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Friday, May 26
 

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 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 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 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 →


Friday May 26, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Fremont 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Saturday, May 27
 

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 publications... 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 →
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

2:00pm

Chemistry: The Neglected Science?
Limited Capacity seats available

"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

2:00pm

Time Travel; Theories, Paradoxes, and Possibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

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 is a writer and a home organizing consultant. 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... 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 Kevin Wohler

Kevin Wohler

Co-owner, publisher, Bottle Cap Publishing
Kevin Wohler is the author of The Village Alchemist, an urban fantasy series from Bottle Cap Publishing. His first novel, The Alchemist’s Notebook was published in 2016. He and his wife Rachel currently reside in Lawrence, Kansas, but dream of writing from Walt Disney World. In... Read More →


Saturday May 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Empire B 2345 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108
 
Sunday, May 28
 

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... Read More →

Sunday May 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Chicago 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
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 →

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 →
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 →


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