Balticon 41 will feature continuous multi-track programming throughout the 4-day weekend--(last year we had 300+ hours of program and intend to do it again this year)--plus fixed functions such as Art show, Dealers Room, Computer Gaming Room etc... Our goal is to reawaken the sense of wonder that originally brought you to SF/F. We constantly seek ideas from fan clubs and news-groups and conduct brain-storm sessions to generate fresh new topics and "twisted" spins on old ideas. The excitement in our program committee this year is dramatic and just a little scary, but in a good way. Down with boring panels--up with the new reformed Balticon panels!

Panel discussions with SF professionals (writers, artists, agents, etc.), informal discussions among devoted fans, skill demonstrations, readings and performances are included. Every cultural art form related to Science fiction and fantasy will be brought out, dusted off and given a beautiful shine through our interactive program.


Better late than never, obstacles have been overcome, and we have made the Balticon 41 Schedule available online. Click here for the PDF Schedule (600KB), or, click here for a low-resolution GIF version. The complete POCKET PROGRAM is also available here as a PDF (860KB).


Balticon program participants with qualifications as authors, editors and publishers will explore varied themes in SF literature through panel debates, author readings and personal autograph session interaction. Everything from philosophical debates, story crafting tips, publishing advice, science speculation and historical perspectives will flow. Reviewers and Fan group officers will review and discuss work and its place in the genre to help you find new literature suited to your taste. Multiple literary program tracks make this the core of Balticon programming.


Co-sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and The Lite Circle, Inc., a Baltimore-based nonprofit literary organization, poetry programming explores the arena of verse from inspiration and writing to submitting for publication and an overview of small press publishing. There will be a poetry workshop and a poetry reading featuring winners of the Balticon 41 SF Poetry contest as well as an open reading. To participate either e-mail or check the Poetry Track/Workshop box on the registration form.

Enter the Balticon 41 SF Poetry Contest!
  • Entries should address the themes of science fiction/fantasy/science. Poetry that does not address these themes will not be considered.
  • 1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd prize: $50.
  • Winners will receive a cash prize, convention membership and be invited to read their winning entries at Balticon 41. Winning entries will be published in the BSFAN, the Balticon souvenir book. Attendance at Balticon is NOT required to win.
  • Limit: 3 poems/person, maximum 32 lines each.
  • No entry fee.
  • Deadline: Mailed entries must be postmarked and e-mail entries received by April 1, 2007. Please include your name, address, phone & e-mail address and a brief bio with your entry.
  • Entries may be e-mailed to or mailed to "Balticon 41 Poetry Contest," c/o BSFS, PO Box 686, Baltimore, MD 21203.


An entire track of costume programming with items of interest to beginners and experienced alike. Learn how to create an exterior casing that reflects your soul or at least your sense of humor.


Learn and enjoy art techniques and tips demonstrated by many artists. Bring your sketch book for hands on sessions.

Join Halla's Balticon Sketch Club

Be a real center of attention! Don some interesting garb or come as you are. Bring your sketch book, practice drawing real live people and/or take a turn at modeling. Artists and models had so much fun at last year's sessions that we've added more to the schedule this year. Join us for one or for all.


Balticon's incredibly diverse and ambitious science program is under development....

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Games, projects and stories for children ages 4-12 to inspire your kids to appreciate the convention experience. This is not daycare; parents retain full responsibility for children during this program. Kids will put on a skit play, have their own filk, learn to draw from an artist, hunt for treasure, hear Silly Interactive Stories, build with legos and have great fun!


There will be panels, workshops, concerts and music Friday through Sunday. Check out the Internet newsgroup for more details, e-mail or check the filk box on the registration form.


“Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2006 Attending Balticon 41"

No, really, it’s true! Time’s Person of the Year for 2006 celebrated creators and users of content for the Internet, and, boy, do we have some great New Media content creators coming to Balticon 41, Special Guests of Honor Michael R. Mennenga and Evo Terra. Mike and Evo are best known for their series of Sci-Fi related podcasts: Dragonpage Cover to Cover, Slice of Sci-Fi, and Winging It. But that's just the beginning of what the New Media track has to offer in 2007. Not only has the number of podcasters attending this year more than doubled, but we are adding concerts from two of the wittiest and sexiest men in New Media: George Hrab and Jack Mangan. And this year, we have added the first Podcasters Workshop. Podcasters will be able to submit their shows for critique by the experts. Watch the Balticon Podcast website for details.

But, wait, what happened to the Podcasting track?

