Appearances and Cons
BCS at NASFIC Detcon This Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons, BCS Authors Elsewhere by Scott H. Andrews

This weekend BCS will be at Detcon, this year’s NASFIC con (held in years that WorldCon is held outside of North America). Scott is on several panels, all on Saturday, about subjects dear to his heart, including magazines, heavy metal, and beer:

12pm, Saturday July 19

  • The State of the Science Fiction Magazine Market, including Leah Bobet of Ideomancer, Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld, and BCS author Michael Haynes

3pm, Saturday July 19

4pm, Saturday July 19

  • Good, Bad, Ugly: SF/F Cover Art & Design, including BCS author Saladin Ahmed

5pm, Saturday July 19

  • Science Fiction and Heavy Metal

Elsewise he will be in the halls or bar, with the requisite stack of shiny BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards.  Feel free to say hello!

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BCS at Balticon on Sunday

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews


BCS will be at Balticon 48 this Sunday for the day, including appearing on several panels:

Sun 12:00 – 12:50:  Salon B:  How To Read Writers We Don’t Understand

Sun 13:00 – 13:50:  Promoting Your Podcast (other panelists include Norm Sherman, editor of The Drabblecast podcast ‘zine)

I will also have the requisite stack of shiny BCS flyers and postcards and be roaming the halls and the bar. Feel free to say hello!

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“The State of Short Fiction” Roundtable Mar. 22

Posted in: About BCS, Appearances and Cons, Magazine Publishing by Scott H. Andrews

BSFAThe Baltimore Science Fiction Society is hosting a short fiction roundtable panel this weekend: “The State of Short Fiction.”

The panelists are editors and/or publishers of major short fiction venues, either in print or audio podcast or both, including Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), our own Scott H. Andrews (me; Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction), Norm Sherman (Drabblecast), and Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond).

The panel will delve into the current state of the short fiction market, including topics such as how do you fund a magazine or anthology, what makes a story work for podcast, and more.

The BSFS-hosted panel last year on a different short fiction topic, “From Slush to Sale,” was well-attended and well-represented, including our own Scott H. Andrews and staff from Strange Horizons, Electric Velocipede, and more.

This panel on the State of Short Fiction is Sat. Mar. 22nd at 8PM at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society meeting house at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. You can find BSFS on Facebook, including a Facebook event page for this panel; check out the event page, click if you are attending, and read more details about it.

With all the panelists’ experience in the short fiction field, there is sure to be great experience and discussion about the many facets of the current short fiction field. If you’re anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic area, you should consider attending.

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BCS at Boskone in Boston this Weekend

Posted in: About BCS, Appearances and Cons, BCS Podcasts by Scott H. Andrews

BoskoneThis weekend BCS will be at Boskone, one of the long-running Boston-area F/SF conventions.

I will be on several panels:

Alternate Voices (Sat 1PM): Stories told through documents, letters, and reports. (Such as the BCS stories “The Calendar of Saints” by Kat Howard, “The Governess and the Lobster” by Margaret Ronald, and “On the Origin of Song” by Naim Kabir.)

Great Podcasts and Where to Find Them (Sat 3pm): Panelists discuss some of their favorite podcasts, sites, and stories. (One of my favs being BCS 100: Boat in Shadows, Crossing” by Tori Truslow.)

From Pixels to Print: The Challenges of Running a Magazine (Sat 4PM): Funding, staffing, and managing your organization, and then printing (or enpixeling), distributing, and publicizing your precious products.

I will have the omnipresent stack of shiny gorgeous BCS flyers and postcards. If you see me in the halls, after a panel, or at the bar, feel free to say hello!

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BCS at Capclave this Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

CapclaveBCS will be at Capclave, the annual D.C.-area F/SF con (where reading is not extinct!), this weekend.

I’m on four panels, all dealing with online magazines (or their podcasts) or secondary-world fantasy:

  • Friday 7:00 pm: New Media, New (Magazine) Markets, New Business Models: A Review of notable genre ezines
  • Saturday 2:00 pm: World’s Shortest Epics (Epic fantasy in short fiction)
  • Saturday 3:00 pm: Hearing Voices? (A survey of podcasts)
  • Saturday 5:00 pm: The Evolution of Fantasy (Trends and tastes)

I also have a reading Friday at 8:00 pm, where I may read something forthcoming in BCS.  Drop by and find out!

I will also have plenty of BCS flyers and anthology-cover postcards, including the cover of the new Best of BCS Year Four anthology.  Feel free to say hello!

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BCS and WorldCon

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS had a great time at WorldCon last weekend!

Scott saw many BCS authors, including Saladin Ahmed, Cat Rambo, Beth Cato, Ann Leckie, Christie Yant, Rachel Swirsky, Derek Künsken, and Chris Willrich.

