• 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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Congratulations to the 2021 Compton Crook Award Winner: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Congratulations to the 2021 Robert A. Heinlein Award Winner: C. J. Cherryh

Virtual Balticon 55On MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. MAY 28-31, 2021. Join us for our 4 day multi-track virtual convention free of charge. Instructions to attend at www.balticon.org And if you want to donate to help bring Balticon to everyone see our Gofundme page


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

Book Club Meeting at BSFS. (New Time) Next held May 22, 2021 at 7:30 PM as ZOOM Teleconference. Featured Book: A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker . 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. (off till after Balticon) 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 Balticon and BSFS Picnic till 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 12,000 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:

Highlandtown Art Walk: BSFS will have a table at the First Friday Artwalk on 06/04/2021 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. (Hopefully no rain this time) Because the BSFS Building is so far from the action we will set up at 3514 Bank Street as an outside event, with vaccinated volunteers, wearing masks, and a light breeze always blows at Bank Street so should be fine. Just doing a fan table like set up. See Highlandtown Artwalk details at http://www.ihearthighlandtown.com/

BSFS Picnic at the Patapsco Valley State Park, Hollofield Area Shelter 301 on June 26, 2021 from 12:00 Noon till Dusk. We will need to adhere to all CDC and MD State Guidelines particularly since the ranger's can look out their office window and see if we are behaving as the shelter is right across a field from the ranger’s office ... More details to follow, but get your vaccine now to be ready!

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings in June are to be teleconference only events. 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 June 12, 2021 as a teleconference only event, see above.

The Balticon 55 Planning Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on June 12, 2021 as a teleconference only 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 05/13/2021 and then one on 05/27/21 is off due to Balticon so next one after Balticon is 06/10/2021. 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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