 (EDT)

I'm sorry to be so late with this BUT I'm also sorry to say I can't find this. I do have it so I'll keep looking.Don Erikson 19:14, 27 November 2018 (EST)

The Time Machine

Hi, Don. Think I have the same edition as [this] and found a date code on the last page of 5—76. Also the artist is misspelled on the back cover as 'Scharre' instead of 'Schaare'. If yours is the same I'll just update the record, if not I'll create a new one. Thanks! --~ Bill, Bluesman 20:00, 1 June 2018 (EDT)

Gerald Kersh

You may know Harlan Ellison has a site dedicated to Gerald Kersh, and it has a wealth of bibliographic detail (eg. here and here) which I would like to use to enhance our records. This would probably alter some of the detail in publications you have verified (eg. Men Without Bones). Also, given the great amount of genre short fiction we have for him, would you consider Kersh to be 'above the threshold' as I do? I would like to add the non-genre short stories that are included in his many collections, but I want to get other verifiers opinions first. Given his standing as a highly respected genre author I think our biblio page for him is lacking and ought to more resemble that of Kurt Vonnegut, who also has a large number of non-genre short stories listed. What do you think? PeteYoung 13:14, 3 June 2018 (EDT)

Fernado Q. Gouvêa


Can you check the name of this letter writer in "The New York Review of Science Fiction, January 1990"? Is he indeed Fernado (in which case we need to pseudonym to Fernando Q. Gouvêa or is it just a typo? Thanks! Annie 22:08, 3 June 2018 (EDT)


The signature on this cover is not R. de Sant, but R. DeSoto, hence Rafael DeSoto. See flickr for a clear cover scan. See also The Haploids for another Lion Books cover by DeSoto. Horzel 15:52, 10 June 2018 (EDT)

The Man Who Was Poe

Hi. You verified a copy of Avon Flare ed., 1st printing 1991-08 P179441.

  1. Perhaps Canada price C$8.99 is a misreading of $3.99. My apparent 10th printing, no date, shows "US $3.99 [horizontal line] CAN $4.99" in vertical orientation on the spine and "(CAN $4.99) U.S. $3.99" on the front cover.
  2. Our current cover image shows an Avon Camelot ed. rather than Avon Flare, without any detail text. My apparent 10th states Avon Flare at both top of spine and bottom of title page, only. (We link Amazon image of the same Avon Camelot cover for a 2008 Paw Prints ed.).
  3. Apparent 10th printing, I say. The copyright page concludes with two lines "Printed in Canada // UNV 10". Does yours show the same except continue 10 9 ... 1?

--Pwendt|talk 20:53, 11 June 2018 (EDT)

This seems to to misshelved,I believe this book maybe boxed with the books I'm going to be entering this week. But I'll keep looking.Don Erikson 19:11, 27 November 2018 (EST)

Translations in Skeleton Keys

In Skeleton Keys, could you confirm whether "The Queen of Spades" is translated by Rosemary Edmonds or someone else? Also, who translated "Stone from the Stars"? Thanks. --Vasha 15:46, 12 June 2018 (EDT)

"The Queen of Spades" was trans. by Edmonds. "Stone from the Stars" was trans, by R. Prokofieva.Don Erikson 19:10, 27 November 2018 (EST)

The Vision

Hi, Don. Added a couple of notes to [this] and noticed a signature on the back cover drawing [it's different than the front] but can't make it out. First name could be 'Ron' but that's a guess. Can you make head or tail of it? --~ Bill, Bluesman 16:50, 13 June 2018 (EDT)

Can't make it out either. If the left side of the "r" is a hair then could be "Lou".Don Erikson 19:06, 27 November 2018 (EST)

The Dead Girl's Dance

The Morganville Vampires, volume 1; The record shows a Page Count of 4767 – seems a bit high to me. OCLC has a page count of 467. Maybe a mistype? --AndyjMo 07:52, 17 June 2018 (EDT)

Rod Serling's Twilight Zone


Can you look at your verified? The title record says that it is an omnibus of the two collections but the only content added is the one of the first collection only. Annie 22:57, 17 June 2018 (EDT)

And while you are at it The Lord of the Rings (Boxed Set) also needs its content. Annie 22:59, 17 June 2018 (EDT)
Both of these books are boxed with the books I'm going to be entering this week.Don Erikson 19:01, 27 November 2018 (EST)

Utopia 3

User Horzel found the cover artist for this verified pub. It's David Schleinkofer, see his Flickr account. I added the credit. --Willem 15:55, 18 June 2018 (EDT)

The Green Man

I credited the cover art to the Paperback Library edition of The Green Man and noted that Michael Leonard's website (the one referenced for Brak versus the Mark of the Demons) credits the Sphere edition cover that it reprints.

