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Friday, May 26
 

10:00am

2:00pm

Call of Cthulu: The Dead Boarder
Limited Capacity seats available

The boarders at Ma Shank's Boarding House are concerned about the disappearance of their fellow boarder, James Gardiner. What macabre scene will they find when the landlord unlocks the door to his room? 3-6 players



Friday May 26, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:00pm

Munchkin
Limited Capacity seats available

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.

This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience... with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm... or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon…

Will be running various different Munchkin games all weekend from Munchkin Apocalypse thru Munchkin Zombies and everything in between. Including Munchkin X-men, Marvel, Oz, Adventure time, etc and anything other SJ Games I can bring along with me. A Men in Black event. 3-6 players



Friday May 26, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:00pm

Shadow Run Missions 06-03: Ancient Rumblings
Limited Capacity seats available

The gangs in the CZ are getting restless, and of course you're about to get stuck in the middle of it all. Again. An official Missions organized play event. Pre-gens available. Beginner and experienced players welcome. Adjustments made to the scenario as experience level dictates. Note: If participants have already played this scenario we could swap in another. 3-5 players

Friday May 26, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:00pm

The Sundance Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wanted to make your own movies? Players are directors who must create movies by choosing genres, buying scripts and actors, and engaging in studio meddling, before taking your movies to the market and to the prestigious Oskie awards. Will you make highly profitable blockbusters, or artistically great indie projects? The possibilities are endless. 3-5 players

Friday May 26, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Gilham Hall

2:00pm

3:00pm

What Do We Mean By “Weird Fiction” Anyway?
Limited Capacity seats available

H. P. Lovecraft adopted the term from Sheridan LeFanu and popularized it in his essays. Although "weird fiction" has been chiefly used as a historical description for works through the 1930s, the term has also been increasingly used since the 1980s, sometimes to describe slipstream fiction that blends horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Is there any meaningful distinction between “the weird” and plain old fantasy & horror?

Moderators
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is a Kansas City-based author and the HNIC (Human, Nurturing Independent Creators) of Pine Float Press, a small press focused on diverse, dynamic genre fiction. His work has been featured on recommended reading lists by Locus Magazine, the Horror Writers Association a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tenaya Jayne

Tenaya Jayne

Reading my bio, huh? | Real life sucks. I bet you feel like that sometimes, maybe even right now. That’s why I write fantasy. I need to escape depression, bitterness, bills, illness…I could go on, but you get it. In the pages of fiction, I can slay the dragons, triumph over... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Where Do We Go From Here?
Limited Capacity seats available

Speculative fiction speculates, it’s all there in the name. In today’s rapidly changing climate – cultural, political, and scientific – where should we be pointing next? How can current SFF keep pace with the current developments, and still prepare the way to the future?

Moderators
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins lives in Kansas City with her family. She is the author of the Realm Walker series and has various other projects in the works. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, Escape Artists
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the H... Read More →
avatar for H.G. Stratmann

H.G. Stratmann

Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP, has been a cardiologist for over 34 years. Before entering private practice he performed clinical medical research and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored some seventy pu... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

So You Wanna Be In Pictures?
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing a screenplay is not the same as writing a novel or a short story. How transferable are those writing skills for someone who wants to see their characters on the big screen? From plot to dialog and the text descriptions in between, our panelists discuss writing for the screen.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written f... Read More →

Speakers
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranor... Read More →
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for R.L. Naquin

R.L. Naquin

Urban Fantasy Author
Rachel writes urban fantasy and paranormal stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor. | | Her work includes the Monster Haven series, the Mt. Olympus Employment agency series, and the brand new Djinn Haven series, a spinoff... Read More →
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Tech writer by day, artist and author by night, Allison is also a TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Her award-winning short fiction and cover art has been published by several small presses, and she is a founding member the NobleFusion w... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

Welcome to ConQuesT
Limited Capacity seats available

Panelists will talk about the elements of SF cons in general and ConQuesT in particular. Is this your first con? Then this is the place to get the scoop. Learn how to get the most out of your con.

Moderators
CD

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, Long standing member of KaSFFS and has worked at ConQuest as Guest Liaison, Programming and Hotel Liaison. She also was on staff for MidAmeriCon II last year as Hotel Liaison. Carol also participates in the SF&F Literati, a SF&F book discussion group that has met for nearly 30 years. We meet on the 4th Monday of the month at Barnes... Read More →

Speakers

Friday May 26, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

ConQuesT of the Planet of the Apes
Limited Capacity seats available

ConQuest 48 Author Guest of Honor gives a solo presentation about his favorite film franchise that's certain to be riotously entertaining.

Moderators
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →

Friday May 26, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Doctor Who Madness!
Limited Capacity seats available

Our panelists use their best arguments to influence audience voting -- to decide face-offs between all of the Doctors, in a "March Madness"-style bracket tournament, to determine which Who is the best Who!

Speakers
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in E... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wohler

Kevin Wohler

Co-owner, publisher, Bottle Cap Publishing
Kevin Wohler is a fantasy & science fiction author, living in Lawrence, Kansas. He believes in heroes, magic, aliens, time travel, and infinite realities. He is a published author of two urban fantasy novels in the Village Alchemist series: The Alchemist's Notebook (2016), and i... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Horror Novels/Stories Everyone Should Read
Limited Capacity seats available

What are some of the best horror stories? Come find out what you should be reading.

Moderators
Speakers
SC

Sherri Conbarbie Dean

(Work in progress- updating)
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Tales of the Weird West
Limited Capacity seats available

How the west was weird! Panelists discuss the popular mixing of elements of stories from the old west with speculative fiction in books, TV, comics, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Speakers

Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Chouteau 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
JK

James K. Burk

Unlike Athena, who sprang full-grown from the brow of Zeus, Burk just turned up at a science fiction con one day. To date, he's written eight books, including novellas and short story collections. He's also had his stories in several of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse collections. H... Read More →
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glac... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

'Aaaaaaaaassssssssssss You ............. Wishhhhhhhhh'
Limited Capacity seats available

An audience participation panel where the moderator will give a line from a SF& F movie, and the audience is invited to guess the movie and other details. And, since turnabout is fair play, the audience is invited to stump the panelists.

Moderators
AS

Ann Shelby

I attended my first science fiction convention in 1978 and passed for human. I've been doing it ever since. Stop me in the hall to talk about costumes or art, you might be able to tell what I really am.

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the on-going FROST series, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, and the young-adult DRAGONKIN trilogy. His stand-alone books include the critically acclaimed SHADOWDANCE, NIGHTWATCH, ENCHANTER, and the Fritz-Leiber inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND, which will be republished later this year by Centipede Books. Some of his nearly 200 short stories have been collected in two volumes, TURN LEFT TO TOMORROW and THE FANTASTIKON: TALES OF WONDER, from Yard Dog Books. He's published two books of poetry, written for comic book companies such as Moonstone and Marvel. Also an editor, he's responsible for ARCHITECTS OF DREAMS: THE SFWA AUTHOR EMERITUS ANTHOLOGY, THROUGH MY GLASSES DARKLY: FIVE STORIES BY FRANK M. ROBINSON, and along with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, the brand-new and wonderfully funny LITTLE GREEN MEN - ATTACK! from Baen Books. He's a former two-term president of the Science Fiction... Read More →
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Tech writer by day, artist and author by night, Allison is also a TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Her award-winning short fiction and cover art has been published by several small presses, and she is a founding member the NobleFusion w... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Limited Capacity seats available

Opening ceremonies

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →
avatar for Zac Zacarola

Zac Zacarola

First took interest in SciFi as a kid with all those B movies; my favorite still being, When the Earth Stood Still. Then, Star Trek came along. Was involved with a couple of Sci-Fi activities in H.S. College (WVU) studied Chemistry; in and out of Monongamoot - WVU's SciFi club. Met Jo, a serious Monongamoot member who as heavily involved with MonCon III., which I attended. In fact, thanks to her, I've attended a number of SciFi conventions, including Four WorldCons (including TorCon), which I may not have otherwise attended. Been an analytical Chemist in Nuclear Power for over 35 years. Talk about SciFi come'n to life. Since 2008, I've been on the Environmental side of things, including NPDES... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

Warhammer 40K Knight Joust
A super-heavy free-for-all, where giant war machines of the 41st millennium battle until only one is left standing supreme! Each player brings an Imperial Knight and is randomly divided into two teams. The teams battle through an urban battlezone until only one team remains...

$5 entry

Friday May 26, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gilham Hall

7:00pm

The Difference between Preternatural, Supernatural and Paranormal
Limited Capacity seats available

Is there really a difference between these terms? And do they differ enough to actually matter when referring to what genre book you write? Where does horror fit into this discussion?

Moderators
Speakers
PR

P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater De... Read More →
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history... Read More →
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glac... Read More →
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Shazaam, Jason of Star Command, Batman and much more. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. It’s hard to contain the infinite, it just doesn’t work. Eventually, it had... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Critical Perspectives on Science Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

Perspectives on the history of science fiction criticism, and what resources exist today for those who'd like to take discussion of SF literature to the next level.

Moderators
avatar for Rich Horton

Rich Horton

Rich Horton is a software engineer living in the St. Louis area. He writes a monthly column on short fiction for Locus, as well as regular articles about SF history for Black Gate. He has edited a series of Best of the Year Anthologies for Prime Books since 2006.

Speakers
CS

Craig Smith

Craig Smith is a dystopian author that has published three novels. He recieved his MA in English & Creatve Writing from SNHU. He has taught numerous seminars on creative writing at a number of confronces


Friday May 26, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Delta Green - The Lover In Ice
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s the first week of January in 2009. An apocalyptic ice storm struck Lafontaine, Missouri on Jan. 2. An extreme cold front from the northeast caused a 30˚ drop in ground temperature over a matter of hours. Simultaneously, humidity reached 100% and a thunderstorm blanketed the region. The rain, already barely above freezing, coated everything in layer upon layer of ice. 
Something forgotten, but still under monitoring, has been disturbed by the storm damages...You play Agents in a deep conspiracy to cover up Things Man Wasn't Meant to Know. Your Job - figure out what happened and CONTAIN the situation.... 3 to 6 players

WARNING: Violence and Sexual Content are elements of the scenario - TV-MA Rating is applicable. NOBODY under 18 can play due to strong violent and sexual themes.

Friday May 26, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gilham Hall

7:00pm

KISS Rommel: Povkorovka - Battle for Kursk
Limited Capacity seats available

1st & 2nd SS Panzer are bearing down on Povkorovka! 1st Guards Tank Army will Destroy the Fascist Beasts! UUUU-RAHHHH!!!!!
Ten minutes to learn, a lifetime to master. KISS Rommel is a great introduction to the world of Historical Miniature gaming. After two turns, you're not learning the game anymore, you're trying to destroy the enemy! 3-8 players

Friday May 26, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gilham Hall

7:00pm

Munchkin
Limited Capacity seats available

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.

