September 24, 2012

Pod-Play Scripts

Pod-Play 1 Acts DUE SOON!!!! 

This is a reminder that the Pod-Play scripts will soon be due in a couple of weeks! Get them finalized and wrapped up. We're in the final mile here and it's time to give it all you've got. We're all looking forward to your final product! 

Below is a reminder of what were looking for. Thank you very much for participating. Good luck with your scripts.

Please see guidelines here:

Submit entries now!
    Pod-Play 1 Acts


    • Must be Family Friendly
    • Fall within a genre we cover as a club
    • Include more than two people
    • Can be comedic, dramatic, or any tone you’d like
    • Not more than an hour long
    • Is ready by October 20, 2012 (meeting date). 

    This is an open topic project with endless possibilities. Some prompts are provided below to get you thinking. Have fun and enjoy this. We are also looking for voice talents. Please contact us if you are interested.


    Format Guidelines

    Please refer back to our July post. <Insert Link>

    Thank you for your interest and participation. We look forward to seeing what you bring and the performances that result. Good luck and start writing!


    • A group of people discovers a strange object
    • An out of this world party
    • A UFO lands
    • Guidelines for Alien encounters with dramatic enactments
    • Science fiction serial series take off
    • Family of psycho killers recounting “just another day.”
    • Epic Fantasy quest in 1 act
    • Time Safari
    • Colonist’s first day on a new world
    • Broken down on the galactic highway
    • Adapt a 1-act play into a science fiction, horror, or fantasy genre. 
    • Our Neighbors are Aliens
    • Our Neighbors are LARPers
    • Fantasy quest that is really just a well-played D&D game
    • Lost Time Traveler

    Photo Credits:
    Parchment by KSU:
    Radio Presenter US CA NY Radio Clip art:

    September 15, 2012

    SF&F Literati meet September 24--Plus a New Book Review is Now Available!

    A Killer Theme this Month! Literally.
    WhereThe Oak Park Barnes & Noble Booksellers (see embedded map below!)
    When: 7:00 p.m. Monday August 27, second floor
    : Discuss All You Need is Kill, by
     Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and illustrated by anime and manga graphic artist Yoshitoshi ABe.

    B&N Overview:
    L to R (Western Style). There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?”

    This work falls into the category of a “Japanese Light Novel,” a work written in a popular entertainment style, run about 40,000-50,000 words, and target a primary audience roughly analogous to a North American “Young Adult” novel.

    This novel is identified as Sakurazaka’s “breakout” science fiction novel. It has been optioned by Warner Brothers for production, with the working title of We Mortals Are.  According to IMDB, the film is in pre-production and scheduled for release as All You Need is Kill in 2013.  Doug Liman directs; Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star.

    Decisions, Decisions!
    Yes, it's that time again: time to decide on new selections to read in October, November, and January. If you haven't already done so, it's time to get started making your list of "book candidates."

    And Speaking of Books:
    We have a new review on our Reviews and Commentary page! In this new addition, David Sooby offers a detailed and literate review of Mid-Flinx by Alan Dean Foster.

    PHOTO CREDITS: The book cover image is courtesy of Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

    September 08, 2012

    Monthly KaCSFFS Meeting Sept. 15, 2012

    Don't forget your Super Suit (capes optional)!
    Our guest speaker is "Captain" Jaymes
    Logan of the Geekvolution website.
    Who: You, we hope!
    What: KaCSFFS Monthly Meeting
    When: September 15, 2012, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    Where: Our usual, The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
    Why: Fun with Friends and Superheroes
    How: With style and gusto, of course!

    Super September
    The September meeting theme of superheroes is a tip o' the hat to our guest speaker, Jaymes Logan.

    A notable local expert on comics and Star Trek, Logan will speak about comics, and--if you wish--also his new book, geek video, Trek, and related topics. Come pre-loaded with questions!

    "Captain Logan" is one of the two masterminds (along with the indispensable Vince) behind the Geekvolution website, your source for a new video every day, forums, blogs, items for sale, a master list of Superhero movies, and much more.

