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VD is a problem in SF but may not be what you think – SFWA saga


Theodore Beale (aka Vox Day or VD for short) posted a portion of a letter from the SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America) on his website under the title ‘What confidentiality rules?

The original letter from the SFWA apparently includes the following text:

Complaints against you have been filed by multiple members of SFWA. In following our procedures for responding to such complaints a report was prepared by a Board-appointed investigator and found, by a Board vote, to merit continuing our complaint process.

Although it might appear that Theodore’s reprehensible behaviour has been tolerated by the SFWA, there is considerable activity under the surface like a duck swimming.

For those who came in late: Theodore’s online posts include hate speech and vilification of people who are not straight white men. This includes Theodore calling Nora Jemisin a savage in response to her eloquent guest of honour speech at Continuum in June 2013. Theodore’s reprehensible online conduct has earnt him a page in the Encyclopedia Dramatica where his views are lampooned.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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