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Who of the people who signed Truesdale's petition would you least want to find providing the rhetoric on your side?

Gregory Benford
0(0.0%)
David Brin
8(4.9%)
Amy Sterling Casil
0(0.0%)
C. J. Cherryh
5(3.1%)
Lillian Csernica
0(0.0%)
Jack Dann
0(0.0%)
Harlan Ellison
32(19.8%)
Sheila Finch
0(0.0%)
David Gerrold
1(0.6%)
Nancy Kress
0(0.0%)
Mercedes Lackey
6(3.7%)
Dr. Paul Levinson
0(0.0%)
Barry N. Malzberg
1(0.6%)
Jack McDevitt
0(0.0%)
Larry Niven
2(1.2%)
Dr. Jerry Pournelle
36(22.2%)
Mike Resnick
5(3.1%)
Chuck Rothman
0(0.0%)
Susan Shwartz
2(1.2%)
Robert Silverberg
1(0.6%)
Norman Spinrad
3(1.9%)
Allen Steele
0(0.0%)
David Truesdale
57(35.2%)
Harry Turtledove
3(1.9%)
Gene Wolfe
0(0.0%)

One name leaps to the fingertips.

I.....can't parse that sentence.

Do you mean, "least want to be writing the advocacy for Truesdale's position, because they'd be so good at it"? Or something else entirely?

Who do you least want to see writing the arguments supporting something you are in favour of? Who is the most counter productive advocate?

I wouldn't want CJ Cherryh, but only because it might be too close to being a CJ Cherryh protagonist. I love her books but, man, I would not want to live them.

I think I'm about ready to cry about some of the people I am finding on that side.

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Pournelle, Ellison, and Truesdale are neck and neck! To no one's surprise.

I'm a little surprised. I thought David Brin would be more of a contender.

Brin (Anonymous) Expand
My world just broke a little.

I hate trick questions.. specially one trick questions.

The subject header of the post immediately below this one on my Livejournal friends feed:

"944: All of the Above, Actually"

[Order of the Stick Fan handshake]

Huh, turns out Orson Scott Card hasn't signed this one. I wonder why not?

What makes you think he didn't, and the list edited him out? They did with Theodore Beale/Vox Day.

Glimpsed on Facebook: Davin Brin saying, ""When Nancy Kress, Janis Ian, David Gerrold and Gregory Benford are on the same page, it is not about 'left or right.' It is about the one trait all of them share… mature, compassionate adulthood."

Asinine rhetoric aside, I'm genuinely surprised at the number of "mature" professional writers who are indignant at the thought of an editor being beholden to another authority in the organization. Was this really their experience of how editors worked?

Re: Fiefdoms again

Glimpsed on Facebook: Davin Brin saying, ""When Nancy Kress, Janis Ian, David Gerrold and Gregory Benford are on the same page, it is not about 'left or right.' It is about the one trait all of them share… mature, compassionate adulthood."

No, when they're all on the same wrong page, it's about how some otherwise sensible people can share such a great huge blind spot. Part of being a mature, compassionate adult is the humility to accept that you might be wrong. Another large part is the sense to see that if you're on the same side of the argument as Benford, Niven, & Pournelle the probability that you're right just shrank by a few orders of magnitude.

holy crap, David Brin (Anonymous) Expand
Theodore Beale, of course

voxday dot blogspot dot com/2014/02/sfwa-petition.html

No cats. I never want a cat arguing for my side.

I would let a cat argue on my side. Depending on the cat, of course. I'd want the gently persuasive one with the gift for subliminal messaging, not the screaming ball of claws.

I thought Cyd Athens signed, too?

ETA: Not suggesting I'd vote for him (I'm not voting on this, they can all go jump in a lake as far as I'm concerned) but I just remembered him being the top of the list alphabetically, but not seeing him here.

Edited at 2014-02-11 01:41 pm (UTC)

I see now that the petition is a reaction to a single sentence indicating that there may in the future be some kind of entity such as a review board, whose membership is currently unclear because it doesn't exist yet. This is what somebody, I think Gregory Benford, refers to as a Politburo.

Good grief.

You have to remember he pals around with a "former" Communist. And as HUAC taught us, that kind of thing is catching. I expect a sufficiently motivated FBI investigation would provide proof everyone on the list is NKVD.

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