Author Jay Lake (b.1964) died on June 1, five days shy of his 50th birthday. Lake began publishing in 2001 and won the John W. Campbell Award in 2004. He has published numerous collections of his stories, beginning with Greetings from Lake Wu, and has written novels in three different series as well as a couple of stand-alone novels. In recent years, Lake’s fictional output has been less due to a very public battle with cancer, which he has often blogged about with openness and humor.
Jay Lake has been accepted into a trial by the National Institutes of Health which may help extend his life in his battle against cancer. Unfortunately, the NIH does not cover all costs and Jay needs to raise $15,000 to cover his expenses, including travel, hotel, support, and others costs. With 27 days to go in the fundraiser, just under half the money has been raised.
The documentary Lakeside, about Jay Lake’s battle with cancer, is scheduled to debut at LoneStarCon 3. The film follows a year in lake’s life from his birthday in 2012 until his following birthday and deals with Lake’s own recurring cancer and health scares for his mother. Lakeside will be screened twice at the convention, on Friday, August 30 at 9:00 am and again on Monday, September 2, at 1:00 pm. In addition to the films debut, LoneStarCon 3 will have an exhibit on the sequencing of Lake’s genome and how it may be used to help develop cancer treatment therapies.
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.