I’m not going to try to summarize all that’s been said about William Sanders’ behaviour recently; start here, then see here, here, here, here, and here for discussion and further links. But I do want to highlight the latest iteration, which is that — as a response to Sanders’ comments and behaviour in the forgoing — a couple of authors asked for their work to be removed from the Helix archives, acknowledging that their contracts give Helix the right to keep the story up. Yoon Ha Lee received an email agreeing to take the story down but saying that it “never did make any sense” and that Sanders only accepted it to “please those who admire your work […]and also because (notorious bigot that I am) I was trying to get more work by non-Caucasian writers.” Among other insults. (The story in question is now available here.) Meanwhile, NK Jemison’s story was replaced with a note saying “Story deleted at author’s pantiwadulous request”. Ever gracious, Sanders will still honour other requests for stories to be taken down … if the authors pay $40. Anyone still want to do business with Sanders, or Helix? Nope, didn’t think so.
Some more discussion about the Locus Awardsat io9; and Patrick Rothfuss, who would have won Best First Novel under the old rules, comments
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