August 24, 2017

A quick reminder! SF&F Literati's time (Aug. 28, 2017) has almost come!

Date: Monday, August 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
Title: Just One Damned Thing After Another
Author: Jodi Taylor
Available from: Fine Booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor, 11323 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66214

NOTE: All are welcome to the meeting, whether you’ve read the book or not. ADDED BONUS: This month's the meeting where the Fall/Winter book selections are chosen, so come prepared with a list!

Jodi Taylor, International Woman of Mystery, guides us into a whole new realm of historical studies (don't call it "time travel"!) with St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, in which historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.”

This madcap British romp through history takes readers "From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria," alongside the "disaster-magnets" of St. Mary's.

Even if you haven't read (or haven't finished) the book, the group would love to see you there, to discuss this beloved series-opener.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Goodreads for the cover image.

August 13, 2017

Time is running out! You have TWO WEEKS!

Time may have more elastic properties for the historians of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, but in our space/time continuum there are only about two weeks left before the August 28, 2017 meeting of the Kansas City SF&F Literati book club.

The Barnes & Noble overview offers us a glimpse of what's in store: "The first book in the USA Today bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone’s cup of tea.

“'History is just one damned thing after another.' —Arnold Toynbee

"Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it 'time travel'—these historians 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time.' And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.

"The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary’s is that one wrong move and history will fight back—sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting.

"The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tell the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Chief Leon Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.

"From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary’s go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake."

Several copies of each month's selection are normally available through the Johnson County Library or Mid-Continent Public Library. It's also available from meeting host Barnes & Noble BooksellersAmazon, and Kansas City's own Rainy Day Books.

The meeting will be held on the second floor of the Oak Park Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Overland Park, KS, at 7:00 p.m. the evening of Monday, August 28, 2017Everyone is welcome to come, even if they haven't read the book.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Goodreads for the cover image.

August 08, 2017

Laser Rangers 2017 August Meeting

Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 4:15pm
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: Ken Keller
Food: Space Food
Costume: Space Cadet

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.

Day the Earth Stood Still

(1951, Appox. 92 minutes); Starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Billy Gray, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Frances Bavier

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. 

Check out the original trailer.

Between features, we will have our traditional potluck. Please bring something that matches our food theme above or bring something for yourself.

Forbidden Planet

(1956, 98 minutes); Starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, & Robby the Robot

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret one of them has.

A truly fantastic space epic. Rewind and watch this classic trailer!

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.

Thanks to Ken Keller for finding our movie trailers.  

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

Graphic design for the modified Forbidden Planet poster done by Jan Gephardt. Art direction by Ty Gephardt.

August 04, 2017


Beware! It's Fannish Friday . . . 

IMAGE: Many thanks to Fischkopfsuppe’sSoup Stream, for this image.