The Latest Word - as of 6/11/2014:|
BSFS Books For Kids AUCTION! June 14th at BSFS:
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! There will be a short BSFS Books for Kids Auction during the June 14, 2014 BSFS and Balticon meetings at the BSFS Building to auction off some items that were left over from Balticon 48. Come One, Come All! Come ready to bid on goodies big and small! More Info: BooksForKids at balticon dot org For directions see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
BSFS's Own Sarah Pinsker Wins Short Fiction Award:
Sarah Pinsker's "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss" (Strange Horizons 7/1/13 and 7/8/13 ) is the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short fiction of 2013. (Way to go Sarah!) For more information about the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award see http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon.htm. Sarah is the host of the Dangerous Visions Variety Hour held at the BSFS Building. See http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdanvoc.html for more information about Dangerous Voices. For more information about the multi-talented Ms. Pinsker see http://www.sarahpinsker.com/
BSFS Amateur Writing Contest Deadline Nears:
The deadline for entering the BSFS Amateur Writing Contest this year closes on June 15th 11:59 pm. If you or a friend have a story to enter please remember this is a real deadline and must be observed. For more information including how to enter see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsssc.htm
BSFS Books for Kids Funds Raised at Balticon:
The Bobbie Gear Memorial Auction during the Masquerade Half time raised just over $2000.00 and the Liars panel(where you played the game by guessing if a story is true or false and donate if you get it wrong) and auction right after the art auction, raised another $2000.00. This gave us a total right at con-end of at least $4,000.00. We are still gathering in other donations and there is another small auction scheduled for June 14th, so we did very well this year.
BSFS Annual Picnic:
The BSFS Annual Picnic on June 28, 2014 will be held at the home of Martin Deutch and Shirley Avery in Columbia MD 5:00pm+. For directions see http://www.bsfs.org the week before the picnic for a link to a temporary directions page with map to Martin's and Shirley's house. Bring your own meat for the grill because only snack food like chips and sodas/water are provided. If you want to bring food to share you can.
Book Discussion Group June at Picnic:
The BSFS Book Discussion Group will not be at the BSFS Building, but will instead be at the BSFS picnic in Columbia Maryland on June 28, 2014 at 6:30pm. Featured Book: Dune by Frank Herbert. Details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org and see immediately above in this message for how to get a map to the Picnic.
Lost Something at Balticon 48?:
If you lost something in the public function areas of the con, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if we found it. We always get lots of small miscellaneous items turned in including clothing items, books cameras and just about anything folks can drop as they rush around the con.
The Latest Word - as of 5/26/2014:|
Balticon 48 History Page Has Con News
Read all of the Daily Rocket Mail Newsletters issued each day of Balticon at http://www.bsfs.org/b48hist.htm
The Latest Word - as of 5/21/2014:|
Mobile Balticon 48 Program App
A application for Mobile phones to allow you to search and read the Balticon 48 Pocket Program easier on a small screen has been enabled at http://balticon.org/mobile/index.html So, if you have a smart phone, tablet etc... you can see the schedule with changes. We just got this working this afternoon. The file downloads to your phone and only updates will require real time connectivity at the con reducing load on wifi and G4 service.
B48 Pocket Program for Picky Computers:
At least one person could not open the Balticon 48 Pocket Program PDF file because of error messages related to fonts missing. I made a image only pdf (pdf-A) and sent that to him and that solved his problem. If you can not open the main Balticon 48 Pocket Program file at http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b48-pocket-program.pdf then a image only lower resolution (to keep file size manageable at 2.8 meg) non-text-searchable version can be downloaded at http://www.bsfs.org/images/b48-pock-prog-image.pdf so you can read on screen or print.
The Latest Word - as of 5/20/2014:|
Balticon 48 Pocket Program Online:
The Balticon 48 Pocket Program is now available as a pdf file with all the changes and exactly as it went to the printer is now available at http://balticon.org/program.html This will be permanently preserved for posterity on the Balticon 48 History page where each day the Rocket Mail Newsletter will also be posted. That page is located at http://www.bsfs.org/b48hist.htm
There will be changes to read about, as in program updates caused by people dropping out (and some likely dropping in) and the changes will be printed in the Rocket Mail each day along with who won awards and contests and how much the charity auctions raised etc...
