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.”
Judy Newton, the President of the Washington Science Fiction Association, was hospitalized on February 8 after suffering an heart attack. She is scheduled to undergo bypass surgery on February 10.
Fan artist Peggy Ranson has suffered an heart attack and is undergoing bypass surgery. Ransom was an Illustrator of the Future finalist in 1990 and was a Hugo nominee for best fan artist from 1991 through 1998, winning the Hugo in 1993.