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SFWA Board Votes to Expel Beale

SF writer Theodore Beale, who blogs as Vox Day, announced that the SFWA Board has voted to expel him from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. He posted a letter from SFWA President Steven Gould that reads, in part:

After careful consideration of the evidence gathered by the Board-appointed investigator and your response, and in compliance with the existing Massachusetts By-Laws, the approved operations and procedures, and legal counsel, the SFWA Board has unanimously voted for your expulsion from the organization, effective immediately. This has been a difficult decision, but thorough examination of the evidence and the situation makes it clear that this action is necessary to best serve the interests of the organization and its members.

Beale is a lifetime SFWA member who ran unsuccessfully for SFWA president earlier this year. In June, Beale used a promotional SFWA Twitter feed, @SFWAauthors, to link to remarks he made on his blog, where he called another author “half-savage” and an editor a “fat frog,” among other inflammatory remarks.

Many SFWA members, including Jim C. Hines and  Amal El-Mohtar, immediately began to call for his expulsion for misuse of a SFWA service. (Though the tweets by Beale were removed, the blog post is available here).

Update: This post has been revised (2/13/15) due to both of the source postings being changed. Originally both Beale and SFWA’s posts implied that he had been expelled, but Massachusetts  by-laws require a membership vote to expel members, which as of February 2015 has still not occurred to our knowledge, and Beale remains a lifetime member of SFWA.  SFWA’s official statement is available at SFWA.org.


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