On April 12, 2007, Howard V. Hendrix, vice president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, openly criticized professional authors who released their works online for free. A number of authors strongly disagreed with his position. As a result, Canadian author Jo Walton created International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day.
On this day, writers who disagree with Hendrix's views are encouraged to post “professional quality” forks for free on the Web. On April 23, 2007, many notable writers from different countries supported Walton's idea by posting their works.
The list of works published on the day has not been updated since 2007, but there is a LiveJournal community where participants can post links to their freely downlodable professional quality works (novels, stories, poems, songs, arts etc.).
Readers can celebrate this day by posting about the writers they discovered online.Remind me with Google Calendar
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