September 23, 2014

September's Creative Corner

By Bryan Thomas Schmidt
For Creative Corner this month, we bring the following news.
Local Authors’ New Projects:
Robin Wayne Bailey will be editing the SFWA 50th Anniversary Anthology, an exciting collection celebrating the organization's upcoming anniversary. 

Meanwhile, he sold "Tombaugh Station" to Bryan Thomas Schmidt for the Baen anthology Mission: Tomorrow which features near future stories about space travel from Earth in a post-NASA dominated age. Congrats to Robin!

Aaron Hollingsworth's second science fantasy epic novel, The Geohex of Wraith County, second in his Four Winds, One Storm series, is now available via Amazon and all major outlets. Amazon has it on sale in paperback at $17.27 or you can buy it for Kindle.  Congrats to Aaron! The book was copyedited by our own Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

Bryan Thomas Schmidt has sold CHOICES, a YA anthology, to Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy.

He also is developing a potential anthology in coordination with KacSFFS Press and MidAmeriCon II.  More details are coming.  The book will feature stories set in the local area and/or be written by authors with strong local ties.


Boyd Morrison Speaks at Barstow School, October 1
On Wednesday, October 1,  Science Fiction author Boyd Morrison will talk at 7:00 pm and hold a book signing after the presentation. The Barstow School is located at 11511 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO.

Charles Darwin, the Loch Ness Monster, international terrorists, and a post-modern hero named Tyler Locke: these characters collide over time and space in Boyd Morrison’s new novel The Loch Ness Legacy

Some of Morrison's other books include The Catalyst, Rogue Wave, and his Tyler Locke Series.  To find out more information about him, you can visit his website.

Before becoming a thriller author, Morrison earned a PhD in industrial engineering, worked on the space station project at Johnson Space Center, patented 14 inventions at RCA, and developed video games at Microsoft. 

Calls for Submissions:
A new online magazine, Acidic Fiction, edited by Steven X. Davis of Lawrence, KS, has launched. It is seeking submissions of 6000 words or fewer, and pays $35 per story on acceptance. Stories must be "contemporary speculative fiction, which includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and magic realism. As a general guideline, stories should take place within roughly the past 100 years or the next 10. Stories should be completely original and self-contained. I’m looking for innovative, well-written stories that explore the amazing aspects of everyday life through the lens of speculative fiction. Subtlety is crucial." See the Submission Guidelines page for complete details and a submission link.
 
Steven H. Silver has issued a call for articles: 
"On November 23, I'll be publishing this year's issue of Argentus. As that day coincides with the centennial of Wilson Tucker's birth, I plan to include a memorial section dedicated to him. I'm asking for articles about Bob. They can be biographical, personal recollections, stories about Tucker, or a look at his writing. My deadline for submissions is October 20. If you're interested in submitting, please let me know." 

Argentus is a science fiction fanzine that has been published annually by Steven H. Silver since 2001.  It has received numerous recognitions, including several Hugo nominations. 

Wilson "Bob" Tucker was an award-winning sf writer who was renowned for many novels, and much beloved at sf conventions, especially among Midwestern fandom. He lived in Champaign, IL during much of his life.

Two SF Cons in Wichita:
Air Capitol Comic Con, Nov. 16








Emerald City Steampunk Expo, Nov. 21-23 





That's all for this month! Keep creating! (Then let us know about it!)
Please send your news about attending conventions, book signings or appearances, publications or other sales, art shows, or other creative-business updates to "Creative Corner" editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

IMAGE CREDITS: The SFWA logo is from the organization's website.  The cover art for Aaron Hollingsworth's book is courtesy of Amazon Books. Many thanks to Boyd Morrison's website for his book cover art.  The title for Acidic Fiction is from the magazine's website. The image of Wilson "Bob" Tucker is from Midamericon's Wilson Tucker page. The Air Capitol Comic Con image is from the convention's website opening page.  The Emerald City Steampunk Expo logo is from their website's masthead

September 20, 2014

SF &F Literati Meet September 22, 2014

The Grace of Killing
TITLE: Graceling
AUTHOR: Kristin Cashore
WHERE:  
Barnes & Noble #2352 at Oak Park Mall
11393 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214
On 2nd floor by the windows.
WHEN:  
Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
AVAILABLE FROM: Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. 

Overview from Barnes & Noble:

Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.

Awards: Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, winner of the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2008, 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice, Booklist’s 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, BCCB 2009 Blue Ribbon List

Don’t miss the sequel Fire, also a New York Times bestseller and ALA Best Book for Young Adults, winner of the 2010 Cybil for YA Fantasy/Sci Fi and the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.

