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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.


Jul. 31st, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
There was only a period of like 2 days in which to remove stories and poems... though I admit I probably wouldn't have done it anyway, mostly out of feeling it wasn't a very effective form of protest. (Though I don't criticize those who chose to have their work removed, of course.)

I didn't contribute a statement, but I have growled about this in other fora. As someone whose primary work is fiction who published only a poem in Helix, I feel that my investment in the situation is less than that of a lot of other involved authors, so I generally prefer to defer to their lead.

I may add links to my livejournal and political blogging posts about the subject, the most recent of which is here.


Jim C. Hines


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