The Latest Word - as of 5/19/2013:|
One Day Balticon Rates Announced/Reg News:
The Balticon at the door rates including one days are...
For Time --- Adult / Child (6-12)
Full Weekend --- $62 / $31
Friday May 25 --- $31 / $16
Saturday May 26 --- $44 / $23
Sunday May 27 --- $39 / $20
Monday May 28 --- $17 / $9
Sunday May 27 and Monday May 28 together are --- $49 / $25
Active duty military and family members receive free one-day membership on Monday
Online Balticon registration is now closed and pre-registration membership badges are printed. To confirm if you are pre-reg go to http://www.balticon.org/check_reg.php and follow directions.
Bring Your Confirmations to Hotel Check-in:
Given the recent changeover to the Wyndham database, if you have taken a room at the Hunt Valley Inn (in addition to the advice sent out earlier) it would be wise for you to bring a print-out of your original confirmation email or pdf document and any re-confirmation when you check-in to the hotel. Just in case...
The Latest Word - as of 5/18/2013:|
Warning Your Hotel Reservation Numbers Changed - Possible Confusion:
If you have a room reserved in the Hunt Valley Inn you should be aware that the old reservation numbers are no longer valid and the new Wyndham system had the data manually transferred possibly creating typos in requested room amenities.(amenities like a request for a roll-away bed) The old reservation numbers are going to be of little help in confirming reservations. You can also sign up now for Wyndham Rewards if you want and have the points for your Balticon stay credited to your account.
To re-confirm your reservation you can call the Wyndham 800 numbers (877-999-3223 and 800-996-3426). It has been reported people needed to give them the address of the Hunt Valley Inn (245 Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD, 21031) in order for them to find the reservation based on the attendee name alone. It would be a good idea to apply in advance online for a Wyndham rewards number, if you want one. [https://www.wyndhamrewards.com] It is also a good idea to call the Wyndham 800 numbers to get a new confirmation number and then arrive with a confirmation number in hand at hotel registration.
Of course on our side the Balticon Hotel Liaison Team will continue to work to resolve any difficulties associated with this recent change in hotel management.
The Latest Word - as of 4/18/2013:|
Balticon Hotel Full but Great Overflow Deal:
We have arranged for overflow hotel rooms at: Embassy Suites Baltimore - North/Hunt Valley, 213 International Circle, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21030. Call Phone Number: 1-410-584-1400 You can reserve rooms from May 22 to May 27, at the regular Balticon convention rate of $135/double occupancy, plus tax. If you ask nicely they may extend that rate if you need additional nights. The room rate includes a buffet breakfast and daily Happy Hour (even on the weekend!). So if there is more than double occupancy you will have to pay $10 for each additional person. They have King or Double/Double suites, each also has a fold out sofabed. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. The room block closes May 1. This hotel is across the street and up the hill from the Hunt Valley Inn. They have van service from 7 am till 11 pm, and will make a last run at 11:15 pm from the Hunt Valley Inn. More information at http://www.balticon.org/hotel.html (including reservation link and many helpful details)
Musical Ragnarok at Balticon 47:
The musical group Sassafrass will be performing Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, their musical retelling of the Norse Eddas from the creation of the universe to the prophecies of the worlds' end in the battle of Ragnarok. Fans of Sassafrass will be familiar with their story-telling and Renaissance-influenced multi-part a cappella harmonies, but this performance will be new and unique. For one thing, this will be the largest Sassafrass concert ever, with fifteen members coming together from all across the country to perform on the Balticon main stage. For another, this is not just a performance of individual pieces-- like "My Brother, My Enemy," the duet between Odin and Loki, or "Sundown," the story of the murder of Baldur-- as performed at other concerts. Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok is a theatrical presentation, with full costumes, telling the story of the affairs of the gods from start to finish. We hope you'll tell your friends about this musical event and join us for this exciting premiere!
The Latest Word - as of 4/12/2013:|
Next Writing Workshop at BSFS... Register Now:
On June 15, 2013 starting at 10:00am Morgan Keyes will conduct an all day workshop at BSFS teaching "The Business of Writing." Morgan Keyes has published seventeen novels in a variety of genres, ranging from traditional fantasy to category romance. She regularly writes articles on the business of writing for the Romance Writers Report, and she blogs about a wide range of topics relevant to readers and writers of genre fiction. Her alter-ego, Mindy Klasky, worked for several years as a lawyer and a librarian, but she now writes full-time. Cost for the workshop is $25 per person with box lunch included. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org to register. For more information on Morgan in both her guises, please see http://www.morgankeyes.com and http://www.mindyklasky.com
BSFS Authors Published:
John Zaharick is a local scientist, voting member of BSFS and regular at our writers critique circle. His short story "Dysmorphic," was sold and just published in the pro-rate SF magazine AE. This story was worked through the BSFS Writers' Critique Circle. You can read the story online at http://aescifi.ca/index.php/fiction/35-short-stories/1715-dysmorphic
Sarah Pinsker is a musician and voting member of BSFS as well as an author. She sold the novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind" to be published in Strange Horizons over two weeks at the beginning of July. Her website is http://www.sarahpinsker.com and Strange Horizons can be found at http://www.strangehorizons.com/
Short Films Screened at BSFS:
On April 20, 2013 starting at 7:00pm help check out potential films for the Balticon Short Film Festival and other video sent to us for the con. Directions to BSFS here.
Balticon Hotel Sold Out:
If you are canceling a room reservation at the Hunt Valley Inn, then please contact our hotel liaison at email@example.com before sending in the cancellation so she can snag the room for another member of the Balticon community.
Book Discussion at BSFS This Month:
The Book Discussion Group will be held on April 27th from 6:30pm. on to 8:00pm. Featured Book: Necromancer by William Gibson. Details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org. At 8:00pm stay on and hang out till late at traditional BSFS Informal meeting. Details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org
BSFS Writers' Critique Circle:
The Writing Circle at BSFS is held 6:30-8:30pm every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This is a SF focused writing group and ranges 15 to 30 authors. This program has been so successful we are breaking it into two groups for the actual critiquing. For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on April 13, 2013 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Anyone can attend if they want and contribute ideas or show up to volunteer. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on April 13, 2013 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Come on Down and see Robert Rules of Order twisted and then hang out afterward and talk the night away. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Held this month on April 14th and 28th from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
Balticon 47 Blood Drive is a GO!:
We will again have a blood drive at Balticon in cooperation with the Heinlein Society and the Red Cross. You can sign up ahead of time at http://preview.tinyurl.com/BalticonRedCross
Anime & Manga Event at BSFS:
On April 27, 2013 at 2pm-6pm we will be screening selected anime and viewing the Manga exhibit. Of course the library will be open for book borrowing. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details.
Balticon Poetry Contest Winner Up for Rhysling:
Futurity's Shoelaces by Marge Simon won 2nd place in the 2012 Balticon Poetry Contest and because of the publication in our BSFan was nominated as candidate for the 2013 Rhysling Awards in the short poem category. The Rhysling Awards are an annual award given for the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror poem of the year and is named for the blind poet Rhysling in Robert A. Heinlein's short story The Green Hills of Earth.
