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May 28, 2010
Balticon 44 offers any number of intriguing program titles, some obscure, some just out there and some hilarious. Here are some of our favorites, culled from the schedule at balticon.org: • How to Flirt at Con: There's no description of the program, but the name pretty much sums it up. (9 p.m. today in the Belmont Room) • Steampunk for the Smaller Set: This event includes a chance for kids to make gear-shaped decorations and offers "advice to parents on how to bring your child to Steampunk events and have them have just as much fun as you do," the website says.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
Jonette Butler wants something understood: Balticon is not a comic book convention. "It's nothing like a comic book convention," said the chairwoman of this weekend's Balticon 45, which started Thursday and will run nearly continuously through 4 p.m. Monday at the Marriott in Hunt Valley. Pausing a moment for effect, Butler then adds mischievously, "and it's everything like a comic book convention. " What she probably means is that Balticon, like any good fan convention (be it dedicated to comic books, "Star Trek" or Civil War memorabilia)
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By Donna M. Owens | May 28, 2010
Special to The Baltimore Sun To enter a world of costumed characters, sci-fi and fantasy, there's no need to journey to a galaxy far away. The whole family can escape close to home this holiday weekend to the 44th annual Balticon convention in Hunt Valley. The four day-affair, which runs today through Monday at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, is expected to draw some 1,500 attendees. They're an eclectic mix: local and national authors, artists, musicians, scientists, costumers, filmmakers and fans of science fiction and other genres.
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By Donna M. Owens | May 28, 2010
Special to The Baltimore Sun To enter a world of costumed characters, sci-fi and fantasy, there's no need to journey to a galaxy far away. The whole family can escape close to home this holiday weekend to the 44th annual Balticon convention in Hunt Valley. The four day-affair, which runs today through Monday at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, is expected to draw some 1,500 attendees. They're an eclectic mix: local and national authors, artists, musicians, scientists, costumers, filmmakers and fans of science fiction and other genres.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
Jonette Butler wants something understood: Balticon is not a comic book convention. "It's nothing like a comic book convention," said the chairwoman of this weekend's Balticon 45, which started Thursday and will run nearly continuously through 4 p.m. Monday at the Marriott in Hunt Valley. Pausing a moment for effect, Butler then adds mischievously, "and it's everything like a comic book convention. " What she probably means is that Balticon, like any good fan convention (be it dedicated to comic books, "Star Trek" or Civil War memorabilia)
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2003
If you can imagine a wise and booming voice rumble these words - "In the beginning, George Lucas said, `Let there be light sabers'" - then you are on your way toward understanding what went on this weekend at Balticon 37, Maryland's regional science fiction and fantasy convention. There was myth and religion, science and culture. Weapons and jewelry, both gilded and gothic. Leather-clad ladies and long-haired gentlemen in velvet. And that was just a small galaxy in the universe of things designed to educate and entertain the folks of "fandom" - those science-fiction enthusiasts who aren't content just to read the latest fantasy novel or munch silently on popcorn while watching The Matrix: Reloaded.
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May 15, 2003
NOW OR NEVER Ricky Van Shelton performs with Heather Myles, the Cadillac Boys and Tom Shepard tonight at 1st Mariner Arena. Call Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets. Call 410-347-2010 for more information. The concert is presented by the Baltimore County Firefighters Association. COMING UP At Baltimore BikeJam, next Saturday, May 24, in Patterson Park, take part in activities ranging from a mountain-bike race to a foot race to the "Me and My Bike" photo booth to the Race for Pulaski.
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By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | May 25, 2006
Balticon's heart beats for books. Every year, press and patrons like to fawn over the folks in bizarre and intricate costumes, fantasy role-playing games and movie screenings at the four-day science-fiction conference. But organizers want to remind people that Balticon started out as and remains a lit fest first. "Balticon was primarily and still is primarily a literary convention," said Dale Arnold, a Balticon organizer. "We tend to go more with literature than with film and media. Even though we do have a film festival, the primary focus is literary."
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By JONATHAN PITTS and JONATHAN PITTS,SUN REPORTER | May 26, 2006
Some recall it as a bash for a few dozen out-of-town pals. Others remember debating whether science fiction could ever really be classified as literature. Most agree the first meeting of Balticon, the convention staged by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, happened on the top floor of the old Lord Baltimore Hotel, and that by the end of the weekend, the group had lost money. It has been 40 years since the inaugural convention, and even for minds used to probing the mysteries of distant galaxies, four decades can blur a lot of details.
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By Gregory Kane | May 13, 2000
SO THERE I was Easter weekend, less than seven days out of the hospital, surrounded by so many Klingons I wished Captains Kirk or Picard or Sisko or Janeway would beam me out of there. I should have been in bed, mind you, following the advice of no fewer than three doctors to take it easy in recovering from my bout with congestive heart failure. So why was I there at Balticon 34, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's annual celebration? Octavia E. Butler was why. The California-based science fiction writer -- one of the best in the genre and one of the few black ones -- was invited as the guest of honor.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2010
Balticon 44 offers any number of intriguing program titles, some obscure, some just out there and some hilarious. Here are some of our favorites, culled from the schedule at balticon.org: • How to Flirt at Con: There's no description of the program, but the name pretty much sums it up. (9 p.m. today in the Belmont Room) • Steampunk for the Smaller Set: This event includes a chance for kids to make gear-shaped decorations and offers "advice to parents on how to bring your child to Steampunk events and have them have just as much fun as you do," the website says.
