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Interesting update on the William Sanders/Helix mess from a while back. A number of authors (it looks like fifteen) have chosen to make their Helix-published work available at Transcriptase. Some have removed their work from Helix, while others have chosen to let it remain (for a variety of reasons, including obligation, Sanders' refusal to remove the stories -- which he is within his rights to do, or because they still love the magazine). The author statements are also worth reading.

Reaction to this mess has been interesting. The blogosphere has been pretty strong in its condemnation. In another area, I've watched discussion begin with "What's the big deal" and devolve into people making slut/ho jokes. And in Sanders' newsgroup, I've seen accusations that the only people getting worked up over this are wannabe losers trying to make themselves feel important. To that last accusation, I think it's worth noting some of the names involved in Transcriptase, including Eugie Foster, Jennifer Pelland, Beth Bernobich, and Janis Ian, among others. The author statements are worth reading as well, and I think it's important to note the range of reactions.

Would write more, but I've got a book deadline in 24 hours.

ETA: First paragraph edited to try to reduce my own biases. Thanks, shsilver.

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nick_kaufmann
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Sean stepped up in response to the complaints, I'll give him that. Now of course the proof will be in the pudding, to see if his behavior actually improves. With Sanders, though, the pudding has already been served, eaten and vomited back up into the trash can. I see no way for him to get out from under this now except maybe laying low for several years and then making a grand comeback, kind of like Steve Savile did after running off with everyone's money via his "publishing company" Imaginary Worlds. When he came back, weirdly, everyone seemed to have forgiven him or forgotten all about it, and welcomed him with open arms. That, I think, is the best Sanders can hope for now.
jimhines
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Stepping up is a good first ... well, step. But accountability is about behavior both present and future.

I think I missed the Imaginary Worlds mess. When did this all go down?
nick_kaufmann
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Late '90s, early '00s, if I recall. A little known fact: Sean started Prime to pick up Imaginary Worlds' orphaned books!

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