I'm back from vacation, fresh and rarin' to go. As much as I ever get, anyway. I went to Montreal to attend the science fiction worldcon Anticipation. I mainly went to see some friends, my friend Peter from Cork, Ireland, whom I had not seen in several years, and my friend Anna who I've known for a long time but had not met in person. This was all her idea, by the way. I also saw my friend Chris. Hadn't seen him in a long time as well.
I was once an avid science fiction fan, but quit going to cons when I went into library school and couldn't afford a lot of travel. And, eventually, my reading tastes morphed from SF to mysteries, by and large. I rediscovered one of the things I've really missed about fandom: being in a large group of really bright and witty folks.
Guest of Honor was Neil Gaiman, who has written a number of good works, including Stardust, the Sandman comics, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He was an utterly charming guest, and I went to as many of his panels as I could, including his introduction to a screening of Coraline (the movie).
Totally unexpected was that Paul Krugman, Nobel prize-winning economist and one of my favorite New York Times columnists, was at the con on Thursday and Friday. He did a panel each day and I went to both of him. Very impressive.
What a lovely, lovely, vacation.