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I have some very sad news to pass on. Martin Deutsch our beloved President has passed on, we don't have all the details, but see the message below for what we do know at the moment. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Shirley and all who's lives he has touched. Below is the message as I recived it from Dale:

I just received a call from Steve Zeve. When he showed up at Martin's house today to try and get the WFC bank account stuff fixed yet again he learned that Martin woke up today, crossed over to his favorite chair and apparently quickly passed out and died. No great pain. I spoke to Martin last night about books and such and he was very tired after a day of doctor's visits, but was basically weak but "ok" Even said he was going to try to make it to BSFS Saturday for the Eric Flint book discussion.

Shirley has been taken to the hospital to take care of details. When we know more further details will be available.

---Dale S. Arnold

The Writing Workshop

Thanks to everyone for the interest in the August 25th and January 26th day-long writing workshops at BSFS! This is the first time we've done something like this in a long while, and whether we do it again or not depends on if the community likes and supports the idea. We're excited by all of the up-and-coming writers in MD/DC/VA/PA who have contacted us, asked questions, and put down money to get instruction by published, professional scifi/fantasy writers!
Brenda Clough
Brenda Clough, [pictured] who teaches the Aug 25th workshop, has not only been teaching science fiction for years at the Writing Center in Bethesda, she's also been nominated for the Hugo and Nebulla awards and is an excellent writer with a long career in her own right. See these reviews of her work on Amazon:

This one for The Doors and Death of Life, published by Tor in 2001:

And this one for Revise the World, published in 2009:

There are still a few seats remaining for her August 25th, 10 AM BSFS workshop. Money is due by August 11th. First come, first reserved. Cost to participate is $25, which includes lunch. E-mail BSFSEvents@BSFS.Org for more information, including how to pay. Thanks everyone!

Busy days.

Hi all! As always, hope you're well!

Sorry for the lack of updates to LJ, but BSFS has been busy as always. The Critique Circle, where we meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday to analyze our own manuscripts, has been taking off and is averaging now 12 people per meeting).

The Anime Social on every 3rd Saturday of the month is going strong and fun as always.

Along with our usual business and social meetings, we had an outdoor picnic in late June at our Prez's house in Columbia, where 50 people came out to eat and talk about Paolo Bacigalupi's, "The Windup Girl" for the BSFS Book Discussion Circle in a very spirited discussion.

Finally, we're happy to announce a series of day-long writing workshops taught by local published science fiction writers. Brenda Clough will be teaching the first one on August 25th, and Jonathan Maberry the 2nd on January 26th. Each workshop is $25 to participate, which includes a lunch for that day. E-mail BSFSEvents @ BSFS . Org for more details, including how to pay. Press release is here:

Reminder: Our July Book Discussion Book is Brandon Sanderson's, "The Way of Kings," and we'll be analyzing that at the BSFS HQ on July 28th at 6:30 PM. The August book is, "Parable of the Sower," by Octavia Butler, and that's Aug 25th after the Writing Workshop, and then Nnedi Okorafor's, "Who Fears Death," for September with Dr. Okorafor herself calling in to talk about the book with us.

It's Balticon.

Happy Balticon everyone!

Remember that the official Balticon webpage is www.Balticon.org.

The pocket program is here: http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b46-pocket-program.pdf

Friday's Rocket Mail, which provides programming news and updates, is here: http://www.bsfs.org/images/bsfs-b46-rocketmail-friday.pdf

Keep up with the BSFS Twitter feed (@BaltimoreSciFi) for further Rocket Mails and Balticon news while the con is happening.

And most importantly, stay calm and have fun!


Coming Closer to Balticon...

Hi all!

As always, hope you're well!

BSFS is busy as always! The Book Discussion Circle is fully underway: the turnout for Red Mars in April and Game of Thrones in May was excellent, and the discussion was lively and detailed.

BSFS T-shirts will be available at the May 12 business meetings, and will also be for sale at the BSFS fan table at Balticon.

The Spec Fic Critique Circle continues meeting on a regular basis, every 2nd and 4th Thur of the month at 6:30 PM. We have a large, diverse regular attendance with lots of different styles--I absolutely LOVE IT so far.

Finally, just putting out the word: because Balticon is in May, it will disrupt the normal schedule of BSFS events for May.

The monthly Anime Social, the 2nd Critique Circle, the 2nd Alphabet Soup Gaming, and the Book Discussion Circle and Social Meeting will not be held this month. The clubhouse will be crazy with things being moved to and from the hotel for Balticon.

Things will go back to normal in June.

The events keep rolling on

Coming up, this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm is the Spec Fiction Critique Circle, for anyone writing sci-fi/fantasy, or who likes talking about writing.

And finally, Saturday at 6:30 will be the debut of the Book Discussion Circle at BSFS! We'll be discussing Kim Stanley Robinson's, "Red Mars," and then after that we'll discuss a book every 4th Saturday of the month!

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  • Tue, 12:43: Busy week: Spec Fic Critique Circle Thur night, then Vonnegut lecture and social meeting Sat night! All free open to public and at BSFS!


Why not.

Hey all.

The inaugural Speculative Fiction Critique Circle is being hosted at BSFS this Thursday, Feb 9th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. If you want your work analyzed by friendly fellow sci-fi/fantasy fans, please bring at least 6 - 8 copies for others to read. You don't have to bring anything if you don't want--we welcome people to just come by and give feedback and hangout.

The Circle will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month through the rest of the year.

And don't forget that the Book Discussion group starts on the 4th Saturday of March. We'll be breaking down Kim Stanley Robinson's, "Red Mars."
Hey all! Heads up about a big event happening at BSFS late Feb.

Charles Shields, author of, "And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life" will be at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society to give a reading, answer questions and sign autographs on February 25 at 7 PM.

A biography with five years of writing and research placed into it, "And So It Goes" is the first and only complete life story of Kurt Vonnegut. Mr. Shields is also the author of, "Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee" — a New York Times bestseller. BSFS is honored to have Mr. Shields as a guest.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome! Please invite anyone you know who may be interested.