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Saturday, September 1st, 2012
12:48 pm
the Lawrence SF Club is coming back to life!
Want to be a part of things? The best place to track what's going on is at the Facebook group page.

Note that though it's an official KU club, anyone can join! Being part of KU just means we get nice benefits.

Thursday, December 17th, 2009
4:00 pm
Sunday, January 4th, 2009
11:10 pm
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
4:09 pm
Kansas City Costumers' Guild Birthday Tea
Come help us celebrate the First Birthday of the Kansas City Chapter of the International Costumers' Guild!

Saturday January 10th
5:00-7:00 pm
at da Capo Teas
325 Main, Platte City, Missouri

Please Note: Paypal payment includes a small (less than $2.) handling fee. Any purchase of membership is not complete until the KCCG Treasurer has received the new members' email address, snail mail address, full name, and phone number. If efforts to receive this information fail you will be refunded the membership price through paypal. For a second member of the same household or child memberships for persons aged 15 and under please contact the KCCG Treasurer for special discount rates.

KCCG Members-$25.00

Ticket and 1 year KCCG Membership-$37.00
Membership Only-$15.00

Payment Options: Paypal linkie-boxes forthcoming, if you want to buy a membership now just paypal the total amount (we'll cover fees) to kccgtreasurer@yahoo.com. Include your name and email address in the comments box. If you prefer to not use paypal please contact Kelly Peterson at affreca@yahoo.com for information on mailing a check.

Tickets must be purchased by January 6th for us to RSVP to the tea house in time.

da Capo Teas
International Costumers' Guild, Inc.

Contact Info:
Event Questions- Aurora Celeste: auroraceleste@gmail.com
Payment and Membership Questions- Kelly Peterson: affreca@yahoo.com
Or join our Yahoo Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kccostume/

Tea and Guild FAQ located here: http://auroraceleste.livejournal.com/195465.html
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
10:55 pm
Denver Star Trek clubs?
A friend of mine is trying to find contact information for any Star Trek clubs in the Denver area. A search of teh intarwebs has resulted in a lot of contact information that is old, inaccurate, etc. Do you know any Star Trek fans from there? Or know someone who knows someone?
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
5:30 pm
KU Science Fiction club is forming!
At long last, we have a KU student who has taken the reigns of setting up the KUSF club. I'm the faculty advisor.

First meeting is Thursday night, May 1, at 8:00pm at Aimee's Coffee Shop, 1025 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, KS. Check out our CSSF page for more info.

See you there!

Saturday, January 5th, 2008
4:42 pm
Tea Time!!
Come Join the newly formed Kansas City Costumers' Guild in a Victorian High Tea to celebrate our 0 Year Birthday!

Who: Costume wearers and lovers alike!
What: 2 hour Victorian High Tea
When: January 19th, 5-7 pm
Where: daCapo Teas, Platte City, Missouri
Why: For lots of costumey fun and a good meal.
For More Info: http://www.aurorascostumes.com/tea.htm

Tickets available for purchase through paypal at the link above. All flavors of costume or costume attempts welcome, including movie reproductions; historical fashions; cosplay; fursuits; and Gothic, Lolita, Steampunk, and other extreme fashions. Special dietary menu available on request. Deadline is January 12th!
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
12:25 am
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
2:36 pm
Lane Robins book signing at Border's Friday night, August 24, 2007, at 7:00pm

Local author Lane Robins will be signing copies of her novel Maledicte at the Lawrence, KS Border's at 7th and New (where the first order sold out in one day) Come out with us and lend her your support!

Publisher's Weekly says, "Lane Robins is a fantasist with a future."

"Highly recommended."
--Library Journal
"A strong-willed debute whose painstakingly developed characters and tortuous plots exert an undeniably intense, if grim, fascination."
Kirkus Reviews

You can see a brief excerpt from Maledicte at maledicte.com. (I think the lead-in paragraph for the excerpt is one of the worst in the book, and Lane keeps saying she's going to change it, but hey--Even the worst paragraph is pretty damn good.) You can view Lane's Livejournal here. The Lawrence Journal-World published an interview with Lane at this link.

Lane is one third of my local "writing cabal" that meets each week, so I got to read Maledicte before it came out in stores (nanny-nanny-boo-boo), and it rocks. As you can see from the above reviews, I'm not the only one singing her praises.


Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
10:21 am
TODAY- Fiction Writers Emma Bull and Will Shetterly to Appear at Oread Books
Emma Bull and Will Shetterly will appear for a reading and book signing on Tuesday, July 31, 2007 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. at Oread Books on level 2 of the Kansas Union on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Each author is launching a new hardcover novel this month, published by Tor Books. Emma Bull’s new title, Territory, is a fantastic take on events in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881. Will Shetterly’s book The Gospel of the Knife is a magical coming-of-age story set in turbulent 1969 Florida. The authors’ visit is presented as part of Oread Books’ yearly “Sci Fi July,” and free and open to the public.

