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16 June 2006 @ 12:03 am
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Jim Baen is in the hospital, in ICU, after suffering a stroke this afternoon. He is in a coma.

Friends and family are doing shifts to stay with him, as ICU allows. I spoke with people down there this evening, and not much is to be done for now but play the waiting games. Prognosis isn't very positive as of right now, but one never knows. We discussed more, but as a peripheral-member of the family for so long (though ex-, sort of, now), I don't feel it right to discuss it here.

Aside: The behavioral changes I and others (including a number of writers) have observed, on and off, since September 2005 may be explained by mini-strokes (weight, diabetes...) that could have been precursors. It would explain a lot, though of course that's pure speculation on my part.

He may have some questionable behavior about business, but I worked for and with him for over 16 years, I was treated as a member of a family -- not just as an employee -- for many of those years, and I rather like Jim Baen personally, when he's not being cranky or playing "I'm grumpier than thou." He's in my prayers.
Current Mood: concerned
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Morganblazedglory on June 16th, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. It's better to know than not, however unhappy the news.

Jim and I get along much better when we're in different states, but I mostly like him, too. I'll be thinking of him.
dancinghorsedancinghorse on June 16th, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
I admire your graciousness. And I'm sorry you have to face all the different facets of this. It can't be easy at all for you. So, my prayers with you as well as Jim.
it's a great life, if you don't weaken: patiencematociquala on June 16th, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
what she said.
but ain't no gyroscope can spin forever....roadnotes on June 16th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
Same here. This is a lot to deal with, given the history.
. Jamiesixtail on June 16th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
one small correction
This from Baen's Bar says the stroke (perhaps there has been more than one?) happened on Monday:

Dear Barflies

I'm sorry to have to announce that Jim Baen suffered a stroke on Monday, and has been in the hospital ever since. His condition is serious, but it's too early for any prognosis as to how he'll fare from here on in.

His family has arrived in NC, and are with him in the hospital. I've been to see him, as have other members of Baen's staff and his friend David Drake. In the meantime, so far as Baen Books is concerned, our plans continue on schedule.

The business is fine, we're all simply very
concerned about Jim.

Toni Weisskopf
Chief editor, Baen Books
Editrxeditrx on June 16th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: one small correction
That is Toni's official note. I'm a member of the extended family, Lori. I've worked with him for over 16 years and am in direct contact with everyone involved. He had a series of strokes; the one yesterday put him in a coma.
. Jamiesixtail on June 16th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: one small correction
My best wishes for his recovery.
outtamyskullouttamyskull on June 16th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
I'd noticed the behavioral changes in his postings going back even further than last year. While i hardly know him, the patterns were there.
kimberly gonzalez: flowerskimberlycreates on June 16th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
Aside: The behavioral changes I and others (including a number of writers) have observed, on and off, since September 2005 may be explained by mini-strokes ...

I'd wondered about that too, when I heard. He's in my prayers too.
bigbananaslugbigbananaslug on June 16th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Jim's stroke
Might could be, about the behavior. But Jim could always be a rather irascible boss, as you and I both know.

Prognosis is guarded, and we're all praying he wakes up soon.

Rather Lowly Baen Minion
Associate Editor-- Jim Baen's Universe
Editrxeditrx on June 16th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Jim's stroke
A pattern over 16+ years working with him, talking with him as a friend, being a member of the extended family ... these blips of behavioral change were/are indeed different than his usual array of curmugeonous (curmugeonosity?). :-) A number of authors have come to me in the last few months, asking about the same sort of episodes. I chalked it up to a new sort of behavior that developed in fall 2005. I suspect, still, that the "new behavior" had/has an organic component behind it, rather than just a psychological component. In other words, a medical reason. (Keith Laumer is an extreme, but apt, example, if you talk to others who knew him after his strokes. Each stroke had a different effect on his personality.)
ellen_kushnerellen_kushner on June 17th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know this.
Shrewkateshrewreader on June 17th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
He's in my prayers.

See -- this is why you have that lovely white collar, and I don't. Because stroke or not, I'm still p*ss*d as hell at him over the way he treated you. And while it is interesting to me that there is possibly a logical, scientific explanation-- I don't think I could possibly be as gracious and Christian as you are being.

I am, once again, amazed by your generosity.
Aviatrix18aviatrix18 on June 17th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
I'll add him to my prayer list. Strokes would explain his behavior which made no sense in e last year or so.

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Editrxeditrx on June 18th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Done! And thank you for leaving the msg. here. It was a perfect way of getting back to me. I'm contacting her now. If she answers. :-)
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