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BCS and Stories Locus Award Finalists

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The readers of Locus magazine in their reader poll have named BCS and several of our stories from 2016 finalists for the Locus Awards!

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BCS authors named finalists for their work elsewhere, novels or short fiction, included:

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #225 – Yoachim, Greenblatt, Yoachim Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #225 is out today, featuring stories of family and home, set in worlds slightly different than BCS has ever published before.

Caroline M. Yoachim (“Seasons Set in Skin” in BCS #177 and podcast BCS 156, “The Land of Empty Shells” in BCS #20) returns to BCS with “Carnival Nine,” a story of family and parenthood and days spent.

A.T. Greenblatt (“They Said the Desert” in BCS #199 and podcast BCS 175) offers “A Place to Grow,” a story likewise of family and of home.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 196: Carnival Nine, the Caroline M. Yoachim story of childhood and parenthood. It’s guest-narrated by Tiny Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episodes including 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 #225 is “A Spoonful of Salt” by Nicole M. Taylor, from BCS #79, our Third Anniversary Double-Issue, another tale of family and generations and days spent.

All behind a new crop of our spring cover art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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BCS #224 – Pi, Dollarhyde, Pi Podcast, Parks Archives, New Cover Art

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #224 is out today, featuring stories of protagonists bargaining and earning the cost.

Tony Pi (“Proteus Lost” in BCS#217, “The Sweetest Skill” in BCS#197 and podcast BCS 173, “No Sweeter Art” in BCS#155, and podcast BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, among several others) returns to BCS with a new tale of Candyman Ao: “That Lingering Sweetness,” in which Ao, having lost his powers, must dispel competing gods’ curses.

Kate Dollarhyde offers “A Marvelous Deal,” a tale of a hardscrabble character fighting to survive.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 195: That Lingering Sweetness, the Tony Pi story of Candyman Ao treating with zodiac gods. It’s guest-narrated by John Meagher, who narrated Tony’s previous BCS stories of Candyman Ao, BCS 173: The Sweetest Skill and BCS 133: No Sweeter Art, both finalists for the Parsec Awards.

From the Archives with BCS #224 is “In the Palace of the Jade Lion” by Richard Parks, from BCS #100, a tale of a protagonist swept up in mysterious magical events.

All behind a New Cover Art: “Land of Giants” by Ashley Dotson.


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“The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek” by Catherynne M. Valente a Finalist for Eugie Foster Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery” by Catherynne M. Valente from BCS #200 is a finalist for the 2017 Eugie Foster Memorial Award!

The award honors the late Eugie Foster, editor and Nebula-winning short fiction writer. Other finalists include BCS author Suzanne Palmer (“Moogh and the Great Trench Kraken” in BCS #181 and podcast BCS 158).

Congratulations, all!


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BCS #223 – Vaughn, Dicken, Vaughn Podcast, Willrich Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #223 is out today, featuring stories of quests both external and internal.

Carrie Vaughn (“Sun, Stone, Spear” in BCS #169 and podcast BCS 146) returns to BCS with “I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” the climax of a group quest where interpersonal conflict unearths secrets.

Evan Dicken (“The Uncarved Heart” in BCS #212 and podcast BCS 186) offers “When We Go,” a solo quest with eternal stakes and equally personal secrets.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 194: I Have Been Drowned in Rain, the Carrie Vaughn story of quest conflict. It’s guest-narrated by Setsu Uzume, who narrated BCS 180: The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles by Rachael K. Jones.

From the Archives with BCS #223 is “How the Wicker Knight Would Not Move” by Chris Willrich, from BCS #99 and podcast BCS 085, a tale of group quest and personal conflict not unlike “I Have Been Drowned in Rain.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.


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BCS a 2017 Hugo Award Finalist!

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

The 2017 Hugo Award nominees were announced yesterday, and BCS is again a finalist for Best Semiprozine!

Thanks very much to all who found us worthy! We are honored to be a Hugo finalist for the fifth time, in our ninth year and as we near our 500th story, because this honor is for the whole magazine; all our authors and fiction.

Thank you very much to everyone who helped this year keep BCS what it has become, especially Editorial Assistants Nicole Lavigne and Kerstin Hall, all our authors and artists, our guest podcast narrators, our ebook subscribers, and every one of our readers and fans.


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BCS #222 – Edelstein, Halicks, Podcast, Barnett Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #222 is out today, featuring stories of family and strife.

Jonathan Edelstein (“Abere and the Poisoner” in BCS #208 and podcast BCS 182) returns to BCS with “The Shark God’s Child,” a time-spanning tale of family set in an archipelago of living islands. J.W. Halicks offers “Nightshade,” a tale of midnight stirrings and family passage.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 193: Nightshade, the J.W. Halicks story of midnight stirrings and family.

From the Archives with BCS #222 is “The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen” by Barbara A. Barnett,  from BCS #124 and podcast BCS 107, a tale of family and passage not unlike “Nightshade.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.


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BCS #221 – Santos, Veter, Santos Podcast, Alexa Archives

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #221 is out today, featuring stories with young protagonists facing the consequences of their decisions and a podcast that uses the audio mastering to help tell the story.

Rodello Santos (“To Slay with a Thousand Kisses” in BCS #36 and podcast BCS 032) returns to BCS with “In the Shade of the Pixie Tree,” a similarly pastoral tale that focuses on a young apprentice facing the consequences of her past (or future?) actions and deciding whether to change them.

J.S. Veter offers “Crescendo,” a story of children exploring ruins in a town ruled by colonial overlords and the tales of the past that these ruins whisper.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 192: In the Shade of the Pixie Tree, the Rodello Santos story of a young apprentice deciding whether to change her past actions. Like several other past episodes of the BCS Audio fiction podcast, such as BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell and BCS 050: The Suffering Gallery by Matthew Kressel, it uses the audio mastering to help tell the story.

The From the Archives story with BCS #221 is “Over a Narrow Sea” by Camille Alexa, from BCS #60, a tale of young protagonists fleeing overlords and events, not unlike “Crescendo” or “In the Shade of the Pixie Tree.”

All behind a new crop of our cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.


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BCS Story Named to Tiptree Award Honor List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles” by Rachael K. Jones, from BCS #203 and podcast BCS 180, was one of nine works named to the Honor List for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award.

The Tiptree Award, named after the legendary author, recognizes works encouraging the exploration and expansion of gender. Last year, two BCS stories were named to the Tiptree long list: “Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam from BCS #164 and podcast BCS 142, and “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds” by Rose Lemberg, from BCS #175.

BCS authors with other work recognized by the Tiptree Award this year include Mishell Baker (“Fire in the Haze” in BCS #203 and its prequel “Throwing Stones” in BCS #47), with her novel Borderline named to the Honor List.

Congratulations, all!


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