It is with great disappointment but complete understanding that Westercon must announce that Spider Robinson will not be able to fulfill his Guest of Honor commitment to the convention. Spider wrote:
Tell folks I had to tap out due to recent undisclosed health problems. That’s the shortest and truest I can say it. If anybody argues, tell ‘em I’m 66, I’ve been hospitalized six times in the last six months, and we’re working on it. And tell them I apologize.
Our thoughts and best wishes go with Spider for a speedy diagnosis and complete recovery.
Since he began writing in 1972, Spider Robinson has won 3 Hugos, a Nebula, and numerous other international awards. His 35 books are available in 10 languages. His short work has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. In 2006 he was invited to the National Book Festival in Washington, where he dined with the President and First Lady and read from his novel Variable Star on the National Mall. In 2008 he received the Robert A. Heinlein Award for Outstanding Body of Work in the Field of Literature. His most recent novel is Very Hard Choices. He was married for 35 years to Jeanne Robinson, who died of biliary cancer in 2010. Born in the Bronx, he has lived in Canada since 1974, currently in British Columbia.