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Break into Print Event at BSFS:
"From Slush Pile to Sale: A Roundtable on Sci-Fi Magazines" will be held at the BSFS Building on February 23, 2013 at 8:00pm with Sarah Pinsker-author (Moderator), Scott H. Andrews-editor/publisher, Rahul Kanakia-author, Lesley Conner-author, Damien Walter Grintalis-author. See below for other interesting stuff at BSFS that day you could visit early for Anime and then Book Discussion or hang late for Social Meeting... For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing Contest:
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is sponsoring a Amateur Writing Contest. Sort of like our ever popular Young Writers Contest, but for this one you have to be 18 or over to enter, a Maryland resident or currently a student at a MD two or four year college, and you cannot either be a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America or have been published in a professional science fiction/fantasy magazine. Word minimum is 1,000 words. Word limit of 5,500 words. The contest opens on March 1, 2013 and will be accepting entries until June 15, 2013. No entry fee. Spread the word. Many more details at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsssc.htm
Farpoint Convention in Timonium:
The 20th Farpoint Convention will be held February 15th, 16th & 17th, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093. This is a fine fan run media convention with the actor GOHs: Giancarlo Esposito, Felicia Day, Bonita Friedericy, John Billingsley, Lee Arenberg, Rob Paulsen. For more information check http://farpointcon.com
Documentary on BSFS Wants You:
New (relatively) BSFS Member Paul Sulsky is Head of Post Production Education at Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts and is working on a documentary on BSFS, from beginning to present. He would like to interview everyone that is interested in participating. One film he edited, "Going All Pro" is currently playing on the documentary channel. He is best reached by email: paulsulsky at comcast dot net
Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books Exhibit at JMM:
ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950 is an exhibit at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. The exibit will run till August 18, 2013. Featuring superhero memorabilia, original comic book art, and video interviews with the creators of superheroes, offers visitors an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Golden Age of comic books. Check out details at http://www.jhsm.org/exhibit/zap-pow-bam-superhero-golden-age-comic-books-1938-1950
BSFS Meetings for Writing, Balticon, Business, Anime, Book-Discuss and More at BSFS Building:
BSFS Writing Circle at BSFS every second and fourth Thursday of the month. (14th and 28th this month) 6:30-8:30pm. SF Focused Writing Group. For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on February 9, 2013 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Anyone can attend if they want and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on February 9, 2013 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Come on Down and see Robert Rules of Order twisted and then hang out afterward and talk the night away. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Anime/Manga Event will be held 2/23/13 at 2pm-6pm. Selected Anime Screening and Manga Exhibit at the BSFS Building. Library Open. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details.
Book Discussion Group on 2/23/13 at 6:30pm will feature Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett at the BSFS Building. Details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org
BSFS Social Meeting on 2/23/13 from 9:30pm onward at the BSFS Building.
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session will be held this month on February 10th and 24th from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
Kickstarter Project is a SF Authors Documentary by Baltimore Native:
Baltimore native and Baltimore Women's Film Festival founder Marisa Cohen is currently running a kickstarter campaign for a documentary entitled-- Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction's Forgotten Visionaries. If she doesn't successfully reach her funding goal by February 5th, she will not receive any of the campaign money that has been raised to date. Cities in the Sky is an art, animation and VFX infused documentary exploring some of the great sci-fi writers who came up with amazing and visionary ideas hundreds of years ago, but received little or no credit for their work. The project has been covered by and has received a lot of press coverage including Wired, io9 and Giant Freakin Robot. To check out the campaign, and possibly support visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1611134277/cities-in-the-sky-science-fictions-forgotten-visio http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1611134277/cities-in-the-sky-science-fictions-forgotten-visio
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BSFS Founding Anniversary Party, You Are Invited:
BSFS will be hosting a huge party to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Be there at 8:00pm+ on January 12, 2013 as we celebrate the results of that first meeting to start a science fiction society in Baltimore way back in 1963. There will be a huge 3-D ostentatious cake, over the top decorations, SF authors, delegates from SF organizations and representatives of local civic and literary organizations from around Maryland. Join this free joyous golden event. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
BSFS Book Club Meeting January
Kick off the new year of book discussions at BSFS with Jack L. Chalker's "Midnight at the Well of Souls" on January 26, 2013 from 6:30 - 8pm. Translated into over 20 languages, Midnight at the Well of Souls was a pivotal break through novel in 1977 foreshadowing all following cyberspace related fiction and contains a stunning ending. Come on down and join the fun.
SFWA Gala in Columbia:
Catherine Asaro has informed us of an Author Gala for SFWA to be held at Mad City Coffee in Columbia Maryland on January 26, 2013, Saturday 7-9pm . There will be approximately ten SFWA authors at the reception. Experience lost music and chatting and books/CDs for sale. While this event coincides with the BSFS Book Club meeting--which will be discussing Jack Chalker's "Midnight at the Well of Souls" that day from 6:30 - 8pm, a group of us are planning to head down from the BSFS building to the gala to hang out. In other words, you can attend both! Directions to event http://www.madcitycoffee.com/home.htm
From Slush To Sale Event at BSFS:
Do you read Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and other fantasy and science fiction magazines? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes there? Ever want to meet the people who make them work? On February 23rd, at 8PM, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society will host Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Damien Walter Grintalis (Electric Velocipede), Rahul Kanakia (Strange Horizons), Leslie Connors (Apex Magazine) and moderator Sarah Pinsker (published in multiple magazines) for a roundtable discussion titled, "From Slush to Sale: Behind the Scenes at Sci-Fi Magazines." This event will be a detailed discussion on every aspect of the process of creating and publishing a professional and semi-pro magazine: setting up the business, their relationship with the SFWA, advertising, going through the slush pile, work flow, rejecting and accepting, negotiating with talent, proofreading, and then publishing. Our panelists will also discuss what, if any, the big trends are in the SF mags, how they contrast with the lit fic mags, whether publishing in the mags is really a good gateway to getting a novel published, and other valuable topics for readers and aspiring writers alike. And before the roundtable, come by the BSFS book club at 6:30 to discuss, "Swords of Lankhmar" by Fritz Leiber. Of course these are free and open to the public and held at the BSFS Building.
Writing Workshops at BSFS:
We want to officially announce that the January 26th BSFS writing workshop, taught by Jonathan Maberry, has sold out! Thanks to everyone who purchased a seat! And for those who didn't get a chance this time, Morgan Keyes will be teaching "The Business of Writing" on June 15, and Dr. Catherine Asaro will be teaching, "Using Science in Science Fiction" on September 21, 2013 from 10 AM+ Both workshops will be held at the glorious BSFS Building. The Workshop fee for these is $25 (that includes lunch) For Details Email BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org
January 2013 Anime Social:
For January, the Anime Social will be held on a special day, on the 3rd Saturday of the month (January 19th) at 2PM. Afterwards, the Anime Social will go back to its usual time of the 4th Saturday of the month at 2PM. Our manga collection is now out and accessible, with hundreds of volumes available for perusing--there will also be various anime shown in the main room and gaming in the other room.
