Westercon 68 Guest of Honor Spider Robinson has announced that he will be unable to attend the convention due to health issues. Robinson explained that although he hasn’t discussed his health issues recently, he has been hospitalized several times over the last six months. Other Guests of Honor include William F. Nolan, John Picacio, and Seanan McGuire. Conjecture 13, held in conjunction with Westercon 68, has Steven Brust as its Guest of Honor.
Artist and potter Peri Charlifu found himself in the hospital in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix. A GoFundMe has been started to help Charlifu with his medical and other bills as he is in the middle of planning a wedding and his hospitalization means he can’t work on pottery or attend cons and shows to sell his work. Charlifu was recently an Artist Guest of Honor at Windycon 41.
Author Alis Rasmussen is hosting a YouCaring fundraiser to raise money to help author Katharine Kerr care for her husband, Howard, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Kerr’s solo care for her husband currently precludes her from writing and the funds raised by the crowdfunding would go to pay for a “health aide to come to the house or an adult daycare specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients.” THe stated funding goal would cover about five months of care.
Author Jerry Pournelle has suffered a minor stroke according to his son. Pournelle’s wife saw the indications early. At the time of Philip Pournelle’s report, his father was speaking reasonably clearly in the background while he was walking to his mother on the phone.
Washington area fan John Madigan was diagnoses with brain cancer last year and his medical bills are mounting. He and wife Candy, who have hosted the Washington Science Fiction Association’s 3rd Friday meetings for several years, have started a Youcaring campaign to try to help raise funds to cover JOhn’s medical bills and household expenses.
Harlan Ellison has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke which has caused some paralysis on his right side. He has been reported to be awake with his mind as sharp as ever.
Authro Greg Bear was hospitalized and underwent emergency cardiac surgery on September 23. Bear’s aorta was repaired and a mechanical aortic valve. According to his wife, Astrid, Bear is feeling better and beginning the recuperation process.
Police have announced that the 17-year-old Comic-Con International attendee who was previously announced to have been the victim of sexual assault and battery, was actually the victim of a six foot fall based on security camera footage. The 29-year-old who was arrested for providing alcohol to a minor will still face charges.
A teenager who was celebrating her seventeenth birthday at Comic-Con International was beaten and sexually assaulted and found unconscious early in the morning on July 27. Police have arrested a 29 year old man in connection with the attack and is currently out on bond. The teenager remains in the hospital suffering from cranial bleeding. Comic-Con International had come under fire from various groups prior to this year’s convention for having an inadequate harassment policy.
Terry Pratchett has cancelled his appearance at this summer’s International Discworld Convention in Manchester. Pratchett blames his cancellation on “the Embuggerance,” his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Pratchett, “this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry.” His business manager, Rob Wilkins, will be bringing Pratchett’s trademark black hat to represent him at the con.