I have only been a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America for a short time, but it’s clear to me that only one of the two candidates for President is actually qualified for the post — and that’s Russell Davis. So I won’t even bother talking about the other guy.
Russell isn’t only an experienced writer, he is also an experienced editor. He knows the business from both sides of the table. He’s also been an active member of the SFWA, and knows how the organization works…and doesn’t work. On top of that, he’s smart, affable, and enthusiastic — he can make the kind of changes that are necessary to stream-line the SFWA and make it a more professional, and respected, organization. As he says:
SFWA is an organization at a crossroads and the path we choose now will have significant consequences in the future. Continuing on our present course may lead to the fracturing of our organization, while using the past as our only guide may lead us into permanent irrelevance in the much-changed world of publishing.
I know Russell and I’ve talked with him about his vision for the SFWA. He also knows how important it is to network with the other major writing organizations on issues of common interest to ALL writers, regardless of whatever genre they toil in.
The other guy running for President is a step backwards and a vote for mediocrity and irrelevance. You’d be putting someone in charge who has no significant writing or publishing experience on either side of the table. It would be like hiring your gardener to remove your brain tumor.
Vote for Russell Davis. He’s the right guy at the right time.