John Scalzi, who ran a write-in campaign for president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) a while back, has this to say about the current race for SFWA president: "This is the year SFWA decides whether it has a future or not." The contest is between Russell Davis and Andrew Burt. Scalzi has no beef with Davis, but says that Burt would only be acceptable if SFWA members want to "publicly and enthusiastically cut the organization's throat." This comment results from Burt's role in last year's copyright controversy.
I personally agree with Scalzi that Burt would be a bad choice for SFWA. However, what troubles me even more is that the SFWA has yet again set itself up for needless infighting and anger. I mean, is it just me or does anyone else see internecine warfare as SFWA's main occupation these days? Perhaps I should resurrect my previous proposal to rename the SFWA as the Screaming Flaming Writers Association.