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

Memorial for Fallen BSFS Members and Friends During Pandemic: On October 8, 2022 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM, given we were not able to hold memorials for our friends properly over the past few years, we are holding a joint Memorial Event this day at the BSFS Building for all those who died during this tragic time. All are welcome. People we lost include: Dalroy Ward, Larry Sands, Bonnie Schupp, Donna Dearborn, Rikk Jacobs, Ted Rosenberg, Phyllis Kramer, Barry Newton, Priscilla Newham, Steve Stiles, Michele Rosenberg, and Mike Hakulin, Sr.

Book Club Meeting at BSFS: Next held October 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM. Featured Book: The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Read for free at Project Gutenberg 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

Film Night at BSFS: On October 15, 2022 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 a fantastic Harry Potter fan film folowed by a recent nordic deity film all on our 10 ft screen. The license we have says we can not advertise on the web but can distribute flyers so click here and use the password "movie" on the pdf file of the flyer that opens.

Sunday Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at Online: Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event is back September 25, 2022 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 October 22, 2022 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the BSFS Building. Items to be screened include getting our spook on with Toilet Bound Hanako-kun episodes 1-3 @ 2pm. A freshman high-school student who wants a boyfriend summons the famous ghost “Hanako-San of the toilet” at 3:30pm with Mieruko-chan episodes 1-3 where aHigh school student Miko Yotsuya has the unfortunate ability to see horrifying ghosts. At 5pm, we dig into Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment district arc with episode 2-3 after our taste last month. 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 10/06/2022 and 10/21/2022 at 6:30 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.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

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 October 8, 2022. 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 October 8, 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 10/13/2022 and 10/27/2022. 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)
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