The Latest Word - as of 5/19/2014:|
Balticon 48 Program Schedule Online:
The program schedule for Balticon 48 is being typeset, but in the mean time a simplified version you can use to plan your convention is available at http://balticon.org/program.html Please note there will likely be a few changes to this as we get it into the nice format everyone loves and it then goes to the printer and is locked onto paper. When the full up pocket program is available I will send out a note about that to this list.
The Latest Word - as of 5/11/2014:|
Let Us Know Before Cancel Hotel Rooms:
If you need to cancel hotel rooms for Balticon 48 at the Wyndham Hunt Valley Inn more than three days out from Check-in, then please email hotel at balticon dot org and let us know your confirmation number before you cancel with the hotel Our fine hotel liaison staff can then snag your room and transfer it to one of the people on the waiting list. Once they transfer the room they will send you a email confirmation that they have done so. This way you will be helping a member of the SF Fan Community. There is a 48 hour before Check-in penalty policy, so when we get too close to the con the transferring of rooms won't work, but till then you can help another fan stay in the best possible hotel to experience Balticon. If you NEED a ROOM, There is an overflow block available, so check the details at http://www.balticon.org/hotel.html Finally, there are always a few folks who cancel rooms at the last minute, so you can call the Hunt Valley Inn and try for a room a few days out, but they may want to charge you a higher rate than the con rate because the contracted block is closed.
Free Book at Balticon 48:
Our Author Guest of Honor's publisher has sent us over 1500 paperback copies of The Way of Kings and the first 1500+ folks who pick up a membership will get a copy till we run out. I [Dale Arnold] read this book and highly recommend it as a excellent high fantasy that is a huge book that is captivating cover to cover.
B48 Artist GOH Finalist on TV Show:
As of this writing the Balticon 48 Artist Guest of Honor is still on the TV show Inkmasters as one of the four remaining artists. This is a reality TV show running on the Spike Cable Network featuring tattoo artists. Halo Jankowski's non-skin work will be on display in our art show and undoubtedly folks with his tattoos will be showing them off around the con as well.
Rocky Horror at Balticon
There will be a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show at Balticon 48 right after the end of the Sunday Night Short Film Festival. This will be an audience participation enhanced showing.
RPG and Miniature Gaming Returns to Balticon:
In the old days we had miniature gaming at Balticon and lots of Role Player Gaming like D&D. That faded back over the years, but this year we are converting the ground level courtyard into a daylight miniature and RPG gaming paradise with tent(s) to provide shade. All of the other gaming room and overflow traditionally at Balticon is still available, so this is a great enhancement to our program. Tent(s) courtesy of Collectors Corner.
SF Author Speaks at Ukazoo Books:
On Monday, May 19th, at 7PM at Ukazoo Books in Towson Eric Baktus will be giving a presentation to the Maryland Writers Association on writing in the genre. He'll be elaborating on his process and answering questions about his novels. Eric is a regular at the BSFS Writers Circle and has sold 3 of the stories he work-shopped at the BSFS writing circle. Anyone interested is invited to attend. For directions see http://www.ukazoo.com/
BSFS Writing Contest Deadline Near:
The BSFS Amateur Writing Contest closes to submissions on June 15th. Warn your writer friends to make sure to make their entries by then. In addition to the prizes provided by BSFS, Clarkesworld Magazine has agreed to move the winner to to top of the slush pile and give it a careful read for possible inclusion. For more details see http://bsfs.org/bsfsssc.htm
Balticon Artshow Upgrade:
Artists attending Balticon will be posting times they will be in the art show waiting to answer questions about their artwork near their displays. You can check the list and then drop by to discuss their inspiration etc...
SCA at Balticon:
The Society for Creative Anachronism will provide four hours of programming at Balticon 48 including Viking wire weaving.
Main Ballroom Sound Upgrade at Balticon:
The sound system in the main ballroom at Balticon this year for the first time is running surround sound (source permitting) and of course video will show on our huge 12x12 ft screen.
The Latest Word - as of 5/7/2014:|
Cover of BSFan 48:
Check out the cover of the Balticon 48 BSFan at http://www.bsfs.org/images/b48-bsfan.jpg The first 2000 lucky people who actually show up at the con and pick up their memberships will receive a copy of the Balticon 48 BSFan with all of the original articles, stories and artwork for their very own.
