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Posted 2020-11-11 3:30 PM (#22614)
Subject: Who are we missing?



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So i was looking at our stats the other day and we're up to 6,287 authors in our database. Which seems like a pretty good number to me but I know we're missing hundreds, maybe thousands, more. With our focus on awards and best of lists I feel like we've got most of the big name authors covered pretty well but I can't help thinking we're missing some major talents from our rolls. Perhaps they're old school authors from the days before there were so many awards. Or maybe new authors that haven't had time to get on all our radars. Or maybe just some folks from smaller publishers etc.

There are many reasons why authors have slipped our coverage thus far but I'm sure if we put our heads together we can come up with some of those missing names and fill those gaps. So, if you know of a traditionally published author that we should add to our site please let us know here.

This is separate from the missing books request in that it doesn't have to be an author you've read or even want to read. We're just looking for authors that we've overlooked. We will fill these in as time permits and this list will take a back seat to the individual book requests list so no worries about slowing down those entries.

So, who are we missing?

 

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lisagarrity
Posted 2020-11-11 10:15 PM (#22615 - in reply to #22614)
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I suspect that the traditionally published restriction is limiting your author list. Indie authors are becoming a growing portion of the market. Victoria Goddard has about 10 books and an equal number of novellas but doesn't meet the criteria for inclusion. Neither does William F Aicher. The Martian and Eragon started as indie books that were finally picked up by traditional publishers. There are a lot of talented authors that are self publishing. I know that guidelines are needed as a practical matter but I am hoping that as the WWE database matures, independent authors can be considered.

Thank you though for all of the work that you have done to create and maintain this database and site. I have been having SO much fun with the various aspects of the site. And I actually do have a traditionally published author to submit to the database. Shepherd Mead published The Big Ball of Wax: A Novel of Tomorrow's Happy World and The Carefully Considered Rape of the World. Despite the titles, both are dark humor.



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gallyangel
Posted 2020-12-04 3:35 AM (#22677 - in reply to #22615)
Subject: Re: Who are we missing?



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lisagarrity - 2020-11-11 8:15 PM

And I actually do have a traditionally published author to submit to the database. Shepherd Mead published The Big Ball of Wax: A Novel of Tomorrow's Happy World and The Carefully Considered Rape of the World. Despite the titles, both are dark humor.



Great find. Shepherd is in. Some of that mid-century humor is a scream. But you have to understand satire, which seems to be a dying art form.

The Wibberley Mouse books, which are all in, are more gems from the mid-century.

Edited by gallyangel 2020-12-04 3:39 AM
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Interphase
Posted 2020-12-09 4:02 PM (#22687 - in reply to #22614)
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There's quite a few authors missing from non-English speaking countries.

Off the top of my head, here's a few that's been translated into English:

Axel Jensen - from Norway, and his 1965 humorous dystopia novel "Epp" - I'm not sure if the sequel "Lul" from 1992 was also published in English
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?1457392

Boris Vian:
- L'?cume des jours (1947 - in English translation under three different titles: Froth on the Daydream / Foam of the Daze / Mood Indigo) - A stunningly beautiful and melancholy fantasy novel
- L'arrache-c?ur (1953 - in English as Heartsnatcher) - Another weird and beautiful fantasy
http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?11339
http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/vian_boris

Alfred Jarry:
- Le surm?le (1902 - in English as The Supermale) - A very funny absurdist and science fictional novel
- Gestes et opinions du docteur Faustroll, pataphysicien: Roman n?o-scientifique suivi de sp?culations (1911 - in English as Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, 'Pataphysician) - This one is borderline unreadable, but has a place in the database I think. Quoting from his entry in the SF Encyclopedia:
"the life of the Rabelaisian Faustroll, born at the age of sixty-three, climaxes with his posthumous examination, in "ethernity", of "God's surface", as inspired by his invention of pataphysics, the "science of imaginary solutions"."
http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/jarry_alfred

Edited by Interphase 2020-12-09 4:03 PM
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lisagarrity
Posted 2021-01-16 4:01 PM (#22847 - in reply to #22687)
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I should probably mention Jerry Ahern here. His books are not my cup of tea (pulp adventure style SF) but are very popular with some men of my acquaintance. His Survivalist series set after a nuclear exchange has more than 30 books. He also has several stand alone books such as WerewolveSS and Written in Time. His wife Sharon Ahern coauthored many of the books.
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Utopian
Posted 2021-06-25 3:14 PM (#23215 - in reply to #22614)
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Mayer Alan Brenner
Author of the Dance of Gods tetralogy (now available for free from his website) and pseudonymously a sci fi book.

http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?2627
http://www.mayerbrenner.com
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