It matured into the New Media track. There’s a whole wonderful world of non-traditional media available and we’re bringing you more than just podcasting this year. Come and meet local artists and writers from the world of web comics and many other fascinating people leading the new media explosion. Learn more about what’s available in independent new media and how to turn it to your advantage. Don’t let your work be lost in the shadows: Find your audience!


We will be updating our participant list on the web as we get more responses, so keep checking back!

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  • Allison Kaese
  • Ann Rader
  • Anne Schmitt
  • Bill DeSmedt
  • Bill Mayhew
  • Blessing Bird
  • Bob Chase
  • Bob Greenberger
  • Brick Barrientos
  • Bryan Prindiville
  • Bud Sharpe
  • Bud Sparhawk
  • Caitlin Dick
  • Carol Berg
  • Carol Salemi
  • Charlene Taylor D'Alessio
  • Chris Dennie
  • Chris Handa
  • Chris Merle
  • Chris Welsh
  • Christiana Ellis
  • Christopher Garbowski
  • CJ Henderson
  • Clayton L. McNally
  • Command Line
  • Conrad
  • Cunning Minx
  • D. Jeanette Holloman
  • D.C. Wilson
  • Dan Cragg
  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • Darrell Schweitzer
  • Davey Beauchamp
  • David Drake
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Decadent Dave
  • Diane Weinstein
  • Dina Leacock
  • Dominic Crapuchettes
  • Don Sakers
  • Doug Fratz
  • Dr. SETI
  • Earl Newton
  • Edmund R. Schubert
  • Elaine Corvidae
  • Elaine Isaak
  • Elaine Stiles
  • Evo Terra
  • Faye Ringel
  • Faye Ringel
  • Gary Ehrlich
  • Gavin Schmitt
  • Geek Comedy Tour
  • George Hrab
  • Georgia Horesh
  • Grailwolf
  • Harknell
  • Heather McKinnon
  • Hildy Silverman
  • Hugh Casey
  • Ian Hanley
  • J Andrew World
  • J.C. Hutchens
  • J.R. Blackwell
  • Jack Mangan
  • Jacob Davenport
  • James Chambers
  • James Daniel Ross
  • Jami Beck
  • Jana Oliver
  • Jarod Axelrod
  • Jason Adams
  • Jeff Lyman
  • Jeri Ready-Smith
  • Jim Van Verth
  • Joe Niedbala
  • John C. Wright
  • John G. Hemry
  • Johnna Klukas
  • Jonathon Collis
  • Joseph Bellofatto
  • Joshua Palmatier
  • Judy Mitchell
  • Karen Dick
  • Kari Handa
  • Kathy Bryant
  • Kevin T. Stein
  • Kory Kaese
  • Kory Heath
  • KT Pinto
  • L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • Laura J. Underwood
  • Laurel Cunningham-Hill
  • Laurie Chambers
  • Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Lea Hall
  • Leann Mabry
  • Lisa Ashton
  • Lisa Snellings Clark
  • Louis Hillman
  • Maria V. Snyder
  • Mark del Franco
  • Mark L. Van Name
  • Martha Holloway
  • Martin Morse Wooster
  • Marty Day
  • Marvin Bryant
  • Mary Jo Putney
  • Matt Langley
  • Matt Wallace
  • Matthew Jarpe
  • Matthew Wayne Selznick
  • Mattie Brahen
  • Maugorn
  • Mel Tatum
  • Melissa Marr
  • Mike McPhail
  • Mike Mennenga
  • Mike Nguyen
  • Mike Pederson
  • Ming Diaz
  • Miz Amanda
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Naomi Novik
  • Nathan E. Lilly
  • Nick "Ghostfreehood" Borkowicz
  • NJ Unwin
  • Onezumi
  • Patches
  • Persis Thorndike
  • Phil Rossi
  • Punkie
  • Ray Ridenour
  • Ric Frane
  • Ric Rader
  • Rich Sigfrit
  • Richard Hill
  • Rick Leider
  • Rick Stringer
  • Ricky Dick
  • Rob Balder
  • Robert I. Katz
  • Robert T. Jeschonek
  • Ron Robinson
  • Rosscott Nover
  • Satish Pillalamarri
  • Scott Edelman
  • Sharon Landrum
  • Sheila Unwin
  • Singingypsygrrl
  • Steve Eley
  • Steve Stiles
  • Steve Wilson
  • Sudden Death
  • Tee Morris
  • The Great Luke Ski
  • Tiffany Trent
  • Tom Doyle
  • Tom Kratman
  • Tony Ruggiero
  • Trevor
  • Trish Wilson/Elizabeth Black
  • Tristan Alexander
  • Vincent Collins
  • Walter H. Hunt
  • William Shunn
  • Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani

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