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Hello, Tjacksonking, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! Mike Christie 06:28, 27 Jun 2006 (CDT)

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Moderating

Hi -- you won't need to be a moderator when the site becomes live for editing. Right now we're still testing the software, and we hope to get to beta test after another couple of features are finalized. I won't second guess Al by saying when it's going to happen, but we're getting near the end of the things that need to happen to get to beta.

When we do go live, you'll be able to edit anything you like. A moderator then has to approve it, but most changes should be approved without any issues -- we'll mostly be watching for vandalism and letting anything that's not an obvious error pass. We're hoping that motivated editors will manage the correctness of the data for us; we will just need to stop vandals from destroying their work. Keep an eye on the Wiki, and you should see an announcement sooner or later that we are open for business. Any other questions, just drop me a note on your my talk page. And please do sign your posts with four tildes, like so: ~~~~; that will add your name and the time/date to the page. Thanks -- I hope that helps. Mike Christie 22:21, 30 Jun 2006 (CDT)

Hi Mike--Thanks for the info. I see from the recent changes page that you folks are still working on the new software for editing, so I'm fine on waiting. I'll do just as you say and look for an announcement on Wiki. Once it's clear, I'll reread the style guidelines, then put the story/magazine data into the short fiction listing. I have stock copies of most of the magazines that printed my work, so I can do the detail stuff like artist, price, etc. By the way...I've spent a number of years working as an investigative reporter, and several years as the editor of a rural daily/biweekly in Arizona and Louisiana. I'll be checking out the volunteer To Do listings and see if I can help with proofreading pages. That may be the right level for me to assist Wiki et al. Take care. Tom. Tjacksonking 12:22, 1 Jul 2006 (CDT)

Endless Summers Submission

Hi hi! As I am sure you have discovered by now, ISFDB editing is now enabled, so submit away! Most of your submissions so far looked fine and I have approved them, but I am not quite sure what you were trying to do in this one. Could you please clarify since the ISFDB structure is rather involved and it's easy to file data in the wrong field. Thanks! Ahasuerus 22:36, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Author short bibliography update, Endless Summers change

Hi Ahasuerus! Thanks for so quickly scanning my updates/additions/corrections to my existing list of short fiction. On the Endless Summers item, I couldn't follow your tagline to see what you are referring to.

Oops, I accidentally linked to the approval Web page that only moderators can see. Sorry, my bad! Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

I do know that the only item I'm trying to add to my story listing in Algis' Tomorrow SF magazine were an artist credit for Bob Hobbs for my story "Endless Summers."

Ah, I see! The note is there, but ideally it would be entered as "Interiorart" in the magazine. However, keep in mind that we have rather detailed guidelines for entering interior art -- http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/Help:ScreenList -- which we put in place to avoid cataloging every minor illustration and making bibliographies hard to follow. Here is the Help text for INTERIORART at http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/Help:Screen:NewPub:
Rules for including artwork. If artwork illustrates a particular story, it should be included. If it does not, but is a significant piece of artwork, or is signed by or credited to a well known sf artist, then it should be included.
You'll probably note that our Help pages have grown a lot in the last year and can be confusing, so you may want to start with the Getting Started Guide :) Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

That is also what I'm trying to do for other short stories, along with adding synopses for several stories and noting which stories are based in the Forty-Seventh Florescence of my novel RETREAD SHOP.

As far as identifying the stories that are set in the Forty-Seventh Florescence universe goes, that's easy to do. I have used your notes to enter series information in the Series field for each affected story and now they are all displayed together. Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

I'm all ready now to add another half dozen published short stories to my short fiction list, but I can't seem to get past the system. Says I have to be a moderator in order to add "new" fiction to my own bibliography. What am I doing wrong?

I would guess that you are using a wrong link, but it's hard to tell which one it is since we have added so many lately. Normally, we don't enter short stories directly, we enter them as part of a magazine, collection or anthology. This is done to ensure that we base the bibliographic information found in the ISFDB on actual publications, i.e. books, magazines, newspapers, and so on and not on secondary (and often unreliable) data.
In this case, I would first check whether the magazine issues that your stories appeared in are already in the ISFDB. If they are not, then you can enter the issues by hitting the New Magazine link, which allows you to enter stories, novellas, etc in the "Content" part of the screen. If you don't have the time to enter all stories in an issue -- or if it is a non-SF magazine and the rest of the content is inapplicable -- then just make a note in the Note field that the magazine record is incomplete and we will review it later on. If the magazine issues are already in the ISFDB, you can pull them up using the "Edit Publication" button and add/modify content as appropriate. Also, we have a list of the magazines that are currently cataloged within the ISFDB in the ISFDB Wiki at http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/Magazines , you may find it useful. Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

By the way, if you can add categories to my publications list for Poetry and Non-Fiction, I would appreciate that.

We do support Poems and what we call "Essays", i.e. short non-fiction pieces like editorials, introduction, science articles, etc. We reserve the term "Non-Fiction" for non-fiction books, e.g. Poul Anderson's book about thermonuclear weapons. Where were these poems and essays published? Do we currently list them (incorrectly) as fiction or are we missing them altogether? Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Finally, one of my novelettes was reprinted several times--it's "Judgment Day At John's Bar"--how do I list the same story that appeared in other magazines after its first appearance in Pulphouse?

As noted above, we try to base our bibliographic efforts on physical publications, so in this case the recommended way to go about it would be entering a "New Magazine" (if it doesn't exist in the ISFDB) and listing its contents, including your story. Again, if you don't have the time to enter all stories in an issue -- or if it is a non-SF magazine and the rest of the content is inapplicable -- then just make a note in the Note field that the magazine record is incomplete and we will review it later on. Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Now, I'll go hunt those tildes on the broad Internet savannah . . . Tjacksonking 23:08, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Good luck hunting tildes! They can be quite treacherous! Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)
P.S. By the way, is the Locus list of your short fiction publications at http://www.locusmag.com/index/s407.html#A9596 correct for 1984-1998? If it is, it could be a starting point :) Ahasuerus 23:54, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Author bibliography update efforts, other pub work

Hey, if you can be online this late on Christmas Eve, well, heck . . . I can sure follow the ISFDB's preferred way for adding new short stories, etc., to the listing for an existing author. I stumbled across that New Magazine page but canceled out of it as I >>assumed<< there must be a template page for solo stories. Not so. Anyway, after I check your listing of publications to be sure I'm duplicating what you already got, I'll go ahead and add the FULL magazine issue content data, publisher, cover art, etc. as allowed for on the template page I saw.