If, like me, after comparing you think the uncredited Paperback Library covers for Jason and Jirel of Joiry are in exactly the same style, perhaps as Primary Verifier you'd add a parenthetical note to that effect to one or both. MOHearn 18:08, 23 June 2018 (EDT)

There Will Be Time

The cover artist of this is Fernando Fernandez, see his site. Horzel 17:55, 24 June 2018 (EDT)

The Sands of Mars

The cover artist of this is also Fernando Fernandez, same signature as on There Will Be Time. Horzel 18:01, 24 June 2018 (EDT)

Tales of Ten Worlds

Cover artist of this is also Fernando Fernandez, see Horzel 11:51, 25 June 2018 (EDT)


Rork!; The Catalog ID field has the value “0-532-15227-4”. Shouldn’t this value be in the ISBN field? --AndyjMo 16:59, 26 June 2018 (EDT)

Gerald Kersh's Men Without Bones collections

Hi Don, your verified 1962 Kersh collection Men Without Bones has considerably different contents from the first edition published just seven years earlier in 1955. I wouldn't even call it the same collection with a limited selection of the original stories: of the 13 stories in your collection only 3 appeared in the 1955 edition ('Men Without Bones', 'The Madwoman' and 'The Hack'), the other ten are 'new'. Would you consider it a separate collection that ought to have its own title record? (This is pretty common with some writers, e.g. look at the number of separate Kafka collections with titles like 'The Metamorphosis and Other Stories', etc.) Also, does the subtitle "and Other Haunting Inhabitants of the Wide, Weird World" appear on the title page?

I'd also appreciate some feedback to my original questions about Kersh on 3 June. Thanks. PeteYoung 09:25, 4 July 2018 (EDT)

This seems to to misshelved,I believe this book maybe boxed with the books I'm going to be entering this week. But I'll keep looking.Don Erikson 18:53, 27 November 2018 (EST)

Arabella of Mars

Added a cover scan and a couple of external links and corrected the page-count on your verified Arabella of Mars.SFJuggler 12:34, 8 July 2018 (EDT)

Ursus of Ultima Thule

Nitramyeldud found the cover artist for Ursus of Ultima Thule based on a listing for the original artwork. As a new user, the submission wasn't quite right so I re-did it with the proper publication note & canonical artist name. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:32, 8 July 2018 (EDT)

More Magic of Xanth

Cover artist Darrell K. Sweet of this pub added. --Zapp 07:03, 10 July 2018 (EDT)

The Tombs of Atuan

I guess this pub could be the 7th printing according to publication date between 6th and 8th printing. --Zapp 03:37, 14 July 2018 (EDT)

The Reassembled Man

Added notes for source of Frazetta art credit to The Reassembled Man ../Doug H 18:32, 18 July 2018 (EDT)

The Planet of the Blind, Acorna's People, & Treaty at Doona

I'm replacing the Amazon covers and cleaning up notes on our verified [11], [12], & [13]. I'm also adding Canadian prices to some books where I'm the only verifier. Jack Sjmathis 09:57, 26 July 2018 (EDT)


Hi. You verified a 2008 copy of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader P452519 as publisher Harper Trophy. That should be publisher HarperTrophy. --Pwendt|talk 14:25, 26 July 2018 (EDT)

Tin House Magazine

I'm going through back issues of Tin House, including your verified issue, and making the necessary changes because it is non-genre: setting the ng flag and changing the editor credit to "Editors of Tin House Magazine." I also made a few cosmetic changes: changed the title record to "Tin House Magazine - 2013" and added the issue number to the issue title. --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 01:01, 27 July 2018 (EDT)

