Wednesday, December 30, 2009

And Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson (aka, It Takes a Time-traveling, Space Station, Fantasy World Village to Fight Cancer)

Artists give to us all the time. A long time ago Spider Robinson gave me a love of quirky speculative fiction. Technically he gave me that for free because I bummed copies of OMNI magazine off my brother, so it was a gift in a way. To this day my husband knows that an easy gift option is to find out if Spider has published anything new because I'm always delighted to see anything from him. Do you see how this has been a one-way relationship between Spider and me? I've only had to buy one book out of my own pocket.

Well, now Spider needs something from me. And from you. His wife Jeanne has been suffering from cancer for some time. Rare, nasty cancer. I don't think I have to tell you that in America that means you can go from a fairly comfortable life to shaking a can for nickles down on the corner pretty quickly. Fortunately for Spider and Jeanne they are citizens of a really terrific community - SFF geeks. Scalzi is the one who tipped me off by sending me to the Blog Rally post. I did some research to make sure everything was on the up and up (don't trust everything you read on the internet, right?) and I've found that there are a myriad of ways to help.

Paypal donations to
More details on her friends fundraising at
Info from Jeanne herself at
All proceeds from this e-book go the Robinsons (if purchased by 12/31; additional funds can be added)

Go forth, do good things. And say hi to Spider and Jeanne for me.

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