• 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.

The Latest Word - as of 6/20/2022:

WE ARE OPENING MORE EVENTS AT THE BSFS BUILDING FOR FULLY VACCINATED FOLKS WITH MASKS OPTIONAL AT THIS TIME.

Special Events at BSFS Building: (Online and In-Person for the Fully Vaccinated and Masks Optional During COVID Times)

BSFS ANNUAL PICNIC at Patapsco Valley State Park June 25, 2022, SEE DETAILS BELOW

Book Club Meeting at BSFS: Next held June 25, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Featured Book: Consider Phlebas by Ian M Banks, the first in his Culture series. In-person only at the BSFS Picnic NOT AT BSFS BUILDING. Not by Zoom this month as internet at park spotty.

Film Night at BSFS: On July 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM+ with fun fan films and Professional productions our license allows. 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.

Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at BSFS: Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event. June 26, 2022 from 1-5pm. On Discord only at https://discord.gg/5U3s2YzPzQ To participate by Discord you do need to register for Discord if you have never done so before, but the process is fairly easy. Our Tabletop Roleplaying Games (RPGs) meetup! We will be rotating through various tabletop Sci Fi RPGs. You are welcome if you love Tabletop RPG's. We will be running for all levels and will have premade characters available. We will run as many games as we have players to fill. For more details contact mike at bsfs dot org

Anime Social at BSFS: Not held in June due to BSFS Picnic on June date. Returns July 23, 2022 where we will screen a Cells at Work Marathon and conclude the Demon Slayer Train Arc. For more details email anime at bsfs dot org

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:

BSFS Picnic: On June 25, 2022 from 12:00 Noon (show at 11:00 am to help set up) till dusk ( ˜ 9 PM) at Patapsco Valley State Park, Hollofield Area, Shelter # 301, 8020 Baltimore National Pike (RT 40 W) Ellicott City, MD 21043 (No rain date, we are under shelter) We provide charcoal fire and snacks and non-alcohol beverages. Pot luck, bring and share. Park fee collected by park rangers to get into park of $3.00 per for State Residents and $5.00 for out of state folks, but no charge from BSFS. Click here for map to picnic.

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings this month will be in-person and teleconference by Zoom. Come on down and meet in person! You need to be completely vaccinated to attend in person at BSFS, but if you prefer a mask please wear. If you lack vaccination then pleaseattend by zoom) To attend by Zoom using your computer use link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88616075406?pwd=YmF1aDhPZzVYR2NjdzBYdGZ0aStpZz09
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: https://zoom.us/u/ac59gxWAiW

To attend in person see our directions page at https://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on July 9, 2022. Drop on by in-person or on Zoom to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parliamentary rules, hang out etc., see above. Before this meeting join volunteers to help move everything used at Balticon from downstairs and move to storage upstairs.

The Balticon 56 Planning Meeting next held July 9, 2022 at 7:00 PM. Drop by in-person or on Zoom and share your ideas about how to improve the next and 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 06/23/2022 and 07/14/2022. 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 https://zoom.us/j/91064908740?pwd=TENjZ25HenRNOHhtcHFaRlZnOGE3dz09
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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