I'm currently in transit and haven't read the article in the SFWA bulletin that has people up in arms. But it seem clear to me that if a large group of people leave SFWA to protest an injustice in how a particular group of people is treated, it will cause harm to that very group of people.
Like it or not, it is SFWA members only who vote for the Nebula Award. And if women leave SFWA because of an unjust attitude toward women, it will skew the Nebula voting demographic toward people who are fine with that unjust attitude. That will make it harder for women, and probably also anyone who isn't a heterosexual male, to win a Nebula, an award which can significantly advance a spec fiction writer's career.
So please stay in SFWA and change it from the inside.
Here is my schedule this weekend for WisCon at the Madison Concourse Hotel:
Microbes Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm Senate B
Microbes play crucial ecological roles. Many are directly or indirectly required for human health. They form a large part of the earth's total biomass. They can perform some amazing metabolic tricks, yet all too often science fiction has ignored microbes, or has focused on their role as human pathogens. But not this panel! We have plentiful fare for discussion: microbial ecology, biofilms and microbial mats, microbiomes, microbial genomics, microbial diversity, antibiotic resistance, horizontal gene transfer, microbial evolution, microbial exobiology and the role of microbes in human health.
Social Justice Themes in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Sat, 8:30–9:45 am Senate B
January marked the 20 year anniversary of Deep Space Nine entering the Star Trek franchise. Often held up as the most cerebral and socially conscious of the TNG-era Star Trek series, the show explored issues ranging from colonialism and occupation, race and class, and the tension between religion and science. Let's talk about how DS9 explored these themes and how well it holds up in light of the social justice issues and conversations happening inside fandom now.
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading Sat, 9:00–10:15 pm Conference 2
Members of Broad Universe will read from their current science fiction and speculative fiction.
See you there!
Here is my schedule for Jan 11-13 at IllogiCon at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle:
Reading (Friday, 4 PM, Crescent) - I will be reading from my novel, Fairytale Hell.
Science Fiction and Ethics: (Saturday, 1 PM, Smith)
Fantasy in the Real World: (Sunday, 10 AM, Reynolds) (M)
Writing Strong Women: (Sunday, 11 AM, Reynolds)
Humanizing Your Villains: (Sunday, 2 PM, Smith)
I will be reading tonight at the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading at World Fantasy Con. And I now know where: The room is Newmarket from 8-10 pm. The others reading from their writing will be : Kathryn Sullivan, Julie Dvorin, Lindsay Duncan, Elaine Isaak, Cat Rambo, and Brenda Carre.
Altered Fluid, the New York City powerhouse spec fiction writer's group is having a reading at World Fantasy Con at 4 pm in the Con (Hospitality Suite) Rm 1091. Reading will be:
K Tempest Bradford, Mercurio D. Rivera, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Matthew Kressel, Rajan Khanna, and E. C. Myers.