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“You can’t get me, I’m part of the Union…”

Wednesday I joined the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America as an active member. The Analog story was my third "qualifying" sale.

On the one hand, joining SFWA marks a kind of progress, sort of like "growing up". It means that I get certain privileges, and that my name can now be found on a list including  writers I admire. SFWA provides advocacy for writers, warnings about unreliable or suspicious markets or agents, contract advice, and so forth. I like all of these things.

But on the other hand, there is a certain protectionist or trade-union strain in some of SFWA’s public statements that bothers me. Especially I’m worried about its approach to copyright, notably orphaned copyrights.  Still, within SFWA is a good place to address these issues, I suppose.

Meanwhile, I get to vote for the Nebula Awards.  Any suggestions?

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