This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience... with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm... or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon…

Will be running various different Munchkin games all weekend from Munchkin Apocalypse thru Munchkin Zombies and everything in between. Including Munchkin X-men, Marvel, Oz, Adventure time, etc and anything other SJ Games I can bring along with me. A Men in Black event. 3-6 players



Friday May 26, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Gilham Hall

8:00pm

Bheer! Glorious Bheer!
Limited Capacity seats available

The world’s oldest alcoholic drink, and after water and tea, the third most popular drink over all, has some fannish interest. From bocks to porters to stouts, the craft beer scene is booming and that means lots to choose from. Our fannish experts discuss their favorites and welcome audience recommendations.

Moderators
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →

Speakers
JK

James K. Burk

Unlike Athena, who sprang full-grown from the brow of Zeus, Burk just turned up at a science fiction con one day. To date, he's written eight books, including novellas and short story collections. He's also had his stories in several of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse collections. H... Read More →
avatar for James Murray

James Murray

Immanent Editorial Avatar, lAST sECOND PRESS, Inc
Discovered fandom and cons in 1976; never looked back. Pubbed a lot of issues. Two-time designer/editor of Worldcon Souvenir Books (Montréal 2009, KC 2016). I once punked Neil Gaiman from 2000 miles away. I love barbecue, craft beer, fine cigars, and whisk(e)y at minimum old eno... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00pm

Horror Comics and Graphic Novels
Limited Capacity seats available

Another growing subgenre of horror is the graphic novel or comic. Come learn more about what’s out there, and who’s doing it well.

Moderators
Speakers
SC

Sherri Conbarbie Dean

(Work in progress- updating)
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00pm

In the Beginning...There was the Silmarillion
Limited Capacity seats available

A look into the historical foundations of Professor Tolkien's Middle Earth

Moderators
AJ

Amy J Miller

When not up to her elbows in pattern drafting or fabric shopping for her next fantabulous cosplay creation, Amy can be found blissfully reading sci-fi, binge watching the latest Anime like a good otaku, mourning the death of her darlings late from her upcoming first novel, or ent... Read More →

Friday May 26, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00pm

QUILTBAG in the Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Our media may be starting to feature more characters and situations from the queer/questioning, undecided, intersex, lesbian, transgender/transsexual, bisexual, allied/asexual, gay/genderqueer (QUILTBAG)perspective, but there’s still a long way to go. How do we move from tokenism to fullinclusion? We’ll discuss favorite characters, new challenges, and available resources for writers and readers.

Moderators
SM

Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing – set in the inter-galactic “Jurisdiction” universe – has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of “Uncle” Andrej Koscuisko, who... Read More →

Speakers
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glac... Read More →
SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten antho... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

9:00pm

Little Green Men--Attack! Kansas City
Limited Capacity seats available

A launch and celebration of the Baen anthology of humorous science fiction edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Robin Wayne Bailey, with stories by Selina Rosen, James Gunn, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Friday May 26, 2017 9:00pm - Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00am
N/A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00pm

Geek Universe Presents Trivia Thunderdome
Limited Capacity seats available

Come prove your trivia skills (and perhaps win some cool prizes) during the LIVE version of the Geek Universe radio show's Trivia Thunderdome! The fun kicks off with random games like "There's Only One Right Answer," "Trump or Ferengi," and "The Geek Spelling Bee." Then, a handful of contestants will enter the Trivia Thunderdome to compete for the night's grand prize!

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written f... Read More →

Friday May 26, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00pm

Film Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

We have assembled some of the best and the strangest short films from around the world to showcase at our festival. All of these films have been chosen specifically because of their genre – fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Please come by and check out the films. Warning – These films contain content not suitable for children. All of these films are unrated.

9 Minutes - by P.J. WOLFF
9 Minutes is a tense science fiction thriller set in the middle of the desert.  As this darkly atmospheric short progresses, this man and his dog are paid by a visit by unwelcome extraterrestrial guests.  The encounter is sudden and terrifying.  When the man comes to, he is unnerved by the footage captured by his phone.

All Men Are Called Robert - by Marc-Henri Boulier
A naked man, his body covered with bruises, is running in the woods. He stops suddenly : who is this mysterious woman calling for help? And who are those men who are trying to shoot him ?

Don’t Let Them In – by David Lawrence

A struggling author, consumed with the urban legend of the Black Eyed Kids, fears his obsession has led their evil to his door.

Escargore – by Media Design School New Zealand

This snail horror comedy is so scary, it'll shock your shell off!
Claude and his friends are out of their element and in a whole lot of trouble when they choose the wrong lettuce for lunch. They must now find their way out of this world of horrors before they end up on the menu!

Invaders – by Jason Kupfer

A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

Night of the Slasher – by Shant Hamassian

A teenage girl must commit horror movie sins such as drink alcohol, do drugs, and have sex to lure a killer and finish him off.

O Negative - by Steven McCarthy

A man races to find shelter in a roadside motel so he can take the necessary steps to feed his companion's addiction.

 Teddy Bears are for Lovers - by Almog Avidan Antonir

A short horror comedy following a 20-something Casanova who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends. 

 Wakening – by Danis Goulet

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.


Speakers

Friday May 26, 2017 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Saturday, May 27
 

8:00am

9:00am

10:00am

Defense with Yarn Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Our annual Nancy Nutt Memorial Yarn Art panel. From amigurumi to Xenomorphs all in yarn. Come help create a work of art to be auctioned in Nancy's honor in the Benefit auction or just learn some knit or crochet hints or basics. This year's project: a pillow cover. 8 - 8 inch squares needed, knit or crochet, any color or stitch. Open to non-stitchers to advanced -all welcome.

Moderators
avatar for Marisa Means

Marisa Means

Marisa Means, preeminent Professor of Yarn Arts, has been tangled in yarn for longer than she can remember, short term memory loss notwithstanding. She has taught knitting and crochet in several municipalities and annually crochets a snowstorm for one frozen fan. When she's not h... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

What Gives Characters Depth
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing the well-rounded character.

Moderators
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →

Speakers
PR

P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater De... Read More →
LM

Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. | | She writes about characters on their worst d... Read More →
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her new science fiction novel, Going to the XK9s, is scheduled to be released this year by Durendal Productions. It is the first in a series about a pack of super-smart bio-engineered police dogs who struggle... Read More →
avatar for Marguerite Reed

Marguerite Reed

Born and raised in Kansas, Marguerite Reed spent the majority of her childhood with her nose in a book or exploring backyards and pony pastures. Before she got into middle school she decided she would be a writer. After years trying to wrap her head around the craft, she sold her... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Putting The Punk Back In [Whatever]punk
Limited Capacity seats available

First came Cyberpunk. High tech and low life. Then Steampunk -- a victorian riff on cyberpunk. Then dieselpunk. Then decopunk... and the further we drifted, the more people seemed to forget about the "punk" part. Now, *-punk indicates a genre mash-up, with no underclass outcast element at all. It's time to put the resistance back in our fiction -- put the punk back in *-punk.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history... Read More →
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is a Kansas City-based author and the HNIC (Human, Nurturing Independent Creators) of Pine Float Press, a small press focused on diverse, dynamic genre fiction. His work has been featured on recommended reading lists by Locus Magazine, the Horror Writers Association a... Read More →
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranor... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Story in a Bag
Limited Capacity seats available

The challenge, should you choose to accept it: Write a story in less than an hour, using random prompts you’ve drawn at random from a bag. It doesn’t matter if you are a published author, a frustrated writer, a closet writer, or a writer-in-training: anyone can participate in Conquest’s Story in a Bag contest. Join us on Saturday morning for one or more of our infamous one-hour creative writing exercise/contest sessions. This event is open to all Conquest attendees, regardless of past publication status or age. During the session, each writer selects a series of random prompts from our bag of prompts, which include plot elements, setting, character, first lines, and objects. (The Young Fans division has its set of age appropriate prompts.) You will have the remainder of the hour to compose and edit your story. You MUST use ALL of the prompts you’ve drawn from the bags, including using the first line to kick things off. Your story must be no more than five pages if handwritten or three pages if typed. (If typed, you MUST have a way to print the story and return within the hour.) Remember, short and sweet! All stories written in the Story in a Bag sessions will be posted anonymously in the ConSuite, where members of the convention will vote for the stories they like most in each category (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror) and division (Professional, Amateur, and Young Fan). NobleFusion Press and the NobleFusion writer’s collective will facilitate the Story in a Bag sessions and help select the winning stories. Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies.

Moderators
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Tech writer by day, artist and author by night, Allison is also a TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Her award-winning short fiction and cover art has been published by several small presses, and she is a founding member the NobleFusion w... Read More →

Speakers
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visua... Read More →
SC

Sherri Conbarbie Dean

(Work in progress- updating)
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City wi... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Science Fiction's Checkered Past
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion of the writers who started the field and those who helped make it "respectable"

Moderators
JK

James K. Burk

Unlike Athena, who sprang full-grown from the brow of Zeus, Burk just turned up at a science fiction con one day. To date, he's written eight books, including novellas and short story collections. He's also had his stories in several of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse collections. H... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rich Horton

Rich Horton

Rich Horton is a software engineer living in the St. Louis area. He writes a monthly column on short fiction for Locus, as well as regular articles about SF history for Black Gate. He has edited a series of Best of the Year Anthologies for Prime Books since 2006.
avatar for James Murray

James Murray

Immanent Editorial Avatar, lAST sECOND PRESS, Inc
Discovered fandom and cons in 1976; never looked back. Pubbed a lot of issues. Two-time designer/editor of Worldcon Souvenir Books (Montréal 2009, KC 2016). I once punked Neil Gaiman from 2000 miles away. I love barbecue, craft beer, fine cigars, and whisk(e)y at minimum old eno... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

All Holmes, All the Time
Limited Capacity seats available

What is it about the character of Sherlock Holmes that has such appeal to fans? From the original stories to two current TV adaptations that take Holmes to other eras, there seems to be something integral in the depiction of Holmes that fills a need in the audience. Is it because he’s cerebral? His sequestered lifestyle? Benedict Cumberbatch? Why the continued interest?

