Police have announced that the 17-year-old Comic-Con International attendee who was previously announced to have been the victim of sexual assault and battery, was actually the victim of a six foot fall based on security camera footage. The 29-year-old who was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor will still face charges.
A teenager who was celebrating her seventeenth birthday at Comic-Con International was beaten and sexually assaulted and found unconscious early in the morning on July 27. Police have arrested a 29 year old man in connection with the attack and is currently out on bond. The teenager remains in the hospital suffering from cranial bleeding. Comic-Con International had come under fire from various groups prior to this year’s convention for having an inadequate harassment policy.
Terry Pratchett has cancelled his appearance at this summer’s International Discworld Convention in Manchester. Pratchett blames his cancellation on “the Embuggerance,” his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Pratchett, “this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry.” His business manager, Rob Wilkins, will be bringing Pratchett’s trademark black hat to represent him at the con.
Hugo Award winning fan writer and fanzine editor Mike Glyer checked into the hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath and was found to have blood clots in the lungs. Glyer was released the evening on March 18 and put on medication which should help avoid future clotting. Glyer decided to share the news saying, “I hate it when fans I’ve known well are taken and because nothing was said about earlier problems I never had a chance to say anything or get used to the idea.”
Jay Lake has been accepted into a trial by the National Institutes of Health which may help extend his life in his battle against cancer. Unfortunately, the NIH does not cover all costs and Jay needs to raise $15,000 to cover his expenses, including travel, hotel, support, and others costs. With 27 days to go in the fundraiser, just under half the money has been raised.
Bob Silverberg suffered an heart attack while in London on October 29 for the World Fantasy Con. Silverberg was taken to hospital, from which he was expected to be released on the afternoon of October 31. Pat Cadigan and Chris Fowler provided support for Silverberg and his wife Karen Haber. According to Silverberg, “Was a nasty event but I have been nicely repaired and feel fine now. Pity to have to miss the con but I hope to see you all in London next summer.”
Spider Robinson has announced that he suffered an heart attack on August 31, calling the paramedics just in time for them to save him. He had heart surgery and was sent home on September 7. Robinson has also announced that his daughter, Terri’s, Stage IV breast cancer appears to have vanished.
Fan Elliott Shorter entered the hospital with a series of issues that indicated a general decline in his overall health. He has been diagnosed with cancer which has spread further than he can cope with. Letters or photos, but no gifts, can be sent to him c/o Harris Health Center, 833 Broadway, East Providence RI 02914. In 1970, Shorter represented North America on a TAFF trip and also was the Fan Guest of Honor at that year’s Worldcon, Heicon. He opened Merlin’s Closet, a used and rare sf bookstore, in Providence in 1979.
Author A.C. Crispin, whose work on Writers Beware has been a beacon for many new and established authors, and is the author of numerous novels, including tie in novels for Star Wars and Star Trek, and The Pirates of the Caribbean as well as collaborations on the seven Starbridge novels, has announced that the cancer she has been battling has entered a terminal stage. Crispin does not expect to live much longer. but notes that she is surrounded by family and friends and is receiving excellent care.