Strandberg Suffers Stroke

Swedish fan Lars-Olov Strandberg, guest of honor at Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon, has suffered a stroke, according to his niece. Strandberg is paralyzed in half his body and incommunicable. Doctor are still hoping a partial recovery is possible.

Crider Enters Hospice

Author Bill Crider, best known for his crime fiction, has announced that he has entered hospice. Crider has been battling cancer for several years and notes that he most likely only has a few weeks left. Crider was the recipient of the Sidewise Award for 2015.
For more information…

Lezli Robyn Eye Surgery

Author Lezli Robyn, who also works as co-publisher for Arc Manor, is suffering from Keratoconus, a rare progressive eye disease. She is condidered legally blind without correction and sees multiple images. Arc Manor publisher Shahid Mahmud is running a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money o cover corrective surgery for Robyn.
For more information…

DragonCon Injuries

Two women were injured when chairs were thrown from the upper stories of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis into the atrium during Dragon Con on September 3. Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador and Kelly McDaniel were both taken to the hospital and treated for their injuries. McDaniel, whose injuries required two staples, credits her Loki costume head dress for saving her life. Amador, who was attending her first Dragon Con, was dressed as Jessica Rabbit.
For more information…

Ward in Hospital

Game designer James M. Ward is currently in the hospital in Milwaukee and expected to be there for several weeks. Ward has been suffering from neurological disorders since 2010. Ward was an early player and designer of Dungeons and Dragons and also founded Fast Forward Entertainment.

Cards can be sent to Ward at
James M. Ward
St. Luke’s Hospital, North Building, Room E3238
2900 W Oklahoma Ave;
Milwaukee, WI 53215

Balticon 51 GoH Change

Balticon 51 has announced that Guest of Honor Eric Flint will need to miss the convention for medical reasons. Flint has been undergoing treatment for cancer and his doctor has determined that he can’t attend this year’s convention. Steven Brust and S.M. Stirling have agreed to attend the convention as Guest of Honor in Flint’s place.
For more information…

Levy in Hospice

University of Wisconsin academician and fan Michael Levy has entered hospice following surgery. Levy has been battling cancer and underwent surgery on March 28 to stop bleeding. He is reported to be resting comfortably and spending most of his time sleeping. Levy has served as the editor of Extrapolation and as a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly.

Flint Cancer Diagnosis

Eric Flint has written that he was diagnosed with cancer, although after the removal of his spleen and a biopsy on his lymph nodes, no malignancies have been found. He is cautiously optimistic about his status, but notes that his sister died of cancer and he and his doctors will continue to monitor his status.

Fisher Suffers Heart Attack

Actress Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and The Force Awakens, suffered an heart attack on December 23 while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. The LAFD was contacted shortly before the plane landed and took Fisher to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where she is in critical condition. Fisher had just completed filming Star Wars: Episode VIII.
For more information…

Charlie’s Army Needs You

Madison fan Charlie Bernstein is known for throwing Cow-themed parties at conventions in support of OdysseyCon in Madison, WI. In September, while driving to work, Bernstein’s car was struck and he has been left paralyzed. A GoFundMe has been created to help raise the funds needed to provide Bernstein with the bed and retrofitting his house needs to allow him to live there.
For more information or to donate…