The science fiction and fantasy convention, ConGregate 6 is coming to High Point, NC, July 12-14
High Point, NC: ConGregate is pleased to announce they are returning for another exciting year in the Triad. The annual science fiction convention will be held July 12-14, 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel in High Point, NC.
Headlining a list of over 60 guests is Writer Guest of Honor, Eric Flint. Flint’s alternate history novel 1632 was published in 2000, followed by many sequels, several of which made the New York Times bestselling list. Flint has co-authored stories with David Drake, Ryk Spoor, David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, Dave Freer and more. His works have been listed on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Locus Magazine bestseller lists.
In addition, ConGregate is happy to welcome back Special Guests Michael A. Stackpole, Toni Weisskopf and Valentine Wolfe.
Special Literary Guest Michael A. Stackpole is the multiple New York Times bestselling author of over forty fantasy and science fiction novels, his best known books written in the Star Wars® universe, include I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron, as well as the X-Wing graphic novel series. Stackpole will host a series of eight writing workshops over the weekend. His workshops can be purchased ahead of time for $75.00 for the entire series, or for $10 per session at the door (prices do not include convention membership).
In 2006, Special Literary Guest Toni Weisskopf succeeded Jim Baen as publisher of Baen Books, a leading publisher of sf and fantasy. She has worked with such authors as David Weber, Mercedes Lackey, David Drake, Lois McMaster Bujold, Eric Flint, Wen Spencer, Larry Correia, Charles E. Gannon, and many others.
Special Musical Guests Valentine Wolfe is a gothic, chamber metal duo, blending the ethereal soprano vocals of Sarah Black and the thunderous roar of Braxton Ballew’s electric upright bass to evoke the imaginary soundscape of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe.
Notable scientists attending ConGregate include Les Johnson and Dr. Robert Hampson. Les Johnson, is a physicist, author, and NASA technologist. He will be will be speaking about the fundamental principles of the many real space propulsion technologies in use and being developed for the future. Dr. Hampson, a Professor of Physiology/Pharmacology and Neurology with Wake Forest School of Medicine, will be talking about the importance of communicating science in addition to other panels.
In addition to the amazing literary, science, and costuming guests, there will be performance artists such as the shadowcasting group Charming Underclothes, comedic magic by Flabbergast the Wizard, and musical performances by Angel Metro, White Plectrum, Metricula, and Dimensional Riffs.
Special Programming includes Friday Night Frights – the original silent film Nosferatu followed by ghost stories told by award-winning storyteller Tally Johnson, both with live accompaniment by Valentine Wolfe. There will be workshops on writing, 3D printing, leather making and costuming; as well as appearances by members of the 105th Squad, the 501st Stormtrooper Legion and the Mandalorian Mercs. In addition, ConGregate will host a variety of other programming, including:
- Panel discussions
- Open Gaming
- Costume Contest
- Charity Auction to benefit the food bank at Greensboro Urban Ministry
- And much, much more.
Pre-Registration for a weekend membership is currently $42.00 for adults, $27.00 for youths age 8-13, until 6/30/19, children ages 8 and under are free. At the door, prices will be $50.00 for adults, and $35.00 for youth.
ConGregate is a completely volunteer run general speculative fiction convention, trying to provide an inclusive environment for all fans. The convention hosts a fair amount of interactive programming, such as workshops, sing-a-longs and television style game shows, in addition to traditional panel discussions. This allows the attendees an opportunity to interact directly with the guests and other fans. For additional information about ConGregate or to register, please visit the website at www.con-gregate.com.