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The Maryland Regional
Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Balticon 47    Memorial Day Weekend     May 24-27, 2013

On-line registration is now available!

We are happy to accept your mail-in registration!

Use this Balticon 47 Registration Form, please.

You can complete the form using Acrobat Reader (our preference) or print and complete the form by hand.
Online Registration for Balticon 47 is not yet available.

Guest of Honor:            Joe Haldeman

Artist Guest of Honor:      Rick Sternbach      

      Special Guest:      Nnedi Okorafor

Music/Filk Guest of Honor:      Ada Palmer      

Featured Filkers :      Sassafrass
with the premiere of SUNDOWN!!

2012 Compton Crook Award Winner:

      T. C. McCarthy

2013 Compton Crook Award Winner:


2013 Heinlein Award Winners:

Yoji Kondo & Allen Steele

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.

There will be sign language interpreters at all major events and on call as needed.

Download the Balticon 47 flyer!


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 opens 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 TBD
Salon C-D
11:00 pm - 4 am
Garden Room
10:00 pm - 3 am
Salon C-D
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Garden Room
    (Valley Ballroom Foyer)
1 pm - 11 pm 8:45 am - 10 pm 8:45 am - 7 pm 10 am - 2 pm

Notice to prospective Balticon program participants:

In an effort to provide literary and fan program track participants with fuller schedules, we will be continuing with reduced participant invitations for those tracks in 2013. Invitations will continue going out through the end of 2012. If you want to make sure you get an early invitation, please drop a note, incliding your full name, by the end of September to Literary.

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

A list of potential program ideas will be available around mid-September, 2012.

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. While we welcome program suggestions year round, those received after Feb. 15, 2012, are not as likely to find a program slot.


Membership rates are:

Pre-registration is currently available by mail or online.
Download the mail-in Balticon 47 Registration Form. You can open this form in Acrobat Reader and complete it on your computer. Please DO NOT EMAIL forms containing credit card information.

On-line registration is now available!

On-line registration is now available!

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

If you have further questions, please email

Balticon Podcasts! There will be Podcasting during Balticon 47, 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 47 hotel is the Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 USA  (Phone: 410-785-7000)
Please note that the Hunt Valley Inn [located north of Baltimore off of I-83] is no longer a Marriott franchise, and you can neither earn nor use Marriott Rewards points there.

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 10, 2013) 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.


Balticon 46 Competitive Event Results

Hall Costume Contest (Click here for the Photo Gallery):
  • Winner: Amy Kaplan for "Blue Dragon"
  • Photographers Choice: Leigh Alexander for "The New 52 Super Girl"
  • Sunday Night Short Film Festival:
  • Audience Choice, Best Live Action: The Oblique Sector
  • Audience Choice, Best Animated: The Chase
  • Directors Choice: Alchemy and Other Imperfections
  • Poetry Contest:
  • 1st Place: "Night Flight to Venus" by Jennifer Moore, Devon, England
  • 2nd Place: "Futurity's Shoelaces" by Marge Simon, Ocala, FL
  • 3rd Place: "Longing" by A. C. Leming, Tappahannock, VA
  • LARP: (record attendance of 36 players)
  • 1st Place: Fiona Galvin
  • Didn't make it to Balticon 46?
    Check out these remarks from folks who did to find out what you missed!

    Want to know what kind of programming to expect at Balticon 47? Click here for a look at the 2012 Balticon 46 Pocket Program to get an idea of what Balticon offers.

    Baltimore Science Fiction Society would like to thank the following for their sponsorship of Balticon 46 in 2012

        Arc Manor Publishers         

    Six3 Systems, Enterprise Systems Division    

    Wholesale Halloween Costumes    Wholesale Halloween Costumes

    Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Baltimore, MD   

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    All materials copyright © 2012 Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc., unless otherwise noted.