May 16, 2015

The Urchin and the Mastermind: SF&F Literati Meet May 18, 2015

Date: May 18, 2015-7:00 p.m.
Title: Mistborn
Author: Brandon Sanderson Author Guest of Honor for this year's ConQuesT SF convention
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Available from: Fine booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor
11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS
 66214

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson’s epic Mistborn Trilogy begins.

Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.


Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.

Preview for Next Month:
TBA: Decisions will be made at this meeting, for the next selections

IMAGE: Many thanks to SMZp for the cover image.

May 12, 2015

Fireside Chat set for May Meeting

What: Monthly KaCSFFS Meeting (#517)
3607 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64111
When: Saturday, May 16, 2015
5:30 Board of Directors—open meeting
6:00 Doors open for setup and pre-meeting socializing.
7:00 Meeting begins
Food ThemeThe theme for this month’s food is your favorite food from the 1930’s or 1940’s. Research is fun!

FDR could only have a one-way chat with his audiences.
We'd like to set up a more 2-way chat!
The program and meeting this month will be a Fireside Chat with new President Margene Bahm. You will learn more about her and some club history and hopefully she will learn more about you and what you would like to see you club do in the way of activities or projects.
Folks on FDR's "receiving end."

The May business meeting will include some Board reports and member announcements and updates on events happening in the coming weeks and months.

Please join us for post-meeting food and discussion at either Sosa's or Chubby's or somewhere else of your choosing (to be selected after the meeting).

See everyone Saturday! 

IMAGES: Many thanks to the "Rhetorical Analysis" page for the image of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with mikes in place for his version of a Fireside Chat. The photo of Americans sitting around their radios on the receiving end is from the SaLuSa Blog.

May 09, 2015

The Throne is Coming!

"Winter" may not actually be coming in May, but the Iron Throne is coming to ConQuesT 46!


ConQuesT 46 will be epic. The guest lineup includes
Brandon Sanderson-Author GoH
Selina Rosen-Toastmaster
NeNe Thomas-Artist GoH
George R.R. Martin-Editor GoH
Mark Oshiro-Fan GoH

This year's ConQuesT will be held at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24, 2015. Our convention coincides with (and shares membership discounts with) the simultaneously-running Spectrum Fantastic Art Live show in the adjacent Muehlbach Hotel.

IMAGE: the Iron Throne photo is courtesy of HBO, via the ConQuesT Facebook Page

May 06, 2015

Laser Rangers 2015 May Meeting (Part 2)

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4!
Date: May 9, 2015
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:Sir Kennos of Kayce
Food: Inn at the Crossroads
Costume: Medieval

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

Feature Presentation!
GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4 EPISODES 6-10

(2014, LONG!) Directed by: VARIOUS

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson, John Bradley, Michelle Fairley, Isaac Hempstead Wright.

The fourth season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones premiered in the United States on HBO on April 6, 2014, and concluded on June 15, 2014, consisting of 10 episodes.[4] It is adapted primarily from the second half of A Storm of Swords, along with elements of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, all novels from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.[5]-Wikipedia

Watch Season 3 in four minutes! here!







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After the first two or three episodes, please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring something to share. It can follow the theme, or be something you prefer.
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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 poster come from Daily India. All copyrights are held by HBO & George R.R. Martin.


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

April 29, 2015

Laser Rangers 2015 May Meeting

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4!
Date: May 2, 2015
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:Sir Kennos of Kayce
Food: Inn at the Crossroads
Costume: Medieval

To learn more, please visit our Facebook Event Page.


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

Feature Presentation!
GAME OF THRONES SEASON 4 EPISODES 1-5

(2014, LONG!) Directed by: VARIOUS

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson, John Bradley, Michelle Fairley, Isaac Hempstead Wright.

The fourth season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones premiered in the United States on HBO on April 6, 2014, and concluded on June 15, 2014, consisting of 10 episodes.[4] It is adapted primarily from the second half of A Storm of Swords, along with elements of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, all novels from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin.[5]-Wikipedia

Watch Season 3 in four minutes! here!







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After the first two or three episodes, 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 poster come from Daily India. All copyrights are held by HBO & George R.R. Martin.


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

April 18, 2015

On April 27, SF & F Literati Consider: What if the Voices are Real?

Date: April 27, 2015-7:00 p.m.
Title: The Lives of Tao
Author: Wesley Chu
Publisher: Watkins Media
Available from: Fine booksellers, including Barnes & Noble
Meeting Location: Barnes & Noble #2352, 2nd Floor
11323 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS
 66214

Overview from Barnes & Noble:
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

Preview for Next Month:
May 18 - Mistborn by Brian Sanderson

IMAGES: Many thanks to Wesley Chu's "Chu for Thought" website, for the cover image of his book. We thank SMZP for the Mistborn cover image.