I recently spoke to a friend who isn't coming to worldcon. She claimed that no author she knows or cares about is coming to worldcon. Which… well, no.
So I figured I'd do another list of worldcon participants, this time highlighting authors who are well known in Israel, rather than people I personally am excited to meet (although, to be sure, there are some well known authors I'd very much like to meet/see/listen to). The list includes the reason why Israeli readers will have heard of/read the works of the guest.
Robert Sheckley (several translated novels)
Christopher Priest (several translated novels)
Alan Lee (Lord of the Rings art)
Greg Bear (several translated novels)
Carol Berg (one translated novel, two more on the way)
Sozanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell)
Joe Haldeman (Forever War)
Robin Hobb (several translated novels)
George RR Martin (several translated novels)
China Mieville (Perdido Street Station)
Larry Niven (is Larry Niven)
Terry Pratchett (is Terry Pratchett)
Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars series)
Geoff Ryman (253)
Robert Silverberg (is Robert Silverberg)
Connie Willis (is Connie Willis)
The complete list of Interaction programme participants is available here, and includes some wonderful short story authors (Kelly Link, Jeffrey Ford, Andy Duncan, Charles Stross and several others) and some prominent editors (Ellen Datlow, Teresa ans Patrick Nielsen Hayden, David Hartwell).
It's a pretty big list, so I'm sure I missed some important and great people. But the point is – lots of cool people are coming to worldcon. Why aren't you?