ConQuesT

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ConQuesT
Status Active
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, and horror
Venue Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
Location(s) Kansas City, Missouri
Country United States
Attendance 1146
Organized by The Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society
Website
http://www.conquestkc.org/

ConQuesT is the annual science fiction and fantasy convention held in the Kansas City, Missouri area over the U. S. Memorial Day weekend. 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 fan convention of its type in Missouri and in the U. S. central states region, first established using the name Mid-America Con in June 1972. After that, the next nine KaCSFFS-sponsored conventions were named BYOB-Cons (the final "B" in the name having additional and alternate science fictional meanings beyond the traditional meanings.) In 1980 KaCSFFS adopted the permanent name ConQuesT (sometimes abbreviated CQT) for the convention.

The convention's purpose is to celebrate science fiction, fantasy, and horror "in all its various forms",[1] but with a nod toward the literary side of these closely related genres. For some years its programming has been built around a different yearly theme.[2]

Conventions[edit]

1970s[edit]

  • Mid-America Con – Held June, 16-18, 1972 at the Hotel Continental, and featured author guests of honor Philip Jose Farmer and James E. Gunn, fan guests Vern and Rita Coriell, special guest Russ Myers, and toastmasters Ken Keller and Jim Loehr.
  • BYOB-Con 1 (relaxicon) – Held late fall 1972 at the Glenwood Manor Motor Hotel (no guests of honor).
  • BYOB-Con 2 (relaxicon) – Held spring 1973 at the Glenwood Manor Motor Hotel (no guests of honor).
  • BYOB-Con 3 (relaxicon/weekend-long fan party) – Held fall 1973 at private residence (no guests of honor).
  • BYOB-Con 4 - Held summer 1974 at the Muehlebach Hotel, and featured author guest of honor Wilson Tucker, fan guest Hoy Ping Pong, and toastmaster Bob Tucker.
  • BYOB-Con 5 – Held summer 1975 at the Radisson Muehlebach Hotel, and featured author guest of honor Robert Bloch, fan guests Ron & Linda Bushyager, special guests Harlan Ellison, Tim Kirk, and toastmaster Bob Tucker.
  • BYOB-Con 6 – Held 1976 at the Airport Marriott Hotel, and featured author guest of honor C. L. Moore, fan guest Fred Haskell, and toastmaster Jodi Offut.
  • BYOB-Con 7 – Held 1977 at the Hotel President, and featured author guest of honor C. J. Cherryh, fan guest Sherry Fesselmeyer, and toastmaster Bob Tucker.
  • BYOB-Con 8 – Held 1978 at the Hotel President, and featured author guest of honor Marion Zimmer Bradley, fan guest Jan Howard Finder, and toastmaster Allan J. Wilde.
  • BYOB-Con 9 – Held 1979 at the Grandview Hotel, and featured author guest of honor Karl Edward Wagner, fan guest Martha Beck, special guest Carl Sherrell, and toastmaster Andrew J. Offutt.

1980s[edit]

  • ConQuesT 1980 – Held 1980 at the Hotel President, and featured author guest of honor Gordon R. Dickson, fan guest Garth Danielson, and toastmaster John Kessel.
  • 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 (including 1970s cons) – Held 1983 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, 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 Central, and featured author guest of honor Frederik Pohl, fan guest Susan Satterfield, and toastmaster Thomas M. Disch.
  • ConQuesT 16 – Held 1985 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, and featured author guest of honor George R. R. Martin, artist guest of honor Dell Harris, fan guests Robert "Buck" Coulson and Juanita Coulson, and toastmaster Algis Budrys.
  • ConQuesT 17 – Held 1986 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, and featured author guest of honor Tim Powers, fan guest Ann Layman Chancellor, and toastmaster Edward Bryant.
  • ConQuesT 18 – Held 1987 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, and featured author guest of honor John Varley, artist guest of honor Don Maitz, fan guest Brian Thomsen, and toastmaster Rusty Hevelin.
  • ConQuesT 19 – Held 1988 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, and featured author guest of honor Howard Waldrop, artist guest of honor Carl Lundgren, fan guest Bob Hise, and toastmaster David G. Hartwell.
  • ConQuesT 20 – Held 1989 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, and featured author guest of honor Elizabeth Scarborough, artist guest Angela Lowry, fan guest Rebekah Rogge, and toastmaster C. J. Cherryh.

