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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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BCS #220 – Saab, Hunt, Guest-Narrated Podcast, Tina Connolly Giveaway

Posted in: Giveaways, New Issues by Scott H. Andrews

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.


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BCS Stories in the Locus Reader Poll

Posted in: Awards and Accolades, Awards Info by Scott H. Andrews

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.


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Jason Sanford, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam BCS Novelettes Finalists for Nebula Awards

Posted in: Awards and Accolades by Scott H. Andrews

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.


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