• Enter one of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Writing Contests
  • 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.
  • 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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Special Events at BSFS Building: (Some Online)

Book Club Meeting at BSFS: Next Book Club held July 27, 2024 at 7:30 PM. Featured Book: Pending confirming. 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 6/19/2024. 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 July 20, 2024 at 7:00 PM (building opens at 6:00 PM for early folks and browse the library) This month on the anniversary of the 55th anniversary of the moon landing we will stream the film Destination Moon as a glimpse of the dream that inspired the reality and then at 8:40 PM a speceral frozen treat of a recent film screening. The license we have to clear copyright 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 to see the name of the screening. 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 June 30, 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. For more details contact mike at bsfs dot org

Anime Social at BSFS: Anime Social will be in person and on Discord. Join Discord here On July 27, 2024 we will be screening: Pending. Help us find our next long watch series by joining us in the #watch-parties channel on the BSFS discord. 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 July 21, 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 18,000+ item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

BSFS Annual Picnic June 29, 2024 at the 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) No fee from BSFS. Normal park entrance fees apply which are as of 5/29/24 on park website: Maryland residents $3/person; out-of-state residents $5/person. Playground nearby. Go to Ranger Station Gate here on GOOGLE MAPS and they will point you to Shelter 301 just around the curve.

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 July 13, 2024 in person and by Zoom to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parliamentary rules, hang out etc. Connection details see above.

The Balticon Balticon 59 Planning Meeting next held on September 14, 2024 at 7:00 PM. (off for Summer, See you all in September) 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 06/27/2024 and 07/11/2024. 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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