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04 September 2013 @ 04:13 pm
A.C. Crispin  

*sigh* Ann Crispin has publicly announced that she is (to borrow the words of another SF writer earlier this year) very poorly. Her battle with cancer has gone badly, and she’s dying.

I’ve actually known this for weeks, having become close with her over the past months and having had the chance to talk to her on the phone a couple of times. I’ve been–this sounds awkward, but it’s true–I’ve been hoping she would decide to tell people before it was time for her husband to post and say she was gone. After watching the outpouring of love for Iain Banks, I just…I wanted Ann to see that same kind of response from her readers before she died.

And she is. There are hundreds of comments and posts on her Facebook page, expressing their love for her and her writing, and for the ways her stories and advice have touched people over the years. I’m so glad of that, because she’s meant a great deal to me, and I hoped others had similar stories to tell. There are so many of them, too, that are being posted.

I’ve written any number of times about her influence on me, about the letter I wrote to her when I was fifteen, and the four-page, legal-sized handwritten letter she responded with, encouraging me to write and telling me anecdotes of her own early adventures in publishing. I came across that letter recently and should probably take the time now to actually dig through that giant box of correspondence to find it and get it scanned before it’s too late.

On a professional level, I’m crushed, because I’d still harbored the hope of writing a StarBridge novel with Ann someday. On a personal level, I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve gotten to know one of my writing heroes, even gotten to talk to her on the phone. I wish like hell I’d been able to meet her in real life. I hope the last days and weeks of her life are gentle, and I’ll miss her very much.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

dancinghorsedancinghorse on September 4th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Ann has a chance to see all the messages, too. Lots of people love her, and she's done an awful lot of good in the world.

We used to spin in and out of each other's orbit at cons and online. I remember the first germ of the idea that became Starbridge--love those books. I visited her once before I moved West, and we went riding together--she still had the horses then. I hope when she reaches the other side, they'll be waiting for her. They were wonderful horses.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on September 4th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
I saw this on Facebook today and left a message. It's nice that she'll be able to know how many people she touched.
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