December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas! Here's your reading assignment!

Start now, getting ready for the January SF & F Literati meeting!

Date: January 26, 2015-7:00 p.m.
AuthorJohn C. Wright
Publisher: Tor Books
Available fromFine booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting LocationBarnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor
11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
John C. Wright burst upon the SF scene a decade ago with the Golden Age trilogy, an innovative space opera. He went on to write fantasy novels, including the popular Orphans of Chaos trilogy. And now he returns to space opera in Count to a Trillion.

“After the collapse of the world economy, a young boy grows up in what used to be Texas as a tough duelist for hire, the future equivalent of a hired gun. But even after the collapse, there is space travel, and he leaves Earth to have adventures in the really wide open spaces. But he is quickly catapulted into the more distant future, while humanity, and Artificial Intelligence, grows and changes and becomes a kind of superman.” 

IMAGE CREDIT: the cover image for Count to a Trillion is from the Bewildering Stories review blog. 

An Ornamental Christmas Meeting

KaCSFFS Holiday Party
Where: The Writer's Place, 36th & Pennsylvania, KCMO
When: 7:00 pm, Saturday December 20th. (Note: doors will be open at 6:00 pm for Christmas tree and decoration set-up.)
NOTE: NO BoD Meeting!
This will be the club's Annual Holiday party and meeting, always one of our most popular events. 

Bring Food!
Refreshment table and decorations in 2011.
As usual, KaCSFFS will provide all necessary party supplies: paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic ware, even some utensils. 

Club members (and friends) are asked to provide all our food, snacks, treats, desserts, and beverages. (Real food is also strongly encouraged) And as usual, the party will be strictly BYOB.

Ornament Exchange 
Bring one--take one!
Quartermaster Ty Gephardt recently uncovered the club's portable Christmas tree and decorations. It has been suggested that this year all KaCSFFS members participate in an ornament exchange. Bring a tree decoration for the club's Christmas tree, and take home a different one at the end of the evening. Let's try this, and see how it works this year.

In the past, Christmas cards and/or small gifts have been exchanged during the party. Our President Ken Keller encourages everyone to continue this long-standing tradition.

IMAGE CREDITS: The photo of the refreshment table is from the December 17, 2011 meeting, taken by an unidentified member. The image of the gold ornaments is from the D Zine website.

December 11, 2014

KC Horror Book Club December 2014 Meeting

On the Lips of Children

By Mark Matthews

Date and Time: December 13, 2014 (Saturday) from noon to 1:30.
Location: The Green Room Burgers and Beer
Address: 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite D, Kansas City, MO.
Event Notes: 

Come and discuss On the Lips of Children and grab some food too.

"Meet Macon. Tattoo artist. Athlete. Family man.

"He's planning to run a marathon, but the event becomes something terrible.

"During a warm-up run, Macon falls prey to a bizarre man and his wife who dwell in an underground drug-smuggling tunnel. They raise their twin children in a way Macon couldn't imagine: skinning unsuspecting victims for food and money.

And Macon, and his family, are next."

-Books of the Dead Press

Check the Facebook Event Page for more information.

Please contact Earline Beebe for more information on the Facebook event page.
Image from: SITE. Published by PUBLISHER.

December 08, 2014

Laser Rangers 2014 December Meeting

Great Movies You Missed: 2014
Date: December 13, 2014
Time: 4:50pm
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: In the Airlock
Food: Back of the fridge
Costume: At least put something on. The year is almost over, let's party!!

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

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

The Lego Movie

(2014, 100 minutes) Directed by: Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Starring: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman

An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.-IMDB

Watch the trailer here!

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.

Feature Presentation!
Space Station 76

(2014, 93 minutes) Directed by: Jack Plotnick

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Marisa Coughlan, Kylie Rogers, Kali Rocha, Jerry O'Connell, Keir Dullea

A 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide.-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!