• 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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Congratulations to the 2020 Compton Crook Award Winner: Arkady Martine for the novel A Memory Called Empire.

Congratulations to Vernor S. Vinge the winner of the 2020 Robert A. Heinlein Award!

Dragon WavesVirtual Balticon 54On MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. MAY 22-25, 2020. Join us for a free 4 day multi-track virtual convention free of charge. Instructions to attend at www.balticon.org

Special Events at BSFS Building:

Book Club Meeting at BSFS. Next held June 20, 2020 Likely Teleconference only. In May attend Virtual Balticon 54 for free online! see www.balticon.org for details.

Alphabet Soup. Board Gaming event on (CANCELED-SEE ABOVE) from 12:00 Noon til 5:00pm. Board gaming using the Hal Haag Memorial game collection. For more info contact artb at bsfs dot org

Film Night at BSFS. (CANCELED-SEE ABOVE) from 7:00pm-10:00 pm. It is highly likely this month's one will be canceled due to construction at BSFS. Watch this space for details.

Digital Gaming Event at BSFS. Canceled in May 2020 due to Virtual Balticon 54 at same time. See Balticon.org as your gateway to Virtual Balticon 54.

Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at BSFS In May canceled for Virtual Balticon. See Balticon.org as your gateway to Virtual Balticon 54.

Anime Social at BSFS. Next held on (CANCELED-SEE ABOVE) 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

See our long range events calendar here.

Borrow and bring back books from our 12,000 item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

None scheduled due to virus distancing. The BSFS Picnic on June 20, 2020 is likely to be moved off that date although no formal decission has been made as yet. However if you know of a site that does not need to be reserved a year in advance please let us know.

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings in June are likely to be teleconference only events, but even if we can go live the teleconference part will be available. To join using your computer use link https://zoom.us/j/580063103?pwd=ZzBtd3NEWHlpQ3VDcXdRSytsV3pUZz09
Or iPhone one-tap: US: +19292056099,,580063103# or +13126266799,,580063103#
Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782. Webinar ID: 580 063 103. International numbers available from https://zoom.us/u/ac8akhx8mH

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on June 13, 2020 as teleconference only unless things improve a lot with the virus situation, see above.

The Balticon 55 Planning Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on June 13, 2020 as teleconference only unless things improve a lot with the virus situation, 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 05/14/20 and 05/28/20 and 06/11/2020. 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/468885815?pwd=Z3orQ3lobVpOTms3eENoelRnNnZBZz09
Meeting ID: 468 885 815 Password: 560092
One tap mobile +13017158592,,468885815# US (Germantown) +19292056099,,468885815# US (New York)
Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) ; +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) ; +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) ; +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) ; +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) ; +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
Meeting ID: 468 885 815 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abWVtZvs5J
For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org

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