Two kickstarters to benefit Jay Lake, one to help pay the production costs to finish the documentary Lakeside, the other to pay the cost to sequence Lake’s geneome for further study, met with such great success, the latter raising $10,000 in less than five hours, that Paypal froze Lake’s account due to the sudden influx of donations. Due to a Twitter campaign, Paypal quickly rectified the situation and made arrangements to donate to the Kickstarters as well. Lake has been battling cancer since he was first diagnosed in 2008.
The 2013 Odyssey Writers Workshop, run by Jeanne Cavelos, is scheduled to take place June 10 to July 19 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. This year’s writer in residence is Nancy Holder. Other instructors include Holly Black, Patricia Bray, Adam-Troy Castro, Jack Ketchum, and Sheila Williams. Applications for early action are due on January 31, with regular applications due April 8.
Jim C. Hines will raise money in support of research into Aicardi Syndrome by doing follow-up poses based on book covers. If Hines raises more than $1,000, John Scalzi will do a pose with him as well (and a second if the $2,500 goal is met). Aicardi Syndrome causes brain malformation, visual problems, seizures, developmental delays, and other medical complications. Most research puts the life expectancy for people with Aicardi between 8 and 16 years. Hines’s fund-raising effort will run through the end of 2012.
CANSMOF has announced that Danielle MacDonald (Ontario, Canada) and James Shields (County Meath, Ireland) are the receipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Philadelphia, PA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.
Eight authors, including Cory Doctorow, Mercedes Lackey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Beukes, Kelly Link, John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, are offering up a bundle of e-books. The books are available in DRM-Free versions for a donation which will go to the authors and a variety of charities. Six books by the first five authors are available to anyone making a donation. Two additional books by Scalzi and Gaiman & McKean are available to anyone who donates more than the average donation at the time of purchase. The titles included are Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema, Lackey’s Invasion, Bacigalupi’s Pump Six, Beukes’s Zoo City, and Link’s Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. The addition books are Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Gaiman & McKean’s Signal to Noise. The charities being helped include the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Child’s Play Charity.
Leonard Pung (b.1961) died on September 3 from complications with leukemia. Pung attended the Clarion Writers Workshop in 2009. He had taught middle school English and was trying to start a freelance writing career. Clarion has established a scholarship fund in his name.
Kevin Standlee reports that René Walling has resigned as the chairman of the Hugo Award Marketing Committee. With an earlier resignation by Kate Kligman, this leaves the committee at three members with Standlee serving as acting president. Standlee invites anyone interested in serving on the committee in the future to contact him and plan on attending the meeting of the Mark Protection Committee at Chicon 7 on Thursday August 30 at 6:00 in the Wright Room.
Swedish authors Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes have been named the recipients of the World SF Travel Fund, which will permit the two women to travel to Toronto, Canada to attend this year’s World Fantasy Convention, with additional assistance from Cheeky Frawg Books, run by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. The selection board was comprised of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan. Lavie Tidhar and Sean Wallace administer the fund.