Hall of Dreams
In loving memory of Ani H. Manjikian who is survived by her dreams.
In January 2018, I received a phone call from one of my two best friends. Ani Manjikian (pronounced Aw-nee Man-jee-ken) told me she had been diagnosed with cancer, yet again. This would be her fourth run with cancer. Although all her major organs were riddled with cancer, Ani’s optimism, spirit, and strength left me certain she would fight it off in a couple months and be back in time for CyCon. I continued with plans for CyCon as usual making notes to “review with Ani when she is better.”
On Sunday 3 March 2018, Ani passed away.
I couldn’t believe it. I called her right away and felt the devastation as the surrealism set in. I was crippled and lost. This devastation was the exact thing I would need Ani for.
On 4 March 2018, I learned of Ani’s passing through a post on Facebook. I thought of her dog, Maggie. I was ready to drive from New York to Washington to get her if needed. I thought of Ani’s books. All her current works in progress. One book was currently with beta readers. Another was with an editor. What about all her stories? What about her websites? What about her dreams? I needed to talk to Ani’s family, and I couldn’t. I had no idea what their names were or who they were. I did know she had two sisters, but I had no way of getting a hold of “The sister of Ani living somewhere in California.”
It was by a small miracle, a chance of kindness that Tamara, Ani’s sister, took the initiative to call everyone in Ani’s contact list in her phone. On 6 March 2018, Tamara called me despite her grief. Maggie the Dog was fine and would be adopted by Ani’s mother. All her precious things were being carefully wrapped. Tamara managed to get through all 300 contacts repeating 300 times, “Ani died of cancer on 3 March 2018.” I can’t imagine the agony of having to say that 300 times.
“What about her books?” I asked.
Tamara said she had no idea how to continue with Ani’s dream. I smiled. I knew. Tamara passed the book rights and Ani’s website over to Brain to Books so I can keep it going for her. Royalties all go to Ani’s family, but the marketing all comes to Brain to Books. We are carrying this torch for Ani who passed before she could fulfill her dream.
The Hall of Dreams is a collection of books written by authors who are no longer with us. Authors who passed and left their dreams with us. Welcome to Ani’s Dream: The Hall of Dreams.
Born: 15 November 19?
Died: 3 March 2018