The mags my stories appeared in that I will be searching, and perhaps adding, include Figment, Pandora, Expanse (where my story is wonderfully illustrated by the famous George Barr), The Silver Web, Epitaph (dark fantasy and horror poetry), VB Tech (out of genre mag), Xizquil (Uncle River's poetry, short fiction and essays mag), The Year's Best Fantastic Fiction, Kinesis (out of genre) and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Handbook (Jon M. Gustafson).

Rules for including artwork. If artwork illustrates a particular story, it should be included. If it does not, but is a significant piece of artwork, or is signed by or credited to a well known sf artist, then it should be included.

On the art, I am inputing ONLY story specific artwork.

As far as identifying the stories that are set in the Forty-Seventh Florescence universe goes, that's easy to do. I have used your notes to enter series information in the Series field for each affected story and now they are all displayed together. Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Thank you very much for doing that, Ahaseurus

In this case, I would first check whether the magazine issues that your stories appeared in are already in the ISFDB. If they are not, then you can enter the issues by hitting the New Magazine (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/edit/newpub.cgi?2) link, which allows you to enter stories, novellas, etc in the "Content" part of the screen. If the magazine issues are already in the ISFDB, you can pull them up using the "Edit Publication" button and add/modify content as appropriate. Also, we have a list of the magazines that are currently cataloged within the ISFDB in the ISFDB Wiki at http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/Magazines , you may find it useful. Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Will do just as you advise. Thanks for showing me "the way" 8-)

We do support Poems and what we call "Essays", i.e. short non-fiction pieces like editorials, introduction, science articles, etc. We reserve the term "Non-Fiction" for non-fiction books, e.g. Poul Anderson's book about thermonuclear weapons. Where were these poems and essays published? Do we currently list them (incorrectly) as fiction or are we missing them altogether? Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

What I was referring to by non-fiction are a few dozen SF/F author interviews I did some years back for SF Chronicle, Figment and a few other minor mags. I'm not overeager to add these interview articles unless they are of help to "posterity" since many of the interviews are with wellknown authors such as Judith Tarr and Poul Anderson. As for the poetry, all of it is speculative fiction in subject and appeared in Xizquil and Epitaph.

Finally, one of my novelettes was reprinted several times--it's "Judgment Day At John's Bar"--how do I list the same story that appeared in other magazines after its first appearance in Pulphouse?

As noted above, we try to base our bibliographic efforts on physical publications, so in this case the recommended way to go about it would be entering a "New Magazine" (if it doesn't exist in the ISFDB) and listing its contents, including your story. Again, if you don't have the time to enter all stories in an issue -- or if it is a non-SF magazine and the rest of the content is inapplicable -- then just make a note in the Note field that the magazine record is incomplete and we will review it later on. Ahasuerus 23:44, 24 Dec 2006 (CST)

Thanks a lot for all the help (which I copied onto a non-online data file!). I'll try out the one story/multiple reprints later on, maybe later this week. Right now, I've got a few more hours to devote to this fun work! (Oh, re your PS, don't know--I'll go and check it out). Tom/Tjacksonking 00:21, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

The Silver Web entry-Help

Ahaseurus, I just finished entering all the stories, poems and interview for Issue 15 of The Silver Web, 2002, and when I hit the Save Page button, the Metapage saved all that I entered (I think) but said I had gotten the year listing wrong (I put in 2002, rather than year, month, day--but the teensy tiny box seemed sized for just a year). Anyway, the full date for all of the listings in Issue 15 should be January 2002. Could you amend/fix it for me?

Done! Thanks for all the work! And I agree, the "teensy tiny box" does need to be made bigger. It lets you enter more characters than it can display, but it's misleading. I have added it to our bug list (Bug #10067). Ahasuerus 12:04, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

And also, Thank You a heck of a lot for your rejiggling of my Author Bibliography page. That was great how you got my author jpeg photo from my website, then resorted my short fiction to link it with the Forty-Seventh Florescence universe novel of Retread Shop. You're making me look too good.

Glad to be able to help! Our goal is to make everybody look good :) Ahasuerus 12:04, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

Guess I'll have to put in more days/late nights inputting the issue data for the mags Epitaph, Pandora, Expanse, Xizquil, Kinesis, VB Tech and The Year's Best Fantastic Fiction. But I see this will pull me in sideways into doing what I offered this summer--helping edit and expand author and artist listings in the smaller paying pubs.

See you later, and Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Peace of the Goddess! Tom/Tjacksonking 02:32, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

Happy holidays! :) Ahasuerus 12:04, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

Question about publication tag

Ahasuerus, this is a question posted in the notes of http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?102081 that says "This is the most recent issue of The Silver Web that I have seen. Ann may have one more issue out by now. This is Issue 15 (do I put this in Tag?). It's listed as published in January 2002." The tag says "Issue 15" which I'm pretty sure is not a good idea but I'm not sure what a good explanation/answer on the tag is. Marc Kupper 03:08, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

The tag should always be left blank since it will be automagically generated by the software. It really should have been a non-editable field all along. In this case, the user-submitted Tag causes a problem with linking the Publication record from the Title record. I have submitted Bug 10068 to address the issue. Ahasuerus 12:04, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

Re Silver Web publication tag

Ahasuerus, on Marc's point, should I go back into the New Magazine entry for Issue 15 of The Silver Web and delete out the Tag entry I put in? I misunderstood its function. Or, have you already "cleaned up" my faux pas? Let me know if I need to do anything to "fix" my new mag entry. Tom/Tjacksonking 23:45, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

Unfortunately, once this kind of bad data gets in, it needs to be cleaned up by a programmer with access to the database, which at this point means Al von Ruff, who handles all the techie stuff around here. He hasn't been able to get to it yet since he was fighting other fires today, but don't worry, it will be taken care of :-) The good news is that we have uidentified the problem with the submission form, so now it will be fixed once and for all.

This time out I'm inputting the short-lived SF/F mag Expanse, Issue 2, into the database, since it was a high quality, well paying pub during the five (?) issues it existed. And it had great artwork specific to several stories during its presence, including a piece by George Barr for my story. Plus, I'm going to check out the existing mag entries in ISFDB for Galaxy 1952 September, Imagination Science Fiction 1958 April and Imagination Science Fiction 1958 October. If they don't exist with their full contents in the ISFDB, I'll try entering them later this week. Tom/Tjacksonking 23:45, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

We do have "complete" runs of Galaxy and Imagination on file, but they were entered at a time when we were not capturing page numbers or interior art. See this link for the Galaxy issue and these links for the April 1958 Imagination and the October 1958 Imagination. If you could add the missing data, it would be great! Ahasuerus 00:05, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

The two Imagination issues are collector's issues with stories signed, respectively, by A. Bertram Chandler and by Harlan Ellison--eat your heart out! Wish me luck! Tom/Tjacksonking 23:45, 25 Dec 2006 (CST)

Sounds good, thanks for all the work! As far as eating my heart out goes, well, I think Mike Christie and I each have a complete set, so I won't be reaching for that spoon quite yet :) Now, if you happen to have the second issue of the 1931 Miracle Science and Fantasy, then I will be truly envious :) Best, Ahasuerus 00:05, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

Response to email

Tom, I am responding here since I may not be available most of the day. This way other moderators can answer quickly if the need arises.