Mechanized Wizardry Book Free Download:
BSFS Member and author Ben Rovik is making the first book of his new series free to download. Many of us know Ben from his volunteering at the Balticon registration desk for the last few years. "The Wizard That Wasn't is Book One of Mechanized Wizardry" Horace Lundin doesn't believe in magic until the Petronaut technician sees its power firsthand. What if magic didn’t have to be chaotic, messy, and unreliable, like the wizards who practice it? What if it could be as simple as throwing a switch? Inspired, Lundin and his colleagues build a music-box magician in the laboratory; but building the machine is only the start of the adventure. When Princess Naomi is laid low by dark magic, will it be human or clockwork wizardry that saves the day? Download free on Barnes & Noble : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-wizard-that-wasnt-ben-rovik/1113029429?ean=2940011336454 or on Smashwords.com: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/64870 or listen to the Audiobook at Podiobooks.com: http://podiobooks.com/title/the-wizard-that-wasnt-mechanized-wizardry-book-1/
The Latest Word - as of 12/5/2012:|
John Zaharick in COBALT Magazine:
SF author (and BSFS member) John Zaharick had an article published in the most recent issue of COBALT, a quarterly literary magazine. The title of the article is Science Fiction and the Human Condition and at the end he mentions BSFS. John's poetry has appeared in Strange Horizons and his fiction in Allegory. Check it out the COBALT article at http://www.cobaltreview.com/blog/2012/11/21/science-fiction-and-the-human-condition/
December Book Discussion at BSFS:
On December 8 at 5:30pm the Group will discuss A Colder War by Charles Stross. Hang out afterward for the Balticon Planning Meeting and BSFS Business Meeting. For more details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org For directions check (Get ready for the January 26th book discussion of Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack Chalker)http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Decorate the Dalek for the Holidays:
On December 8th right after the BSFS Meeting we will be decorating the "life size" Dalek with lights and tinsel and ornaments for the holiday season. Come participate in this years warped creativity. Past efforts can be seen at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsalbum7.htm
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on December 8, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Everyone is encouraged to attend and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on December 8, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Open Gaming at BSFS on December 9, 2012 from 12noon to 6pm. Library open of course. For details contact donna at bsfs dot org
The Latest Word - as of 11/7/2012:|
Darkover Con Nov 23-25:
The SF Convention know as DarkoverCon and sometimes the Darkover Grand Counsel will be held at the The Crowne Plaza Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland on November 23-25, 2012. The Guest of Honor is Nalo Hopkinson and the Artist Guest of Honor will be Samantha Haney Press and Special Guest Katherine Kurtz. Full details at http://darkovercon.org/
Blaze Sanders Founder of Solar System Express Speaks at BSFS:
On November 10, 2012 at 8:00pm. (just before the BSFS Business Meeting) Blaze Sanders of Solar System Express will speak about his company and building space suits and other projects. Mr. Sanders was featured in a Sun article at http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-07-08/business/bs-bz-interview-blaze-sanders-20120708_1_space-junk-space-tourism-international-space-station More information about Solar System Express can be found at http://www.solarsystemexpress.com
Workshop for Writers at BSFS has Couple of Seats:
The BSFS Writing Workshop for January 26th still has a few spots available. Professional novelist, instructor and comic writer Jonathan Maberry (http://www.jonathanmaberry.com/) will be running a workshop on, "From Raw to Cooked: Professional Story Development," an intense interactive workshop where he'll guide participants in the process of taking a raw idea, and building it into a compelling framework on which to write a novel. A detailed, focused day of instruction perfect for new, up-and-coming writers. Only $25 to participate, which includes lunch. You can pay at most BSFS events (ask for Alexander, Dale or Jonette), or you can e-mail BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for other options.
Pratt Free Library Used Book Sale:
There will be a huge Book sale at the Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore on November 30, 2012 and Saturday, Dec.1, 2012 from 10:00 am-5:00pm and again on Sunday December 2, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00pm. The Pratt press release says, "Thousands of used & new books, encyclopedias, sheet music, VHS tapes, music CDs DVDs & books-on- tape." More info 410-396-5430 or check http://www.prattlibrary.org/calendar/atPratt.aspx?id=25150&mark=book+sale
Heroines in Sci-Fi Lecture Available on Y-Tube:
The BSFS Y-Tube Channel has a video of the Heroines in Sci-Fi panel event held at BSFS in late October. We had a nice crowd, but if you were not there you can see almost 1.5 hours. We did miss the last 10 minutes on the video, but that was the question and answer part so you don't miss it on the video. Check it out ahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd3MXDuKkiY&list=PL7kB9D-zLeezyarFYYrXcJ0Fhd3LJGUyw&feature=view_all
Author Jeri Smith-Ready Reviews BSFS on her Blog:
Jeri Smith-Ready put a write-up of her time at BSFS on her blog at http://blog.jerismithready.com/2012/11/baltimore-science-fiction-society-panel.html
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on November 10, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Everyone is encouraged to attend and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:45pm on November 10, 2012 (right after the exciting Blaze Sanders Space Talk) inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Open Gaming at BSFS on November 11, 2012 from 12noon to 6pm. Library open of course. For details contact donna at bsfs dot org
BSFS Supports National Novel Writers Month:
So, a whole bunch of folks take off work for a month and write a novel during the month of November all over the World and they get together in local groups to compare their writing as part of the total immersion process. But, they need somewhere to meet to do their critique. BSFS is allowing the Baltimore local participant writers to meet in our building on November 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 & 28th.
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Re-Showing of Balticon 46 Short Film Festival:
Instead of reviewing films for next Balticon on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 7:00pm we will be reshowing the Balticon 46 Short Film Festival on the 10 ft screen using our new High Definition video projector. Good stuff for all.
Writers Circle Date Moved:
The Writers Circle normally held on the fourth Thursday (25th) will instead be held on the third Thursday (18th).
Romance Writers Embrace Spooky Program:
The Maryland Romance Writers meeting on October 18, 2012 at 6:30pm will feature a spooky program with Mark Nesbit. In 1994, Mark Nesbit started the first ghost walk in Gettysburg, The Ghosts of Gettysburg Candlelight Walking Tours®. Armed with tales from his ghost books--and with a few that aren't in the books--guides dressed in period attire take visitors on evening tours through sections of town that were bloody battlefields thirteen decades ago. He will share his spooky adventures at the Arbutus Branch Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, Maryland 21227-2745. More information at http://www.marylandromancewriters.com/
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Fantastic Heroines of SF and Fantasy Literature Panel at BSFS on 27th:
The Fantastic Heroines of SF and Fantasy Literature Panel at BSFS starts at 8:00pm on October 27, 2012. With authors Mindy L. Kasky, Brenda W. Clough, Jeri Smith-Ready, L. Jagi Lamplighter and moderated by Colleen Cahill. (You can even show up early for the book discussion at 6:30pm, see below or stay late and hang out) Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details
Capclave This Weekend:
Capclave will be held October 12-14, 2012 at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. Author Guest of Honor is John Scalzi and Author/Editor Guest of Honor is Nick Mamatas. For more information see http://www.capclave.org/capclave/capclave12/
Anime Manga Event at BSFS:
There will be a Anime/Manga Event at BSFS on October 27 from 2pm-6pm. Selected Anime Screening and Manga Exhibit. Library Open. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
October Book Discussion at BSFS:
On October 27 at 6:30pm the Group will discuss Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. Hang out afterward for the Fantastic Heroines of SF and Fantasy Literature Panel at BSFS. For more details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Masquerade Ball by Team Wench:
The Sixth Annual Masquerade ball in support of Multiple Sclerosis Fantasy Ball which is themed Goblin & Gears will be held Saturday October 27th from 8:00pm to 1:00am at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie Maryland. Sponsored by Team Wench in their fine charity fund raising style. For more information see http://www.teamwench.org
Join the Writers Circle at BSFS:
BSFS hosts a SF Focused Writing Group for authors. Includes critique and working together to polish work. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month 6:30-8:30pm. For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org
Hallowe'en with Poe at the Pratt:
Nothing puts you in the mood for Hallowe'en like Edgar Allan Poe. The man and his works are brought to life before your very eyes by actors from CenterStage performing at the Central Library Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012 (6:30 p.m.) in the Poe Room and the Reisterstown Road Branch Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 (6:00 p.m.) For More information see http://www.prattlibrary.org/calendar/
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on October 13, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Everyone is encouraged to attend and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on October 13, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Alphabet Soup - Open Gaming at the BSFS Building from 12noon-6pm on October 14th and 28th this month. For details contact donna at bsfs dot org
More Halloween Stuff:
Wednesday, October 17th to Nov 11: Final Tale of Edgar Allan Poe by Stephen Thorne, 8P, $, CenterStage, 700 N. Calvert, 410.332.0033
Tuesday, October 30th: Art of Storytelling: Enchantment, Humor & Truth, 10A-9P, free, American Visionary Museum, 800 Key Hwy, 410.244.1900.
