• 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 Latest Word - as of 4/24/2017:

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 D. 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:

Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention, which BSFS runs, will be held May 26-29 will cause many of our special events to be suspended as we prep for Balticon or clean up after Balticon. In the mean time check out our convention Balticon.

Book Club Meeting at BSFS. June 24, 2017 at 5:00pm at the BSFS Picnic we will discuss Barsk by Lawrence M. Schoen (2015) SF. A story with post human uplifted bears. In May come on over to Balticon and see our many authors and programs.

Anime Social at BSFS. The next Anime Social at BSFS will be July 22, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Off May for Balticon and June for picnic) For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org. In May come on over to Balticon and see our anime room.

Film Night at BSFS. On hiatus till after Balticon. In May come on over to Balticon and see many videos. Film night at BSFS returns in June.

See our long range events calendar here.

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

Balticon 51 Planning Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on May 13, 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 May 13, 2017 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Immediately after the business meeting volunteers needed to configure main room for Balticon logistics and start to move Balticon equipment/supplies from storage to staging in main room. For directions see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm

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 April 27th and May 11th. 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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