April 18, 2015

On April 27, SF & F Literati Consider: What if the Voices are Real?

Date: April 27, 2015-7:00 p.m.
Title: The Lives of Tao
Author: Wesley Chu
Publisher: Watkins Media
Available from: Fine booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor
11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS
 66214

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

Preview for Next Month:
May 18 - Mistborn by Brian Sanderson

IMAGES: Many thanks to Wesley Chu's "Chu for Thought" website, for the cover image of his book. We thank SMZP for the Mistborn cover image.


April 15, 2015

Election Meeting Saturday April 18, 2015

The Writers Place
WhatMonthly KaCSFFS Meeting
3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
WhenSaturday, April 18, 2015
5:30 Board of Directors Meeting—open meeting
6:00 Doors open for setup and pre-meeting socializing, and paying dues if you want to vote. 
ART SHOW: View a sampling of fantasy and sf artwork from the collection of member Corey Barber!
7:00 Meeting begins: Board reports, member announcements, and updates on events happening in KC in the coming weeks and months.

A word about the ART:
Hanging on easels and all downstairs walls will be a very special science fiction and fantasy art exhibition. All 30+ framed artworks are from the huge 1000+ piece science fiction and fantasy art collection of longtime KaCSFFS member Corey Barber. On display will be a sampling of his favorite pieces. He will be available to answer any questions you may have. All paintings return to his home following the meeting.

Choose between two Presidential Candidates
Online voting is open through Saturday 4/18/2015 at 5 p.m. (members should have received a message containing a link to the online form), or members may vote at the meeting. To vote for President, 2015/2016 annual dues must be paid. To pay dues, please see KaCSFFS treasurer Earline Beebe before or right after the meeting begins. 

Our Candidates 
(Alpha order by last name--no preference implied!) 
Each presidential candidate was asked to submit a photo and a platform statement. Please note that Tim Keltner plans to make an expanded statement at the meeting. 

Margene Bahm
Margene Bahm: 
If I am elected President of KaCSFFS, it is my goal to facilitate the membership’s goals for the club whatever they may be. We may end up with one path or we may end up with several but together we will succeed both individually and as a group.

KaCSFFS has been around for 44 years and I would like to see it continue for another 44 years. We need new goals and new insights to encourage the enthusiasm of our members. Together we can do anything we decide we want to do.  So let’s get out there and do it!

Tim Keltner
Tim Keltner:
When I served as KaCSFFS Director before, I had planned on at least a two year tenure. Family circumstances made that plan change and I have felt, for some time now, that I owe the club, at least, another year, Accordingly, and because my job situation has changed and I am no longer working third shift, I am throwing my beanie into the ring and running for club President. "May fortune favor the foolish!"

Other Board positions have only one self-nominee each. Since they are running unopposed, there is no voting on the following:
Secretary: Kristina Hiner
Treasurer: Earline "Cricket" Beebe
Communications Officer: Jan S. Gephardt
2016 ConQuesT Chair: Keri O'Brien 

After the meeting: 
Please join us for post-meeting food and discussion at either Sosa's or Chubby's (to be selected after the meeting).

IMAGES: As ever, many thanks to The Writers Place for the photo of our meeting place. The photo of Margene Bahm is from her personal Facebook page, used by permission. Tim Keltner provided his image for use here. Many thanks to all!