Moderators
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins lives in Kansas City with her family. She is the author of the Realm Walker series and has various other projects in the works. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Frontera

Jeni Frontera

J. R. Frontera‘s love of science fiction and fantasy originated with her early exposure to the worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dune. Exploring the potential and pitfalls of future or fantastical worlds is a temptation she’s just never been able to resis... Read More →
AS

Ann Shelby

I attended my first science fiction convention in 1978 and passed for human. I've been doing it ever since. Stop me in the hall to talk about costumes or art, you might be able to tell what I really am.


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Robert Sawyer Reading
Robert Sawyer Reading

Speakers
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

11:00am

What's New in Anime Sci-Fi 2017
Limited Capacity seats available

Come check out the newest anime for sci-fi/fantasy geeks!

Moderators
AJ

Amy J Miller

When not up to her elbows in pattern drafting or fabric shopping for her next fantabulous cosplay creation, Amy can be found blissfully reading sci-fi, binge watching the latest Anime like a good otaku, mourning the death of her darlings late from her upcoming first novel, or ent... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

20 Years of Buffy: How Whedon and Co. Changed the Face of Genre TV
Limited Capacity seats available

Joss Whedon's idea to turn horror tropes on their collective heads and create a story about a normal teenage girl growing to become the ultimate protector of humanity has touched many over the last 20 years. Join us as we explore how this series changed genre fiction and television for better (and worse) since its debut in 1997.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written f... Read More →

Speakers
SC

Sherri Conbarbie Dean

(Work in progress- updating)
avatar for Deanna Sjolander

Deanna Sjolander

Beer slinging, craft maven, and all around good-time gal, Deanna Sjolander grew up in a small town in western Wisconsin. There wasn’t much to do there, but she found at an early age she could escape into adventures courtesy of her local library. Small town USA couldn’t contai... Read More →
CS

Caroline Spector

Over the past twenty-five years, Caroline Spector has published and edited numerous game modules, written three computer game hint books, published three novels in the Shadowrun/Earthdawn series, and has been working in the Wild Cards universe. In 2013, her essay, “Power and Fe... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Indie Publishing 101
Limited Capacity seats available

There's a right way to publish, and a wrong way. Write-and-release is the wrong way. Going independent should be handled as seriously as running a small-press publishing house, albeit with a streamlined acquisitions department! The panelists break it down for you, step-by-step -- from starting the business to planning, production and publication.

Speakers
avatar for Hans Cummings

Hans Cummings

Author/Publisher, VFF Publishing
The author of the Fantasy series: The Foundation of Drak-Anor and Scars of the Sundering as well as the Zack Jackson science fiction series, Hans Cummings is Nuvo's Best of Indy — Best Local Author Honoree for 2014-2016. Two of his short stories appear in Fear the Boot’s Sojo... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Helling

Kristin Helling

Kristin Helling enjoys stories with a journey- whether it’s a journey across the globe, a journey through space, or a journey of finding ones self. She writes Adult fiction thrillers, as well as children stories. On the side, she also has a love for Creative Nonfiction shorts a... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wohler

Kevin Wohler

Co-owner, publisher, Bottle Cap Publishing
Kevin Wohler is a fantasy & science fiction author, living in Lawrence, Kansas. He believes in heroes, magic, aliens, time travel, and infinite realities. He is a published author of two urban fantasy novels in the Village Alchemist series: The Alchemist's Notebook (2016), and i... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

The Secret of Steel/Just Another Sword Petting Zoo
Limited Capacity seats available

An exploration into what makes a good sword; metallurgy, forging techniques, alloys testing (hardness, resilience, strenght, and toughness), and getting the best bang for one's buck

Moderators
avatar for Zac Zacarola

Zac Zacarola

First took interest in SciFi as a kid with all those B movies; my favorite still being, When the Earth Stood Still. Then, Star Trek came along. Was involved with a couple of Sci-Fi activities in H.S. College (WVU) studied Chemistry; in and out of Monongamoot - WVU's SciFi club. Met Jo, a serious Monongamoot member who as heavily involved with MonCon III., which I attended. In fact, thanks to her, I've attended a number of SciFi conventions, including Four WorldCons (including TorCon), which I may not have otherwise attended. Been an analytical Chemist in Nuclear Power for over 35 years. Talk about SciFi come'n to life. Since 2008, I've been on the Environmental side of things, including NPDES... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →
avatar for Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Da... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live so... Read More →
BP

Brian Pigg

From eagle scout and avid dungeons and dragons player to paratrooper, bookstore builder, IT professional, fantasy fiction writer, and viking shaman. My first book was just released - Metamorphosis by Decree and the second is due before Christmas 2017.


Saturday May 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Editors Are Not The Enemy
Limited Capacity seats available

Editors and Author-editors discuss the role of editors and authors as partners in the creative process, how to identify a good editor, why you need an editor, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history... Read More →
avatar for Rich Horton

Rich Horton

Rich Horton is a software engineer living in the St. Louis area. He writes a monthly column on short fiction for Locus, as well as regular articles about SF history for Black Gate. He has edited a series of Best of the Year Anthologies for Prime Books since 2006.
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Story in a Bag
Limited Capacity seats available

The challenge, should you choose to accept it: Write a story in less than an hour, using random prompts you’ve drawn at random from a bag. It doesn’t matter if you are a published author, a frustrated writer, a closet writer, or a writer-in-training: anyone can participate in Conquest’s Story in a Bag contest. Join us on Saturday morning for one or more of our infamous one-hour creative writing exercise/contest sessions. This event is open to all Conquest attendees, regardless of past publication status or age. During the session, each writer selects a series of random prompts from our bag of prompts, which include plot elements, setting, character, first lines, and objects. (The Young Fans division has its set of age appropriate prompts.) You will have the remainder of the hour to compose and edit your story. You MUST use ALL of the prompts you’ve drawn from the bags, including using the first line to kick things off. Your story must be no more than five pages if handwritten or three pages if typed. (If typed, you MUST have a way to print the story and return within the hour.) Remember, short and sweet! All stories written in the Story in a Bag sessions will be posted anonymously in the ConSuite, where members of the convention will vote for the stories they like most in each category (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror) and division (Professional, Amateur, and Young Fan). NobleFusion Press and the NobleFusion writer’s collective will facilitate the Story in a Bag sessions and help select the winning stories. Winners will be announced at closing ceremonies.

Moderators
avatar for Allison Stein

Allison Stein

Tech writer by day, artist and author by night, Allison is also a TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Her award-winning short fiction and cover art has been published by several small presses, and she is a founding member the NobleFusion w... Read More →

Speakers
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visua... Read More →
SC

Sherri Conbarbie Dean

(Work in progress- updating)
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City wi... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Intellectual Property and Literary Estates
Limited Capacity seats available

An artist’s estate includes intellectual property. Literary and artistic works can be particularly problematic when families do not share the artist’s desires for the dispensation of their work. Digital rights also need to be considered. Our panelists discuss these issues.

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her new science fiction novel, Going to the XK9s, is scheduled to be released this year by Durendal Productions. It is the first in a series about a pack of super-smart bio-engineered police dogs who struggle... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Shazaam, Jason of Star Command, Batman and much more. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. It’s hard to contain the infinite, it just doesn’t work. Eventually, it had... Read More →
SM

Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing – set in the inter-galactic “Jurisdiction” universe – has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of “Uncle” Andrej Koscuisko, who... Read More →
CS

Craig Smith

Craig Smith is a dystopian author that has published three novels. He recieved his MA in English & Creatve Writing from SNHU. He has taught numerous seminars on creative writing at a number of confronces


Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranor... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Young

Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s writing experience began in the third grade and has continued since. Once through the grueling trials of school (grade, high, and college, surviving with a flourish) he found an outlet for his imagination in the world of fanzines and fan literature. | Working i... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

When Antibiotics Fail
Limited Capacity seats available

In September a Nevada woman died from a superbug resistant to every available antibiotic. What do we do when antibiotics are no longer effective? How can we take care of infections and diseases without them? How worried should we be?

Moderators
avatar for H.G. Stratmann

H.G. Stratmann

Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP, has been a cardiologist for over 34 years. Before entering private practice he performed clinical medical research and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored some seventy pu... Read More →

Speakers
JK

James K. Burk

Unlike Athena, who sprang full-grown from the brow of Zeus, Burk just turned up at a science fiction con one day. To date, he's written eight books, including novellas and short story collections. He's also had his stories in several of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse collections. H... Read More →
AS

Ann Shelby

I attended my first science fiction convention in 1978 and passed for human. I've been doing it ever since. Stop me in the hall to talk about costumes or art, you might be able to tell what I really am.


Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

SF&F TV shows, not just for fans anymore
Limited Capacity seats available

There has been a "boom" of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror themed TV shows. Last year alone, saw the introduction of 40+ new tv series, mini series in network, cable and paid services such as Netflix. This panel looks at what shows are out there and what is worth watching.

Moderators
CD

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, Long standing member of KaSFFS and has worked at ConQuest as Guest Liaison, Programming and Hotel Liaison. She also was on staff for MidAmeriCon II last year as Hotel Liaison. Carol also participates in the SF&F Literati, a SF&F book discussion group that has met for nearly 30 years. We meet on the 4th Monday of the month at Barnes... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Battle of Hucks Defeat (and other skirmishes)
A mix of shorter skirmish games based on events during the American Revolution. Scale is 25mm with figures on a 1:10 ratio. Open to anyone and designed to run shorter games of around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the players. 2+ players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

BattleTech: The Game of Armored Combat
Hop into the cockpit of a 30 foot, hundred ton monstrosity of metal and mayhem with BattleTech. First released over thirty years ago,BattleTech pits players against each other piloting massive BattleMechs in a winner-takes-all brawl. Pound your opponent into scrap and emerge victorious in this brief introduction to the BattleTech universe.

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Call of Cthulu 7th Edition: The Derelict
Limited Capacity seats available

This scenario is set in the modern-day in the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Accommodating two to six players, it can be played in a single session. The adventure concerns a missing reefer ship, the Groenland Tropisch, which has been stranded on an iceberg. The thought of a substantial salvage reward drives the investigators to attempt to rescue the ship, but in doing so they attract the attention of a strange and deadly monster. 3-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space: D^
Limited Capacity seats available

In the Doctor Who The Roleplaying Game you and your friends take on the role of the Doctor (any one of his twelve incarnations!) and his companions (any one of them too – or you might make up your own) and embark on your own adventures across time and space.

With the Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space roleplaying game, the power is in your hands! You can go anywhere or anywhen in the universe. It’s not going to be easy. It’ll probably be dangerous. The universe is a hostile place, full of Daleks, Zygons, Sontarans, Weeping Angels, Cybermen, Silence, Silurians and worse. There will be fear, heartbreak and excitement, but above all, it’ll be the trip of a lifetime.
The whole of time and space is out there, full of new places to see and adventures to be had – what are you waiting for? 4-8 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Ed. - Tomb of Horrors
Limited Capacity seats available

The classic D&D adventure Tomb of Horrors converted for 5th edition! 3-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Munchkin
Limited Capacity seats available

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.

