May 24-27, 2024 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

We at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) and the Balticon Committee hope that everyone had a great time at Balticon.  We want to thank all of our guests for participating and our staff & volunteers for all the work that they did. The con wouldn’t have been such a success without your help. 

The fun of Balticon is not over.  We recorded many of the panels and events at Balticon, and some online-only content too.  These are posted online and are available through July 15th. Look for your Balticon Anywhere email and follow the link to the online schedule. Type virtual in the tag box and click on the items that come up. Online memberships to Balticon are still available <Add link> so tell your friends that watching Balticon online is the next best thing to being there.

Also, BSFS, the club that puts on Balticon, has more science fiction and fantasy activities year-round. These include a writers’ critique circle, speculative poetry workshop, film nights, book club, anime socials, RPG, board-gaming, and more. While some of these events are in-person at the BSFS Building in Balticon, many of them are also online.  Visit

And don’t forget to come back for next year’s Balticon!

–Sam Lubell, chair, Balticon 58.

Daily Newsletter

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A four-day celebration of Science Fiction and Fantasy!

Join over fifteen hundred fans of all backgrounds as we gather to celebrate Science Fiction and Fantasy with more than 300 hours of diverse programming, from award winning authors and publishers to twitch live-streamers, from cosplay experts to renowned scientists and tech innovators. Sing along with our filkers, immerse yourself in our stunning Art Show and Masquerade, and laugh and cry at our Film Festival. We’ve got something for everyone.

Guests of Honor

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Writer Guest of Honor: L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a very popular and prolific author, with over 75 novels so far. He is best known for his Saga of Recluse fantasy series

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Editor Guest of Honor: Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams is the two-time Hugo Award winning Editor (in 2011 and 2012) of Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, which has won the Locus Award for Best Magazine multiple times.

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Music Guest of Honor: Rhiannon's Lark

Creator Alyssa Yeager’s solo project “Rhiannon’s Lark” has made appearances at sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming conventions with insightful lyrics, gorgeous vocals, and gentle humor.

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Artist Guest of Honor: Omar Rayyan

Omar Rayyan is an artist reminiscent of historical oil painters. After working as an illustrator for publishers  including Simon & Schuster, Random House and Hyperion/Disney, he’s now concentrating on paintings of whim and fantasy.

Major Event Schedule

Registration opensFriday, 1 pm
Dealers Room opensFriday, 2 pm
Programming startsFriday, 4 pm
Art Show opensFriday, 5 pm
Opening CeremoniesFriday, 7 pm
MasqueradeSaturday, 8 pm
Short Film FestivalSunday, 7 pm
Art AuctionSunday, 2 pm
Balticon endsMonday, 5 pm


5/21/24 Experience Balticon wherever you are with a virtual membership.

5/18/24 The current Program Schedule is on-line.

4/9/24 The COVID-19 policy has been posted.

3/18/24 Masquerade pre-registration is open.

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The Maryland State Arts Council has provided a grant to support BSFS activities including Balticon. To discover more about the Maryland State Arts Council and how they impact Maryland, visit

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BSFS and Balticon activities are supported in part by the Creative Baltimore Fund.

The Creative Baltimore Fund is a grant program funded by the Mayor’s Office and the City of Baltimore.

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