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Friday, May 26
 

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 an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... 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 the... 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... 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... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Empire B 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
SD

Sherri Dean

Sherri Dean, yr Feisty Mistress of Fear is a Jack-o-lantern of all trades and Monster of none. She is a published author and cover artist most recently through Yard Dog Press. She is also a costumer, Masquerade emcee, cover model and singer (check out Bland Lemon and the Lemonades... 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 fake... 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... 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
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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
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers

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

7:00pm

The Difference between Preternatural, Supernatural and Paranormal
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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 Denver... 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. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... 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 - glacially... Read More →
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Batman. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. She started her creative career with poetry and animation, but it wasn't enough to paint the worlds and people that inhabit her brain... 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

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 entertaining... 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 - glacially... 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 anthologies... Read More →


Friday May 26, 2017 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Saturday, May 27
 

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. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... 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/paranormal... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
Fremont 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. His... 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 enough... 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 is the author of the Realm Walker urban fantasy series and the Whispered Tales twisted fairytales series. She describes herself as an author of all things fantasy, paranormal and romance. She lives in Kansas City in a house full of family and pets and can normally... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeni Frontera

Jeni Frontera

J. R. Frontera has been telling stories in some form or another since she could hold a crayon and draw. Her 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... 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

1:00pm

SF&F Literati book discussion: Robert Sawyer book
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion of Robert Sawyer's book Quantum Night. The audience is invited to share their thoughts. 

Moderators
avatar for Carol Doms

Carol Doms

Carol Doms, supports here fannish habits with her mundane job as a traveling librarian (Account Services Manager) for a Library product and services company. She has been a long time SF&F fan,(books, TV & movies) that found her way to fandom via attending her first Dr Who convention... Read More →

Speakers

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

2:00pm

Humor In Science Fiction and Fantasy
Limited Capacity seats available

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
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... 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 anthologies... 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 reviews... 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 publications... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Chouteau 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

4:00pm

Fantasy Charity
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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 - glacially... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Fremont 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
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
RW

Robin Wayne Bailey

Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous novels, including the FROST series, the DRAGONKIN trilogy, the BROTHERS OF THE DRAGON trilogy, the Fritz Leiber -inspired SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND and more. He hassldo authored nearly two hundred short stories and two books of poetry... 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... Read More →


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

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 debut sf novel, “What’s Bred in the Bone,” debuted this May from Weird Sisters Publishing. She is now hard at work on the second of the Bones Trilogy, “A Bone to Pick” (hopefully available by the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
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 Horror... 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 Day... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Fremont 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/paranormal... 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. His... 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 become... 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
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 fake... 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.
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

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 →

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 anthologies... 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 reviews... Read More →


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

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 is the author of the Realm Walker urban fantasy series and the Whispered Tales twisted fairytales series. She describes herself as an author of all things fantasy, paranormal and romance. She lives in Kansas City in a house full of family and pets and can normally... 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. Most noteably known for her involvement in the romance community, she writes... Read More →
avatar for Karen Bovenmyer

Karen Bovenmyer

Assistant Editor, PseudoPod Horror Podcast Magazine
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 Horror... 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 Day... 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
avatar for Sean Demory

Sean Demory

Founder, Pine Float Press
Sean Demory is an author of short fiction and the founder of Pine Float Press. His work has been included on the recommended reading list for Locus Magazine and has received honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, a fact that he’ll milk as long as possible. He is currently... 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 the... Read More →
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 hooking... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 7:00pm - 7:50pm
Benton 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Sunday, May 28
 

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 short... 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/paranormal... 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 is... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dora Furlong

Dora Furlong

Dora grew up on a steady diet of Battle Star Galactica, Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and Batman. These shows inspired her to create universes in her head. She started her creative career with poetry and animation, but it wasn't enough to paint the worlds and people that inhabit her brain... 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 childrens stories (kids books under the pen name Kristin Alis). She has published 5... 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 contain... Read More →
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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

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.

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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, Visual... Read More →

Speakers
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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 anthologies... 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 for... Read More →


Sunday May 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
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
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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... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Benton 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
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Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Freelance Writer/Editor
A national bestselling and Hugo-nominated editor, author, and screenwriter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt has written or edited novels including The Saga of Davi Rhii Trilogy, The Martian by Andy Weir, and entries in the Predator, X-Files, Monster Hunter International, Joe Ledger, and Decipher’s... Read More →

Speakers
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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... Read More →
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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 publications... Read More →


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