(Washington, DC) John Harris, DisCon III’s Artist Guest of Honor’s artwork, will be on display at DisCon III, the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Washington, DC., December 15-19, 2021. Unfortunately, due to the convention’s new date, Harris will be unable to attend in person.

Alison Eldred, Artists’ Agent for Harris, shared the following statement.

John was delighted when he was asked to be the professional artist Guest of Honour at DisCon III, this year’s Worldcon in Washington DC. All credit to the organisers who have now restaged this for December this year – and this will be on their programme cover.

It’s unfortunate that he isn’t able to be there in person, but we have many plans to send work, to illustrate the programme, and to introduce his paintings, sketches and short films to people who don’t already know them. You can see an overview of his work here.

“While we are sad that John Harris will be unable to join us in Washington, DC in person, we are beyond excited to have his extraordinary talent showcased on the cover of our program,” said Mary Robinette Kowal, Chair of DisCon III. “The way John makes pastels dance is just a delight. There’s such depth and nuance in his relationship with light and form.”

“All Worldcon Art shows are a one-time unique gallery, and while disappointed that John cannot join us in person, we are thrilled to display his art for all the fans to see,” said Randall Shepherd, Exhibits Division Head of DisCon III.

Background on John Harris. For more than 40 years, John Harris has created book covers for many of the most iconic authors in Science Fiction, such as Arthur C, Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, and Orson Scott Card. His work is collected internationally, and a piece commissioned by NASA hangs in the Kennedy Space Center and is part of the Smithsonian Collection. In 2015, he won the Chesley Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Three films about him have recently been completed and can be viewed online. The latest book about his work, Beyond the Horizon, is currently in its second edition.

DisCon III is the third World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) held in Washington DC, USA. Worldcon is the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians, and other creators from across the globe. DisCon III will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on December 15-19, 2021.

Worldcon originally focused on and still has a strong emphasis on science fiction and fantasy literature but has grown to include genre television, movies, animation, games, and other popular media as well. It has truly become the world’s fair of science fiction and fantasy fandom. No other event brings together fans and creators, regardless of genre or medium, under one big tent with the intimacy of Worldcon.

DisCon III is sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, Inc. (BWAWA, Inc.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Maryland.

First held in New York City in 1939, Worldcon moves around the globe, held in a different city and organized by a different volunteer organization each year. Previous DC-based Worldcons were DisCon I in 1963 and DisCon II in 1974.

“World Science Fiction Society,” “WSFS,” “World Science Fiction Convention,” “Worldcon,” “NASFiC,” “Hugo Award,” the Hugo Award Logo, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Trophy Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.

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