ConQuesT

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ConQuesT
Status Active
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, and horror
Venue Kansas City Downtown Marriott
Location(s) Kansas City, Missouri
Country United States
Attendance 700+
Organized by The Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society
Website
http://www.conquestkc.org/

ConQuesT is an annual science fiction convention held in the Kansas City, Missouri area; it is sponsored by the long-running (since 1971) Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS, pronounced kax-fuss). ConQuesT is the oldest such convention in Missouri and the surrounding central states region. It was first established under the name Mid-America Con in the summer of 1972. After that, the next ten KaCSFFS-sponsored conventions were called BYOB-Cons (the final "B" in the name having additional and alternate meanings beyond the obvious "beer."); in 1980 KaCSFFS adopted the permanent name ConQuesT for its annual convention.

The convention is held to celebrate science fiction, fantasy, and horror "in all its various forms",[1] but with a nod to the literary side of these related genres. Each year the convention's programming is built around a different theme; it is usually held over the U. S. Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.[2]

Conventions[edit]

1980s[edit]

  • ConQuesT 2 - Held 1981 at the Hotel Continental, and featured author guest of honor Poul Anderson, fan guest of honor Donald C. Thompson, and toastmaster Lee Killough
  • ConQuesT 3 - Held 1982 at the downtown Roadway Inn, and featured author guest of honor Norman Spinrad, fan guest of honor Nancy Nutt, and toastmaster Warren Norwood, .
  • ConQuesT 4+10 - Held 1983 at the downtown Howard Johnson's, and featured author guest of honor Kate Wilhelm, fan guest Ken Moore, and toastmaster John Kessel.
  • ConQuesT 15 - Held 1984 at the downtown Howard Johnson's, and featured author guest of honor Frederik Pohl, fan guest Susan Satterfield, and toastmaster Thomas M. Disch.
  • ConQuesT 17 - Held 1986 at the downtown Howard Johnson's, and featured author guest of honor Tim Powers, fan guest Ann Layman Chancellor, and toastmaster Edward Bryant.
  • ConQuesT 20 - Held 1989 at the downtown Howard Johnson's, and featured author guest of honor Elizabeth Scarborough, artist guest Angela Lowry, fan guest Rebekah Rogge, and toastmaster C. J. Cherryh.

1990s[edit]

  • ConQuesT 22 - Held 1991, and featured author guest of honor John Kessel, fan guest Laura LeHew, artist guest Dan Patterson, and toastmaster Mike McQuay.
  • ConQuesT 24 - Held May 28–30, 1993, and featured author guest of honor James P. Hogan, fan guest Parris, artist guest Nick Smith, and toastmaster Steven Gould.
  • ConQuesT 25 - Held May 27–30, 1994, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured author guest of honor Steven Brust, fan guest Leonard Bishop, artist guest David Cherry, and toastmaster Pat Cadigan.
  • ConQuesT 28 - Held May 23–25, 1997, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honor Larry Niven, fan guest Bob Stoltman, artist guest Alan M. Clark, and toastmaster Wm. Mark Simmons.[3]
  • ConQuesT 29 - Held May 22–24, 1998, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honor K. W. Jeter, fan guest Gerald Burton, artist guest Keith Berdak, and toastmaster Vic Milan.[4][5]
  • ConQuesT 30 - Held May 28–30, 1999, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honor David Drake, artist guest Robert "J.R." Daniels, fan guest Samantha "Star" Straf, special guest Wilson "Bob" Tucker, and toastmaster Esther Friesner.[6]

2000s[edit]

