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Sunday, December 30, 2012

An SFWA coverup?

Former SFWA president Michael Capobianco denies that the Nebula Award rules were changed in 2010 due to a perception of corruption.  He writes on Black Gate:

"The Nebula rules change was instituted not because of the perception of corruption, but to change it from an award with multi-year rolling eligibility to an annual award coinciding with calendar year."

Is that so? Then why are the nominations no longer an open process and hidden from public scrutiny?  Why are nominations now capped at five per member when previously Active members were allowed unlimited recommendations? And, if we are to take Mr. Capobianco's explanation seriously, how on Earth were those two changes required in order to make the award coincide with the calendar year?

Since Mr. Capobianco claims that there is no issue of perceived corruption, I will send a request to the current President to post the full record of all the nominations for the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novel on the SFWA web site on a page that is open to the public.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous jack December 30, 2012 1:28 PM  

Bet you don't get that information posted. Can you sue them for defamation or something on behalf of the non-nominees? Maybe for theft by conspiracy for the lost revenues of the writers that did not get nominated and, thus, would have an built-in increase in sales.
Let your imagination run rampant. The courts are into really strange lawsuits these days, and even stranger awards to plaintiffs.

Anonymous The other skeptic December 30, 2012 1:36 PM  

Scalzi self-promotes

Anonymous zen0 December 30, 2012 2:18 PM  

I want copies of the minutes of the meetings where this was discussed and all the relevant emails

Anonymous Anonymous December 30, 2012 2:45 PM  

Bush lied, people died. Yet this is a priority???

Anonymous zen0 December 30, 2012 2:53 PM  

I didn't know Bush was a SFWA member. Who knew.

Anonymous bw December 30, 2012 3:02 PM  

..and the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it." John 1:5

.. I have said nothing in Secret" - Jesus John 18:20

Anonymous daddynichol December 30, 2012 3:38 PM  

Bush lied, people died. Yet this is a priority???

Do you know how to post a comment name? While you're at it, read "RULES OF THE BLOG" located near the top of the left column.

Anonymous kh123 December 30, 2012 4:39 PM  

As often as I overuse quoting or citing this authors' work:

Thinking about it, it reminds me of what Solzhenitsyn described during his time as a provincial teacher while in exile in Kazakhstan during the (I think) late 50's or early 60's, that the education system was so corrupted by the local administration's desire to see their children get passing marks - regardless of their innumeracy or how many goats the student had to bring as payment for their diploma on graduation day - that any actual attempt to educate their half-literate sons and daughters was a fruitless battle. To paraphrase, "Why worry if they want to cheat themselves or their own system? To hell with them!"

And yet, on the flipside of that, he described another exile, Mitrovich, who did everything possible to expose the corruption of the school administration and the illiteracy they were churning out on behalf of the local Party bosses, "flirting with destruction and another stretch inside [of camps]" in the process.

And Solzhenitsyn himself strove to teach mathematics and astronomy in that same classroom setting, to the next generation of Soviet nationalities, in that same dusty corner of the Workers' Paradise.*


[*Though, he describes the kids he taught as being honestly curious, thirsty to learn whatever knowledge given them, being aware of their depressed social status as "backwood Soviets" - whether Kazakh or exiled nationality - and their desire to want to better their lot in life; and that being rural they were free from the vanity and distractions of the city.]

Anonymous Idle Spectator December 30, 2012 6:21 PM  

Vox if you win the presidency, you have to dress like a pirate, complete with eye patch and fake parrot when giving speeches. Then switch the SFWA logo to a tie-dye skull and crossbones flag.

Or wave your big sword around and scream "We'll write to the Gates of Hell!" à la John McCain.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 30, 2012 11:59 PM  

Bush lied, people died. Yet this is a priority???


Obama is lying and people are dying right now and you're still complaining about Bush?

Bush, Obama and McCain all had a sit down meeting before Bush left the Oval office and they all agreed to serve the bankers. no matter who was elected.

yet you think there's a significant difference between them?

Anonymous RedJack December 31, 2012 10:59 AM  

I find it very interesting that you were labeled as being Sexist almost at once. And when the women started you saying "Well I have seen MALES do the same THING!" you agreed with her, as it supported your point, and she still said you were being sexist.

I suspect it wasn't her log that got rolled, and she is bitter about it.

Anonymous AlteredFate December 31, 2012 12:46 PM  

As someone previously suggested, I believe it would be more beneficial if Vox started another sf/f award system and left the corpse of SFWA to rot without hindrance. Maybe it's possible Vox will consider it if he fails to gain the presidency. I think he should kick off such an endeavor by starting and editing an e-zine akin to the old Weird Tales, giving the new organization credit with new writers striving for publication and with readers in search of good quality content without the taint of were-seals or strong women doing man stuff in space.

Blogger Justthisguy December 31, 2012 4:53 PM  

Yup. Gals, SF is a boy thing; you wouldn't understand. I write as one whose Mom bought him subscriptions to both Analog and Galaxy back in the early Sixties, when he was a little kid. That was the same Mom who bought me a G.Gordon Liddy Stacked and Packed calendar every year, as long as she lived. She really was that perfect woman in the book of Proverbs, making clothes, buying land, etc. I think this is why I find most of the gals I meet these days to be rather disappointing.

Anonymous bob k. mando December 31, 2012 5:53 PM  

I believe it would be more beneficial if Vox started another sf/f award system and left the corpse of SFWA to rot without hindrance. Maybe it's possible Vox will consider it if he fails to gain the presidency.


smacks too much of sour grapes.

either run for the presidency of the SFWA

OR

begin laying the ground work for a new org.

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