Thanks, therefore, to Sean C. Green for making it easy for me to quickly weigh in on the Helix "sheet head" fiasco. Here's my rejection letter:
Thank you for submitting "Unwinding" to Strange Horizons, but we've decided not to accept it for publication. There was some really nice writing in this piece, but overall I'm afraid the core plot just didn't click for me.
We appreciate your interest in our magazine.
See? That was easy. Professional, helpful, pleasant. Totally cool.
What Sanders did was racist and uncool. That the author who posted his letter has been forthcoming about details of his story and correspondence, so everyone could see what bits of the letter came straight from Sanders' seedy little brain, is very cool.
And to S. F. Murphy: if Toby and Tempest are "PC Nazis," then I hope I get to be a PC Nazi when I grow up. Tempest has been one of my heroes since I met her, and everything I've seen from Toby has earned nothing but my respect. You? Also uncool.