Chicon 7’s Artist Guest of Honor Rowena Morrill will be unable to attend the convention.
She has recently been hospitalized but is now recovering from her health problems, according to information posted on the Worldcon website.
While over the long history of the Worldcon guests have rarely missed the convention, it has been happening with increasing frequency in recent years. Death deprived the Worldcon of appearances by Charles N. Brown (a 2011 GoH), Frankie Thomas and Howard DeVore (guests in 2006), George Turner (a 1999 GoH) and Else Wollheim (a 1996 guest), while bad health forced the withdrawal or nonattendance of Ralph Bakshi (announced as a 2009 GoH), Robert Sheckley (a 2005 GoH), Kelly Freas (a 2003 GoH) , J. Michael Straczynski (a 1998 guest) and Alfred Bester (a 1987 GoH). (Aussiecon fan GoH Donald Tuck didn’t attend in 1975, but I’m not clear whether that was unexpected.)