First of all, I am glad you are having fun with the old magazines, it can be a blast :)

As far as the speed of the approval process goes, it wasn't me who approved your submission, it was Marc Kupper, another moderator. We have 4 moderators at this time, covering different time zones, so there is quite a bit of overlap in coverage. If we had a European and an Australian/NZ moderator, we would be "up" 24 by 7 :)

A quick question about the "Expanse", which I have now added to the magazine section of the ISFDB Wiki at http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/Magazine:Expanse - thank you! Was that piece by Herb Kauderer a story or a poem? The reason I am asking is that it's only 2 pages long and the rest of the author's bibliography found at http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Herb%20Kauderer shows nothing but poems. Also, if you happen to know anything else about the magazine, e.g. where it was published, when its first/last issues came out, etc, feel free to add them to the Wiki page linked above. Ironically, we often know more about obscure magazines of the 1930s than about more recent small press efforts.

Perfectionism is a good thing and the data was solid. All I had to do was merge a couple of stories (like the Martian Odyssey reprint) with pre-existing entries and add the accent to the title of the Hendrix story. We do support all accents and most every language under the sun as long as it's part of Unicode (<insert sounds of Al von Ruff cursing under his breath here>), at least in titles and author names.

For letter columns, if there is no name of the person running the department (like Doc Lowndes used to sign his name back in the day), I think "various" is fine. If it's signed, then we use that person's name. I'll post the question on the Community Portal (http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/ISFDB:Community_Portal) to make sure we are all in sync.

As far as artists' names go, let me make sure I understand the question correctly. The works in question were signed with one name (typically, the artist's last name or nickname), but you entered the artists' full names, right? If that is the case, then the way we usually handle this common problem is by entering the name as stated in the magazine and then using the "Make This Title a Variant Title or Pseudonymous Work" option to enter the full name. It will then appear under the full name and the abbreviated name will be shown in parentheses. No worries, though, we can easily fix this, just let us know what the displayed names are and we can change it quickly.

Finally, regarding your "writing in journalism, archeology", etc, the current Policy (http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/ISFDB:Policy) states that we will capture:

"Works (both fiction and non-fiction) that are not related to speculative fiction, but were produced by authors who have otherwise published works either of or about speculative fiction over a certain threshold (see below). This will include any non-genre works published as standalone books as well as non-genre short fiction, but exclude non-fiction that was not published as a standalone book. Thus, Poul Anderson's mysteries and his non-fiction book about thermonuclear weapons will be included, but Gregory Benford's and Robert L. Forward's professionally published scientific articles will be excluded."

so basically non-genre and non-fiction books are in, but non-fiction essays published in non-SF magazines are out. This is a tricky area and we may have to revisit it, though. For example, Martin Harry Greenberg has edited literally hundreds of non-genre anthologies. Do we really want to list them all?

Anyway, thanks for the submissions, have to run, will check things later in the day! :) Best, Ahasuerus 10:24, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

INTERIORART titles

Tom, just to let you know that we have discussed the question of illustrations that have titles different from the story titles that they illustrate. We decided that we will use the story's title as the illustration title (so that the display logic could later match the two and display them on the same line) and then enter the "real" title/caption in the Notes section. I have made the necessary changes in the Silver Web issue and will update the Help text soon. Thanks! Ahasuerus 15:04, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

Response to Expanse/other issues

As far as the speed of the approval process goes, it wasn't me who approved your submission, it was Marc Kupper, another moderator. We have 4 moderators at this time, covering different time zones, so there is quite a bit of overlap in coverage. If we had a European and an Australian/NZ moderator, we would be "up" 24 by 7 :)

Oh! Well, thanks anyway to you for your patient guidance with me, and to Marc and all the other Moderators who keep such a sharp eye out for "trying my best" magazine and book data entries.

A quick question about the "Expanse", which I have now added to the magazine section of the ISFDB Wiki at http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/Magazine:Expanse - thank you! Was that piece by Herb Kauderer a story or a poem? The reason I am asking is that it's only 2 pages long and the rest of the author's bibliography found at http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Herb%20Kauderer shows nothing but poems.

Herb's story in Expanse 1994 is very definitely a short story--I doublechecked and it isn't at all a poem. And yes, I know of his Rhysling quality work--this just appears to be one of his rare forays into narrative story writing. Tho it's a short-short, it was a good read.

Also, if you happen to know anything else about the magazine, e.g. where it was published, when its first/last issues came out, etc, feel free to add them to the Wiki page linked above. Ironically, we often know more about obscure magazines of the 1930s than about more recent small press efforts.

Expanse's masthead says it was published quarterly at 7982 Honeygo Boulevard, Suite 49, Baltimore, Maryland 21236. As to its first issue, but deduction from the Winter 1994 dateline on Issue 2, I suspect the first premiere issue appeared in late fall 1993. But that is supposition. Other relevant facts on Expanse: the masthead says a one year sub for four issues was $16, but an inhouse ad on page 5 says the cost would be $14; subs were offered in England through NSFA/Chris Reed; per the masthead, distribution was through subs and distributors such as IPD, Ubiquity, Fine Print, Friendly Frank's, Double Star, Desert Moon, Michiana News Servicee and others; staff listed on the masthead were Steven E. Fick as Editor and Publisher, Marla Chenot as Editorial Assistant, Eric White as Advertising Director, Contributing Editors were Forrest J. Ackerman/Peter Huston/T. Jackson King/Rebecca Dahms Lioi, Lynne Clark as Circulation Manager; and its final issue/issues probably occured by the end of 1994. In correspondence I had with the editor, he closed down the high quality glossy mag due to his disappointment with its reception by the SF/F retail community and low sub numbers. But while he produced it, Fick put out a high-quality pub with great color art, paid rates of at least 3 cents a word and paid on acceptance, as I recall. Don't know where he is now. Finally, I'll leave the above details about Expanse here in Talk so you and other Moderators can advise me on which items should/should not be added to the existing magazine profile.

