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Who Am I?

Darrah Chavey

Supporter of WisCon, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Carl Brandon Society.

My specialty is SF by women authors, especially works before the mid-80's. For the current status of this project, see my SF Gender page.

For personal information about me, see my personal home page.

Ongoing Projects

Personal notes for projects I want to get to:

  1. Adding data from the Contento1 database. Status: Currently entering collection title data (but not contents yet).
  2. Told to Children Series. Add titles to this series. See the publication series note there for links to books up to 1906.
  3. Non-Fiction publication series. Series that specialize in critique and analysis of SF&F, or have some volumes on this topic. This does not include non-fiction series devoted to: SF art; specific authors; specific characters or universes.
    Tasks to do for these series, as appropriate: (i) Add missing issues, provide series links to appropriate web pages for the series; (ii) Verify against Locus1 to get contents lists, when available; Data about the author; (iii) Verify against WorldCat for possible additional content lists against WorldCat; Add reprint editions.

    Series completed:

    Series I'm currently working on:
    Status: Starting.

    Series to evaluate include:

  4. Scan book covers

  5. Scan the Analog with the artist's signature

  6. International editions of Tiptree books

  7. Identify the genders of as many authors as possible. Goal: Authors who have published at least one book (novel, collection, or anthology) before 1980. When not apparent, and no Wikipedia page, identify enough biographical data to justify an ISFDB "Bio" page, which includes the use of a gender-identifying personal pronoun.

  8. Photos of Carl Brandon authors

  9. Compare book collection with existing data

  10. Read all the ISFDB documentation :-)
    Geez, do I have to go through all the archives too? Probably.

  11. Enter data on missing fanzines?

  12. Enter any additional data from "Urania's Daughters" bibliography of women SF authors.

My FAQ: Listing sources for biographies and author info

When noting sources for Bio pages, Author pages, etc, use the {{Note}} and {{Ref}} templates (adapted and simplified from Wikipedia) to provide footnotes. They way to use them is:

  1. Each source note (or other footnote) should be in a separate paragraph, starting with {{Note|<nn>}}, where <nn> represents the note number, starting at 1 and going up to as many notes as are needed.
  2. In the body of the biography, where reference is made to the contents of a note, insert {{Ref|<nn>}} where <nn> represents the number of the corresponding note.

See Help:Contents/Purpose#Sources and the template pages linked above for more details.

This can also be used to list sources of the other biographical data, such as true names, birth/death dates, etc. These sources can be placed in the bibliographic page for the author. Documenting sources is really a good idea that we should do more often.

My FAQ: Awards notes

Honorable mention discussion:

'Honorable Mention' is award level 93. BLongley 11 October 2011 (UTC)
For the 2004 awards, I changed all of the "Honorable Mentions" to "Level 93". But they still don't show up as Honorable Mentions. The only change seems to be that now if I try to "Edit an Award" on that page, those 4 books don't show up at all! Chavey 11 October 2011 (UTC)
They do show up, but only on certain pages: Author Award Bibliography for instance. BLongley 12 October 2011 (UTC)
The thing that I find frustrating is that if I go to the 2003 page for Asimov's undergraduate award, I see the three top places, then a line that reads --- Honorable Mention -------, then the honorable mentions. But if I go to the equivalent page for the 2004 awards, I do not see that line, hence lose that information. Chavey 12 October 2011 (UTC)
I created an artificial story title "--- Honorable Mention -------", by the author "-" and put it in as a 9th runner-up for all of these later Asimov's awards. I think it's a reasonable workaround for now. Chavey 14 October 2011 (UTC)
I changed how I handled the "Honorable Mention" separator, using dummy awards instead of a dummy book (with lots of awards!). I can't make it italic, but at least it's not clickable, so I think it looks better. Chavey 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Awards not exclusively SF:

New Award: Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award

I added a new award to the "Awards" page. Of course we can't yet set the award links quite the way we would like to, since it's not in our short list of awards, but since there's only one category for this Award (that we care about), I just did a direct link to the winning book, instead of to an "Award Page", and then added the award mention to the Notes (since it's not generated automatically). Of course we'll be able to fix that eventually. But another point is that this award is an example where the award is not a "Spec Fic Award", but has often been given to a spec fic book. So I think we'd eventually like to include such awards, and I was hoping you could take a look at what I did and see if you think this is a reasonable approach (and goal). Chavey 6 November 2011 (UTC)
I think this is reasonable, and would be a good example of how to deal with awards that we don't want to cover exhaustively, like "Newberry medal" or "Smarties Award". BLongley 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Non-Fiction Series Notes

At present, there isn't room for notes on a publication series. So here are some notes that should be added when such a feature is available:

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies:

The normal status for the "Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies" series was that a Hard Cover and Trade Paperback edition was released simultaneously in England, and both versions were released simultaneously or nearly simultaneously by a publisher in the US. All of these publications then fall into this publisher series. The US publishers were: (This list needs to be verified!)

  1. #1-8: Syracuse University Press
  2. #10 -- Serconia Press
  3. #16, 18-22, 24, 30-38 -- Chicago University Press
  4. #17 -- Duke University Press
  5. #28 -- Rowman and Littlefield
  6. No known US publisher for: 9, 11-15, 23, 25-27, 29, 39.
  7. Still doing research on those "No known US publisher" volumes.

There appears not to have been a trade paperback edition of #1, 8, or 32. Vols 38 & 39 do not have paperback editions yet, but these may be planned. Volume 35, and vols. 37 on, changed from simultaneous publication of both hard and soft editions to the "time lapse" approach, where the hard cover edition is released first, and the trade paperback version is released a few years later.

Most of the volumes in this series are non-fiction critical analysis, history, etc. Some of the volumes, however, reprinted early "classic" science fiction works. Those works also exist as publications not in this series. Volume 2 of the series ("Anticipations: Essays on Early Science Fiction and Its Precursors") is also listed on Amazon UK as being published at essentially the same time by "Dump Eurospan". I don't know whether that is a true separate publication, or whether it belongs to this publication series.

The web address for the Liverpool series is here.

ALA Readers' Advisory Guides

See [1] for a list of titles in this series.

American Cultural Heritage

Only one apparent title in speculative fiction. See WorldCat for a list of the titles in this series.

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