Several weeks ago, I decided to run for SFWA Treasurer. I am part of an online group of professional female SF/F writers (a founding member, actually). Another member, who is a much more experienced, successful author than I am, Elizabeth Moon, is running for SFWA Vice President. I figured that if Elizabeth was willing to contribute this way, then I could also contribute by using my skilz of an Treasurer. I already knew that Russell Davis was running for SFWA President, and I was confident of Russell's writing/editing background and people skills. Russell really is a great guy and great to work with.
This went on for a while with no big deal occurring until . . . I checked my Live Journal friends page and saw that Jim Hines was . . . well he indicated that there was ANOTHER CANDIDATE. The other candidate had put his platform in the SFWA private areas on SFF.NET, but not elsewhere. For a few days, people were aware and discussing the situation. But this morning, heroic John Scalzi addressed the situation on his journal, which in this case is very aptly-named: Whatever.
I have one thing to say about this. First, when I read the other candidate's platform, it began with the words, "Greetings, gentlebeings," which for me would be an automatic "no!" even if I knew nothing whatsoever about the guy. And unfortunately - that is not the case. I do know the activities of the guy. Even the most apathetic twerm of a SFWAn (formerly, myself) should know about this guy, who is . . . well, Mr. Scalzi did it far better than I did (link above).
ADDED LINGUISTIC BACKGROUND AND INFO:
From a Star Trek Forum: An SE-4 servant droid approaches you. "Greetings gentlebeings. How may I help you?"
And from my other new Favorite Artist - Stephen Wilson: The T-Shirt. But I ordered the farting rainbow shirt from Zazzle (Yes, in a normal size/style) and haven't seen it yet. However, I also recommend other Wilson products over this one, which, while hilarious, might very well get one's ass instantly kicked, as promised by its creator.
So tempting not to repost the whole thing. Here is Mr. Burt's platform. And campaign posters! And a fantastic translation of the 2,000 word (1983 by my word count) platform. And first-rate sci fi by Charlie Finlay! And more campaign art by enthusiastic supporters - and perhaps the final word, a gut-busting future history by Patrick Weekes.