April 18, 2014

Three Contested Elections April 19!

Don't Miss the April Meeting!
What: Annual KaCSFFS Officer Elections Meeting
Where: The Writers Place,
3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
When: April 19, 2014
Board of Directors Meeting: 5:30 p.m. (open to all members)
Monthly Business Meeting: 7:00 p.m.

It's been a while since we had this many contested elections! Unfortunately, the Communications Officer was moving a household from California to Texas and Kansas City when she otherwise would have been posting an Absentee Ballot, and I apologize!

Thus, the ONLY way to vote is to come in person, and be a dues-paid member!

You still may pay for your membership in person at the meeting, or you may purchase your membership online, using the button at right.  Current President Ty Gephardt will be there with pre-printed membership cards for those who have already paid their membership fees in time to get on the Treasurer's list. He also will have blank cards to fill out, and the laminating machine at the meeting.

And the Nominees Are . . . 
For President of KaCSFFS, April 2014-April 2015: 
Ty Gephardt*, incumbent since 2013
Ken Keller, challenger (founder and previously a Director [when it was called that])

For Secretary of KaCSFFS, April 2014-April 2015:
Ty Gephardt*
Keri O'Brien
*Please note the Bylaws specifically prohibit a person from holding more than one office on the Board of Directors at the same time.  If Ty is elected to one office, he must remove himself from the race for the other office.

For Treasurer of KaCSFFS, April 2014-April 2015:
Cindy Norton, incumbent since 2009
Earline "Cricket" Beebe, (also previously a Treasurer)  

Two other nominees are running unopposed:
For Communications Officer of KaCSFFS, April 2014-April 2015:
Jan S. Gephardt, incumbent since 2011
For Chairperson of ConQuesT 46 (the 2015 convention), to serve on the Board of Directors April 2014-April 2015:
Kristina Hiner, currently vice-chair of the 2014 convention. 

Members, the fate of KaCSFFS is in your hands!
Come vote on Saturday!

April 12, 2014

KC Horror Book Club April 2014 Meeting

The Terror

By Dan Simmons

Details:
Date and Time: April 13, 2013 (Sunday) 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 The Terror and grab some food too.

The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. With them travels an Inuit woman who cannot speak and who may be the key to survival, or the harbinger of their deaths. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear that there is no escape. The Terror swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as "a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). With a haunting and constantly surprising story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.

-Little, Brown and Company & 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 Little, Brown and Company.

April 07, 2014

Laser Rangers 2014 April Meeting (Part 2)

Game of Thrones: Season 3 (Part 2)
Date: April 26, 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: Ken K.
Food: See Inn at the Crossroads for ideas. (Also, Sausages, hot dogs, bratwursts, franks, etc.)  
Costume: Dark Ages

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

Episodes 6-8

(2013,) Directed by: Alik Sakharov (ep6), Michelle MacLaren (ep7 & 8)

Starring: See the whole list here

Wait for Ken's Update-SITE
Watch the Episode 6 Recap!
Watch the Episode 7 Recap!
Watch the Episode 8 Recap!

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During our break, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Episodes 9 & 10

(2013) Directed by: David Nutter (ep9 & 9),

Starring: Starring: See the whole list here

Wait for Ken's Update-SITE

Watch the Episode 9 Recap!
Watch the Episode 10 Recap!




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!

April 01, 2014

Laser Rangers 2014 April Meeting

Game of Thrones: Season 3 (Part 1)
Date: April 12, 2014
EARLIER Time: 3:45pm (Start at 4pm)
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: Ken K.
Food: See Inn at the Crossroads for ideas.
Costume: Dark Ages

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

Episodes 1-3

(2013,) Directed by: Daniel Minahan (ep. 1), Daniel Minahan (ep. 2), David Benioff (ep. 3)

Starring: See the whole list here

Wait for Ken's Update-SITE
Watch the Episode 1 Recap!
Watch the Episode 2 Recap!
Watch the Episode 3 Recap!

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During our break, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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Episodes 4 & 5

(2013) Directed by: Alex Graves (ep. 4 & 5)

Starring: Starring: See the whole list here

Wait for Ken's Update-SITE

Watch the Episode 4 Recap!
Watch the Episode 5 Recap!



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!

March 17, 2014

Extremely important meeting March 22 2014!!

