BCS #241 – Seybold, Beehr, Arkenberg Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #241 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with tales of family and duty.

Grace Seybold (“Gravity’s Exile” in BCS #219, “A Place to Stand” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079, “Unrest” in BCS #12 and podcast BCS 012) returns to BCS with “Trette’s Bones,” in which a young woman considers a sacrifice for her family and village.

Dana Beehr (“Dreams of Peace” in BCS #122) offers “Forever Night,” following a young man on a mission that may not be what he was told it was.

From the Archives with BCS #241 is “The Grace of Turning Back” by Therese Arkenberg, from BCS #179, the third in a series of stories, following “For Lost Time” in BCS #165 and “The Storms in Arisbat” in BCS #110, not unlike offers “Forever Night.”

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including BCS 205: Every Black Tree by Natalia Theodoridou, narrated by M.K. Hobson, BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts by Richard Parks, narrated by Folly Blaine, and our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind a new crop of our cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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Slush Update, 12/17/17

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Oct. 23, 2017 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before October 23 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.


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BCS #240 – Bennardo, Case, New Cover Art

Posted in: Cover Art, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #240 is out today, featuring two returning BCS authors with tales of journey and relationship, behind new cover art.

M. Bennardo (“A Guest of the Cockroach Club” in BCS #160, “The Use and the Need” in BCS #148 and podcast BCS 128, “The Penitent” in BCS #122 and podcast BCS 106: , among others) offers “Low Bridge! Or The Dark Obstructions,” in which a burgeoning relationship grows during honeymoon travel on a 19th Century canal boat.

Stephen Case returns to the world and characters of his BCS stories “The Aeroliths” in BCS #212, “The Wizard’s House” in BCS #166, and “The Unborn God” in BCS #150 with “The Wind’s Departure,” a sequel tale about the wizard, his wind companion, and his former master and god.

From the Archives with BCS #240 is “The Dreams of Wan Li” by Andrea Stewart, from BCS #146, another tale of a nascent relationship within a life confined.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast is on a brief hiatus. In the meantime, peruse our episodes from earlier this year, including BCS 205: Every Black Tree by Natalia Theodoridou, narrated by M.K. Hobson, BCS 203: On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts by Richard Parks, narrated by Folly Blaine, and our five-hour audio novella BCS 200: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power, narrated by podcast and audiobook narrator, writer, and poet C.S.E. Cooney.

All behind our new cover art for winter for our readers in the Northern Hemisphere: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus.


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New Cover Art: “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus

Posted in: Cover Art by Scott H. Andrews

Starting with BCS #240 this week, featuring stories by M. Bennardo and Stephen Case, our new cover art for winter in the Northern Hemisphere will be “Fortress” by Dimitrije Miljus:


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On Giving Tuesday, Consider Donating to BCS

Posted in: About BCS, Support BCS by Scott H. Andrews

Tuesday Nov. 28 is Giving Tuesday, a day every year when charities and non-profits ask for your generosity, to support them in their work benefitting others.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a non-profit. Our parent company, Firkin Press, has 501c3 tax-exempt status from the IRS, to promote SF/F short fiction as literature.

This does not come cheaply. We publish 55 stories and 25 podcasts every year. We read hundreds of submissions every month, and write personalized replies to all of them. Our staff give countless hours of their time, but we depend on ebook sales and reader donations to pay our authors and artists.

On this Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to BCS. We welcome all donations, of any amount; one-time donations or smaller regular donations. Because we are a 501c3 approved by the IRS, donations are tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. law.

To make a one-time donation, of any amount, click the PayPal “Donate” button below. (You don’t need a Paypal account.)

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With your permission, we will proudly include your name or a pseudonym on our list of Donors. Or you can stay totally anonymous. For more information, see our Donor Information page.

Thank you very much for your support of BCS!


