The Maryland Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Memorial Day Weekend      May 27-30, 2011
Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD

Guest of Honor:

Dr. Benjamin Bova

Artist Guest of Honor:

Vincent Di Fate

Music/Filk Guests of Honor:

Bill and Brenda Sutton

New Media Guest of Honor:

Philippa Ballantine

Special Guest:

Steve Geppi

Fan Ghost of Honor:

Mark Owings

2010 Compton Crook Award Winner:

Paolo Bacigalupi

2011 Compton Crook Award Winner:


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

Over 300 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.

Download the Balticon 45 flyer!

Here is the Balticon 45 multi-page mailer.

Notice to prospective Balticon program participants. Invitations began going out in September, 2010, but we're not finished yet! If you have not gotten your invitation yeat and were expecting one, please drop a line with your name to the program track (Literary, science, children's, art, costuming, TV/Film/Filmmaking, Anime, New Media) you expected to hear from to Once you have confirmation that they are expecting you at Balticon, go to Balticon Guest Survey to complete the participant information form.

A list of potential program ideas is available here. You may send additional ideas to While we welcome program suggestions year round, program item requests received after Feb. 15, 2011, are not as likely to find a program slot.


Most areas of the convention will close at 3:00am each night with the exception of the Anime, Game, and Video Rooms, Filk and the Frankie & Vinnie's Con-suite. These will be open 23 hours a day, allowing one hour down time for housekeeping.

On-line registration is now available!

Balticon Podcasts! There will be Podcasting during Balticon 45, 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: .


The Balticon 45 hotel is Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 USA [north of Baltimore off of I-83] (Phone: 410-785-7000)

Balticon has a special rate of $135 per night, plus taxes and fees.

For more information, go to the HOTEL page.

If you have further questions please email:


Smoking and Pets:

Maryland law prohibits indoor public smoking except in designated smoking hotel sleeping rooms and smoking sections in the restaurant and bar.

Pets are not allowed in the hotel. Legitimate service animals are not pets.

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.

Function Rooms:

No alcohol served in function rooms, including the Garden Room.


If you require special services for ADA or other access from the convention, please contact us at (preferably before May 15, 2010) and we will attempt to accommodate your needs.

All materials copyright © 2010 Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc., unless otherwise noted.