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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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Rolanni and the Red Bear
There is an outstanding exchange of ideas between Sharon Lee and Eric Flint that was posted earlier today on the MutterOfDemons Conference at Baen's Bar. It is too long to repost here, so go there and read it yourselves. Sharon makes some excellent points, especially from her vantage point as being an ex SFWA Executive Director and ex SFWA President. Eric makes some excellent points right back. You may have to page through the thread, which is long, to find the exchange.

Check it out.

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I've actually tried to post to the thread, Walt, but it hasn't come up yet. Hmmmm.

Dunno why you'd bring Helix into it on one of your replies, they're actually not that different from Eric and Cory on the DRM issue. They make a point of not buying downloading rights from their writers, though, so you can't download a copy of e.g. "Mahmoud's Wives" from Helix.

Helix and Hendrix both want to make SFWA a closed shop. Helix's submissions policy limits to SFWA members. That's what I said.

That does not make SFWA a closed shop; it makes Helix a picky market. It has no effect whatsoever on SFWA's membership policies. (On which Sanders can be demonstrated to have less than no influence.)

Y'know, for all my disagreements with Eric on other things, I find it interesting that he's proving out something I've been advocating for, what, 15 years? And that we're pretty much in agreement, right down the line.

Oh, and I used to _be_ one of those midlist writers (different industry). So I know what that one's like.

Oh, and BTW, you may like to take a look aththis posts of Bluejo's: http://papersky.livejournal.com/318273.html

That's a fascinating debate. Thanks for the heads-up.

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