All Month: Kim's Krypt Haunted House at 431 Eastern Blvd. Essex, MD 21221. More info http://www.kimskrypt.com/home.html (Costs)
ZooBOOO, Baltimore. Oct. 26-28, 2012. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. marylandzoo.org (Costs)
NIGHTMARE SCREAMPLEX at The Maryland SoccerPlex, 18031 Central Park Circle Boyds, MD 20841 info 301.519.3937 or http://www.nightmarescreamplex.com/ (Costs)
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Baltimore Book Festival:
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages. BSFS will have a booth to do outreach and Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America is sponsoring a SF program track and booth. Festival runs September 28-30, 2012 - Fri & Sat: noon-8pm and Sun: noon-7pm. Located at Mt. Vernon Place, centered on 600 North Charles St, Baltimore MD 21201. Check out SFWA programing at http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/schedule/location/11/Science-Fiction-and-Fantasy-Writers-of-America --- For more general information check http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/
Anime/Manga Event at BSFS:
There will be a Anime/Manga Event at BSFS on September 22 from 2pm-6pm. Selected Anime Screening and Manga Exhibit. Library Open. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
September Book Discussion at BSFS:
On September 22 at 6:30pm the Group will discuss author Nnedi Okorafor's – Who Fears Death. Author Nnedi Okorafor will be calling in live via teleconference to answer questions. Hang out afterward for the traditional BSFS Social Meeting at 8:00pm. For more details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Mind Trip Event:
Book Release Party, Reading and Sale for two SF novels: The Oracle of Khemsa Nu by Yao Morris and Redlines: Baltimore 2028 by Jason Harris. Held Friday, September 28th from 7-10pm at the Living Well, 2443 Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. Directions info http://www.livewellbemore.com/ and event info http://www.newfuturism.com/mind-trip/
Join the Writers Circle:
BSFS hosts a SF Focused Writing Group for authors. Includes critique and working together to polish work. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month 6:30-8:30pm. . For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on September 8, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on September 8, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. ELECTION of BSFS OFFICERS at end of meeting. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session: Held this month on September 9th and 23th from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
Library of Congress Mythic Talk:
The LCPA What If...Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum hosts From Oedipus to Epsilon: Riddles in Mythic Fantasy by Stephen D. Winick on September 18, 2012 at noon in the Library of Congress Pickford Theater, LM-302, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington DC 20559. For more detail contact Helen Hester-Ossa at hhes at loc dot gov
Library Book Sales in Maryland this Month:
Havre de Grace Library Book Sale, Sept 8 - 15. Held at 120 N. Union Ave (Intersection of Union and Pennington Aves) For info call 410-939-6700. Fri, Sat 10-4:30, Mon, Wed 10-7:30, Tue, Thu 1-7:30 with 5,000 books; 35% donated; 80% hardcover; sorted; not 'picked over'; no buyer restrictions; Most .50-$1 plus special price table; also CDs and DVDs
Burtonsville, Sept 15 - 17 at the Marilyn J. Praisner Library Book Sale, 14910 Old Columbia Pike. Info 240-773-9460
Cambridge, Sept 8, 9am-2pm at the Dorchester County Public Library Book Sale, 303 Gay St. Info 410-228-7331
Germantown Library Book Sale on Sept 8, 10am-1pm, 19840 Century Blvd. Info 240-777-0110
Potomac, MD, Potomac Community Library Book Sale, Sept 8, 10am-1pm, 10101 Glenolden Dr. Info 240-777-0690. Most .50-$1
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BSFS to Host All Day Writing Workshops by SF Authors:
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) is proud to announce the beginning of a series of day long writing workshops run by active and acclaimed professional writers in the genre of science fiction and fantasy. The first will be on Saturday, August 25th at 10 AM at BSFS headquarters at 3310 East Baltimore Street in Baltimore, Maryland, and will be taught by Brenda Clough. The second will be on Saturday, January 26th, at 10 AM at BSFS headquarters and will be lead by Jonathan Maberry. The third is to be determined. The cost to each participant is $25 per person, with lunch included, and attendance is limited to fifteen people per workshop--payment is due two weeks before the day of the workshop. The workshops are self-supporting and do not generate profit. Please contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for more information, including how to submit payment.
Brenda Clough has had many short stories, novels, and non-fiction work published throughout the years, and was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards for her 2002 novella, "May Be Some Time." Along with being a guest at numerous conventions, she has been active in local Maryland/DC fandom for years, has experience teaching science fiction writing, and is currently an instructor at the famed Writers Center in Bethesda, MD. For more information on Brenda, please see: http://www.sff.net/people/brenda/
Jonathan Maberry is a prolific writer who has experience in many genres. The New York Times Bestseller and Bram Stoker Award winner has published novels and short stories which fall into the categories of science fiction, mystery, and horror, along with his work in such prime Marvel Comics as Black Panther, Captain America, and Wolverine. He has been teaching writing for years. For more information on Jonathan, please see: http://jonathanmaberry.com/
BSFS is honored to be hosting them as they instruct the next generation of science fiction and fantasy writers in the craft.
For more information, please visit http://www.bsfs.org/bsfswriterwork
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Hunt Valley Inn Hotel, the Home for Future Balticons, Goes Independent:
As many of you have already heard, as of July 1, 2012 the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn has become an independent hotel, the Hunt Valley Inn. Our arrangements for future Balticons are not affected and we have contracts to Balticon 50 in 2016. The hotel may become affiliated with a different hotel brand in the future, or it may remain independent. If it becomes affiliated with another hotel brand before the next Balticon, then it is very likely hotel points for that brand will apply. Marriott Points will no longer be able to be earned or used there. The hotel's new website is: http://www.huntvalleyinn.com You can call the hotel locally at 410-785-7000, as before. The new reservations number is: 1-866-950-8893. We will of course keep the fan community informed.