A Fighting Man of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs

I recently added a variation here of the publication you had verified here. The two versions differ in the ads in the final pages, which I documented in the notes. I had arbitrarily chosen which ads were associated with each publication, so you may need to move your verification to the other copy, depending on what you have in your copy. ../Doug H 17:16, 28 July 2018 (EDT)

Cover artist for Star Trek 7 (Bantam 1979)

I have just added the cover artist for Star Trek 7. It was used in 1975 for German Star Trek edition and Eddie Jones signed the artwork "S. Fantoni". JLochhas 10:04, 29 July 2018 (EDT)

Hi. I have that submission on hold. Is the only credit the "S. Fantoni" signature, and is that signature visible on this Star Trek 7 cover? If so, the cover should be credited to S. Fantoni, not to Eddie Jones (since we have S. Fantoni, then a variant made as appropriate, although I don't see any 1975 German Star Trek 4... --MartyD 10:29, 29 July 2018 (EDT)
Hi Marty, here's the link to Star Trek 4 that I should have added for starters. The title is not Star Trek 4.... --JLochhas 13:28, 30 July 2018 (EDT)
Ok, sorry about the delay. I've accepted the submission.

Cover artist for Zardoz

User Horzel found the cover artist of your verified Zardoz. I added the credit and a note about the source. Thanks, --Willem 14:49, 29 July 2018 (EDT)

Stories from Doctor Death

I added Robert Bonfils' cover credit and the month to Stories from Doctor Death along with a note giving the source for both, the Vintage Greenleaf Classics website. MOHearn 17:18, 29 July 2018 (EDT)

Witchcraft and Wizardry in Wales

Hi, in your verified copy of A Circle of Witches you give the essay Witchcraft and Wizardry in Wales as written by Mrs. E. Lynn Linton (I). I can't find that in two online descriptions, Vault of Evil and Goodreads. Could you please check the attribution (and the subtitle of this anthology)?--Dirk P Broer 04:57, 4 August 2018 (EDT)

Danny Dunn and the Smallifying Machine

Hi. You verified a copy of the Archway pb in its 5th printing P296925, with cover art by the illustrator Paul Sagsoorian. I don't believe Sagsoorian is the artist, given that this quite different work illustrates the same narrative moment as the cover of the [supposed, we don't say it] 1st ed., which contains the Sagsoorian illustrations P261809.

I've removed the cover credit and noted the (probably wrong) credit on the title page.

At the same time, does your book say anything relevant to "New York : Washington Square Press [1971, ©1969]", Archway Paperback #60, quoting WorldCat OCLC 21202548. Does it mention Washington or show #60? --Pwendt|talk 16:26, 10 August 2018 (EDT)

There is no mention "New York : Washington Square Press [1971, ©1969]" anywhere I could see.Don Erikson 18:45, 27 November 2018 (EST)

Welcome Home, Jaime

I corrected the spelling of Welcome Home, Jaime from Jamie on the Title Page, which affects your Primary Verified publications. MOHearn 14:02, 11 August 2018 (EDT)


Wanted to let you know I added some more info to notes of Eventide. MagicUnk 18:08, 13 August 2018 (EDT)

Battlestar Galactica

FYI, I have updated the Notes field of your verified Battlestar Galactica for readability. Ahasuerus 18:22, 14 August 2018 (EDT)

P.S. Also, the cover artist, Robert Tanenbaum, has been added to the Berkley Books edition of this book, which you are also a primary verifier on. Ahasuerus 18:28, 14 August 2018 (EDT)

Apollo Press/Books

Hi, I came across your verified copy of Wellspring, that you have as published by 'Apollo Press', while the cover says 'Apollo Books' -which is also a publisher. As a matter of fact you own the two books we have of them in our database. Is this one and the same publisher?--Dirk P Broer 07:57, 22 August 2018 (EDT)

My copy of Wellspring seems to be misshelved but I'm going to say that they're the same company because another book by Hawkins, a mystery, was also published by Apollo books. The missing book maybe boxed with the books I'm going to be entering this week. But I'll keep looking.Don Erikson 18:35, 27 November 2018 (EST)

From the Earth to the Moon

I added the cover artist Raul Mina Mora to this pub, he is credited in first printing. --Zapp 12:36, 7 September 2018 (EDT)

The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

Added note, external references and cover artist info to your verified The Mammoth Book of Steampunk.SFJuggler 13:36, 9 September 2018 (EDT)

The Incomplete Enchanter

Replaced Amazon image with a scan in this publication. ../Doug H 23:49, 16 September 2018 (EDT)

Life on Other Worlds

I added the cover artist to this. Found a 5th edition that uses same artwork, signed "jonas," same sig as other Robert Jonas artworks. Cheers, Mphillips 17:13, 17 September 2018 (EDT)


Added notes and a cover scan to your verified Jupiter.