This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience... with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm... or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon…

Will be running various different Munchkin games all weekend from Munchkin Apocalypse thru Munchkin Zombies and everything in between. Including Munchkin X-men, Marvel, Oz, Adventure time, etc and anything other SJ Games I can bring along with me. A Men in Black event. 3-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Original Dungeons & Dragons D&D "Version Zero"
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wondered what it was like to play D&D when it was new, before it became "Advanced" and had version numbers? Then this is your chance to find out! This is the version that was first presented in the three little tan chapbooks ('Men & Magic', 'Monsters & Treasure', 'Underworld & Wilderness Adventures'), with the three expansions ('Greyhawk', 'Blackmoor', 'Eldritch Wizardry'). The Dungeon Master will adjust the rules slightly to make it easier for newbies, but it's basically the original system. This will be a dungeon crawl; players will roll up their characters on-the-spot, using a traditional "quick and dirty" system, and will have 10,000 XP to start with, plus one minor magic item appropriate to their class. You'll be dropped into the middle of the DM's dungeon, and will be searching for the way out. 4-10 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Shadowrun Missions: Tick-Tock
Limited Capacity filling up

A personal PANICBUTTON! has been activated for a VIP who disappeared over 20 years ago, so now the race is on to be the first one to recover it and whoever just activated it! An official Missions organized play event. Pre-gens available. Beginner and experienced players welcome. Adjustments made to the scenario as experience level dictates. Note: If participants have already played this scenario we could swap in another. 3-5 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Torg Eternity Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Earth has been invaded: dinosaurs in New York, dragons over England, weird science in Egypt, horrors in India, technodemons in Russia, electric samurai in Japan, and a cyber-Inquisition in France. Bringing their own realities with them, these invaders twist the laws of our world to match their own. Most defenders are unable to fight it and are transformed to match the invaders' reality.

You are Storm Knights. You know how to harness the Possibility Energy these invaders seek, and you know a thing or two about remaining tethered to your own reality. You are able to fight these invaders where ordinary people fail. You will fight back these invaders.

This is a demonstration of the new rules for Torg Eternity. Characters will be provided, and the game will be explained. All experience levels are welcome. 2-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Viceroy
Limited Capacity seats available

Management set in the fantasy universe of the famous Russian CCG Berserk. As the players struggle for control over the world of Laar, they recruit a variety of allies and enact various laws. These cards allow players to develop their state's military and magical might, increase their authority, and get precious gems they need to continue expanding their nation.

As the game progresses, each player builds his own power pyramid using character and law cards. Each card has its own effect that depends on the level of the pyramid where the card is played. These effects may give more resources, more cards, or victory points. The player who has the most power points at the end of the game becomes the ruler of entire Laar and the winner! 1-4 players



Saturday May 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:30pm

1:00pm

Comic Book Television and Film: Boom or Bust
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In recent years, we've seen a ton of comics make their way to the big screen and the small screen. Big budgets. Big names. Which shows/movies worked, which ones didn't, and why? Have we reached a point where there is too much?

Moderators
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →

Speakers
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glac... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Ask the Editor
You've got questions? We've got answers! Three experienced editors invite you to ask about story development, syntax, publishing, and much more. 

Moderators
CA

Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction i... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Young

Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s writing experience began in the third grade and has continued since. Once through the grueling trials of school (grade, high, and college, surviving with a flourish) he found an outlet for his imagination in the world of fanzines and fan literature. | Working i... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Chouteau 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

From Fan to Pro
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Many of science fiction and fantasy's authors have come out of fandom. What's the transition like? How does a fan with professional aspirations take the first step?

Moderators
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, Escape Artists
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the H... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Frontera

Jeni Frontera

J. R. Frontera‘s love of science fiction and fantasy originated with her early exposure to the worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dune. Exploring the potential and pitfalls of future or fantastical worlds is a temptation she’s just never been able to resis... Read More →
BP

Brian Pigg

From eagle scout and avid dungeons and dragons player to paratrooper, bookstore builder, IT professional, fantasy fiction writer, and viking shaman. My first book was just released - Metamorphosis by Decree and the second is due before Christmas 2017.


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Getting to done - How to finish your work
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Writers talk about the writing styles/methods/tips/techniques that ensure that their work gets finished.

Moderators
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in E... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live so... Read More →
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many sh... Read More →
avatar for R.L. Naquin

R.L. Naquin

Urban Fantasy Author
Rachel writes urban fantasy and paranormal stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor. | | Her work includes the Monster Haven series, the Mt. Olympus Employment agency series, and the brand new Djinn Haven series, a spinoff... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

SF&F Literati book discussion: Robert Sawyer book
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A discussion of Robert Sawyer's book Quantum Night. The audience is invited to share their thoughts. 

Moderators
CD

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, Long standing member of KaSFFS and has worked at ConQuest as Guest Liaison, Programming and Hotel Liaison. She also was on staff for MidAmeriCon II last year as Hotel Liaison. Carol also participates in the SF&F Literati, a SF&F book discussion group that has met for nearly 30 years. We meet on the 4th Monday of the month at Barnes... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is a Kansas City-based author and the HNIC (Human, Nurturing Independent Creators) of Pine Float Press, a small press focused on diverse, dynamic genre fiction. His work has been featured on recommended reading lists by Locus Magazine, the Horror Writers Association a... Read More →
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her new science fiction novel, Going to the XK9s, is scheduled to be released this year by Durendal Productions. It is the first in a series about a pack of super-smart bio-engineered police dogs who struggle... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
LM

Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. | | She writes about characters on their worst d... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

The Evolution of the Zombie
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Slow zombies, fast zombies, undead zombies and plague zombies, over the years we’ve seen them all. The panel will discuss the evolution of the modern zombie in science, survival and pop culture. How has the mythos of the zombie evolved and where might it go next?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid

Sara Kincaid was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up loving to read and write and spent a lot of her childhood dreaming up stories and imagining new worlds. She began writing her own stories in first grade using her toddler-age cousins as the stars. She wrote he... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →
avatar for Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Da... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Using History in Fantasy and Science Fiction
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By using the Martin Koszta Affair of 1853, a little-known event in American history, we will discuss how history can help you write fantasy and science fiction.

Moderators
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Humor In Science Fiction and Fantasy
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As the old saying goes, dying is easy, comedy is hard. Panelists discuss humor in science fiction, including past and present examples, the difficulty of writing humor, the contributions of humorists to the field and more.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the on-going FROST series, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, and the young-adult DRAGONKIN trilogy. His stand-alone books include the critically acclaimed SHADOWDANCE, NIGHTWATCH, ENCHANTER, and the Fritz-Leiber inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND, which will be republished later this year by Centipede Books. Some of his nearly 200 short stories have been collected in two volumes, TURN LEFT TO TOMORROW and THE FANTASTIKON: TALES OF WONDER, from Yard Dog Books. He's published two books of poetry, written for comic book companies such as Moonstone and Marvel. Also an editor, he's responsible for ARCHITECTS OF DREAMS: THE SFWA AUTHOR EMERITUS ANTHOLOGY, THROUGH MY GLASSES DARKLY: FIVE STORIES BY FRANK M. ROBINSON, and along with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, the brand-new and wonderfully funny LITTLE GREEN MEN - ATTACK! from Baen Books. He's a former two-term president of the Science Fiction... Read More →
SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten antho... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Chemistry: The Neglected Science?
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"Hard" science fiction stories often revolve around discoveries in either physics or biology. Fewer stories focus on chemistry -- and many even take the field for granted. Is chemistry overlooked in science fiction?

Moderators
TT

Tom Trumpinski

Tom Trumpinski is a retired scientist, author, and media critic. He worked at Fermilab on the particle detector that found the top quark and has spent much of his life examining the philosophies behind life in the universe and the implications of the Great Silence. He writes revi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for H.G. Stratmann

H.G. Stratmann

Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP, has been a cardiologist for over 34 years. Before entering private practice he performed clinical medical research and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored some seventy pu... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Chouteau 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Eating and Ethics
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What is the ethical scope of our food choices? Is buying local really better than buying imported food? Are Vegans better for the environment? How do things like socioeconomic status, mental health, and disability intersect with the ethics of food consumption?

Moderators
Speakers
SM

Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing – set in the inter-galactic “Jurisdiction” universe – has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of “Uncle” Andrej Koscuisko, who... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Pringle

Jesse Pringle

Executive Producer, Open Media Enterprises
Published billboard radio recording songwriter, award winning screenwriter, film producer, award winning actor, professional boxer and creator of the 9X Award W inning original digital series Kill Em All Kansas City and Kill Em All Los Angeles. Featured as "Mr. WebTV" on the cove... Read More →
ET

Eric T. Reynolds

Editor/Publisher, Hadley Rille Books


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Time Travel; Theories, Paradoxes, and Possibilities
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Breaking the time barrier at only 88 mph, sling shotting around the sun, and other ways time has been broken. Panelists discuss how time travel has been portrayed in media and why it will or won't work and talk about ways time travel might be possible.

Moderators
avatar for Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt has been a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also enjoys studying and participating in differen... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Wohler

Kevin Wohler

Co-owner, publisher, Bottle Cap Publishing
Kevin Wohler is a fantasy & science fiction author, living in Lawrence, Kansas. He believes in heroes, magic, aliens, time travel, and infinite realities. He is a published author of two urban fantasy novels in the Village Alchemist series: The Alchemist's Notebook (2016), and i... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Tech Rehearsal
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A meeting for Masquerade participants that will continue on throughout the day with individual rehearsal time slots for the contestants, and a place for craftsmanship judging

Moderators
AJ

Amy J Miller

When not up to her elbows in pattern drafting or fabric shopping for her next fantabulous cosplay creation, Amy can be found blissfully reading sci-fi, binge watching the latest Anime like a good otaku, mourning the death of her darlings late from her upcoming first novel, or ent... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Art Demo
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Artist Guest of Honor, Rachael Mayo will discuss sketching, drawing, watercolor techniques, and colored pencil techniques.  She will bring projects in various states of completion that will demonstrate her creative processes.

Moderators
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

How to Over-think your way out of writing.
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Theodore Sturgeon famously taught "Ask the next question." Beginning writers everywhere are advised to ask "What if...?" as they develop their story. With a little research and some extra caffeine you too can come up with such an plethora of possibilities that your story becomes a dense jungle with no clear path--impenetrable and neverending. As denizens of the Digital Age, with its abundance of information and surfeit of attention span, we have never been in a better position to over-complicate our stories--and our lives!

