There are plenty of things that can cause a convention committee to lie awake at night worrying, but one you never think about because it is too awful to contemplate is having your main Guest of Honor drop dead the day before the con starts. Much sympathy therefore to the family and friends of Robert Asprin, who died yesterday of a massive heart attack, and to the committee of MarCon, whose convention he was due to grace over the weekend.
I’m not a great expert on Asprin’s work, but Kevin got his start in fandom as the founder and President of the MythAdventures Fan Club. Kevin is also a GoH at MarCon this year, and was looking forward to seeing Bob for the first time in years. And indeed Asprin’s career seemed to be taking off again after years in the doldrums. It is all very sad indeed.
And for the con committee it gets worse, because as Kevin explains, two of their other guests were Jody Lyn Nye, who has been co-writing books with Bob, and editor Bill Fawcett, who was Bob’s business manager. Understandably both of them have more important things to be doing right now than attending a convention.
At times like this there is not much you can do except try to make lemonade from the lemons that life has thrown you. Presumably there are a lot of Robert Asprin fans at Marcon. Hopefully they can show true fannish resourcefulness and come up with something that will pay tribute to Bob in a totally awesome way. I have every confidence in them.
Update: idiot spelling mistake fixed – thanks Chaz