Guest of Honor: George R. R. Martin


Artist Guest of Honor:
John Picacio


Winner of Compton Crook Award 33:
Alexandra Duncan, Author of Salvage



Winner of Compton Crook Award 34:

Fran Wilde


Music Guests of Honor:
Bill and Gretchen Roper



Fan Guests of Honor

B. Shirley Avery and Martin Deutsch


2016 Heinlein Award Recipient

Kim Stanley Robinson



Mark Van Name


and some

Very Special Guests

B50 GoH Alumni

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we invited back all former Balticon Guests of Honor who were willing and able to attend. So far, twenty-one of our Guest of Honor Alumni have accepted our invitation. Help us make this happen by donating to their travel and lodging. Click Making It Happen for all the details.

A Four Day, 24-hours-a-day Extravaganza!

Over 400 Hours of Multi-Track Programming featuring authors, publishers, editors, artists, scientists, musicians and other creative SF luminaries. Join over a thousand SF fans for the area’s largest and longest running convention of its kind! Visit our huge art show, dealer’s room, concerts, dances, gaming room, computer room and video room. Everything Science Fiction and Fantasy in one huge package.

There will be sign language interpreters at all major events and on call as needed. For details, please speak to the Accessibility Liaison at the Volunteer Desk, located at the bottom of the escalator.

Download the Balticon 50 flyer!


See the “Who’s Coming” page for more information about attendees.

Submit your program ideas to the program coordinators using this Program Ideas Questionnaire. The program coordinators will see that your suggestions get to the right program track coordinators. We welcome program suggestions year round. While those received after Jan. 15, 2015, are not as likely to find a program slot in Balticon 50, they will certainly be included in the ideas considered for the next few years.

Online and mail-in registration are now closed, but you can still buy a daily or full-weekend admission at the door.

Balticon Podcasts

There will be Podcasting during Balticon 50. If you need some information before arriving at the con, or if you want to listen to our recent podcast interviews, check out our web site:
    www.balticonpodcast.org    .

HOTEL: The Balticon 50 hotel is the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

More information and a link to Reservations can be found on the HOTEL page. If you have further questions please email: hotel@balticon.org.

airlinesWe have negotiated some airline discounts for you. Click here for air travel information!


If you require special services for ADA or other access from the convention, please contact us at accessibility@balticon.org (preferably before May 10, 2015) and we will attempt to accommodate your needs. It is helpful if we know of your need for a Sign Language Interpreter as early as possible.


Costume Weapons

Costume weapons must be inspected and peace bonded. Please stop by Con Ops/Security to have them inspect your costume weapon. Taking costume weapons outside the hotel will create conflict; please do not take anything that looks like a weapon outside the hotel.


Maryland law prohibits indoor public smoking. The only place smoking is allowed on hotel grounds is a designated smoking area outside of the hotel front entrance.
Any alcoholic beverages served in public spaces at the hotel must be served by hotel employees.


Click here for the Balticon/BSFS Harassment Policy

Function Rooms:

No alcohol may be served in any function rooms unless contracted for with the hotel.