Comedy and Dance at Balticon 48:
Balticon is pleased to again present the comedy of Mark Van Name, the infamous Liars Panel, Brick Barrientos' SF Trivia, and dances including Susan de Guardiola's costumed Steampunk Ball, the Midnight Saturday featuring Dance Ditched by Kate, the Teen Dance Party and Balticon University Dance, Medieval Dance with instruction by Patches and a Swing/Jitterbug dance.
Heinlein Award Presentation:
The Heinlein Award will be presented to 2014 Heinlein Award Recipient Geoffrey A. Landis at Balticon opening ceremonies on Friday, May 23. Geoffrey A. Landis will have an extended presentation on Saturday May 24 at 10:30am in the Garden Room.
Balticon 48 LARP:
Teacakes and Technology is the official LARP at Balticon 48. A Steampunk live action role playing game about airships, alchemy and aristocrats. Join us for two days of political and technological intrigue, science, spies, rogues and robots. Held May 23-26 at Balticon 48. Registration is Friday 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Game play Saturday and Sunday based out of the con-suite. Cost is $10.00 for materials. There is a Balticon-larp facebook page. Search facebook for Balticon-larp and get a coupon for $3.00 off of LARP registration. (materials cost fee reduction)
Rocket Mail At Con Newsletter:
Just like in past three years there will be an at the con newsletter published each day of Balticon 48 and distributed online and on paper at the con. Look for the Paper Rocket Mail at Con Registration and the Information Desk at the top of the escalators. Each day will be on a different color paper so collect them all. Program updates, contest winners, results of at con projects, book launch news and all sorts of fun will be printed. The online versions will be pdf files posted to the BSFS website and will remain forever on the Balticon 48 History Page at http://www.bsfs.org/b48hist.htm from the moment uploaded. Each day, once posted, I will send a link out to this list to let you know you can grab it as a download. Make sure your pdf readers are ready on your tablet, ebook reader or laptop.
Balticon and BSFS Meetings and Special Events for May:
Due to the preparation for Balticon, our schedule of events in May will be very light. This includes many of our reoccurring favorite events which will return after Balticon. In the mean time we will see you all at Balticon. Check out our convention at www.balticon.org and visit our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/868727503153641
The last Balticon 48 planning meeting on May 10, 2014 at 7:00pm will be held inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. This night many bins full of materials used at Balticon will be brought out of every nook and cranny and stacked in the main room. For directions see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on May 10, 2014 inside the BSFS Building in the Highlandtown section of Baltimore. For directions see http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
The Latest Word - as of 4/9/2014:|
BSFS Short Fiction Roundtable on Y-Tube:
If you missed it live, or want to relive the night, the State of Short Fiction Rountable at the BSFS with Editors Scott H. Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction), Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism), Norm Sherman (Drabblecast, EscapePod) and writer Erica Satifka (Clarkesworld, Ideomancer) discussed the state of short genre fiction at the BSFS (Moderated by Sarah Pinsker) is on our Y-Tube channel. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hx29ZfGKPg
Balticon Online Membership OpenSSL Heartbleed Safe:
Thanks to the effort of Mark Schleifer, the Balticon 48 online membership database and credit card system has been upgraded to eliminate vulnerability to the OpenSSL Heartbleed threat. In fact, he had the system upgraded before most of us learned of the threat from the national media. If you want to register for Balticon 48 online use https://questor.bsfs.org/cgi-bin/regform.cgi and if you want to do old style mail in registration form see http://www.balticon.org/Balticon%2048%20Mail-In%20Registration%20Form.pdf
New Door at BSFS:
Remember how the old aluminum door at BSFS looked kind of bad and would stick to the point people thought it was locked, and you needed to kick it at the bottom to get open? Well the door sticks no more. We have a new steel door and frame equipped with a spiffy door closer and new latch and it all works very well. We have not painted it yet, but come on down and check out the upgrade.
The Latest Word - as of 9/11/2013:|
Balticon 48 GOH Wins Two Hugos:
Brendon Sanderson, Balticon 48 Guest of Honor is now the proud owner of two very shiny (and heavy) Hugo Awards. One for best novella (The Emperor’s Soul) and one for best related work (Writing Excuses Season Seven) both awarded at Worldcon in San Antonio.
