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.
Lucius Shepard, author of Green Eyes, The Dragon Griaule, and many other short stories, was admitted to the hospital for a variety of health issues on August 5. A week later, while still in hospital, he suffered a stroke. Shepard is currently in rehab and is having difficulty speaking and reading.
The documentary Lakeside, about Jay Lake’s battle with cancer, is scheduled to debut at LoneStarCon 3. The film follows a year in lake’s life from his birthday in 2012 until his following birthday and deals with Lake’s own recurring cancer and health scares for his mother. Lakeside will be screened twice at the convention, on Friday, August 30 at 9:00 am and again on Monday, September 2, at 1:00 pm. In addition to the films debut, LoneStarCon 3 will have an exhibit on the sequencing of Lake’s genome and how it may be used to help develop cancer treatment therapies.
Author Pat Cadigan has announced that she has been diagnosed with cancer. Cadigan notes that her diagnoses is early and her prognosis is good, with her doctor saying that once the cancer is excised, she should make a full recovery. Cadigan, the author of the novels Synners and Cellular, won the Locus Award for Best Novelette for “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” the weekend after she made her announcement.
Richard Matheson has announced that he will regretfully have to miss World Fantasy Convention
2013 because of ongoing health concerns. Matheson was named Honourary Guest of Honour for this year’s convention, which is scheduled to be held in Brighton, UK over the weekend of October 31-November 3. Matheson will remain a Honorary Guest of Honour at this year’s convention, and there will still be programming to celebrate his work.
Fan Larry Tucker, who has been in a nursing home since his stroke two years ago, was admitted to the hospital on March 31. Tucker created the fannish film FAANS and has chaired, toastmastered, and guested at Confusion.