Speculations K.C. will collect original and reprint science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories with Kansas City ties, from setting to author, on the occasion of MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Kansas City Worldcon. It will be released at the Con and then made available through other outlets.
Kansas City fandom has a rich history from 40+ years of hosting an annual convention, ConQuesT, the 1976 Kansas City Worldcon MidAmeriCon and being home base for some major professional talent. Writers such as Jim Butcher, James Gunn, Robert A. Heinlein, William F. Nolan, John Kessel, Kij Johnson, Tom Reamy, Bill Wu, Manly Banister, Robin Wayne Bailey, Pat Cadigan and many more have called the area home through the decades. But Kansas City has also played home to artists and many, many fans.
Speculations K.C. will be edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, who has edited anthologies for Baen Books, Fairwood Press, WordFire Press and many others, ranging from science fiction to fantasy and horror. He's worked with some of the top writers in the business and has 5 anthologies released with 7 more under contract or in production. A member of the local fan group, KacSFFS (Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society), he's also active with the James Gunn Center For the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas and more.
Bryan has attracted top talent to participate in this project, allowing us to cover a broad spectrum of the history of Kansas City area speculative fiction. None of the reprints have appeared together before as far as we know and, pending contracts, they will include: Jim Butcher's very first Desden Files short story, James Gunn's original Immortals story, which inspired a tv series, a classic Heinlein story, Reamy's "Under the Holywood Sign," the very first female werewolf story ever: Manly Banister's "Eena," a pulp story from Kansas City's first Golden Age writer who wrote in his teens, Frank K. Kelly, and stories George R.R. Martin and C.J. Cherryh wrote at Kansas City conventions. We'll also have a brand new story from William F. Nolan (Logan's Run) paying tribute to Bradbury's Mars tales, new stories from Pat Cadigan, Rob Chilson, William F. Wu, Robin Wayne Bailey and more.
KacSFFS Press will be publishing the project, headed by Ken Keller, who has extensive experience in publishing and knowledge of fandom and genre history, especially local, as he is a three time president of the Kansas City local fan group KacSFFS and has been involved with it since its founding decades ago. Ken was also Chairman of MidAmeriCon and co-founder of KacSFFS in 1971. KacSFFS Press has several previous releases including 13 Horrors Edited by Brian Hopkins for the Kansas City World Horror Convention, Through My Glasses Darkly, a Frank M. Robinson collection edited by Robin Wayne Bailey and Walker Between The Worlds, a fantasy novella by Phyllis Eisenstein.
This Kickstarter is the only way to get copies of this great keepsake during Worldcon without attending the Con and the only way to get the soon out of print limited edition 13 HORRORS World Horror Con anthology put out also by KacSFFS Press. Those attending MidAmeriCon II can pick up their books at the Con (shipping will be refunded) or have them mailed. For those not attending MidAmeriCon II, books will be shipped in early September after the Convention which is held during August. All books will be signed at the Con and a special book launch/signing will be held for Backers and fans featuring Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Ken Keller, George R.R. Martin, William F. Nolan, James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Robin Wayne Bailey, Pat Cadigan, Phyllis Eisenstein, Michael Swanwick, Chris McKitterick, and more.
THE CREATIVE TEAM:
Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction including the novels The Worker Prince and The Returning, and the children’s books 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids (ebook only) and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends. His debut novel, The Worker Prince (2011) received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. He's edited anthologies including Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 (Flying Pen Press, 2012), Beyond The Sun (Fairwood, July 2013), Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age (Every Day Publishing, November 2013) , Shattered Shields with co-editor Jennifer Brozek (Baen, 2014), Mission: Tomorrow (forthcoming from Baen in Fall 2015), Little Green Men--Attack! with Robin Wayne Bailey (forthcoming from Baen in 2016) and Women Triumphant with Mike Resnick (forthcoming). He also edited Blue Shift Magazine and hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) alternate Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter and can be found via Twitter as @BryanThomasS, on his website at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net or Facebook.
Artist Ed Emshwiller
Edmund Alexander Emshwiller (1925-1990), who frequently signed his sf artwork "Emsh", studied art at the University of Michigan, the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Art Students League in New York. Beginning in 1951 with artwork published in Galaxy, the amazingly prolific Emsh, along with vast numbers of interior illustrations, produced over four hundred cover paintings for two dozen magazines, including Amazing, Astounding, If, Infinity Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (which he dominated through the 1950s), and Startling Stories, as well as many hardback and paperback books; his work for Ace Books alone would have made his reputation. He, Frank Kelly Freas and Richard M Powers were the undisputed rulers of the sf-art realm during the 1950s and early 1960s, and they were among the few sf artists of the time who could make a decent living from their work. Emshwiller shared the first Hugo for Best Cover Artist with Hannes Bok in 1953, and won further Hugos in 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1964; during that period, the only other cover artists to win Hugos were Freas and Roy G Krenkel. Emshwiller also painted abstract expressionist canvases for gallery exhibition and worked in experimental 16mm movie-making. From 1981 to 1986, he served as provost of the School of Film and Video at the California Institute of the Arts. As an sf artist, Emshwiller seemed equally at home in every sf illustrative mode, whether dramatic, symbolic or humorous, and he was adept in handling a wide variety of subject matter, from Spaceships and future Cities to whimsical Aliens and gruesome Monsters; he is described as "the great all-rounder of sf art" in Brian W Aldiss's Science Fiction Art (graph 1975). However, Emshwiller will always be remembered for helping to shift sf Illustration away from the colourful crudeness of the Pulp magazines toward more sophisticated approaches. He was posthumously inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007. - See more at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/emshwiller_ed#sthash.c4X7SL3x.dpuf
Publisher Ken Keller
KaCSFFS Press publisher Ken Keller has been a publishing professional for more than 40 years. He is also graphic designer, typographer, copy-editor, and onetime draftsmen. In 1971 he co-founded the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS), serving several times in the interim as its director and most recently as its president. He is also a past regional conventions chair and former Worldcon chair for MidAmeriCon, the 34th World Science Fiction Convention (1976) in Kansas City, MO.
KaCSFFS Press is the publishing division of the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS, founded 1971). It was established in 1996, the club's 25th Anniversary, to produce specialized publications of various types. In 2003 its parameters were expanded to include professional science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction in hardcover, trade paperback, and now e-book formats. _Speculations KC_* will debut at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in the summer of 2016, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of KC's first Worldcon in 1976 and the KaCSFFS 45th Anniversary.
** NOTE: Hardback collector's editions of 13 HORRORS are signed by Brian A. Hopkins, Joe Lansdale, Melanie Tem, Edward Bryant, Graham Masterton, Ramsey Calmpbell, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Michael Bishop, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, John Shirley, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Michael Slade, Gene Wolfe, Steve Resnic Tem and Charles L. Grant.
If we reach $11500, an extra $1500, we will add a hardback edition of the anthology and allow backers a chance to upgrade based on production cost and backer level.
If we raise an additional $3000 over our goal, we will do the hardback and add interior art, including some retro art originally published with some of the stories, as well as new art for some newer stories.
If we raise $5000 over our goal, we will add additional stories at pro rates, increasing the content value.
Risks and challenges
We have a tight production schedule for this book. We need to fund it now so our writers have time to write, submit, and polish stories and then the editor will assemble the book and send it to typesetting, along with introductory notes about each story and author. That requires a longer than usual delivery time for a crowdfunded project.
Bryan has two successfully funded anthology projects on Kickstarter and has supported several others. His previous Kickstarter anthologies have gotten great reviews from Gardner Dozois in Locus, Analog, Amazing Stories, Library Journal and other important venues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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