• 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 Latest Word - as of 10/18/2021:

WE ARE OPENING SOME EVENTS AT THE BSFS BUILDING FOR FULLY VACCINATED FOLKS WEARING MASKS NOW AND HOPE COVID CONTINUES TO DROP TO FREE THINGS UP MORE NEXT MONTH. BALTICON AND BSFS MEETINGS ARE IN PERSON AND TELECONFERENCE IN OCTOBER. SEE DETAILS BELOW.

Special Events at BSFS Building: (Online and In-Person for the Fully Vaccinated and Masked During COVID Times)

Book Club Meeting at BSFS: Next held October 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM as ZOOM Teleconference and in-person. Featured Book: A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. Stop by the BSFS Building or join by Zoom (only use this zoom link for book club, for other zoom meetings use proper links below) at https://zoom.us/j/94129016253?pwd=LzRMVEZmVGtnUi9jOUc3MnFOcHFHQT09
Meeting ID: 941 2901 6253 Passcode: 041896

Special Film Night at BSFS: On October 30, 2021 (for vaccinated and masked only please) from 7:00pm-10:00 pm. (Building opens at 6:00 PM) As a Halloween treat we will screen Mystery of the Wax Museum and Doctor X in glorious digitally restored original two tone technicolor. (technicolor as rendered on LCD projection of course) All on our 10 ft screen! Historical commentary by Thomas the Red before and after the screenings.

Film Night at BSFS: Next held November 20, 2021 (for vaccinated and masked only please) from 7:00pm-10:30 pm. (Building opens at 6:00 PM for early arrivals) Star Trek Continues excelent fan film episodes Pilgrim of Eternity and Fairest of them all (fan films so good people have become confused and thought they were classic Trek episodes) an then several Pro animated items. All on our 10 ft screen! Our license gives us the right to show pro productions, but we are not supposed to advertise on the web but can distribute flyers--so to see the info on the pro films we are screening Click here and use the password "movie" on the pdf file that opens. Come on down and get your trek on.

Author Reading at BSFS: On November 13, 2021 at 8:00 PM author E. J. Wenstrom will read from her book Departures. In-person and by Zoom. This will be between the normal Balticon and BSFS Business Meetings and will be in-person and by Zoom. See below for Meeting details and Zoom login link. More information about E. J. Wenstrom at www.ejwenstrom.com/

Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at BSFS: Next held October 31, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Meeting on the Discord server at https://discord.gg/5U3s2YzPzQ To participate by Discord 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: Next held on October 23, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is usually a day of anime watching and just general hanging out. This month as a discord watch party. Just 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. The anime social for this October is gonna be a little spooky. At 2PM We'll be watching episodes 1-3 of Digimon Ghost Game; a brand new entry into the Digimon series with a supernatural emphasis. At 3:30PM we'll watch episode 1-3 of The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, a supernatural mystery/horror series with some BL romance. And finally, we'll episodes 15-16 of GATE, where hopefully (fingers crossed) will finally get the help she needs to deal with her daddy-issues.. For more info or suggest titles for the future contact anime at BSFS dot org

Alphabet Soup: Board Gaming event returns October 23, 2021 at the BSFS Building (for vaccinated and masked only please) from 12:00 Noon til 5:00pm Board gaming using the Hal Haag Memorial game collection. To attend email paulo at bsfs dot org and let him know you are coming as unless he gets minimum 4 people confirmed he will cancel this month.

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.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

The next Charm City Spec is coming October 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM on the patio of The Ivy Bookshop with readers...John Appel, Assassin's Orbit; Scott Edelman, Things That Never Happened; Tessa Gratton, Strange Grace; Justina Ireland, Ophie's Ghosts; Karlo Yeager Rodr�guez, Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology; A. C. Wise, The Ghost Sequences. Be forewarned: several of the readings will be appropriate to the spooky season. Also on offer: door prizes, snacks and beverages, Q&A, a mass signing, old friends and new! For more information see https://www.facebook.com/CharmCitySpec/ https://www.facebook.com/CharmCitySpec/

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings in November will be in-person and teleconference by Zoom. You need to be completely vaccinated and wear mask to attend in person at BSFS. (I hate masks too, but sometimes you just need to do things. If you can not stand masks and vaccination then attend by zoom) To attend in November by Zoom 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

To attend in person see our directions page at https://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on November 13, 2021. Drop on by in-person or on Zoom to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parliamentary rules, hang out etc., see above. This month a reading between BSFS and Balticon Meetings by author E. J. Wenstrom.

The Balticon 56 Planning Meeting next held November 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM. Drop in-person or on Zoom 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 10/28/2021 and 11/11/2021. Participants prefer to stay on zoom for now. 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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