This will be brief because I’m pretty sure that you, the loyal members of my Korean fan club, won’t care. I just want to put it out there.
I just joined SFWA. I’m only an associate member, which means I get to read the forums but can’t vote for the Nebulas or for its officers (one day, baby, one day). I joined because I would like the organization that’s supposed to represent my interests as a writer (writing and getting paid for it, with a minimum of getting ripped off) not to be either a club for refugees from the Mad Men era of publishing or a platform for racist, sexist, homophobic dipshits. These are small things, I realize, but if I’m going to shell out some cash, I don’t think they’re unreasonable requests. Toward the former, I’m not sure what to contribute, but toward the latter, I’m following in Amal El-Mohtar’s footsteps and have just sent this email to Jim Fiscus, SFWA’s Western Representative, and the Board:
Dear Mr. Fiscus-
I am writing to you as my regional representative in SFWA, wishing to express my desire to see Theodore Beale (aka Vox Day) expelled from SFWA immediately under Article IV, Section 10 of the SFWA By-Laws.
I applaud the Board for quickly deleting the tweet relaying Mr. Beale’s attacks on N.K. Jemesin from the sfwaauthors Twitter feed and for removing his blog from the feed. However, as long as Mr. Beale remains a member, I believe he will continue to use SFWA as a platform for his racist, misogynist, and homophobic views, none of which have anything to do with the business of writing science fiction and fantasy. I urge you to please represent my views to the rest of the Board. Thank you.
I have no idea what will happen, but I hope the result means a SFWA that is professional, diverse, and welcoming. Like Star Trek, but without the bodysuits.