The March Meeting is Massive!  
Please note that this post has been updated from the version first published (nominations).
The meeting will be held at our usual venue!
What:
March KaCSFFS Meeting
Where:
3607 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64111
When: 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Open Board meeting: 5:30 p.m.
KaCSFFS Business meeting: 7:00 p.m.

March is massive for two big reasons:
1. Dues are Due!
This is the month when all memberships come up for renewal. Only dues-paid members can vote or run for office, so for your nomination to be valid or your vote to count, you have to be a current, dues-paid member!

Membership-processing in 2013: D.J. Bailey & Cindy Norton
If you wish to chair a department for the ConQuesT annual Science Fiction Convention, you also must be a dues-paid KaCSFFS member, as well as a member of the convention.

KaCSFFS members with current membership cards are also entitled to valuable discounts at several fine Kansas City-area merchants. Watch for an upcoming announcement of a new Page tab that will describe currently-offered member discounts!

Annual membership dues are $25 per person, when paid via check or cash, and $27 (includes a processing fee) when paid via PayPal, which will take a credit card.  The online option is immediately accessible at right in the sidebar.  Pay with cash or check (payable to KaCSFFS) in person at the meeting, or mail your check to:
KaCSFFS 
P.O. Box 34413
North Kansas City, MO 64116

2. Nominate NOW!
The only person who can nominate you is you!  Only one current BoD member has announced the intention to self-nominate to continue serving in her current office. All KaCSFFS Board of Directors positions are open for change or renewal, so we need one or more self-nominations for all positions.  Please consider whether you would like to serve in any of these positions:
President:
No self-nominations yet.
Secretary:
Keri O'Brien
Treasurer:
No self-nominations yet.
Communications Officer:
Jan S. Gephardt
ConQuesT Chair (2015 convention):
Kristina Hiner

Please note that the KaCSFFS BoD also is seeking a person willing to be appointed to the responsible-but-non-voting position of Registered Agent.

WHAT DO THEY DO? 
For a listing of the responsibilities that come with each office, please go the the KAXFEN Yahoo Group (available to all dues-paid members), access the Files tab, and open the 2012 Bylaws to Article III-Board of Directors.

Plan now to attend the April Meeting!
All current, dues-paid members are eligible to vote ONCE for their choice of Board nominees in contested positions.  Vote either in person at the April meeting, or in advance of the April meeting by mail for contested positions. Once we have a slate of nominees, we will update the Absentee Ballot form on this blog's Absentee Ballot Page (see link at right) to reflect any current, contested election.

Please note that the April meeting is once again on our regular day, the third Saturday of the month (in this case April 19, 2014), BoD at 5:30, full club at 7:00 p.m.

IMAGE CREDITS: The image of The Writers Place is from the Writers Place website. The photo of then-President Diana Bailey and Treasurer Cindy Norton processing memberships in 2013 is by Jan S. Gephardt, and may be used without alteration for the price of a link back and attribution.

March 08, 2014

KC Horror Book Club March 2014 Meeting

The German

By Lee Thomas

Details:
Date and Time: March 9, 2013 (Sunday) 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 The German and grab some food too.

At the height of World War II, a killer preys on the young men of a quiet Texas town. The murders are calculated, vicious, and they are just beginning. Sheriff Tom Rabbit and his men are baffled and the community he serves is terrified of the monster lurking their streets. The only clues the killer leaves behind are painted snuffboxes containing notes written in German. As the panic builds all eyes turn toward a quiet man with secrets of his own.

Ernst Lang fled Germany in 1934. Once a brute, a soldier, a leader of the Nazi party, he has renounced aggression and embraces a peaceful obscurity. But Lang is haunted by an impossible past. He remembers his own execution and the extremes of sex and violence that led to it. He remembers the men he led into battle, the men he seduced, and the men who betrayed him. But are these the memories of a man given a second life, or the delusions of a lunatic?

-Lethe Press & 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 Lethe Press.

March 03, 2014

Laser Rangers 2014 March Meeting

Oy-vey: A Jewish State!
Date: March 8, 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: Tim K.
Food:
Kosher/Mideastern
Costume: Whatever feels appropriate.

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

The Chosen

(1981, 108 minutes) Directed by: Jeremy Kagan

Starring: Maximilian Schell, Rod Steiger, Robby Benson, Barry Miller, Hildy Brooks

In 1944, in Brooklyn, to Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction. -IMDB

Watch the trailer here!







