World Conventions News
A petition has been launched at AVAAZ.org calling on “the Board of Worldcon 2023” to “rescind the status of guest of honour from Sergei Lukyanenko.” Lukyanenko was announced as one of three guests of honor for the 81st World Science Fiction Convention scheduled to be held August 16-20, 2023 in Chengdu, China. The petition objects to Lukyanenko’s support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As of press time, the digital document has over 1,200 signatures. Twitter account Blaszany Velocyped, linked to the Kołek Niewiary site run by Kurczak, ascribes authorship of the petition to Polish fandom.
The petition follows a number of statements of protest from fans and industry professionals. For more, see their post.
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