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.
Spider Robinson has announced that he suffered an heart attack on August 31, calling the paramedics just in time for them to save him. He had heart surgery and was sent home on September 7. Robinson has also announced that his daughter, Terri’s, Stage IV breast cancer appears to have vanished.
Sage Hill has announced a Writing Workshop for up to six participants to be held from July 23-August 2. The workshop will be taught by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Spider Robinson. The workshop is targeted at authors who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in science fiction and speculative writing.The application deadline is April 30.
The Sci Fi Saturday Night podcast will be hosting a charity auction to raise funds for Jeanne Robinson, who has been battling a virulent strain of cancer. The benefit is scheduled to run on May 8 beginning at 8pm Eastern time. Items include artwork by Mike Mignola, Sergio Aragones, Joe Michael Linsner, Ben Templesmith, Mike Lilly, Bob Almond, Frankie B. Washington, and others.
Author Jeanne Robinson, wife of Spider Robinson, is scheduled to start a round of chemotherapy for a virulent form of biliary cancer. A benefit concert for Jeanne will be held on Friday, September 18 at 7:30 at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island and an e-bay auction has been set up as well as donations through Paypal to help defray the cost of treatment.