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Literature [clear filter]
Friday, May 26
 

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
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
 
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 →
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 →
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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/paranormal... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
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
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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 →
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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 →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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
 
Sunday, May 28
 

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
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
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 →
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 →


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