On the Fourth of July, SFWA sent Theodore Beale its official report about the complaints members have made against him, and gave him two weeks to respond. Beale posted the cover e-mail online —
Complaints against you have been filed by multiple members of SFWA. In following our procedures for responding to such complaints a report was prepared by a Board-appointed investigator and found, by a Board vote, to merit continuing our complaint process.
Our current protocols mandate presenting you with the report and adequate opportunity to respond so that the Board may make a determination. Responses may include, but need not be limited to, denial, claiming extenuating circumstances, and claiming provocation. You have 14 days to respond. If you require statements by others to be submitted for the record, such statements shall be collected and added to the record. If you request an extension of time to collect these statements, one additional 7-day-period shall be granted.
Please find attached the Board investigator’s report. This report and all contents not publicly available fall under SFWA confidentiality rules and may not be publicly disclosed.
Beale did not post the attachment. Yet, anyway. [Update] However, he has offered to send a copy to any SFWA member who requests it.
On July 5, Catherynne M. Valente, SFWA’s Eastern Regional Director, resigned her office. Valente says she will continue in the organization, and nothing in her statement links it to the foregoing business:
It was a rewarding and challenging experience to work with a group of dedicated, tireless advocates, but personal circumstances have brought me to the realization that I cannot serve out the remainder of my term effectively. I thank the Board for their service and support, and will continue to be an active member of the organization.
E. C. “Eugene” Myers has been appointed by SFWA President Steven Gould to complete Valente’s term. Myers is the author of the Norton Award winning novel Fair Coin.