For letter columns, if there is no name of the person running the department (like Doc Lowndes used to sign his name back in the day), I think "various" is fine. If it's signed, then we use that person's name. I'll post the question on the Community Portal (http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/ISFDB:Community_Portal) to make sure we are all in sync.

Thanks Ahasuerus. I do understand the requirement to list the "editor" of the Letters to the Editor page, if one is listed. If not, I'll continue using the Various word for author names for Letters/Editor.

As far as artists' names go, let me make sure I understand the question correctly. The works in question were signed with one name (typically, the artist's last name or nickname), but you entered the artists' full names, right? If that is the case, then the way we usually handle this common problem is by entering the name as stated in the magazine and then using the "Make This Title a Variant Title or Pseudonymous Work" option to enter the full name. It will then appear under the full name and the abbreviated name will be shown in parentheses. No worries, though, we can easily fix this, just let us know what the displayed names are and we can change it quickly.

I think my phrasing confused you. In the Imagination 1958 issue that I entered contents for, interior art was signed either with a full name, or with a single name (presumably the last name). I entered the artist name for the story art and the separate cartoons according to what I could see on the illo, since the issue's mast page gave no artist info other than the artist who did the cover art. So, no, I'm not doing what you thought I was doing.

Finally, regarding your "writing in journalism, archeology", etc, the current Policy (http://isfdb.tamu.edu/wiki/index.php/ISFDB:Policy) states that . . . basically non-genre and non-fiction books are in, but non-fiction essays published in non-SF magazines are out. This is a tricky area and we may have to revisit it, though.

Understood. I will list only those works of mine with a speculative fiction angle or connection to them, such as my interviews of SF/F authors, my science articles on writing SF, and my opinion/advice articles such as my early item on Agenting that appeared in MZB's second issue. I was thrilled to be listed in her Contributors section, besides her treating my essay/opinion as an article. Sadly, none of my fantasy met her taste.

I look forward to working with you, Marc and any of the other Moderators who have a few moments to scan my submitted mag entries (and a few variant book titles by Philip Jose Farmer and Orson Scott Card that are in my personal library). Tom/Tjacksonking 15:29, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

Thanks for the updates!

Thanks for the updates and clarifications, Tom! I have approved and cleaned up the third issue of Expanse a bit (the P. Schuyler Miller piece was first published in 1939), but otherwise everything looks very good. I have also cut-and-pasted your information to the Expanse page of the ISFDB Wiki, feel free to correct anything. I have also checked Contento/Miller's magazine checklist and they confirm that the first issue came out in 1993. The last issue that they list is #3, so it looks like we are now just one ish short of a full bibliography. Many thanks!

We have also tried to come up with a uniform way to record the "author" of letter columns when no name is given, but haven't been able to reache a consensus so far. Different moderators have used "Various" and "uncredited" in the past. I think we will be fine with using "various" for now since we will need to review all occurrences of "various" (a notorious catchall black hole) in the foreseeable future anyway.

One question: You listed Scott Keeney's poem as "Main St." while Locus lists it as "Main Street". Could you please check to make sure that the title on page 25 is indeed "Main St."? Thanks! Ahasuerus 20:48, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

Response on Silver Web/other items

Thanks for the updates and clarifications, Tom! I have approved and cleaned up the third issue of Expanse a bit (the P. Schuyler Miller piece was first published in 1939), but otherwise everything looks very good. I have also cut-and-pasted your information to the Expanse page of the ISFDB Wiki,

Glad to hear my stuff is coming up to snuff, Ahasuerus! And yes, I noticed and read your Expanse info extract as entered--looks fine to me without any need for me to make any changes/additions. And on Miller, I assumed you would do this as dear ole Forey Ackerrman doesn't give the original pub date in his comments, and I'm too busy entering online the basics to do a snark hunt online for the data. Thank you, Ahasuerus.

No worries, we always try to check newly entered data against what we already have on file so that we can tell the database that it's another occurrence of the same story. At some point we will have more smarts built into the software so that it will give you a list of matching entries in the database as you enter new data (or let you enter it a brand new title), but we are not there yet. Ahasuerus 23:56, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

We have also tried to come up with a uniform way to record the "author" of letter columns when no name is given, but haven't been able to reache a consensus so far. Different moderators have used "Various" and "uncredited" in the past. I think we will be fine with using "various" for now since we will need to review all occurrences of "various" (a notorious catchall black hole) in the foreseeable future anyway.

Good to hear the above. For what it's worth, and speaking as a former reporter/newspaper editor who cares about the >>exact<< meaning of words used in public, I support continued use of "various" because it does say, in effect, that the Letters authors are many, as in plural authors. Use of "uncredited" is factually incorrect since the letters used on Letters pages are always signed with a full name, often with a city/state ID. Just a few thoughts on "various" for alimentary digestion at the Community Portal . . . 8)

Well, it's certainly true that there are "various" contributors to any letter column, but on the other hand there is also one overall editor who selects the letters, edits them for publication, responds, etc. If that person is known, then we record him as the "author" of this ESSAY. But even if he is not known, one could argue that he should be entered as "uncredited" since he still exists whether he was credited or not :) Admittedly, this is a tangled web and we haven't been able to decide on one standard yet. Feel free to stop by the Community Portal (the link is on the left) and share your thoughts any time! Ahasuerus 23:56, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

One question: You listed Scott Keeney's poem as "Main St." while Locus lists it as "Main Street". Could you please check to make sure that the title on page 25 is indeed "Main St."? Thanks! Ahasuerus 20:48, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

Rechecked. The actual layout of the poem by Keeney on page 25 does list the poem title as Main St. without the St. spelled out. However, the contents page listing of the poem in The Silver Web 15 does show Main Street, which is probably where Locus got it from. Per the ISFDB guidelines, I listed the title as printed with the poem, not as listed on the Table of Contents. Did I do right?

Absolutely and thanks for checking! We stick with what the actual title says since tables of contents are, as you said, quite unreliable. Misspellings abound and whole words can be replaced by accident, e.g. Edgar Rice Burroughs' Skeleton Men of Jupiter became Skeleton Men of Venus in the table of contents of the Jan. 1964 Amazing. Heck, one of Frank Belknap Long's stories was not even listed in the table of contents of the Unknown issue that it appeared in! Ahasuerus 23:56, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

For the info of you, Marc and other Moderators, any data I enter into the ISFDB Wiki mag and book listings comes only, and directly, from orignal copies of each pub that are in my semi-arthritic fingers. I never use third party, hearsay, or heard online sourcing. Gives me the shivers to even think of such a sloppy approach to documentation of what I love -- storytelling and story sharing.