Moderators
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visua... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in E... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys wr... Read More →
avatar for R.L. Naquin

R.L. Naquin

Urban Fantasy Author
Rachel writes urban fantasy and paranormal stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor. | | Her work includes the Monster Haven series, the Mt. Olympus Employment agency series, and the brand new Djinn Haven series, a spinoff... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Why Write Short Stories?
Limited Capacity seats available

They often don't pay well, the markets are drying up, and short stories aren't read as widely as longer work. As an attendee of last year's conference asked me, "Why write short stories, at all?" In this panel, short story writers would discuss why they continue to write short fiction, what they enjoy about the format, and what they think will be the future of short story publishing will hold.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, Escape Artists
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the H... Read More →
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is a Kansas City-based author and the HNIC (Human, Nurturing Independent Creators) of Pine Float Press, a small press focused on diverse, dynamic genre fiction. His work has been featured on recommended reading lists by Locus Magazine, the Horror Writers Association a... Read More →
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Shazaam, Jason of Star Command, Batman and much more. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. It’s hard to contain the infinite, it just doesn’t work. Eventually, it had... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Fanfiction Meetup!
Limited Capacity seats available

So this is slightly off-beat, but I want to have a tea rather than a formal event. Since I'm partially in charge of the hospitality suite, I'm prepared to (tentatively) offer the overflow room sometime Friday or Saturday, either mid-afternoon (Friday?) or mid-morning. I'm just thinking it'll be a loosely structured gathering for maybe an hour or so. (I'm also thinking we might be able to open up the overflow room for similar gatherings, though it may take some work.)

Moderators
Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
ConSuite 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
SC

Sherri Conbarbie Dean

(Work in progress- updating)
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many sh... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

Star Trek: Discovery
Limited Capacity seats available

2017 will bring a new Star Trek for the small screen, set roughly ten years before the events of Star Trek the original series. What can we expect? How have our expectations changed since Enterprise went off the air in 2005? The series was originally scheduled to have started this month but has been delayed. Should we be worried?

Moderators
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written f... Read More →

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:15pm

4:00pm

Fantasy Charity
Limited Capacity seats available

Making THIS World a Better Place for Realz | Learn about the organizations your favorite authors, gamers represent. Each guest speaks about their organization; add in some successes, failures, and challenges. How they discovered/founded the organization. How have the organization has influenced their body of work or vice versa? How do they make time? And FAQs

Moderators
Speakers
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glac... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

Writing Fight and Combat Scenes
Limited Capacity seats available

You can learn fencing, stage combat, or martial arts, but these skills are neither necessary nor sufficient to write compelling, realistic fight scenes. What does it take to write a fight scene that creates tension and drama without turning it into a play-by-play?

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her new science fiction novel, Going to the XK9s, is scheduled to be released this year by Durendal Productions. It is the first in a series about a pack of super-smart bio-engineered police dogs who struggle... Read More →

Speakers
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →
SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten antho... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

Little Green Men: Then And Now
Limited Capacity seats available

Panelists discuss the evolution and representation of little green men in science fiction film, literature, and more both past and present. Do they still make aliens like they used to?

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the on-going FROST series, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, and the young-adult DRAGONKIN trilogy. His stand-alone books include the critically acclaimed SHADOWDANCE, NIGHTWATCH, ENCHANTER, and the Fritz-Leiber inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND, which will be republished later this year by Centipede Books. Some of his nearly 200 short stories have been collected in two volumes, TURN LEFT TO TOMORROW and THE FANTASTIKON: TALES OF WONDER, from Yard Dog Books. He's published two books of poetry, written for comic book companies such as Moonstone and Marvel. Also an editor, he's responsible for ARCHITECTS OF DREAMS: THE SFWA AUTHOR EMERITUS ANTHOLOGY, THROUGH MY GLASSES DARKLY: FIVE STORIES BY FRANK M. ROBINSON, and along with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, the brand-new and wonderfully funny LITTLE GREEN MEN - ATTACK! from Baen Books. He's a former two-term president of the Science Fiction... Read More →
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Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

Legos for Grown Ups
Limited Capacity seats available

The best places to purchase Legos and the different sources and sites to assist you in your adult creations.  Best practices to save the most money as well as sites to light up and motorize your displays.

Moderators
Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
SM

Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing – set in the inter-galactic “Jurisdiction” universe – has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of “Uncle” Andrej Koscuisko, who... Read More →
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Kevin Wohler

Co-owner, publisher, Bottle Cap Publishing
Kevin Wohler is a fantasy & science fiction author, living in Lawrence, Kansas. He believes in heroes, magic, aliens, time travel, and infinite realities. He is a published author of two urban fantasy novels in the Village Alchemist series: The Alchemist's Notebook (2016), and i... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

Jonathan Maberry Reading
Jonathan Maberry reading followed by a book signing.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Chouteau 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

4:00pm

All Quiet on the Martian Front Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Set in 1907, the Martian tripods are back. In this scenario, they are ravaging across Canada. The Regina Rifles and the partially motorized Manitoba Dragoons are sent to plug the gap. Can they hold? 2-8 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:00pm

Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space: Vortex
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a roleplaying game based off of the worlds of Doctor Who! You can travel the entirety of time and space in search of adventure, asylum, or just a way home (depending on the character you play and their backstory and motivations). The game runs off of a 2d6+Attribute+Skill+Trait system, and one of the things that makes it special is the Story Points- expended during the course of the game, they can give you extra dice to roll, heal injuries, or even allow you to get a hint from the GM or change the plotline to your advantage! (This system is quite reminiscent of the FATE core system.) In this fast-paced game, will your characters come out on top against the shapeshifting Zygon, scheming Cybermen, or dastardly Daleks? Pick up a pencil and 2d6 to find out! 2-5 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:00pm

Munchkin
Limited Capacity seats available

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.
This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience... with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm... or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon…

Will be running various different Munchkin games all weekend from Munchkin Apocalypse thru Munchkin Zombies and everything in between. Including Munchkin X-men, Marvel, Oz, Adventure time, etc and anything other SJ Games I can bring along with me. A Men in Black event. 3-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:00pm

My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria
Limited Capacity seats available

The official My Little Pony: RPG from River Horse. 3-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:00pm

Paranoia - Call of Computer
Limited Capacity seats available

What happens when you mix the "always keep your laser handy" world of Paranoia with the eldritch horrors of H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos from "Call of Cthulhu"? Find out in this insanely funny adventure…  4-8 players



Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:00pm

Shadowrun: The Deck Job
Limited Capacity seats available

Finding the chunk of bleeding-edge tech that Ms. Johnson “lost” isn’t the hard part. Taking it back from the kind folks that helped her lose it isn’t the hard part. The hard part? Convincing the decker to give it over after he’s gotten a good look at it. 3-5 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

4:00pm

The Pursuit of Happiness
Limited Capacity seats available

The Pursuit of Happiness is a game in which you take a character from birth and you live the life you always wanted. Using a worker-placement mechanism with time as your workers, you take on projects, you get jobs, you buy items, you establish relationships, you raise families. The possibilities are endless as you live the life you have always wanted. 1-4 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Gilham Hall

5:00pm

Horror Fiction and Xenophobia
Limited Capacity seats available

Horror from previous generations draws much of its power from the fear of the Other. In some cases the other is an unknowable being, a cosmic terror, but just as often it’s not, referencing instead more mundane distinctions between us and them. How problematic is the use of the Other to engender fear? Has fear of the Other led to some of the challenges genre faces today relative to inclusiveness and equality?

Moderators
avatar for Jan S. Gephardt

Jan S. Gephardt

It, Artdog Studio
Jan S. Gephardt is a writer, artist, and longtime science fiction fan. Her new science fiction novel, Going to the XK9s, is scheduled to be released this year by Durendal Productions. It is the first in a series about a pack of super-smart bio-engineered police dogs who struggle... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, Escape Artists
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the H... Read More →
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Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is a Kansas City-based author and the HNIC (Human, Nurturing Independent Creators) of Pine Float Press, a small press focused on diverse, dynamic genre fiction. His work has been featured on recommended reading lists by Locus Magazine, the Horror Writers Association a... Read More →
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Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Da... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Fantasy and Science
Limited Capacity seats available

What can the scientific method lend to fantasy? Does the presence of gods and magic exclude the need for science? Whether it leads to technology, or just a scientific understanding of the setting and magic, what can the practice of science add to fantasy?

Moderators
CA

Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction i... Read More →

Speakers
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Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history... Read More →
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Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys wr... Read More →
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many sh... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

Quatloos and Credits and Latinum, Oh My!
Limited Capacity seats available

Economics is frequently overlooked in SF. Do adventurers simply live on nuts and berries and what they can kill? What do they pay with when they visit an inn or buy a drink? How is trade carried out, particularly between species? Is there still a struggle for resources or has science advanced to the point where anything can be fabricated?

Moderators
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranor... Read More →

Speakers
JK

James K. Burk

Unlike Athena, who sprang full-grown from the brow of Zeus, Burk just turned up at a science fiction con one day. To date, he's written eight books, including novellas and short story collections. He's also had his stories in several of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse collections. H... Read More →
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Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to bec... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

5:00pm

The Running Man:The First Hunger Games
Limited Capacity seats available

Its the 30 anniversary of the theoretical film The Running Man loosely based off the Richard Baucman novel. We will compare how The King novel sets up the idea of a game for survival distopian setting and how The Running Man was the original Hunger Games before the Hunger Games

Moderators
CS

Craig Smith

Craig Smith is a dystopian author that has published three novels. He recieved his MA in English & Creatve Writing from SNHU. He has taught numerous seminars on creative writing at a number of confronces

Speakers
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Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →
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Brian Pigg

From eagle scout and avid dungeons and dragons player to paratrooper, bookstore builder, IT professional, fantasy fiction writer, and viking shaman. My first book was just released - Metamorphosis by Decree and the second is due before Christmas 2017.
MA

Michelle A Stutzman

I was born in Spokane...too far back? Okay, how about this? I am an elf on the inside, waiting to spreadmagic throughout...not realistic? *sigh* Okay... I have loved reading all kinds of fantasy and science fiction all my life, and...too much schmoozing? Well... I want to be able... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

Young Fans Discuss Anime
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out what is popular in anime. Join some younger fans as they discuss their favorite anime.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

Editing 101 For Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

Hugo-nominated editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt and fellow editor Claire Ashgrove discuss tips for self-editing to help you improve your writing before submission.

Moderators
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Speakers
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Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

Bars in SF
Limited Capacity seats available

From Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon to Chalman’s Cantina to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, what are the best places in SF to sit back and quaff a few?

