Remember that Harlan Ellison wank? Of course you do. The whole thing is still going on, having spawned lots of discussion, wanky and otherwise, half-assed apologies and their retractions, as well as a livejournal community. (Which, as we all know, is the absolute height of seriousness. /mild sarcasm)
However, that's not the wank this time.
This post starts out like a well-researched, well, wank report, with quotes and links and a bit of commentary. The first thing you notice (besides a somewhat confusing reference to a certain Mr. Goldberg, which I would appreciate someone clearing up, if they can figure it out), however, is a lot of edits--some very famous names who have asked for their links/quotes to be removed. Fine, whatever, I think. Famous names don't want their material on someone else's blog.
Then I got to the comments.
Accusations of misquoting, copyright violations, plaigirism, and threats to be banned from the SFWA for the author (David Moles). Epecially amusing in the light of reviewing Crystalwank and the initial brouhaha over JF's TOS.
( Should I be scared to quote highlights here? )
There's more, but my eyes are crossing and I really don't want to break my keyboard by repeated headdesking.
if I get blackballed by the big names of the SFWA, will you all still buy any self-published books I may have yet to write?
Thanks to the mouse for the tip off.
Full disclaimer here: I'm of the opinion that this type of incident is symptomatic of a broader and more vicious sexism, and I am, frankly, glad to see it getting aired in at least a semi-public arena.