Baltimore Science Fiction Society [Version HH/DA-510]
  • 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.
  • E. J. Wenstrom reads from her book Departures 11/14/2021
  • 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.

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59 Years ago this January a group of young-ish folk met in a row-house basement in Baltimore and decided to start an organization of some sort for people who liked to read science fiction: BSFS was born.

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 January 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM as ZOOM Teleconference and in-person. Featured Book: Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. 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
Meeting ID: 941 2901 6253 Passcode: 041896

Film Night at BSFS: Next held February 19, 2022 (for vaccinated and masked only please) from 7:00pm-10:30 pm. (Building opens at 6:00 PM for early arrivals) Not sure what showing in February yet, will update this space when sure. Our license gives us the right to show pro productions, but we are not supposed to advertise on the web but can distribute fliers--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.

Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at BSFS: Next held January 30, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Meeting on the Discord server at 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 January 22, 2022 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. 2PM: High Guardian Spice episodes 1-3, a Crunchyroll original of four fierce girls whose lives converge at High Guardian Academy. At 3:30PM: Blade Runner: Black Lotus episodes 1-3, a Crunchyroll and Adult Swim original about a young woman who wakes up with no memories, and possessing deadly skills; parental discretion is advised. At 5PM: GATE episodes 19-20, continuing our longwatch. Just go to the Discord Server at 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

Alphabet Soup: Board Gaming event is on Hiatus due to virus concerns causing attendance to drop below practical levels and event does not work as online event.

See our long range events calendar here.

Borrow and bring back books from our 14,000 item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings this month will be in-person and teleconference by Zoom. You need to be completely vaccinated and wear mask to attend in person at BSFS. If possible attend by Zoom to avoid crowding at the BSFS Building to allow enhanced socil distancing. (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 by Zoom using your computer use link
Passcode: 930363
Meeting ID: 886 1607 5406 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 US (Washington DC), +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago), +1 929 205 6099 US (New York), +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma), +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston), +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 886 1607 5406 Passcode: 930363
International numbers available:

To attend in person see our directions page at

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on February 12, 2022. Drop on by in-person or on Zoom to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parliamentary rules, hang out etc., see above.

The Balticon 56 Planning Meeting next held February 12, 2022 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 01/27/2022 and 02/10/2022. 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
Meeting ID: 910 6490 8740 Passcode: 805110 (see Zoom phone numbers above for dial in at need)
For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org

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