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The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction redux

[EDIT: just for clarity, this comment refers to the "New Horizons" UK variant of this title, not the Hachette India one referred to in an item further up this talk page]

Hi, I just submitted a couple of edits for the two pubs in the database for this, as it has been rescheduled for the umpteenth time.

However, both pubs are/were showing as tp, whereas this one has an ISBN that (currently at least) is associated with an ebook e.g. publisher's site. As such, the edit for the pub date on this one also switches the format.

I'm guessing the original value (as far as I can tell, you were the original submitter for both pubs) was either bad data at Amazon originally, or accidentally selecting the wrong value in the format drop-down. (God knows I've done the latter too many times...) However, I thought I'd just ping you to let you know I've made these edits, just in case you think the format might have been correct. Given how long ago these pubs were supposed to come out though, I doubt any of us would have much recollection of that sort of detail from that far back in time ;-) ErsatzCulture 10:59, 24 January 2021 (EST)

No worries. It's been getting kicked down the road for well over a year now. :) ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 13:47, 25 January 2021 (EST)

Cthulhu's Creatures

Well, since this 2007 book wasn't even on ISFDB until I entered it a few weeks ago (solely in order to include the original Simon Clark story so I could complete the contents of his 2010 collection The Gravedigger's Tale which didn't have any contents at all until a few weeks ago when I tweeted Mr. Clark and got them directly from him) I feel like my finding 1 copy on the entire internet that shows anything but the front cover of Cthulhu's Creatures is enough to make an educated guess and say the publisher's name as written on the back cover is the way they wanted it. There are countless different spellings of the publisher's name online and I just picked one that seemed like the most logical one, but I didn't have any physical proof. If there's a choice between the way it's written somewhere in the book and randomly picking 1 of the online spellings, I'll pick the book. If anyone else ever finds a physical copy and the publisher's name is spelled differently inside the book, then they can certainly fix it. And by the way, it's coarse, not course. [1] --Username 17:30, 9 February 2021 (EST)

If you feel that strongly about it, feel free to resubmit it. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 18:05, 9 February 2021 (EST)
In fact, I've unrejected it and approved it. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 18:10, 9 February 2021 (EST)

Chronicles of Narnia -- prices

Could you check [2] for prices? My copy has $19.99 and C$29.99. (instead of .95) Thanks. --GlennMcG 22:27, 17 February 2021 (EST)

I'll check when I get home. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 13:28, 19 February 2021 (EST)
Mine are $19.95 and C$29.95, so yours is a different printing. Check the number line on the copyright page. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 02:08, 20 February 2021 (EST)
No number line. However, my rear cover says "Cover art by Cliff Nielson, copyright © 2002...". --GlennMcG 03:43, 20 February 2021 (EST)
I'll have to check mine when I get home. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 11:35, 22 February 2021 (EST)

The Time Machine


We seem to have the same edition so I fixed a few notes (added date for the afterword and fixed 1962 to 1992 in the Copyright statement (typo?) and added a cover. Each of the updates has moderator notes with details. If yours has a different cover (Easton did quite a few...), I will back out the changes and clone for mine. Let me know. Annie 22:40, 21 February 2021 (EST)

And does it really have 2 introductions -- it looks like the Aldiss one is an afterword here (even if when you read it, it says introduction) - so that unpaged Introduction should be removed and instead the Afterword varianted to it? And is Joseph Mugnaini credited as Joe or Joseph (in mine it is) on the title page? Or do we have 2 different books with the same copyright statement and no date? Annie 23:03, 21 February 2021 (EST)
And while we are talking about Easton and Wells - did they really print "Writres" and not "Writers" here? :) Annie 22:43, 21 February 2021 (EST)
I'll have to look at these when I get home. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 11:35, 22 February 2021 (EST)
I've removed the Introduction by Aldiss as there is no such thing in this edition. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 12:27, 23 February 2021 (EST)
The other was a typo. It's now been fixed. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 12:29, 23 February 2021 (EST)
So that's your cover? Good - but that means that the third cover I know of belongs to yet another edition - I will see if I can track it down. I made the variant - the Aldis afterword here is his intro in the previous Easton edition :) Annie 12:51, 23 February 2021 (EST)
PS: What about the credit for Mugnaini's work? Annie 12:53, 23 February 2021 (EST)
He's credited as "Joseph" in this one. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 13:58, 23 February 2021 (EST)
Yep - same here so I swapped the variants. I think this book now looks as well as it can be. :) Annie 14:02, 23 February 2021 (EST)

help with translation edit

Hi I am new to isfdb and have just submitted an entry (4922175). However it is a translation of this work ( and I cannot find "Make This Title a Variant" option on my edit page. Could you kindly help? Thanks! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Spacey (talkcontribs) . 20:10, 25 February 2021 (EST)

