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Thursday, February 05, 2015

I know it was you, Fredo

I always knew that John Scalzi was primarily responsible for the SFWA "expulsion"*, but I didn't realize that I had proof of it sitting right in front of me the entire time. Consider this statement from page 23 of "Evidence regarding the complaints made against Theodore Beale, Report to the Board of Directors of SFWA", dated July 1, 2013.
Most prominently, an outgoing Board Member indicated that he intended to let his membership lapse until Beale was no longer a member: “My membership is due and I can’t in good conscience renew it until SFWA finds the means or moral backbone or whatever’s ultimately required to expel someone as hateful and wilfully destructive as Beale—notjust from the organisation but from the culture present within it.”
And from Twitter less than two hours after I announced the Board's action against "an unidentified member":

John Scalzi @scalzi
I just renewed my @sfwa membership!
2:18 PM – 14 Aug 2013

P Nielsen Hayden ‏@pnh Aug 14
@scalzi So did I! What a coincidence! @sfwa

Now, you might rightly say that these remarks by the outgoing president of the organization and the most influential member of the organization (Patrick Nielsen Hayden is a Senior Editor at the largest SF publishing house and gives his address in the SFWA membership directory as the Tor Books address on Fifth Avenue in New York City), are merely circumstantial evidence. And that would seem be true, since there were five outgoing SFWA Board Members in 2013. However, only two of those outgoing members were male. Compare the two successive lists of Board Members from the 2013 SFW Directory.

Board Members beginning July 1st, 2013
Steven Gould, President
Cat Rambo, Vice-President
Susan Forest, Secretary
Bud Sparhawk, Treasurer
Sarah Pinsker, Eastern Regional Director
Lee Martindale, South-Central Director
Jim Fiscus, Western Regional Director
Tansy Rayner Roberts, Overseas Director
Matthew Johnson, Canadian Director

Board Members through June 30th, 2013
John Scalzi, President
Rachel Swirsky, Vice-President
Ann Leckie, Secretary
Bud Sparhawk, Treasurer
Catherynne Valente, Eastern Regional Director
Lee Martindale, South-Central Director
Jim Fiscus, Western Regional Director
Sean Williams, Overseas Director
Matthew Johnson, Canadian Director

So, we know beyond any shadow of a doubt that either Sean Williams or John Scalzi was responsible for threatening to quit the organization if I was not purged from it, and that John Scalzi did let his membership lapse precisely as the "outgoing Board Member" threatened to do. We observe that the outgoing Board Member is not a particularly coherent writer. And we also know that John Scalzi has evinced considerably more interest in my career over the last 10 years than Sean Williams, who lives in Australia and has hitherto exhibited no signs of even knowing that I exist.

But although that is sufficient evidence to surmount the standard of reasonable doubt, it is not absolute proof of Mr. Scalzi's guilt, since it is remotely possible that both outgoing Board Members happened to let their memberships lapse at the same time for different reasons. Therefore, in the interest of historical accuracy, I have contacted Mr. Williams and asked him to either confirm or deny responsibility for the statement quoted.

While we're on the subject, it is interesting to compare the list of 2012-2013 Board Members to the recent list of Hugo and Nebula winners. Note that last year's Novelette winner, Mary Robinette Kowal, was previously SFWA's Secretary and Vice-President. Perhaps award-watchers should keep an eye out for Mr. Gould, Ms Rambo, and Ms Forest inexplicably outperforming in 2015 and 2016.


* Assuming that it was, in fact, a genuine purge. More than one lawyer has looked at the case and informed me that I am still a member in good standing of SFWA despite the public pretensions of the SFWA Board. There was never a vote of the entire membership, which under Massachusetts law, is clearly required to expel a member. This is why I have not filed a lawsuit; I have no damages of which to complain. The "expulsion" was a legal charade concocted to placate certain elements of the membership, as the bylaws under which I was "expelled" did not come into force until 15 May, 2014, ten months after SFWA's announcement of an SFWA Board vote on 14 August, 2013.

Notice that SFWA has never officially announced my expulsion. That's because it never took place. They informed me privately of the Board vote for my expulsion, which was true, but they could not announce my expulsion publicly because "the Board's decision" was not, in August 2013, sufficient to actually expel a member. Note in particular the reference to " the existing Massachusetts By-Laws" in the 2013 announcement.