Balticon Participant Wins Campbell:
Mur Lafferty a many year participant at Balticon won the 2012 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at Worldcon in San Antonio.
Passing Friends of BSFS/Balticon:
Multiple year Balticon program participant A.C. Crispin died on September 6, 2013.
Balticon 8 (1974) GOH and Balticon 28 Special Guest (1994) Frederik G. Pohl, Jr. passed September 2, 2013.
Baltimore Book Festival SF Events:
BSFS will have a booth as always at the Bookfest which runs September 27-29, 2013 and is held at Mt. Vernon Place. (Surrounding the Washington Monument Park in the center of Charles Street) See http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/ for more festival details. We will have lots of books for sale.
BSFS is co-sponsoring the following events with SFWA in their tent:
*September 28 - 12:00-1:30pm. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society Reading Series kicks off our new series of science fiction and fantasy readings with a spotlight on the authors of the Baltimore Book Festival. Come listen to readings by Andy Duncan, John Zaharick, and Literary Tent Special Guest Lois McMaster Bujold.
*September 29 at 2:15pm - Baltimore Science Fiction Society Book Club will discuss the classic SF novel Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm. Chat with authors and fans to find out about this classic novel. The rest of the impressive Science Fiction Writers of America schedule can be found at http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/schedule/location/11/Science-Fiction-and-Fantasy-Writers-of-America
Midatlantic Nostalgia Convention This Month:
The Midatlantic Nostalgia Convention returns to the Wyndham Hunt Valley September 19-21, 2013. Primarily of SF fan interest is appearance of Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman. More information at http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com/
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 48 planning meeting on September 14, 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 9:30pm on September 14, 201 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 September 22th 2013 from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
The Latest Word - as of 8/8/2013:|
Marty Gear Memorial Set:
It is now official with the contract actually signed. All of SF fandom will be celebrating the life and gifts of Marty Gear on Sunday the 18th of August from 4-8 pm at the Great Room at Savage Mill, Md. We are sure Marty would welcome his guests wearing whatever costume they feel most appropriate to honor his gifts and contributions to our community. Savage Mill is at 9115 Whiskey Bottom Road Suite E, Laurel, Maryland 20723. If you have questions please contact France Andrews Zeve at museinred at gmail dot com For more information on the location check http://www.puttingontheritz.com/venues/the-great-room-at-historic-savage-mill/
BSFS Book Discussion This Month:
The Book Discussion Group will meet at the BSFS Building on August 24, 2013 at 6:30pm. Featured Book: The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson. Details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 48 planning meeting on August 10, 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 August 10, 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 July 11th and 25th 2013 from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
The Latest Word - as of 7/18/2013:|
Marty Gear Passes:
Marty Gear, 74, (Martin Gear) died in his sleep sometime early on July 18, 2013. Marty's son Danny plans to hold a memorial, however, no other plans have been made as yet. We will send notice when plans are finalized. Marty was Balticon 21 Con-Chair in 1987, coming back from the first of his heart attacks early that year, to lead his Balticon to a triumph. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from CostumeCon in 1991. He managed and served as Master of Ceremony for almost every Balticon Masquerade since Balticon 15 in 1981. Marty served as committee on many science fiction and costuming conventions including WorldCon and CostumeCon and just weeks ago completed service as Hotel Liaison for Discworld Con. Marty served on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Board of Directors as Parliamentarian and continued his long time role as Jack L. Chalker Young Writers’ Contest Coordinator. He also served as the liaison to the school for the BSFS Books for Kids program . He had last week announced his intention to leave the BSFS BOD in September to concentrate on the Balticon Masquerade and Young Writers’ Contest. He was active in the Costumers Guild of America and particularly the Greater Columbia Chapter of the Guild. In non-SF-fandom, Marty managed his own company Martin Gear Consulting Ltd. He will be missed by all of SF fandom.
