Jim Baen

Several SF blogs are reporting that Baen Books publisher Jim Baen has had a stroke and is now in the hospital. Most of them have gotten it from Steve Barnes; I’ve seen the general story confirmed elsewhere by someone who would be in a position to know. Apparently there may be a further announcement regarding his condition later tonight.

This is all I know personally at the moment. Needless to say, I’m thinking good thoughts for him, his family, friends and employees.

Update, 9pm: This was just posted in Baen’s Bar by Baen author Julie Cochrane:

Okay, people, here’s what’s going on.

Jim Baen is in the ICU after a stroke, it is serious, Toni and a relative are there with him. Now you know as much as we do about his condition.

Baen Books is functioning under the very detailed emergency plans that Jim has in place.

Please don’t send cards or flowers. Please do send whatever prayers are appropriate to your faith.

When we know more, we’ll let you know.



Update 11:21pm: Another message from Baen’s Bar, this time from Baen editor Toni Weisskopf:

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.

13 Comments on “Jim Baen”

  1. Am I the only one who reads this blog that isn’t into sci-fi at all? I have no idea who this guy is.

    Regardless… get well soon, JB.

  2. I had the pleasure of reading some of Baen’s slush as a subcontractor a long while back. The times I met him, he was pleasant and the entire operation seemed both professional and friendly. This is not good a’tall.

    My thoughts and prayers are there.

  3. Star Chores: Red Shoes

    Got one, John announced cheerily as they entered the bridge with Cutter in tow. Sissy had tilted back the command chair and had her feet up on a makeshift foot stool. A large cool drink was precariously balanced on her

  4. I am hoping and praying he will be OK. Baen Books have been a life saver to me and I’m sure many others.
    God bless.


  5. Posted from the Baen Books site. This (sadly)does not need any comment.

    Dear Friends of Jim Baen and Baen Books,

    At this time we regret we are unable to give you positive news regarding Jim’s condition.

    As many of you know, last Monday Jim suffered a stroke. The doctors describe it as a massive bilateral stroke in the thalamus. Jim has not regained consciousness and his condition has become severe. He is resting comfortably now, and appears to be in no pain; however the doctors’ prognosis is grave.

    We know that very many people care for Jim and have been hoping and praying for a positive outcome, but we wanted to share this information with you, as so many have asked and expressed great concern.

    Jessica Baen & Toni Weisskopf

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