Most commendable and, unfortunately, quite rare in this world! Sadly, sometimes we have little choice but to rely on secondary sources when primary sources are not available (think Jules Verne's first editions), but we have built a whole support network around the ISFDB to ensure that we know where our data comes from and whether it has been verified against a primary source. If you pull up one of the magazine issues that you have entered, you should see a link (on the left, under Editing Tools) that says "Verify This Pub". Click on it and you will get a list of sources to verify the publication against. Choose the first, "Primary", row, click the button in the "Verified" column and then the "Submit Data" at the bottom of the screen, and from now on the Publication will appear as "Verified". We also have other mechanisms, but one thing at a time :) Ahasuerus 23:56, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

Now, I'll get back to entering data on the second issue of MZB's fantasy mag, then inputting data on small press mags Pandora and Figment, both of which published some great stories by folks who are now better known. And yeah, I'm having fun with this so you can probably assume I'll still be slaving away over a hot motherboard a year from now . . . 8) Tom/Tjacksonking 23:28, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

I am glad you are enjoying yourself! Don't make it into a job, though, that way lies frustration and burnout and who needs that? :) Thanks again! Ahasuerus 23:56, 26 Dec 2006 (CST)

Duplicates help needed

Help! My author biblio listing shows two versions of the stories Winnowing The Chaff and The Tides of Fear. I've gone in and verified the second version of each title (which includes different Note content), so keep that version, please. These duplicates are the result of my "learning curve" wherein I saved too quickly and had to go back and add/correct content, then saved it again. Sigh. I'm learning.

Oh, I see! Yes, there are now two issues of Pandora, Fall 1989 in the database. Let me quickly fix it, hold on : ) Ahasuerus 11:19, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)
OK, all done now. I split "J. C. and Barb Hendee" into "J. C. Hendee" and "Barb Hendee" since they are two separate people :) Also, if there is more than one illustration for a story, then we enter it only once as per the Help text:
INTERIORART. If each story in a collection, anthology or magazine is illustrated by one artist, the artwork can be indexed with a single entry for each artist and story. For example, the December 1956 issue of Infinity Science Fiction contains the story "My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon" by Milton Lesser, which is illustrated by Stallman. In this case there is only one illustration for the story, but if there were multiple illustrations a single entry would still suffice.
I found an interesting software bug while fixing these entries, so even erroneous submissions can serve a purpose :) By the way, would you happen to know whether "J. C. Hendee" and "J. C. Hendee, Jr." are the same person? Ahasuerus 12:56, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

By the way, Ahasuerus or Rick or other Moderators, please include Winnowing The Chaff in the Forty-Seventh Florescence series. Thanks!

Actually, you should be able to make the change quite easily. When you have the title displayed, click the Edit Title Data link and enter the series name in the "Series" field. Just make sure that it's spelled the same as the existing series or else the software will create a new series for it. We don't let editors submit Series information for brand new records because we consider Series data "derived" or "subjective" (as opposed to "primary" or "objective") and we try to limit new submissions to "objective" data found in books and magazines, but it can be edited in after the fact :) Ahasuerus 12:56, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Finally, per your suggestion, I have gone in and verified those magazines that I personally entered the full contents and for which I have my own primary copy in hand. Time to call it a night . . . Tom/Tjacksonking 03:44, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Thanks! :) Ahasuerus 12:56, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Duplicates, series fixed

OK, all done now. I split "J. C. and Barb Hendee" into "J. C. Hendee" and "Barb Hendee" since they are two separate people :) By the way, would you happen to know whether "J. C. Hendee" and "J. C. Hendee, Jr." are the same person?

Thanks, Ahasuerus, for fixing that editorship combo--I got the two entries for two authors correct on the Karen Haber interview in Figment, but spaced on it apply to the editors. Live and learn? As for J. C. Hendee, his wife Barb has had a few SF/F books pubbed by Avon, while I think he attended Clarion in Seattle many years back--does your J. C. Hendee Jr. have this background, along with living in Oregon?

Well, all I know about him is that he published two poems in 1991. Both were publishe in Deathrealm, which looks like a place that "your" J. C. Hendee may have been published in :) Ahasuerus 17:11, 29 Dec 2006 (CST)

Don't know where the two of them are now, but they are both highly talented writers who did a superb, attention to the details, decent pay to authors, job as executive editors of Figment. Their work even then was far, far better than 90 percent of most small press.

Apparently, they have been quite successful with their recent (2003-present) series of high fantasy vampire books, Noble Dead. If the dust jacket on their latest novel (to be released next week) is to be believed, they landed on some bestseller lists with previous installments. Of course, bestseller lists can be manipulated, but they are being published by Roc in hardcover, which is pretty good for ex-small press contributors.

By the way, Ahasuerus or Rick or other Moderators, please include Winnowing The Chaff in the Forty-Seventh Florescence series. Thanks! /// Actually, you should be able to make the change quite easily.Ahasuerus

Hey, that's great! I'll do it just the way you suggest. And thanks for helping me see how to do the small nit-picky stuff so I don't have to ask a Moderator to sort it out.

INTERIORART. but if there were multiple illustrations a single entry would still suffice.

Thank you, Ahasuerus. I had read that quote in the Basic Guidelines, but then somewhere else I >>think<< I saw phrasing that allowed me to enter all the art done by a solo artist for a particular story. Won't make that error again. I'm just very serious about poets and artists getting their due in these ISFDB listings since they often go unacknowledged. But I loved the artwork I got for my Figment stories, and still appreciate how good some small press artists are.

Note that not all of us are sticklers for the 1 interior art per story guideline. There are some awesome illustrations buried in the magazines (I ran into a great Schoenherr scratchbord yesterday in an Analog from the 60's). I think the artists have done as much to create a vision of the future as the authors, but then again I have an ancient background in graphic arts. At any rate, I think we're in agreement on not including clipart, which is fairly pervasive these days, but I won't reject or chastise you for being inclusive about the interior art. Alvonruff 17:34, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Now, I'm going to try to enter a few more small press mags into the database, based on original copies I have in hand. Take care, all, and thanks for the generous help. Tom/Tjacksonking 16:52, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Interior art can be sublime