The Latest Word - as of 7/10/2013:|
Make Viking Jewelry at BSFS:
On Saturday, July 20, 2103, from 3pm to 6pm, at BSFS, 3310 East Baltimore Street, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society presents a Viking craft class with instructor Ingeborg i Trondheim. The Vikings used thin wires woven on a stick to make beautiful, strong, flexible jewelry chains for men or women. All materials provided free (but we are happy to accept donations to defray expenses) for a short piece (necklace dangle, ankle chain, or bracelet) and the knowledge to make longer pieces when you have time. For directions to BSFS check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm
Anime/Manga Event at BSFS:
On July 27, 2013 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 at BSFS Building this Month:
On July 27, 2013 join the discussion. The book under discussion is Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre. Discussion starts at 6:30pm in the glorious BSFS Building. Hang out afterward and experience the social meeting. Details contact bookdiscuss at bsfs dot org
Balticon and BSFS Meetings:
The Balticon 48 planning meeting on July 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. 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 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
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society Social Meeting will be held July 27, 2013 from 8:00pm onward. Come on down, hang out and discuss the SF related cultural arts and every subject in the Universe.
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session:
Held this month on July 14th and 28th 2013 from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
New Literary & New Media Coordinator for Balticon 48:
For Balticon 48, the Literary & New Media Coordinator will be Patrick Scaffido. He is happy to take on the enhanced role and says you can contact him, if you are interested in being a guest or have panel ideas, at newmedia at balticon dot org or literary at balticon dot org. For panel submissions you can also still use the form on the Balticon website at http://www.balticon.org/panel_ideas.htm (even though it says Balticon 47 right now)
Planet Egg Puppet Cinema
The Theater Project presents Planet Egg Puppet Cinema on July 25-28, 2013. Simultaneously performed and filmed live with a live score of FoleySound, and projected video feed, Planet Egg creates both a theatrical intimacy with miniature puppets and a cinematic grandness worthy of an epic space odyssey. The Robot, his ship, and all his belongings are made from pieces of old stereos, telephones, springs, and other metal bits. Some of Planet Egg’s natives are sculpted from clay, while many are made of vegetable matter. A love story in deep space, Planet Egg features two unlikely friends. More information http://theatreproject.org/Shows/PlanetEgg/
Shoreleave Media Con hits Hunt Valley:
Shore Leave 35 comes to the Wyndham Hunt Valley Inn, August 2-4, 2013 with a roar. This is a great fan run media con plus a lot more thrown in. Media Guests: William Shatner, Amanda Tapping, Brent Spiner, Saul Rubinek, Eddie McClintock, Greg Evigan, Vic Mignogna, Julie Caitlin Brown. Authors: David Mark Weber, Catherine Asaro, Ann C. Crispin. For more information see http://www.shore-leave.com/
Writers Circle at BSFS:
BSFS sponsors a Writing Circle 6:30-8:30pm every second and fourth Thursday of the month. This is a SF focused writing group. If you write check it out. At least four stories work shopped at this writer's circle have been sold to pro markets. For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org
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Book Discussion NOT AT BSFS BUILDING this Month:
We are moving the book Discussion Group on June 22, 2013 to the BSFS Picnic (See below) this month. The book under discussion is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. 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.
BSFS Picnic in Columbia MD Saturday:
On Saturday, June 22, 2013 the BSFS Annual Picnic will be held at the home of Martin Deutsch and Shirley Avery in Columbia Md. 5:00pm+ For directions call 410-799-7438. The normal meeting at the BSFS Building will not be held, so show up at the picnic instead. Bring you own meat product for the grill. Other snack foods provided although you can bring something and share if you want. We will also have projected video when the daylight fades. We will run either the video shorts from the Balticon film festival or other Balticon 47 footage if that is ready as well.
SF Music Convention Local this Weekend:
Conterpoint 2013 the Twenty-Third NorthEast Filk Convention will be held June 21-23, 2013 at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg. The fantastic Filk music will flow. Catch it now because it is only on the east coast every three years. More information at http://www.conterpoint.org/
North American Discworld Con in Baltimore this July:
The North American Discworld Convention will be held at the Baltimore Waterfront Hotel July 5-8, 2013. This celebration of the works of Terry Pratchett will again feature Terry Pratchett himself. For more information check out https://www.nadwcon.org/
Alphabet Soup Gaming Session at BSFS:
Held this month (at the Building) on June 23, 2013 from 12noon-6pm at BSFS. Open gaming. For directions check http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsdrct.htm Contact donna at bsfs dot org for details.