Typo fix in Starlight 3

Since I have a copy of Starlight 3, I went ahead and corrected "Madeleine E. Robbins" to "Madeleine E. Robins." --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 01:36, 1 October 2018 (EDT)

Andre Norton - Catseye

Just a nit-picking detail - in this pub's notes you state "This printing has ad codes B24, A25, & 31A". My copy reverses two ad codes "24B, 25A". ../Doug H 13:31, 1 October 2018 (EDT)

The Blight (Dr. Palfrey)

Hi, Don. You verified a record of the Lancer Books ed. P367155 as 1969. The cited WorldCat record reports 1968, and you note, "©1968, not likely published until 1969".

The Sunday column "Criminals at Large" by Allen J. Hubin, NY Times 1970-05-17 p287, notes "five new paperback Creasey reprints by Lancer (75 cents each)", including The Blight.

Here --venerable weekly column in the book review section-- that is late enough to be certainly 1970 publications, probably spring 1970, in my judgment. --Pwendt|talk 21:10, 10 October 2018 (EDT)

I see your point. I will change the note to 1970.Don Erikson 18:15, 27 November 2018 (EST)

possible page number typo in "Steampunk"

If you still have your copy of "Steampunk", could you check and see if the page number for "The Steam-Driven Time Machine: A Pop Culture Survey" is actually 339, or 349 as it is in the second and 4th printings? Thanks. gzuckier 22:16, 14 October 2018 (EDT)

It is 349. Thanx for fixing it.Don Erikson 18:11, 27 November 2018 (EST)


User Mphillips found the cover artist for Stardreamer, see here. I added credit and notes. --Willem 04:54, 15 October 2018 (EDT)

'Arena of Antares' and 'Fliers of Antares'

Please see User talk:Willem H.#'Arena of Antares' and 'Fliers of Antares' --Marc Kupper 23:56, 15 October 2018 (EDT)

Poe's Children

I removed the subtitle "An Anthology" from the title of Poe's Children: New Horror since such low-information subtitles are usually omitted here --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 16:12, 16 October 2018 (EDT)

Three-Ring Psychus

Cover artist of this is Terrance Lindall, see here or this book (page 6) about the artist. Horzel 17:26, 18 October 2018 (EDT)


FYI re: your PV'd, I've verified the US & UK versions and will be submitting Pub Notes to differentiate the two. Markwood 12:52, 20 October 2018 (EDT)

J. R. R. Tolkien (Writers for the Seventies)

Hi. You verified a copy of the 1st printing, P18807, with Content

  • "Foreword. J.R.R. Tolkien: A Write for the Seventies"

That is unusual format and "Writer" is mis-spelled. Is it intended to represent three-line layout such as this (perhaps punctuated)?

J.R.R. Tolkien
A Writer for the Seventies

Because of the mis-spelling I will alert moderators but I have a question for you anyway. (The other verifier is inactive now probably.) Does the book identify Terence Malley as series editor of Writers for the Seventies? If not, anyone else? --Pwendt|talk 22:02, 22 October 2018 (EDT)

I fixed errors in the title of the foreword, replacing a period with a colon and adding the "r" to writer.
From reading some of the foreword it appears that Malley IS the editor of the series. Though it doesn't say so outright.Don Erikson 18:02, 27 November 2018 (EST)


Have added a couple of bibliographic notes to your verified copy of Somtow Sucharitkul's Mallworld. PeteYoung 20:40, 28 October 2018 (EDT)

The Shaggy D. A.

