Former book dealer Dick Spelman has entered hospice in Florida. Spelman sold books at conventions from the 1970s until 1991, when he sold his company to Larry Smith. Spelman attended TASFiC in 1952 and was on the board of directors for Chicon IV. In 1982, he chaired Windycon IX. Spelman has been suffering from cancer. Last week, he was admitted to the hospital and diagnoses with pneumonia and put on a ventilator for three days.
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.
David Langford underwent surgery on January 20 to repair a detached retina. According to his surgeon, the procedure, which corrected a rapidly deteriorating vision issue, was a success and Langford is currently recuperating, noting that “life is still blurry and full of typos.”
Rusty Hevelin has entered end-of-life hospice care at the VA Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. His health has been in poor condition and last week reports emerged that Hevelin had lost all circulation to his legs. Hevelin is a long-time convention attendee and dealer. Hevelin became active in fandom in the 1930s and was the Fan Guest of Honor at Denvention 2 in 1981. Messages for Rusty can be left at Lorena Haldeman’s blog.
Author Suzette Haden Elgin, who wrote the Native Tongue trilogy and the Ozark trilogy, among other works, and has been blogging recently, has become disabled and, through Stephen Marsh, has announced that she “just can’t focus on things well enough to even answer an email, let alone talk to anyone.” Rose Fox infers that Elgin may not be able to finish the novel she announced she was working on several months ago.
William H. Patterson, Jr., the author of Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve , entered the hospital upon his return home from Renovation with Diabetic Ketoacidosis. His hospitalization resulted in a transmetatarsal foot amputation.
Author Leslie Esdaile, who writes as L. A. Banks, went into the hospital in May for treatment and is gravely ill. A fund has been established to help cover her mounting medical costs. Donations may be made to:
Leslie Esdaile Fund
Police and Fire Federal Credit Union
901 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2404
Martin Schafer has reported that author Joel Rosenberg “stopped breathing last night [June 1] and was taken to HCMC by the paramedics. He was anoxic for an extended period. His breathing is restarted but he has not regained consciousness and remains in critical condition.”