Title XXII, Chapter 180, Section 18: No member of such corporation shall be expelled by vote of less than a majority of all the members thereof, nor by vote of less than three quarters of the members present and voting upon such expulsion.

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58 Comments:

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 05, 2015 5:56 AM  

I note that the Dinoporntastic, Nebula award winning Rachel Swirsky, was Vice President during this period.

Anonymous Stg58 / Animal Mother February 05, 2015 6:34 AM  

Are you and Scalzi going to go for a rowboat ride?

Blogger James Higham February 05, 2015 6:35 AM  

What exactly were you thrown out for? SFWA taken over by leftists?

Blogger Jack Aubrey February 05, 2015 6:45 AM  

And here I was thinking this was settled science already.

Anonymous Dikaios Rik February 05, 2015 6:52 AM  

Badabing!

Blogger Mr.MantraMan February 05, 2015 7:05 AM  

You want to see their rabbit heads explode keep mentioning the fact that you are a member in their august org, reverse entryism.

Blogger olaf snowlaf February 05, 2015 7:14 AM  

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Anonymous Giuseppe February 05, 2015 7:24 AM  

What is the name of this glorius new entertainment? Rabbit hunting? Making IEDs of SJW brains?(someone else came up with that) Skinning of the Rabbit? Whatever the name, it is a great affair for popcorn futures.

Blogger Josh February 05, 2015 7:28 AM  

What is the name of this glorius new entertainment?

Cruelty artistry

Anonymous Toby Temple February 05, 2015 7:47 AM  

Damn.. I read that as Frodo instead of Fredo..

I was like "what did Frodo Baggins did to Vox?"....

Blogger Josh February 05, 2015 7:48 AM  

I was like "what did Frodo Baggins did to Vox?"....

Took his precious. Duh.

Blogger Nate February 05, 2015 7:53 AM  

" This is why I have not filed a lawsuit; I have no damages of which to complain. "

I suppose you could sue them for not providing you with whatever service it is that they normally provide members....

oh wait...

Blogger Josh February 05, 2015 7:58 AM  

More than one lawyer has looked at the case and informed me that I am still a member in good standing of SFWA despite the public pretensions of the SFWA Board.

So it's really more like double secret probation?

Anonymous Daniel February 05, 2015 8:00 AM  

They aren't even the gang that couldn't shoot crooked. Next time they try to purge you, they'll end up electing you President by fiat.

You should request SFWA Emergency Fund money to pay for counseling for PSTD for finishing 6th out of 5 in the Hugos.

Blogger Vox February 05, 2015 8:03 AM  

I can't even complain they didn't send me a membership directory since I have it... I suppose I could complain that I'm not in it, only that's more feature than bug. And while I didn't get to sit on any more Nebula juries or examine the books, they got rid of both of those membership rights in the 2014 reorganization.

But I'm sure they're still aces at defending writers against major publishers run by members like Philip Nielsen Hayden... oh, ah, wait a minute....Talk about regulatory capture!

So it's really more like double secret probation?

Yep. Leave it to a group of mediocre fiction writers to come up with a plan as stupid as this. All they had to do was wait ten months and they could have done it properly. Instead they went with this charade in order to mollify Scalzi, the Nielsen Haydens, and the petty pinkshirts.

Blogger Josh February 05, 2015 8:09 AM  


Yep. Leave it to a group of mediocre fiction writers to come up with a plan as stupid as this.


Also let's not forget that a middle school mock trial club could have written a much better report.

Blogger Subversive Saint February 05, 2015 8:14 AM  

You should run for president again just to rattle their rabbit cages again.

Blogger Salt February 05, 2015 8:21 AM  

They did a damage, Vox. By abrogating the contract, your lifetime membership, via improper procedure was the damage done. You need not suffer anything directly. SFWA committed a tort.

Anonymous Daniel February 05, 2015 8:25 AM  

I'm picturing McRapey sitting in a little boat in the middle of his great big lawn.

Fredo is really a perfect image for the little guy. He thought the mafia was his family. He thought the mafia was his game. What he thought never mattered.

