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.
“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.
BCS #220 is out, featuring stories about past war actions and their ramifications in the present, a guest-narrated podcast, new cover art, and a giveaway for a signed short fiction collection.
Sara Saab pens “Suddenwall,” a story of two veterans, pasts entwined, living in a city that extrudes the guilty.
Kurt Hunt offers “Ghosts of Amarana,” a tale of a veteran liberated from confinement physical and mental but facing new decisions with difficult echos of his past ones.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 191: Suddenwall, the Sara Saab story of war veterans and their pasts. It’s guest-narrated by Tina Connolly, narrator of a dozen past BCS podcasts including BCS 177: Shadow’s Weave by Yoon Ha Lee, BCS 170: A Salvaging of Ghosts by Aliette de Bodard, and the Parsec Award finalist BCS 150: The Punctuality Machine, Or, A Steampunk Libretto by Bill Powell.
We’re also giving away a signed copy of Tina’s new short fiction collection On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, in this giveaway post here on the BCS website. Do you have a favorite BCS podcast episode that Tina narrated? Tell us, and you could win!
The From the Archives story with BCS #220 is “Murder Goes Hungry” by Margaret Ronald from BCS #182, a fantasy mystery involving war veterans who have healed somewhat and others who have not.
All behind new cover art for early spring in the Northern Hemisphere: “Pillars of the Gods” by Ward Lindhout.
Locus magazine, the top review source in the F/SF/H field, is holding their annual reader poll and survey.
The poll includes all the BCS stories and novelettes that made Locus‘s 2016 Recommended Reading List, including ones by Aliette de Bodard, K.J. Parker, Yoon Ha Lee, plus many more by BCS authors and others. You can write-in your own favorites too, when they’re not listed.
The poll also includes novels, with categories for F, SF, and H, and anthologies, non-fiction, art book and artist, best editor, and best magazine. The top five vote-getters in each category are lauded as finalists, and the winner receives a Locus Award.
Anyone can vote; you do not have to be a Locus subscriber, although if you are, they count your vote double. There are also a bunch of data collection survey questions that you can answer or ignore as you prefer.
The poll closes Apr. 15, so if you’d like to make your voice heard, on their choices or your own write-ins, fill out the poll today.
Two novelettes from BCS have been named finalists for the Nebula Awards!
“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” by Jason Sanford, from BCS #195 in Science-Fantasy Month 3, and “The Orangery” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, in BCS #214.
Congratulations, Jason and Bonnie! “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories” is a story of family, duty, and loss, both personal and world, in a cool science-fantasy setting with technology and magic. “The Orangery” uses a more mythic conceit to examine duty, relationship dynamics, and loss.
Both great novelettes, and indicative of the breadth you’ll find in BCS: anything from science-fantasy to epic fantasy to steampunk, historical paranormal, Weird West, and unique mythic secondary worlds, all with a focus on the characters.
BCS #219 – Seybold, Sim, Killjoy PodcastFebruary 16, 2017 - 10:46 amPosted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews
BCS #219 is out today, featuring character-centered struggles from two returning BCS authors and a guest-narrated podcast.
Grace Seybold (“A Place to Stand” in BCS #89 and podcast BCS 079; “Unrest” in BCS #12 and podcast BCS 012) returns to BCS with “Gravity’s Exile,” a tale of a solo trek up a vertical world derailed by locals and invaders.
Jeremy Sim (“What Pada-Sara Means to the Elephant” in BCS #206) offers “The Last Dinosaur Rider of Benessa County,” where a character trying to overcome obsolete prospects must break free of entanglements from his past.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 190: Men of the Ashen Morrow by Margaret Killjoy, from BCS #218. It’s guest-narrated by M.K. Hobson, who has narrated past BCS Podcast episodes such as BCS 182: Abere and the Poisoner by Jonathan Edelstein, BCS 176: Laws of Night and Silk by Seth Dickinson and BCS 166: The Three Dancers of Gizari by Tamara Vardomskaya.
The From the Archives story with BCS #219 is “Sinking Among Lilies” by Cory Skerry, from BCS #92, a story of a trek interrupted by locals and invaders, not unlike “Gravity’s Exile.”
All behind a new crop of our new cover art: “Source” by Florent Llamas.
BCS #218 is out today, featuring forest-setting tales from a returning BCS author and a new one, a guest-narrated podcast, and new cover art.
Marissa Lingen (“Out of the Rose Hills” in BCS #173, “Armistice Day” in BCS #117 and podcast BCS 101, “The Six Skills of Madame Lumiere” in BCS #46, among others) returns to BCS with “Out of the Woods,” a tale of outlaws, resistance, and the decision of whether to take action.
Margaret Killjoy offers “Men of the Ashen Morrow,” another tale set in the forest and likewise featuring personal relationships and duty.
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is BCS 189: Out of the Woods, the Marissa Lingen story of outlaws, relationships, and choices. It’s guest-narrated by Folly Blaine, narrator of past BCS podcasts including BCS 186: The Uncarved Heart by Evan Dicken and BCS 171: The Mountains His Crown by Sarah Pinsker.
We’re also giving away a copy of BCS author Cat Rambo’s new short fiction collection Neither Here Nor There on the BCS Twitter. Details are here.
The From the Archives story with BCS #218 is “Sightwolf” by Erin Hoffman from BCS #72, a story of decisions that take place in a forest setting, not unlike “Out of the Woods” and “Men of the Ashen Morrow.”
All behind new cover art befitting the nature setting of these stories: “Source” by Florent Llamas.
Several works from BCS made the 2016 Recommended Reading List from Locus magazine, the top review source in the field, as compiled by their veteran team of short fiction reviewers including Jonathan Strahan, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Rachel Swirsky, and many others.
The BCS pieces named to the list:
“A Salvaging of Ghosts” by Aliette de Bodard (also selected for Best SF&F of the Year and Year’s Best SF 34)
“Shadows Weave” by Yoon Ha Lee
“Foxfire, Foxfire” by Yoon Ha Lee (also selected for Best SF&F of the Year)
“Told by an Idiot,” K.J. Parker (also named to the Tangent Recommended Reading List)
These alongside many other BCS authors for stories appearing in other magazines and anthologies. Congratulations, all!
BCS #217 – Pi, Hawksmoor, Castroianni PodcastJanuary 19, 2017 - 09:16 amPosted in: New Issues by Scott H. Andrews
BCS #217 is out today, featuring tales from two returning BCS authors and a guest-narrated episode of the BCS Audio Fiction Podcast.
Tony Pi (“The Sweetest Skill” in BCS #197 and podcast BCS 173, “No Sweeter Art” in BCS #155 and podcast BCS 133, among others) returns to BCS with “Proteus Lost,” a Renaissance-setting adventure-fantasy tale of puzzles and codices.
Cae Hawksmoor (“The Stone Garden” in BCS #196, “Y Brenin” in BCS #167) takes to ghost-filled skies in “Requiem for the Unchained.”
The BCS Audio Fiction Podcast episode is with BCS 188: Think Of Winter by Eleanna Castroianni, from BCS #216. It’s guest-narrated by Michael J. DeLuca, narrator of past BCS podcasts 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.
The From the Archives story with BCS #217 is “The God Thieves” by Derek Künsken, from BCS #84, a tale of Renaissance-setting intrigue and mystery not unlike “Proteus Lost.”
All behind a new crop of our cover art for the winter season: “The Sacred Flames” by Jinxu Du.