Moderators
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →

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SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten antho... Read More →
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Tom Trumpinski

Tom Trumpinski is a retired scientist, author, and media critic. He worked at Fermilab on the particle detector that found the top quark and has spent much of his life examining the philosophies behind life in the universe and the implications of the Great Silence. He writes revi... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

20 Questions about The Doctor
Limited Capacity seats available

A sheet with 20 questions. Participant who answers all questions first, second and third, all correctly, will win Doctor Who-related prizes. Participation is free.

Moderators
Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:00pm

Art Auction
Limited Capacity seats available

Art auction

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 6:00pm - 7:50pm
Chouteau 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

6:45pm

7:00pm

Dark Fantasy vs. Horror
Limited Capacity seats available

Are these just marketing terms, or is there a valid distinction here? Is it possible
for a story to be one without being the other?

Moderators
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins lives in Kansas City with her family. She is the author of the Realm Walker series and has various other projects in the works. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Ashgrove

Claire Ashgrove

Author, Claire Ashgrove
Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars, marries the history... Read More →
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Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, Escape Artists
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the H... Read More →
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Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Da... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

Monsters as Devourers
Limited Capacity seats available

Our cherished monsters, be they vampire, werewolf, or zombie, are driven by an insatiable appetite to devour what they once were, namely us. Is there a sacrificial/sacramental aspect to this hunger or is it firmly rooted in a psycho-sexual fixation. Perhaps it is simply the yearning to recover a lost humanity?

Moderators
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Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is a Kansas City-based author and the HNIC (Human, Nurturing Independent Creators) of Pine Float Press, a small press focused on diverse, dynamic genre fiction. His work has been featured on recommended reading lists by Locus Magazine, the Horror Writers Association a... Read More →

Speakers
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Tenaya Jayne

Reading my bio, huh? | Real life sucks. I bet you feel like that sometimes, maybe even right now. That’s why I write fantasy. I need to escape depression, bitterness, bills, illness…I could go on, but you get it. In the pages of fiction, I can slay the dragons, triumph over... Read More →
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Marisa Means

Marisa Means, preeminent Professor of Yarn Arts, has been tangled in yarn for longer than she can remember, short term memory loss notwithstanding. She has taught knitting and crochet in several municipalities and annually crochets a snowstorm for one frozen fan. When she's not h... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

7:00pm

What Shall We Do Tonight, Brain?
Limited Capacity seats available

The universe would be perfect, if only you were in charge. But how do you accomplish that? Our panelists will go over what every evil emperor needs to keep in mind when taking over the world. Do you need a sidekick? How do you handle those troublesome rebels? And where can you find the really good island fortresses?

Moderators
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many sh... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live so... Read More →
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Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to bec... Read More →
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Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written f... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

8:00pm

OMG! Can You Believe They Did That?
Limited Capacity seats available

We may be in the golden age of genre television. New shows proliferate on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime and fight for your viewing time. What shows should we be watching? What are the most jaw dropping moments? Did they really have to kill off your favorite character?

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Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in E... Read More →

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CA

Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction i... Read More →
TT

Tom Trumpinski

Tom Trumpinski is a retired scientist, author, and media critic. He worked at Fermilab on the particle detector that found the top quark and has spent much of his life examining the philosophies behind life in the universe and the implications of the Great Silence. He writes revi... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

8:00pm

Masquerade
Limited Capacity seats available

Masquerade

Speakers
AJ

Amy J Miller

When not up to her elbows in pattern drafting or fabric shopping for her next fantabulous cosplay creation, Amy can be found blissfully reading sci-fi, binge watching the latest Anime like a good otaku, mourning the death of her darlings late from her upcoming first novel, or ent... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00pm - 9:50pm
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

8:00pm

Delta Green - The Lover In Ice
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s the first week of January in 2009. An apocalyptic ice storm struck Lafontaine, Missouri on Jan. 2. An extreme cold front from the northeast caused a 30˚ drop in ground temperature over a matter of hours. Simultaneously, humidity reached 100% and a thunderstorm blanketed the region. The rain, already barely above freezing, coated everything in layer upon layer of ice. 
Something forgotten, but still under monitoring, has been disturbed by the storm damages...You play Agents in a deep conspiracy to cover up Things Man Wasn't Meant to Know. Your Job - figure out what happened and CONTAIN the situation.... 3 to 6 players

WARNING: Violence and Sexual Content are elements of the scenario - TV-MA Rating is applicable. NOBODY under 18 can play due to strong violent and sexual themes.

Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Gilham Hall

8:00pm

Munchkin
Limited Capacity seats available

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.
This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience... with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm... or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon…

Will be running various different Munchkin games all weekend from Munchkin Apocalypse thru Munchkin Zombies and everything in between. Including Munchkin X-men, Marvel, Oz, Adventure time, etc and anything other SJ Games I can bring along with me. A Men in Black event. 3-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Gilham Hall

8:00pm

Shadowrun Missions: While the City Sleeps
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the things the Sixth World excels at is inventing millions of ways to piss people off. Chicago, particularly the Containment Zone, has a special gift for inciting tempers, with its pockmarked roads, feral gangs, bad-tempered thugs, drugged-out vagrants, and many other elements that are irritating at best, fatal at worst. Fight promoter Sid Gambetti has a lot of pressures piling on him at once, including financial strain and a massive blackmail demand, and if he doesn’t get some relief, he’s likely to blow. Unfortunately, it seems like just about everyone who has become involved with Sid is just as pressured and just as irritated. Any shadowrunners who take on the job that Sid has for them are going to be walking through a minefield of hot-tempered, bulked-out, Sixth World crazies who are just looking for an excuse to put the hurt on someone. Yeah, there’s a pile of nuyen on the other side of the gauntlet, but it will take some quick thinking and fast moving to claim it without being on the receiving end of huge doses of pain. An official Missions organized play event. Pre-gens available. Beginner and experienced players welcome. Adjustments made to the scenario as experience level dictates. Note: If participants have already played this scenario we could swap in another. 3-6 players



Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Gilham Hall

8:00pm

Torg Eternity Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Earth has been invaded: dinosaurs in New York, dragons over England, weird science in Egypt, horrors in India, technodemons in Russia, electric samurai in Japan, and a cyber-Inquisition in France. Bringing their own realities with them, these invaders twist the laws of our world to match their own. Most defenders are unable to fight it and are transformed to match the invaders' reality.

You are Storm Knights. You know how to harness the Possibility Energy these invaders seek, and you know a thing or two about remaining tethered to your own reality. You are able to fight these invaders where ordinary people fail. You will fight back these invaders.

This is a demonstration of the new rules for Torg Eternity. Characters will be provided, and the game will be explained. All experience levels are welcome. 2-6 players

Saturday May 27, 2017 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Gilham Hall

9:00pm

Film Festival
Limited Capacity seats available

We have assembled some of the best and the strangest short films from around the world to showcase at our festival. All of these films have been chosen specifically because of their genre – fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Please come by and check out the films. Warning – These films contain content not suitable for children. All of these films are unrated.

9 Minutes - by P.J. WOLFF
9 Minutes is a tense science fiction thriller set in the middle of the desert.  As this darkly atmospheric short progresses, this man and his dog are paid by a visit by unwelcome extraterrestrial guests.  The encounter is sudden and terrifying.  When the man comes to, he is unnerved by the footage captured by his phone.

All Men Are Called Robert - by Marc-Henri Boulier
A naked man, his body covered with bruises, is running in the woods. He stops suddenly : who is this mysterious woman calling for help? And who are those men who are trying to shoot him ?

Don’t Let Them In – by David Lawrence

A struggling author, consumed with the urban legend of the Black Eyed Kids, fears his obsession has led their evil to his door.

Escargore – by Media Design School New Zealand

This snail horror comedy is so scary, it'll shock your shell off!
Claude and his friends are out of their element and in a whole lot of trouble when they choose the wrong lettuce for lunch. They must now find their way out of this world of horrors before they end up on the menu!

Invaders – by Jason Kupfer

A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.

Night of the Slasher – by Shant Hamassian

A teenage girl must commit horror movie sins such as drink alcohol, do drugs, and have sex to lure a killer and finish him off.

O Negative - by Steven McCarthy

A man races to find shelter in a roadside motel so he can take the necessary steps to feed his companion's addiction.

 Teddy Bears are for Lovers - by Almog Avidan Antonir

A short horror comedy following a 20-something Casanova who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends. 

 Wakening – by Danis Goulet

In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Weesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.


Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00pm

Masquerade Klatsch
Limited Capacity seats available

You cheered them on stage at the Masquerade, now come meet our cosplayers in person. View their creations up close, discuss techniques, ask questions and advice, pick the judges' brain. A wonderful opportunity to talk all things cosplay!

Moderators
AJ

Amy J Miller

When not up to her elbows in pattern drafting or fabric shopping for her next fantabulous cosplay creation, Amy can be found blissfully reading sci-fi, binge watching the latest Anime like a good otaku, mourning the death of her darlings late from her upcoming first novel, or ent... Read More →

Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Chouteau 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00pm

Clearly Guilty Concert
Limited Capacity seats available

Musical Performance by KC's premiere nerd band: Clearly Guilty! We have plenty of material to do any length of performance filled with original music we wrote about Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Supernatural, tabletop gaming, video gaming, superheroes, Firefly, space, Harry Potter, and just generally being nerdy. We also have a lot of steampunk songs and more...adult-themed music!

Speakers

Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00pm - 11:50pm
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Sunday, May 28
 

8:00am

9:00am

10:00am

Can Writing Be Taught?: Classes, Workshops, and Writer's Groups
Limited Capacity seats available

Despite a debate over whether writing can be taught, particularly genre writing, creative writing programs and high-profile workshops remain full. Panelists would discuss their own experience with creative writing education, what worked and what didn't, and ultimately, whether writing can be taught, at all.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →

Speakers
LM

Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. | | She writes about characters on their worst d... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City wi... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Pringle

Jesse Pringle

Executive Producer, Open Media Enterprises
Published billboard radio recording songwriter, award winning screenwriter, film producer, award winning actor, professional boxer and creator of the 9X Award W inning original digital series Kill Em All Kansas City and Kill Em All Los Angeles. Featured as "Mr. WebTV" on the cove... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Creating Languages
Limited Capacity seats available

Many SF/F worlds have their own languages, Elvish and Klingon being two examples. From etymology to grammar to culture, there are many characteristics to consider. How do you craft languages that make sense? How does a language reflect the identities of its speakers? How do we make our languages and vocabularies believable?

