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The Writing Workshop

Thanks to everyone for the interest in the August 25th and January 26th day-long writing workshops at BSFS! This is the first time we've done something like this in a long while, and whether we do it again or not depends on if the community likes and supports the idea. We're excited by all of the up-and-coming writers in MD/DC/VA/PA who have contacted us, asked questions, and put down money to get instruction by published, professional scifi/fantasy writers!
Brenda Clough

Brenda Clough, who teaches the Aug 25th workshop, has not only been teaching science fiction for years at the Writing Center in Bethesda, she's also been nominated for the Hugo and Nebulla awards and is an excellent writer with a long career in her own right. See these reviews of her work on Amazon:

This one for The Doors and Death of Life, published by Tor in 2001:

And this one for Revise the World, published in 2009:

There are still a few seats remaining for her August 25th, 10 AM BSFS workshop. Money is due by August 11th. First come, first reserved. Cost to participate is $25, which includes lunch. E-mail BSFSEvents@BSFS.Org for more information, including how to pay. Thanks everyone!
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Balticon is TODAY!

Happy Balticon everyone!

Remember that the official Balticon webpage is

The pocket program is here:

Friday's Rocket Mail, which provides programming news and updates, is here:

Keep up with the BSFS Twitter feed (@BaltimoreSciFi) for further Rocket Mails and Balticon news while the con is happening.

And most importantly, stay calm and have fun!
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BSFS Events, and Balticon!

Hey! Hope you're well.

Another busy time for BSFS coming up! On Thursday, April 12th, the Spec Fic Critique Circle will again meet at BSFS HQ in Highlandtown. We've got a strong, diverse, large core coming regularly for the Circle, all strong writers with different backgrounds yet who all manage to get along rather well. It's interesting. ;)

Then on Sat, April 14th, the Balticon/BSFS Business Meeting will start at 7. With Balticon only being a month away, these meetings become vital; attending is a great way to have a say on the make-up of one of the most important sci-fi cons in the region.

AND, on Sat April 21, we'll be doing a Highlander special at the BSFS HQ--showing the blu-ray of the director's cut of the first Highlander movie, and then showing the anime adaptation Highlander: Search for Vengeance. Yes, audience participation is encourage, and it will be 80'slicious.

All events are free and open to the public. New people are encouraged to attend! Any questions, hit me up here, or at
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Cons or Bust

Hi, quick heads up:

The Balticon/BSFS Business Meeting is happening at BSFS HQ, Sat Feb 11 (tomorrow) at 7pm, its free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to come by and see what we do.

Finally, our friends over at Cons or Bust are starting their auction soon so they can raise money to send minorities to sci-fi conventions. Give them a look at :
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We're a literary society, don't forget.

Again, hi all.

Wanted to give a heads up that the inaugural Speculative Fiction Critique Circle is being hosted at BSFS this Thursday, Feb 9th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. If you want your work analyzed by friendly fellow sci-fi/fantasy fans, please bring at least 6 - 8 copies for others to read. You don't have to bring anything if you don't want--we welcome people to just come by and give feedback and hangout.

The Circle will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through the rest of the year.

And don't forget that the Book Discussion group starts on the 4th Saturday of March. We'll be breaking down Kim Stanley Robinson's, "Red Mars."
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Baltimore Science Fiction Society!!

Hey all!

Just a heads up: for those who attend Balticon, don't forget that the con is run by members and volunteers from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society!

BSFS is a 501(c)(3) based in our own building in Highlandtown in Baltimore City: throughout the year, we do gaming meetings, business meetings, social meetings, anime/manga/gaming socials, and we start a scifi/fantasy critique group for writers in February and a book discussion group in March!

Follow the official BSFS livejournal here:

And follow us on Facebook at:

And Twitter at:

Balticon 43 GOH

The Balticon 43 Con-Chair, Misha Field, is proud to announce that British author Charles Stross has been confirmed as GOH for the 2009 Balticon. Charles Stross’s writing has earned him the title of Hugo award winner, 2006 and 2007 Locus Award winner, 2007 Prometheus Award winner, and 2008 winner of the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award also known as the Skylark.
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Sunday, 1PM - 3PM, Garden Room

Come celebrate the great victories of the Fleet and the Aerial Corps at the Dover & Trafalgar Victory Ball! Aviators, naval officers, and all the best of society are invited to celebrate two great victories over Napoleon in Naomi Novik's Temeraire universe with lively early 19th century country dancing led by Susan de Guardiola, assisted by members of The Elegant Arts Society. Period costume is encouraged and admired, but not required. (Female dragon captains may wish to wear dresses, to preserve the secret of their presence in the Corps.) All dragons are requested to remain outside the ballroom!

Featuring: Susan de Guardiola, Jeff Poretsky, Meredith Schwartz, Mary Alice Ladd, Marc Hartstein, Keira Sokolowski