Added a note and some web links to your verified listing of Shaggy D. A.. MLB 02:28, 29 October 2018 (EDT)


Typo check: is the name of the cover artist of Trillion really spelled "Particia"? --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 15:08, 6 November 2018 (EST)

Typo fixed. I will then remove misspelled name.Don Erikson 17:50, 27 November 2018 (EST)
Welcome back, Don! :) No need to remove an author when there is no record that uses that name anymore - unlike titles with no publications, authors are getting automatically removed when they have nothing attached to them. Annie 17:58, 27 November 2018 (EST)

The Best of Cordwainer Smith

Hi. The Pub Notes for your PV'd "The Best of Cordwainer Smith" ( say, "First printing has gutter code "24R" [verified] on page 341". In my copy, that first printing code is on page 337 (with no printing code on page 341.) Need to determine if Pub Note is wrong, or if I've got a verified variant. I'm posting this note to the other PV's, also. Thanks in advance for response. Markwood 11:37, 12 November 2018 (EST)

After going through 12 big boxes of SFBC books I can't find this book. I will keep looking.Don Erikson 17:52, 27 November 2018 (EST)

Midnight people cover

I deleted the reference to the cover you posted from this pub: on the following basis

title doesn't match
catalog # doesn't match
authors on cover aren't in contents

Hope I'm not overstepping my bounds. maybe you could check? thanks. gzuckier 22:23, 19 November 2018 (EST)

. . . And Baby Makes Three

I changed the designation of . . . And Baby Makes Three from a short story to that of an essay. MLB 02:51, 27 November 2018 (EST)

I, Robot

Hi, cover artist of this, now given as Kossim, should be Sanford Kossin, see this edition. Horzel 15:27, 28 November 2018 (EST)

The same goes for The Passionate Witch and for I Am Legend. Horzel 15:36, 28 November 2018 (EST)

t zero

Hi, I've imported content and appended the notes for your verified copy of t zero.--Dirk P Broer 06:50, 30 November 2018 (EST)

Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror/Supernatural

Replaced Amazon cover of this with once scanned from my own copy --Mavmaramis 13:12, 30 November 2018 (EST)

Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy

Hello Don,

Did the book make the typo in "Alistair Reynolds" name (he goes by Alastair Reynolds usually) or did it happen while adding the book here? Thanks! Annie 16:00, 7 December 2018 (EST)

The Astounding Adventures of Space Ranger Starr, Agent of the Council of Space

Does this omnibus really contain Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury twice? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:22, 10 December 2018 (EST)

Oops. Fixed.Don Erikson 19:10, 3 January 2019 (EST)

"Working the High Steel"

In your verified publication Warrior Wisewoman 2, the story "Working the High Steel" is listed as a novelette; however, I've seen a reprint publication of it that's less than 5,000 words long. You may want to recheck and correct the length in this publication. --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 19:05, 12 December 2018 (EST)

Circus of the Damned cover artist

Hello Don. I have added the cover artist (Craig White) for your verified, as per this earlier pub. Cheers ! Linguist 10:50, 13 December 2018 (EST).


Greetings, Don! I attempted to slightly change the record for [this] publication by changing the quoted last-page printing date from 74-09 to 9-74 and noted [only in the 'note-to-moderator' space] that the spine number actually doesn't have a checksum. Instead of checking with you or accepting the edit [I do own the book] the moderator rejected it and noted I should clone it instead. Berkley never used codes like 74-09 so I know the original note was just a 'typo' but I guess the moderator was too busy to check with you. The other verifier is long gone. So, can you confirm that your copy has the 9-74 date and that the spine # does not have the checksum? Much thanks. --Artisan 00:08, 17 December 2018 (EST)

The spine doesn't have a check sum. I notice some contributors here have added check sums to a SBN turning it into a ISBN (possably thinking they were fixing a typo). And it says 9-74 on the last page.Don Erikson 15:19, 6 January 2019 (EST)
Thanks very much, I appreciate the response [knew cloning it was just plain wrong]. While I would have no problem adding a leading '0' or some other number for foreign editions, manufacturing a checksum just seems like 'faking' data that just isn't there. I'll make the minor correction to the notes. Thanks again. --Artisan 21:04, 6 January 2019 (EST)

Letter (Fantastic Adventures, September 1947)

Is Letter (Fantastic Adventures, September 1947) really INTERIORART as currently listed? If so, an explanatory note should be added. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 12:31, 23 December 2018 (EST)

