August 16, 2014

SF&F Literati Meet August 25, 2014

Alien Artifact
TITLE: Existence
AUTHOR: David Brin
WHERE:  
Barnes & Noble #2352 at Oak Park Mall
11393 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214
On 2nd floor by the windows.
WHEN:  
Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
AVAILABLE FROM: Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. 

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’ something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity. 


Don't miss next month:
TITLE: Graceling
AUTHOR: Kristin Cashore
WHERE:  
Barnes & Noble #2352 at Oak Park Mall
11393 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214
On 2nd floor by the windows.
WHEN:  
Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
AVAILABLE FROM: Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. 

Overview from Barnes & Noble:

Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.

Awards: Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, winner of the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2008, 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice, Booklist’s 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, BCCB 2009 Blue Ribbon List

Don’t miss the sequel Fire, also a New York Times bestseller and ALA Best Book for Young Adults, winner of the 2010 Cybil for YA Fantasy/Sci Fi and the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.

IMAGE CREDITS: The cover image for Existence came from MacMillan, the book's publisher. The image for Graceling came from GoodReads.

August 12, 2014

Saturday 8/16/14 Meeting to Feature an Interview and SURPRISE Food

Eat Dessert First: 
Program, then Business Meeting
What: Monthly KaCSFFS Meeting
Where: Our usual venue: The Writer's Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas, City, MO 64111.
When: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: Doors open 6:30 pm; Meeting starts 7:00 pm. till 9:30 or whenever
August Theme: Switch-it-Around Saturday
August Food Theme: SURPRISE Food
That is, members' choice--please surprise us--bring your favorite end-of-summer treats, snacks, and beverages to share with everyone.

Program: Member Interview Series Spotlights Ty Gephardt
Our August program will be another in President Ken Keller's series of KaCSFFS member interviews designed to introduce newer members to people in the club and to give everyone greater insights into some of their fellow kaxfen (be sure to ask questions)! This month I'll be interviewing 2nd-generation KaCSFFS member Ty Gephardt, our immediate past president, who's also the son of longtime club member and current officer Jan Gephardt.

Business Meeting:
Our monthly business meeting will follow, with Old and New business, and then by general member announcements . . . but this month with several new twists.

Communications Officer Jan Gephardt will be running the meeting, President Ken Keller will be giving the Treasurer' s report, and former President Ty Gephardt will be acting as the club's secretary.

Why you ask? Partially just to mix things up a bit (so we're not so boring and predictable).

Partially because three of the club officers aren't available to be at this month's meeting. They're busy with KC in 2016 business!

After-Party:
After the meeting, for those interested, everyone is invited to go over to nearby Sosa's 39th Street Diner for post-meeting food and discussion. Don't forget your membership card! Good for a discount at Sosa's! 

IMAGE CREDITS: The "Eat Dessert First" Cat photo is from Tobi's Pinterest Board, "Furry Friends." Many thanks to William Tienken for the photo of Ty Gephardt in a typical pose, taken in late 2012.  The logo for the Kansas City in 2016 bid is from their website.

August 08, 2014

KC Horror Book Club August 2014 Meeting

Red Moon

By Benjamin Percy

Details:
Date and Time: August 9, 2013 (Saturday) from noon to 1:30.
Location: The Green Room Burgers and Beer
Address: 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite D, Kansas City, MO.
Event Notes: 

Come and discuss Red Moon and grab some food too.


"They live among us.

"They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

"They change.

"When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.

"Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero.

"Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

"So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin."

-PUBLISHERS & Earline Beebe

Check the Facebook Event Page for more information.

Please contact Earline Beebe for more information on the Facebook event page.
Image from: SITE. Published by PUBLISHER.

August 05, 2014

Laser Rangers 2014 August Meeting

Spy vs. Spy
Date: August 9, 2014
Time: 4:50pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: Jaymes L.
Food: Spy Food
Costume: Suave

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

Danger: Diabolik

(1968, 105 minuets) Directed by: Mario Bava

Starring: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, and Terry-Thomas

Fey super-thief Diabolik runs around stealing jewels, gold, murdering innocent people, and being a nuisance to the government of a generic European country. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







~~~~~
After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
~~~~~

Feature Presentation!
Skyfall

(2012, 143 minuets) Directed by: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, and Judi Dench

Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!












The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

August 03, 2014

Creative Corner


Picacio's Inkpot!
Creative Corner is a monthly column in which we report on developments amongst our creative brethren who are associated with, or friends of KaCSFFS. 

