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In order to save time (yours and mine), don't bother to notify me of new cover uploads (if the cover is strictly similar) and changes/additions of external identifiers.
In case of changes to my verified pubs, I still want to be notified but there's no need to wait for my answer to eventually submit the changes as I may moderate them.



My previous talkpages are archived here 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

"Avertissement" in La force mystérieuse

Hello Hervé. In the reprint of the 1972 edition of La force mystérieuse, this "Avertissement" on p. 11 bears the signature of J.-H. Rosny Aîné. You have left it uncredited in your verified : do you confirm, or is it a typo (before I start varianting) ? Thanks, Linguist 12:04, 28 December 2017 (EST).

Yes, it's credited, corrected. Hauck 13:47, 28 December 2017 (EST)

Ace Double F-253

Submitted the following note to Ace Double F-253 (Knox/Silverberg, One of Our Asteroids Is Missing/van Vogt, The Twisted Men) which you primary verified: James A. Corrick reports on page 39 of Double Your Pleasure: The Ace SF Double (Gryphon Books, 1989), the following about the covers: "The covers of these two novels were flipped, so that the Emsh cover, meant for the van Vogt collection, ended up on the Silverberg novel and vice versa." Hifrommike65 22:39, 1 January 2018 (CST)

I knew of this anecdote, submission approived. Note that your HTML needed correction (ul tag wasn't closed). Hauck 03:19, 2 January 2018 (EST)
I identified an error in the cover artist listing of Ace Double F-253, Calvin M. Knox [Robert Silverberg], One of Our Astronauts Is Missing/A. E. van Vogt, The Twisted Men. Valigursky is not the correct artist; Ed Emshwiller is. I verified it with Ace Image Library and Corrick's book. I also added the month of publication (January) from Corrick. Hifrommike65 21:41, 17 February 2018 (CST)
I've rejected your submission (you intended to enter data pertaining to the publication at title level), and fixed the lot (or so I hope). Hauck 07:59, 18 February 2018 (EST)

Elephant Song

Elephant Song; the current Notes say that there is no artist signature on the artwork. On my copy there is the top half of a signature John Rush at the bottom right of the cover. Is it the same on yours? --AndyjMo 07:31, 6 January 2018 (EST)

No, but it might perhaps have been cropped. Hauck 09:11, 6 January 2018 (EST)
I'll add a Note about this. --AndyjMo 10:15, 6 January 2018 (EST)

Grand Prix International du Roman de Science Fiction

Hi Hervé, do you happen to know something about the "Grand Prix International du Roman de Science Fiction"? If that's the case your input could be helpful in this discussion on my talk page. Jens Hitspacebar 08:54, 6 January 2018 (EST)

Locus, #339 April 1989

Hi, you're listed as a primary verifier of this pub. Can you check whether 4 • Mandarin Launced in U.K. is a typo or is that the real title? Thanks. gzuckier 23:25, 7 January 2018 (EST)

Corrected. Hauck 04:44, 8 January 2018 (EST)

Science Fiction: The Early Years

In Science Fiction: The Early Years, there are 4 reviews where the author & the reviewer are the same:

  • 144 • Review: At War with Mars; Or, The Boys Who Won by Weldon J. Cobb • review by Weldon J. Cobb
  • 392 • Review: The Aztec Treasure-House: A Romance of Contemporaneous Antiquity by Thomas A. Janvier • review by Thomas A. Janvier
  • 508 • Review: The Crystal Man by Edward Page Mitchell • review by Edward Page Mitchell
  • 508 • Review: The Man Without a Body by Edward Page Mitchell • review by Edward Page Mitchel

Are these correct or should the review by Bleiler like the others in the book? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 12:42, 13 January 2018 (EST)

Corrected. Hauck 05:44, 14 January 2018 (EST)

Ace Double G-606

I've updated your primary verified Ace Double G-606 (Lin Carter--The Man Without a Planet, b/w John Rackham--Time to Live) to indicate month of publication, 1966-12-00. The month is identified by James A. Corrick, Double Your Pleasure: The Ace SF Double (Gryphon Books, 1989). Hifrommike65 14:01, 15 January 2018 (CST)

The Mask of the Sun

I'm holding an edit that would change the ISBN of your verified The Mask of the Sun. The new ISBN matches what is shown on your uploaded cover image (cover has 51357-6). Would you mind double checking? Meanwhile, I'll let the editor know about proper etiquette. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:06, 16 January 2018 (EST)

He's perfectly right, likely because of an hasty cloning from me. ISBN is 0812513576. Hauck 03:02, 17 January 2018 (EST)

Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own

Hello Hervé, I removed the ' from p. 156 to see the correct order of the stories. And everytime thanks for your support. Regards Henna 17:09, 17 January 2018 (EST)

Sur la piste des hypno-cristaux

Shouldn't this pub marked as an collection? And the two original novellas enlisted in contents? See pages 9 and 145. --Zapp 09:59, 20 January 2018 (EST)

The majority of french PRs (except the firsts where the "whole" german original have been localized) are treated as novels regardless of their structure as they are heavily altered and so are considered as "new" texts, see here, not to evoke the "change" of authors. Hauck 10:34, 20 January 2018 (EST)
Okay. And isn't it worth the titles of 'Series: Perry Rhodan in French' give its series numbers? --Zapp 11:55, 20 January 2018 (EST)
IMHO, the numbers on the books are more a PubSeries# than a TitleSeries# (that will logically start with #23 or nearly so). As I'm not a great fan of such numbering of fictive universes (it usually leads to problems of some sort), I never entered them. But that opinion should not deter you of trying. Hauck 12:51, 20 January 2018 (EST)

Beyond Infinity

Beyond Infinity; When I click on the BNB External ID the British National Bibliography site loads but says that there are not results for this ID. If I then click the search icon it shows the record. Shouldn’t the link from isfdb go straight to the actual record? I’ve had this problem with other BNB Ids and have put a note on the Help Desk page. --AndyjMo 08:19, 21 January 2018 (EST)

In the case of PVed publication, I (personally) find such links (be they BNF, OCLC, BNB or anything else) perfectly useless as they have zero added value (even to the contrary, as data on such sites is sometimes quite questionable). Pardon me this rant, that just means that I've never entered such links, don't know how they work and have strictly no interest in them or in debugging them. I'm sorry to be unable to answer you. Hauck 08:44, 21 January 2018 (EST)

Ace Double D-358

Added information to the entry on Ace Double D-358 (Milton Lesser/Recruit for Andromeda, Calvin M. Knox [Robert Silverberg]/The Plot Against Earth). I traced a previous version of the Lesser novel in Imagination Science Fiction (1953), and added the month of issue of the Ace Double from James A. Corrick, Double Your Pleasure: The Ace SF Double (Gryphon Books, 1989). (Hifrommike65 12:33, 23 January 2018 (CST)

The info about Lesser's text should go at the corresponding title level. Your html tags weren't correctly closed, I've corrected the lot. I've also changed all the date, please remember to do this. Hauck 14:02, 23 January 2018 (EST)

The Expert Dreamers

The Expert Dreamers; This has the Note “£0.60 In U.K. (new price) / 6/- in Australia”. My copy has “60c AUSTRALIA 6/-“ on the back cover. The price on the front cover is 3/6 which in ‘new money’ converts to 18p. I think that the 60c refers to the Australian ‘new price’. I suggest that the Note should read “60c AUSTRALIA 6/-“. --AndyjMo 07:31, 24 January 2018 (EST)

"60c AUSTRALIA 6/-" confirmed on my copy. Go ahead. Hauck 13:25, 24 January 2018 (EST)


I have updated the notes for our verified, and corrected a typo (14th trimester !). Note I'm not back yet, just updating a few things I got hold of in the meantime. Linguist 04:52, 26 January 2018 (EST).

Le singe suivi de Le chenal page count

Hello Hervé. Did I really write 196 ? Ah well. I think your "14th trimester" was better… ;o) Linguist 11:17, 28 January 2018 (EST).

« Solaris, #80 » to « Solaris, #82 »

ATTENTION ! I've just submitted another issue of Solaris (the #82) but forgot to change the TITLE « Solaris, #80 » to « Solaris, #82 ». Please can you change this before approval to avoid overwriting the issue #80 ? Ebenezer 07:34, 29 January 2018 (EST)

Done.Hauck 07:44, 29 January 2018 (EST)

Miquel Barceló

In your verified publication Los viajes de Tuf, you have the preface credited to "Miquel Barcelo." Could you check if that is actually printed Miquel Barceló? If it is, please change the author name-- yours is the only verified publication with that author, and previews/websites seem to show that the other publications do have the diacritic. Thanks. --Vasha 21:38, 31 January 2018 (EST)

Change made at author level. Hauck 03:05, 1 February 2018 (EST)

Bypass to Otherness

Cover artist of this is Pino dell' Orco, based on signature, see Flickr search for more signatures. Horzel 09:00, 2 February 2018 (EST)

Great. Hauck 09:25, 2 February 2018 (EST)

Rafael Marín

Hi, I think Rafael Marin's name on his page ought to be changed to "Marín" because it appears that way in his publications, including English-language ones. The only ones I don't have information about are the French-language ones, including Galaxies 35 which you verified. Could you check if the diacritic is there in his name on page 89? Thanks! (I've asked Linguist about his publication.) --Vasha 22:31, 2 February 2018 (EST)

Name as entered (without diacritic) everywhere in the magazine. Hauck 09:16, 3 February 2018 (EST)
Thanks for checking. I've added a note to the publication record. --Vasha 11:52, 3 February 2018 (EST)

Computer game art portfolios

Hello Hauck.