Fixed.Don Erikson 15:23, 6 January 2019 (EST)

Set of Lord of the Rings books in Japanese

Please come participate at User talk:Nihonjoe#Publisher needs identifying . Thanks! ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 13:41, 30 December 2018 (EST)

Election Day 2084: Science Fiction Stories About the Future of Politics

We had duplicate records for the hc edition of Election Day 2084: Science Fiction Stories About the Future of Politics. I kept the record that had more details (including a local cover image), but that unfortunately meant deleting yours. You may wish to verify the other record. -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:11, 31 December 2018 (EST)

King Kong

You have verified two copies of King Kong - here and here. The date for both is 1976-11-00, but the notes both claim that there is a date of November 1978. I have a copy that appears like the former except the only date listed on the copyright page is "First ACE printing: November 1976". Is the 1978 in the notes a typo? ../Doug H 23:39, 3 January 2019 (EST)

Yes, it is a typo. I will fix it.!!!!

The 5th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories

For The 5th Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories, I've compared it against the Internet Archive scan and see the following deltas:

  • Title page has "Fifth" vs "5th" in title
I've changed to "Fifth" —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .
  • Publisher is "Beagle Books" vs "Beagle Boxer"
"Beagle Books" appears on title page and copyright page. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .
It is "Beagle Books" —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .
  • Page 76 has the title as "The Sea Raiders" vs "The Sea-Raiders"
It appears that way on the contents and story page. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .
For some reason the first 10 pages of "The Sea Raiders" have been ripped out of my copy but the title at the top of the remaining pages is without a hyphen like the contents page. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .
  • Page 151 has the title as "Mrs Amworth" vs "Mrs. Amworth"
Fixed. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .
  • Page 168 has the author as "A. M. Burrage" vs "Ex-Private X"
It appears that way on the contents and story page. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .
Just "A. M. Burrage". BTW I changed page number to 166 also. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Don Erikson (talkcontribs) .

Would you please double check your edition before I make updates. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 15:12, 6 January 2019 (EST)

The pub has not changed & you have no pending edits so looks like something went amiss. As your responses say your copy matches the Internet Archive version, I have made the following changes:
  • Changed the title from "5th" to "Fifth"
  • Changed the publisher from "Beagle Boxer" to "Beagle Books"
  • Removed "The Sea-Raiders" and imported its "The Sea Raiders" variant
  • Removed "Mrs. Amworth" and imported "Mrs Amworth" variant
  • Removed the "The Waxwork" as by Ex-Private X and imported its parent as by A. M. Burrage
  • Expanded the notes
The record should now match the publication. Thank you for checking. -- JLaTondre (talk) 20:10, 7 January 2019 (EST)


I have a question about your verified publication Technology -- I hope you have the book available. I am puzzled by the statement that pages 51-54 (approximately) are "Night - short fiction by Sarah Teasdale." Firstly, the author's name is Sara Teasdale; secondly, as far as I know she only wrote poems; thirdly, most of her poems are short and the one titled "Night" is only four lines. I can't help noticing that Ray Bradbury's story "There Will Come Soft Rains" follows a contribution by the poet who wrote the poem "There Will Come Soft Rains" -- is that poem in there somewhere?

Similar questions about "Fear - short fiction by Nikki Giovanni," Giovanni being also a poet. --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 03:14, 8 January 2019 (EST)

I fixed the two items to poems. As to the pages, there is a blank page them a page with graphic of a giant ampersand then a page that says "There Will Come Soft Rains" then another blank page then a page with story' title and Bradbury's name. It looks like they were trying to pad the number of pages maybe for printing reasons. You don't want too many blank pages at the end, it looks like you don't know what your doing. I nearly lost a job because my boss once told me we were using 8 page signatures and not 16.Don Erikson 20:10, 8 January 2019 (EST)
OK, thanks, that makes sense now (well, sense within the bounds of some questionable publishing decisions). I made "Sarah Teasdale" an alternate name for Sara Teasdale too. --Vasha (cazadora de tildes) 21:27, 9 January 2019 (EST)

The Body Snatchers

I replaced a dead link to Bookscans on The Body Snatchers with a working one. MOHearn 19:09, 15 January 2019 (EST)

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