Author Suzette Haden Elgin, who wrote the Native Tongue trilogy and the Ozark trilogy, among other works, and has been blogging recently, has become disabled and, through Stephen Marsh, has announced that she “just can’t focus on things well enough to even answer an email, let alone talk to anyone.” Rose Fox infers that Elgin may not be able to finish the novel she announced she was working on several months ago.
William H. Patterson, Jr., the author of Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve , entered the hospital upon his return home from Renovation with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. His hospitalization resulted in a transmetatarsal foot amputation.
Author Leslie Esdaile, who writes as L. A. Banks, went into the hospital in May for treatment and is gravely ill. A fund has been established to help cover her mounting medical costs. Donations may be made to:
Leslie Esdaile Fund
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404
Martin Schafer has reported that author Joel Rosenberg “stopped breathing last night [June 1] and was taken to HCMC by the paramedics. He was anoxic for an extended period. His breathing is restarted but he has not regained consciousness and remains in critical condition.”
Samuel R. Delany via Ron Drummond reports that Joanna Russ, the author of The Female Man and What Are We Fighting For?: Sex, Race, Class, and the Future of Feminism, among many other works of science fiction and scholarship, has been admitted to hospice after suffering a series of strokes. According to Drummond, Delany says that Russ is “slipping away” and has long had a “Do Not Resuscitate” on file.
Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts is healing after contracting necrotising fasciitis late last week. The disease, commonly known as the flesh-eating disease, has been treated and Watts is believed to be clear of the bacteria. He will remain in hospital for some time and will not have direct internet access during that time.
Minneapolis fan Elise Matthesen suffered a minor stroke on January 4 while visiting Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. After suffering a sudden impairment of vision accompanied by a strong and lateralized headache, Teresa called an ambulance. Matthesen is recuperating and appears as if she will make a full recovery.
Author Norman Spinrad is recuperating from surgery performed on May 20 at Sloan-Kettering in relation to his stomach cancer.