May 18, 2018

Yes, we're having a meeting on Saturday!

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018, setup at 6 p.m.; program starts at 7 p.m.
Where: The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64111
Food Theme: Favorite party snacks
Program: Preview of the Campbell Conference

ConQuesT is almost upon us
'Twill be the Saturday Before ConQuesT, and all is being made ready. Check the online schedule of programming events, the party hosting guidelines, info on UnderCon, the Gaming part of the convention, and check out the at-the-door admission information, in case you haven't acquired your membership yet.

Learn more about the Campbell Conference
SF and fantasy fans in the greater Kansas City Metro are blessed to have the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction so nearby--it's in Lawrence, KS, on the University of Kansas Main Campus. Better yet, they are the home of the annual Campbell Conference.

A writing panel at the 2015 Campbell Conference.
As noted on the website, "This year's Campbell Conference delves into the shape of things to come - What is the "Posthuman," what does SF have to say about it, and where will science and technology take the human experience as we reshape ourselves into something more than human? The Conference takes place on June 22-24 in Lawrence, Kansas, where we use the University of Kansas Student Union for most of our activities, including a mass signing by the attending authors and editors."

As ever, "the Conference provides a setting for intelligent discussion about SF centered around the presentation of [several] science-fiction honors."

Our presenter will be Christopher McKitterick, an author, editor, and faculty member at KU. He teaches "fiction writing, creative writing, and science fiction; he serves as the [Gunn] Center's Director and serves on the Campbell Memorial Award jury.

His short fiction, nonfiction, and essays have been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, and his debut novel, Transcendence, was published by Hadley Rille Books. Chris teaches the Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop and Intensive Institute on the Study of SF, as well as a number of other regular-semester writing and SF courses."

IMAGES: The ConQuesT 49 header is from the convention's website; many thanks to the Gunn Center for the photos from the Campbell Conference and of Christopher McKitterick.

May 11, 2018

Laser Rangers 2018 May Meeting

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold
Date: May 11, 2018
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: TBA
Food: Cold Dishes
Costume: Goth

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

A Walk Among the Tombstones

(2014, 114 minutes) Directed by: Scott Frank

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Brian Bradley, Boyd Holbrook

Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife. -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!
John Wick

(2014, 101 minutes) Directed by: Chad Stahelski

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Willem Dafoe

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.-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!