Most of those reading this are not aware of my position as the Honorary President of the International Union of Writers, a writers' organization headquartered in Moscow. However, it meant a great deal to me. I have good friends in Russia and I believe in reportage and literature, particularly science fiction, and specifically Russian science fiction, as a force for good.
That said, we live in the world we live in. So, yesterday, I sent the following letter to the chairman of the IUW.
Alexander Nikolaevich Gritsenko
Chairman of the Board
International Union of Writers
is with deep regret that I am compelled to submit my resignation as
honorary president of the International Union of Writers, effective
immediately. Given the Russian invasion of Ukraine I cannot, however
indirectly, support Vladimir Putin, his government, and their
I am grateful for the honor that the IUW afforded me, and I still believe in the importance of honest writing and its potential to create a better world. If I can be of assistance in the the furtherance of those goals, I will do what I can.