You may enjoy a trailer for this book: 



Come with ideas for new books to read!
This is Decision Month, when the selections for October, November, January, and February will be chosen!  Let your opinions be heard! 

IMAGE CREDITS: The cover image for Existence came from MacMillan, the book's publisher. The image for Graceling came from GoodReads.

September 11, 2014

KC Horror Book Club September 2014 Meeting

3 Short Stories

The Colour Out of Space
By H. P. Lovecraft 

The Willows
by Algernon Blackwood 

The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Details:
Date and Time: September 13, 2013 (Saturday) from noon to 1:30.
Location: The Green Room Burgers and Beer
Address: 4010 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite D, Kansas City, MO.

Event Notes:

We will be discussing the following three short stories:


  • The Colour Out of Space
  • [A] short story written by American horror author H. P. Lovecraft in March 1927. In the tale, an unnamed narrator pieces together the story of an area known by the locals as the "blasted heath" in the wild hills west of Arkham, Massachusetts. The narrator discovers that many years ago a meteorite crashed there, draining the life force from anything living nearby; vegetation grows large, but tasteless, animals are driven mad and deformed into grotesque shapes, and the people go insane or die one by one.








  • The Willows

  • [O]ne of Algernon Blackwood's best known short stories. American horror author H.P. Lovecraft considered it to be the finest supernatural tale in English literature. "The Willows" is an example of early modern horror and is connected within the literary tradition of weird fiction. 













  • The Yellow Wallpaper

  • [A] 6,000-word short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health. The story depicts the effect of confinement on the narrator's mental health and her descent into psychosis.
    Come and discuss and grab some food too. -PUBLISHERS & Earline Beebe





     



    Check the Facebook Event Page for more information.

    Please contact Earline Beebe for more information on the Facebook event page.
    Book covers copyrighted by their respected publishers.


    September 09, 2014

    Laser Rangers 2014 September Meeting (Part 2)

    Shōgun (Part 2)
    Date: September 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: Ken K.
    Food: Japanese
    Costume: Kimono, Field Jacket, traditional Japanese wardrobe

    To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

    Feature Presentation!

    Shōgun (Episodes 4-5)

    (1980, 420 minuets) Directed by: Jerry London

    Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Shimada, Damien Thomas, John Rhys-Davies

    A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. -IMDB

    Watch the trailer here!

    ~~~~~
    During the break, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
    ~~~~~




    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!

    September 05, 2014

    Laser Rangers 2014 September Meeting

    Shōgun (Part 1)
    Date: September 6, 2014
    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 K.
    Food: Japanese
    Costume: Kimono, Field Jacket, traditional Japanese wardrobe

    To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

    Feature Presentation!

    Shōgun (Episodes 1-3)

    (1980, 420 minuets) Directed by: Jerry London

    Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Shimada, Damien Thomas, John Rhys-Davies

    A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. -IMDB

    Watch the trailer here!

    ~~~~~
    During the break, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
    ~~~~~




    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!

    August 16, 2014

    SF&F Literati Meet August 25, 2014

    Alien Artifact
    TITLE: Existence
    AUTHOR: David Brin
    WHERE:  
    Barnes & Noble #2352 at Oak Park Mall
    11393 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214
    On 2nd floor by the windows.
    WHEN:  
    Monday, August 25, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    AVAILABLE FROM: Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. 

    Overview from Barnes & Noble:
    Bestselling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

    Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’ something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an “alien artifact.”

    Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer. A message in a bottle; an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity. 


    Don't miss next month:
    TITLE: Graceling
    AUTHOR: Kristin Cashore
    WHERE:  
    Barnes & Noble #2352 at Oak Park Mall
    11393 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS 66214
    On 2nd floor by the windows.
    WHEN:  
    Monday, September 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
    AVAILABLE FROM: Barnes & Nobles and other fine booksellers. 

    Overview from Barnes & Noble:

    Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world.

    Awards: Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, winner of the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2008, 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice, Booklist’s 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, BCCB 2009 Blue Ribbon List

    Don’t miss the sequel Fire, also a New York Times bestseller and ALA Best Book for Young Adults, winner of the 2010 Cybil for YA Fantasy/Sci Fi and the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.

    IMAGE CREDITS: The cover image for Existence came from MacMillan, the book's publisher. The image for Graceling came from GoodReads.

