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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-04-01 07:17
Subject: An important decision
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Tags:funny, publishing, sfwa
I have made an important decision. Though it's late in the game, I'm declaring myself a write-in candidate for the SFWA presidency, following the example of John Scalzi. I think my career thus far speaks for itself and I can use that leverage from the office to improve the organization. I have plenty of momentum to help me through the challenges of a year of service given that all my contracted books have now been delivered.

My platform is simple:

1) That SFWA open its doors to aspiring writers at all levels to ensure future membership strength
2) That SFWA offer profit sharing to its members, based on their SFnal credentials
3) That time travel stories be banned from membership eligibility
4) That SWFA make a serious effort to subsume HWA, MWA and RWA in order to better serve writers across America
5) SFWA co-sponsorship of Virgin Galactic so SFWA members can get free rides into orbit
6) Free beer at all conventions

Thank you very much for your support.
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Laura Anne Gilman: smirk
User: suricattus
Date: 2007-04-01 14:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:smirk
careful...people have been written into office on less, and then you're stuck with it on your resume!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-01 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's the fun! Declare your own candidacy! Soon we shall all be SFWA presidents...
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2007-04-01 14:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And Happy April First to you, too.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2007-04-01 14:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, speaking of that, have you seen this: http://www.google.com/tisp/
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Swan Tower
User: swan_tower
Date: 2007-04-01 14:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Point #6 might just get you elected.

(Not by me, as I detest beer, but I recognize that I'm in the minority on this.)
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russ: watchmen
User: goulo
Date: 2007-04-01 14:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:watchmen
I hope that at least one of your opponents will run on a platform requiring time travel stories for eligibility.
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shadowhelm: rum
User: shadowhelm
Date: 2007-04-01 15:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:rum
I'd vote for you, if I were a member.
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2007-04-01 17:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll only vote for you if you combine #5 & #6 and spearhead some serious R&D on an Orbital Brewing Platform.

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Chris McKitterick: Virgin Galactic
User: mckitterick
Date: 2007-04-01 17:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Virgin Galactic
I'm so there. Heck, I'd even pay more for membership if it meant free rides on SpaceShipTwo.
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Bob
User: yourbob
Date: 2007-04-01 18:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Once number 1 is in place, I'll vote for you.

But I'd like clarification on 3. Does that include things like Connecticut Yankee?
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sheerkhan
User: sheerkhan
Date: 2007-04-01 19:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think your platform is simply awesome.
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Sacchi Green
User: sacchig
Date: 2007-04-01 19:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Okay, as long as profit-sharing doesn't include loss-sharing.
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Jen Volant: eyes
User: tacithydra
Date: 2007-04-02 01:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:eyes
I can't believe no one has cheered on #4 yet! What SFWA really needs is an expansionist presidency - none of this isolationist, "we have our own message boards" crap! Screw private message boards! Take over everyone else's message boards, and then no one will dare stand against you!
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