Shoreleave 34, an excellent fan run media convention will be held August 3-5, 2012 at the Hunt Valley Inn north of Baltimore. If you like SF actors they are at Shoreleave. Featured this year are Kate Mulgrew, Ryan Robbins, Thomas Dekker, Musetta Vander, LeVar Burton, Jane Wiedlin, Vic Mignogna. Featured Authors are Rigel Ailur, Lorraine Anderson, Christopher L. Bennett, Greg Cox, Ann C. Crispin, Kathleen David, Peter A. David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Michael Jan Friedman, Dave Galanter, David R. George III, Allyn Gibson, Phil Giunta, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, William Leisner, David Mack, Kelly Meding, Kieryn Nicolas, Terri Osborne, Marco Palmieri, Scott Pearson, Roberta Rogow, Aaron Rosenberg, Lawrence M. Schoen, Peter Wacks, Howard Weinstein. More information at http://www.shore-leave.com/
BSFS Anime/Manga Event MOVED:
The Third Sunday Anime/Manga event usually at BSFS has been moved to the home of Ben Wang in Columbia Maryland. 2pm-6pm. Selected Anime Screening as a pre-Otakon preparation event. Ben's address is 5256 Lightfoot Path, Columbia, MD 21044, phone 240 426 1619. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details.
Authors Workout (plots) at BSFS:
The BSFS Writing Circle is still looking for more folks with fresh viewpoints. The next one is July 26, 2012 from 6:30-8:30pm. at BSFS. This is a SF Focused Writing Group. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org
Book Discussion at BSFS This Month:
The Book Discussion Group will be held on July 28th from 6:30pm. on to 8:00pm. Featured Book: Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings. At 8:00pm stay on and hang out till late at traditional BSFS Informal meeting. Details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org
Classic TV Actors, Several SF, at MidAtlantic Nostalgia Con:
If you like old time TV shows then MidAtlantic Nostalgia Con is your place to be. Scheduled for August 9-11, 2012 at the Hunt Valley Inn. More info at http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com/
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on July 14, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Everyone is encouraged to attend and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on July 14, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Not held this month because of the GCOM Picnic. For details contact donna at bsfs dot org
Otakon Anime Con:
Otakon is a anime convention held in the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland from July 27 to July 29, 2012. It is huge, and if you like anime, you know it is the anime place to be. For more information check http://www.otakon.com/
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Balticon 47 Music Guest of Honor:
Ada Palmer will be the Music/Filk Guest of Honor at Balticon 47. The rest of her musical group, Sassafrass will also appear and premiere the grand epic SUNDOWN. This will be more than just another concert. At Balticon Sassafrass will perform on stage, for the first time, Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, a Norse Mythology story song-cycle, staged as a play with costumes and characters. The completed set of Norse myth songs will be woven together into a narrative, tracing the rise and fall of the Norse cosmos, and focused on the death of Baldur and the strife between Odin and Loki which leads to Ragnarok. The play will be narrated and the stories presented by cast members representing the two major authors of our surviving Icelandic myth primary sources: Snorri Sturlson, author of the Prose Edda, and the Seeress who narrates the Völuspá or Seeress’s Prophecy, one of the core sections of the anonymous Poetic Edda. For more information see http://www.sassafrassmusic.com/
Jonette Butler about Ray Bradbury on Maryland NPR:
Baltimore Science Fiction Society's Jonette Butler remembered novelist Ray Bradbury in a interview June 11, 2012 on WYPF/WYPO NPR News NPR station. To listen check the link http://www.wypr.org/podcast/midday-science-june-11-1-2-pm Jonette starts about 2 minutes into the segment.
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Balticon 47 News:
The Balticon 47 Guests of Honor so far: Author, Joe Haldeman. Artist, Rick Sternbach. Special Guest (author), Nnedi Okorafor. 2012 Compton Crook Award Winner, T.C. McCarthy. More when available.
Awarded at Balticon 46:
By press time for the Monday Rocket Mail Newsletter we were still waiting on the names of winners for several items. The Raffle Basket was won by Peggy Rae Sapienza. The Hall Costume Award was won by Amy Kaplan with Pic #3: Youkai Little Dragon. The The Photographers Choice Hall Costume winner was: Leigh Alexander with Pic #36: The New 52 Supragirl. All hall costume entries can be found at http://www.pbase.com/storm1969/balticon_46_hall_costume_contest
Balticon 46 Final Membership News:
Although we at first thought B46 had broken the 2000 membership mark this year, when duplicates and pre-reg for Balticon 47 were removed from the total the count stands at a very nice 1906. We also seemed to have attracted a lot of younger folks this year which is a great trend.
Items Lost and Found at Balticon 46:
The Balticon 46 Lost & Found has been inventoried and cataloged. There are many items that were apparently "left behind" at Balticon 46, and if possible the Balticon staff would like to re-unite owners and items. If you believe that you misplaced or lost an item or items at Balticon 46, please send an e-mail to ops at balticon dot org describing the item(s) and when / where you believe you lost them. Thank you very much for attending Balticon 46. We look forward to seeing you next year at Balticon 47.
Anime/Manga Event at BSFS:
On June 16, 2012 from 2pm-6pm we will screen selected Anime and have a Manga Exhibit and discussions at the BSFS Building. The library will of course be open to borrow books. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details. Screening will be up on the 10x10ft screen.
Book Discussion NOT AT BSFS BUILDING this Month:
We are moving the book Discussion Group to the BSFS Picnic (See below) this month. The book under discussion is The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Discussion starts at 6:30pm in the front porch area or living room depending on rain. Hang out afterward and experience the event described below.
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 47 planning meeting on June 9, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. This is the post-con report improving Balticon suggestion session and anyone can attend if they want and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on June 9, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Come on Down and see Robert Rules of Order twisted and then hang out afterward and talk the night away. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Fourth-Saturday BSFS Meeting will be moved from the BSFS Building to a Picnic at the home of BSFS President Martin Deutch and BSFS Assistant Treasurer Shirley Avery in Columbia MD. You bring your own meat for the grill, other snacks provided and potluck contributions encouraged. Call Martin/Shirley at *expired*. We will start at 5:00pm, Book discussion at 6:30pm and when the sun goes down we will screen the raw video feed from the Balticon 46 Masquerade (on the same projection video system used for the anime room at Balticon) for all of us who missed it during the con.
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Held this month on June 10th and 24th from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
Library of Congress Does Urban Fantasy:
Urban Fantasy author Kevin Hearne (Novels: Hounded, Hammered, Hexed and Tricked) will to appear at the Library of Congress "What if...Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum" on June 13, 2012 at 12:00noon. Held in the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington DC, sixth floor, red corner, Staff multi-purpose-room. He will talk about urban fantasy as true American literature. For more information email hhes at loc dot gov
Columbia Festival Events Fans Might Like:
1. On Saturday June 23, 2012 at 8:00PM the Flying Karamazov Brothers will perform at the Rouse Theater. Prices $45/35/$25 adult. The Flying Karamazov Brothers appeared on the program of an early Balticon and ever since local fandom has shown an interest in their act.
