Canon is “shocked” by “racist” comments on his Facebook page.
The popular science fiction author told the BBC’s Radio 4’s Today programme that the comments were “very upsetting”.
“The comment was a joke, it was not a comment on race, I didn’t mean to do it, it’s just that people were very angry, very disappointed and very sad,” Canon said.
“The comments were absolutely disgusting, and that’s why I’m really sorry.”
Canon is a member of the Royal Astronomical Society.
“I am absolutely horrified to have been attacked, I am absolutely outraged and I am extremely sorry to the people who were offended by the comments,” Canon added.
The comments came after the death of a young girl, who had been born with Down syndrome, and sparked widespread outrage. “
But, more importantly, it is not the behaviour of the members of the public who made these comments.”
The comments came after the death of a young girl, who had been born with Down syndrome, and sparked widespread outrage.
Canon wrote that he had been “shamed” by the “terrible” comment and that he was “still learning”.
He later said the comments had not been his intention, but that he did not regret making them.
He said he was saddened by the fact that people felt he was to blame.
Canon said he hoped to make amends.
“There are many other comments that I am not aware of and I’m not sure if they’re going to be deleted from Facebook, or if they’ve been shared with people,” he said.
Canon is currently writing a new book of science fiction, and the author has previously expressed his support for equality and social justice.
He was also recently awarded the prestigious George C. Marshall Award for outstanding contribution to science fiction and fantasy.
“For me, it means something very, very important,” he added.