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“Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim a Finalist for the Nebula Award

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim, in BCS #225 and podcast BCS 196, is a finalist for the Nebula Award for Short story.

Congratulations, Caroline! “Carnival Nine” is a great story of life, family, duty, and loss, in a tactile and simple yet powerful fantasy setting. Read it or  listen to the podcast guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, if you haven’t already.


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BCS #245, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Larson, Held, Fowler, Pearce

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

BCS #245 is out, a second special double-issue for BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4!

Rich Larson (“The Delusive Cartographer” in BCS #187, “The King in the Cathedral” in BCS #166 and podcast BCS 144, “The Mermaid Caper” in BCS #119) returns to BCS with “Penitents,” a story of battling compulsion from an immense alien presence.

R.Z. Held offers “Red Dreams,” where a character and her mission partner must survive a post-apocalyptic woodland and her own deadly magic.

Milo James Fowler offers “The Last Human Child,” another tale of post-apocalyptic survival, and Josh PearceSuch Were the Faces of the Living Creatures,” a strange vision of a post-apocalyptic world and its people.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #245 is BCS 211: Penitents, the Rich Larson story of compulsion from an alien presence. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS podcasts, including the science-fantasy stories BCS 122: The River Does Not Run by Rachel Sobel in BCS #143 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, BCS 121: The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2, and BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard in BCS #195 – Science-Fantasy Month 3, March

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #245 is “Songdogs” by Ian McHugh, from BCS #27; not in from of our Science-Fantasy Months but still with a post-apocalyptic feel not unlike “Red Dreams” or “The Last Human Child” or “Such Were the Faces of the Living Creatures.”

All behind a new crop of our special science-fantasy cover art: “Ugg” by Florent Llamas.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will continue for four more weeks, with a third issue (so much science-fantasy that BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will last a month and a half!), including stories by Jason Sanford and Sarah Pinsker!


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BCS Stories on Locus 2017 Recommended Reading List

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

Several works from BCS made the 2017 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan, Rich Horton, Ellen Datlow, Charles Payseur, A.C. Wise, and many others.

The BCS pieces named to the list:

Short Story:

The Şiret Mask,” Marie Brennan (BCS #238)(our 500th story!)

On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” Richard Parks (BCS #235)

In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” Richard Parks (BCS #226)

I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” Carrie Vaughn (BCS #223)

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) 

These alongside many other BCS authors for stories appearing in other magazines and anthologies. Congratulations, all!


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BCS #244, Science-Fantasy Month 4 – Lee, Broaddus, Kinney

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

BCS #244 is out, a special double-issue kicking off BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4!

Yoon Ha Lee (“Shadow’s Weave” in BCS #200 and podcast BCS 177, “Two to Leave” in BCS 174 & podcast BCS 151, “The Pirate Captain’s Daughter” in BCS #27 & podcast BCS 025, among many others) returns to BCS with “The Starship and the Temple Cat,” a story of two disparate survivors of war.

(Yoon’s science-fantasy stories have appeared in BCS before: “Foxfire, Foxfire” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3 and podcast BCS 168, “The Bonedrake’s Penance” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month 2 in 2014, and “The Book of Locked Doors” in BCS Science-Fantasy Month in 2012.)

Maurice Broaddus offers “El is a Spaceship Melody,” a story of duty and starship and music, and Benjamin C. Kinney offers “Where the Anchor Lies,” a tale of unique attachment between officer and ship.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode with BCS #244 is BCS 210: The Starship and the Temple Cat, the Yoon Ha Lee story of survivors of war. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, BCS author and narrator of past podcast episodes, including BCS 168: Foxfire, Fofxire, Yoon Ha Lee’s Locus Award-finalist story from BCS Science-Fantasy Month 3.

The ‘From the Archives’ story with BCS #244 is “The Breath of War” by Aliette de Bodard, from BCS #142 – Science-Fantasy Month 2 and podcast BCS 121, a story of motherhood and yearning and starships.

