Theodore Beale, aka Vox Day, is a gifted writer. He’s also a bit of a jerk, like many other writers.
He has now become the first person ever* to be expelled from the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Not for breaking rules, because he broke none.
Not for any issues of eligibility or dues, because he had a Lifetime Membership. (Costs five grand. SFWA’s not refunding him any of it.)
Basically, because he ran for SFWA president, and because he didn’t say nice things on the forum or agree with all the Important Issues of the Month.
Because that’s what professional organizations are for — total lockstep agreement and artificial niceness. Yuppers.
* Stanislaw Lem previously had his honorary membership removed for saying that the American sf field was kitsch. Apparently some voted for it because they were worried about his Communist ties and never had supported the honorary membership, but obviously they hadn’t had the numbers before and didn’t put it over. So mostly, the voters were just in a huff.
Btw, Beale was expelled only by a vote of the board, not a vote of the membership. One would expect not to leave such a serious matter to the will of nine individuals, but so it goes.