• The 2016 BSFS Amateur Writing Contest winners were announced at Capclave 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 8. Pictured from left: 1st place winner Irette Y. Patterson, 2nd place winner J.D. Gordon, and 3rd place winner S.L. Carney.
  • Enter one of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Writing Contests
  • Pictured from left, Sherin Nicole, Aliza Greenblatt, Day Al-Mohamed, Sarah Pinsker, Jason Harris, and P. Djeli Clark discussed "Diversity in Genre" during a roundtable on August 23.
  • Tour of the Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Pictured from left, writer Erica Satifka, editor Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction), moderator Sarah Pinsker, and editors Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld Magazine), Norm Sherman (Drabblecast), and Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism) discussed the current state of short fiction at a roundtable on March 22. Watch video of the panel.

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The Baltimore Science Fiction Society exists to promote the creation and appreciation of science fiction and fantasy cultural arts. Primarily through literary art forms, but also embracing the many related graphical, musical, and theatrical creations inspired by SF. If you love science fiction and fantasy then BSFS and our projects and programs are a new home for your mind, heart, and soul.

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ALL PUBLIC FUNCTIONS INSIDE BSFS BUILDING ARE CANCELED FOR NOW TO AVOID POSSIBLE SPREAD OF COVID-19 VIRUS. WE WILL RESUME PUBLIC EVENTS AT BSFS ONCE BALTIMORE CITY LIFTS THE CURRENT MASK MANDATE (SCHEDULED FOR 07/01/2021) WITH A SLOW SOFT START AT BSFS AFTER THAT DATE. SOME BALTICON AND BSFS MEETINGS ARE TELECONFERENCE ONLY OR WILL BE TELECONFERENCE WITH SELECTED IN-PERSON. SEE DETAILS ONCE DETERMINED BELOW.

Special Events at BSFS Building: (Or Online during Virus Times)

Book Club Meeting at BSFS. Next held June 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM as ZOOM Teleconference. (Not at picnic this year) Featured Book: Mars by Ben Bova. By Teleconference as Zoom Meeting. Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/94129016253?pwd=LzRMVEZmVGtnUi9jOUc3MnFOcHFHQT09
Meeting ID: 941 2901 6253 Passcode: 041896

Alphabet Soup. Board Gaming event on (CANCELED-SEE ABOVE) from 12:00 Noon til 5:00pm. Board gaming using the Hal Haag Memorial game collection. For more info contact artb at bsfs dot org

Film Night at BSFS. (CANCELED-SEE ABOVE) from 7:00pm-10:00 pm.

Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at BSFS. Next held June 27, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM will meeting on the Discord server at https://discord.gg/5U3s2YzPzQ You do need to register for Discord if you have never done so before, but the process is fairly easy. For more info before the event contact BSFSEvents at bsfs dot org

Anime Social at BSFS. (Off till after BSFS Picnic so on July 24) Next held on July 24, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a day of anime watching and just general hanging out normally, but due to the virus this will be a watch party on the discord server. At this anime social we will be watching episodes watching episodes 1-3 of Kemono Jihen, episodes 1-3 of Wonder Egg Priority, and episodes 5-6 of GATE. . Come join us! Go to the Discord Server at https://discord.gg/5U3s2YzPzQ and select from the available channels #wach-parties. You do need to register for Discord if you have never done so before, but the process is fairly easy. For more info or suggest titles for the future contact anime at BSFS dot org

See our long range events calendar here.

Borrow and bring back books from our 13,000 item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building. (when we are back open post virus)

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

BSFS Picnic at the Patapsco Valley State Park, Hollofield Area Shelter 301 on June 26, 2021 from 12:00 Noon till Dusk. In keeping with Governor's Orders fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks. (On your honor to wear mask if you are not fully vaccinated) We don't have leftovers from Balticon so free snacks and drinks will be spotty compared to past years so not only bring your own meat like usual but also more than normal other stuff. Lots of ice, charcoal and fun though. Park charges $3.00 per person Maryland Residents and $4.00 per person out of state when you drive in. Map and park regulations you will find useful at picnic map.

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings in July are to be teleconference mostly events. Selected vaccinated people will be joining from the BSFS Building. To join using your computer use link https://zoom.us/j/97614691479?pwd=aDJscVhySGJ5TUpOZTNXRXBTaHJadz09
Passcode: 463191
Or iPhone one-tap : US: +13017158592,,97614691479#,,,,*463191# or +19292056099,,97614691479#,,,,*463191# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 976 1469 1479 Passcode: 463191
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ac59gxWAiW

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on July 10, 2021 as a mostly teleconference event, see above.

The Balticon 56 Planning Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on July 10, 2021 as a mostly teleconference event, see above. Drop in and share your ideas about how to improve future Balticons. (or volunteer)

Writers Circle at BSFS:

BSFS sponsors a Writing Circle 6:30-8:30pm usually meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month inside the BSFS Building, however, near term this means teleconference only by zoom on 06/24/21 and 07/08/21. This is a SF and Fantasy focused writing group. If you write check it out. At least Seven stories work shopped at this writer's circle have been sold to professional markets in the last three years. This is a recurring meeting so any Writer's Circle meeting use: Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/91064908740?pwd=TENjZ25HenRNOHhtcHFaRlZnOGE3dz09
Meeting ID: 910 6490 8740 Passcode: 805110
For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org

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