Balticon 46 — Photo Gallery

Panel: When Bad Guys Go Good with Patrick Scaffido, Pete Prellwitz, Reesa Herberth, Maria V. Snyder, and Jody Lynn Nye

Panel: Google + for Authors and Other Content Creators with Pamela L. Gay and Nobilis Reed







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.

Panel: Copyright Update with John Taylor Williams and Randy

Panel: Copyright Update with Thomas Gideon and Zan Rosen







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.

Hall costumes

Audience for the Generation Starship Concept as a Locus for Stories Panel










The hall costumes provide a bit of fun, and I’m always impressed with their creativity.

Opening ceremonies — musical guest of honor, Heather Dale

Opening ceremonies — musical guest of honor, Ben Deschamps









I also enjoy the musical performances. Be warned: those in the audience may be asked to participate.

Opening ceremonies — T. C. McCarthy and James R. Knapp

Reading — Phil Giunta








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.

Reading — Catherine Asaro

Reading — Steven H. Wilson










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.

Reading — B. Pine

Reading — Paula S. Jordan








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.

Presentation: Human Space Exploration (from your laptop) with Pamela L. Gay

Reading — Dr. Charles E. Gannon










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.

Andrew Fox in the hot seat at the Readers Ask Why Panel

Nathan O. Lowell in the hot seat at the Readers Ask Why Panel










John C. Wright in the hot seat at the Readers Ask Why Panel

Janine K. Spendlove in the hot seat at the Readers Ask Why Panel










Danny Birt in the hot seat at the Readers Ask Why Panel

John G. Hemry in the hot seat at the Readers Ask Why Panel (with moderator Catherine Asaro)







Some of the hall costumes were awesomely creepy!


Science presentation — Sucking and Swallowing with Rebecca Z. German

Reading — Maria V. Snyder










Chris Evans, Jon Sprunk, and Peter BLIX Bryant before the Fantasy of Physics began

Amy Kaplan in the costume she created









Presentation — Avoiding Contract Pitfalls with Robin Sullivan

Tim Dodge on the Podcasting 101 Panel










Chris Miller and Christopher Morse participating in the Podcasting 101 Panel

Pamela L. Gay and Nobilis Reed on the Google+ for Authors and Other Content Creators Panel







Terri (Flynnstress) Vernon on the WordPress 101 Panel

Doc Coleman on the WordPress 101 Panel







For more information about Balticon and more photos, see my post at The Author Chronicles.

Patrick Scaffido, Pete Prellwitz, Reesa Herberth, Maria V. Snyder, and Jody Lynn Nye on the When Bad Guys Go Good Panel


About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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6 Responses to Balticon 46 — Photo Gallery

  1. Pingback: Balticon 46 « The Author Chronicles

  2. Doc Coleman says:

    That is a very good picture of me from the WordPress 101 panel! Actually, they’re all good pictures, but I was surprised to find one of myself. I hope you enjoyed the panel!


    • Thanks, Doc! I enjoyed it very much, but I should have asked for some tips on posting photos. It took me hours to figure out how to get them where I wanted them.


      • Doc Coleman says:

        Either they build nice and neat just putting the photos inline, or your easy bet is to cheat and build a table in html to force them to go where you want them. There are probably better ways, but those two are the quickest that I’ve found.


      • Thanks, Doc! I guess I really need to learn html! I usually set it up in the visual mode so I can see what I’m doing, but I have to switch to html before I preview or everything gets changed. I’ve learned to put the spaces in in html because it just doesn’t work out in visual mode.

  3. Doc Coleman says:

    I’m now running the Balticon Podcast, and I’m about to release an episode from the Copyright Update panel. Can I use your pictures from that panel in my post? They’ll get featured for the episode.

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