In July 2014, Bryan Thomas Schmidt attended DetCon1, the National Science Fiction Convention in Detroit and the KC in 2016 party which won best party. Jeff Orth and Ruth Lichtwardt did a great job. Good to see them there.
Best Party at DetCon1 for KC in 2016!

Past ConQuest Artist GOH John Picacio won the 2014 Inkpot Award and San Diego ComicCon this week for achievement in science fiction and fantasy art. More details on his blog.
Air Capitol Comic Con 11/16

Also, two local Wichita cons are looking for authors and panelists and might be of interest: Air Capitol Comic Con, Nov. 16,  and the Emerald City Steampunk Expo, Nov. 21-23.  Those are coming up fast.
Bryan Thomas Schmidt

This convention runs the weekend of 11/21-23/14
More news is coming soon. Please send your news about attending conventions, book signings or appearances, publications or other sales, art shows, or other creative-business updates to "Creative Corner" editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

IMAGE CREDITS: Thanks and CONGRATULATIONS to John Picacio for the image of his Inkpot Award.  Read his fun account about receiving it on his blog.  Thanks to the KC in 2016 website for their logo and motto. The Air Capitol Comic Con image is from the convention's website opening page.  The Emerald City Steampunk Expo logo is from their website's masthead.  The photo of editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt is from his website's bio page.

July 19, 2014

SF&F Literati Meet Monday, July 28, 2014

Poet Danger
TITLE: Lexicon 
AUTHOR: Max Barry
WHERE:  
Barnes & Noble #2352 at Oak Park Mall
11393 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214
On 2nd floor by the windows.
WHEN:  
Monday, July 28, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
AVAILABLE FROM: Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers.
 
Overview from Barnes & Noble:

At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics—they are taught to persuade. Students learn to use language to manipulate minds, wielding words as weapons. The very best graduate as “poets,” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose.

Whip-smart runaway Emily Ruff is making a living from three-card Monte on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. Drawn in to their strange world, which is populated by people named Brontë and Eliot, she learns their key rule: That every person can be classified by personality type, his mind segmented and ultimately unlocked by the skillful application of words. For this reason, she must never allow another person to truly know her, lest she herself be coerced. Adapting quickly, Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy, until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.

Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Parke is brutally ambushed by two men in an airport bathroom. They claim he is the key to a secret war he knows nothing about, that he is an “outlier,” immune to segmentation. Attempting to stay one step ahead of the organization and its mind-bending poets, Wil and his captors seek salvation in the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, which, if ancient stories are true, sits above an ancient glyph of frightening power.

A brilliant thriller that traverses very modern questions of privacy, identity, and the rising obsession of data-collection, connecting them to centuries-old ideas about the power of language and coercion, Lexicon is Max Barry’s most ambitious and spellbinding novel yet.


Get ready for August!
TITLE: Existence
AUTHOR: David Brin
Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.AVAILABLE FROM: Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. 

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’ something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”

Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

IMAGE CREDITS: The cover image for Lexicon is courtesy of Micro-Sites in the UK. The cover for Existence is from MacMillan, the book's publisher.

July 15, 2014

Join us for our 43rd Anniversary!

It's KaCSFFS's birthday! 
WHAT: Monthly open Board of Directors and General Membership Meetings
WHERE: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
WHEN: This Saturday, July 19, 2014.
BoD: 5:30 p.m., Regular meeting: 7:00 p.m.
Appropriately for an organization that has endured this long, our program is a mixture of past and future!

Let us Eat Cake!
The July meeting is our 43rd anniversary meeting. Thus, the food theme is birthday cake!  Please coordinate on KAXFEN if you're planning to bring a birthday cake for KaCSFFS, smaller cakes, or that other longtime birthday staple, ice cream.  If it's ice cream, might want to pack it in ice and bring it in a cooler, because freezer space in the Writers Place's kitchen is really limited.

The Yahoo-to-Google Migration
We keep promising, and this month it looks as if the move from the KAXFEN list on Yahoo to a dedicated KaCSFFS Google Group is really going to happen! We will take some time before the regular business meeting for an orientation.

Ty Gephardt and Kristina Hiner have spearheaded the effort, and will give a how-to-interface presentation on a decision we voted for in May.