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys wr... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live so... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Stutzman

Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to bec... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Twenty Years Under Jurisdiction
Limited Capacity seats available

A one-woman show; I talk about the history of my Jurisdiction novels, how they developed, interesting developments along the way, and what is coming next. Then we do Q&A. I did this in 75 minutes at FOGCon in March (sorry, I forgot to mention that when I filled out my participant questionnaire) and will tailor my presentation to the available time.

Moderators
SM

Susan Matthews

Susan Matthews was born in Georgia, bounced around a lot in her early years, and came to rest in Seattle, Washington. Most of her writing – set in the inter-galactic “Jurisdiction” universe – has been focused on The Life and Hard Times of “Uncle” Andrej Koscuisko, who... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Fantasy in the Rest of the World
Limited Capacity seats available

Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and South America are fertile foundations for medieval fantasy, but most of what’s out there is based on European traditions and myths. Who is doing the best at exploring other areas? What other cultures and histories offer opportunities for the aspiring writer?

Moderators
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many sh... Read More →

Speakers
BD

Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranor... Read More →
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

It Was (almost) 20 Years Ago Today
Limited Capacity seats available

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published on June 27, 1997 changing the face of children’s. Let’s talk about the effect the Harry Potter series has had on our genre.

Moderators
CA

Christine Amsden

Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction i... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Shazaam, Jason of Star Command, Batman and much more. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. It’s hard to contain the infinite, it just doesn’t work. Eventually, it had... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Helling

Kristin Helling

Kristin Helling enjoys stories with a journey- whether it’s a journey across the globe, a journey through space, or a journey of finding ones self. She writes Adult fiction thrillers, as well as children stories. On the side, she also has a love for Creative Nonfiction shorts a... Read More →
avatar for Deanna Sjolander

Deanna Sjolander

Beer slinging, craft maven, and all around good-time gal, Deanna Sjolander grew up in a small town in western Wisconsin. There wasn’t much to do there, but she found at an early age she could escape into adventures courtesy of her local library. Small town USA couldn’t contai... Read More →
MA

Michelle A Stutzman

I was born in Spokane...too far back? Okay, how about this? I am an elf on the inside, waiting to spreadmagic throughout...not realistic? *sigh* Okay... I have loved reading all kinds of fantasy and science fiction all my life, and...too much schmoozing? Well... I want to be able... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

10:00am

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visua... Read More →
KC

Kathleen Collins

Kathleen Collins lives in Kansas City with her family. She is the author of the Realm Walker series and has various other projects in the works. She loves to connect with other writers and readers.


Sunday May 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Costuming for Cheapskates
Limited Capacity seats available

Let’s face it, costuming can be expensive. How can you get the most for your money? Panelists will discuss the use of inexpensive fabrics and notions, alternative techniques or materials, and where to find them. Come out and learn how to stretch your costuming dollar.

Moderators
JK

James K. Burk

Unlike Athena, who sprang full-grown from the brow of Zeus, Burk just turned up at a science fiction con one day. To date, he's written eight books, including novellas and short story collections. He's also had his stories in several of the Bubbas of the Apocalypse collections. H... Read More →

Speakers
AJ

Amy J Miller

When not up to her elbows in pattern drafting or fabric shopping for her next fantabulous cosplay creation, Amy can be found blissfully reading sci-fi, binge watching the latest Anime like a good otaku, mourning the death of her darlings late from her upcoming first novel, or ent... Read More →
AS

Ann Shelby

I attended my first science fiction convention in 1978 and passed for human. I've been doing it ever since. Stop me in the hall to talk about costumes or art, you might be able to tell what I really am.
MA

Michelle A Stutzman

I was born in Spokane...too far back? Okay, how about this? I am an elf on the inside, waiting to spreadmagic throughout...not realistic? *sigh* Okay... I have loved reading all kinds of fantasy and science fiction all my life, and...too much schmoozing? Well... I want to be able... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

One On One With Jonathan Maberry
Limited Capacity seats available

Bryan Thomas Schmidt interviews Jonathan Maberry live and also takes your questions.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Blending Noir Into Speculative Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

What if Philip Marlowe roamed the mean streets of Minas Tirith? What if two strangers met on the Luna City tube? What if R. Daneel Olivaw was hunting the Maltese Falcon? This panel will discuss specific aspects and moments you can add to your story that will give your fantasy or science fiction story the feel of Double Indemnity or the Big Sleep.

Moderators
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is a Kansas City-based author and the HNIC (Human, Nurturing Independent Creators) of Pine Float Press, a small press focused on diverse, dynamic genre fiction. His work has been featured on recommended reading lists by Locus Magazine, the Horror Writers Association a... Read More →

Speakers
PR

P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater De... Read More →
MG

Marshall (Gale) Edwards

Marshall writes sci-fi, horror, and more with a taste for the heartfelt and uncanny. He's part of the old guard at Pine Float Press, a small press focused on "diverse, dynamic genre fiction". Edwards' first work was "Prairie City Response", a superhero comic that continues - glac... Read More →
BP

Brian Pigg

From eagle scout and avid dungeons and dragons player to paratrooper, bookstore builder, IT professional, fantasy fiction writer, and viking shaman. My first book was just released - Metamorphosis by Decree and the second is due before Christmas 2017.


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Will the Real Hero Please Stand Up?
Limited Capacity seats available

Sometimes the hero of a story isn’t, or isn’t only, its real protagonist. A frequently cited example is Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings, who more and more focuses Frodo as the action builds. Why might an author choose to concentrate on someone other than the hero? Can the hero ever be the antagonist?

Moderators
JM

Julia Mandala

Julia S. Mandala (www.juliasmandala.com) holds degrees in history and law. She co-authors The Four Redheads of the Apocalypse series and the Corimar series and Villains in Training (coming soon). She also authored her own novels, Blood Songs and House of Doors, along with many sh... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna Wagenblast Munro

Donna J. W. Munro has spent the last fifteen years teaching high school social studies immersed in the beauty and immediacy of teenage world building. Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular Fiction program, she published pieces in Every Da... Read More →
AL

Anna La Voie

When she was a child, Anna La Voie thought with enough imagination anyone could perform magic. Finishing her first YA Fantasy novel, Cursed in Stone - about a girl who must find a lost Faery Queen to undo her mother’s heartbreaking curse, taught her that imagination itself is m... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Young

Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s writing experience began in the third grade and has continued since. Once through the grueling trials of school (grade, high, and college, surviving with a flourish) he found an outlet for his imagination in the world of fanzines and fan literature. | Working i... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, Escape Artists
Karen Bovenmyer earned an MFA in Creative Writing: Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She teaches and mentors students at Iowa State University and serves as the Assistant Editor of Escape Artists’ Mothership Zeta Magazine. She is the 2016 recipient of the H... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Helling

Kristin Helling

Kristin Helling enjoys stories with a journey- whether it’s a journey across the globe, a journey through space, or a journey of finding ones self. She writes Adult fiction thrillers, as well as children stories. On the side, she also has a love for Creative Nonfiction shorts a... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

11:00am

The Science of Consciousness
Limited Capacity seats available

The science of consciousness is highly interdisciplinary - combining neurosciences, AI, evolution, quantum physics, and philsophy. Award-winning author and ConQuesT guest of honor Robert J. Sawyer uses the debates in this filed as fodder for much of his science fiction, as do Greg Egan and Peter Watts. Join Rob for a thought provoking discussion of the science of mind.

Moderators
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

A Writer's Library: Books Every Writer Should Read
Limited Capacity seats available

Everyone always says that reading is an important part of a writer's development. The panelists would discuss which books had an impact upon their writing which ones they think should be in every writer's library. This can include both craft books and normal books.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Campbell Jr

Jack Campbell Jr

Dark Fiction Writer
When he's not stepping on his son's Lego creations, Jack Campbell Jr. writes horror and dark literary fiction in Lawrence, KS. His writing has appeared in a variety of venues both online and in print. He possesses both a real Master's degree from Fort Hays State University and a... Read More →

Speakers
LM

Lynette M. Burrows

Lynette M. Burrows, a pediatric nurse, has seen people on their best and worst days. She has seen real-life drama, villains, and heroes. Those experiences made her long for better book villains and heroes. So she began to write. | | She writes about characters on their worst d... Read More →
avatar for Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson is a stay-at-home mom and tea-loving author of the Chroniker City steampunk series. As the jack-of-all-trades bard of the family, she journeys through life with her husband, daughter, and dog. She currently resides in Northwest Arkansas but hopes one day to live so... Read More →
avatar for Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →
avatar for Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City wi... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Plot Complications
Limited Capacity seats available

Characters in a story are attempting to solve a problem. In the best stories, their attempts go horribly awry. Who can forget the moment when the Crew of the Enterprise, attempting to defeat the Borg, is faced with the announcement from their beloved Captain--"I am Locutus, a Borg." And the course of the story is changed. Or, when Boromir falls to the lure of the Ring and tries to take it, splitting up the Fellowship and changing everyone's paths. Panelists and audience are invited to present their own favorite heart-stopping moment from books and film.

Moderators
MC

M.C. Chambers

M.C. Chambers writes science fiction and fantasy. Her first novel, Shapers’ Veil, is published by Hadley Rille Books. Other stories published by Hadley Rille Books include Silk and Velvet in the anthology Renaissance Festival Tales, an award-winning science fiction story, Visua... Read More →

Speakers
SR

Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten antho... Read More →
avatar for Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written f... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Jenifer

Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in E... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint

Stephanie Flint (formerly Stephanie Bibb) graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in photography and a minor in creative writing. She merged the two interests into book cover design and photographic illustration, but she particularly enjoys wr... Read More →
CS

Craig Smith

Craig Smith is a dystopian author that has published three novels. He recieved his MA in English & Creatve Writing from SNHU. He has taught numerous seminars on creative writing at a number of confronces


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Frontera

Jeni Frontera

J. R. Frontera‘s love of science fiction and fantasy originated with her early exposure to the worlds of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Dune. Exploring the potential and pitfalls of future or fantastical worlds is a temptation she’s just never been able to resis... Read More →
RH

Rob Howell

Rob is a reformed medieval academic who draws upon those skills and resources for his stories and settings. He has also been an IT professional, a cook, and a soda jerk. As a child, his parents discovered about the only way to keep him quiet was to give him a book. Without books... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

12:00pm

American Revolution and Other Historical Engagements
Short to mid length strategy games based on actual historical engagements or historical themes. 2+ players

Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Commissioned
Limited Capacity seats available

Commissioned is a 2-6 player cooperative-style board game with a simple deck-building mechanism that plays in 1 hour. Players are the early Christian Apostles and must work together to mature their faith decks, grow the church, collect the books of the New Testament, and overcome persecution. You do not need to know anything about Christianity to play.

Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Blade of Darkness
Limited Capacity seats available

A classic Greyhawk module converted for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons. Written for 4 players, with all character sheets, maps, and miniatures provided by the Dungeon Master. 3-5 players



Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:00pm

Munchkin
Limited Capacity seats available

Go down in the dungeon. Kill everything you meet. Backstab your friends and steal their stuff. Grab the treasure and run.
This award-winning card game, designed by Steve Jackson, captures the essence of the dungeon experience... with none of that stupid roleplaying stuff. You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items! Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt-Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm... or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon…

Will be running various different Munchkin games all weekend from Munchkin Apocalypse thru Munchkin Zombies and everything in between. Including Munchkin X-men, Marvel, Oz, Adventure time, etc and anything other SJ Games I can bring along with me. A Men in Black event. 3-6 players



Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Torg Eternity Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

Earth has been invaded: dinosaurs in New York, dragons over England, weird science in Egypt, horrors in India, technodemons in Russia, electric samurai in Japan, and a cyber-Inquisition in France. Bringing their own realities with them, these invaders twist the laws of our world to match their own. Most defenders are unable to fight it and are transformed to match the invaders' reality.

You are Storm Knights. You know how to harness the Possibility Energy these invaders seek, and you know a thing or two about remaining tethered to your own reality. You are able to fight these invaders where ordinary people fail. You will fight back these invaders.

This is a demonstration of the new rules for Torg Eternity. Characters will be provided, and the game will be explained. All experience levels are welcome. 2-6 players

Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilham Hall

12:30pm

1:00pm

Killing The Immortals and other Super Beings
Limited Capacity seats available

From video games, comics, television, and books, heroes will rise to kill or demolish demons, vampires, dragons, and even gods. Panelists will discuss why we like following these characters, what are some of the more inventive, silly, or gruesome ways people have gone about “getting the job done.”

Moderators
avatar for Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt

Tyrell Gephardt has been a lifelong fan of the genre and of fandom. He enjoys reading and watching a wide range of stories from high fantasy to hard science fiction and is willing to talk about those and everything in between. He also enjoys studying and participating in differen... Read More →

Speakers
TT

Tom Trumpinski

Tom Trumpinski is a retired scientist, author, and media critic. He worked at Fermilab on the particle detector that found the top quark and has spent much of his life examining the philosophies behind life in the universe and the implications of the Great Silence. He writes revi... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Monsters!!!!
Limited Capacity seats available

Monster expert Jonathan Maberry talks monsters in film, literature, comic books, and more!

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Hitting The Wall: How Not to Crash and Burn Before Publishing Your Story
Limited Capacity seats available

A multi-part panel presented by Uptown Authors, the topics focus on specific parts of writing, editing, and preparing your manuscript for publication. From initial world-building and research, to the ABC's of writers and editors, to avoiding burnout and the terrible "real numbers" of the publishing industry, this panel will provide information all writers need to help understand some of the business and personal issues faced when thinking seriously about publication.

Moderators
avatar for Dennis Young

Dennis Young

Dennis Young’s writing experience began in the third grade and has continued since. Once through the grueling trials of school (grade, high, and college, surviving with a flourish) he found an outlet for his imagination in the world of fanzines and fan literature. | Working i... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

The Science Of Science Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

What makes good science fiction? How much science is required? Panelists discuss science and science fiction throughout past and present and the craft of good science fiction with plenty of examples.

Moderators
avatar for Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
Will email

Speakers
avatar for Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has won the best-novel Hugo Award (for Hominids), and has twelve other Hugo nominations to his credit. He’s also won the best-novel Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan), plus Canada’s Aurora (a record-setting fourteen times... Read More →
avatar for H.G. Stratmann

H.G. Stratmann

Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP, has been a cardiologist for over 34 years. Before entering private practice he performed clinical medical research and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored some seventy pu... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Reading

Speakers
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Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the on-going FROST series, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, and the young-adult DRAGONKIN trilogy. His stand-alone books include the critically acclaimed SHADOWDANCE, NIGHTWATCH, ENCHANTER, and the Fritz-Leiber inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND, which will be republished later this year by Centipede Books. Some of his nearly 200 short stories have been collected in two volumes, TURN LEFT TO TOMORROW and THE FANTASTIKON: TALES OF WONDER, from Yard Dog Books. He's published two books of poetry, written for comic book companies such as Moonstone and Marvel. Also an editor, he's responsible for ARCHITECTS OF DREAMS: THE SFWA AUTHOR EMERITUS ANTHOLOGY, THROUGH MY GLASSES DARKLY: FIVE STORIES BY FRANK M. ROBINSON, and along with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, the brand-new and wonderfully funny LITTLE GREEN MEN - ATTACK! from Baen Books. He's a former two-term president of the Science Fiction... Read More →
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Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, Shazaam, Jason of Star Command, Batman and much more. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. It’s hard to contain the infinite, it just doesn’t work. Eventually, it had... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

1:00pm

Charity Auction
Limited Capacity seats available

Charity Auction

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Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:50pm
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Reading
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Reading

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Paula Helm Murray

Paula Helm Murray's stories have appeared in Sword and Sorceress IV and VIII, Spells of Wonder, MZB's Fantasy Magazine and Eldritch Tales. She is currently working on several very different writing projects as well as working a full time ‘day’ job. She lives in Kansas City wi... Read More →
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Selina Rosen

Selina Rosen is the author of over twenty-five novels including Sword Masters and Strange Robby, and she has had dozens of short stories published in professional venues including Thieves World and Impossible Monsters. As editor-in-chief of Yard Dog Press she has edited ten antho... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Northrup 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Reading
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Reading

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P R Adams

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I joined the Air Force, and my career took me from coast to coast before depositing me in the St. Louis, Missouri area for several years. After a tour in Korea and a short return to the St. Louis area, I retired and moved to the greater De... Read More →
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Caroline Spector

Over the past twenty-five years, Caroline Spector has published and edited numerous game modules, written three computer game hint books, published three novels in the Shadowrun/Earthdawn series, and has been working in the Wild Cards universe. In 2013, her essay, “Power and Fe... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Van Horn C 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

2:00pm

Remembering Carrie Fisher
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The world, and our community, lost one of our great iconic figures last year with the tragic death of Carrie Fisher. More than just a general, senator, and princess, she was a brilliant and witty writer who talked openly about her struggles with addiction and mental illness. Join us as we remember and discuss the impact of Carrie Fisher.

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Jenifer "J.R." Boles

J.R. Boles is a fantasy and fiction author currently hanging her hat in the Heartland. When not writing, she and her husband spend their free time chasing after their fearless daughters and rescue pup. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a degree in E... Read More →

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Allison Stein

Tech writer by day, artist and author by night, Allison is also a TV addict, geek princess, and cat servant — not necessarily in that order. Her award-winning short fiction and cover art has been published by several small presses, and she is a founding member the NobleFusion w... Read More →
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Patrick Stutzman

Patrick has always enjoyed writing and literature, even during those long, laborious essays required throughout his education. Evidence of his desire for writing began in the fifth grade, when he wrote and directed a play for his class. In 2005, Patrick traveled to Gen Con to bec... Read More →
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Jim Yelton

Jim Yelton has been creating for most of his life. An actor/director who has been involved in over 30 stage productions, Jim is an experienced talk show host and always found a way to sneak in his passion for geeky topics. But his love has always been writing and he’s written f... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

I See No Way in Which That Could Possibly Go Wrong
Limited Capacity seats available

Flying cars, electronic tattoos, teleportation – what new technologies are on the horizon, and what societal implications do we need to be aware of.

Moderators
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H.G. Stratmann

Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann, MD, FACC, FACP, has been a cardiologist for over 34 years. Before entering private practice he performed clinical medical research and became Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has authored or coauthored some seventy pu... Read More →

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Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the on-going FROST series, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, and the young-adult DRAGONKIN trilogy. His stand-alone books include the critically acclaimed SHADOWDANCE, NIGHTWATCH, ENCHANTER, and the Fritz-Leiber inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND, which will be republished later this year by Centipede Books. Some of his nearly 200 short stories have been collected in two volumes, TURN LEFT TO TOMORROW and THE FANTASTIKON: TALES OF WONDER, from Yard Dog Books. He's published two books of poetry, written for comic book companies such as Moonstone and Marvel. Also an editor, he's responsible for ARCHITECTS OF DREAMS: THE SFWA AUTHOR EMERITUS ANTHOLOGY, THROUGH MY GLASSES DARKLY: FIVE STORIES BY FRANK M. ROBINSON, and along with Bryan Thomas Schmidt, the brand-new and wonderfully funny LITTLE GREEN MEN - ATTACK! from Baen Books. He's a former two-term president of the Science Fiction... Read More →
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Bryn Donovan

Bryn Donovan earned her MFA at the University of Arizona, and she’s the author of two published novels, including SOLE POSSESSION from Carina Press. She’s also the author of the popular reference book MASTER LISTS FOR WRITERS. The first novel in her epic urban fantasy/paranor... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire A 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108

3:00pm

4:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
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Closing Ceremonies

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Jonathan Maberry

JONATHAN MABERRY is a NY Times bestselling novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Nightsiders series, the Dead of Night series, as well as standalone novels in multiple genres. His novels include KILL SWITCH, the 8th in his best-selling Joe Ledger thriller series; VAULT OF SHADOWS, a middle-grade sf/fantasy mash-up; and MARS ONE, a standalone teen space travel novel. He is the editor of many anthologies including THE X-FILES, SCARY OUT THERE, OUT OF TUNE, and V-WARS. His comic book works include, among others, CAPTAIN AMERICA, the Bram Stoker Award-winning BAD BLOOD, ROT... Read More →
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Rachael Mayo

Rachael Mayo is a fantasy and SF artist from Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a bachelor's degree in illustration from University of Central Missouri in 1999.   Rachael considers art her foremost hobby, and she spends most hours outside of her day job producing art. (Her day job is technical; she is a systems administrator who enjoys tormenting unsuspecting... Read More →
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Zac Zacarola

First took interest in SciFi as a kid with all those B movies; my favorite still being, When the Earth Stood Still. Then, Star Trek came along. Was involved with a couple of Sci-Fi activities in H.S. College (WVU) studied Chemistry; in and out of Monongamoot - WVU's SciFi club. Met Jo, a serious Monongamoot member who as heavily involved with MonCon III., which I attended. In fact, thanks to her, I've attended a number of SciFi conventions, including Four WorldCons (including TorCon), which I may not have otherwise attended. Been an analytical Chemist in Nuclear Power for over 35 years. Talk about SciFi come'n to life. Since 2008, I've been on the Environmental side of things, including NPDES... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Chicago 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108