Talk:Alan Dean Foster

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I would class "Voyage to the City of the Dead" as a Commonwealth novel, since it plays in the same "universe" and the discoveries they make on Horseeye are mentioned in one of the Flinx novels (IIRC).

-- 14:30, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)

"Voyage to the City of the Dead" IS a Commonwealth novel, per Foster himself. I have re-arranged the listing of Commonwealth & Flinx novels into chronological order, per the info on Foster's website.


Do you mean chronological order storywise? If so there should be a note at the top of the list. I was about to put them in publication order, but if this is the case, my preference would be to leave it as it is but add the note. I wish I could remember myself, but it's been years since I read them! Coyote-37 13:42, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

"chronological order" afaik has always meant storywise, otherwise one speaks of publication order. As noted, the order is based on what is at Foster's own site. ---emb021
Just FYI on the Humanx Commonwealth page there is a Commonwealth novel timeline with dates and all commonwealth novels together not separated by type. Should that be included here somehow? --Galrok —Preceding unsigned comment added by Galrok (talkcontribs) 17:46, 20 March 2009 (UTC)

Is this sufficient?[edit]

Seems stubbish to me - I see a characterization of him as a novelist, a long list of works but practically no biography? Schissel : bowl listen 05:49, August 15, 2005 (UTC)

You are free to add one :) ...

This article needs to be longer. Gingermint (talk) 21:53, 1 December 2009 (UTC)


To me, ADF is from NYC, not Prescott, AZ. He was born and raised in NYC, only moving to AZ later in life. He does currently reside in AZ, so perhaps a better catagorization is needed. Zotdragon 17:00, 11 September 2006 (UTC)


The User:Shrubbmeister made some unconstructive edits to the article Kolob. He also have made some edits to this article, could you please take a look here and here? Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 18:04, 19 June 2011 (UTC)


Template:Alan Dean Foster novels seems to be {is} simply a navbox for Humanx Commonwealth novels. So I have re-cat from Book series (where it doesn't belong in any case) to Category: Science fiction series templates, and sorted it under 'H' {adjacent to Template: The Humanx Commonwealth}. A better name is Template: Humanx Category novels, but I haven't moved it {not renamed it, only changed the display title} and suppose people may prefer to redefine it:

[If] Alternatively if "Standalone novels" in template group1 means that they do not fit H.C. at all —or the template will be redesigned to cover more than H.C.— then the template display title should be changed (and the name {"Alan Dean Foster novels"} may be ok). And it should be re-cat to Category: American writers templates and Category: Speculative fiction author navigational boxes, both under 'F' for Foster rather than 'H'.

I'm not sure where categories, where templates, and where both are appropriate. There seems to be no category for Foster {Category: Alan Dean Foster}, which might include his biography, Templates (two), Categories(?), and book series articles for series that have no Template or Category(?). Meanwhile {Elsewhere} some book series have both T and C that both cover the list of books. --P64 (talk) 17:55, 15 May 2012 (UTC)

Reordered bibliography subsections[edit]

I reordered the subsections to put the novels into their series (with #s if known). Since (to me at least) the series is the most important thing, I eliminated the old subsection "Media tie-ins" and put those novels into their respective series instead. I felt this was more appropriate than having a large subsection of movie novelizations and therefore blank spaces in several series as a result. I hope this is OK with everyone. N,N-dimethylpeptokryptamide (talk) 19:36, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

I agree in disliking the now-eliminated "Media novelizations" as a Works subheading; and recurring use of "novels" in subheadings that happen to include novels only.
I dislike "Anthologies edited" (here) or "Edited works", sorted under 'A' or 'E' among other headings that name series. Same for "Short story collections" under 'S' or 'C'. But I also dislike adding a bullet level and grouping all series fiction under 'N' or 'S' for Novel series or Series.
So I don't know whether there is anything I like. Are there WP guidelines for biblographies? Perhaps for standalone bibliographies (lists of works)? This one is long for embedding in a biography and a standalone may be warranted? (Eg, Piers Anthony bibliography)
Whether completeness is intended or disavowed should be clear. If intended but "wanting", see {{incomplete section}}.
Perhaps series and universe names should all agree with ISFDB, or the few departures should be noted. Perhaps the meaning of numerical sequence should be stated, and attention drawn to contrasting chronological orders in the template sections. Perhaps in footnotes. --P64 (talk) 17:27, 29 May 2012 (UTC)
Standalone bibliography. These WP resources may be useful: WP:BIB; WP:MOS-BIBLIO. (I don't plan to work on this one.) --P64 (talk) 21:39, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

MAREXX / Maude[edit]

Dang it! Crap computer/internet lost the post!

There is a series listed as:
1. Maude (unpublished)

First of all, I see no need for listing an unpublished work on this page, particularly when there are other unpublished works by Alan Dean Foster that aren't listed.
Second, after searching I found one mention of Maude, and one mention of Marexx in a separate unrelated paragraph.

Taken from the above page, from 1 July 2012:
All my papers are in the Special Collections department of the Hayden Library at Arizona State University. (...)

There is also a great deal of material relating to unrealized or unfinished projects. One can read (...) the manuscript of my novelization of the famous two-part TV episode MAUDE GETS AN ABORTION, which Norman Lear decided not to have published, and more.

(...) Game related materials include (...) all the game designs etc. I wrote for the unrealized video game THE MAREXX. (talk) 23:23, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Categories of Alan Dean Foster (Works, Books, Novels)[edit]

Can someone sort these out? only includes one title. just links to Category:Books by ADF and Category: Novels by ADF. is much more complete, but is missing short story collections(as they aren't "novels.")
My personal preference would be to see everything moved to Category:Works_by_Alan_Dean_Foster so that it could include short story collections, any "Edited by" works, or any other work that isn't considered a novel. Then there could be a redirect from Category:Books and Category:Novels to the full Category:Works.
Also, I noticed that the only subcategory listed in Category:Novels is Humanx Commonwealth. I'd suggest that at the very least, a subcategory for Spellsinger should be included as there are 8 books in this series, and it is a fantasy series completely unrelated to his larger sci-fi universe.
NOTE: Wikipedia isn't showing the links when I make them internal, so I left them as external links. (talk) 15:51, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

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