Andrea and I drove up to Toronto — or Richmond Hill, one of its northern suburbs — for World Fantasy 2012 on Friday. This was my second World Fantasy (the first being Columbus two years ago) and Andrea’s first.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express, one of the overflow hotels. That hotel itself was pleasant, albiet slightly incompetent. One elevator was out of order the entire stay. Andrea was trapped between floors in the second elevator on Saturday and had to be rescued by the fire department. I heard the same thing happened on Sunday, leaving guests to trundle down the stairs with their luggage.
The second overflow hotel was separated by a six lane highway under construction, and it looked like the sidewalks were torn up. Add to that the steep ramps between the panel rooms and this spoonie fears there were some serious accessibility issues for those worse off than I.
The panels I attended:
- Faith and Fantasy
- Defining Urban Fantasy
- They Call Me The Wanderer
- The Lexicon of Horror
- Reality Made Fantastic, or Fantasy Made Real
- Readings from EPIC, edited by John Joseph Adams: Aliette de Bodard, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Patrick Rothfuss.
- Readings from The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination: David D. Levine and Genevieve Valentine
There’s a certain buzz one feels on the heels of a con. Like a battery, warm and slightly overcharged, ready to be put to work.