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BCS #239 – Castro & Zinos-Amaro, Ashley, Guest-Narrated Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #239 is out today, two days early for the U.S. holiday, featuring tales of beauty and art and life.

Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro pen “The Mouth of the Oyster,” in which a blind accountant and husband faces the choice of seeing beauty again.

Michael Anthony Ashley (“A Courtship of Beasts” in BCS #209, “Hence the King from Kagehana” in BCS #81, “To Kiss the Granite Choir” in BCS #27) returns to BCS with “Woe and Other Remedies,” a tale of art and depravity and spectacle and their effect.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 207: The Mouth of the Oyster, the Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro story of seeing beauty and life. Marie Brennan caper. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, who has narrated a number of past episodes of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast including BCS 187: Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves by Claire Humphrey, BCS 174: Whale-Oil by Sylvia V. Linsteadt, and BCS 179: Mortal Eyes by Ann Chatham.

From the Archives with BCS #239 is “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente, from BCS #200 and podcast BCS 178, a tale of sight and beauty and life not unlike Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro’s “The Mouth of the Oyster.” 

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: “Riverhome” by Veli Nyström.


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Slush Update, 11/14/17

Posted in: Slush Updates by Scott H. Andrews

All submissions to Beneath Ceaseless Skies sent on or before Sept. 25, 2017 have now been replied to.

If you sent a submission on or before September 25 and you have not received a response, please query us using the email form on our Contact Page.

We really mean this–please go ahead and query now; it’s not necessary to wait. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks very much.


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BCS #238 – Brennan, Daniels, Brennan Podcast, 500th Story!

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #238 is out today, featuring two tales of deception and caper, including the 500th story published in BCS!

Marie Brennan (“To Rise No More” in BCS #207; “The Ascent of Unreason” in BCS #104 and podcast BCS 089, plus two other Driftwood stories; “And Blow Them at the Moon” in BCS #50 and podcast BCS 044; among nine others) returns to BCS with “The Şiret Mask,” a dashing tale set in a new world of rich customs.

The Şiret Mask” is the 500th story to appear in BCS! Over nine years; since our debut back in 2008. Marie Brennan also authored the fourth story in BCS, “Kingspeaker,” way back in BCS #3 and podcast BCS 003.

Gillian Daniels offers “His Wife and Serpent Mistress,” another story of deception, caper, and rich social customs.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 206: The Şiret Mask, the Marie Brennan caper. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including BCS 196: Carnival Nine by Caroline M. Yoachim, BCS 191: Suddenwall by Sara Saab, BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee, and BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard.

From the Archives with BCS #238 is “The Jewels of Montforte” by Adam Corbin Fusco, from BCS #44, an adventure fantasy tale in a unique world, with a bit of capering not unlike “The Şiret Mask” or “His Wife and Serpent Mistress.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: Riverhome by Veli Nyström.


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BCS #237 – Lingen, North, Theodoridou Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #237 is out today, featuring two stories of challenge set in unusual takes on the Western.

Marissa Lingen (“Across Pack Ice, a Fire” in BCS #233, “Out of the Woods” in BCS #218 and podcast BCS 189, “Cursed Motives” in BCS #105 and podcast BCS 091, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among many others) returns to BCS with “The Influence of the Iron Range,” a late-October themed tale of protecting the democratic process from fey influence.

Bennett North offers “Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” with a protagonist chasing her past into a bleak reflection of her future.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 205: Every Black Tree, the Natalia Theodoridou story from BCS #236 of past baggage and deathly destiny. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, BCS 190: Men of the Ashen Morrow by Margaret Killjoy, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson, and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.

From the Archives with BCS #237 is “More Full of Weeping Than You Can Understand” by Rosamund Hodge, from BCS #53, our Second Anniversary Double-Issue, and podcast BCS 047, a story of fey influence not unlike “The Influence of the Iron Range.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for our Ninth Anniversary and early autumn in the Northern Hemisphere: Riverhome by Veli Nyström.


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