Disappointment: Science Fiction Fantasy Writers

I must express my extreme disappointment that some authors who I formerly admired and respected, and whose work I enjoyed, signed their names to the poorly thought-out petition presented to the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America by a former member. This individual clearly is ignorant about the actual meaning of the first amendment, and I am saddened that anyone would encourage his delusion or add their name to his hateful diatribe.

I am sure that some of these authors already regret their signature. I hope so. Until I see specific retractions, however, I will not be reading works by any of these writers:

Cyd Athens
Gregory Benford – Nebula winner
David Brin – Nebula winner, Past SFWA Secretary
Amy Sterling Casil
C. J. Cherryh
Lillian Csernica
Jack Dann – Nebula winner, former Bulletin Managing & Asst. Editor, past member of the Publicity Bureau, Nebula Rules Committee, and Grievance Committee; current member of the Anthology Committee
Harlan Ellison – Nebula winner, SFWA Grand Master, past SFWA V.P.
Sheila Finch – Nebula winner, past SFWA V.P, and Western Regional Director
David Gerrold – Nebula winner
Nancy Kress – Nebula winner
Mercedes Lackey
Dr. Paul Levinson – Past SFWA President
Barry N. Malzberg – Five time Nebula finalist, appearances in six of the annual Nebula volumes, editor of the Bulletin in 1969, Eastern Regional Director for two years in the late 70s and Grievance Committee 1980-1984.
Jack McDevitt – Nebula winner
Larry Niven – Nebula winner
Dr. Jerry Pournelle – Past SFWA President
Mike Resnick – Nebula winner, past SFWA ConAlert (8 yrs.) and Anthology
Chairman (6 yrs.)
Chuck Rothman – Past SFWA Treasurer
Susan Shwartz – Five-time Nebula nominee, member of Nebula Jury (2 years); on committee exploring reinstatement of film Nebula
Robert Silverberg – Nebula winner, SFWA Grand Master, Past SFWA President
Norman Spinrad – Past SFWA President (twice)
Allen Steele – Three time Nebula nominee, Past Eastern Regional Director
Brad R. Torgersen – Nebula nominee
Harry Turtledove – Double Nebula nominee, Past SFWA Treasurer
Gene Wolfe

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