January 26, 2013

SF&F Literati meet January 28!

Drama at the Solar System's edge
Who: The SF&F Literati 
Where: on the 2nd floor of the Barnes & Nobles Booksellers at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park
When: Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.

This month's selection is Leviathan Wakes, by Hugo Nominee James A. Corey. It is available from Barnes & Noble.

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, The Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to The Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe. 

Please note that the KaCSFFS Blog's Reviews and Commentary Page always welcomes book reviews!

Next month, Fantasy!
The Feb. 25 meeting features Patrick Rothfuss' series opener. Order now from Barnes & Noble:
The Name of the Wind
Kingkiller Chronicles Series, Book #1
Overview from Barnes & Noble:
"I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

"You may have heard of me."

So begins the tale of Kvothe: from his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a difficult and dangerous school of magic. In these pages you will come to know Kvothe as a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin. The Name Of The Wind . . . reveals the truth behind Kvothe's legend.

The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. 

The Name of the Wind . . . transports readers into the body and mind of a wizard. It is a high-action novel written with a poet's hand, a powerful coming-of-age story of a magically gifted young man, told through his eyes.

COVER IMAGES: Many thanks to Barnes & Noble Booksellers, for the cover images for these two books. The cover image for Leviathan Wakes is from its sale page. The image for The Name of the Wind is from its sale page.

January 19, 2013

Laser Rangers 2013 January Meeting

Oddities & Odysseys

Date: January 26, 2013
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: David Bridges
Food Theme:
"Southern", "Texican", "Mideastern", plus corn and frog legs
Dress Theme: Prison Inmate, Farmer, or Hillbilly

See more at the Laser Rangers Website. 

Short YouTube or Short features will precede both features!

Secondhand Lions

(2003, Appox. 111 minutes); Starring Haley Joel Osment, Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, & Kyra Sedgwick

A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

Check out this awesome trailer!

During the break we will have a potluck dinner. Please bring feel free to bring your own dish to share or not. You can follow the food theme or not.

There will be more amazing shorts between dinner and our main feature.  

O Brother Where Art Thou?

(2000, 108 minutes); Starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, & John Goodman
Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey", set in the deep south during the 1930's. In it, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Check out the movie's trailer here!

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

January 11, 2013

KC Horror Club

Mama Advance Screening

Mama Advance ScreeningHey, KaCSFFS! Wanna see the new Guillermo del Toro movie, MAMA?! Be one of the first 20 people to email your full name to earlinembeebee@sbcglobal.net to win a pass for two to the advance screening on Tuesday, January 15th at Cinemark Merriam! Passes are limited and will go fast, so enter to win NOW! 

(Written by Cricket, reposted by Ty with permission) 

Here's the Facebook Event Page!

January 10, 2013

Flying Fen and Chili, with SF Television

It's the Incredible Flying Fan!

You just never know what you'll see in a newspaper . . . 
Our own Tracy Majkol recently flew on a ring at Union Station with Quixotic’s Jenny Prohaska (KC Star photo by Fred Blocher).
The Great KaCSFFS Chili Cookoff returns! Plus SF TV
How better to spend a winter night with friends?
The January KaCSFFS Meeting: 6:30 p.m., Saturday Jan. 19, 2013
At The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111.

The Best and Worst of SF TV
Carol Doms leads the proceedings
Have a chili recipe you think is a winner? Bring it on! It just might be the best yet!
Chili Cookoff
This will be our 4th annual event.  Past winners, come and defend your title! Win adulation and a lovely certificate! Challengers, here's your chance for the title of KaCSFFS Chili Champ, and all bragging rights! Certificates will be awarded to the top three chili cooks.

KaCSFFS provides the bowls, spoons and cups. Individuals are responsible for what they wish to drink.

And PLEASE! If you are not going to participate in the chili contest kindly bring other food items to go with chili. This could be slaw or other salad, chips, toppings, oyster crackers or saltines, shredded cheddar cheese, etc., or dessert items.

PHOTO CREDITS: Fred Blocher's photo of Tracy Majkol is from the Kansas City Star. Left and center chili bowl images came from Wikimedia Commons, and the bowl with oyster crackers is an image from The Chili Guy's website.