A roundtable discussion on “The State of Short Fiction” will be held by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at their clubhouse at 3310 East Baltimore Street on March 22 at 8:00. Moderated by Sarah Pinsker, the roundtable will consist of Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke, Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor Scott H. Andrews, Daily Science Fiction editor Jonathan Landen, Escape Pod editor Norm Sherman, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond editor Bill Campbell, and author Erica Satifka.
Scientist and science fiction author Geoffrey A. Landis will receive the 2014 Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award recognizes outstanding works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. In addition to publishing numerous short stories and novels, Landis works for NASA and has been involved with the Martian rover project. The award will be presented on May 23, 2014 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 48.
Myke Cole won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for his book Shadow Ops: Control Point. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque will be presented to Cole at Balticon at 8:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2013.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2013 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award i presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 47 on the weekend of May 24-27, 2013. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.
- Glitch, by Heather Anastasiu
- Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole
- Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
- Fair Coin, by E. C. Myers
- Scourge of the Betrayer, by Jeff Salyards
Allen Steele and Yoji Kondo have been announced as the recipients of 2013 Robert A Heinlein Award. The Heinlein Award is given to writers of science fiction and technical writers whose work inspires the exploration of space. The recipients are selected by a panel from the Heinlein Society and the award will be presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at Balticon 47 on May 24. The winners will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion engraved with Heinlein’s likeness, and two lapel pins.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary at the Baltimore SFS building (3310 E. Baltimore St) on January 12, 2013 at 8:00pm. Founded on January 5, 1963 on a bus ride back to Baltimore from a WSFA meeting, BSFS founded Balticon in 1967. The original BSFS lapsed after 1968, but was reorganized in 1974.
Connie Willis has won the 2011 Robert A. Heinlein Award, presented for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space. The award is given out by a committee headed by Dr. Yoji Kondo with the logistical support of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.