• 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.
  • 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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Congratulations to the 2024 Compton Crook Award Nominees: Deathwind: War of the Harbingers Book 1 by Brad Pawlowski (Sunquake Books); How to Be Remembered by Michael Thompson (Sourcebooks Landmark); Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa (S&S/Saga Press); These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs (Orbit)

Special Events at BSFS Building: (Some Online) Come on down and see our upgrades

Book Club Meeting at BSFS: Next Book Club held February 24, 2024 at 7:30 PM. Featured Book: Translation State by Ann Leckie. This Book Discussion will be by Zoom and also in-person at the BSFS Building (only use this zoom link for book club, for other zoom meetings use proper links below) at https://zoom.us/j/94129016253?pwd=LzRMVEZmVGtnUi9jOUc3MnFOcHFHQT09
Meeting ID: 941 2901 6253 Passcode: 041896

Speculative Poetry Workshop by Zoom: A monthly writer's workshop for SF and Fantasy and Speculative authors of poetry held every Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Near term this would mean 2/21/2024. By Zoom only (only use this zoom link for Poetry Workshop, for other zoom meetings use proper links below) at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82112772660?pwd=OpzU8diAfWSeCiAhdfSGKyfhcPW4Os.1

Film Night at BSFS: On March 16, 2024 at 7:00 PM (building opens at 6:00 PM for early folks and browse the library) with fun fan films and professional productions our license allows. This month not sure yet, check back to see schedule closer to date. (THE FLYER ON THE LINK IS OLD ONE so you can see what we did last month as an example and placeholder) The license we have says we can not advertise on the web but we can distribute flyers so use the password "movie" on the pdf file of the flyer that opens when you click here. Free screening on our 10 ft screen. Watch with old or new friends.

Sunday Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at Online:Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event next held February 25, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 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. The Tabletop RPG by Discord that would have the usual date at the end of August will not be held, the Tabletop RPG by Discord will return in September. For more details contact mike at bsfs dot org

Anime Social at BSFS: Anime Social will be in person and on Discord in February. Join Discord here On February 24, 2024 we will be screening from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM. 2PM with 1-3 of The Masterful Cat is Depressed Again Today. Workaholic Saku adopted Yukichi as a stray black kitten but then he grew to the size of a bear; 3:30PM is episodes 1-3 of The Apothecary Diaries. Maomao lived with her apothecary father until one day she’s sold as a lowly servant to the emperor’s palace; 5PM continue with more Space Dandy episodes 15 and 16. For more info or suggest titles for the future contact anime at BSFS dot org

Alphabet Soup Board Gaming at BSFS: Every third Sunday of the month at the BSFS Building. Next on March 17, 2024 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM. For info email matthewsands at bsfs dot org

See our long range events calendar here.

Borrow and bring back books from our 17,800+ item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

Oral History of BSFS Video Online: David M Ettlin one of the two surviving founding members of BSFS tells the story on Y-Tube at https://youtu.be/4Bxb4WBvh6E?si=HIlpfg-J9W4HeUEQ

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings this month will be in person at the BSFS Building and by teleconference by Zoom. To attend in person see our directions page at bsfsdrct.htm. 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

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on March 9, 2024 in person and by Zoom to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parliamentary rules, hang out etc. Connection details see above. This will be the 61st Anniversary Meeting of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society!

The Balticon 58 Planning Meeting next held on March 9, 2024 at 7:00 PM. Drop by in person or on Zoom then to 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, near term this means teleconference only by zoom on 02/22/2024 and 03/14/24. 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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