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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.
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Feature Presentation!
Cast a Giant Shadow

(1966, 146 minutes) Directed by: Melville Shavelson

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger, Stathis Giallelis, James Donald, Yul Brynner, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Angie Dickinson, Chaim Topol, and Michael Hordern

An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins. - Written by John Vogel -IMDB

No trailer since YouTube has a lot of video clips. No spoilers all. Thanks.






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!

February 24, 2014

NEW KaCSFFS Writers News


Announcing a NEW Regular Feature!

Bryan Thomas Schmidt will edit the new feature.
ATTENTION WRITERS!  Our own Bryan Thomas Schmidt has agreed to create a new monthly feature for the KaCSFFS Blog—but he can’t do it without you! If you read this blog, you're eligible to submit information.

He’s looking for announcements about:
·      Something soon to be published
·      Something you just sold to a publication or publisher
·      E-publications of your work
·      Readings you’re scheduled to do
·      Conventions you’re attending
·      Book-signings
·      Other similar events

Appearing somewhere?  Signing books?  Tell us!
Guidelines for Submitting an Item:
·      DEADLINE: 2nd Monday of the month it will be published
·      Submit to bryan@bryanthomasschmidt.net
·      Use the subject line “KaCSFFS Writer News”
·      Include URLs for your website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Google Plus page, etc., and/or your publisher’s website, or (for author appearances) that of the convention, bookstore or other venue.
·      If you can send a bio photo or cover art, please send as a JPEG (72ppi, no larger than 500 pixels in either direction.
·      Be aware your content may be edited for style or length.

Schmidt's The Returning was published in 2013.
Who is Bryan Thomas Schmidt?
Here’s a little bit about your columnist (from his website’s bio):
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction including the novels The Worker Prince and The Returning, and the children’s books 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids (ebook only) and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends. His debut novel, The Worker Prince (2011) received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. He edited the anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 (Flying Pen Press, 2012), Beyond The Sun (Fairwood, July 2013), and Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age  (Every Day Publishing, November 2013) and is working on Shattered Shields with co-editor Jennifer Brozek (Baen, 2014). He also hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter and can be found via Twitter as @BryanThomasS, on his website atwww.bryanthomasschmidt.net or Facebook.

IMAGE CREDIT: The photo of Bryan Thomas Schmidt is from his website's bio page.  The image of Robin W. Bailey signing books at ConQuesT 42 (2011) is by Keith Stokes, courtesy of Stokes' Midamerican Fan website. The cover image for The Returning is from Bryan's page about this book, released in 2013.

February 15, 2014

The Game's Afoot for SF&F Literati


Next meeting: February 24, 2014!
It's time to get started on February's Selection!
Book of the Evening: The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes
Author: George Mann
Overview from Barnes & Noble:
A collection of short stories detailing the supernatural Steampunk adventures of detective duo, Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes in dark and dangerous Victorian London. Along with Chief Inspector Bainbridge, Newbury & Hobbes will face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes

Available from Barnes & Noble and other fine booksellers.

Remember! it's time for new selections.
Bring your list of books for the discussion of what the group can read next. 

IMAGE CREDITS: Book cover image for The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes is courtesy of the bilingual Norwegian and English blog of Cluva, "Bookworm with a Writing Itch."
 

February 13, 2014

Come to the Black Masquerade!

What: KaCSFFS Monthly Meeting
Where: The Writers Place,
3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
When: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m. (open to all interested members)
Regular Meeting: 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Theme: "Black Masquerade"
Wear black--Dress up or down, depending on time and inclination, but if you have something fun in black, this is definitely the moment to wear it! 

Got something cool in black Gothic?  Black lace?  Black leather? Okay, at least wear your favorite black T-shirt!

Masks optional, but encouraged!

Dark Cuisine, Anyone?
Extend the theme into a food item you can bring!  

It doesn't have to be black, but we encourage you to explore the "dark side," as in the accompanying illustration of "Black Velvet Rose Cupcakes" (Recipe).

Use your imagination, and release your inner dark gourmet.

Add Games to the Fun!
We'd like to encourage anyone who has a game they enjoy to bring it and share. There are tables on the landing and the second floor where you can set up a a favorite game after the business meeting.

IMAGE CREDITS: Many thanks to "The Little Things in Life" for the cool mask art, and "Diary of a Mad Housefrau" for the Black Velvet Rose Cupcakes illustration and recipe!