• 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 3/27/2023:

Congratulations to 2023 Compton Crook Award Nominees: Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan; Bluebird by Ciel Pierlot; The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings; The Genesis of Misery by Neon Yang; Obsidian by Sarah J. Daley; The Bone Orchard by Sara Mueller

Congratulations to John Scalzi, Winner of the 2023 Robert A. Heinlein Award!

Many Events at the BSFS Building Open. We Encourage Vaccination and Masks.

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 means 4/20/2023. 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 held April 22, 2023 at 7:30 PM. Featured Book: Jane Yolen - Sister Light, Sister Dark. In-person at the BSFS Building and by Zoom (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 To attend in person see our directions page at https://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm

Film Night at BSFS: On April 16, 2023 at 7:00 PM+ (building opens at 6:00 PM for early folks) with fun fan films and professional productions our license allows. This month not sure what we are running yet, check back here little later. The license we have says we can not advertise on the web but can distribute flyers so click (last months flyer as sample till April items settled) here and use the password "movie" on the pdf file of the flyer that opens to see the movie. See it on our 10 ft screen with friends.

Sunday Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at Online: Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event is on April 30, 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: Returns April 22, 2023 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the BSFS Building. Items to be screened include @ 2PM Kaina of the Great Snow Sea 1-3; @ 3:30PM The Fire Hunter 1-3; @ 5PM Space Dandy 3-4. For more details email anime at bsfs dot org

Thursday Night Alphabet Soup Board Gaming at BSFS: Evenings of the first and third Thursdays of each month, that is for next ones April 6, 2023 and April 20, 2023 at 5:00 PM and going to 10:30 PM come on down for a night of in-person SF and Fantasy theme board gaming. For info email matthewsands at bsfs dot org (Library open of course during this event like at all in-person events)

See our long range events calendar here.

Borrow and bring back books from our 15,000 item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building.

For the Daphne Eftychia Arthur Memorial on 03/19/2023, the program with bio as a pdf file can be found here.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building: BSFS/Balticon Exhibit at Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk: April 7, 2023 5:00 PM+. Our location 3514 Bank Street, Baltimore MD. Art Walk details at ihearthighlandtown.com 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 April 8, 2023. Drop on by in-person or on Zoom to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parliamentary rules, hang out etc., see above.

The Balticon 57 Planning Meeting next held April 8, 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 inside the BSFS Building, however, near term this means teleconference only by zoom 03/23/2023 and 04/13/2023. 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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