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SFWA board in order of debut sale:


Bud Sparhawk, Treasurer
First story 1976

Steven Gould, President
First story 1980

Jim Fiscus, Western Regional Director
First story 1983

Lee Martindale, South/Central Regional Director
First story 1992

Tansy Rayner Roberts, Overseas Regional Director
First story 1998

Matthew Johnson, Canadian Regional Director
First story 2001

Susan Forest, Secretary
First story 2005

Rachel Swirsky, Vice-President
First story 2006

Eugene Myers, Eastern Regional Director
?

That's a comparatively recent set of debuts, isn't it?

Date: 2014-03-30 06:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] boxofdelights
Or does it just seem that way because we're old?

I didn't write a story in 1992, but I did have a baby, and if she made me a grandmother this year no one would think that she was on the young side.

Curious

Date: 2014-03-30 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Please explain why this would be of interest. In what way does the publication dates of their work have relevancy to the position they may hold @ SFWA?

Re: Curious

Date: 2014-04-23 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Amazon sales ranking are also a great benchmark to as evidence (or lack of) having "long experience"

Date: 2014-03-31 10:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
I'm 39. The first was two years after my birth, Tansy's the year after I cast my first vote in a national election, the most recent 8 years ago when I still lived in Devon, I've moved across the country twice since then, and lost three jobs.

So it depends on what you compare it to, but it might just indicate you're getting even older mate ;-)

Date: 2014-04-01 03:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rosefox
Eugene's debut novel was Fair Coin (as E.C. Myers). Not sure about short fiction.

Date: 2014-03-30 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ann-leckie.livejournal.com
I believe Eugene sold a story to Son and Foe in 2006 or 2007. I'm pretty sure his first sale wasn't before 2005, at any rate.

No, I'm wrong! He did sell a story to S&F in 2006 just as I recalled, but he had several sales before that, beginning in 2004. His novel came out in 2012.

Date: 2014-03-30 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] harvey-rrit.livejournal.com
I dunno. More than half of them hit print before this century. That doesn't seem that fresh and energetic to me.

EDIT: Corrected for fog effects.
Edited Date: 2014-03-30 07:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-04-01 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scott-sanford.livejournal.com
The only one I know personally is Jim Fiscus, and I wouldn't describe him as a firey newcomer to science fiction...

Date: 2014-03-30 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Not really. I've been working professionally in my field for half my life, and I started between Fiscus and Martingale.

Date: 2014-03-30 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kjn
Hard to assess without comparing with prior years.

When Scalzi became president in 2010, he had had his professional sf publishing career started in 2005. Mary Robinette Kowal, the vice president at the same time, was first professionally published in 2004. But that period might have been an exceptionally "young" one.

Date: 2014-03-30 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dagibbs.livejournal.com
'76 is almost 4 decades ago.

Date: 2014-03-31 03:32 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-03-31 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] al-zorra.livejournal.com
Lee Martindale, for instance, has been an associate and active member of SFWA for decades, and has edited anthos, has been a regional director -- or at least run for the office and others.

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