When on the title page, it will be in the menubar on the left side, partway down in the Editing Tools section. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 17:26, 26 February 2021 (EST)

New Editors and special rules

Hello Joe,

This should not have slipped in - not with an editor that had been here for all of 5 days (the format is really tp, the synopsis in Portuguese...) - if we do not catch these practices early, it gets very hard to get them unlearned early... :) I cleaned it up and I know you usually keep track of tp/pb so I am just dropping a gentle reminder to be careful around new-ish editors. :) Annie 14:48, 15 March 2021 (EDT)

If we're international in our content, why can't the Portuguese title have a Portuguese synopsis? Especially for a translated work. As for tp/pb, I generally take their word for that. I don't really have time to look up every single new entry I'm reviewing to make sure the measurements are what they say they are. Thanks for catching it, though. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 13:06, 16 March 2021 (EDT)
This is a bad practice for tp vs pb and makes a joke of keeping them separate in the DB. 90% of users will use pb because it sounds like paperback, not because they checked. And if they do not get corrected early on, it is hard to fix later. Once they get used to it, that is fine, spot check works - but for new editors it is critical to make sure they are on the right path.
Synopsis Help Page: "The synopsis must be in English even if the title's language is not English.". If you want to change that, I might even support you but as the current rules are, we use English only in Synopsis. :) Annie 13:39, 16 March 2021 (EDT)
I agree that submissions by new editors often need additional TLC to make sure they are guided in the right direction. I am working on a software enhancement to make it clear which submissions were created by new editors. Ahasuerus 14:13, 16 March 2021 (EDT)

Adding cover image to Dark Beyond the Stars

I added a cover image to Dark Beyond the Stars. MLB 00:49, 18 April 2021 (EDT)

Magic Kingdom of Landover

As a PV of at least one volume please follow link to review proposed changes to Magic Kingdom of Landover map consolidation. John, Scifibones 19:27, 24 April 2021 (EDT)

Weird Trails

I ran across an obvious mistake here,, Sit Arthur Conan Doyle, and checked rest of contents. First story should be by Alden, not Aldin. I don't know about the rest because info online about this book is scarce, but you're the PV so if possible you or Mr. Waugh should check other info. --Username 11:50, 6 May 2021 (EDT)

I'll try to remember to check it when I get home. Thanks for finding those! ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 12:54, 6 May 2021 (EDT)
It took a few days, but I finally remembered to check this. All fixed. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 17:38, 23 May 2021 (EDT)

Kentaro Miura

Author/artist Kentaro Miura recently died, and I added to his bio page, but I don't know how to add his correct Japanese name. If/when my submission is accepted, could you add his correct name in Japanese to his page? MLB 06:17, 20 May 2021 (EDT)

Done! ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 12:31, 20 May 2021 (EDT)
Thanks. MLB 01:44, 21 May 2021 (EDT)
It looks like one of the submissions was approved out of order, resulting in some data becoming associated with the alternate name. I have moved it to the canonical name. Ahasuerus 11:04, 21 May 2021 (EDT)

Balan Wonderworld

Earlier today Fixer added this novelization of the video game Balan Wonderworld. The author is Soshi Kawasaki who seems to be unknown to Wikipedia and other usual suspects. When you have a chance, could you please take a look? TIA! Ahasuerus 11:06, 21 May 2021 (EDT) (ABOUT the AUTHOR). --Username 14:09, 21 May 2021 (EDT)
Done! ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 15:36, 21 May 2021 (EDT)
Thanks! :) Ahasuerus 16:56, 21 May 2021 (EDT)
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