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 Post subject: Is There Nepotism in SF?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:52 am 
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Oddly, I think SF is relatively free of nepotism. Oddly, because lots of things happen that could be interpreted as nepotism. Relatively, because nepotism is absolutely rampant in every area of creativity I've ever encountered.

Yes, things like meeting editors face to face and building relationships in the sector can help, but thats true in any walk of life. But in contrast to many other areas SF is very open access. Anyone can go to the major conventions and meet professional writers and editors. Anyone can join the various associations and clubs, other than SFWA and even their criteria aren't so strict that a person can't put together the requisites with some work. And anyone can submit to the professional magazines and expect that if their story is good enough it will get published, as evidence by the constant stream of new writers appearing in their pages. If anything publication is more difficult for established mid-list writers who don't have the same sexiness as a new writer that editor can claim to have discovered.

Compare this to the literary fiction market. With the best will in the world you only have to look at the bios of writers in that field to see that graduating from Oxbridge will give you a leg up in getting into the industry. There really aren't any markets open to submissions that can lead on to a book deal or otherwise. And its absolutely staggering the number of writers who when you look into it are the son / daughter of someone with influence.

I'm sure there are some nasty cases of nepotism in our field but on the whole I see it as a much fairer and more open market place than most.

Damien G Walter
Survivor of Clarion 2008

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