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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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jimhines
Aug. 1st, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
On 7/14 at 9:00 pm, Sanders posted in his newsgroup that he would remove stories at the authors' requests.

On 7/15 at 1:00 am, he changed this offer to require $40.

On 7/16 at 8:45 pm, he posted again, saying "It's been long enough ... I don't believe there are going to be any others (the imposition of cash charges seems to have had a distinctly damping effect) but if there are, tough shit."

He provided a 48-hour window for authors to remove their stories, and anyone who missed that window is out of luck.

Given that situation, I feel comfortable naming his "refusal" as one possible reason some Transcriptase authors may still have stories posted at Helix.

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