September 16, 2017

About a week left! Do you have your copy?

Time flies. Don't miss the SF&F Literati!
Monday, September 25, 2017The Outsorcerer's Apprentice, by Tom Holt
7:00 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the Oak Park Barnes & Nobles11323 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214

Do you have your copy yet?
The Outsorcerer's Apprentice, by Tom Holt 

A happy workforce, it is said, is a productive workforce.

Mmmm.

Try telling that to an army of belligerent goblins. Or the Big Bad Wolf. Or a professional dragons layer. Who is looking after their well-being? Who gives a damn about their intolerable working conditions, lack of adequate health insurance, and terrible coffee in the canteen?

Thankfully, with access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call "the Wizard." Until now.

Because now a perfectly good business model -- based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe -- is about to be disrupted by a young man not entirely aware of what's going on.


There's also a slight risk that the fabric of reality will be torn to shreds. You really do have to be awfully careful with these things.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Goodreads, for the book cover image.

September 12, 2017

Christine Taylor-Butler headlines September KaCSFFS Meeting

What: Monthly KaCSFFS Meeting
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. (setup starts at 6:00)
Where: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
Food Theme: Good Things to Munch (or Sip) While You Read

A Reading by Christine Taylor-Butler
We in KaCSFFS are really spoiled. We live in a place where a lot of really talented writers in our field have come to live. One of them is author Christine Taylor-Butler, a self-proclaimed reading addict who has 65 commercially produced books and counting.

Her current labor of love (which is gaining considerable critical acclaim) is The Lost Tribes Series, a middle-grades science fiction adventure series that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

First book in the series.
She has agreed to do a reading of one of her works at the September meeting. Her reading will be held in the second-floor library at the Writers' Place so everyone who wants to hear her can easily do so, while others socialize downstairs.

What do you like to eat or drink while reading? And whose novels do you like to read?
While remembering we have an open meeting where minors are welcome, we urge you to share any favorite (G-rated) goodies you may enjoy snacking upon, while reading. Please pair it with a description, photo, or one-liner about where is your favorite place to read, and if appropriate, please tell us when is your favorite reading-time.

TLT Book Two.
We know you have favorites. You wouldn't be a KaXFAN if you didn't love reading. Whose fiction gets your juices flowing or inspires your imagination? We'll have a place where you can share a list of your favorite books and authors, too. We'll publish the list in a future blog post. If you can't make the meeting--or even if you can--please feel free to post a comment that shares some of your reading favorites! KaCSFFS is all about sharing our love of reading.

IMAGES: Many thanks to Christine Taylor-Butler and The Kansas City Star, for the photo of her. We also wish to thank Amazon for the cover images of The Lost Tribes and The Lost Tribes: Safe Harbor


September 08, 2017

SF&F Literati pre-announce Fall-Winter 2017-2018 selections

Books selected for the next few months 2017-18:
September 25, 2017: The Outsorcerer's Apprentice, by Tom Holt
October 23, 2017: Lightless, by C.A. Higgins
November 27, 2017: The Clown Service, by Guy Adams
(No meeting in December)
January 22, 2018: Seeds of Earth, by Michael Cobley
Each meeting:
7:00 p.m., on the 2nd floor of the Oak Park Barnes & Nobles11323 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214

Reserve or order your copy now!
The Outsorcerer's Apprentice, by Tom Holt 

A happy workforce, it is said, is a productive workforce.

Mmmm.

Try telling that to an army of belligerent goblins. Or the Big Bad Wolf. Or a professional dragons layer. Who is looking after their well-being? Who gives a damn about their intolerable working conditions, lack of adequate health insurance, and terrible coffee in the canteen?

Thankfully, with access to an astonishingly diverse workforce and limitless natural resources, maximizing revenue and improving operating profit has never really been an issue for the one they call "the Wizard." Until now.

Because now a perfectly good business model -- based on sound fiscal planning, entrepreneurial flair, and only one or two of the infinite parallel worlds that make up our universe -- is about to be disrupted by a young man not entirely aware of what's going on.


There's also a slight risk that the fabric of reality will be torn to shreds. You really do have to be awfully careful with these things.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Goodreads, for the book cover image.

September 06, 2017

Laser Rangers 2017 September Meeting

This One Time at School
Date: September 9, 2017
Time: 4:15pm
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: Corey B.
Food: Cafeteria
Costume: School Uniform


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

High Time

(1960, 103 minutes) Directed by: Blake Edwards

Starring: Bing Crosby, Fabian, Tuesday Weld, Nicole Maurey

Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a dorm like the other students despite the disapproval of his grown son and daughter. As the years pass, and he gets involved in study sessions, fraternity initiations, and sporting events, he begins falling in love with Professor Gautier, the French teacher, but doesn't consider re-marrying appropriate.-IMDB

Watch this video clip 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!
School of Rock

(2003, 109 minutes) Directed by: Richard Linklater

Starring: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Miranda Cosgrove, Joey Gaydos Jr.