    August 12, 2014

    Saturday 8/16/14 Meeting to Feature an Interview and SURPRISE Food

    Eat Dessert First: 
    Program, then Business Meeting
    What: Monthly KaCSFFS Meeting
    Where: Our usual venue: The Writer's Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Kansas, City, MO 64111.
    When: Saturday, August 16, 2014
    Time: Doors open 6:30 pm; Meeting starts 7:00 pm. till 9:30 or whenever
    August Theme: Switch-it-Around Saturday
    August Food Theme: SURPRISE Food
    That is, members' choice--please surprise us--bring your favorite end-of-summer treats, snacks, and beverages to share with everyone.

    Program: Member Interview Series Spotlights Ty Gephardt
    Our August program will be another in President Ken Keller's series of KaCSFFS member interviews designed to introduce newer members to people in the club and to give everyone greater insights into some of their fellow kaxfen (be sure to ask questions)! This month I'll be interviewing 2nd-generation KaCSFFS member Ty Gephardt, our immediate past president, who's also the son of longtime club member and current officer Jan Gephardt.

    Business Meeting:
    Our monthly business meeting will follow, with Old and New business, and then by general member announcements . . . but this month with several new twists.

    Communications Officer Jan Gephardt will be running the meeting, President Ken Keller will be giving the Treasurer' s report, and former President Ty Gephardt will be acting as the club's secretary.

    Why you ask? Partially just to mix things up a bit (so we're not so boring and predictable).

    Partially because three of the club officers aren't available to be at this month's meeting. They're busy with KC in 2016 business!

    After-Party:
    After the meeting, for those interested, everyone is invited to go over to nearby Sosa's 39th Street Diner for post-meeting food and discussion. Don't forget your membership card! Good for a discount at Sosa's! 

    IMAGE CREDITS: The "Eat Dessert First" Cat photo is from Tobi's Pinterest Board, "Furry Friends." Many thanks to William Tienken for the photo of Ty Gephardt in a typical pose, taken in late 2012.  The logo for the Kansas City in 2016 bid is from their website.

    August 08, 2014

    KC Horror Book Club August 2014 Meeting

    Red Moon

    By Benjamin Percy

    Details:
    Date and Time: August 9, 2013 (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 Red Moon and grab some food too.


    "They live among us.

    "They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

    "They change.

    "When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.

    "Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero.

    "Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

    "So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin."

    -PUBLISHERS & Earline Beebe

    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.

    August 05, 2014

    Laser Rangers 2014 August Meeting

    Spy vs. Spy
    Date: August 9, 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: Jaymes L.
    Food: Spy Food
    Costume: Suave

    To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

    Danger: Diabolik

    (1968, 105 minuets) Directed by: Mario Bava

    Starring: John Phillip Law, Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, and Terry-Thomas

    Fey super-thief Diabolik runs around stealing jewels, gold, murdering innocent people, and being a nuisance to the government of a generic European country. -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!
    Skyfall

    (2012, 143 minuets) Directed by: Sam Mendes

    Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, and Judi Dench

    Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. -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!

    August 03, 2014

    Creative Corner


    Picacio's Inkpot!
    Creative Corner is a monthly column in which we report on developments amongst our creative brethren who are associated with, or friends of KaCSFFS. 

    In July 2014, Bryan Thomas Schmidt attended DetCon1, the National Science Fiction Convention in Detroit and the KC in 2016 party which won best party. Jeff Orth and Ruth Lichtwardt did a great job. Good to see them there.
    Best Party at DetCon1 for KC in 2016!

    Past ConQuest Artist GOH John Picacio won the 2014 Inkpot Award and San Diego ComicCon this week for achievement in science fiction and fantasy art. More details on his blog.
    Air Capitol Comic Con 11/16

    Also, two local Wichita cons are looking for authors and panelists and might be of interest: Air Capitol Comic Con, Nov. 16,  and the Emerald City Steampunk Expo, Nov. 21-23.  Those are coming up fast.
    Bryan Thomas Schmidt

    This convention runs the weekend of 11/21-23/14
    More news is coming soon. Please send your news about attending conventions, book signings or appearances, publications or other sales, art shows, or other creative-business updates to "Creative Corner" editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

    IMAGE CREDITS: Thanks and CONGRATULATIONS to John Picacio for the image of his Inkpot Award.  Read his fun account about receiving it on his blog.  Thanks to the KC in 2016 website for their logo and motto. The Air Capitol Comic Con image is from the convention's website opening page.  The Emerald City Steampunk Expo logo is from their website's masthead.  The photo of editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt is from his website's bio page.