• 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The Latest Word - as of 3/27/2017:

Congratulations to the 2017 Compton Crook Award Finalists: (alpha by author order) Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee, Solaris; Arabella of Mars (the Adventures of Arabella Ashby) David H. Levine, Tor Books; Sword and Verse - Kathy MacMillan, HarperTeen; Sleeping Giants (The Themis Files) Sylvain Neuvel, Del Rey; Too Like the Lightning ( Terra Ignota, Book 1) Ada Palmer, Tor Books; Sleep State Interrupt - T.C. Weber, See Sharp Press.

Congratulations to Robert J. Sawyer the Winner of the 2017 Robert A. Heinlein Award!

Special Events at BSFS:

Book Club Meeting at BSFS. March 25, 2017 at 6:30pm drop by BSFS to discuss Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazney. Amber, the one true world on which all others are shadows was based on the geography of Baltimore in the 1960's. We will have at the reading a special exhibit of a First Edition of the book, One of the only 9 in existence after the publisher accidentally destroyed the entire first edition except for the ones Zelazney signed and gave to his friends.

Anime Social at BSFS. The next Anime Social at BSFS will be March 25, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a day of anime watching, board gaming, manga reading, and just general hanging out. For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org. For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org

Film Night at BSFS. April 15, 2017 from 7:00-10:00pm. Starting at 7:00pm with fan films till 8:00pm sharp and then a screening of Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen. (1989 version in english this time) Come down and see the film on our 10 ft screen. People liked the 1943 version so much it rekindled interest in the 1989 version and it was great so we are running it this month. See review here.

See our long range events calendar here.

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

Balticon 51 Planning Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on April 8, 2017. Drop on by and share your ideas. (or volunteer) For directions see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm.

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on April 8, 2017 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm

With the passing of Martin Deutsch creating a vacancy in the officers of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, the BSFS Board of Directors in accordance with the rules set fourth in Article 3 Sections 3 and 4 of the BSFS By-Laws calls an Election for President to be held April 8, 2017 toward the end of the normally scheduled BSFS Business Meeting. The previously announced election for the Office of Recording Secretary will not be held as Donna Dearborn rescinded her resignation when she found alternate transportation to BSFS meetings.

Alphabet Soup Gaming Session at BSFS Building:

Open Gaming with library open. Every Second and Fourth Sunday. This means near term this means March 26th and April 9th and 23rd. 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.

Writers Circle at BSFS:
BSFS sponsors a Writing Circle 6:30-8:30pm usually meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month. Near term this means March 23rd and April 13th. 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. For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org

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