:Note that not all of us are sticklers for the 1 interior art per story guideline. There are some awesome illustrations buried in the magazines (I ran into a great Schoenherr scratchbord yesterday in an Analog from the 60's). I think the artists have done as much to create a vision of the future as the authors, but then again I have an ancient background in graphic arts. At any rate, I think we're in agreement on not including clipart, which is fairly pervasive these days, but I won't reject or chastise you for being inclusive about the interior art. Alvonruff 17:34, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Thank you, Al, for sharing your thoughts. All the art I've been listing in the small press mags that I have been inputting is original art--no clip art, I can tell that stuff. Plus, I don't enter art that has no name with it, whether single name or full name. Also, I don't include later story art that is smaller clips of the larger primary art that goes with the story. Sound reasonable? Anyway, I salute both you, Rick and Ahasuerus for the time and love you put into ISFDB--it shows. Tom/Tjacksonking 17:54, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Sounds good. For illustrators like Freas and Shoenherr who sometimes did as many as 3 illustrations from some of the novellas and serials, I have been denoting each one and the specific page number. In that case, the first illustration is labeled TITLE (same as the title of the fictional work), while the second is labeled TITLE [2], and the third TITLE [3]. Alvonruff 21:34, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

Al, thank you for sharing your multiple interior art by same artist methodology with me. I >>like<< the 1, 2, 3 after each iteration of the story title. I think I will try it that way on the additional issues of Pandora and Figment that I'm inputting tonight. And speaking of semi-famous artists, I include George Barr in that grouping--which is why I listed multiple interior art illustrations by him. Two small press artists of high professional caliber that I like include Michael Kucharski and Bobb Hobbs--both of whom do high-quality representational artwork that convents a science fiction sensibility.

Question: Can you direct me to the existing web site for speculative fiction artists and illlustrators? Their pro org. web site? I'd like to check out what is shown for career work for Tom Kidd, Kucharski, Hobbs and Barr, among many others that I admire. Used to know the name/locale, but don't now.

I've been going through old copies of Astounding and Analog, so I haven't got to the likes of Kidd yet. Many of the newer artists have their own sites. http://www.askart.com/ has bio information on older artists (for example: Hubert Rogers. Old cover art for magazines can be found at http://www.sfcovers.net/. We should probably add a list of artist resources to the wiki someplace as we find them. Alvonruff 06:50, 29 Dec 2006 (CST)

I think the artists have done as much to create a vision of the future as the authors, but then again I have an ancient background in graphic arts. Alvonruff 17:34, 27 Dec 2006 (CST)

I fully agree with artists doing a wonderful job in creating "a vision of the future." To me, authors and genre artists can produce a synergistic combination that enhances both fields, and makes the reader's experience even better. Tom/Tjacksonking 21:42, 28 Dec 2006 (CST)

Moderator help please?

Ahasuerus, Al, Marc or anyone--could you please scan my recent new magazine entries for Epitaph, Pandora, and Figment for inclusion in the master list of ISFDB magazines? Also, I've tried several times to mark the story "The Memory Seller" in Expanse 2 as belonging to the series The Forty-Seventh Florescence, but it doesn't seem to be "taking" as it stays put in general short fiction on my summary bibliography page. Am I doing something wrong, or is it just a busy Thursday night? :) Thanks. Tom/Tjacksonking 00:14, 29 Dec 2006 (CST)

I don't think anyone was around to review them (found a backlog this morning). We're not currently displaying the short fiction series (with numerous caveats), so you're not doing anything wrong. Alvonruff 06:53, 29 Dec 2006 (CST)
Hm, The Memory Seller is displayed as part of The Forty-Seventh Florescence series for me -- as it should be since the series includes a Novel record, which forces short fiction to be displayed alongside it. I wonder if you may not have refreshed the Summary Bibliography page after entering the series data? And I'll work on the magazines -- thanks for entering them! Ahasuerus 09:53, 29 Dec 2006 (CST)

Quick Question about To Those Who Are Electric

Tom, could you please check "Pandora, Winter 1992" to make sure that the short story To Those Who Are Electric was written by Beckett Gladney and illustrated by John W. Randal and not the other way around? Their bibliographies suggest that they are an artist and a writer, respectively, but stranger things have been known to happen :) Other than that, all three Pandoras, one Epitaph and one Figment have been checked for duplicates, merged and linked from the Magazine Wiki page. Thanks! Ahasuerus 18:18, 29 Dec 2006 (CST)

Ahhh, a big boo-boo on my part. Ahasuerus, thank you for your sharp eye. You are indeed correct. Randal is the author while Beckett Gladney is the artist. This happened, I think, because of the template box getting cranky on me for this story. I.E., it wouldn't open so I could change it from the default listing to artist, etc. This has now happened to me, on various small press mags, about five times. Any way for me to "clear" that hangup?

No worries, data entry errors happen all the time! All you need to do is find this publication using the Search function, then pull it up using the "Edit This Pub" option and swap the types of the two entries, "Shortfiction" and "Interiorart".

Generally, once we enter a publication with numerous titles in it (a magazine, collection, anthology, etc), we go back to it and check a few things. First, we check for duplicate titles in each author's bibliography. After all, the software doesn't know that the story that you have just entered as part of the new publication and the story that is already on file as part of a different collection are the same story. Merging them automatically because they have the same title and the same author (which we have discussed in the past) would be asking for trouble because there are too many exceptions and gotchas. We may be able to make it a more automated process in the future, but for now merging newly added titles with pre-existing ones is a manual process. Have you found the "Title" button in the navigation var on the left yet? That's how you can pull up all titles for a given author. You can then select the ones that you want merged and hit "Submit" at the bottom of the page. Just be careful with anything that says "Variant" in the middle of the row because that's how we handle alternative story titles and pseudonyms, which can get tricky. Ahasuerus 14:15, 30 Dec 2006 (CST)

Also, I have now erroneously hit the "Return" bar on my keyboard while filling out a New Magazine page. This has sent on a mag entry half-done. All I have figured out to do is to continue filling out the template page, then send it again, where it shows up as a "Change" submission. You guys got any trick for short-circuiting my stupid finger poking?

I don't know of any way to prevent the "Return" key from functioning as a "submit key", but why don't we ask over on the Community Portal? Ahasuerus 14:15, 30 Dec 2006 (CST)

Thanks Al and Ahasuerus. Yesterday I must have been too tired when I input Pandora Winter 1992, or these glitches would not have happened. Anyway, I'm getting faster on the inputting end and I have lots more Figment issues that I plan to enter in order to give you as comprehensive a content layout per issue as I have in my personal library. Tom/Tjacksonking 19:23, 29 Dec 2006 (CST)

Excellent! Thanks for all the work! :) Ahasuerus 14:15, 30 Dec 2006 (CST)

Back here today to input a few more new small press mags, including Uncle River's Xizquil. River is a good friend of mine and I've known him 10 plus years. I'm surprised there is no entry for his labor of love speculative fiction pub. Well, I can fix that by entering Issues 13 and 16, which include some of my poems and great work by other folks.

