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March 18, 2007

SFWA Election Blog is Now Up

It's here. It's not actually a blog, it's a newsgroup, because it was built fast and for this purpose. Anyone can read it -- SFWAns, non-SFWAn spec fic writers who are interested in the process, SF/F fans and anyone else. However, to post questions and comments, you have to be a SFWA member. This makes sense to me because, after all, it is a SFWA election. But do feel free to comment about it here (in this thread) or on your own sites. Also, spread the word.

I'll note this is something of a controversial experiment for SFWA; most of the time the election discussions and debates are internal. But I think now is a good time to let people see what SFWA's concerns are and see where the membership wants to have the organization go. I do hope you'll bookmark the newsgroup and check in on the questions and answers. And if you are a SFWA member -- hey, asking some questions of the candidates wouldn't be bad, eh?

My thanks to Jeffrey Dwight for building out this newsgroup on short notice, and to fellow candidate Michael Capobianco for agreeing to do this.

Update, 3:12pm: My SFWA candidacy post was the #9 blog post on the Internet yesterday, according to BlogPluse. Yay! People are interested!

Posted by john at March 18, 2007 02:32 PM

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Johnny Carruthers | March 18, 2007 03:52 PM

So how does this compare to the BaconCat post?

John Scalzi | March 18, 2007 03:59 PM

BaconCat was #2.

Rebecca Ore | March 18, 2007 04:07 PM

Log rolling for Nebs has been with us since Damon Knight's day. Clard and Effinger perfected flattering newbies for Nebs.

The idea of making the Nebs mean more insures that log rolling would be even more attractive. The smoozers and log rollers are smart enough to work their way around the new rules as they have since SFWA was founded.

Put them up for the highest bidder and do something useful with the money. If people want a friend to win a Neb, they can take up a collection. The votes are too cheap these days, a bit of flattery and free books.

Paul Levinson | March 18, 2007 06:02 PM

Hey John - as I mentioned over on sff.net, I'm delighted that you stepped up, and you have my vote and my 100% support!

Paul Levinson, PhD
President, SFWA, 1998-2001


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Patrick | March 19, 2007 07:08 PM

So, I'm following this because it is interesting, but it seems as though Catherine Mintz is running for president. No?

I like the John Barnes comment -
"I didn't like the "recruit the youths" crap during the Asaro or Levinson administrations and I don't want any more of that"

If you don't recruit the youths, who do you recruit?

It seems like it would be easier to create "Science Fiction Writers of the World" as a new organization.

David Klecha | March 19, 2007 09:24 PM

It's an amazing explosion of commentary, so far, John. And as a novice, I welcome it. Years ago, I was exposed to a lot of ... bitterness in sff.net forums re: SFWA and it really made me wonder if it was something I'd want to belong to, if I ever leapt the hurdles.

Now it's kind of exciting again, and I can't quite wait until I do qualify so I can help out.

Way to make it exciting.

John Scalzi | March 19, 2007 09:48 PM


"So, I'm following this because it is interesting, but it seems as though Catherine Mintz is running for president. No?"

No. She's the sole candidate for secretary.

Re: John Barnes -- naturally, he's welcome to his own opinion on the matter; clearly I disagree with him on the matter.

"It seems like it would be easier to create 'Science Fiction Writers of the World' as a new organization."

Heh. Not really. Infrastructure is a beautiful thing.

Christopher | March 20, 2007 09:33 AM

Wait, where's this John Barnes comment? I don't see it in the "electionblog" newsgroup.

Patrick | March 20, 2007 12:28 PM

Christopher - It's in the public section where non-members can talk about it an comment.


Not sure if that link will make it through. It's under SFF.SFWA not SFF.SFWA.*

Well, I guess the polls will show that Mintz has a slight lead over BATMAN, MotherF*ckin', BATMAN for secretary.

Patrick | March 20, 2007 12:32 PM

Oops, wrong link in my buffer...

&">Try this http://webnews.sff.net/read?cmd=read&artid=&

Patrick | March 20, 2007 12:33 PM

Blah... Need to use the preview button...

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