I wanted to sound you out about these - I know that ISFDB has included some of them and you probably have your own personal view regarding such material. I ask as I was browsing the Titan Books shop website for available limited editions and considering which (if any) of the mutitudinous numbers of them I should acquire - my collecting policy is somewhat "flexible" in this regard - it's not an exact science although I don't collect comics or magazines and graphic novels are another grey area for both me and ISFDB - although I do have a small selection I tend to be somewhat choosy if I do buy any - such as Moebius - so for example The World of Edena isn't included.

I wonder if there is a "definitive" answer or is is down to the individual moderator to make a ruling.

Any pointers in this direction would be helpful if I buy something that isn't on the database and I an unsure whether it qualifies or not. --Mavmaramis 14:46, 6 February 2018 (EST)

Hello, my understanding is that we're a "fiction" database, "fiction" seemingly taken in the implicit sense of "written". Note also that by our ROA, comics are explicitely out, so are graphic novels. For art books, my answer would be the same, they shouldn't included. Striking a blow to clarity, in the case of SFF artists, huge numbers of them (complete art books) have been entered (like here), that may have had some bibliographical justification at the time (to identify some covers) but then there was another slip and such portfolios were also entered (even if their relation to spec fic was nil). AFAIC, I'm strictly against inclusion of non-mainly-written-spec-fic items, including the portfolios that you evoke. To be a database of comics, "bandes dessinées", portfolios, artworks, even if SF-themed is, IMHO, not our present project. We can't (and don't want to) compete with such sites. But, as there is no pilot in the cockpit and we are in a time where any submission has a chance to be accepted regardless of its pertinence, you can try your luck, I won't reject your submissions. Remember that all this is just a personal rant, so perhaps can you bring the matter to one of our common spaces (even if this will be without me).Hauck 03:51, 7 February 2018 (EST)
Thanks Hauck I kind of figured before asking that you're one of the "purists" - not that being such is entirely a bad thing and not meant as an insult. Titles such as this, this and this were allowed and I suspect that there are many other instances such as this to name but a few examples. I think that art portfolios for known SF artists (Chris Foss, Jim Burns, etc) are worthy of inclusion even if there is very little text (again there are probably a great many entries that fall under this aspect). If the ISFDB becomes the "de rigueur" place - an all encompasing database for finding such publications (and their variant editions) then isn't that a good thing ? If (or more likely when) I do buy a select few that are not included here (or like the above Art of Halo 4 which has a "limited edition of 1000") I'll take my chances and if they're rejected then I'll accept that and move on. --Mavmaramis 08:13, 7 February 2018 (EST)

Diving Into the Wreck

Is there any special reason for removing the ISBN from this publication? --Willem 14:32, 8 February 2018 (EST)

Not really. Hauck 16:18, 8 February 2018 (EST)

Fish of Friday

In Interzone, #256, would you mind double checking the story on page 62 is indeed "Fish of Friday" vs. "Fish on Friday"? There is a later collection using the latter title and since it's more standard grammatically (not that means much), I wanted to check before varianting. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 21:29, 9 February 2018 (EST)

It's indeed Fish on Friday, corrected. Hauck 11:51, 10 February 2018 (EST)

L’abominable Cthlhu

Hi, Hervé! Judging from the cover image and the overall series, there could be missing an 'u' in the publication's title. Christian Stonecreek 05:22, 12 February 2018 (EST)

Thanks, I was so concentrated on entering the first three letters in correct order! Hauck 07:04, 12 February 2018 (EST)


Thanks very much for your reply and for approving my edits. I'm not 100% sure what the note "known content from a collection by Darlington" refers to. This was added by the person who worked on this item previously and I didn't feel I had the right to delete it. My best guess is that the person who did the previous version of the entry learned about the anthology from the credits in a collection by Darlington and then reconstructed the main anthology entry from that. But I don't actually know that for sure, I am making quite a few assumptions. With regard to the capitalisation, I agree it's unusual (as is the consistent use of the & sign instead of "and"), but I copied this verbatim from the contents page of the anthology. This is really what it says. Anthony Obverse 10:32, 18 February 2018 (EST)

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