Emma Bull graduated from Beloit College, and then worked as a freelance journalist, editor and graphic designer. She also performs as a guitarist and singer. Her novel War for the Oaks won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Her subsequent works include the novels Falcon, Bone Dance (a Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-finalist), Finder and (with Steven Brust) Freedom and Necessity. Bull has also written screenplays, a children’s book and short stories. “Bull has quickly forged a stellar reputation for sharply original storytelling.” - Booklist

Will Shetterly writes novels, screenplays, short stories and comic books. His books include Elsewhere, Nevernever, Chimera, Double Feature and Dogland. His writing is inspired by an adventurous life including work on his parents’ trading post near Ojibwe lands in northern Ontario, Canada, and at a roadside attraction they operated in Florida, which inspired Dogland. He has been an actor, small press publisher and screenwriter. In 1994, he ran for Governor of Minnesota and finished third in a field of six. “Compelling, absorbing, hard-edged work.” – Kirkus Review, of Shetterly’s Dogland

Emma Bull and Will Shetterly have taught writing at Clarion West in Seattle, Washington and at the Pima Writers Workshop in Tucson, Arizona. They have conducted writing workshops in Los Angeles, California, and elsewhere and are members of the Interstate Writers’ Workshop. Bull and Shetterly are married and live in Bisbee, Arizona.

Oread Books is a full-service, independent bookseller located on the University of Kansas Campus in Lawrence on the second floor of the Kansas Union. As a non-profit organization, all proceeds are given back to KU through student programs and activities.

The selection and events at Oread Books are reflective of the campus community, always current and representing diverse points of view.

Added bonus - Emma is traveling with her guitar so we can probally get her to do a song or so at the signing / reading
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
12:01 am
Heroes & Villains of A Devoted Youth

Thursday Jun 07, 2007
at 8:00 PM

Astrokitty Comics & More
15 E. 7th St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

Ben Rumback is having his first Astrokitty art show...featuring pieces inspired by his childhood loves: GAMING, SCI-FI/FANTASY, & COMIC BOOKS!

Learn more at www.benrumback.com about Ben and his work and his upcoming show! It's the first art showing Astrokitty is a part of, but we're very excited! Ben's detailed, pop-culture-driven pieces are an amazing response to the influences from his childhood. Affordable, one-of-a-kind, and locally-produced...Ben Rumback's works are your chance to get a piece of illustration history-in-the-making before this Chicago-bound artist blows up!

Friday, April 20th, 2007
12:54 pm
SF Convention
Did Lawrence ever have a Science Fiction/Fantasy convention?  If so, what happened to it?  Do you think there is enough interest in having one in Lawrence?  If so, where would be a good place to host it?

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
1:53 pm
Astrokitty Comics Presents: Minicomicpalooza 2007, Wed., 1-5pm
REMINDER: MINICOMICPALOOZA 2007 @ Astrokitty Comics & More, 01/24/07

Astrokitty Comics & More (located on the corner of 7th & New Hampshire in Lawrence, KS, right above the Java Break/across the street from Borders) is proud to present...for the first time ever in Lawrence...a gathering of indie creators from the region the like you've never seen before!

From 1-5pm, come in and meet, greet, and get sweet, sweet comix!
Meet the creators! Get stuff signed! Get sketches made! Support local artists directly! Learn about the creative process!


John Ralston (Kaiser Bear)

Tom Avery (Cheating @ Solitaire)

Travis Fox (Foxy Moron)

Dale Martin (Watusi, the Talking Dog)

Jason Arnett

David Daneman


Plus, available during the MINICOMICPALOOZA will be many other mini-comix by creators from the area!!!

Be there!

Plus, we have a whole boatload of new comics, trade paperbacks, toys and more this Wednesday! Woohoo!

Need more info?

Check out http://www.astrokittycomics.com
Friday, January 5th, 2007
1:44 pm

Click on the above link for information...

Or, read this!


Atomic Revolver is a virtual studio consisting of Jason Aaron (Vertigo's The Other Side and Scalped), Jeremy Haun (Image's Paradigm, Battle Hymn, Oni's the Leading Man, IDW's Desperadoes and Masters of Horror, Devil's Due's GI Joe: Special Missions Manhattan, and Marvel's Casualties of War: Captain America and Iron Man), B. Clay Moore (Image's Hawaiian Dick, Battle Hymn and Expatriate, Oni's the Leading Man, Devil's Due's GI Joe: Special Missions Manhattan and upcoming for Marvel: Marvel Comics Presents), Seth Peck (Image's upcoming '76, Ironhead and Sorrow, the Boxer back-up in Expatriate), & Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, Fear Agent, The Exterminators, Brit). This will be the first public appearance of the studio-mates since the formation of the group! Stop by the store, buy some of their product, bring some of their stuff, and get items signed, get sketches done, and talk to some great local guys who are also professionals working in the comic book industry!