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | May 22, 2008
Celebrate your roots. That's what Balticon -- Baltimore's annual science fiction and fantasy convention -- is all about. Although technology and special effects have provided a visual manifestation of the sci-fi universe, Balticon's emphasis is on literature, the original medium that exhibited so many otherworldly characters, concepts and locations. "It's clear that we focus on the written aspect of the genre," says Gregory Wright, a Balticon chairman and coordinator. "There are numerous programs that focus on books and short stories and allow open discussion on the genre."
FEATURES
By JONATHAN PITTS and JONATHAN PITTS,SUN REPORTER | May 26, 2006
Some recall it as a bash for a few dozen out-of-town pals. Others remember debating whether science fiction could ever really be classified as literature. Most agree the first meeting of Balticon, the convention staged by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, happened on the top floor of the old Lord Baltimore Hotel, and that by the end of the weekend, the group had lost money. It has been 40 years since the inaugural convention, and even for minds used to probing the mysteries of distant galaxies, four decades can blur a lot of details.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SAM SESSA and SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER | May 25, 2006
Balticon's heart beats for books. Every year, press and patrons like to fawn over the folks in bizarre and intricate costumes, fantasy role-playing games and movie screenings at the four-day science-fiction conference. But organizers want to remind people that Balticon started out as and remains a lit fest first. "Balticon was primarily and still is primarily a literary convention," said Dale Arnold, a Balticon organizer. "We tend to go more with literature than with film and media. Even though we do have a film festival, the primary focus is literary."
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,SUN STAFF | May 30, 2005
They are not just Trekkies or Star Wars fanatics, though a mention of the latest movie will get you at least a glint in their eyes. No, theirs is a passion that involves much more. This is hard-core science fiction "fandom" - SF for short. "Don't call it sci-fi," warned Dori Grasso, 53, of Cockeysville. "Then you're not one of us." "Us" included more than 1,500 people drawn to all things other-worldly who converged at the Wyndham Inner Harbor hotel this weekend for Balticon 39 - an annual science fiction and fantasy extravaganza where just about anything seemed to go. A woman bedecked in a sequined belly-dancing gown glided by a man dressed as a vampire.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2005
Fans mourning the end of Star Wars can cheer up. Starting tomorrow those still craving outer space, time travel and scaly creatures can get their fill at Balticon -- Baltimore's very own science-fiction convention. "It is a cultural festival for anybody who does something creative with science fiction," said Dale Arnold, who helped organize the event. Balticon starts tomorrow and is at the Wyndam Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel through Monday. Unlike many sci-fi events, Balticon does not invite actors or big-time media personalities.
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | May 22, 2008
Celebrate your roots. That's what Balticon -- Baltimore's annual science fiction and fantasy convention -- is all about. Although technology and special effects have provided a visual manifestation of the sci-fi universe, Balticon's emphasis is on literature, the original medium that exhibited so many otherworldly characters, concepts and locations. "It's clear that we focus on the written aspect of the genre," says Gregory Wright, a Balticon chairman and coordinator. "There are numerous programs that focus on books and short stories and allow open discussion on the genre."
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1998
Jeff Mirando and Karen Urbanski donned their Easter weekend best yesterday: He sported black cape and pants, leather-sheathed knife secured to the wrist and other vampirelike regalia, while she wore a black cape, lacy jumpsuit and a neon blue wig.The outfits were the Baltimore couple's way of getting the most enjoyment out of Balticon, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's annual convention this weekend at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel.Mirando and Urbanski were among an estimated 1,200 people expected to attend the event, said organizers of the three-day conference, which ends today.
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By Sarah Schaffer and Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2004
It's been more than 35 years since droves of them first invaded Baltimore. And this weekend, more than a thousand will once again make their annual descent upon Charm City. Don't worry, though. These friendly visitors aren't another type of red-eyed bug; they're a swarm of eager science fiction and fantasy fans who'll gather at the Wyndham Baltimore-Inner Harbor Hotel for the convention known as Balticon. About 1,700 folks from around the country (and a few from England and Australia)
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2003
If you can imagine a wise and booming voice rumble these words - "In the beginning, George Lucas said, `Let there be light sabers'" - then you are on your way toward understanding what went on this weekend at Balticon 37, Maryland's regional science fiction and fantasy convention. There was myth and religion, science and culture. Weapons and jewelry, both gilded and gothic. Leather-clad ladies and long-haired gentlemen in velvet. And that was just a small galaxy in the universe of things designed to educate and entertain the folks of "fandom" - those science-fiction enthusiasts who aren't content just to read the latest fantasy novel or munch silently on popcorn while watching The Matrix: Reloaded.
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