Reaction to the launch of ReLIRE from writers and readers was strong this week, but publishers and the Bibliothèque National de France were rather quiet. François Gèze, director of the publishing house Editions La Découverte and member of the scientific committee established to oversee the ReLIRE registry left a long comment on Lionel Maurel’s blog, which led to a lively debate and prompted a new post, Réponses à François Gèze, membre du conseil scientifique du registre ReLIRE, (Response to François Gèze, member of the scientific committee of the ReLIRE registry, link in French) several days later. Clearly publishers and other actors behind ReLIRE were watching.
Today, by chance I noticed that two of the anthologies containing works of prominent foreign authors in translation had been quietly removed from ReLIRE.
Starting with the book I discovered containing stories by Harlan Ellison and Ursula K. Le Guin, La frontière avenir, here is the page that ReLIRE now displays for this title,
The SFReader found another anthology, Histoires de Mirages, containing among others We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick, which was adapted for cinema as the blockbuster film Total Recall. This one also seems to have been removed from ReLIRE,
Update April 14, 2013:I learned from @JN_Squire on Twitter that De Sang et d’encre, including a story by Neil Gaiman has also now been removed from ReLIRE. As
publisher editor, Léa Silhol opted out the whole book last week.
Without a statement from the committee behind ReLIRE, it’s hard to know if these works have been removed from the registry because they were errors, or if the authors, translator or publisher concerned has submitted an opt-out. As a commenter pointed out on Lionel Maurel’s blog, the lack of transparency concerning the contents of the registry makes it difficult to know the status of a book on the list, for example whether it has been opposed, confirmed, etc. So it isn’t obvious why these works have now been removed.
A less palatable option exists, perhaps the intent was to cover up the mistakes in the registry. If so, it won’t work. Team AlexandriZ has already published the original list on their site. Lest their credibility be questioned, I made a screen snap a few days ago from my iPhone,
Just in case, I have also made snaps of several other anthologies that have been mentioned in various places but that haven’t yet been removed from the registry.
It would be reassuring if the actors behind ReLIRE would come forward to explain what is going on.
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