Back in January, we reported that Spider Robinson's wife, SF Authoress Jeanne Robinson, was greviously ill. http://republibot.com/content/breaking-news-robinsons-need-your-help?pag...
She passed away on May 30th of this year, after a long and grueling stuggle with cancer.
Though it's surprisingly little known, SF authors are generally not particularly wealthy. In fact, writing is generally a second job. Even the really successful authors, with a popular series and legions of devoted fans (Such as Spider and his "Callahan" stories) aren't exactly rolling in the dough. At its most popular, the SF industry has never been large or profitable enough to allow more than a half dozen authors to make a comfortable living from it as their sole occupation. Thomas Disch killed himself a couple years back because he'd lost every dime he ever made getting treatment for his longtime partner, then his partner died, and on top of that grief he simply couldn't pay the lingering medical bills. A lifetime of work, evaporated. The point being that no published author in the genre is living in a palatial estate, with legions of servants, beyond the concerns of money. Being an SF writer is a job, and not an amazingly lucrative one.
Word has come down that Jeanne's illness has left Spider strapped with debt, even with Canadian socialized medicine available.
We're not going to solicit anyone's cash, but if you're in a position to help - and not many of us are these days - it'd be the Christian thing to do.
Jeannes' official page: http://www.spiderrobinson.com/jeanne.html (She was a SF author as well, having written the "Stardancer" series)
Spider's comments about a memorial for her: http://stardancemovie.blogspot.com/2010/06/in-jeannes-name.html
Spider's heartbreaking announcement: http://stardancemovie.blogspot.com/2010/05/buchi-eihei-in-pacem.html
Jeanne's Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Robinson
Our prayers go out for Jeanne's soul, and for Spider and their family.