October 29, 2014

A ConQuesT 46 Preview #1

By David Sooby 
(with additions by Jan Gephardt)

ConQuesT 2015: Blowing the Doors Off!
A frequent topic of recent discussions by KAXFEN* is: Just how big will ConQuesT be next year? Consider our guest lineup:

Queen of Silk, by Nene Thomas
Artist Guest of Honor (GOH) Nene Thomas 
After years of working with such companies as Wizards of the Coast (on Magic: The Gathering, among other projects), Nene Thomas has spent the last several years as a successful print artist. View a gallery of her work on her website.

Fan GOH Mark Oshiro
Mark Oshiro chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series in provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches. He received a Hugo nomination for Best Fan Writer in 2013.

Toastmaster Selena Rosen 
Selina is an accomplished writer with a long list of published short stories and 20-plus novels. She owns and runs Yard Dog Press, and is a popular and entertaining guest at sf conventions, particularly in our region and the South.

Author GOH Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson authors the Mistborn series, and completed Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. He has begun a planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive, and co-hosts a Hugo Award-winning writing advice podcast Writing Excuses with Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells.

Editor GOH George R.R. Martin
George's fans are certainly aware that in addition to editing the Wild Cards series, he is the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the fantasy series which is the basis for HBO's wildly popular Game of Thrones, for which George also produces and writes episodes.
The Kansas City Marriott Downtown can handle even a super-sized ConQuesT

So just how big will ConQuesT 2015 be? Well, the best indication is the advance registrations. They are running more than twice what we normally get, which suggests an attendance in excess of 1000. While the ConQuesT committee is not willing to guarantee that number to our dealers and artists, longtime KAXFEN are guessing at an attendance around 1200 or even more! One thing seems very nearly certain: This will be by far the biggest ConQuesT ever.

But not to worry; our hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, and its convention space, can easily accommodate that many fans. We do recommend you make your hotel reservations soon, though; our room block is already about half full.

*KAXFEN are members of the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.

IMAGE CREDITS: The Queen of Silk image by Nene Thomas is from of the ConQuesT website. Prints of this copyrighted image are available on Nene's website. The image of the Kansas City Downtown Marriott is from the ConQuesT website.

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