Eugie Foster taught me the difference between ‘sci-fi’ and ‘science fiction’. True story. She did this over the course of giving me an opportunity to read and review for The Fix, a sadly now-defunct fantasy and science-fiction review site, and I don’t believe I ever properly thanked her, though I like to think I did. She was one of the best editors I’ve ever had, and she’s one of the best writers I’ve ever had the good fortune to read.
She’s a Nebula Award winner. A proud skunk owner. She’s one of those writers that, when I read them, encourages me to up my game a bit. Really, she’s just an all around wonderful person, who really makes me wish I was better at being social, so I could mention that on occasion.
Luckily, she’s got insurance. Unluckily, insurance being what it is, it ain’t nearly going to cover what it ought. But, she does have a number of books what you can buy, to help her defray the costs of it all. I encourage you to do so and post haste. Every little bit helps.