Jim Baen has had a stroke.

Jim Baen of Baen Books has had a stroke.  He is at hospital where family and very close friends watch and hope for a favourable outcome.  As should all SF fans for Jim is more than just a publisher, he is a visionary.

Jim Baen single-handedly pulled SF back from the brink of Lit-er-a-choor and into the gutter where it belongs. By the early 80’s SF was little more than utopianistic, leftist drivel.  By not very good Leftists.  He has earned the enmity of the SF literati for doing so; but he dragged the genre kicking and screaming back to the place where Story and Plot still live and have meaning.

Jim is also near single-handedly battling the evil that is DRM.  He has sponsored the Baen Free Libary and was working with several authors to go to the next step. He has launched the best e-book business in the genre, perhaps the best in the entire industry.  He has just launched a new SF e-magazine that has the best writers in the business contributing.  He has, recently, brought in more new writers…Lois Bujold, David Weber, John Ringo, Eric Flint, Doc Travis, Michael Z. Williamson, Tom kratman and a host of others…than any other current publisher.

So send prayers, healing thoughts or whatever your personal faith says is best to help people get well.  We could use a few more years of Jim’s vision.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers.  I’ve edited the original post int he following way: the original information that I received said that Jim Baen was in a coma.  The official information from Toni Weiskopf does not mention a coma.  But Steven Barnes website does.  I don’t know. I do know that he is in hospital.  I also know that right now his family is asking people not to send cards and so-forth.

I also know that Jim has long had an emergency plan for the continued operation of Baen Books should something happen to him.  That plan is in place and functioning.  Baen Books services a unique segment of the the SF genre and will continue to do so.



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6 Responses to Jim Baen has had a stroke.

  1. caohaoim says:

    I hadn’t seen anything about a coma.


  2. brentkrupp says:

    Coma is a vague term that tends to be used by non-medical folks or by medical folks putting things in layman’s terms. Pretty easy for it to be mistakenly applied to someone, especially after something like a stroke that can easily make you pretty sleepy for a bit.

    All that aside, terrible news and along with science fiction fans everywhere, I’ll be hoping for a speedy recovery!

  3. quilly says:

    Thanks, Brent…I was concerned that might be the case.

  4. Jhn1 says:

    I suspect that long-term plans might revolve around Eric Flint. He has been editing, co-writing with novice authors, and generally performing tasks that could either take workload off GE or allow Baen Publishering to continue operations in Jim’s absence.
    My prayers are for a short absence and a return to health for our favorite publisher

  5. Jhn1 says:

    P.S. your baen link at top doesn’t work.

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