ConQuesT is the annual science fiction convention held in the Kansas City, Missouri area over the U. S. Memorial Day weekend that's 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 "beer".) 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", but with a nod toward the literary side of these closely related genres. For a few years its programming has been built around a different yearly theme.

Conventions

1970s

  • Mid-America Con – Held June 1972 at the Hotel Continental, and featured author guests of honour Philip Jose Farmer and James E. Gunn, fan guests Vern and Rita Coriell, and toastmasters Ken Keller and Jim Loehr. Special guest: Russ Myers.
  • 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 honour 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 honour Robert Bloch, fan guests Ron & Linda Bushyager, and toastmaster Bob Tucker. Special guests: Harlan Ellison, Tim Kirk.
  • BYOB-Con 6 – Held 1976 at the Airport Marriott Hotel, and featured author guest of honour 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour Karl Edward Wagner, fan guest Martha Beck, and Toastmaster Andrew J. Offutt. Special guest: Carl Sherrell.

1980s

  • ConQuesT 1980 – Held 1980 at the Hotel President, and featured author guest of honour Gordon R. Dickson, fan guest Garth Danielson, and toastmaster John Kessel.
  • ConQuesT 2 – Held 1981 at the Hotel Continental, and featured author guest of honour Poul Anderson, fan guest of honour Donald C. Thompson, and toastmaster Lee Killough.
  • ConQuesT 3 – Held 1982 at the downtown Roadway Inn, and featured author guest of honour Norman Spinrad, fan guest of honour 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour George R. R. Martin, artist guest of honour 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 honour 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 honour John Varley, artist guest of honour 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 honour Howard Waldrop, artist guest of honour 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 honour Elizabeth Scarborough, artist guest Angela Lowry, fan guest Rebekah Rogge, and toastmaster C. J. Cherryh.

1990s

  • ConQuesT 21 – Held 1990 at the downtown Howard Johnson's Central, and featured author guest of honour 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour 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 honour Larry Niven, fan guest Bob Stoltman, artist guest Alan M. Clark, and toastmaster Wm. Mark Simmons.
  • ConQuesT 29 – Held May 22–24, 1998, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honour K. W. Jeter, fan guest Gerald Burton, artist guest Keith Berdak, and toastmaster Vic Milan.
  • ConQuesT 30 – Held May 28–30, 1999, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honour David Drake, artist guest Robert "J.R." Daniels, fan guest Samantha "Star" Straf, special guest Wilson "Bob" Tucker, and toastmaster Esther Friesner.

2000s

  • ConQuesT 31 – Held May 26–28, 2000, at the Park Place Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, featured guest of honour Walter Jon Williams, fan guests Dick Smith and Leah Zeldes Smith, artist guest Brad W. Foster, and toastmaster Darrell K. Sweet. Convention theme: "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, featured guest of honour 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 honour Connie Willis, fan guest of honour Michael J. Walsh, artist guest Frank Kelly Freas, toastmaster Patrick Nielsen Hayden.
  • ConQuesT 34 – Held May 23–25, 2003, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured guest of honour Elizabeth Moon, fan guest Suzanne Carnival-Reece, artist guest of honour Vincent Di Fate, and toastmaster Ellen Datlow. Special guest: John Ringo.
  • ConQuesT 35 – Held May 28–30, 2004, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured author guest of honour Jennifer Roberson and artist guest of honour Jody A. Lee.
  • ConQuesT 36 – Held May 27–29, 2005, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured author guest of honour Joe Haldeman, fan guests Les and Jeanette Roth, artist guest Theresa Mather, and toastmaster George R. R. Martin.
  • ConQuesT 37 – Held May 26–28, 2006, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured author guest of honour Kage Baker, fan guest Charles Piehl, and artist guest Mitch Bentley, and toastmaster Howard Waldrop.
  • ConQuesT 38 – Held May 25–27, 2007, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured author guest of honour Phyllis Eisenstein, , fan guest Deb Geisler, artist guest Teddy Harvia, and toastmistress Teresa Nielsen Hayden.
  • ConQuesT 39 – Held May 23–25, 2008, at the Kansas City Airport Hilton, featured author guest of honour Joe R. Lansdale, fan guests Chris and Laurie Felknor, media guests Jeff East and Ellen Muth, artist guest David Lee Anderson, and toastmaster William Mark Simmons.
  • ConQuesT 40 – Held May 22–24, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, featured author guest of honour John Scalzi, fan guest Ed DeGruy, media guest Jerry Gelb, artist guest Oberon Zell, toastmistress Ellen Datlow.

2010s

  • ConQuesT 41 – Held May 28–30, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, MO featured author guest of honour 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".
  • ConQuesT 42 – Held May 27–29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center in Kansas City, MO, featured author guest of honour Tamora Pierce, toastmistress Rachel Caine, fan guest Tadao Tomomatsu, media guest The Great Luke Ski, and artist guest Erin McKee. 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 honour Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, artist guest Ursula Vernon, toastmaster Susan Satterfield, editor guest Gardner Dozois, and fan guest Tim Miller (of FenCon). 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 honour included author Patrick Rothfuss, fan Christopher Garcia, artist John Picacio, editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden, comics guest John Kovalic, and toastmistress Patricia C. Wrede. Other programme 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 Glen Cook, artist David Lee Pancake, science guest Bridget Landry of JPL, fans Barb and Ray VanTillburg, with toastmaster Caroline Spector. Its 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 Brandon Sanderson, artist Nene Thomas, editor George R. R. Martin, fan Mark Oshiro, with toastmaster Selina Rosen. The convention's theme was "The Adventure Begins HERE!", an homage to role play gaming.

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