All behind special science-fantasy cover art: “Uggby Florent Llamas.

BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will continue for the next six weeks, with two more issues (so much science-fantasy that BCS Science-Fantasy Month 4 will last a month and a half!), including stories by Rich Larson, Jason Sanford, and Sarah Pinsker!


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2018 Awards-Eligible Stories from BCS

Posted in: Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

For BCS readers interested in nominating for this year’s awards, such as the Hugos or Nebulas, here’s a list of our eligible stories from 2017 and which awards category they fit in. Thank you for your interest in us and our stories!

What BCS Stories are Eligible:
Everything published in 2017, which is BCS #216 through BCS #241, inclusive.

Here are a couple of our best-reviewed pieces of 2017 and which category they fit in (short fiction categories for Hugos and Nebulas are the same). For a list of all eligible BCS stories and their categories, see the bottom of this post.

BCS itself is eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo.

Best Short Story:

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year)

Red Bark and Ambergris,” Kate Marshall (BCS #232)

Every Black Tree,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #236)

Suddenwall,” Sara Saab (BCS #220)

 

Best Novella:

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power ,” Rose Lemberg (BCS #229 & #230)

For information on 2018 Hugo nominating, which is now open, go to the Hugo Awards page on the WorldCon 76 website. For information on Nebula nominating, see SFWA’s page about Nebula voting. For other eligible short fiction, we recommend our authors’ stories in other magazines, like the ones listed in our BCS Authors Elsewhere posts.

 

All Eligible Stories from BCS

Here is the full list of all BCS stories that are eligible for Hugo Awards and Nebulas, and what official category they are in. Thanks very much for considering our authors and their fiction!

Best Short Story:

Low Bridge! Or The Dark Obstructions,” M. Bennardo (BCS #240)

The Mouth of the Oyster,” Adam-Troy Castro & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (BCS #239)

Woe and Other Remedies,” Michael Anthony Ashley (BCS #239)

The Şiret Mask,” Marie Brennan (BCS #238) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

His Wife and Serpent Mistress,” Gillian Daniels (BCS #238)

The Influence of the Iron Range,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #237)

Forgive Us Our Trespasses,” Bennett North (BCS #237)

Every Black Tree,” Natalia Theodoridou (BCS #236)

 

On the Road to the Hell of Hungry Ghosts,” Richard Parks (BCS #235) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

The Fisherman and the Pig,” Kameron Hurley (BCS #235) (first published by the author as a Patreon reward, Jan. 2017)

The Fall of the Mundaneum,” Rebecca Campbell (BCS #235)

Dire Wolf,” Michael J. DeLuca (BCS #234)

 

Corpus Grace,” William Broom (BCS #234)

Across Pack Ice, a Fire,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #233)

Gallows Girl,” Mel Kassel (BCS #233)

Red Bark and Ambergris,” Kate Marshall (BCS #232)

 

No Pearls as Blue as These,” Benjanun Sriduangkaew (BCS #232)

The Broken Karwaneer,” Jeremy A. TeGrotenhuis (BCS #231)

Rivers Run Free,” Charles Payseur (BCS #230)

Of Letters They Are Made,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #228)

 

A Late Quintessence,” Justin Howe (BCS #228)

After Burning,” Wren Wallis (BCS #227)

Two Bodies in Basting Stitch,” Allison Jamieson-Lucy (BCS #227)

In Memory of Jianhong, Snake-Devil,” Richard Parks (BCS #226) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

 

Whatever Knight Comes,” Ryan Row (BCS #226)

Carnival Nine,” Caroline M. Yoachim (BCS #225) (selected for Best SF&F of the Year) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

A Place to Grow,” A.T. Greenblatt (BCS #225)

That Lingering Sweetness,” Tony Pi (BCS #224:

 

A Marvelous Deal,” Kate Dollarhyde (BCS #224)

