Late last year I blogged about an editorial by Mike Resnick from Baen’s Universe. Mike had a bunch of good points, but also said some things that very much annoyed some people. Not long afterward, an article by Mike and Barry Malzberg appeared in the SFWA Bulletin. This was pretty much more of the same, including more dubious statistics purporting to prove that Worldcon was about to keel over any die any year now.
So I wrote something in response, and that article has just seen print. Somewhat to my surprise, it is the lead story in the latest Bulletin, and is available online. Doubtless people will very soon be complaining that I am once again proving myself a Menace to Fandom who is Hell-bent on Destroying All That We Hold Dear. I may have managed to tick off a few pros too.
Having had a quick read, I have discovered one error. I originally wrote that the Netherlands and Japan Worldcons both, “drew over 3,000 attendees”. Then I got some better data in (thanks, Peggy Rae!) and it turned out that the correct number to use for Yokohama should be 2852. Somehow the right number got in, but the change of “over” to “around” didn’t. My apologies for that.
Also, of course, I will no longer be able to attend SMOFcon 28. I will have to leave Kevin and the rest of SFSFC to run that without me. But I do hope that someone from SFWA will turn up and talk to the assembled SMOFs.
And now, a piece of raw egoboo.