• 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.

The Latest Word - as of 7/25/2021:

WE ARE SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY RESUMING PUBLIC EVENTS AT BSFS. SOME BALTICON AND BSFS MEETINGS ARE TELECONFERENCE ONLY OR WILL BE TELECONFERENCE WITH SELECTED IN-PERSON. SEE DETAILS ONCE DETERMINED BELOW. If you are vaccinated you are no longer required to wear a mask indoors. We ask that you respect the health concerns of others and wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.

Special Events at BSFS Building: (some Online instead/as-well)

Book Club Meeting at BSFS. Next held August 28, 2021 at 7:30 PM as ZOOM Teleconference and LIVE at the BSFS Building. Featured Book: Three Body Problem by Cixan Liu. For directions to the BSFS Building see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/94129016253?pwd=LzRMVEZmVGtnUi9jOUc3MnFOcHFHQT09
Meeting ID: 941 2901 6253 Passcode: 041896

Film Night at BSFS. August 21, 2021 from 5:00pm-11:30 pm. (Building opens at 4:00 PM) We will screen Troll Bridge an authorized Terry Pratchett fan film at 7:00 PM and before at 5:00 PM a recent Terry Pratchett professional production and after Troll Bridge continuing the pro production. All on our 10 ft screen! Our license gives us the right to show, but we are not supposed to advertise on the web but can distribute flyers--so to see the info on the pro film we are screening Click here and use the password "movie" on the pdf file that opens. Marty Gear donated to the production of Troll Bridge before his death in 2013 so join us in Marty's last premier in the BSFS Building!

Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at BSFS. Next held August 29, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM In person and also meeting on the Discord server at https://discord.gg/5U3s2YzPzQ To participate in person just drop by, but 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 August 28, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a day of anime watching and just general hanging out now again live at the BSFS Building, but due to the virus this will also be conducted as a watch party at the same time on the discord server. To attend stop by the BSFS Building (For directions to the BSFS Building see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm) or 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. Schedule of anime awaiting update from Anime Czar. For more info or suggest titles for the future contact anime at BSFS dot org

Alphabet Soup. Board Gaming event returns September 12, 2021 at the BSFS Building from 12:00 Noon til 5:00pm (under a new manager and will no longer be going on hiatus for the fall months as in past years) Board gaming using the Hal Haag Memorial game collection. For more info contact paulo 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.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

Highlandtown Art Walk. BSFS will set up at 3514 Bank Street on August 6, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Stop on by 7:00 - 9:00 PM to hear the musical stylings of OOMPUNK, Baltimore's premiere retro futurist conical low brass chamber ensemble playing a dizzying array of Industrial Steampunk Minimalism, Ragtime, Early Jazz and Sentimental Post Victorian Parlour Music on Helicons, Raincatchers, Double Belled Euphoniums and Kaiser Tubas. a Steampunk Musical Group. Sponsored by BSFS at this location/time.

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings in August are primarily live at the BSFS Building so drop by to attend in person, but will also be interactivly streamed by Zoom and folks can attend by that method. For directions to the BSFS Building see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm 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 August 14, 2021. Drop on by to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parlimentary rules, hang out, chat and borrow books etc., see above.

The Balticon 56 Planning Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on August 14, 2021 as a mostly Live event at the BSFS Building and also 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 07/22/21 and 08/26, 20021. 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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