So, that's tomorrow, SATURDAY...one p.m. until whenever the guys get tired of sitting around. :)

If you don't know how to get here...check out...

http://www.astrokittycomics.com and click on the map!

Let's all come out and make this a big deal, okay? Show these guys some love!!!

Sunday, October 29th, 2006
10:46 pm
Steven Brust
Author Steven Brust will be in town wednesday November 1st, there will be a social gathering at our place - contact me for details.
Friday, October 20th, 2006
10:50 pm
next summer CSSF programs
From Jim Gunn about next summer's programs:

We thought you'd like to learn early about our plans for next summer. We'll have the usual Writers Workshop (June 24--July 5) as well as the second installment of Kij Johnson's novel workshop and the Intensive English Institute on the Teaching of Science Fiction (short stories, July 9-20), but the Campbell Conference will meet in Kansas City in conjunction with the Heinlein Centennial and the Science Fiction Research Association meeting July 5-8. Workshoppers and Institute students will have the opportunity to enjoy the Heinlein Centennial activities and perhaps some functions of SFRA for the price of their Campbell Conference membership.

Campbell Conference activities (which will include a joint award ceremony with SFRA on Friday evening) will be a Saturday morning roundtable discussion on the topic of "Robert A. Heinlein and 21st Century Science Fiction" and maybe some filmed interviews; SFRA (I'll be one of the guest writers along with featured guest Fred Pohl and Allen Steele) and Centennial activities will provide other program opportunities (check out their websites for program details). Our activities (and SFRA's) will be in the Westin Crown Hotel (Centennial activities will be mostly in the adjacent Hyatt), so attendees might want to get rooms in one or the other early, or arrange to share a room at the Westin to reduce expenses; or you can reduce expenses still more by staying in the dormitory at K.U. and commuting (although the hotel garages charge parking fees). Because SFRA events start Thursday afternoon, we will complete the Workshop discussions on Thursday morning.

James Gunn
Center for the Study of Science Fiction
"Let's save the world through science fiction"
Monday, September 25th, 2006
1:45 pm
Lawrence Book Crawl This Saturday
(from Ruth, again):

NEWS FLASH: The Lawrence Public Library will also be holding its big book sale that day! A huge tent full `o books, right behind the library. Saturday, Sept. 30.

Here's the plan so far:

8:30ish: Kansas City folks - gather at the Village Inn in Shawnee Mission for breakfast and convoying or carpooling.

Village Inn
5800 Broadmoor St
Shawnee Mission, KS 66202

9:30ish: Jump in your cars and road trip it to Lawrence

10:00ish: Arrive in Lawrence - meet at Half Price Books on 23rd Street, then Oread Books on campus, then downtown to visit the Raven, Dusty Bookshelf, Signs of Life, Vagabond Bookman, Brits, Game Nut Entertainment, the Library Sale, and some of the other very fine and interesting stores within easy walking distance. And maybe one of the very fine downtown restaurants for dinner. And/or a street café for short breaks throughout the day to fondle your found treasures and show them off to the other book groupies. Maybe you should bring a cart?

7:00 pm: Star and Pooch and Ruth head off to the Lied Center on campus to attend a concert of Cartoon Music. Yes, that's Cartoon Music, as in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Interested? Tickets are still available! Click here for details.

Monday, September 18th, 2006
3:27 pm
Lawrence Book Crawl
Cool book event coming up here in town, set up by Ruth Lichtwardt (KaCSFFS President, Campbell Conference book-signing host, and book-buyer at the Oread Bookstore):

KaCSFFS is planning on holding a book crawl here in Lawrence on Saturday, Sept. 30. We'll be meeting at the Half Price Books on 23rd Street, then heading to Oread Books (of course), then going downtown to visit the stores there, and finishing up with dinner. More info as it's planned. We'd love it if you can join in!

Sunday, September 10th, 2006
1:01 pm
I'm sure a bunch of you out there run or help run SF conventions. Well, here's a tip I just got from _starlady_: At the beginning of December, SMOFcon will be held in Kansas City.

It's a meta-con!


PS: If you don't know what's a SMOF, perhaps it's not the con for you - which is exactly what a SMOF would say, eh? ;-)
Thursday, September 7th, 2006
11:26 pm
We're planning a housewarming party at the new house this Saturday! Sci-fi people, comics people, and writers are especially welcome, whether we've met you before or not!

BYOB, or bring a bottle to add to the bar and share--or both. In general we're encouraging people to bring booze, snacks, and mixers to share.

Place: 1221 Connecticut in Lawrence, KS
Time: 8pm until whenever on Saturday, September 9, 2006.

Additional activities will include DDR, and piercings by a professional (who has over twelve years experience in the business and was, until a few days ago, piercing at a shop in KC) at lower than his normal shop rates, since this will be his last weekend in Kansas.

Who knows what else we might do? Anyone want a mohawk or a funky hair color? Heh! I'll probably get my guitar out at some point, and anyone with an instrument is encouraged to bring it, too.
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