Welcome to Balticon

The Maryland Regional
Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

May 22-25, 2020

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel,
Baltimore, Maryland

Over 300 Hours of Multi-Track Programming over 4 days featuring authors, publishers, editors, artists, scientists, musicians and other creative SF luminaries. Join over sixteen hundred SF fans for the area’s largest and longest running convention of its kind! Visit our huge art show, dealer’s room, concerts, gaming room and video room. Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package. Join members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society as we embark on the second fifty years of Balticon, the premier non-profit, fan-run Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Guests of Honor

Wen Spencer - Guest of Honor
Wen Spencer is the author of more than a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels including the Elfhome series. She’s the 2003 winner of the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the 2002 winner of the Compton Crook Award. More Info
Lee Moyer photo
Lee Moyer illustrated book covers for Seanan McGuire, Kim Newman, and Iain Banks. His award-winning work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, London, Santa Fe, and Helsinki; and featured in Communication Arts, China’s Top Artist magazine and 7 Spectrum collections. More Info
Cheshire Moon duo
Cheshire Moon is the musical collaboration of Lizzie Crowe and Eric Coleman. The Cheshire Moon rises over the landscape, smiling down as only a trickster the size of planet could smile. Come join in the fun! More Info
Jay and Leigh Targaryen cosplay
Jay and Leigh Targaryen are well known for their cosplay and masquerade activities. They have won Best in Show from the Balticon Masquerade and many other awards. Jay organizes and runs the cosplay department for Magfest. They have also created over 500 costumes throughout the years for various dance companies and performances. They are now a happily married couple, partly in thanks of the Hawaii trip they won from the 2012 AUSA masquerade. More Info
R. F. Kuang author photo
R. F. Kuang is the winner of the 2019 Compton Crook Award. She is the Nebula and Campbell Award nominated author of The Poppy War and its forthcoming sequel The Dragon Republic. She will present the 2020 Compton Crook Award. More Info

Award Honorees

Photo of Vernor Vinge: 2020 Heinlein Award

Vernor Vinge, a four-time Hugo Award-winning science fiction author, is the recipient of the 2020 Heinlein Award. This award is in recognition of Mr. Vinge’s body of work, including his nine novels, more than two dozen short stories, and many non-fiction articles. Mr. Vinge regrets that he is unable to attend Balticon to accept the award in person. More Info