Signed Old Mars Anthology Giveaway

Posted in: Giveaways, Science-Fantasy Month by Scott H. Andrews

To celebrate BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2, we’re giving away two signed copies of George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s hardback anthology Old Mars!

Old Mars is an anthology of new F/SF stories about the classic science-fantasy sort of Mars, that had canals and dead alien cities and rayguns and Martians.

It includes stories by Howard Waldrop, Matthew Hughes, Michael Moorcock, and BCS author David D. Levine (“Liaisons Galantes: A Scientific Romance” in BCS #108; “Sun Magic, Earth Magic” in BCS #1), whose story about pirate Captain Kidd sailing from Earth to Mars got a Recommended review from Locus online.

It’s a gorgeous hardcover, and our copies are signed by Allen Steele, whose story “Martian Blood” leads off the anthology.

One of our giveaways will be held next week on the BCS Twitter feed @BCSmagazine the week of Mar. 17; details to come.

The other giveaway is right here in this post has ended. To enter the giveaway, comment on this post (here’s a link to the comment box) and say what your favorite science-fantasy work of prose fiction is, and why.

It can be a short story or a novel, but it has to be a work of prose fiction (not a movie or game). The winner will be chosen from a random drawing of all entries.

This giveaway ends Wed. Mar. 12 has ended. For the Full Rules, click on Show Hidden Text below.

Good luck! As a starting point, here are the science-fantasy stories that appeared in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 1, back in 2012:


Full rules for the signed Old Mars giveaway:

You must leave your comment on this Old Mars Giveaway post. Comments left anywhere else will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must mention a prose fiction work that is arguably science-fantasy. Comments that do not mention some prose fiction work that’s not arguably science-fantasy will not enter you in the giveaway.

You must post your comment before midnight PST on Wed. Mar. 12. Any comments posted after that will not be eligible.

Each person will be entered only once in the random drawing (even if you leave more than one eligible comment).

You must use a valid email address when you submit your comment (otherwise we won’t be able to contact you if you win).

BCS will conduct the random drawing from all eligible entries and mail the signed copy of Old Mars to the winner.

BCS is not responsible for comments that get lost or caught in our spam filtering or don’t show up in our system, or email addresses that get garbled or otherwise rendered unusable for contacting an entrant.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. Participants are providing information to BCS and Firkin Press and not to Facebook or Twitter or anyone else.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this post or via our Contact page. Good luck!

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  1. Rhonda says:

    The short story “Tomorrow Is Saint Valentine’s Day” by Tori Truslow (Clockwork Phoenix 3) is the perfect blend of mock-scholarly, Victorian sensibility with all kinds of pseudoscience thrown in (“The Great Ice Train”)that is science fantasy for me. It’s Jules Verne for the 21st century.

  2. Cassandra says:

    I have always loved Ursula LeGuin’s book Left Hand of Darkness. Although LeGuin herself has tended to classify this and other Hainish Cycle books as science fiction, it is so anthropological in its approach that it treads on areas I’ve always associated with fantasy.

    Related to this, Genly Ai’s complex explorations of spirituality among the citizens of Winter, especially through Estrevan’s experience as a “traitor,” suggest encounters beyond the constraints of time and space.

    Genly Ai’s reflection at the end, which begins, “Sometimes in a dark, quiet room…” is absolutely beautiful, and captures for me a perfect image of nostalgia for a lost person and place.

  3. Sharon Joss says:

    The story that sparked my love of science and fantasy: “Moon of Three Rings” by Andre Norton. What I loved the most was seeing the world through the eyes of a spaceman turned into an animal on an alien planet. I read it in fourth grade and never forgot it. Last year, I bought a copy of the book (used), and reread it- the story still stands up for me.

  4. Doug Glassford says:

    When I was a young boy I discovered a short story anthology by Ray Bradbury. I enjoyed them all but the one that sticks out right now was titled: All Summer in a Day. It both horrified and fascinated me at the same time. Having known the ache of prejudice for being different than those around me, just like the protagonist, Margot, helped shape me into the compassionate person I am today. Ray Bradbury was a visionary like many of our enduring and endearing Science Fiction writers.

  5. It’s very difficult for me to pin down just one science-fantasy story as my favorite. I love all Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles and Illustrated Man stories. My introduction to Bradbury’s work was in my school library when I was in the third grade. The school had both R is for Rocket and S is for Space. I also have a fondness for Jack Vance’s Dying Earth stories, especially the original collection. I also like ERB’s Barsoom series. One of the more offbeat stories I remember reading early on was Jerome Bixby’s “The Holes Around Mars”, probably the best Martian story from my childhood reading that wasn’t penned by Bradbury.

  6. Seth Williams says:

    The first story that I remember reading that would be considered science fantasy was the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I recently read the series again and enjoyed it for the most part, it did drag a bit though. OK so I skipped a few toward the end, my attention span isn’t that long.

  7. Dan says:

    From about Book 6 forward, the latter half of Hugh Cook’s saga, The Chronicles of an Age of Darkness, walked the line between fantasy and science fiction, set in a world where technology had once ruled but which had since fallen into ruin and reverted to barbarism and magic. So the stories would follow the adventures of fantasy type characters whose paths would lead them into bizarre futuristic settings, where chaos now ruled. These latter works include The Werewolf and the Wormlord, The Wazir and the Witch, and The Witchlord and the Weaponmaster. All excellent stories, well written by a sadly missed NZ writer of all breeds of speculative fiction.

  8. Scott H. Andrews says:

    Thanks, all, for the great comments! We will conduct the drawing and contact the winner…

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