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Indulge Your Sci-Fi Side at Balticon

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    Been awhile since you dressed up as a "Battlestar Gallactica" character? Get that Adama uniform out of storage, because Balticon is coming up, May 25-28.

    The Maryland science fiction and fantasy convention will host workshops and panels on everything from filmmaking and costuming to new media and science.

    Expect hundreds of authors, podcasting, science briefings and a film festival, along with a handful of art shows, concerts and children's programs.

    Anime, game and video rooms will be open 23 hours a day for your gaming needs, while special guests will include sci-fi writer Jody Lynn Nye and Noble Prize winner in Physics William D. Phillips.

    No event can be good without a good deed, so, the BSFS Books for Charity auction is aimed to support the need for books in several of Baltimore's schools.

    Special events include a Friday dance party in the Valley Ballroom for teens only (ages 13-19) and a masquerade costume exhibition and competition Saturday.

    Balticon is located at the Marriott of Hunt Valley (245 Shawan Road, Cockeysville, Md.), about 75 minutes north of downtown D.C.  Tickets are $62/adults, $31/kids for the full weekend. Single-day tickets are also available.