As I discovered doing encyclopedias, you should never ask an author anything even remotely resembling a factual question about his or her own career. Facts like dates of publication of books, venues where stories were placed, almost anything that might go into a bibliography or checklist, are routinely misremembered by their Creators. (From one author, while I was doing the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, I received a whole series of specific year-of-publication dates, all of them different from what I’d thought were the proper dates. This caused me to revise my entry extensively – until I discovered that he had treated the date on which he’d signed contract with his publisher as the date of publication…) Facts? (authors say to themselves) Our servants do that for us.
When I did the bibliography below – as it gives little genuine bibliographical information about the physical books etc, it might be more properly described as a checklist, but the term “bibliography” does exclusively describe some form of list of publications, and so let it be – I found I was no exception to the rule. I thought it would be a simple process to assemble a list of my stuff – mostly for my own benefit, so I could locate precisely comments I’d made years or decades earlier on specific books and subjects – but I found the chaos inside my head about my own stuff was as daunting and ditzy as the chaos inside the heads of any of the airhead writers I’ve gotten used to being sarcastic about. The checklist or bibliography which you can look at below is, therefore, highly tentative, and almost certainly incomplete. I did my best to be accurate, as there’s not much point in impressionism in a list; but hey. “But hey,” I found myself subvocalizing, “All this stuff is just your old crap.” And so it is. But so be it. It’s an honest stab.
The organization of the checklist fits the shape of the work I’ve done.
1) Books with my name on them, self-evident.
2) Books to which I contributed multiple essays or entries.
3) Poems and stories.
4) essays and pieces not written as specific book reviews.
5) essays and pieces couched in the form of book reviews (some of these pieces being long enough and generalist enough to rank as essays; but it seemed useful all the same to separate reviews, however ambitious, from other work).
6) Published letters (lots missing here).
7) Stuff about me: one early review, and some interviews, and an essay or two.
The checklist can be browsed using the navigation to the right (subdivided into the categories above), or searched for specific authors and articles.