Announcing the ConGlomeration 2017 Authors & Publishing Programming Lineup

Les Johnson BooksConGlomeration’s 2017 Authors & Publishing (A/P) programming lineup includes panels and workshops to help you generate story ideas, hone your writing craft and — just maybe — find a way to get profitably published. All this, plus the prose and wisdom of our 2017 Author Guest of Honor Les Johnson, along with a host of independent press publishers, authors, and editors.

If you ever dreamed of going pro as a writer — sci-fi, fantasy, horror or otherwise — ConGlomeration’s Authors & Publishers track is the place to be April 7-9.

Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!


  • 6pm: “The Amazon Effect”
  • 7pm-8pm: Dinner Break
  • 8pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Opening Ceremonies
    And so it begins: Welcome all our Guests of Honor to ConGlomeration 2017, meet a few of the staff responsible (for better or for worse) for this year’s convention, and maybe even get the skinny on a few “unofficial” parties and events.
  • 9pm-11pm: “Author Alley: Author Meet, Greet (& Maybe Sign)”
    Join us right after Opening Ceremonies conclude for a chance to casually interact with our Author Guest of Honor, Les Johnson, as well as other attending authors to include Geoffrey Girard, Lydia Sherrer, and many more. Want to get something signed? Here’s your chance. Want to ask a burning question? Here’s that chance as well.


  • 9am: “Self Pub Without Pity”
  • 10am: “I Could Totally Kill You With This”
  • 11am: “Putting Science in Fiction”
  • 12pm: Lunch Break
    Eat; it’s good for you. Also, eat something good for you.
  • 1pm: “No Nonsense, No Gimmick Book Marketing”
  • 2pm: “Collaborative Writing”
  • 3pm: “Tropes and Wanks
  • 4pm: “FuryPunk is not Dieselpunk”
  • 5pm-7pm: Dinner Break
    Leave the building; consume healthy foodstuffs. It’s go-time.
  • 7pm: “Author Alley: Author Meet, Greet (& Maybe Sign)”
    Come meetAuthor Guest of Honor, Les Johnson, as well as other attending authors to include Geoffrey Girard, Lydia Sherrer, and many more. Want to get something signed? Here’s your chance. Want to ask a burning question? Here’s that chance as well.
  • 8pm: Cosplay Masquerade Break
  • 9pm-11pm: “Authors & Publishers Open Forum”
    After Masquerade, join us for a casual Q&A with our authors. The floor is yours.


  • 10am: “Cars as Characters” 
  • 11am: “Authors & Publishers Final Notes”
    How did we do? What should we add for next year? This is the chance to let us know. Oh, and also a chance to thank all those who participated.
  • 12pm: ConGlomeration 2017 Closing Ceremonies
    Come bid adieu to all our Guests of Honor, including Author GoH Les Johnson, and send ConGlomeration 2017 out with a hearty fare-thee-well.

Want to attend these awesome panels? Register for ConGlomeration 2017!

Programming questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair []

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Announcing the ConGlomeration 2017 Featured Musical Guests Il Troubadore

il Troubadore Klingon Music ProjectConGlomeration is honored to announce that Il Troubadore, Indianapolis’s own Klingon Music Project, will return as the Featured Musical Guests for ConGlomeration 2017.

Longtime platypi will recall that Il Troubadore served that same role as our 2011 Featured Music Guests.

Known on the planet Qo’noS as bomwI’pu’, il Troubadore has been performing tlhIngan QoQ (Klingon music) live since 2009.

il Troubadore’s mission is to record and perform all existing songs in the complete musical oeuvre of the Klingon Empire. Everything from the grand ghe’naQ nIt to the vernacular may’ bom and HIvje’ bom will be able to be heard and appreciated by Terran audiences throughout the planet Earth.

You can catch il Troubadore as the halftime entertainment at the ConGlomeration 2017 Cosplay Masquerade — where they hope to please the ears of Klingon Chancellor Martok.

You can learn more about Il Troubadore via the group’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, or at

Guests of Honor questions?
Contact Keith Bratcher, Programming Chair []

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Our Game Room Sponsor Needs Help, Will Pay You in Games

Legends Comics & Games, our 2017 ConGlomeration Game Room sponsor, needs help — and they’ll pay you in games for your assistance.

