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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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pendamuse
Jul. 31st, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
No one is abusing the upcoming authors.

Some are just choosing to no longer read Helix nor donate to keep the magazine going. People can choose where to send their stories and their money, and Helix is consequently off many people's lists.

Authors can still have their credit with Helix and hopefully will put up their stories someplace else where others can read them.
michaeldthomas
Jul. 31st, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I think it's fair for people to choose not to read Helix. Sanders said uncool things, and then made it much worse by mishandling the situation.

I hope that you're right and people will refrain from abusing those upcoming authors.

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