After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band. -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 24, 2017

A quick reminder! SF&F Literati's time (Aug. 28, 2017) has almost come!

Date: Monday, August 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
Title: Just One Damned Thing After Another
Author: Jodi Taylor
Available from: Fine Booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor, 11323 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214

NOTE: All are welcome to the meeting, whether you’ve read the book or not. ADDED BONUS: This month's the meeting where the Fall/Winter book selections are chosen, so come prepared with a list!

Jodi Taylor, International Woman of Mystery, guides us into a whole new realm of historical studies (don't call it "time travel"!) with St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, in which historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.”

This madcap British romp through history takes readers "From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria," alongside the "disaster-magnets" of St. Mary's.

Even if you haven't read (or haven't finished) the book, the group would love to see you there, to discuss this beloved series-opener.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Goodreads for the cover image.

August 13, 2017

Time is running out! You have TWO WEEKS!

Time may have more elastic properties for the historians of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, but in our space/time continuum there are only about two weeks left before the August 28, 2017 meeting of the Kansas City SF&F Literati book club.

The Barnes & Noble overview offers us a glimpse of what's in store: "The first book in the USA Today bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone’s cup of tea.

“'History is just one damned thing after another.' —Arnold Toynbee

"Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it 'time travel'—these historians 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time.' And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

"The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary’s is that one wrong move and history will fight back—sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting.

"The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tell the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Chief Leon Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

"From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary’s go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake."

Several copies of each month's selection are normally available through the Johnson County Library or Mid-Continent Public Library. It's also available from meeting host Barnes & Noble BooksellersAmazon, and Kansas City's own Rainy Day Books.

The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Oak Park Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Overland Park, KS, at 7:00 p.m. the evening of Monday, August 28, 2017Everyone is welcome to come, even if they haven't read the book.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Goodreads for the cover image.

August 08, 2017

Laser Rangers 2017 August Meeting


Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 4:15pm
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 Keller
Food: Space Food
Costume: Space Cadet

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

Day the Earth Stood Still


(1951, Appox. 92 minutes); Starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Frances Bavier

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. 

Check out the original trailer.









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Between features, we will have our traditional potluck. Please bring something that matches our food theme above or bring something for yourself.
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Forbidden Planet


MAIN FEATURE!
(1956, 98 minutes); Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, & Robby the Robot

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret one of them has.

A truly fantastic space epic. Rewind and watch this classic trailer!





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.


Thanks to Ken Keller for finding our movie trailers.  

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


Graphic design for the modified Forbidden Planet poster done by Jan Gephardt. Art direction by Ty Gephardt.

August 04, 2017

Classic

Beware! It's Fannish Friday . . . 


IMAGE: Many thanks to Fischkopfsuppe’sSoup Stream, for this image.

July 27, 2017

Start gathering your treasures, and READ!

Just a couple of quick reminders: 
August is Swap-N-Shop Month.
The August KaCSFFS Meeting (set for Aug. 19, 2017) will once again feature a Swap-N-Shop event. Think of it as a community-wide garage sale for geeks.

Start collecting things to sell or swap now!


Moving to a new line of collectibles, or interested in cutting back on duplicates? Bring 'em to the meeting! You'll never find a more receptive group of potential buyers (and NO shipping costs)!


Culling your library? Box up those books! If your fellow KaXFEN don't buy them, you can donate them to the KaCSFFS Book Giveaway!


Bring games, models, art, gently-worn T-shirts, posters, geek-related hand crafts, jewelry, or anything else you think others in our tribe might enjoy.


Oh, and . . . bring along some extra cash, too. You never know when you might find unexpected treasure!

Are you reading Stupid Humans?
Take advantage of the opportunity from the Reviewers' Reading Circle, and get ready to ask reasonable questions during our live author interview with V. R. Craft, the author of the Summer Selection, Stupid Humans. 

The book is now available to members for free download as a reviewer's copy. We are featuring this book starting with the July meeting through the September meeting.

IMAGES: All the Swap-N-Shop photos on this web page are by Jan S. Gephardt, taken at the August 2015 KaCSFFS Swap-N-Shop event. The Stupid Humans book cover image is from AmazonMany thanks to them!