Last week Peter David, he of the many Star Trek books and the comics and the movie novelizations and his own series of fantasy and surly heroes and werewolves and modern-day Arthurs and vampires and many, many more, had a stroke. He was in Florida on vacation, lost the use of an arm and a leg and one eye, and is now undergoing batteries of tests to see what's up and what can be done (he's improving, still a long way to go). And after a his wife Kathleen has posted a request for help:
Even though we have health insurance we have co-pays and the like. And since this stroke fell at the end of the year, we have all the new co-pays to deal with (I can honestly see those of you who have had to deal with this nodding your heads). And there are things that the insurance company just won’t cover (more head nodding). So we are at the beginning of what is going to be a very expensive year even though we are only 4 days in.
The most direct way is to buy his books from Crazy 8 Press or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites. These are books that he gets the money from directly and the most per book.
His currently Crazy 8 Books are
Pulling Up Stakes Part 1
Pulling Up Stakes Part 2 (Brand new)
This is one novel broken into two pieces. This is the cover blurb
Sick of vampire books? Movies? TV shows? Yeah. So are we. Sick of the entire unlife of vampires? Yeah. So is Vince Hammond. Unfortunately, Vince is in it up to his (wait for it) neck. Because Vince is a young vampire hunter who lives with his vampire hunter mother in an entire community of vampire hunters, who in turn are part of a cult of vampire hunters going back all the way to the French Revolution, which many believe to be an uprising of the poor against the rich but was actually a massive purging of vampires from the French nobility (hence the guillotine)
The Camelot Papers
A powerful ruler who’s considered by many to be simple-minded and vacuous and has serious father issues. A no-nonsense, polarizing woman who favors pants suits and pursues dubious agendas involving social needs. A remarkably magnetic leader of men with a reputation as a skirt-chaser. A scheming, manipulative adviser who is constantly trying to control public perceptions. A man seen as the next, great hope for the people, except there are disputes over his background and many contend he’s not what he appears to be.
George W? Hillary and Bill? Karl Rove? Obama?
Try Arthur Pendragon, Guinevere, Lancelot, Merlin, and Galahad.
Whatever you think of the state of today’s politics, The Camelot Papers shows you just how little matters have changed in the past thousand years or so. The Camelot Papers presents a fresh perspective on Arthurian legend by using modern day sensibility and combining it with a classic tale to bring a new insight into iconic characters.
The Hidden Earth Saga of which there are two published and the third is in the works.
Darkness of the Light (book 1 of the Hidden Earth saga)
Height of the Depths (Book 2 of the Hidden Earth saga)
These are science fiction mixed with mythological creatures and the fate of the Universe hangs in the balance. Big epic sweeping books with those great characters that Peter is famous for writing.
There are Print on Demand for all these books if you want a paper copy rather than electronic.
More HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you already have these or can’t purchase them for whatever reason, you can still help us a lot by getting word out all over the Internet about how they can help Peter. I am asking every blogger and people who have access to an audience to spread the word.
The more we sell of these books, the easier it will be for us to pay the bills as they start to pour in.
Buying his other books does help but that is very long term and isn’t much per books but it does help especially the Marvel graphic novels he has written.
I am talking to Glenn about a donate button or something but we don’t have the details worked out and I really want to get the ball rolling on getting this information out while Peter is fresh in everyone’s mind.
We do need your help to help him. He is working very hard at getting back to all that he loves to do and we are trying to ease his mind about whatever we can ease his mind about so he can do it faster.
We are now off to the Hospital to see what the verdict is about his moving today. I will update this when we know what is going on.
I am grateful to everyone who has helped or is going to help Peter.
Although usually David is on my buy-on-sight list, I hadn't yet gotten the 2nd half of Pulling Up Stakes or the 2nd Hidden Earth Saga book, so those have now been snagged. If you're any sort of a Star Trek fan I highly recommend any of his books but particularly his New Frontier series, which perfectly hits my sweet spot in the center of Trek, humor, unique characters, continuity in-jokes, epic tales and action with consequences. And his 10-year run on the Hulk proved that a good writer can invigorate even the most worn-out, over-used character. If you like Joss Whedon's style of blasting open genres while still respecting their histories, you should be reading Peter David.
Kathleen has been posting daily updates about his diagnoses and recovery, and you should read them even if you're not a David fan. Inspiring and heart-breaking and a glimpse into a family that's been abruptly changed.