If you’ve listened to short fiction podcasts, you know the name Eugie Foster.
Podcastle, EscapePod, Pseudopod and The Drabblecast have aired more than 20 of her stories. She’s lent her voice as a reader of other authors’ work on those shows as well. Her work has appeared in magazines and e-zines such as Helix, Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, and Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show. One of my personal favorites is Daughter of Bótù which appeared in both Realms of Fantasy and Podcastle (I’ve embedded the mp3 of the podcast in this post; give it a listen). She has amassed an impressive list of awards, including a 2009 Nebula Award. Without question, she is a very gifted writer who spins mesmerizing tales.
She also has impressed me as very warm and professional. I’ve had the opportunity to see her on a number of panel discussions at Dragon*Con over the years, and her remarks are always thoughtful and informative. On a personal note, I spoke with her for a few minutes after a panel discussion at Dragon*Con 2012, and she couldn’t have been more gracious. We commiserated about the demise of Realms of Fantasy, and I think she may have even accepted a Purgatory bookmark from me.
She also may be the only person I’ve ever heard of who had a pet skunk. As the owner of dogs who have mixed it up with the black and white critters from time to time, this is hard for me to wrap my head around, but each to their own. Anyway, her Web site says the skunk is de-scented, which I didn’t even know was possible.
Three weeks ago, Eugie Foster learned that she has cancer. Last week, her doctors confirmed it as lymphoma, which means that her treatment will consist of chemotherapy, not surgery. As you can tell from the photo, she is a young woman who should be looking forward to her next publication, not the first round of chemo. Words can’t describe just how unfair and awful this is.
According to her blog, she has health insurance (you Obamacare opponents who keep trying to convince young people not to buy it should knock it off, now), but it may not cover all the costs of treatment. She and her husband need a little hand up. People like you and me, who are blessed with good health and who have listened to her stories on free podcasts over the years, need to step up. In a blog post a couple of weeks ago, she said that the best way for people to help her is to buy her story collections, encourage others to do so, and leave reviews on Amazon.
So, I’m asking you tonight to do just that. Go to her Web site, take a look at the long list of stories and collections, plunk down a couple of bucks, then sit back and let her transport you to other times and places. I promise you that you’ll be entertained, and you will be helping someone at the moment she most needs it.
What has happened to Eugie Foster could happen to any of us. She has a brilliant imagination and a gift with words, but her body has betrayed her. Please consider supporting her now with your dollars, your prayers (if you’re so inclined), or your good wishes. And let’s fervently hope that very soon she will be able to happily report that she is cancer-free.