  • ConQuesT 31 - Held May 26–28, 2000, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honor Walter Jon Williams, fan guests Dick Smith and Leah Zeldes Smith, artist guest Brad W. Foster, and toastmaster Darrell K. Sweet. The theme for the weekend was "It's the end of the world as we know it!"
  • ConQuesT 32 - Held May 25–27, 2001, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri,[7] featured guest of honor James K. Morrow, fan guest Roger Tener, artist guest Bill Hodgson, and toastmaster Stephen Pagel.
  • ConQuesT 33 - Held May 24–26, 2002, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured guest of honor Connie Willis.[8]
  • ConQuesT 36 - Held May 27–29, 2005, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured author guest of honor Joe Haldeman, toastmaster George R.R. Martin, fan guests Les and Jeanette Roth, and artist guest Theresa Mather.
  • ConQuesT 37 - Held May 26–28, 2006, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured author guest of honor Kage Baker, toastmaster Howard Waldrop, fan guest Charles Piehl, and artist guest Mitch Bentley.[12]

2010s[edit]

  • ConQuesT 41 - Held May 28–30, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, featured author guest of honor Michael Swanwick, toastmistress Toni Weisskopf, fan guest Geri Sullivan, artist guest Peri Charlifu, special guest Pete Abrams. The theme for the weekend was "Steampunk and Evil Geniuses".[18]
  • ConQuesT 42 - Held May 27–29, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, featured author guest of honor Tamora Pierce, toastmistress Rachel Caine, fan guest Tadao Tomomatsu, media guest The Great Luke Ski, and artist guest Erin McKee.[19] The theme for the weekend was "Life, the Universe, and ... you know the drill ... bring your own towel!"
  • ConQuesT 45 - Held May 23–25, 2014, at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, Missouri. Guests of Honor included author Glen Cook, artist David Lee Pancake, fans Barb and Ray VanTillburg, with toastmaster Caroline Spector. The convention also had a science guest of honor, Bridget Lowry of (JPL); its theme was Fantasy and Science Fiction "Noir."

Upcoming[edit]

  • ConQuesT 46 - To be held May 22–24, 2015, at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, Missouri. Guests of Honor will be author Brandon Sanderson, artist Nene Thomas, editor George R. R. Martin, fan Mark Oshiro, with Toastmaster Selina Rosen. The convention's theme is "The Adventure Begins HERE!," an homage to role play gaming.

References[edit]

  • Sooby, David (editor). The Handbook of the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, Version 2.1. KaCSFFS Press, 2002. No ISBN.
  1. ^ "Activities". Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Eberhart, John Mark (May 23, 2004). "A fantasy weekend? Science fiction, fantasy convention begins Friday". The Kansas City Star. p. H6. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ConQuesT 28". Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society. Archived from the original on December 7, 1998. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ConQuesT 29". Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society. Archived from the original on December 7, 1998. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Convention Listsings 1998". Locus. January 1998. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "ConQuesT 30". Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society. Archived from the original on December 7, 1998. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Calendar". Lawrence Journal-World (Lawrence, KS). May 24, 2001. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Eberhart, John Mark (May 24, 2002). "The ConQuesT of science fiction and fantasy". The Kansas City Star. p. E5. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ Eberhart, John Mark (May 23, 2003). "Out of this world". The Kansas City Star. p. F2. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Convention Listsings 2003". Locus. January 2003. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ Eberhart, John Mark (May 28, 2004). "New books, hot authors; Fans will get the chance to see a variety of writers". The Kansas City Star. p. 46. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Home Page". ConQuesT 37 official website. Archived from the original on May 7, 2006. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Home Page". ConQuesT 38 official website. Archived from the original on February 6, 2007. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ Koehler, Vince (April 1, 2008). "Conquest 39 In Kansas City". Entertainment Spectrum. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  15. ^ Majkol, Tracy (April 29, 2008). "A Master Writer, a Dead Babe and Young Superman, Oh My!" (Press release). ConQuesT 39. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  16. ^ Scalzi, John (May 18, 2009). "ConQuest 40 Schedule". Whatever. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Upcoming Events". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. June 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  18. ^ Powers, Tom (May 27, 2010). "ConQuest 41 This Weekend". Cinefantastique. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  19. ^ Kelly, Dan (May 21, 2011). "Literary Datebook: May 22-28". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 

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