I went through all of SFContario without once running into Karl Schroeder who, being guest of honor, had many duties and obligations to fulfill. Which I seriously regretted, because he is a brilliant guy and a font of really good science fictional ideas.
But I caught up to Karl at the end of the closing ceremonies and managed to delay him sufficiently to have a long talk with him about his career as an innovationist. I won't share what he had to say because I didn't ask his permission to post any of it here and, anyway, I might want to steal some of it for my own fiction. But I will say that it was a pleasure to listen to someone who's actively working to ameliorate the world's ills. What a positive guy he is! A genuine force for good.
I only hope that the people who run things listen to what he has to say.
And as always . . .
I'm on the road again. Specifically, the railroad from Toronto to Philadelphia. I expect to reach home by midnight, tired but happy and grateful to the good folks of SFContario for a convention I enjoyed immensely.
Immediately above: The conservatory in Allan Gardens, across from the convention hotel, at night.