2. On Friday June 29, 2012 at 8:00PM the One-Man Lord of the Rings, by Canadian performer Charles Ross will be performed in the Smith Theater. Charles Ross performed a One-man Star Wars Trilogy at Worldcon a few years ago to rave reviews. Prices $35/30 adult.
For more information on the Columbia Festival see http://columbiafestival.com/ticketed-events/
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Balticon Saturday Rocket Mail Newsletter online:
For the Saturday Edition of program changes and several at con news items can be seen at http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b46-rocketmail-saturday.pdf or look for the green paper Printed versions at the con. http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b46-rocketmail-saturday.pdf
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Balticon Friday Rocket Mail Newsletter online:
For the Friday Edition of program changes an a few notes see http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b46-rocketmail-friday.pdf or look for the yellow paper Printed versions at the con. http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b46-rocketmail-friday.pdf
Balticon in the News:
We have had a few news items in the mundane press so far about Balticon 46. So far we have:
The Patch (two different local news feeds) http://towson.patch.com/articles/your-weekend-balticon-zooms-back
Baltimore CBS has
And WBAL interviews Jonette
(audio link on page) http://www.wbal.com/article/90181/10/template-marylandsnewsnow/Baltimores-Science-Fiction-And-Fantasy-Convention
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T. C. McCarthy wins Compton Crook Award:
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is proud to announce that T. C. McCarthy is the winner of the 2012 Compton Crook Award for his novel "Germline" published in August of 2011 by Orbit the new Science Fiction and Fantasy imprint at Hachette Book Group. The award consists of a check for $1000.00 and a plaque which will be presented to T. C. McCarthy at 8:00pm on Friday, May 25, 2012 during the Opening Ceremonies of Balticon 46, the annual Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention.
The Compton Crook Award is presented to the best novel by a given years first time published in the field of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror authors by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. The award has been presented since 1983 and is also known as the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award.
More information on author T. C. McCarthy can be found at his website http://www.tcmccarthy.com
For more information about the Compton Crook Award please visit http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsccnu.htm
Information on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and Balticon is available at http://www.bsfs.org
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Pocket Program Balticon 46 Online:
The Balticon 46 Pocket Program with all of the scheduled panels, workshops, demonstrations etc. is now on line. Check it out at http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b46-pocket-program.pdf (big 2meg file so loads slow, but looks great)
Rocket Mail Daily Newsletter at the Con:
I (Dale) will be producing the daily newsletter at Balticon 46 known as "Rocket Mail" and decorated by the dragon riding a rocket logo. It will of course contain program changes and news about awards and contest winners and all sorts of stuff. Each day will be printed on a different color of paper and available at Con-Registration and at the Info Desk in the Cloakroom at the top of the escalators. For the first time in years we will be printing at the con (to avoid long production delays) using a fast printer. It will also be posted to the web for downloading as a pdf file. The files will be accessible from the website http://www.bsfs.org/b46hist.htm which is the same site they will be preserved for posterity along with the Pocket Program also linked to the page. The links for each day already exist but will not have a file there to download till that day of the con. (Sadly no TARDIS) Last year the Wi-Fi at the hotel was painfully slow to the point of gridlock, so we will be trying to use a 4G modem to get the Rocket Mail up to the web. So. check it out for the latest news each day.
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Balticon 46 Schedule (mostly) in Places on Website:
For everyone looking for the Balticon Schedule, although the pocket program is not online yet, most of the pieces are available--so you can see the schedule. There is a link to a by-program-track list on the who's coming page at http://www.balticon.org/Balticon_46_Program_by_Program_Tracks.pdf (Note that this list does not include the Anime Room, Video Room, Autograph Table, Concerts or Author Readings schedules.) The schedule for fixed functions can be found at http://www.balticon.org/functions.html lower on the page. And when the total pocket program is integrated I will send a note about that out as well. In the mean time the links above will help you plan.
Balticon 46 Art Show Still Has Room for a Few Artists:
There are still spots available in the Balticon Art Show and Print Shop for artists to display and sell their work. Balticon has a history of starting fresh artists onto the con circuit so if you know someone with great stuff encourage them to enter. (Quick like) Please mail or fax your registration forms. Forms can be found at http://www.balticon.org/artshow.html Please fax art show forms to 410-799-0545 or email to artshow at balticon dot org
Balticon 46 Music News:
For the musically-inclined, Balticon 46 will feature one of the best filk and music programs in Balticon history. In addition to Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps, our fantastic Music Guest of Honors, S.J. Tucker and Betsy Tinney join us for the weekend, and 2010 Music GOH Mary Crowell makes a return visit. Also on the concert schedule are Steve and Dorotha Biernasser, Kim the Comic Book Goddess, Maugorn, Jonah Knight, Danny Birt, Devo Spice, and Katie Tinney. Plus plenty of opportunities to sing and play your heart out!
Balticon 46 Weekend Light Rail Travel Advisory:
Light Rail train service will be suspended between Timonium and Hunt Valley Stations starting on Saturday, May 5th and ending on or about July 1st. Shuttle bus service will be available between Timonium and Hunt Valley Stations. Customers can board shuttle bus service at designated shuttle bus stops. To accommodate MTA's patrons, a shuttle bus will be in place to transport patrons from the five affected stations at Hunt Valley, Pepper Rd, McCormick, Gilroy and Warren Road Stations. More information at http://mta.maryland.gov/advisories/light-rail-service-suspension-beginning-m ay-5
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Balticon 46 Single Day Registration Rates Released:
At-the-door rates have been set. The full one day rate structure can be found at http://www.balticon.org/registration.html Pre-registration is still open online at https://questor.bsfs.org/cgi-bin/regform.cgi , but will disappear soon and will only allow full weekend memberships. One days must be purchased at the con. If you have already pre-registered, you may now check your status online. Please allow five (5) business days for online pre-registration and ten (10) business days for pre-registrations sent in via postal mail to be updated to our system. To check the status of your pre-registration, please use our "Am I Registered?" page at http://www.balticon.org/check_reg.php
For Teachers and Interested Others Monday at Balticon:
Balticon attendees are invited and encouraged to attend the The Teaching With Science Fiction Workshop at Balticon, 2012, this Memorial Day -- i.e., during the Monday session of Balticon. The core section of the program agenda this year, from 11:15 until 2:30, includes presentation topics that are of broader interest for science fiction readers -- above and beyond their application within classroom settings. No advance registration is required. The Teaching With Science Fiction Workshop is designed to provide insights into science fiction and the different ways it can be used effectively in a classroom setting. The Workshop answers questions educators may have about this idea-oriented, forward-looking, student stimulating body of speculative literature. This year's workshop features two scientists with experience in introducing science fiction within a classroom setting, Dr. John Ashmead and Dr David Batchelor, as well as Atlanta, Georgia author and Steampunk workshop creator/presenter Emilie Bush and educator Christoper Doody. For more information see http://www.balticon.org/Teaching%20With%20Science%20Fiction%20Workshop%20at% 20Balticon%202012%20-%20Program.pdf
Balticon 46 Play News:
Balticon 46 brings you another fantastic play titled "Self Incorporated" written by J-F Bibeau. The play mixes time travel, workplace drama and personal introspection to give us a fascinating view of a near future world. Play starts at 5:00pm on Sunday May 27, 2012 in the main ballroom. Self Incorporated was originally performed by a different cast, the Theatrical Mining Co., at the Marion Copeland Theater, College of Notre Dame, Maryland in 2011. For a review of that production see http://citypaper.com/arts/stage/em-self-inc-em-1.1180211
Hotel Room News Room Mates:
We have several folks on the waitlist who would be willing to share a room with someone at Balticon. If you are willing to share and would like to reduce your room costs, please contact hotel at balticon dot org Other than putting you in contact with another person interested in sharing, Balticon (BSFS) assumes no responsibility-- so discuss arrangements fully. Also, if you are cancelling a reservation (if you already have a reservation and plan on cancelling it) please let hotel at bsfs dot org know before you cancel it. Ann Rudolf will transfer the reservation to another name instead of you simply cancelling it. That way we do not give up the reservation in our room block, which will happen if you release it back to the hotel. We are all booked up and need space!