I Have Been Drowned in Rain,” Carrie Vaughn (BCS #223) (2017 Locus Recommended Reading List)

When We Go,” Evan Dicken (BCS #223)

The Shark God’s Child,” Jonathan Edelstein (BCS #222)

 

Nightshade,” J.W. Halicks (BCS #222)

In the Shade of the Pixie Tree,” Rodello Santos (BCS #221)

Crescendo,” J.S. Veter (BCS #221)

Suddenwall,” Sara Saab (BCS #220)

 

Ghosts of Amarana,” Kurt Hunt (BCS #220)

The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County,” Jeremy Sim (BCS #219)

Out of the Woods,” Marissa Lingen (BCS #218)

Men of the Ashen Morrow,” Margaret Killjoy (BCS #218)

 

Proteus Lost,” Tony Pi (BCS #217)

Requiem for the Unchained,” Cae Hawksmoor (BCS #217)

Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves,” Claire Humphrey (BCS #216)

Think Of Winter,” Eleanna Castroianni (BCS #216)

 

Best Novelette:

Trette’s Bones,” Grace Seybold from BCS #241)

Forever Night,” Dana Beehr from BCS #241)

The Wind’s Departure,” Stephen Case from BCS #240)

And the Village Breathes,” Emily B. Cataneo (BCS #236)

 

Grassland,” T. S. McAdams (BCS #235)

Deathspeaker,” Stephen Case (BCS #231)

Ora et Labora,” Theodore McCombs (BCS #229)

That Lingering Sweetness,” Tony Pi (BCS #224)

Gravity’s Exile,” Grace Seybold (BCS #219)

 

Best Novella:

A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power ,” Rose Lemberg (BCS #229 & #230)

 

Thanks very much for considering us and our stories!


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BCS #243 – Harris, Dinjos, Dinjos Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #243 is out today, featuring stories of featuring stories of remembrance and its reach into the present.

Nin Harris offers “Benefactors of Silence,” a tale of music and the connections of a war survivor to the other side.

Walter Dinjos (“The Mama Mmiri” in BCS #190 and podcast BCS 164) returns to BCS with “Nneamaka’s Ghost,” in which a young man faces an insistent obligation.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 209: Benefactors of Silence, the Nin Harris tale of music and a war survivor facing her her identity and role.

From the Archives with BCS #243 is “By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss, from BCS #155, a story of a survivor of war not unlike “Benefactors of Silence,” but focused on the art of food rather than the art of music.

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


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BCS #242 – Vardomskaya, Strom-Martin, Guest-Narrated Podcast

Posted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

BCS #242 is out today, featuring stories of music and its impact on people and societies.

Tamara Vardomskaya (“The Three Dancers of Gizari” in BCS #192 & podcast BCS 166, The Guardian’s Head” in BCS #186, “The Metamorphoses of Narcissus” in BCS #164 & podcast BCS 143) returns to BCS with “Suite for Accompanied Cello,” a tale of a woman caught between past glories and current burdens.

Hannah Strom-Martin (“The Burned Man” in BCS #159, “Now Ix, He Was a Lover” in BCS #130) offers “An Aria for the Bloodlords,” in which a maestro faces revolutionaries and the rulers who control music and society.

The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 208: Suite for Accompanied Cello, the Vardomskaya story of a woman caught between her past and present. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, narrator of past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 198: Two Bodies in Basting Stitch by Allison Jamieson-Lucy, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson, and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari and BCS 143: The Metamorphoses of Narcissus, both also by Tamara Vardomskaya.

From the Archives with BCS #242 is “Playing for Amarante” by A.B. Treadwell, from BCS #65, a story of music and its sometimes maddening effect, not unlike “Suite for Accompanied Cello” or “An Aria for the Bloodlords.”

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


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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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BCS #240 – Bennardo, Case, New Cover Art

Posted in: 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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