Ahasuerus, thank you for explaining how I can self-correct an author/artist entry when one part of the template gets wonky and won't open to the full pulldown screen. I'll do as you say whenever I run into one of these glitches. Oh, by the way, when this happens, I have noted it in the Note section of the mag. so that a kindly Moderator could magically "fix" it. Now, I'll try to leave fewer of these for others to fix.

Yes, I've found the Title key and have used it to annotate a title as being part of my series The Forty-Seventh Florescence. I see there are other uses possible too . . . Finally, my inputting of various small press mags has allowed me to turn up nice short stories by better known Now authors such as Carrie Richerson, Nina Kirki Hoffman, Paul Levinson, and etc. Also, once I'm done with inputting Figment issues, you will find a total of three (3) short stories by Herb Kauderer--which should nicely complement his long poetry pub record.Tom/Tjacksonking 18:21, 30 Dec 2006 (CST)

Good to hear! I have created a new Wiki page for Mindsparks since you submitted issue #4. I the realized that we already had this issue (as well as the Nov/Dec 1993 issue) in the ISFDB, but they couldn't be found via the regular search. I have merged the data that you entered (which was MUCH more detailed than what we had had - thank you!) with the pre-existing data, but this incident points to a flaw in our database innards which may cause people to enter data twice. After all, if you can't find an issue in the database, how else can you tell that it's already there? Thankfully, the issue is relatively easy to fix. Let me notify Al and we should have it licked shortly. Thanks for the patience and understanding! Ahasuerus 22:51, 30 Dec 2006 (CST)

Next Phase

Tom, I see "Next Phase" #15 in the queue, but the dates started as "1996-00-00" and then changed to 1994-00-00 half way through the issue. Was it by design? Thanks!

P.S. Responses tomorrow. I am on the East Coast at the moment and it's 2:42am here... Ahasuerus 01:43, 31 Dec 2006 (CST)

Ahasuerus . . . just how many times are you going to save my bacon? 8-) Good catch. Yes, all the dates for Next Phase, No. 15 SHOULD be 1996. Sigh. I think I need to do less New Mag inputting after 1 a.m. my time. Stupid minor stuff like that shouldn't be getting past my "eyes over" review before I punch the Submit button. Anyway, I'm taking a break today--no inputs. Will do more this coming week, including, I hope, inputting some variant hardcover pubs by Orson Scott Card, H. Beam Piper and Philip Jose Farmer. Tom/Tjacksonking 16:42, 31 Dec 2006 (CST)

No worries, the issue has been incorporated into the database and cleaned up! Interestingly enough, it's not indexed by Contento/Miller, so I had to look it up in the Library of Congress, whose coverage of semiprozines is spotty at best. Take a look at what I have come up with, perhaps you may have additional information/corrections? Also, checking #15's content, I see:

44 • The Disaster Excursion • interior artwork by Henry Alan Paper 
44 • The Disaster Excursion • interior artwork by Paula O'Keefe

which makes me wonder if perhaps one of these entries may be a short story/poem? Thanks! Ahasuerus 18:13, 31 Dec 2006 (CST)

A hint on the story dates in a magazine: if you leave the date field blank for each title (story, essay, interview, etc..) it will default to the date of the magazine itself. For a magazine that contains all new works, you should only have to fill in one date in the publication metadata area. Then you can focus on any reprints that have earlier dates. Alvonruff 21:15, 31 Dec 2006 (CST)

Ah, Al . . . you are the answer to a tired typist's input woes! I have been laboriously typing in the full year/month/day string for each Content item I have entered. Now, ah now, I will just IGNORE those rascally littled boxes--except for different pub dates for book reviews, etc. Thank you, kind sir, for alerting me to this option.

And Ahasuerus, yes, I've seen the wiki pages you've created for various pubs/editors and like them. They are indeed the better location to put in something like an editor's current physical location, a la Uncle River. As for the Next Phase No. 15 double artwork listing for The Disaster Excursion, it was an ERROR. The Henry Alan Paper entry should have been shortfiction for a short story, since he is the story author; the artwork was indeed by Paula O'Keefe! Good eyes, guy! BTW, I've gone in and directly corrected the Paper entry to show it as a short story.

Oh, Ahasuerus, as you can see from the Next Phase Contents, I've taken to imitating Al's noting of multiple interior artwork for a story by annotating the story title as Title, Title2, Title3, etc., per his comment earlier this string. Is that OK with you? I know that multiple Moderators have done final scans/checks on my mag inputs, but you were there first and I wish to Try to be consistent in following input guideline rules. Or is doing this Ok for now?

it's not indexed by Contento/Miller, so I had to look it up in the Library of Congress Ahasuerus 01:43, 31 Dec 2006 (CST)

It's strange it wasn't in Contento/Miller--it Says it has been around for 6 or so years. FWIW.

Happy New Year, everyone!Tom/Tjacksonking 23:44, 31 Dec 2006 (CST)

No worries about multiple interior artwork, we'll just need to sort it out on the Community Portal to be consistent. The naming convention that you have been following is internally consistent, so it would be easy to find all these records in case we decide to make any changes.
As far as Contento/Miller goes, it's a good question. I'll send Contento an e-mail and see what he says. Best, Ahasuerus 11:14, 2 Jan 2007 (CST)

Hardcover updates, non-fiction and fiction genre mags

Hi Al, and thanks for OKing the 1979 year of pub change for the St. Martin's Press edition of Card's A Planet Called Treason. I base the date, and my Verification of it, on a hardcover copy I own that lacks a cover, but otherwise seems to be a first edition/first publication of the novel by St. Martin's. Page length of mine matches the "book club" St. Martin's edition to a tee.

On other hardcover authors, I've got a Gregg Press reprint of Philip Jose Farmer's SF novel Inside Outside, with a 1980 intro by Lou Stathis and a frontispiece photo of Farmer by Jay Kay Klein; and also a Garland Publishing reprint in 1975 of H. Beam Piper's Space Viking, originally pubbed by Ace Books. Sad to see--to me--that Ace Books is listed as the novel's copyright owner. I'll be amending the author listings for these books--if there is a need, based on whatever I see entered for these titles.

Ahasuerus, thanks for your patience with me on the Interior art issue. I'm doing my inputting a little bit faster now that I'm not typing in the year's pub date for every Content entry. Also, I'll be inputting more issues of The SFWA Bulletin and of The Report, then maybe more Figment issues and--hold your breath--issues of Aberrations beginning with Issue 1 and up to 36, with some gaps in between. Seems I got a decent partial collection of Aberations that I dug out of my file cabinet.

