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.
The Sci Fi Saturday Night podcast will be hosting a charity auction to raise funds for Jeanne Robinson, who has been battling a virulent strain of cancer. The benefit is scheduled to run on May 8 beginning at 8pm Eastern time. Items include artwork by Mike Mignola, Sergio Aragones, Joe Michael Linsner, Ben Templesmith, Mike Lilly, Bob Almond, Frankie B. Washington, and others.
Deb Mensinger, author Laurie Marks’s wife, is in need of a liver transplant. In order to make this possible, several authors and artists have donated items for a charity auction to raise the funds necessary. A Livejournal community has been set up to host the auction and allow others to offer items for auction as well.
Author Gene Wolfe underwent open heart surgery on April 24 after suffering shortness of breath. An echocardiogram showed a leaking mitral valve and Wolfe had underwent double bypass and valve repair surgery. He is recovering well and his family hopes to move him to a rehab facility in the next couple of days.
Doctors have stopped chemotherapy on author Jeanne Robinson, the wife of Spider Robinson. Robinson has been suffering from a virulent form of biliary cancer. Doctors have moved her to palliative care and told Spider and Jeanne and Jeanne had anywhere between one month and a year. Jeanne welcomes prayers, good thoughts, short emails of love and support that don’t require an answer, letters, or cards. Spider asks that nobody visit or call.