Legends’ ranks of game warriors is depleted and, to shore up their numbers, they are offering $35 in store credit to anyone who joins the cause. To qualify, you must be willing to help their Overlord, Michael Dennis, with various tasks related to their convention dealer’s booth and their game tables.

There are only a limited number of spots open in the Legends troupe, so contact Mike at Play your cards right, and you’ll get back the entire value of your ConGlomeration membership in Legends merch.

Don’t delay, volunteer for the Legends army today.

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Announcing the ConGlomeration 2017 Author Guest of Honor Les Johnson

Les JohnsonMeet the rocket-scientist writer turning his own sci-fi books into NASA realities! ConGlomeration is proud to announce that Les Johnson will be our 2017 Author Guest of Honor.

Les is the author or co-author of multiple popular science and science fiction books, including Rescue Mode with co-author Ben Bova, and Back to the Moon and On to the Asteroid with co-author Travis Taylor. By day, Les is the Technical Adviser for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office and the Solar Sail Principal Investigator for the Near Earth Asteroid Scout mission at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. (Keen-eyed platypi will recall that Les appeared as our 2014 Featured Science Guest.)

Rescue-Mode-Cover-for-web.7375636_stdHe was the featured Interstellar Explorer in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine in their issue “celebrating 125 years of exploration” and was featured on National Public Radio’s Science Friday.

Les frequently speaks to the general public about space and science. He regularly speaks to civic and community groups throughout the southeastern United States and has done so in public forums in four countries. One student at the Tec de Monterey in Monterey, Mexico told him that he was “bigger than a rock star.” (Now that’s something a physicist does not hear very often!) He was the technical consultant for the movies Europa Report and Lost in Space. NPR, CNN, Fox News, The Science Channel and The Discovery Channel have all interviewed him about space and space exploration. He appeared on the Discovery Science Channel in three episodes of their series about interplanetary and interstellar exploration called Exodus Earth, National Geographic Channel’s series How to Survive the End of the World and Evacuate Earth.

On to the Asteroid by Les Johnson and Travis TaylorLes is a frequent guest at various science fiction conventions at which he speaks about space, popular science, and, of course, his books. LibertyCon (400 attendees), MidSouthCon (500+ attendees), and DragonCon (20,000 attendees or more) are three conventions at which he is a regular guest speaker.

Les was NASA’s Manager for Interstellar Propulsion Research and later managed the In-Space Propulsion Technology Project. He has worked for NASA since 1990 and has served in various technical and management roles. Les was the co-investigator on a Japanese space experiment flown in late 2010. He was the Chief Scientist for the ProSEDS space experiment, thrice received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, and holds 3 space technology patents.

He earned his Master’s degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and his Bachelor’s Degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and was published in Analog. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the National Space Society, The World Future Society, and MENSA.

You can learn more about Les Johnson at his Amazon Author pagehis Facebook page, or his website,

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ConGlomeration 2017’s Most Wanted: Game Masters!

Tools of the game masterThe ConGlomeration Game Room is the heart of our convention, with every type of tabletop awesomeness — board games, roleplaying games, collectible card games, miniature combat games — running for 50 hours straight.

That said, there is always room for more gaming. Thus, for the second year running, we’re putting out a call for GMs who want to demo or dungeon-master games during our 2017 convention — and we’re here to make it easier to run your games.

  • Want prize support? Our game staff will help you solicit giveaways from game suppliers and our dealers.
  • Need special game conditions? Our game room coordinators will help you reserve space, track down terrain and models, or sign up players in advance.
  • Not sure you can swing the $40 to attend ConGlomeration? In certain special circumstances, our game staff will help allay the cost of attendance for game masters that commit to running a specific number of games during our convention.

For details and assistance, just fire off an old-fashioned email to Our crack team of gaming lunatics is standing by.

ConGlomeration gaming can’t happen without game masters like you. Come join the Platypus Army and let’s make our game-a-palooza even more outrageous. Volunteer as a ConGlomeration 2017 game master today! 

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