Anonymous joe doakes February 05, 2015 8:45 AM  

They didn't kick you out of the club, they retroactively airbrushed you out of the group photo. Stalin would be so proud of his political descendants.

Anonymous Giuseppe February 05, 2015 9:00 AM  

Vox,
Maybe, as a member in good standing, you should make a very public resignation of your lifetime membership until such time as they purge the convicted pedophiles from their ranks at least. I'm thinking, take out a few ads kind of thing. You know, open letters to Barry who is all about the kids. Not to mention the especially discriminated against, non-white minorities that live, or may even be born, in other countries. I mean, when will the white man stop falsifying his contracts and treaties when dealing with the oppressed Native American? Scalzi's obvious bullying and racism aside, we can no longer tolerate pederasts in the modern age surely? Even the Church is making some amends, surely, surely, the corruption of the SFWA needs to be exposed to a wider audience. A hive of pedophiles led by a self-confessed rapist who also steals from a disadvantaged Native American. How can we tolerate this in the 21st Century?

Anonymous Jake February 05, 2015 9:03 AM  

Scalzi is simply the most vicious person in the entire literary world, utterly manipulative and cruel and remorseless in his use of power, thin and pathetic though it might be. But he is careful who he chooses as enemies, never picking on anyone he thinks can hurt him, always looking to vent his rotted soul on the weak or disenfranchised. I'd seen him do it to lots of writers. He simply miscalculated when it came to Vox. He underestimated him, his grit and determination and even popularity and reach, and I, for one, hope Vox never takes his foot off Scalzi's chicken neck.

Anonymous jack February 05, 2015 9:03 AM  

And, just when I was sure all that was milked dry. Man, this stuff never gets old does it?
The maneuver room just got much looser. Are they that nuts to take on a known expert war gamer? Yea to that I guess.
More Popcorn anyone?

This should be fun. Too bad Mr. Beale is up to his armpits with other duties, otherwise I'm sure Thor's hammer will be falling much sooner than expected.

Anonymous Giuseppe February 05, 2015 9:04 AM  

Vox,
Maybe, as a member in good standing, you should make a very public resignation of your lifetime membership until such time as they purge the convicted pedophiles from their ranks at least. I'm thinking, take out a few ads kind of thing. You know, open letters to Barry who is all about the kids. Not to mention the especially discriminated against, non-white minorities that live, or may even be born, in other countries. I mean, when will the white man stop falsifying his contracts and treaties when dealing with the oppressed Native American? Scalzi's obvious bullying and racism aside, we can no longer tolerate pederasts in the modern age surely? Even the Church is making some amends, surely, surely, the corruption of the SFWA needs to be exposed to a wider audience. A hive of pedophiles led by a self-confessed rapist who also steals from a disadvantaged Native American. How can we tolerate this in the 21st Century?

Anonymous Hare Haiku February 05, 2015 9:16 AM  

We told him to leave,
Like - really REALLY told him
#icanteven

Anonymous Hare Haiku February 05, 2015 9:18 AM  

#icantev'n, for the particularists.

Blogger Vox February 05, 2015 9:19 AM  

He simply miscalculated when it came to Vox.

(nods) One thing I've noticed over the years that people reliably fail to grasp is that I am a loner by choice, not an outcast.

Blogger Salt February 05, 2015 9:24 AM  

Maybe, as a member in good standing

That's hilarious. A dues paid member, willfully, knowingly and intentionally denied access to membership-entitled controlled spaces... sounds like a racket. As to the dues paid, SFWA is being unjustly enriched.

Anonymous dh February 05, 2015 9:29 AM  

Vox--

http://www.sfwa.org/about/join-us/why-join-sfwa/

These are the (alleged) benefits.

You should apply for a loan from the Emergency Medical Fund, for $500. When it is denied, you can come to me (or anyone), and I will loan you the $500 at 10% interest. That difference exceeds the requirements for a jury trial for damages. The SFWA will be forced to argue in court that the benefits have no actual value and that you suffered no damages.

Tell me you wouldn't like an SFWA authorized court document claiming that the SFWA offers nothing of tangible value to members?