1990s[edit]

  • ConQuesT 21 – Held 1990 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, and featured author guest of honor Melinda M. Snodgrass, fan guest David Means, artist guest Darrell K. Sweet, and toastmaster Bradley Denton.
  • 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 23 – Held May 22–24, 1992, and featured author guest of honor Michael Kube-McDowell, fan guest "Uncle Timmy" Bolgeo, artist guest Bob Eggleton, and toastmaster Vic Milan.
  • ConQuesT 24 – Held May 28–30, 1993, and featured author guest of honor James P. Hogan, fan guest Parris (later Parris McBride), 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 26 – Held May 26–28, 1995, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured author guest of honor Octavia Butler, fan guest Cheryl Medley, artist guest David Lee Anderson, special guest Mike Glyer, and toastmaster Mike Resnick.
  • ConQuesT 27 – Held May 24–26, 1996, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honor Allen Steele, fan guest Myrna Logan, artist guest Lubov, special guest Wilson "Bob" Tucker, and toastmaster Lee Killough.
  • 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]

2010s[edit]

  • ConQuesT 41 – Held May 28–30, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, MO featured author guest of honor Michael Swanwick, fan guest Geri Sullivan, artist guest Peri Charlifu, special guest Pete Abrams, and toastmaster Toni Weisskopf. The theme for the weekend was "Steampunk and Evil Geniuses".[18]
  • ConQuesT 42 – Held May 27–29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, MO, featured author guest of honor Tamora Pierce, fan guest Tadao Tomomatsu, artist guest Erin McKee, media guest The Great Luke Ski, and toastmaster Rachel Caine.[19] The theme for the weekend was "Life, the Universe, and ... you know the drill ... bring your own towel!"
  • ConQuesT 43 – Held May 25–27, 2012, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, featured author guests of honor Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, fan guest Tim Miller (of FenCon), artist guest Ursula Vernon, editor guest Gardner Dozois, and toastmaster Susan Satterfield. The theme for the weekend was "Into the Unknown".
  • ConQuesT 44 – Held May 24–26, 2013, at the Holiday Inn CoCo Key Water Resort in eastern Kansas City, Missouri. Guests of honor included author Patrick Rothfuss, fan guest Christopher Garcia, artist guest John Picacio, editor guest Teresa Nielsen Hayden, comics guest John Kovalic, and toastmastauthor er Patricia C. Wrede. Other program participants included fantasy authors George R. R. Martin and Bradley Denton. The theme for the convention weekend was "Magic, Mystery & Mayhem".
  • ConQuesT 45 – Held May 23–25, 2014, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri. Guests of Honor included author guest Glen Cook, fan guests Barb and Ray VanTillburg, artist guest David Lee Pancake, science guest Bridget Landry of JPL, and toastmaster Caroline Spector. The theme was Fantasy and Science Fiction "Noir".
  • ConQuesT 46 – Held May 22–24, 2015, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri. Guests of Honor included author guest Brandon Sanderson, fan guest Mark Oshiro, artist guest Nene Thomas, editor guest George R. R. Martin, and toastmaster Selina Rosen. The convention's theme was "The Adventure Begins HERE!", an homage to role play gaming.
  • ConQuesT 47 – Held May 27–29, 2016 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Guests of honor included author Nnedi Okorafor, fan guest Diane Lacey, artist guest Julie Dillon, and "toast" (toastmaster) Seanan McGuire. The convention's theme was "Prime".

Upcoming[edit]

ConQuesT 48: To be held May 26–28, 2017 at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. Author Guest of Honor Robert J. Sawyer, Fan Guest of Honor Zac Zacarola, Artist Guest of Honor Afua Richardson, and Toastmaster Jonathan Maberry. No convention theme has been announced.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  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 3, 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. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sooby, David (editor). The Handbook of the Kansas City Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, Version 2.1. KaCSFFS Press, 2002. No ISBN. Contains convention listings through 2002.

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