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Hello, Payack, 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:

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Poems in the Paris Review

If you can provide me with a list of the poems, including their titles and the date/issue of the Paris Review in which they appeared, I can create title records for each in the database. Because this periodical is not a speculative fiction publication, it is probably better not to create publication records for each issue. But there is a way to get around this restriction if the poems themselves are speculative or have a fantasy/sf element.

Please respond on this page by clicking on the [edit] link to the right of this message, enter your response in the box that opens and then click "Save Page". Thanks. Mhhutchins 19:58, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

From Google, I've discovered that you had four poems in the Spring 1975 (#61) issue, "The Ultimate Party" was published in the Summer 1975 (#62) issue, two poems in the Summer 1976 (#66) issue, and poem titled "The Barrel and Beyond" in the Fall 1977 (#71) issue. I will proceed to create records for the two titled poems, and will need to know the titles of the other six. I await your response. Mhhutchins 20:01, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

The Ultimate Party in Amazing, June 1982 is the same as in the Paris Review, it was reprinted with my permission. Also in the issue on Page 5 is my poem "Spectacles for Spectacular Numbers" which btw before the internet, read in its entirety "google goggles" ha ha.

"The Ultimate Party"

We have a record for a short story of this title published in Amazing Stories, June 1982. Is this a story or is it the same as the poem published in The Paris Review. Summer 1975? Mhhutchins 20:05, 8 April 2013 (UTC)

Thank you so Much!!!! I always thought it was best to send poems to the most widely read and respectable magazine available. I also had 8 poems in the cornell review and over two dozen in the New York times and 8 in Rolling Stone. Most were science fiction. Once Asimov's came around I started sending to them. I have also have close to a dozen poems that were not listed in Asimov's and the same amount not listed in Amazing.
But right now, the Poems in the Paris Review spring 1975: Motorcycle Evolution, Only Minutes, The Babbling Fool, The Average Person. Summer 1976, De Gustibus, and The Jam.
In the Cornell Review, #2, Fall 1977, I had eight poems that they called "Speculations". These were all science fiction but being literary they didn't want to say "science fiction" at that time. the poems were: The Untimely Phone Call, The Result of the Dig, The Great Displacement, The Beginning of things, The Light of Human Reason, The Growth of Human Ideas, Assembling the Model, and Why I believe in Death. These were all prose poems, which some people would classify as Short short stories.
Assembling the Model was later published in The College Textbook Anthology, Knowing and Writing: New Perspectives on Classical Questions. compiled by Robert Reilly and Anne T. Salvadore. Harper Collins 1992. This book printed the poem, analyzed it, and posed questions for the students.
I look forward to hearing from you. Another important publication that I had literally dozens of poems published in was the number one computer magazine of it's time Creative Computing. It was a great fit for my type of Science Fiction poems and they would give me $50 - 100 a poem, which was a lot of money. Eventually I was made a contributing editor and had a page of my poems in every issue for about 8 years. But more on this later. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Payack (talkcontribs) .
Thanks for the response to my inquiry, Peter. I'll be adding records for the poems to the database later this evening. Once I have the ones above entered, I'd gladly start entering the missing ones from Asimov's and Amazing and the ones from Creative Computing.. You can give that info here, or you can go to my talk page and click on the "E-mail This User" link there and send it to me by email. Or if they're already posted on a personal website, you can give me the link and I can grab the data from there. Thanks for contributing. Mhhutchins 20:39, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
BTW, should there be two records titled "The Ultimate Party", one a short story (in 'Amazing) and one a poem (in The Paris Review)? Or are they the same work? Mhhutchins 20:39, 9 April 2013 (UTC)

Envisioning Other Worlds

I approved your submission Envisioning Other Worlds: Science Fiction and Dystopia, but you need to make corrections to conform to ISFDB practice and add some information. First is the title; you need to avoid the use of all caps, and separate the two pieces of the title with a colon, as shown above. Second is the publisher. Just use the name of the publisher, the location should not be used. And surely you know the format. Is it a hardcover, a trade paperback, or some other form? And since you have a copy of the publication, you can surely list the contents with page numbers, titles and authors. It would certainly be a plus to include a cover scan. I see the book is available on, where the date of publication is given, the full publisher's name is also given, and the cover scan can be used if you don't have the capability of making one (you copy the cover location from Amazon to ISFDB). The copy available through Amazon is a trade paperback. Anyhow, please also verify the publication, since you own a copy, using the last item under "Editing Tools". I know all of this might seem like a lot, but it will all become straightforward and virtually automatic once you become used to the system. Bob 15:40, 13 September 2019 (EDT)

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