Announcing the 2019 ConGlomeration Author Guest of Honor Timothy Zahn

Thrawn by Timothy ZahnConGlomeration is thrilled to announce that legendary Star Wars novelist Timothy Zahn will be our 2019 Author Guest of Honor.

Tim is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the Star Wars Expanded Universe, with his Thrawn Trilogy — which introduced the infamous villain Grand Admiral Thrawn to Star Wars canon, as well the Imperial capital planet of Coruscant, and the assassin-turned-hero Mara Jade — kickstarting widespread interest in the SWEU in 1991.

Even as these works have been relegated to “Legends” status, Tim’s creations proved so popular and so compelling that they have since been reintroduced to canon, with Tim himself writing the new authorized backstory of his most famous creation in the novel Thrawn.


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In some circles Timothy Zahn is known as “the man who saved Star Wars.” Difficult as it may be for younger fans to imagine, after the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983, interest in Star Wars began to wane. Follow-up releases in the franchise, including two made-for-television Ewok Adventure films and a children’s animated series (notably missing any of the movies’ protagonists or villains), threatened to relegate Star Wars to mere kiddie fare, abandoned by the rest of pop culture.

Tim’s novel Heir to the Empire, which set out to depict the fate of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, the Rebellion, and the Empire after the events of Return of the Jedi, treated the Star Wars universe as serious science fantasy and revived interest in the franchise at just the right time.

Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels

Still, despite being the hero that saved Luke Skywalker, there’s more to Timothy Zahn than just Star Wars.


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Timothy ZahnBut for a twist of fate, Tim would have been a doctoral physicist. Tim attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died, and Tim never completed his PhD.

Fortunately, in 1975, he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and his work was good enough that Tim became a professional writer. His fallback career seems to have worked out alright.

Over the past four decades, Tim has become one of science fiction’s most popular voices, known for pitting realistic human characters against a well-researched background of future science and technology. He has published over forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction.

Best known for his many Star Wars novels, Tim is also the author of the Blackcollar series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors series, the young-adult Dragonback series, and the Quadrail/Frank Compton series. He has also contributed to the Honor Harrington, Terminator, and Starcraft universes of science fiction. Along the way, Tim won the Hugo Award for his novella Cascade Point.

Today, Tim continues to write science fiction, including Star Wars tie-ins, because why stop doing what you’re good at? Tim and his wife Anna live in Bandon, Oregon. They have a son, Corwin Zahn.

You can learn more about Timothy Zahn on his Facebook page, Wikipedia entry, Wookieepedia entry, Goodreads listing, or Amazon Author page.


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Guests of Honor questions?
Contact our Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

$35 ConGlomeration Memberships END FRIDAY!!!

Keep Calm and Register for ConGlomeration

When the clock strikes midnight on March 16, the price of ConGlomeration goes up by $10!

From that moment on, all registrations will be sold for the at-the-door rate of $45. If you want to get in for a mere $35, use the promo code LASTCHANCE18.

Moreover, online registrations will END MARCH 23, so if you want to avoid human contact waiting in line to register at the door, buy your ConGlomeration 2018 memberships TODAY.


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Volunteer at Registration

Reytypus and Kylo Plat by Erik AppelhofThe Reg Desk needs you! We need volunteers to assist members in filling out registration forms and paying for memberships (by processing credit cards and taking cash; there are no free lunches here). Reg staff also enter membership data in our database and generate badges. Reg volunteers should be comfortable handling money, answering questions, and making small talk. Fast typists will be worshipped like unto gods.

Volunteer for six hours and you get an exclusive, not-for-sale platypus parody t-shirt.

You can see all our Volunteer opportunities here.


Registration questions?
Contact Kae Thompson & Christi Jones-Graziano, Registration Co-chairs [registration@conglomeration.info]

ConGlomeration 2018 KidCON Program

Kid Bat-TrooperConGlomeration’s 2018 KidCON lineup includes:

    • Magic wands
    • Tabletop gaming for the under-12 demographic
    • Cookies
    • Miniature painting
    • A court jester

The programs listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY during Easter weekend — Mar. 30 to Apr. 1 — as part of ConGlomeration 2018. These programs are designed specifically for members age 12 and under (who get in for $10 off, or — if you’re five and under — FREE).

If you want a family-friendly fandom experience for your younglings and padawans — ConGlomeration 2018 is the place to be.

Interested in more than just kid stuff? You can view our full program lineup here.