Anonymous Alexander February 05, 2015 9:36 AM  

Vox should apply to the SFWA legal fund to assist in paying for the cost of lawyers looking over this case. Get them either: 1) officially claim he is not a member in good standing or 2) to say that he is but they won't cover it for other reasons.

Anonymous malcolm February 05, 2015 9:40 AM  

First we find out that Vox is still in SFWA, then we find out that the SFWA is implementing part of his platform from his run for presidency (www.sfwa.org/2015/02/sfwa-welcomes-self-published-small-press-authors/).

Next we're going to find out that he's the president of the SFWA, they just forgot to tell him.

Anonymous Tom B February 05, 2015 9:46 AM  

Wouldn't you say this at least rises to a criminal attempt to conspire against your future ability to earn a living? By making you think that you no longer had access to resources you in fact had legal right to use for self promotion, and had paid for in good faith, doesn't the vote constitute attempted fraud?

Anonymous dh February 05, 2015 9:58 AM  

That's actually a pretty brilliant idea. It would be interesting to read a brief on that. It would pose some novel legal questions.

Anonymous dh February 05, 2015 10:04 AM  

The SFWA association has now abrogated their entire membership structure. Any one who writes a short-story and is paid $60 for it can be an associate member, and $600 in sales justifies full membership.

This is crazy. These people are idiots. They only had 1800 active members before changing this rule. That number can be swamped in no time.

I can pay $600 for 10,000 words to anyone, and they can then join SFWA and be a fully voting member. This is great. Amazing.

Vox, please get all your authors together, put out a collection of short-stories, and sell it direct. You can have your entire organization in SFWA on March 1st.

Blogger Josh February 05, 2015 10:10 AM  

It would pose some novel legal questions.

I see what you did there...

Anonymous Jill February 05, 2015 10:12 AM  

Emotional manipulators are so childish.

Blogger CarpeOro February 05, 2015 10:38 AM  

I'm pretty sure this thread is funnier than most of the works that will be up for awards this year with the SFWA. I usually find the topic a little tired and uninteresting, but the comments here have been more than scintillating.

Anonymous David Rogers February 05, 2015 10:45 AM  

Don't know if anyone goes to Connecticon, but the SJW ganged up and fired someone recently simply because supporting GamerGate was considered
"harassment."

That's why I don't go to cons anymore. They've turned into SJW hugboxes and looking at anyone in the wrong way is literally rape.

How about starting an SJW and bullshit-free con, or for that matter, an alternative to the SJWSFWA?

Anonymous David Rogers February 05, 2015 10:47 AM  

dh: Get thee to a Patreon, and do the same thing that SJW gamers do: donate a few bucks, quid pro quo.

Crowdfunding: best money laundering invention evaaaaar!

Blogger rycamor February 05, 2015 10:55 AM  

Why do I get the feeling the fun is only just beginning, re: SFWA? Looks to me like we could get another 2-3 years of entertainment out of this at least.

Blogger tweell February 05, 2015 10:58 AM  

Hie thee to LibertyCon for a (mostly) non-SJW experience. Baen turns out in force there, and it's the one con I know of where guests and congoers meet up at the range as well as the con.

Anonymous jack February 05, 2015 10:59 AM  

Re: CarpeOro February 05, 2015 10:38 AM

How about this: compile the SWFA kerfuffle into an ebook; offer it at .99; the Ilk would buy in mass, probably. The proceeds would enable SWFA membership and/or nominate the thing for best of whatever in the Con.
I like this: I would buy this.

Anonymous cheddarman February 05, 2015 11:00 AM  

Write/publish some native american-cantric fiction to really rub it in. Who knows, the sfwa members might purge the board out of guilt

Blogger slarrow February 05, 2015 12:05 PM  

Billboard-charted. Hugo-nominated. SFWA-"purged". #2839.

Nice. Did you put the quotes up while writing this post? Or have they been there longer than I've noticed?


Also, I may have missed the #2839 reference. Can anyone help me out?

Anonymous Difster February 05, 2015 12:14 PM  

The #2839 reference is the GamerGate blocklist number.

Blogger JDC February 05, 2015 12:34 PM  

Tell me you wouldn't like an SFWA authorized court document claiming that the SFWA offers nothing of tangible value to members?

dh, please remind me not to publicly insult and/or piss you off. You should write a book, John Grisham style about this. I'd read it.

