ConQuesT is an annual science fiction convention held in the Kansas City, Missouri area that is sponsored by the long-running (since 1971) Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS, pronounced kax-fuss). ConQuesT is the oldest such regional convention of its type in Missouri and in the surrounding central states region. It was first established under the name Mid-America Con in June 1972. After that, the next ten KaCSFFS-sponsored conventions were named BYOB-Cons (the final “B” in the name having additional and alternate science fictional meanings beyond the traditional “beer”.) In 1980 KaCSFFS adopted the permanent name ConQuesT for the convention.
The convention is held to celebrate science fiction, fantasy, and horror “in all its various forms”, but with a nod toward the literary side of these related genres. Each year the convention’s programming is built around a different theme and is held over the U. S. Memorial Day weekend at the end of May.
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