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FRIDAY, MARCH 30

Magic wand5pm “Games hosted by LEGENDS”
The merry crew from LEGENDS Comics & Game shop will be demonstrating and running games designed to capture the imagination of kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

7pm “Wands!!!”
ConGlomeration’s Masquerade director will help you create and paint your own magic wand! Make it look like the Elder Wand, or make it a completely unique creation! Wands come with a certificate detailing your chosen wood and core. 

8pm “Opening Ceremonies”
Join us in welcoming the 2018 Guests of Honor, Featured Guests, Returning Guests … Oh Heck, it’s just a big Fandom Family Reunion. Come see who’s here this year!


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SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Pokémon GO map11am “Miniature Painting by LEGENDS”
The merry crew from LEGENDS Comics & Game shop will be painting game miniatures with kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

1pm “Pokemon GO”
Louisville’s Anime Community invites you to come catch them all as they host ConGlomeration’s very own Pokemon gym for play.

2pm “Pocket the Fool”
Join John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell for fun and hijinks.

3pm “Cookie Decorating”
Time for a snack break, and a chance to decorate your very own themed cookie with the help of our world famous Hospitality crew in the Con Suite.

4pm “Art Break with the Guest of Honor”
Join our 2018 Artist Guest of Honor Stephen Hickman for some creative fun

5pm “Rattlesnake Tails”
Join Ms. Dee and learn to craft “rattlesnake” or “alien” tails from cardboard tubes

7pm “Games hosted by LEGENDS”
The merry crew from LEGENDS Comics & Game shop will be demonstrating and running games designed to capture the imagination of kids of all ages, but especially those under 12. No console (or batteries) required.

8pm “2018 Cosplay Masquerade
This year’s Masquerade will be epic. Always River, Chris Stark, and last year’s Best of Show winner Kathleen Wright serve as judges. John “Pocket the Fool” Cowgell is performing the half-time show. Bring on your best act and Cosplay to win the day…er, Night!


Want to spend Easter Weekend surrounded by family-friendly fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!


SUNDAY, APRIL 1

11am “Guests of Honor Last Call”
A final chance for you to ask that one other question of any of our 2018 guests from the previous programs, take that last selfie, get that last autograph. Or maybe, just say thanks…until we meet again.


Want to spend Easter Weekend surrounded by family-friendly fandom? Register for ConGlomeration 2018!


Programming questions?
Contact John Hickman & Lexi Taylor, Programming Directors [programming@conglomeration.info]

Discount ConGlomeration Memberships END MARCH 16th!

Keep Calm and Register for ConGlomeration
When the clock strikes midnight on March 16, the price of ConGlomeration goes up by $10!

From that moment on, all registrations will be sold for the at-the-door rate of $45. If you want to get in for a mere $35, use the promo code LASTCHANCE18.

Moreover, online registrations will END MARCH 23, so if you want to avoid human contact waiting in line to register at the door, buy your ConGlomeration 2018 memberships TODAY.


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Registration questions?
Contact Kae Thompson & Christi Jones-Graziano, Registration Co-chairs [registration@conglomeration.info]

ConGlomeration Hotel Discounts END MARCH 9th!

No VacancyOur discounted room rates for ConGlomeration end March 9th!

If you want to book a room at the Crowne Plaza for $60 below standard rack rates — cheaper than even online discount sites — you must use our online registration portal and book your room now later than 3pm Eastern on Friday, March 9th!


Book your ConGlomeration 2018 Hotel RoomDon’t want to miss a minute of ConGlomeration 2018? Reserve your ConGlomeration Hotel Room NOW!


You can reserve your room online or by phone at (888) 233-9527.

Hotel Rates for ConGlomeration 2018:

  • Standard Rooms — $99 + Tax
  • Deluxe Suites — $129 + Tax
  • Parlor Suites — $199 + Tax

You must use our online reservation portal or mention ConGlomeration during the phone reservation process to receive our reserved rates and to secure a room in the Official ConGlomeration room block.

Those of you planning room parties should stay in the ConGlomeration room block to avoid peeving the mundanes. Simply complete the Additional Requests field during your online reservation and ask for a space in the convention block.

Remember: The discounted convention room rates expire at 3pm on March 9, 2018. We recommend you make your reservations immediately! You can always cancel your reservations 48 hours before ConGlomeration 2018 if you decide not to stay on the property.


Book your ConGlomeration 2018 Hotel RoomDon’t want to miss a minute of ConGlomeration 2018? Reserve your ConGlomeration Hotel Room NOW!


Hotel questions?
Contact Sean Reck, Convention Chairman: [chairman@conglomeration.info]

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