Anonymous Sevron February 05, 2015 12:47 PM  

But according to them, Vox isn't in the video game industry and thus has nothing valid to say on the matter. So why put him on the GG block list?

Blogger Salt February 05, 2015 12:47 PM  

Also, I may have missed the #2839 reference. Can anyone help me out?

#GamerGate block number I believe.

Anonymous Randy M February 05, 2015 12:54 PM  

It seems to me that being expelled from the SFWA has given Vox a certain notoriety that he has capitalized upon. So, by *not* having expelled him, correctly, or rather by doing so fraudulently, they may have endangered his livelyhood. I mean, I'm certainly not going to buy from someone who way merely almost expelled from the organization!

Anonymous Daniel February 05, 2015 12:55 PM  

JDC, don't do it in private, either.

dh will find out.

One thing I've noticed over the years that people reliably fail to grasp is that I am a loner by choice

This is the thing that - while true - is the most baffling to me. I get how people fall into assumptions that their values are universal. I can comprehend stupidity - certain intelligent acts will simply be fundamentally misunderstood by the stupid.

But...that cloaked figure out on the steppes? The one with blood in his eye and a sword in his hand?

You really think you sent him there? You really think he's out there and banished for your peace of mind?

Jesus wasn't kidding. People are so retarded they'd be smarter if they were dead.

Blogger JDC February 05, 2015 1:33 PM  

A farmhand consulted a lawyer. He had long tended the late farmer's cows, and believed they would be his when the farmer died. Now the farmer's son claimed ownership.

"I'll take your case," said the lawyer, "Don't worry about the cows."

The next day the farmer's son came in. The cows were raised on his land, he said, they should be his.

"I'll take your case," said the lawyer, "Don't worry about the cows."

Later, his secretary asked, "How can the cows belong to both?"

"Don't worry about the cows," the lawyer said. "The cows will be ours."

Disclaimer:Any views or opinions presented in this post are solely the responsibility of Daniel, who was the prime catalyst for this story. The author will not accept any responsibility, liability, accountability, culpability or any other ‘ility’ that results in punitive measures and/or comments that may deemed to be nasty or unfriendly. Any damages or other liabilities should be directed to the aforementioned person.

Blogger Derrick Bonsell February 05, 2015 1:33 PM  

What's to stop them from just rectifying their mistake?

I realize doing so would be an admission that they didn't do so properly the first time.

Blogger Vox February 05, 2015 2:02 PM  

What's to stop them from just rectifying their mistake?

Nothing. I expect that's exactly what they'll do. Of course, that's just what they wanted to avoid, which was making it clear that nine votes are all that is necessary to kick anyone out, for any reason.

Anonymous Carlotta February 05, 2015 2:33 PM  

Vox, 
Maybe, as a member in good standing, you should make a very public resignation of your lifetime membership until such time as they purge the convicted pedophiles from their ranks at least. I'm thinking, take out a few ads kind of thing




Oh. That is good.

Anonymous Susan February 05, 2015 2:57 PM  

Milo over at Breitbart Big London just now put up a great article about Scalzi and all the SFWA stuff from the past year. He even prominently mentions Vox and Larry C. too. Very nice article by Milo.

Anonymous pseudotsuga February 05, 2015 3:38 PM  

Years ago, when I was a beginning writer, I thought SFWA membership was the crown jewel of writing. The Hugo and Nebula were the crown on which that jewel hung, to continue the metaphor. By today's rules, I could be a SFWA member today! It wasn't quite so easy back in the early 90s, so I would have needed to make a couple more sales.
And now?
The white sheets have been thrown back, and I can't think of a reason I would want to associate with such an organization. Don't get me wrong--a few SFWA members are people whom I actually know from real life (albeit a long time ago) who I don't mind associating with (politics notwithstanding), but the organization, its "leadership" and raison d'etre is not something I would not now view with pride.

Blogger Zimri February 05, 2015 8:43 PM  

I just checked the title-bar of this page. "Nice."

Blogger TheCitadel February 05, 2015 10:52 PM  

Any board that would have this slime on it isn't worth worrying about. Scalzi is pure left wing detritus

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