Just To Clarify

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

There appears to be something of a misunderstanding out there – and by misunderstanding, I actually mean a deliberate misrepresentation by people who are losing their collective minds over what this Guild means for their stranglehold on SF/F   – of what the term “Check your politics at the door” means regarding the Science Fiction & Fantasy Creators Guild. Let me set the record straight.

If you want to make political statements, religious statements or statements on social issues, feel free to do so. If you wish to insert into the stories you write any political manifestos, religious proselytizing or preaching the gospel of Social Justice, feel free to do so. No one is stopping you from being a member of the SFFC Guild and still exercising your right to speak your mind and write your stories your way – outside of the Guild.

But you may not be a member of the SFFC Guild and bring real-world political, religious and social topics into the official members-only forums or into official Guild events. There is no place for them in the Guild itself.

No passing out flyers in support of President “X”, no sermons on why Religion “Y” is better than all of the others – or will lead you to eternal damnation – and no demonstrations regarding your stance on Social Issue “Z” at any time during a Guild-organized function or when presenting oneself in public as a Guild member.

This Guild is an organization of professionals whose sole concern while at Guild-related activities is promoting science fiction and fantasy only. All of its members – from its Founder to just a regular member – are expected to conduct themselves as grown-up professionals and stick to the Guild’s stated mission.

So if you cannot conduct yourself as a professional, if you cannot