Balticon Registration News:
Pre-registration is over 800 so far and still climbing. Several metrics we track, that in the past predicted total membership better than pre-registration numbers, are higher than any time since Balticon 40. We normally get a very large number of at the door memberships (which fluctuate a lot more year to year than the pre-registration numbers) which makes predicting the final totals difficult. However, the signs are very good.
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Stanley Schmidt Wins 2012 Heinlein Award:
Science Fiction editor and author Stanley Schmidt is the 2012 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. The physical form of the Robert A. Heinlein Award consists of a 3.5 avoirdupois ounce sterling silver medallion bearing the image of Robert A. Heinlein as depicted by artist Arlin Robbins. The medallion is matched with a red-white-blue lanyard. In addition, the winner receives two lapel pins for use when a large medallion is impractical, and a certificate plaque designating the award suitable for home or office wall display.
This year for the first time the award will be presented on Friday, May 25, 2012 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 46, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. The award will be presented by Heinlein Committee Chair Dr. Yoji Kondo to Ian Randal Strock accepting for Stanley Schmidt.
Stanley Schmidt is the long time editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine, author of “The Coming Convergence: Surprising Ways Diverse Technologies Interact to Shape Our World and Change the Future” and editor of many science fiction and science fact anthologies.
The Robert A. Heinlein Award committee consists of science fiction writers and is chaired by Dr. Yoji Kondo, a long time friend of Robert and Virginia Heinlein. Members of the committee were originally approved by Virginia Heinlein. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society provides logistical support for the award including manufacture of award materials and processing of donations.
This award is supported by independent donations from the interested public. Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband. The other awards that honor the memory of Heinlein include the one fully funded by Virginia Heinlein's estate and another for volunteer projects given by the National Space Society.
More information on the Robert A. Heinlein Award, including past winners, can be found at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsheinlein.htm More information on Stanley Schmidt can be found at http://www.sfwa.org/members/stanleyschmidt/index.html
Game of Thrones Viewing Party at Balticon:
There will be a GAME OF THRONES viewing party in the McCormick Suite at Balticon 46 on Sunday at 9 pm for the live broadcast. Come and join the Brotherhood without Banners to watch the latest episode on HBO and discuss it afterwards.
Fantastic Heroines of Sci Fi & Fantasy in DC:
Fantastic Heroines of Sci Fi & Fantasy at the American Women Writers National Museum will be Moderated by Colleen Cahill, Library of Congress' Recommending Officer for Fantasy and Science Fiction. Panelists/authors: Brenda Clough, Mindy Klasky, L. Jagi Lamplighter, and Jeri Smith-Ready. Held at the American Women Writers National Museum on May 11, 2012 from 11:30a-1:30p at 1275 K St. NW @ 13th St. NW, Suite 102 (13th St. shared space entrance) This is a free event. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Balticon 46 LARP is Heroes and Villains-2011 AE:
Inter-racial tension has finally come to a head, and not even the so-called "peace" conference will help. Things are about to happen that will change the very nature of "humanity" as we know it. And science is the key. But who's science is it? Will it be the end of the colonies? Or the start of something new entirely? Come join us for Live Action Role-Playing at Balticon 46 in the top tier of the Con Suite (Opening Ceremonies in the Pimlico Room at 11am Saturday) Larp Registration outside the Valley Ballroom Friday 5pm-9pm and Saturday 9am-10:45am. Cost for material $10.00. The LARP is looking for experienced players as well as first timers.
Saturday Book Discussion April 28th at BSFS:
The Featured Book this month is George R. R. Martin's epic Game of Thrones. Stop by at 6:30pm on April 28, 2012 and join the discussion. Last month's event was very well attended and our relaunch of the book discussion group is off to a great start. Stick around afterward for the traditional Baltimore Science Fiction Society Fourth Saturday meeting. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm For details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org
Balticon 46 Hotel Block Full Friday and Saturday (But):
In the good news and not so good news at the same time category the room block at the con hotel is full on Friday and Saturday nights. As always there should be some attrition and the hotel is supposed to contact our hotel liaison first if rooms become available. If you want a room contact hotel at balticon dot org with the name, room preference (Double or King) check-in and check-out dates to be put on a waiting list.
Balticon 46 Hat Workshop:
Presenting....I want that little hat! Do you dream of having your very own wee bonnet? A luscious tiny Lolita topper? A steamy fascinator a'la cover? A bedecked chapeau? How about just a simple, tricked out little hat? Yes, don't we all want one, but aren't they pricey and aren't you clever with adornment? Oh, you're not so clever that way? Well, no worries, we will provide a blank canvas (plain little hat), trim, fixins, adornment, and clever ideas. Just bring your hands, a lonely head and a 10 dollar supply fee to the "I want that little hat" workshop. Saturday. Balticon 46. Be there or be plain.
Balticon 46 Children's Program Snippets:
The Balticon Children's/Young Fans Program will feature 21 hours across three days including: My Adventures in Japan - Sonya Bleekley; Children's filk - Danny Birt; Puppet Masquerade: finger puppets craft project - Sue Bowen; Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham - Noon Nibbles Eta Hack and Sue Bowen; Matt Neufeld - Magician; Make-n-Take Steampunk Goggles - Mark MacDicken.
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 46 planning meeting on April 14, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Mostly for Balticon Program managers and staff, but anyone can attend if they want and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on April 14, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Held this month on April 22th from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dotorg for details.
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Balticon 46 Registration Packs Gain Free Anthology:
By special arrangement with Maryland based SF publisher Arc Manor an anthology featuring their lineup of authors will be placed in registration packets at Balticon 46. These will be artistically complete short stories. To see Arc Manor's various imprints check out http://www.arcmanor.com/
BSFS Member Leads Beauty and Beast:
Daniel Hack will dance the lead as the Beast for "Beauty and the Beast on Ice" presented by the Gardens Figure Skating Club at the Patrick Rink, The Gardens Ice House, 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel, MD. Tickets on day of show can be purchased at front desk. Daniel will be the lead on the March 24th 3:30pm show and the March 25th 1:00pm show. Info (301) 953-0100.
