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Our thanks to these
Balticon 48 Sponsors!

"Friends of Balticon"


"We Balticon"

Royal Rabbit Vinyards

"Silver Sponsor"

Collectors Corner

"Diamond Sponsor"

  Tor Books

  Info Sheet

  Application Form

  Screen/Release Form

  Program Ideas
  Submission Form

  Mail-In Reg. Form

  Balticon Truck Crew Time Record

Volunteer Reg & Release Fill-In

  Volunteer Time Record

The Maryland Regional
Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Balticon 48    Memorial Day Weekend     May 23-26, 2014

Click here to look at the Pocket Program

Balticon's Hunt Valley Inn room block is sold out.

See the Hotel page for Overflow Hotel information.


Guest of Honor:        Brandon Sanderson        Brandon Sanderson

Artist Guest of Honor:         Halo Jankowski         Halo

       Bard/Music Guest of Honor:       Kenneth Anders

2013 Compton Crook Award Winner:      Myke Cole      Myke Cole

     2014 Compton Crook Award Winner:     Charles E. Gannon

2014 Heinlein Award Recipient:       Geoffrey Landis       Geoffrey A. Landis

Special Science Guest (Sunday Only):      Vinton Cerf      Vinton Cerf

       Ghost of Honor:   Robert Jordan       (1948 – 2007)

Fan Ghost of Honor:            Marty Gear       

A Four Day, 24-hours-a-day Extravaganza!

Over 400 Hours of Multi-Track Programming featuring authors, publishers, editors, artists, scientists, musicians and other creative SF luminaries. Join over a thousand SF fans for the area's largest and longest running convention of its kind! Visit our huge art show, dealer's room, concerts, dances, gaming room, computer room and video room. Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package.

There will be sign language interpreters at all major events and on call as needed. For details, please speak to the Special Needs Liaison at the Volunteer Desk, located at the bottom of the escalator.

Download the Balticon 48 flyer!

The Balticon 48 multi-page mailer is also available here.


Most areas of the convention will close by 2:00 am each night with the exception of the Anime (Salon E) and Video Rooms (Salon F and overnight in the Belmont Room), and the Con-suite (Frankie & Vinnie's). These will be open 23 hours a day, allowing one hour down time for housekeeping.

Hours of Operation
Location Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Art Show
    (Hunt Ballroom)
5 pm - 9 pm 10 am -9 pm 10 am - 1 pm 10 am - 1 pm
    (Garden Room)
Sunday 2 pm -- Sales open Sunday 2:15 pm
Balticon Operations
    Hunt Ballroom Foyer
Friday 2 pm - Monday 5 pm -- Round the clock
Lost & found, security issues, late night registration, to locate a specific Balticon staff person, etc.
Con Suite
    (Frankie & Vinnie's)
Friday 4 pm through Monday 2 pm -- Round the clock
Dealers Room
    (MD Ballroom/Foyer)
4 pm - 8 pm 10 am - 6 pm 10:30 am - 5 pm 10 am - 2 pm
Hal Haag Memorial Game Room
    (Tack Rm)
5 pm - 2 am 9 am - 2 am 9 am - 2 am 9 am - 5 pm
Open Filk 10:00 pm - 4 am
Salon C-D
10:30 pm - 4 am
Garden Room
10:00 pm - 3 am
Salon C-D
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Garden Room
    (Valley Ballroom Foyer)
2 pm - 9 pm 8:45 am - 9 pm 8:45 am - 7 pm 10 am - 2 pm

See the "Who's Coming" page for more information.

A list of potential program ideas will be available soon.

Send your program ideas to the program coordinators. Please include a brief descriptive paragraph, format (panel, roundtable, presentation, workshop) and whether you wouild like to be the presenter, moderator or a panelist for the item. The program coordinators will see that your suggestions get to the right program track coordinators. We welcome program suggestions year round. While those received after Feb. 15, 2014, are not as likely to find a program slot in the 2014 Balticon, they will certainly be included in the ideas considered for the next few years.

On-line and mail-in registration are both closed.

At-the-door registration rates are:
AdultChild (6-12)
Full Weekend$65$33
Balticon 49 Pre-Reg   $48$24

To speed up your at-the-door registration, you can Download the Mail-In Registration Form. You can open this form in Acrobat Reader and complete it on your computer (don't fill in credit card info), then print it and hand it to the registration clerk when you arrive.

For more information about Balticon Registration, please go to the REGISTRATION PAGE.

If you have further questions, please email registration@balticon.org

Balticon Podcasts! There will be Podcasting during Balticon 48, if you need some information before arriving at the con, or if you want to listen to our recent podcast interviews, check out our web site: www.balticonpodcast.org.


The Balticon 48 hotel is the Hunt Valley Inn (a Wyndham affiliate), 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 USA.  (Phone: 410-785-7000)

More information and a link to Reservations can be found on the HOTEL page.

If you have further questions please email:  hotel@balticon.org.

Maryland law prohibits indoor public smoking. The only place smoking is allowed on hotel grounds is a designated smoking area outside of the hotel front entrance.

Any alcoholic beverages served in public spaces at the hotel must be served by hotel employees.


Costume Weapons:

Costume weapons must be inspected and peace bonded. Taking costume weapons outside the hotel will create conflict; please do not take anything that looks like a weapon outside the hotel.

Harrassment Policy:
Click here for the Balticon/BSFS Harassment Policy


If you require special services for ADA or other access from the convention, please contact us at adainfo@balticon.org (preferably before May 10, 2014) and we will attempt to accommodate your needs. It is helpful if we know of your need for a Sign Language Interpreter as early as possible.

All materials copyright © 2013-2014 Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc., unless otherwise noted.