Specifically, here’s the latest info:
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.
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.
Chief editor, Baen Books
Note: the “no cards/no flowers” thing is a common restriction for patients in the ICU, as the medical staff need to have ready access to the patients and don’t need clutter from well-wishers getting in the way.
May the Great Physician attend Jim
and the Comforter be with his family.
The Eternal go before them and follow up behind them;
The Swift Sure Hand guide to the right and left of them;
The Rock of Ages below them, the Highest above them;
Lord of Light without, Emmanuel within them.
His will in all, His Grace to submit.
Update: In response to a question, as far as I know this is an original prayer — though I’ve consciously patterned it on many Celtic sources including a well-known portion of the Lorican. Feel free to pass it on with a link back here.