Steve (mroctober) wrote,

working on the Intro...

So, I'm tinkering with the introduction to Wilde Stories 2010. Originally, I was going to write a piece based on a a frustrating panel that happened at PhilCon (a dying convention--it needs to be euthenized).

But Alex Jeffers recommended that I touch on some of the controversy surrounding the Lambda Literary Foundation's new guidelines and some of the problems female authors have been having in the spec fic field.

It's a delicate subject. I have to balance personal opinions with editorial decisions with publisher opinions. As being all-three I see many of the POV's involved (or claimed).

Here's the TOC for the book, btw:

Strappado by Laird Barron
Tío Gilberto and the Twenty-Seven Ghosts by Ben Francisco
Lots by Marc Andreottola
I Needs Must Part, the Policeman Said by Richard Bowes
Ne Que Von Desir by Tanith Lee writing as Judas Garbah
Barbaric Splendor by Simon Sheppard
Like They Always Been Free by Georgina Li
Some of Them Fell by Joel Lane
Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine by Rhys Hughes
Death In Amsterdam by Jameson Currier
The Sphinx Next Door by Tom Cardamone
The Far Shore by Elizabeth Hand

Seeing how that 1/4 of the contributors are female (and not every male author is gay), Alex's suggestion was the right one. This is not meant as a criticism of LLF, btw, just a statement of where, as editor of an ongoing series, I stand on the issue.

I asked beta-readers for their thoughts... I hope I can do the issue justice.
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