Also, Mike Christie, thanks for your scanning/checking of my recent nonfiction genre mags. The volunteer effort of you and the other Moderators is greatly appreciated by serious writers. And also . . . your name sounds familiar. Do you write/publish SF? Tom/Tjacksonking 20:58, 2 Jan 2007 (CST)

I published one story, "Replay", in the first issue of Algis Budrys's magazine "Tomorrow", back in about 1993. I went to Clarion in 1989, but I turned out to be one of those writers for whom Clarion turns off the tap, rather than turns it on; I haven't written a word since. "Mike Christie" is quite a common name, though; Google it and you'll find quite a few of us. You may have run into me at Wikipedia, where I edit sf-related topics, among others; and I also help run the OED SF citations website, which you may have run into. Mike Christie (talk) 21:57, 2 Jan 2007 (CST)


Actually, Mike, I recalled your name and SF writing hook not from Wiki or Google, but from a few Clarion West grads who--in my Pulphouse affiliation days--probably mentioned you as one of the Clarion students. They are J.C. and Barb Hendee, plus a few others from the Pacific Northwest. Or . . . I may have seen it in a sample issue of Algis' Tomorrow mag, which did eventually pub one of my stories, with a very nice illio, FWIW. I'll check out your OED SF citations site--sounds interesting. And, in my humble view of not really knowing you in person, Clarion may have been a fiz for you, but clearly you still love SF/F or you wouldn't be doing all this great work here and elsewhere for, probably, smiles and pennies 8-) Take care. Tom/Tjacksonking 22:31, 2 Jan 2007 (CST)

Expanse, Summer 1994

Just a heads up that I have changed the spelling of Forrest J. Ackerman's first name from "Forest" to "Forrest" in this issue. Hope it wasn't misspelled on the title page! Ahasuerus 16:19, 25 Oct 2007 (CDT)

Expanse, Winter 1994

Just to let you know that I have changed the dates of the 4 James van Hise reviews in Expanse, Winter 1994 from the original dates of the reviewed book's publication to 1994, i.e. the year when this issue appeared. Ahasuerus 03:29, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Date of "Prisoners of the Royal Weather"

I changed the publication date of the poem "Prisoners of the Royal Weather" in your verified FGMNTTLSFR1993 from 1993-06-00 to just 1993-00-00. It appears to have been published first in the Spring 1993 Weird Tales. --MartyD 11:42, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Added gutter code

I added the gutter code to your verified [1].Don Erikson 02:08, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Sandraw vs Sandra Lindow

Hi, I suspect that "Sandraw" is a typo in this publication. Cheers Jonschaper 00:42, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

cover for Retread Shop

I added this image to your verified Retread Shop. --MartyD 11:35, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Ancestor's world

Added a cover scan and notes for your verified here. Hauck 10:01, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

Arthrur Bentley

I changed "Arthrur" to "Arthur" here Jonschaper 04:39, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

Debbie Fritz Baker vs Debbie Baker

I changed Debbie Fritz Baker (Fritz being an apparent carry-over from the co-writer's Peter Fritz Baker's name) here to Debbie Baker as per locus. Cheers Jonschaper 00:50, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

Uploading Images

Hi Ahasuerus. Been off doing this so long I've forgotten how to leave you a Talk message. I've updated my T. Jackson King Author info page and would like to upload a new author photo, and maybe some book images, but can't find how to do that when I am linked into ISFDB. Could you help, either via email to tjacksonking@hotmail.com, or via talk to my author page? Thanks and my regrets for jumping in out of line. User:Tom/Tjacksonking

Welcome back! :-) No worries, I have uploaded your photo as well as missing book covers from your Web site -- please take a look and post here if anything is missing. Thanks! Ahasuerus 06:03, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks a lot for the cover art imports and my current, bearded author image being put on the author biblio page! Also, I looked at the images for my other books and was glad to see that all of them have images, even my poetry collection. Wonderful! My many thanks for the work by you, Mike and the other volunteer Moderators. I will try to input some story info from Aberrations later on this year, perhaps in January. Right now I am doing book signings and a reading at the local library. Have gotten great reception from the science geeks here in Los Alamos! Best to you. Tom/TjacksonkingTom/Tjacksonking 18:55, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

I added the Canadian price to your verified

I added the Canadian price to your verified [2].Don Erikson 21:46, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

SFWA Bulletin Spring 1992

Disambiguated Gilliland cartoons in the above. Doug / Vornoff 05:53, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

Doug, thanks for your help and thanks to other folks who put in my new series novels for the Escape and other series. Been too busy writing and getting married to do anything on ISFDB. Tom / Tom/Tjacksonking
Congratulations on getting married! :) Ahasuerus 22:08, 13 July 2016 (UTC)
Ahasuerus, thanks for the congrats! You can find my most current writing news on my Facebook page under T. Jackson King. Wish I could help with some old mags, but I'm full up on my time available! Thanks again for the work you and others did to enter my new scifi series into my ISFDB bibliography. user:Tom/Tjacksonking

Amazon cover image links

Hi. I accepted your Battlestar submission, but I had to fix the cover image link. To link to a picture on Amazon, you can't use the page for the book, you need to use the URL of the image itself. How you get that depends on which browser you are using. In IE, right-click -> Copy. In Chrome, right-click -> Copy Image Address. In FireFox, right-click -> Copy Image Location. I don't know how it works in anything else. :-) When you paste the result, you'll end up with something like

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Wy3Hpj2iL._SX348_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Delete everything between those last two periods and one of the periods, as this embeds sizing and other rendering information that we do not want:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51Wy3Hpj2iL.jpg

The help on the new pub / edit pub screens should have a much more detailed version of this information, should you ever want it. Thanks. --MartyD 01:47, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Marty, I follow the above link and see there is an image already present for BATTLESTAR, from Amazon. Do I need to do more? I can do the right click copy for the image location on Amazon if you wish. Thanks for your work. User:Tom/Tjacksonking

Hi, sorry, no, I was just telling you so you would know for future submissions. I had fixed this one after accepting it so that we wouldn't have a broken link. --MartyD 02:16, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

MartyD, many thanks for the fix. Next time I will try to do it better. user:Tom/Tjacksonking

Pandora #28

I corrected a spelling error in your verified publication. The story "Tears of Tjahja" had been spelled without the second "j", i.e. as "Tears of Tjaha", for both the story and the internal art. I also corrected the title of the story on p. 49 from "Standing on the Moon" to "Sledding on the Moon". Chavey 16:51, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Pulphouse: A Fiction Magazine, #19 1995

Hello, I wanted to inform you I made a submission to add a cover image and page numbers to your verified publication: Pulphouse: A Fiction Magazine, #19 1995. Uzume 21:09, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

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