January 30, 2018

Put us on your Schedule! 2/17/2018

Winter's the theme for the
February KaCSFFS Meeting
When? Saturday evening: February 17, 2018, 6:00 p.m. set-up; 7:00 program starts
Where? The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
Food theme: Chocolate!

Mark your calendar now!
HBO's now-iconic series Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

The program: WINTER in SF-F and Horror
From the motto "Winter is coming" (Game of Thrones) to Planet Hoth to The Shining, the season of winter and wintry-type places form a thread woven through many tales in our favorite speculative genres.

This iconic image of the ice-planet Hoth is drawn from the Star Wars classic, The Empire Strikes Back.

We're still working to put together a panel of writers and/or readers who can guide our exploration of how the big freeze has left its icy mark in some of our best-loved fiction. Check back later at The KaCSFFS Blog for updates and more details.

Unforgettable Jack Nicholson in the 1980 movie The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King.

If you're allergic or not a chocoholic, we apologize.

But for much of fandom, chocolate is a favorite passion, which we share with favorite characters such as Counselor Deanna Troi of Star Trek: The Next Generation, for whom Chocolate is a serious thing, and Honor Harrington, focal character for the sf novel series by David Weber, who prefers a cup of hot cocoa to coffee.

Honor Harrington, in a busy moment between cups of hot cocoa, as envisioned by artist David Mattingly for the book The Short Victorious War.

It can even be a palliative remedy (it is the best-ever cure for a close-call with Dementors), of just the sort the folks at Hogwarts use to ease their fears and pains. Chocolate Frogs, anyone?

In this still image from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, young Harry encounters his first-ever chocolate frog.

If you'd like to help us celebrate our food theme, please plan to bring a favorite share-able concoction made from chocolate, or keep it simple with a package of your favorite wrapped chocolates, to share with your fannish friends!

Mark your calendar now!

IMAGES: Many thanks to the following, for these wintry images: to Wallpaper Cave, for the "Winter is coming" image; to the official Star Wars website, for the chilly Tauntaun and rider on the snowbanks of Hoth; and to IMDB for the still from the 1980 movie The Shining.
We also deeply appreciate the chocolate-themed images, as follows: to the Deanna Troi Day Twitter page, for the Troi/Chocolate meme image; to Super Hero Hype for the detail from the David Mattingly cover for the Honor Harrington book The Short Victorious War; and to Smosh, for the movie still of Harry Potter with his first chocolate frog.

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