Morning everyone, hope that you’re having a pleasant Friday! Just a brief note this morning to check out the Sequence a Science Fiction Writer fundraiser and please donate if you can.
The skinny: Jay Lake, novelist, short story writer and frequent anthologist, is suffering from colon cancer. After numerous rounds of chemo, the cancer is still active and spreading to his lung and his liver.
There is a chance though, that by sequencing Jay’s genome that his doctors may be able to figure out a novel treatment that hadn’t been apparent. Unfortunately doing so is quite expensive.
Thankfully, Jay Lake has a posse, and some great friends who are willing to do some ridiculous things to help him out. For each dollar goal that the fundraiser achieves, a different author will perfrom an Act of Whimsy. These range from Mary Robinette Kowal reading selections of beloved classics as phone sex (video here) to John Scalzi performing a Bob Dylan song, to Tobias S. Buckell unleashing a potentially awful short story written by his 14-year-old self.
The goal was to hit $20,000 and it was achieved in less than a day. It’s inspiring to see how the sci-fi community really can act like a community sometimes. Below Jay Lake himself expresses it much better though…
Please take a minute to donate, even though the initial goal has been met, there are some stretch goals and I’m sure the extra money would help Jay to defray his medical costs. Please donate if you are able.