Sci-fi and fantasy fans won’t want to miss the annual Balticon event on May 25-28. Dozens of authors, editors, artists, scientists, and publishers gather at the event, which is touted as the biggest and longest running convention of its kind in the D.C. and Baltimore metro area. Organizers are anticipating that more than 1500 people will be in attendance, having come to shop in the dealer’s room as well as take in an art show, concerts, enjoy gaming and video rooms, and plenty more.
For more than 50 years, Balticon has provided sci-fi and fantasy buffs with the opportunity to browse and buy art in the Artists Alley. Attendees will also be able to buy rare and hard to find books, games, anime, costumes and more in the Dealer’s Room. Saturday evening’s Masquerade is certain to be entertaining as individuals and groups present their costumes on stage before a panel of judges who will award winners in various categories.
Balticon will hold a Short Film Festival on the Sunday of the event. Each year local, national, and internationally produced animated and live action films in the genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction are presented while the Best Animated Film, Best Live Action Film, Best Experimental Film and Best Music Videos are awarded for excellence in their respective categories.
Balticon Is Heavy on Science
Over the four-day period, Balticon will feature more than 30 hours of programming by scientists and educators who have an appreciation for the sci-fi and fantasy fiction genres. Special guests this year are headlined by Catherine Asaro who not only is an author of 25 sci-fi books that have won multiple awards, but also a singer and convention regular who has a doctorate in chemical physics from Harvard University. Other guests of honor include the award-winning artist Galen Dara, sci-fi musicians Tim Griffin and Filthy Pierre, publisher of the award-winning magazine Clarkesworld and author of many sci-fi books Neil Clarke, award-winning sci-fi author and illustrator Larry Niven and sci-fi author Ada Palmer.
There will also be a poetry contest, a charity auction, and a young writers contest. Attendees will be able to stay entertained 24 hours a day in the gaming room as well as in the anime, sci-fi and fantasy video viewing rooms.
Advance tickets have gone on sale and will be available through May 15. Adult tickets are $72 in advance and $75 at the door, admission for kiddos is currently $36 in advance and will be $37 at the door. For tickets and more info, visit Balticon’s website. While we’re at it, here’s all the information on the first ever Universal FanCon, which is going down at the Baltimore Convention Center on April 27-29.