54th Annual Smith College Used Book Sale:
The Baltimore Chapter of the Smith College Alumni Association will host the 54th Used Book Sale in the Exhibition Hall at the Maryland Fairgrounds in Timonium March 23-25, 2012. This legendary event is beloved by the local book buying public for the high quality and low prices. More information at http://alumnae.smith.edu/smithcms/baltimore/index.php?page=2011-smith-college-used-book-sale
Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome Illustrations at UMBC:
Check out the Exhibit "All Lurid, Unsavory, Gruesome Illustrations Shall Be Eliminated: The Comics Code as seen through the UMBC Comics Collection," currently on display in the Special Collections Department of the Albin O. Kuhn Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Special Collections, located inside the library's first floor gallery, is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 pm, and Thursdays from 1-8 pm. Other hours are available by appointment. More info at http://my.umbc.edu/groups/library/news/12591
March Anime/Manga Event at BSFS:
Come on down to BSFS Saturday 2-6pm and experience Selected Anime Screening and Manga Exhibit. Library Open. Contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org for details.
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Some Items From Balticon 46 Science Program:
There are 29 hours of Science program tentatively scheduled for the Balticon 46. I can not list it all, but a sample would be... International Space University: Building cooperation in space for 25 Years; Silicon-based Lifeforms: from Asimov to Star Trek, and why we should look for them Out There; Physics Demonstration "Time, Einstein, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe; Dinosaurs, the Update; Quantum Mechanics, Reality, & You: why is QM mysterious but true; Human Space Exploration (From your Laptop); Steps in Evolutionary History; Taking the Pulse of the Universe: 16 Years of NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer; The James Webb Space Telescope: Finding Life-Bearing Planets.
Library of Congress SF Event:
The LOC Science Fiction and Fantasy Forum presents Walter F. Rowe, Ph.D., professor, department of forensic sciences, George Washington University on the topic of CSI: Science or Science Fiction. To be held in the Pickford Theater at noon on March 13, 2012. For more info contact Helen Hester-Ossa at hhes at loc dot gov
Kurt Vonnegut Baltimore Item/Event:
BSFS's last month speaking event by Charles Sheilds can be watched on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/baltimorescifi and then...
The Baltimore Chapter of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Book Club will discuss Charles Sheilds' Biography of Kurt Vonnegut AND SO IT GOES on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM in the Illusions Magic Bar and Lounge, 1025 S Charles Street in the Heart of Federal Hill. Drink specials and snacks available at Illusions. Parking available behind Shofer's Furniture store, across the street and slightly north, in their manned lot. For more information, write KVML Chapter President Jane Wehrle at choirjw at aol dot com
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
Book Discussion March: Held this month on March 24th from 6:30pm+ at BSFS. Featured Book: Kim Stanely Robinson's Red Mars. For details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org
The Balticon 46 planning meeting on March 10, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Mostly for Balticon Program managers and staff, but anyone can attend if they want and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on March 10, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Held this month on March 11 from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
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Kurt Vonnegut Biographer Charles Shields at BSFS:
On Saturday, February 25, 2012, Charles Shields, author of, "And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life" will be at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society to give a reading, answer questions and sign autographs. A biography with five years of writing and research placed into it, "And So It Goes" is the first and only complete life story of Kurt Vonnegut. Mr. Shields is also the author of, "Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee" - a New York Times bestseller. BSFS is honored to have Mr. Shields as a guest. (Speaker at 7:00 pm, Social from 8-10 pm) This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome! Please invite anyone you know who may be interested. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. Reminder: Please RSVP to BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org so we know how much munchies to prepare! For directions see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller Win the Skylark Award:
Past BSFS members and 2003 Balticon Guests of Honor Sharon Lee and Steve Miller received the 2012 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction -- popularly known as the Skylark Award. Presented annually for significant contributions to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late "Doc" Smith well-loved by those who knew him, this award has gone to many major figures in the field, including Sir Terry Pratchett, George RR Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Jane Yolen, and Isaac Asimov, as well as Baltimore's own Jack Chalker. In addition to being joint writing GoH at Baticon 37, Steve Miller was Vice Chair of the Baltimore in 80 WorldCon bid as well as BSFS Director of Information in the mid and late 1970s and Sharon Lee won the Balticon 10 short story contest, in 1976.
Carl Brandon Society and Balticon:
Con Or Bust, run by the Carl Brandon Society, raises money to send minorities to SF cons. The mission of the Carl Brandon Society is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Balticon is working with the Carl Brandon Society to expand participation at our convention. For more information on the Carl Brandon Society and donate to their efforts check out http://carlbrandon.org/index.html
Balticon Program Participant Dance Performance:
Valerie Durham, Artistic Director of the Duncan Dancers, will present her MFA thesis concert at the University of Maryland on March 8-9, 2012 8pm in the Dance Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland. Durham's In|And|Of|Through turns to the choreography, technique and philosophy of Isadora Duncan and artworks in the collection of the Freer|Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian to consider the individual's relationship to art. Valerie conducts two movement programs with Children's program at Balticon. For tickets to the UM event check http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/2010/c/performances/performance?rowid=13722
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Kurt Vonnegut Biographer at BSFS:
Charles J. Shields, author of the fascinating new biography "And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life" will be at BSFS on February 25, 2012 to give a talk/presentation/signing at 7:00pm. For more information about the book see http://charlesjshields.com/ for directions to BSFS see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct
Farpoint Convention in Timonium:
Farpoint, the fandom family reunion with a heavy media emphasis will be held February 17, 18 & 19 at the Crowne Plaza Baltimore North, Timonium, MD. Lots of traditional con activities and guests: Kate Vernon "Ellen Tigh from Battlestar Galatica, Michael Hogan "Saul Tigh" from Battlestar Galactica, and Kristin Bauer "Pam" from True Blood. More details at http://www.farpointcon.com/
SF Writers Circle at BSFS:
Join other authors on February 9th and February 23rd for a critique Writing Circle at the BSFS Building from 6:30-8:30pm. This is a SF focused writing group. For more info contact Akelexre82 at Gmail dot com
Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations at LOC:
The Library of Congress (LCPA) "What If...Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum" will present Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations (Theft of Swords, Rise of Empire, Heir of Novron) on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at Noon in the Pickford Theater, Room LM-302 in the Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20559. The talk is titled "Traditional Heroic Fantasy vs Current Trends Toward the Gritty and Dark," the presentation will be followed by Q&A and a book signing. For more info contact hhes at loc dot gov
Red Dalek at Balticon Revealed:
Last year's (Balticon 45) hall costume winner #17 "The Red Dalek" was created and performed by William R. Although the winning title was previously announced, the name was previously withheld pending parental permission. Wonder what William will create for this Balticon...
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 46 planning meeting on February 11, 2012 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. Mostly for Balticon Program managers and staff, but anyone can attend if they want and contribute ideas. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on February 11, 2012 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Held this month on February 12th and 26th from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
Spider Robinson Topic at Baltimore Ethical Society:
On February 26, 2012 at 10:30am Perry Beider will present "Imagining the Ethical Manifold: The Science Fiction of Spider Robinson" at the Baltimore Ethical Society. Perry Beider will argue that Spider Robinson, winner of a Robert A. Heinlein Award for Lifetime Excellence in Literature 2008, is unofficially the Official Science Fiction Writer of Ethical Culture. He will illustrate his points by offering passages from Robinson's stories that present hopeful and inspiring science-fictional metaphors that speak to the Ethical Manifold. For more information see http://bmorethical.org/
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