Update on “Iron” David Boyer

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

More on “Iron” David Boyer

Writer Beware has learned about another David Boyer project in the works–a book called Vast Horizons, to be published in 2011 by Boyer’s own Darkened Doorways Press. Like his Prodigies and Legends books, it features interviews, in this case with SF writers, including some who are very well-known. Here’s the full list, taken directly from the Table of Contents:

  • Authoress Tessa B. Dick
  • Nebula Award winner Mike Resnick
  • Author Allen Steele
  • Greg Bear, author of Blood Music
  • Jeff Somers – Author of the Avery Cates series of Sci-FI noir novels and editor of The Inner Swine.
  • Warren Fahy, author of Fragment
  • David Gelber, author of the ITP series, Future Hope; Joshua & Aaron
  • Joe Haldeman, author of The Forever War
  • Kevin Bohacz, author of Immortality
  • Jeremy Robinson, author of Pulse and Instinct
  • Terry Lloyd Vinson, author of Desolation Outpost
  • Todd A. Fonseca, author of The Time Cavern
  • Barry Longyear, award-winning author of Enemy Mine
  • Steve Alten, best-selling author of Meg and Grim Reaper: End of Days
  • Terry Bisson, author of Planet of Mystery
  • Jack Dann, multi-award winning author or editor of over seventy-five books, including The Man Who Melted and The Memory Cathedral
  • Ray Faraday Nelson
  • Stel Pavlou
  • David Brin
  • Robert J. Sawyer, author of WWW: Wake
  • Paul Witcover
  • John Eric Ellison
  • Jeffrey A. Carver

I should say that there’s no evidence of malfeasance with the interviews, although the formatting of the manuscript is sloppy and amateurish. Also, given recent events, Vast Horizons’ prospects of actual publication are probably much reduced (although Darkened Doorways, unlike many of Boyer’s other magazines/websites, is still alive and kicking and soliciting submissions). However, you never know–and at least some writers might not want to have their names associated with this project.

One Response

  1. Jonathan Vos Post

    Thank you, Victoria Strauss and Writer Beware. As a professional Science Fiction/Fantasy author, I appreciate the hard work in stopping such parasites.

    I’ve tried to connect your/SFWA’s attention with Tom Leinster et al on the “n-Category Cafe’” blog, because, though each of these is in a very different domain, and needs to be handled by different protocol, they are psychiatrically similar (in my amateur opinion)Below entirely cut&pasted from the indicated URL.

    October 26, 2010

    A Short Warning
    Posted by Tom Leinster
    http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2010/10/a_short_warning.html#comments

    It’s not very often that one comes across blatant plagiarism, but I just have. I’m not going to give the details, partly because I’m not sure that public naming and shaming is the right thing to do, and partly because I don’t want to be sued. But I do want to say a little, because raising awareness may help to prevent this kind of thing from happening too often.

    In outline, then, the story is this. I’m on the editorial board of Theory and Applications of Categories, and I had a paper submitted to me for publication there. I quickly smelt a rat: the standard of English in the covering email and the abstract was fairly poor, whereas the language in much of the paper was rather nice, with some admirably deft turns of phrase. I believe I even recognized the writing style of one of my co-hosts here at the Café.

    So I did some googling and discovered that yes, large parts of the text were copied nearly verbatim from other papers. Some of the papers they copied from were cited. At least seven were not. Their biggest source was Higher-dimensional algebra VI: Lie 2-algebras by John Baez and Alissa Crans, which—modulo the replacement of “vector space” by “module”—makes up at least nine of their pages.

    This may or may not be an isolated incident. The fact is that plagiarism can be systematic. For example, there was the Turkish plagiarism ring (or rings) uncovered in 2007, involving something like 67 papers and 15 physicists at four Turkish universities. In this case I discovered when googling that some parts of the text had already appeared more than once in the literature, by different authors. One particular sentence was on at least its fourth outing. I didn’t attempt to dig any deeper.

    My main reason for writing this is to warn other editors who may receive this paper, or others like it. There’s nothing I particularly want to discuss.

    Posted at October 26, 2010 8:29 PM UTC