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Robert Sheckley cancels WorldCon

21/06/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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SF author Robert Sheckley, due to be Guest of Honour at this year's world science fiction con, is unable to attend convention for health reasons.

Sheckley experienced severe medical problems during a visit to Ukraine at the end of April and although he is now recovering, the need for further surgery precludes lengthy travel by air for the next several months.

"We are sorry that Robert will be unable to join us in person but he remains a Guest of Honour of the Worldcon and his life and works will continue to be celebrated in our programme, exhibits and publications," said Colin Harris, Co-Chair of Interaction. "This will include a new collection of Robert's short fiction, 'The Masque of Maņana', which will be published by NESFA Press in association with the convention."

His co-chair Vincent Docherty added, "We are also delighted that Robert Sheckley's wife, writer Gail Dana, along with her daughter Robin, will attend the convention and appear on the programme and at major events to represent Robert in his absence. In the meantime everyone at Interaction sends our best wishes to Robert for a speedy recovery."

Further updates on Robert's condition, and on the fund-raising drive designed to pay for his convalescence, can be found on his web site over at www.sheckley.com

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