He also met Pyr Books editor and BCS fan Lou Anders, hung out with fellow magazine editors John Klima of Electric Velocipede, John Joseph Adams of Lightspeed, Michael Damien Thomas of Apex, and Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld, and saw or met many other young writers, including Brian McClellan, Fran Wilde, Carrie Patel, Jake Kerr, Rhiannon Held, Django Wexler, Myke Cole, and Brandon Sanderson.

BCS did not win the Hugo for Best Semiprozine (congratulations to Clarkesworld!), but it was a high honor to be nominated and especially to be part of a nominee field that was for the first time ever all fiction magazines and first time ever all online magazines.

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BCS at WorldCon this Weekend

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

BCS will be at WorldCon this weekend, in San Antonio, Texas!

Scott isn’t on any panels, although he highly recommends the State of Sword & Sorcery: New Trends panel on Friday at 4PM that features BCS authors and novelists Saladin Ahmed and Chris Willrich and Pyr Books editor/BCS fan Lou Anders.

But Scott will be about, including at the Hugo Awards banquet, where BCS has the honor of being a nominee for Best Semiprozine. (The ceremony apparently will be streamed live at, if you want to see him in a suit and tie.)

He will have a stack of BCS flyers and some brand new postcards of the forthcoming Best of BCS Year Four anthology. If you see him wandering the cavernous convention center or the party floor of the hotel, feel free to say hello.

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BCS from ReaderCon 2013

Posted in: Appearances and Cons, Forthcoming by Scott H. Andrews

BCS had a delightful and engaging time at ReaderCon last weekend.

The BCS reading was solidly attended. BCS authors Gemma Files (“Two Captains” in BCS #125) read from a forthcoming Weird West piece “A Feast for Dust,” and Alex Dally MacFarlane (“Fox Bones. Many Uses.” in BCS #99) read from “Singing Like a Hundred Dug-up Bones” in BCS #121.

I read from forthcoming stories by E. Catherine Tobler (“Lady Marmalade” in BCS #98), which will be out in BCS #126 next week, and by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (“The Crows Her Dragon’s Gate” in BCS #118).

I saw many BCS authors, including Margaret Ronald (“A Family for Drakes” in BCS #116, seven others, and a forthcoming new piece), Matthew Kressel (“The Suffering Gallery” in BCS #57 and a forthcoming new story), Anne Cross (“The Popinjay’s Daughter” in BCS #55), Rajan Khanna (“The Last Gorgon” in BCS #87), and Mike Allen (“The Ivy-Smothered Palisade” in BCS #93).

Also Nicole M. Taylor (“Hold a Candle to The Devil” in BCS #106, and one other), Marko Kloos (“Ink and Blood” in BCS #74), Michael J. DeLuca (“The Nine-Tailed Cat” in BCS #70, and several others), and Genevieve Valentine (“The Finest Spectacle Anywhere” in BCS #68, and one other).

And I met one for the first time: Rose Lemberg (“Held Close in Syllables of Light” in BCS #80).

I mentioned BCS and our literary approach to secondary-world fantasy on the panel I was on, The Relationship of Reality and Fantasy, about fantasy portraying diverse social facets from real historical societies and readers’ reactions to them. I passed out flyers featuring cover art by Jonas de Ro and Raphael Lacoste and postcards for Best of BCS Year Three.

I received many compliments of BCS from authors, editors, and readers. Thank you all very much! We had a great time at the con and will plan to return next year.

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BCS at ReaderCon This Weekend

Posted in: Appearances and Cons by Scott H. Andrews

BCS will be at ReaderCon, in north Boston, again for 2013!

Saturday at 11:30 AM, there is a solo Reading from the magazine, where I will read from some BCS stories. Audience’s choice! Including older stories, current ones, and even forthcoming ones from Issue #125 or our Fifth Anniversary Double-Issue this Oct.; even maybe stories from the not-yet-announced Best of BCS Year Four.

Perhaps some of the BCS authors who are at the con will drop by, and you might get to hear them read a bit themselves.

Saturday at 2 PM, I am on the panel The Relationship of Reality and Fantasy. It’s about fantasy secondary worlds borrowing elements from real history, in particular the social consciousness facet of societies, and readers’ interpretations of them; for example the irony of fans who accept magic and dragons but balk at the idea of female pirates or a black Lancelot because they’re “unrealistic.” It asks, whose reality does fantasy need to reflect in order to be believable?

I’ll have flyers featuring cover art by Jonas de Ro and Raphael Lacoste and postcards for Best of BCS Year Three. Feel free to drop by the Saturday reading or panel, or to stop me in the halls!

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