Last weekend I attended Balticon 46, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. The convention ran for four days, May 25 through May 28; I stayed for the first three. I had a great time attending panels and concerts, making new friends and meeting up with old [not in age!] ones, and enjoying the hall costumes, impromptu piano players, and other activities.
The convention has panels and activities for people interested in science fiction, fantasy, horror, paranormal, alternate history, anime, film and TV, gaming, role-playing games, art, music, dance, costuming, writing, social media, podcasting, performing arts, and science, as well as programs for teens and children.
The hall costumes provide a bit of fun, and I’m always impressed with their creativity.
I also enjoy the musical performances. Be warned: those in the audience may be asked to participate.
I sat in on a number of author readings. While I don’t imagine all authors are also excellent readers, the ones I listened to certainly were.
The convention tried something new with the readings. Instead of having one author scheduled for an hour, they scheduled three authors together to share the time slot. This gave the listeners an opportunity to hear more authors, and it gave the authors’ voices a break. I think it worked quite well.
Pamela L. Gay (below) explained an exciting program called CosmoQuest for volunteer citizen scientists who are interested in studying space photos — of the region beyond Pluto, for instance — to aid in scientific research.
Readers Ask Why was a fun new panel which gave the audience a chance to choose one of a group of authors to sit in the hot seat and answer a question in less than two and a half minutes. Anyone taking longer to answer had to take the moderator’s position, initially held by Catherine Asaro.
Some of the hall costumes were awesomely creepy!
For more information about Balticon and more photos, see my post at The Author Chronicles.