Here's one I haven't seen discussed very much, but it could benefit from a little attention: the DANCE LIKE A MONKEY anthology, to benefit CJ Henderson.
For those of you saying, "Why does that name sound familiar?" yes, he is the same CJ Henderson who annoyed a number of us with an ill-conceived "quiet dignity" remark in the SFWA Bulletin last year. And this anthology is edited by the very same Jean Rabe who was editor of the Bulletin at that time.
I've shared those two details not to rehash controversy, but to get them out of the way.
1) CJ Henderson has cancer.
2) As a self-employed working writer, CJ Henderson does not already have medical insurance through an employer.
3) CJ Henderson loves monkeys.
That third item might seem like an odd juxtaposition, but it formed the nucleus of a project from Silence in the Library. A group of writers agreed to forgo their own compensation for whatever stories were ultimately scheduled for inclusion, so that the entirety of funds raised might go toward reducing CJ Henderson's medical-financial crisis.
At this point some of you might be scratching you heads and asking why I'd bother to publicize a benefit for an individual who, not that long ago, said something that annoyed me.
Complex answer: I do not know Mr. Henderson personally, but a friend who was aware of my work, and who was also aware of this anthology, drew my attention to the volume. "Hey," said that individual, "that <REDACTED> story of yours sort of mentions monkeys. Would you consider letting them use it for <long explanation of cause>?"
Yes. Yes, because someday I might also need a helping hand, and yes because someday I'll probably put my own foot in my mouth firmly enough to annoy everyone I care about (with any luck doing so will be an inadvertent slip, rather than a deliberate attempt to choke myself on shoe leather), and yes because we need to see more shared endeavors whose purpose is uplifting, rather than critical.
I sent Jean the story. I hope she'll be able to use it. More than that though, I hope this fundraiser exceeds its goal, and that in doing so it might ultimately strengthen the genre community.
Mr. Henderson, I wish you good health and peace of mind. May there be many more stories for you to write... and time to do so.