• 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 6/1/2023:

BSFS ANNUAL PICNIC: at PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK, HOLLOFIELD AREA, SHELTER #: 301, 8020 BALTIMORE NATIONAL PIKE (RT 40 W), ELLICOTT CITY, MD 21043 (NO RAIN DATE) NOON to DUSK (˜ 9 PM). BSFS provides charcoal grill, beverages, ice, snacks, bring your own meat for grill and bring potluck to share if you like. (Park fee for car entry) Map and park info flyer at here as pdf document.

BSFS Building Events will open back for the June 10th BSFS and Balticon Meetings and then close the Building for the rest of June and July for the Building Upgrade Project. (Summer is always slow anyway and on-line only items and meetings that can be by Zoom continue) We will open things back up in-person as soon as can in August.

Special Events at BSFS Building: (Online and In-Person. If you have COVID symptoms please attend online)

Speculative Poetry Workshop by Zoom: A monthly writer's workshop for SF and Fantasy and Speculative authors of poetry held every Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Near term this would mean 06/15/2023. 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/82344040646?pwd=eFdCQlZmL29KSVYzYUZXdE1EK3Q1UT09
Meeting ID: 823 4404 0646 Passcode: 365968

Book Club Meeting at BSFS: Next Book Club held June 24, 2023 at 6:00 PM. Featured Book: Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein. In-person at the BSFS annual picnic held at the Patapsico Valley State Park. No Zoom as in park and internet not available. July Book Discussion will be by Zoom only.

Film Night at BSFS: Not held till we get Building open in August.

Sunday Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at Online: Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event is on June 25, 2023 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. For more details contact mike at bsfs dot org

Anime Social at BSFS: Normal next date in June we will all be at the BSFS annual picnic held at the Patapsico Valley State Park so join us there instead. Anime Social will be off in June, July and back in August due to BSFS Building upgrades. For more details email anime at bsfs dot org

Thursday Night Alphabet Soup Board Gaming at BSFS: On hiatus till August or maybe September and then returning to a Sunday afternoon schedule. For info email matthewsands at bsfs dot org

See our long range events calendar here.

Borrow and bring back books from our 17,000 item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building: BSFS/Balticon Exhibit at Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk: On hiatus for a bit. For details or volunteer email dale at bsfs dot org

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! We encourage vaccination, and a mask but your choice. (If you have symptoms please attend 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 June 10, 2023. 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 we need volunteers to help move the stuff that we use for Balticon back up the stairs and into the storage room. We usually do a human chain to accomplish efficiently so many volunteers needed this night. Then after the meeting we can move some stuff to clear out the areas the contractors will be upgrading.

The Balticon 57 Review and Balticon 58 Planning Meeting next held June 10, 2023 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, near term this means teleconference only by zoom on June 8, 2023 and June 22, 2023. 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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