Compton Crook Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2018 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award is presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 52 on the weekend of May 25-28, 2018. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

  • The Prey of Gods, by Nicky Drayden
  • All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai
  • The Guns Above: A Signal Airship Novel, by Robyn Bennis
  • Amatka, by Karin Tidbeck
  • Gilded Cage, by Vic James
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
  • Lotus Blue, by Cat Sparks

For more information…

Compton Crook Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2017 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award is presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 51 on the weekend of May 26-29, 2017. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

  • Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
  • Sword and Verse, by Kathy MacMillan
  • Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
  • Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer
  • Sleep State Interrupt, by T.C. Weber

For more information…

Obituary: Martin Deutsch

Baltimore fan Martin Deutsch died suddenly on February 24. Deutsch has served for the past several years as the president of BSFS, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Earlier this year, Deutsch and his wife, Shirley Avery, were the Guests of Honor at the 50th Balticon. After BSFS fell apart in 1971, Deutsch helped relaunch the organization.

Robert J. Sawyer Wins Heinlein

Robert J. Sawyer has been announced as the recipient of 2017 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 51 on May 27. The winner will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion engraved with Heinlein’s likeness, and two lapel pins.
For more information…

Compton Crook Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2016 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award is presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 50 on the weekend of May 27-30, 2013. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

  • 5 to 1, by Holly Bodger
  • Owl and the Japanese Circus, by Kristie Charish
  • I Will Love You FOREVER, by Brian Groover
  • The Gracekeepers: A Novel, by Kirsty Logan
  • The Thorn of Dentonhill: A Novel of Maradaine, by Marshall Ryan Maresca
  • Beasts of Tabat, by Cat Rambo
  • Flex, by Ferret Steinmetz
  • Enter the Janitor, by Josh Vogt
  • Updraft, by Fran Wilde

For more information…

Heinlein Goes to Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson has been announced as the recipient of 2016 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 49 on May 27. The winners will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion engraved with Heinlein’s likeness, and two lapel pins.
For more information…

Heinlein Award Winner

Jack McDevitt has been announced as the recipient of 2015 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 49 on May 25. The winners will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion engraved with Heinlein’s likeness, and two lapel pins.

For more informaiton…

Gannon Wins Compton Crook

Charles E. Gannon won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for his book Fire with Fire. 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 Gannon at Balticon at 8:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2013.

For more information…

Compton Crook Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2014 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award is presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 48 on the weekend of May 23-26, 2013. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

  • Glyphbinder, by T. Eric Bakutis
  • In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, by Matt Bell
  • The Enchanted Skean, by Vonnie Winslow Crist
  • City of a Thousand Dolls, by Miriam Forster
  • Fire with Fire, by Charles E. Gannon
  • The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Shh! It’s a Secret: A Novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartenders Guide, by Daniel M. Kimmel
  • Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie

For more information…

Editor Roundtable

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.

For more information…