• Enter one of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Writing Contests
  • The 2016 BSFS Amateur Writing Contest winners were announced at Capclave 2016 on Saturday, Oct. 8. Pictured from left: 1st place winner Irette Y. Patterson, 2nd place winner J.D. Gordon, and 3rd place winner S.L. Carney.
  • Pictured from left, Sherin Nicole, Aliza Greenblatt, Day Al-Mohamed, Sarah Pinsker, Jason Harris, and P. Djeli Clark discussed "Diversity in Genre" during a roundtable.
  • E. J. Wenstrom reads from her book Departures 11/14/2021
  • Tour of the Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Pictured from left, writer Erica Satifka, editor Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction), moderator Sarah Pinsker, and editors Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld Magazine), Norm Sherman (Drabblecast), and Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism) discussed the current state of short fiction at a roundtable on March 22. Watch video of the panel.

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The Baltimore Science Fiction Society exists to promote the creation and appreciation of science fiction and fantasy cultural arts. Primarily through literary art forms, but also embracing the many related graphical, musical, and theatrical creations inspired by SF. If you love science fiction and fantasy then BSFS and our projects and programs are a new home for your mind, heart, and soul.

The Latest Word - as of 5/12/2024:

Congratulations to the 2024 Compton Crook Award Winner: Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa (S&S/Saga Press) Attending Balticon 58.

Congratulations to Tom Doherty: winner of the 2024 Robert A. Heinlein Award. Attending Balticon 58.

Special Events at BSFS Building: (Some Online)
Due to our building supporting Balticon, check for events on hiatus as listed below.

Book Club Meeting at BSFS: Next Book Club held June 22, 2024 at 7:30 PM. (this event off in May, due to BALTICON, visit Balticon for lots of book talk) Featured Book in June: Babel by former Compton Crook winner R.F. Kuang. This Book Discussion will be by Zoom and also in-person at the BSFS Building (only use this zoom link for book club, for other zoom meetings use proper links below) at https://zoom.us/j/94129016253?pwd=LzRMVEZmVGtnUi9jOUc3MnFOcHFHQT09
Meeting ID: 941 2901 6253 Passcode: 041896

Speculative Poetry Workshop by Zoom: A monthly writer's workshop for SF and Fantasy and Speculative authors of poetry usually held every Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. (this event off in May, due to BALTICON, visit Balticon for a great poetry program)

Film Night at BSFS: In May not held due to Building full of stuff to support our convention BALTICON

Sunday Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event at Online:Tabletop Role-Playing Game Event next held June 23, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. (this event off in May, due to BALTICON, visit Balticon for lots of Live RPG, Board and Computer Gaming)

Anime Social at BSFS: Anime Social will be off in May, due to BALTICON) Balticon has a full Anime Track. For more info or suggest titles for the future contact anime at BSFS dot org

Alphabet Soup Board Gaming at BSFS: In May not held due to Building full of stuff to support our convention BALTICON, visit Balticon for lots of gaming fun including RPG, Board and Computer Gaming. For info email matthewsands at bsfs dot org

See our long range events calendar here.

Borrow and bring back books from our 18,000+ item free lending library at any event or meeting at the BSFS Building.

Special Events Sponsored By BSFS Outside BSFS Building:

Well, Balticon of course... see BALTICON to see what you may be missing if you don't give Balticon a try. Look for parking discount of up to 50% off in the garage under the hotel at the Balticon website. Saves you a lot to enter a simple code for parking and works if you suddenly decide to drive on down and use even if you are standing in the garage.

Oral History of BSFS Video Online: David M Ettlin one of the two surviving founding members of BSFS tells the story on Y-Tube at https://youtu.be/4Bxb4WBvh6E?si=HIlpfg-J9W4HeUEQ

Balticon Planning and BSFS Business Meetings:

These meetings this month will be in person at the BSFS Building and by teleconference by Zoom. To attend in person see our directions page at bsfsdrct.htm. To attend by Zoom using your computer use link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88616075406?pwd=YmF1aDhPZzVYR2NjdzBYdGZ0aStpZz09
Passcode: 930363
Meeting ID: 886 1607 5406 Or iPhone one-tap : US: +13017158592,,97614691479#,,,,*463191# or +19292056099,,97614691479#,,,,*463191# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC), +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago), +1 929 205 6099 US (New York), +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma), +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston), +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 886 1607 5406 Passcode: 930363
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/ac59gxWAiW

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society business and discussion meeting will be held at 8:30pm on June 8, 2024 in person and by Zoom to share ideas, watch us warp traditional parliamentary rules, hang out etc. Connection details see above.

The Balticon 58 wrap and Balticon 59 Planning Meeting next held on June 8, 2024 at 7:00 PM. Drop by in person or on Zoom then to share your ideas about how to improve the next and future Balticons. (or volunteer) If you can show up an hour or two or three early before the Balticon Meeting to help put stuff from Balticon away, or we may be sitting among the boxes...

Writers Circle at BSFS:

BSFS sponsors a Writing Circle 6:30-8:30pm usually meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month, near term this means teleconference only by zoom on 06/13/2024 and 06/27/2024. Participants prefer to stay on zoom for now. This is a SF and Fantasy focused writing group. If you write check it out. At least Seven stories work shopped at this writer's circle have been sold to professional markets in the last three years. This is a recurring meeting so any Writer's Circle meeting use: Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/91064908740?pwd=TENjZ25HenRNOHhtcHFaRlZnOGE3dz09
Meeting ID: 910 6490 8740 Passcode: 805110 (see Zoom phone numbers above for dial in at need)
For more info contact BSFSEvents at BSFS dot org

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