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Second Saturday Conversation – Of Tribbles and Technology: Star Trek at 50

May 14, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

About Second Saturdays

Second Saturday Conversations feature interesting sci-tech and engineering speakers and topics in an informal setting. The programs are held in the Linda Hall Library Main Reading Room from 11:00 a.m. to Noon.

The exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Free admission and parking. Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.

Admission tickets

The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.

The May 14 lecture

Since 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the 23rd Century (and beyond) has inspired uncounted people to explore ideas and pursue careers in the creative arts as well as in fields of science and technology. Join Kansas City-area Star Trek novelists Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore in a discussion on how the imaginings of Star Trek’s creators have shaped our world of today—and given optimism to what lies ahead for us all. They also will share their insights and experiences with the creative process of Star Trek storytelling beyond movies and television. Audience participation will be encouraged!

The speakers

Dayton Ward is a New York Times bestselling author or co-author of more than thirty novels and novellas, often working with his best friend, Kevin Dilmore. His short fiction has appeared in more than twenty anthologies, and he’s written for magazines such as Kansas City Voices, Star Trek, and Star Trek Communicator, as well as the websites Tor.com, StarTrek.com, and Syfy.com. Until recently, Dayton was a software developer, having discovered the private sector and the perpetual fear of outsourcing after spending eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps. When asked, he’ll tell you he joined the military soon after high school because he’d grown tired of people telling him what to do all the time. Whoops. Though Dayton lives in Kansas City with his wife and daughters, he’s a Florida native and maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Visit him on the web at http://www.daytonward.com.

As a writer for more than 25 years, Kevin Dilmore has contributed to publications including the Village Voice, Amazing Stories, Hallmark, and Star Trek Communicator magazines as well as web sites including Hallmark.com and Star Trek.com. His essays on popular culture topics such as Star Wars, Star Trek, and comics have been included in anthologies published by Sequart and Crazy 8 Press. Kevin has teamed with author and best pal Dayton Ward for 16 years on novels, shorter fiction, and other writings chiefly within the Star Trek universe. Their next novel, Purgatory’s Key, will be published by Pocket Books in September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original “Star Trek” TV series. By day, Kevin works as a senior writer for Hallmark Cards, which published his children’s storybook, The Great Big itty bittys Justice League Adventure, this spring. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Kevin lives in Overland Park.


Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.


May 14, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Eric Ward
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Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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