The Latest Word - as of 5/25/2013:|
Balticon 47 Rocket Mail Editions Online:
Updates to the Balticon 47 Pocket Program will be published in the newsletter known as Rocket Mail produced and distributed at the con. Each edition of Rocket Mail will also be posted that day to the website http://www.bsfs.org/b47hist.htm as a pdf file. Friday and Saturday Editions already available. Check them out.
The Latest Word - as of 5/23/2013:|
Myke Cole Wins Compton Crook Award:
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is proud to announce that Myke Cole is the winner of the 2013 Compton Crook Award for his novel “Shadow Ops: Control Point” published in February of 2012 by Ace. The award consists of a check for $1000.00 and a plaque which will be presented to Myke Cole at 8:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2013 during the Opening Ceremonies of Balticon 47, the annual Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention.
The Compton Crook Award is presented for the best first novel in the genre published in the previous year by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. The Award was named in memory of Towson State College Professor of Natural Sciences Compton Crook, who wrote under the name Stephen Tall, and who died in 1981. The award has been presented since 1983 and is also known as the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award.
More information on author Myke Cole can be found at his website http://mykecole.com
For more information about the Compton Crook Award please visit http://www.bsfs.org/CCA/bsfsccnu2012.htm
Some HV Hotel Rooms Available
Some hotel sleeping rooms at the Hunt Valley Inn will be popping into the Wyndham system as people cancel at the last minute and you can maybe snag one if you want. Go to http://www.wyndham.com/ and try. If you get one we have been told that even though you book a room at the higher rate on the site, if you tell them you are with Balticon at check-in they will bump the rate down to the con rate of $135.00
I have also been asked to share\remind everyone that:
1. The hotel is now a Wyndham.
2. All of the old Hunt Valley reservations have been transferred over as reservations for the Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn, Wyndham Affiliate.
3. Please try to have a printout of your original reservation confirmation available during check in.
4. The national Wyndham reservations numbers are 877-999-3223 or 800-996-3426.
5. The hotel can still access your original confirmation numbers, if needed, but the national reservations numbers will only be using a new eight-digit Wyndham confirmation number. However, they can look up your reservation by name and tell you your new confirmation number. They can also email you a Wyndham confirmation showing your new number. A printout of that would be good to have during check in, but is not required.
6. If you had any ancillary requests (e.g., rollaway beds, refrigerators, other personal requests such as non-feather pillows) attached to your original reservation, these types of items may have been lost during the conversion process. You can call the Wyndham reservation numbers to see if they are still included with your reservation, and to add them back if needed.
7. Rollaway beds are no longer $25/night, which was the price listed on Hunt Valley Inn reservations, but they also are no longer free, as they were in past years when the hotel was a Marriott. The charge for them will be $10/night. First come, first served.
The Latest Word - as of 5/22/2013:|
Balticon 47 Pocket Program Online:
The Pocket program for Balticon 47 is now online for download at http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b47-pocket-program.pdf
Updates to the Pocket Program will be published in the newsletter known as Rocket Mail produced and distributed at the con. Each edition of Rocket Mail will also be posted that day to the website http://www.bsfs.org/b47hist.htm as a pdf file.
The Latest Word - as of 5/21/2013:|
Rocket Mail Newsletter at Con and Online:
Just like last year a print newsletter known as Rocket Mail will be produced and distributed at the info-desk and con-registration all four days of Balticon. Each edition of Rocket Mail will also be posted that day to the website http://www.bsfs.org/b47hist.htm as a pdf file. This newsletter will feature program updates and news of contest winners at the con and all sorts of stuff. The paper of the Rocket Mail (on the print edition) will change color each day so everyone will easily be able to tell them apart. Each day when the Rocket mail is posted I will send an email to our listserve and post the link here so people can then either find a paper copy at the con or download the online copy to their favorite e-reader, tablet or computer. If you have news for the Rocket Mail a in-box with the friendly name "Rocket Mail In-Box" will be at Con-Operations, so write the news down and put in box. Or you can send news by email to dale at bsfs dot org and I will snag it for the Rocket Mail. Items will run in the Rocket Mail at the evil editors sole discretion.
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...
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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.
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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!
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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/
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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
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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
The Latest Word - as of 7/13/2012:|
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
The Latest Word - as of 7/10/2012:|
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/
The Latest Word - as of 6/12/2012:|
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.
The Latest Word - as of 6/7/2012:|
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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