43rd Anniversary Retrospective
After the business meeting, Ken Keller also will give a short presentation of some images from 1971, the first year the club was in existence, along with commentary and background.  As one of the Founders and the current President, it would be hard to find a more ideal person to do this.  Many thanks to Terry Matz, who also contributed to this event!

IMAGE CREDITS: Many thanks to the "Females' Corner" website for the birthday candles image, and to the blog "Work it out Bitch" for the ice cream and cake image. The Google Groups logo is from an article on how to create a Google Group from the All India Daily website.

July 11, 2014

KC Horror Book Club July 2014 Meeting

John Dies at the End: A Novel

By David Wong

Details:
Date and Time: July 12, 2013 (Saturday) from noon to 1:30.
Location: The Green Room Burgers and Beer
Address: 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite D, Kansas City, MO.
Event Notes: 

Come and discuss John Dies at the End and grab some food too.

"STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why? You just have to trust me.

"The important thing is this: The drug is called Soy Sauce and it gives users a window into another dimension. John and I never had the chance to say no. You still do. I'm sorry to have involved you in this, I really am. But as you read about these terrible events and the very dark epoch the world is about to enter as a result, it is crucial you keep one thing in mind: None of this was my fault."

-Thomas Dunne Books & Earline Beebe


Check the Facebook Event Page for more information.

Please contact Earline Beebe for more information on the Facebook event page.
Image from: SITE. Published by Thomas Dunne Books.

July 07, 2014

Laser Rangers 2014 July Meeting

Adventures in Solipsism
Date: June 14, 2014
Time: 4:50pm
Location: David Sooby’s home theater with 51-inch Samsung HDTV, a 5.1 Surround Sound Dolby Digital sound system, a full set of audiophile-grade speakers, and upgraded seating for about 15 people without crowding.
Captain Laser: David B.
Food: Ordinary Food, Junk Food
Costume: 50s

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


Short features will be shown before each feature. Don't miss them!

Pleasantville

(1998, 124 minuets) Directed by: Gary Ross

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, Paul Walker, J. T. Walsh, Reese Witherspoon

Two 1990s teenagers find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







~~~~~
After the first feature, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
~~~~~

Feature Presentation!
Stranger Than Fiction

(2006, 113 minuets) Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah, Emma Thompson

An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!












The home of the Laser Rangers is located about four miles north of the Kansas Speedway, NW of the intersection of I-70 and I-435 on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area.

IMAGE CREDITS: The information for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB. The movie posters come from Wikipedia or the movie's respected distributors. 


The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!

June 23, 2014

Creative Corner


KaCSFFS Authors and Artists are busy in June!
As previously announced, Creative Corner will be a monthly column in which we report on creative developments amongst our brethren. We begin with the report for June 2014. Artistic types!  Be sure to send your news and updates to bryan at bryanthomasschmidt dot net.

Happening this Month:
Robin W. Bailey
Robin Wayne Bailey sold a story to Esther M. Freisner’s latest Chicks In Chainmail anthology for Baen. He will also be editing a 50th Anniversary anthology for SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), to release next Summer. He just returned from A-Kon.

Rob Chilson
Rob Chilson has told “The Tarn,” a novelette set in his “Prime Mondeign” universe to ANALOG Science Fiction and Fact magazine.

Jan S. Gephardt will be attending SoonerCon 23, June 27-29 where she’ll participate in several panels and have her art in the Art Show.

Jan S. Gephardt
As an editor, Bryan Thomas Schmidt sold three anthologies. Choices, a YA reprint anthology with 3 new tales, sold to Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy.  
Mission: Tomorrow, a near-future look at spaceflight in an age no longer dominated by NASA, and Galactic Games, a science fiction sports anthology to release during the Rio Olympics in 2016, both were sold to Toni Weisskopf at Baen. Robin Wayne Bailey will be amongst the contributors.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Bryan’s first Baen anthology, Shattered Shields, military high fantasy, releases November 4, 2014. Robin is also amongst the contributors to that.

Bryan and Robin were among participants in the Campbell Conference this past weekend at the Center For The Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Bryan will be a panelist at DetCon1, the National Science Fiction Convention in July in Detroit, Michigan.

Artistic types!  Be sure to send your news and updates to bryan at bryanthomasschmidt dot net. 

IMAGE CREDITS: The photo of Robin Bailey is from his website; that of Rob Chilson is from SFF.  The photo of Jan S. Gephardt is from the Soonercon website; the photo of Bryan Thomas Schmidt is from Amazon.