    Logan's book will be available
    for sale on Saturday night.
    Logan's new book is The Girl with Seven Names, recently published by Argosy Press. There will be copies for sale at the meeting (as well as Geekvolution T-shirts). Bring cash or checks! A book description from the Geekvolution site tells us:

    “Dr. Franklin Bryce is a therapist with an unusual specialty: helping people deal with the unfathomable realities of the Multiverse. Helena Kathryn is a woman with unusual problems: multiple personalities, incredible strength, and severe amnesia.

    "When a bat-winged, dimension-hopping thief steals Franklin's greatest gift - his telepathy - his life starts to unravel. Returning to the humdrum cases of normal psychotherapy holds no thrill... until Helena comes to him for help discovering her true identity.

    "Unable to resist the allure of a tantalizing new case, Franklin jumps back into the many worlds of the Multiverse with Helena in tow. Standing in their way are killer robots, insane hypnotherapists, and a slew of alien adversaries. Of course, all of these are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: Helena herself!”

    If you can't attend the meeting, but still want the book, it is available from Geekvolution (please make them your first choice, since this is buying from the author himself), or from KaCSFFS friend (and home of SF&F Literati) Barnes & Noble. It also is available from Amazon.

    We bet you can do better than "Human Torch"
    Marshmallows, when it comes to bringing Super Food!
    Food Theme
    As usual, we are asking you to bring creative food offerings--this time on a "Superheroes" Theme! Ask yourself, "What would a superhero eat?" Other than "Whatever s/he wants to," might it be "Caped Cupcakes"? Perhaps "Spidey Spaghetti," or "Wonder Woman Bread"?

    Scour the web, wrack your brain, and channel you inner Super Chef, to nourish BOTH our bodies and our imaginations with Super Foods!

    There WILL be voting--and certificates for the best Super Foods! (Consider the gauntlet to have been thrown).

    Late Note! We backed a WINNER!!
    Congratulations to 2012 ConQuesT Artist Guest of Honor Ursula Vernon for her HUGO AWARD!!! She won the category "Best Graphic Story" for Digger.

    PHOTO CREDITS: We are indebted to Argosy Press for the photo of Jaymes Logan. Amazon provided the cover art for The Girl with 7 Names. And we really hope that Marvel agrees our satirical use of their Human Torch image, originally created by artist Adi Granov for the cover of Fantastic Four, vol. 4, 542 (Jan. 2007 Marvel Comics), accessed from Wikipedia, is "fair use"!

    September 02, 2012

    Laser Rangers 2012 September Meeting

    Mars Attacks . . . AGAIN!

    Date: September 8, 2012
    Time: 4:45pm (Fhanish time)
    Place: 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 brand new seating for about 15 people without crowding.
    Captain Laser: Ken Keller
    Food Theme: Survival Rations, Something colored red
    Dress Theme: "Martian Uniforms" or British

    See more at the Laser Rangers Website.

    Short features will precede our main features!

    Jeff Wayne's The Musical Version of 'War of the Worlds'

    (2006, Appox. 2+ hours); Starring Lewis, McLeod, Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, & Alexis James 

    The Dinner break will serve as an intermission between the two parts of this feature.

    In 1978 Jeff Wayne composed and produced one of the most groundbreaking and best-selling musical works of all time. In 2006 after much anticipation Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds was brought to the stage for the first time, playing to sold-out arenas across the UK. The War of The Worlds Live is a spectacular mix of live music, theatre, multi-media and visual arts on a grand scale.

    Check out this awesome trailer!

    We will break half way through War of the Worlds for a pot luck dinner between features to discuss what we've just seen, what is coming, and more. Usually a lively conversation is had by all. You can bring what you want to share or just something for yourself.
    There will be more amazing shorts between dinner and part 2. After which, we will show our final feature.

    Invaders from Mars (1953)

    (1953, 78 minutes); Starring Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, & Leif Erickson
    A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

    One night, young David McLean sees a spaceship crash into a nearby sandpit. His father goes to investigate, but comes back changed. Where once he was cheerful and affectionate, he's now sullen and snarlingly rude. Others fall into the sandpit and begin acting like him: cold, ill-tempered and conspiratorial.

    Invaders from Mars Trailer

    The home of the Laser Rangers is located about two 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 and movie poster images for all of these shows come from the invaluable IMDB or the movie's  respected distrubutors. 
    The movie screen frame image used for the Laser Rangers contact information is courtesy of Psychology Today Online. Many thanks to these websites!